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Steuart Pittman: The Twist Steuart Pittman, Doves (Just Friends), 2016, oil on cotton with basswood frame, 14.25 x 11 x 1.5”

Steuart Pittman’s intimate abstractions are inspired by his surroundings – often the abandoned and forgotten structures found throughout the neighborhoods in Oakland where he lives and works. He talks about the work “evoking stark architectural forms and the worn patinas of buildings, where we can experience beauty through fleeting moments at unexpected times and places.” Pittman’s new show, titled “The Twist,” continues his exploration of, and meditations on, forms isolated within ethereal backgrounds. The shapes are part of a larger alphabet of elemental forms developed over time and distilled from architectural sources. Many have a vaguely geometric starting place, but are animated by the energy and asymmetry of the artist’s hand. A decided whimsy and playfulness is also evident in the titles, and offsets any formality that his practice might suggest. The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm, by appointment.