Sunday, February 28, 2010

Blankspace changing

As we move into a new year, some big changes are taking place. After careful thought and consideration, Blankspace will be closing its doors as of March 15th, 2010.

Back in 2006 we (Jason Byers and Kerri Johnson) were given a great opportunity to take over the artist run building located at 6608 San Pablo Ave. & following in the foot steps of our predecessor Lucky Tackle Gallery, we were excited to open Blankspace on March 18th. It has been a great 4 years and we are proud to have produced many thought provoking, cutting edge exhibitions, but now the time has come to make changes. Though we will miss the actual gallery space, we will not miss the ever increasing rent, badly leaking roof, drafty walls and general disintegration of the building that has been the home of Blankspace and its founders.

We are extremely thankful to all of you for your support and to all of the amazing artists that we were able to work with over the last 4 years. We look forward to an equally exciting and venturesome future and hope that you will continue to follow and support us as we embark on these new projects.

Thank you,

Kerri & Jason

Kerri Johnson will be shifting her energies to working with BayVAN (Bay Area Visual Arts Network) and the BayVAN galleryBranch Gallery along with new partners Nicole Neditch and Brook Baird.

As partner in BayVAN and curator of Branch, Kerri will continue to exhibit strong, cutting edge art work from up and coming Bay Area artists and to cultivate relationships with rising talent. She will also continue to work with many of the great artists that she has exhibited while curating Blankspace.

Jason Byers will happily be focusing on his own art career and upcoming exhibits, including a solo show this April at Rowan Morrison. He will also be lending his efforts to the upcoming release of the debut LP from fellow Lady Genius cohorts Kyle Williams, Matt Stromberg and Brian Caraway - a ton of shows and summer tour are sure follow its release, stay tuned.

For those of you that love the Blankspace shop, fear not, Kerri and Lena Reynoso ( co-owner of The Compound Gallery) have combined creative forces on a great new shop called Professor Squirrel. The new shop features products from small, independent local & national designers and artists. The shop will be located inside the new Compound Studios location at 1167 65th St. @ San Pablo. Items in the shop are available online at Stay tuned for upcoming events to take place at the new locale.

Coming up on First Friday, March 5th we will be open until 10pm

Steuart's exhibit is a must see and we are thankful and happy that we will be closing the gallery with his work gracing our walls!

Please join us for a special closing tea receptions for Steuart Pittman’s exhibit NOWHERE/ANYWHERE and on Sunday, March 14th from 3-6pm.
Also closing in the Shop, I'm Sure, Artists Charms, curated by Courtney Dailey

The website will remain active as a great archive to all the great exhibitions and events we have produced over the years.
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For more info on branch gallery go to
branch gallery

455 17th St. 3rd flr
(btwn Telegraph & Broadway, one block from 19th st. BART)
Oakland, CA 94612

hours: Thurs-Fri 12-6pm, Sat. 12-4pm, until 8pm first friday

6608 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94608
HOURS: THURSDAY - SUNDAY 12 – 6pm, First Friday until 10pm