Opening Reception: Thursday, February 21, 6-9pm as part of the Piedmont Art Walk
On view though the month of February @ The Rare Bird
Oakland artist John Casey and The Rare Bird presents “Hands & Pants 2”. “Hands & Pants 2” is a broad collaborative venture, employing 50 of John’s artist peers. John drew either hands or pants (blue-jean-clad waist-down shod figures) or both, in his simple pen-and-ink style on 8″x10″ Bristol paper. An invited artist was given the hands and/or pants and asked to complete the figure in any way the artist saw fit. John’s intent was to create a collective storyboard using the “Hands & Pants” motif as a common recognizable character engaged in a variety of manifestations. However, the returned collaborations have gone far beyond John’s expectations in sheer artistic variety, producing an extended family of unique, individual beings. The original Hands & Pants first appeared at Swarm Gallery in Oakland in 2011.
Participating artists include: Kristi Holohan, David Polka, Mario Man, Ryan McJunkin, Joanne Ludwig, Lauren Napolitino, Tallulah Terryll, Ari Schindler, Linda Braz, Raphael Tapia, Emily Coker, Deth P. Sun, Kara Joslyn, Gregory Jacobsen, Nathaniel Parsons, Kerri Lee Johnson, Derek Weisberg, Ronny Jones, Micke Tong, Bill Dunlap, Mia Chistopher, Marcos Lafarga, Erik Otto, Jake Watling, Ryan De La Hoz, Sacha Eckes, Martha Sue Harris, Teppei Ando, Pete Glover, Michele Theberge, Matt Decker, Dave Higgins, Morten Hemmingsen Sørup, Maya Kabat, Brett Amory, Tara Foley, Hunter Mack, Justin Lovato, Jon Carling, Justin Angelos, Michael Mellon, Brian Caraway, Erik Friedman, Alison OK Frost, Billy Sprague, Rick Beaupre, Faring Purth, Scott Greenwalt, Mary Mortimer, and Mary Kalin-Casey.