July 11, 2017 > Sun Gallery hosts steampunk, sci-fi, and vintage art
Sun Gallery hosts steampunk, sci-fi, and vintage art
Submitted By Dorsi Diaz
Come take a walk on the wild side at the Sun Gallery's newest exhibit: ÒThe Steampunk Show: Sci-Fi & All Things Vintage.Ó Combining technology plus futuristic elements with a vintage/retro twist, the steampunk art movement genre is perhaps best described at The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Website: "Steampunk is an inspired movement of creativity and imagination. With a backdrop of either Victorian England or AmericaÕs Wild West at hand, modern technologies are re-imagined and realized as elaborate works of art, fashion, and mechanics. If Jules Verne or H.G. Wells were writing their science fiction today, it would be considered Òsteampunk.Ó
The Steampunk Show features work by legendary local Hayward artist Jim Pridham. Pridham's art pieces are intricately crafted from vintage and recycled parts into one-of-a-kind machines reminiscent of something straight out of a Jules Verne tale. To take the future a step further, original art is on display alongside Pridham's work by world-renowned illustrator Jack Katz, well known in the art world for his futuristic writings and detailed illustrations. In his latest book with author Matthew Isaac Sobin, Katz's art details the relationship between a man and the robot that he created in the ÒThe Last Machine in the Solar System.Ó
Steampunk art, known for its wide influence in the fashion arena, is also part of the exhibit with specially crafted vintage and retro designs by artist Sylvia Brailler. With a background in fashion and design, Brailler displays several of her steampunk fashion creations, which are used in plays and re-enactments. Vintage and retro dress forms and mannequins are adorned with corsets, vintage fabrics, silks, goggles, and a variety of layered skirts, blouses, vests, and shawls, which are a hallmark of steampunk design. Brailler also has painted furniture and acrylic pieces in the show, with whimsical scenes rendered in acrylic.
Other participating artists in the show include Christine Bender, Nina Starr, Alani Tara, Viviane Schupbach, Peter Langenbach, Maureen Langenbach, Judith Rodriguez, Douglas Golightly, Tino Banuelos, and Amy Nelson Smith. Their stunning art assemblages, collages, photography, oil paintings, sculptures, giclee, and mixed media are intermixed throughout the exhibit.
To add creative mayhem to this already fun and imaginative show, children from Sun Gallery's Summer Art Camp joined in and helped musician and artists Henry Call and Christine Bender to create a one-of-a-kind steampunk stage in the gallery's courtyard. The stage and props will be used for theatrical performances at drama and music teacher Christie Leonardini's summer camp. The stage will also set the backdrop for the Steampunk artistsÕ reception on Saturday, July 22 where participants are encouraged to come in costume.
The reception will include live music performances, appetizers, and beverages. Musicians are also encouraged to bring their instruments for an impromptu (improvised) jam for anyone wishing to join in.
Sun Gallery is open Friday through Sunday and admission is free. Call for special hours during the week during the Sun's Summer Art Camp for children. You can reach the Gallery at (510) 581-4050 or visit online at www.sungallery.org.
The Steampunk Show
Friday, Jun 23 Ð Saturday, Aug 5
Friday Ð Sunday, 11a.m. Ð 5 p.m.
Saturday, Jul 22
1 p.m. Ð 4 p.m.
1015 E St, Hayward