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April 4–March 22, 2014

Millions of Colors in the Shadow
Joe Kowalczyk
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March 7 –April 19, 2014

We's Gone Be Fine
Jeremiah Maddock
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Anno Domini presents...

Millions of Colors in the Shadow
Joe Kowalczyk

My ceramic sculptures are often the celebration of the irrational; a celebration of ideas, impulses, and desires that spring from the darker side of the subconscious. So instead of pushing away a thought and wondering, "Why did I think something so strange?” I celebrate it and turn it into a drawing or translate it into a sculpture.

In general, much of my sculpture explores aspects of the human shadow; those which we deem improper, primitive and ultimately “unfit” for modern society. These are aspects of ourselves we've learned to restrain in our youth, and continue to intentionally suppress as adults in order to create a more "ideal" person. Take for example, those who have learned to inhibit their playfulness or creativity.

Although we intend to repress these aspects for the "better," without them the individual is not whole. As a result, people later in life may feel the need to get in touch with the repressed, but perhaps don't know how. My work highlights these aspects and puts them into the physical world; to give them a face and a set of eyes, so we can confront and better understand them. As a result I better understand myself.

~Joe Kowalczyk

Joe Kowalczyk (Ko-väl-chick) is an award winning sculptor, painter, and illustrator that has been creating in the California Bay Area since he received his BFA in ceramics from California College of Arts and Crafts in 2006. Along with his studio practice, Joe fixes kilns, teaches ceramics, and cofounded a fine art gallery within the Oakland Art Murmur district.

Artist's Reception: Friday, April 4, 2014 from 7–11pm RSVP
Exhibition dates: April 4–May 10, 2014

Anno Domini presents...

We's Gone Be Fine
Jeremiah Maddock

Jeremiah Maddock

Anno Domini is pleased to welcome the return of Jeremiah Maddock to the gallery with his third solo exhibition since 2009 A.D. A hyper prolific artist, Jeremiah continues his intensely patterned drawings as well as his unique figurative themes. In 2011, Jeremiah came to San Jose for his opening reception from New York City....deciding shortly afterward he wasn't going back. Since then, he's been living in a house, near a river in the Pacific Northwest, with the fish, otters, deer and bald eagles.

"This work, like most of my work, is an ongoing process of exploration.
Through the process of creating I find part of my brain and spirit that, so far I can only access through hours and hours of creating and building my visual language. To me it feels like meditation, or at least, what I understand meditation to be. It is a feeling that I am addicted to and so I keep on searching all the time–I can’t go out and buy it anywhere. With this feeling comes warmth and peace, love and angst, and a freedom of knowing that there is no right way to be an’s a great connects me, I feel, to something other worldly or maybe just worldly...I wouldn’t know. While I am working, the pieces look amazing to it has a pulse or electrical current weaving through it...when I wake up the next day, it seems to be gone and it looks like just another drawing. It is through the process of making that I find the images and concepts–if there are any to be found. Barely ever do I have preconceived ideas when I sit down to work (which should explain somewhat this vague paragraph.) Though I have been making things for a very long time, I feel I have barely scratched the surface of what can be, so I will keep going through this maze until I find that flood gate. There is a lot for me to look forward to."

~Jeremiah Maddock

Jeremiah Maddock

Opening Reception: Friday, March 7, 2014 from 7–11pm RSVP
Exhibition dates: February 7–March 22, 2014


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