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Pin Up!

May 20 – July 1, 2017 at Classic Car West Gallery
411 26th St Oakland, CA 94612, Oakland CA
Artist Reception Friday June 2nd from 6 -9pm
Special Events – Saturday Stroll(s) May 20th & June17 th 2-4pm
For more information or images contact:
Emmanuelle@off-space.org or Kathrine@off-space.org
Pin Up! Featuring the work of Claudia Huenchuleo, Derek Cracco, Gillian O’Shea, Marie-Pier Frigon, Nina Wright, Victor Barbieri, Walter Aprile and Winnie van der Rijn will open May 20th at the Classic Car West Gallery in Oakland and run through July 1st with special events including First Friday artist reception on June 2nd, and Saturday Stroll openings May 20th and June 17th.
From the coyly adventurous calendar girl hanging on locker-room walls to Instagram and high fashion spreads, representations and notions of femininity, feminism and female identity are shifting; so too are expectations and standards of male beauty. Who or what is the “ideal”; who interprets and owns this new standard?
OFFspace has embodied the current debate in this charged landscape with work alluding to, defying and epitomizing the new/post/disrupted ideal.  Taking on fascination with weaponized sexuality, cheeky twists on the traditional supine, passive nude and the “candid” snapshot Pin Up! artists bring an array of views and perspectives together to challenge and celebrate the idealized (fe)male form.

Past Exhibitions

On Exhibition until Feb 25th. 

Feb 9th Closing Ceremony 5-10 PM
w/ Musical Guests Dick Stusso//Cursed Graves//Seesaw//Boy Scouts//Lofter

Highlighting two generations of marginal art and publishing in the Bay Area. V. Vale, Marian Wallace and Krusty Wheatfield’s explorations of the teeming underbelly of modern culture- making collectively span more than 40 years. For the month of January and February, Classic Cars West Gallery will be transformed into a living archive of alternative media.

The installation featured never-before-seen photographs and original zine spreads by Vale, industrial music, film and prints by Wallace, alongside prints and bio-comics by Krusty Wheatfield. Punk ephemera and other underground artifacts from the RE/Search collection will also be on display for the counterculture connoisseur and the newly woke alike.

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About the Artists: V. Vale is well-known for his punk zine “Search and Destroy”, but has since built a reputation as a homegrown alt- historian through his publishing of RE/Search publications. Marian Wallace, a member of the American Surrealists, has long been a vanguard of the experimental film and industrial music scene in San Francisco, working with Bruce Conner and the New Nothing Film Collective. Krusty Wheatfield, a former RE/Search intern, is a cartoonist and co-founder of the Bay Area zine Come Find Out; her most recent project is an adaptation of interviews with Vale and Wallace into graphic narrative form.


Schultz & the Machinery of the Absurd

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The "Father of Steampunk" and Children's Fairyland designer shows 11 of his fanciful contraptions.

Celebrated Oakland artist Schultz, the “Grandfather of Steampunk”, known for his fantastical salvaged vehicles and absurdist sense of visual humor, will bring eleven of his storied creations to the Classic Cars West Gallery from March 3 to May 28th. An energetic, experimental tinkerer, Schultz’ work plays with the modern reverence for machines by unabashedly mixing together the functional and decorative, the kinetic and the supernatural, historical tidbits and timeless feeling.

The eleven works chosen for this exhibit are all wheeled vehicles, equipped with hilarious anecdotal backstories illustrated by Oakland cartoonist Krusty Wheatfield. Epically absurd accidents, thwarted innovations, and odd moments of tenderness populate these stories and cover each machine with a quasi-historical patina and unavoidable sense of humor and elevate them from objects to subjects.

Schultz’ irreverence for strict divisions paired with his love of salvaging, recycling and re-orienting machines will provide a striking and humorous visual counterpoint to the pedigreed vehicles of the Classic Cars West showroom.

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