In new Local 123 show, nature brushes against civilization

One of Susan Felter's "post-natural” digital montages

Two local artists are bringing a touch of wilderness to the urban landscape with a new show of their works at Local 123 on San Pablo Avenue.

Susan Felter and Mimi Plumb both explore natural beauty and its interaction with the manmade environment.

Oakland-born Felter, who was an associate professor of art at Santa Clara University until last year, assembles “post-natural” digital montages. She describes the beginning of her “Hunting and Gathering” series thus: “Flowers on a flat-bed scanner look like 17th century “tromp l’œil” still-life paintings by Dutch masters who created fictional but hyper-realistic scenes that twisted the laws of nature.”

One of Mimi Plumb's pieces from her "Horse Back" series

Mimi Plumb was born in Berkeley and currently teaches photography at San Jose State University. Her large-scale color photographs of horses are part of an ongoing series, “Horse Backs”, and they could easily be mistaken for a view of the undulating hills of California, or white sand dunes.


Painter Suzy Barnard and photographer Janet Delaney are now curating the gallery space at Local 123, a café which has found a loyal clientèle in the emerging San Pablo “cuisine corridor” since it opened in the summer of 2010.

The exhibition runs through January 4th. Hours are Mon-Sat 7am-8pm, Sunday 7am-6pm.

Related:
Artist Suzy Barnard entranced by interplay of light, water and cargo [03.25.11]
In West Berkeley a café opens, a community blossoms [07.16.10]

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