September 26

Doors open at 7PM

Performance at 7:30PM

Location: JPG@The Bank Pop-up Art Gallery and Venue. 3525 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Lafayette, CA

$5 Entry at door

Gabriel Schama’s 3D, topographical artwork will come to life with projection mapping by Limelight Studios. The Gold Coast Chamber Players, led by Pamela Freund-Striplen on viola, will accompany the projection mapping.  This premiere performance will last 12 minutes while new works by Gabriel Schama will be featured. 

Working principally in laser-cut plywood, Oakland-based artist Gabriel Schama creates densely layered forms that twist, intersect, and overlap to create compositions that are precise and expressionist. 

About the Artist

Although the design process begins digitally with complex vector illustrations, Schama’s work is brought to life by the artist’s meticulous craftsmanship. His years of experience in high-end architectural metalwork and furniture design are as evident in the impeccable construction of his work, as they are in the delicate balance of the design. 

His work meanders amongst purely abstract pseudo-mandalas, silhouetted figures and portraits, architectural landscapes, and typographic studies. Rendered in mixed tones of wood grain or in vivid blocks of color, endless details hide in the crevices of Schama’s work, rewarding repeated and up-close scrutiny, even as the overall arrangement defies a single visual interpretation, shifting with each change in perspective.

Gabriel Schama

About the Artist

I have always had a tendency towards detailed, meticulous work. I studied architecture in school, but I was more engaged with the craft and process of model-making than with the professional prospects. I was privileged to have teachers who encouraged abstract and aesthetic explorations along with the practical assignments, and, in many ways, my design process still mirrors how I learned to think about architectural design: How does the overall structure relate to its constituent parts? How does the form create shadows? How do you balance function and ornamentation? Does the whole thing actually hold together?

The layered style that most clearly defines my work first emerged years ago when I started to work with brightly colored paper, meticulously hand-cutting and gluing together complex, not-quite-sculptural abstractions. The structural limitations of this layered style proved to be an extraordinarily fertile creative restriction, no less so as I moved into laser-cut plywood and digital design tools. For several years, the formal qualities of my work emerged directly from the particularities of this structural limitation. 

As I have become more confident in the digital and physical sides of my craft, I have focused more on mythological, narrative and figurative explorations. After four years of working almost exclusively with laser-cut designs, I have begun to delve into the new, unfamiliar territory of animation and projection mapping. I had previously considered dozens of ways to add motion or internal lighting to my work, but nothing genuinely piqued my interest until my recent collaboration with the San Francisco based startup, Lightform. (vimeo.com/276528894) This interweaving of animated color with my already complex work is something I will undoubtedly be exploring for years to come.

Qualifications 

Gabriel Schama graduated from Columbia University’s undergraduate program in 2008, with a major in architecture. Schama moved from Brooklyn to the Bay Area in 2009, and worked for several years in metal fabrication, furniture making, and photography. 

With the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign to purchase a laser cutter in 2013, Gabriel quit all other pursuits to produce artwork full time. Since then, he has grown his studio to include both a design and production studio, the latter of which includes a state of the art laser cutter. The studio has grown to produce projects that in 2018 alone have shipped to the United Kingdom, Egypt, France and all across the United States. 

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