SLATE contemporary | 473 25th Street, Oakland, CA
January 21 - February 27, 2016
SLATE is pleased to announce the opening exhibition for 2016, which will kick-off the opening of SLATE's new gallery space! Crystallography features paintings, photography, sculptures, and videos of urban-inspired artworks. Crystals are defined as solid materials whose constituents, such as atoms, molecules, or ions, are arranged in a highly ordered microscopic structure, forming a crystal lattice that extends in all directions. They are usually identifiable by their geometrical shape, consisting of flat faces with specific, characteristic orientations. One could equate the creation of buildings to the process of crystal growth; buildings are composed of small, rectangular features (iron rods, steel beams, windows, etc.) much like crystals are. The artworks in this exhibition work to accentuate the city's formation through crystallization. Peter Tonningsen, Henry Riekena, and Jamie Banes create their works through a build-up of small geometric shapes, which join together to form a larger whole. Liz Hickok creates her photographs and videos from a series of chemical reactions set within her designed props that eventually grow and create crystals. The connecting urban theme throughout these works comments on how cities are also formed from smaller units such as buildings, parks, and blocks.