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Gallery Route One exhibitions: Afton Love, Brian Dean and Dorothy Nissen


Feb 24, 2017 to Apr 2, 2017
11:00 AM until 05:00 PM


Afton Love: Through Stone

Center Gallery

Brian Dean: A Land Between: Visions of Time on the Bay Trail, Photographs

Project Space, With the Earth Series

Dorothy Nissen: Dora P. and Other Stories. An Installation


Feb 24 – April 2

Reception: Saturday February, 25, 3-5 pm Artists’ Talk: 2:30 pm
Salon: Sunday, April 2, 4-5 pm


Afton Love: Through Stone

Gallery Route One is pleased to present Through Stone, a solo exhibition featuring new large-scale paintings and sculpture by our Senior Fellow, Oakland based artist Afton Love. She is known for her unique painting process in which she renders her subject by applying powdered graphite to tracing paper with cut-down paintbrushes and other handmade tools before dipping each sheet in beeswax. Love creates large, often installation sized landscapes that shift subtly in color and walk a narrow line between 2-D and three-dimensional surface. Through Stone pushes this study in materiality further by incorporating latex, resin, and plaster sculpture. 

Through Stone centers on one sandstone rock with a hole eroded through its center found in northern New Mexico that captured the artist’s imagination. What amount of time and specific elements caused this unlikely occurrence? Through multiple renderings of this rock, as well as sculptural investigations of its center, Love brings about a new way of looking, not only at this specific rock, but also at her relationship to it and the land we walk on. 

Afton Love’s desire to hold the unfolding of time in an object gives the viewer an opportunity to imagine geologic time and the mysteries therein. Through Stone directs us to go deeper within ourselves while expanding our view farther than human context, reminding us of our unique and perfect insignificance and the lasting impressions we can make on our landscape. 


Brian Dean: A Land Between: Visions of Time on the Bay Trail


Brian Dean's large-scale black and white photographs explore a landscape at the waters' edge of the San Francisco Bay. A Land Between: Visions of Time on the Bay Trail depicts the struggle between a natural environment and an ever-encroaching human population.  The San Francisco Bay Trail, a park still in development, designed to connect urban and natural areas around the San Francisco Bay, bravely seeks to protect natural habitats and provide space for recreation. Dean's photographs along the Bay Trail record both human encroachment and remaining fragments of wetlands. With barely one tenth of the original wetland remaining, one feels, when viewing these photographs, that the embattled natural environment at the Bay's edge could disappear. Even the recreational provisions made by the park seem overwhelmed by industrial development.

Dean's Bay Trail photographs follow the artist's interest in "edge spaces." The photographer often finds himself exploring these areas on foot. He has completed two long distance trails and photography projects to go with them including the Camino de Santiago, an 800-mile trek through France and Spain, and the Appalachian Trail, a footpath from Georgia to Maine. He currently lives in San Francisco.

Brian Dean received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and his BFA from Bard College. His work has been shown in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and throughout the United States. Dean won the Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Award, The Paul Sack Building Competition and The Eugene Atget Award and was a finalist in The Lucie Foundation Emerging Artist Award, and the Dotphotozine Award for Excellence in Photography.


Dorothy Nissen’s: Dora and Other Stories

The show is comprised of a handmade book called “The Unfortunate Case of Dora P.” and the worrisome artifacts created by Dora P. during her hospitalization in the 1930s. Dora P. is a fictive being loosely based on the Dora of Freud’s 1905 essay “Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria.”  Her work will be on display along with dream-based work by Dorothy Nissen. 

“Who is Dora P. for me? Well number one, she is the contrarian part of myself. She resides in the shadow but appeared in order to find a more inclusive conscious standpoint. A humbling amount of Ink has been spilled on the topic of Freud’s sexist narrative on the figure of Dora, and the crossover between our cultural construction of the feminine with the notion of the neurotic female… “ (Dorothy Nissen)

Jung’s ‘Symbols of Transformation’ was published seven years later and marks his break from Freud in that he sees the libido as a drive toward meaning as opposed to an exclusively erotic drive. This book draws on the Jungian study as well in that Dora P. is sent on a voyage where she falls in love with a sailor and then dreams of a cosmic resolution.

One of Dora’s symptoms is her preoccupation with lurid drawings, which gives a slight thrill to the Freudians, but are a challenge to the Jungians who are knitting a celestial mandala to be placed over the bed.


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