"Across town in her Eureka studio, veteran painter Joan Gold's abstract works occupy every inch of available studio wall."
North Coast Journal Reviews
"Duets," opening this month at Piante Gallery, presents some memorable examples of the way words and pictures can brush against each other to strike sparks."
"Standouts include the blazing woodcut "Alpine Glow" by Xochiyolotl Harbison and a digitally interpellated portrait in chartreuse by Dominique Birdsong, as well as Nathan Liam's engagingly trippy painting "Pink Jungle" and Luciano Duran's beautiful photograph "Microcosm," with its dimly luminous forms that appear to be twirling slowly in the dusk."
"The finished works depict whimsical animal characters, resembling crudely handmade toys that pioneer ancestors might have made to amuse their children. These woebegone puppies and bunnies appear as though they've seen better days, thanks to Schneider's meticulous craft."
"A matrix of brushmarks in an aggressively unnatural palette of lavender and mauve seems to be expanding, viruslike, from some central point of contagion."
""The Estate" features characters drawn in delicate, spiky pen and ink isolated halfway up smooth, tall cylinders of white rag paper that are packed in tight formation and connected by clustered tangles of white thread.
"The work is confidently executed and competently cast; Patigian's McKinley appears grave and yet untroubled, secure in his conviction regarding the lasting significance of his achievement."
"Laura Corsiglia's paintings proceed as directly as possible from the subconscious — the part of the mind that exists outside the grasp of the self, which we only perceive in those infrequent moments when it breaches the surface of waking life via Freudian slips and fragments of remembered dreams."
"Arcata-based ceramicist Joel Diepenbrock's exhibition this month at the Sanctuary is part traditional display, part interactive rite."
"Contents Under Pressure: Graffiti at Piante's Idle Hands group show remembers the Devil's Playground"
"Imagery comes blasting at you from all directions. We're used to viewing artworks that are neatly framed, often by a screen's parameters, but here the art frames us."
"Pleistocene megafauna have returned to G Street in life-size reproduction and the city's newest mural, generously scaled as it is at 12 by 39 feet, can barely contain them.
"Graves' bouncy, flexible line, often swiped across the page with a Chinese or Japanese calligraphy brush, articulates a fluent shorthand that abstracts or implies contours and surfaces, instead of describing them."
"Tobin describes her installation as 'a surreal take on climate change.' The space she designed models a colorful, disunited state where everything appears on the verge of collapse." —North Coast Journal, Dec, 7, 2017
"The surface tension evident in their stretched, gnarled paper skins is counterbalanced by the coiled energy in the compressed supports beneath." —North Coast Journal, November 30, 2017
"...these elegiac images discover a weird, serendipitous beauty in the architectural husks that litter the American landscape — in peeling paint and dust encrusted floors, in the moment when the light catches a stained glass panel in a church otherwise relinquished to decay." —North Coast Journal, Nov. 9, 2017
"Three Native Artists Carry the Weight: Brittany Britton, Brian Tripp and Robert Benson at Piante Gallery"
"What They Bring, What They Carry brings together artworks by Brian Tripp, Brittany Britton and Robert Benson — artists of Karuk, Hupa and Tsnungwe descent, respectively, who grew up in and around reservations in the Hoopa and Two Rivers regions." —North Coast Journal, Nov. 7, 2017
"Capillary action drew tiny rivulets of the darker wash into the rag paper's cotton fibers, stamping the ochre with a lacy bleeding edge." —North Coast Journal, October 12, 2017
"...fields of luminous color are subdivided by networks of straight lines and regular curves that recall spigots and dowsing rods one moment, overhead views of circuitboards or cityscapes the next." —North Coast Journal, Oct. 5, 2017
"Nubbly wool surfaces with cheerful horizontal stripes and pom-poms nudge beholders to remember the approach of fall. The artwork injects an upwelling of fancy into its surroundings, which feels like luxury, especially now." —North Coast Journal, September 7, 2017
"Rough-hewn wooden figures get lost in contemplation of a painted cosmos. This is a humanist cosmos, one that's accessed via the gazing eye — no tech necessary beyond the retina." North Coast Journal, August 31, 2017