Joyce Gordon Gallery presents

Visual Word – Poetry Through Photography
Curated by Tasin Sabir

June 24 – August 29, 2011
Opening reception: July 1st, Friday,  5:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Deborah Willis
Hank Willis Thomas
Kamau Amen-Ra
Keba Konte
Nancy Duranteau
Nashormen Lindo
Refa One
Sara Prada
Tasin Sabir
Wanda Sabir

Joyce Gordon Gallery
406 14th St, Oakland, CA 94612, 510-465-8928 
Thursday – Friday 9 to 6 pm,
Saturday – Sunday 1 to 4 pm

Joyce Gordon Gallery proudly presents

Michael B. Platt

Things Left Behind
Michael B. Platt

05 November – 31 December 2010

Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 5:30 – 9:00 pm, (With a performance by Carol A. Beane)

Images holding the essences of memory;

biding time, waiting, celebrating…

barely discernible stories of who was here and

what happened there;

visions of imagined spaces-layering time

within abandoned, unoccupied and frequently

dilapidated interior rooms and exteriors;

there is always something.

– Carol A. Beane

For the past five years Michael Platt’s imagery has centered on the transformation of the human spirit that occurs when it confronts imagined or actual events and circumstances.   Using the female figure, he creates images intended to express traces of the human spirit, often inspired by spaces with a history and the presence of things left behind. Empty spaces are as much storytellers as those filled with living.  Exploring the visual possibilities of such circumstances, Platt has addressed issues of slavery, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the levees, waiting, searching for home; and celebration.

About the artist, Michael B. Platt // For the last decade Platt has been exploring the possibilities of digital imagery in prints, and in his collaborations with poet Carol A. Beane which have yielded artists’ books + broadsides.   Recipient of the 2007 Franz and Virginia Bader Foundation Grant, Platt’s work is nationally and internationally exhibited and collected.  It is in the permanent collections of, among others, the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the Corcoran; the Yale University Art Museum; Hampton University Museum, the David C. Driskell Center for Visual Arts and Culture of African America and the African Diaspora; the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; and the Print/Photograph Collection as well as the Rare Books and Special Collections of the Library of Congress.  Platt teaches digital photography and digital printmaking studio at Howard University.

About the poet, Carol A. Bean // About the poet, Carl A. BeaneDC based poet/artist, Carol A. Beane was awarded the 24th Larry Neal Poetry prize for Poetry [funded by the DC Commission for the Arts+Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts], and has received the 2009 National Museum of Women in the Arts Library Fellows Book Arts award for the streets of used to be, done with artist Renée Stout.  Beane, collaborating with Michael B. Platt, also has created widely exhibited artists’ books+ broadsides of poetry+images, represented in numerous private+public collections, among them the National Museum of Women in the Arts; the John Hay Library of Brown University; the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; the Founder’s Library of Howard University and the Rare Books and Special Collections of the Library of Congress.  Beane teaches Spanish+ Simultaneous Interpretation at Howard University and is also a translator.

Opening Reception June 4th 5:30PM

Oakland Marriott Lobby
1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA

Spirits Known and Unknown

Spirits Known and Unknown is a homage to the known and unknown greats of the music industry with artists like Miles Davis, Marshall Allen, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Lloyd. Kamau Amen-Ra’s body of  work is a continuation of Joyce Gordon’s curated exhibitions on Jazz music and Oakland local artists at the Oakland Marriott City Center lobby.

Kamau’s photographs have been printed in various magazines, newspapers, album covers and books.   He is a historian that writes with his camera lens.

“The very first Jazz Band I seriously tried to photograph was Miles Davis.  This was at the Chicago Opera House.   The funny part about it was that Miles wasn’t the Headliner.  It was Mariam Makeba.  The year was (1965).  I remember someone telling me to buy some fast film.  At that time, film speed of 400ASA was really fast.  To make a long story short, I didn’t have good luck at that shoot. Over the years I’ve learn how to be able to tell a story about the music.  What a honor to be able to photograph these great musicians… I believe that that UNIVERSE knows these spirits.  Let your spirits go and free yourself. ” – Kamau Amen-Ra