Recto Verso


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Jennifer O’Neal
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August 29—Oakland’s Creative Growth Art Center is pleased to announce:
Recto Verso.  On view from September 19-November 7, 2013. 

Creative Growth, the oldest and largest art studio for artists with disabilities introduces Recto Verso, an exhibition centered around the artist book. This exhibition highlights the book as conceptual object and traditional folio, also including a group of narrative works on paper.

Given the often prolific output by many Creative Growth artists, the production of a multi-paged collection of work has become a consistent pursuit. Bound collective works on view during this exhibition include the psychedelic renderings of Rickie Algarva, the infinite variation of Aurie Ramirez’ fantasy figures, and the abstracted pointillism of Maureen Clay. When viewed in sequence this work reveals a tenacious exploration of form and composition. Books serve as interactive sculpture providing intimate views and juxtapositions of the bound images. Artists John Martin, Dan Miller, and Allan Lofberg make marks directly on found text and image, an act that conveys the spontaneity of their imagination and in Martin’s case, a comical irreverence for printed imagery and text.

Visitors are invited to sit within the Gallery’s “reading room” where one can thumb through artist Gerone Spruill’s much-anticipated Chocolate City of Oakland comic along with other new works by the artists at Creative Growth.

Join Creative Growth on Thursday, September 19 for an afternoon members’ preview followed by a public evening event with music and drinks. Gallery Manager, Catherine Nguyen will present an exhibition walk-through on Thursday, September 19, at 11:30AM, along with a ‘reading circle’ with participating artists/authors.

Exhibition Opening:

THURSDAY, September 19
Members’ Preview: 11AM – 2PM
Gallery Walk-through & Artist Reading Circle: 11:30AM
Main Event: 5PM – 8PM


Creative Growth Art Center
355 24th Street,
Oakland CA 94612
510-836-2340 x20 

John Martin, Untitled, 2013, Ink on Paper (book cover)