Absorbed Fall Edition

Absorbed is Free and open to all ages

Friday, November 1st 6pm – 10pm

Absorbed is an experimental quarterly event at Beatnik Studios that brings together an unexpected synthesis of creators.  Each season presents a unique energy captured in the artwork we show and the energy we bring into the space.

This fall Absorbed will showcase Aerial silk dancing by Kat Boston and Monica Padilla; Pole performances by Carolyn Hubbard, Shasta Malcom, Courtney Ray and Natalie Haskell,  and interactive rollerskating with the Sac Quad Squad all against the background of Edwin Forrest’s artwork.

The event will also have a full bar with beer, wine and featured drinks from Boochcraft hard Kombucha and Legado Whiskey.  All proceeds from the bar will go to  Support R Street. Support R Street is a nonprofit organization created to build community through Art, Education, Culture and Inclusivity.

Grab your roller skates and head down to Beatnik Friday, November 1st for an unforgettable experience.

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Edwin Forrest: Goofed Up

Beatnik Gallery’s fall show, “Goofed Up” features the work of Sacramento artist Edwin Forrest. The exhibition runs through November 22, 2019.

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Just Say No, 2018, oil on canvas, 61 x 72 in

Installation views of the show:

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“Although the paintings are solid, with a mature and grounded pallet, their internal structures swerve, arch, and carry more visual weight than can actually exist in the “real world.”  They are not, in any way, merely “upside down” but are instead propelled by their own private dynamics that take the viewers on a joyride in, around, and through a world constructed by the artist. ”  – Chris Daubert

Selected works in the show:
*For a full list of available work, please email beatnikstudiosart@gmail.com

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Zero In (Circle City), 2018, oil on canvas, 61 x 72 in

 

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Train On Time Again, 2019, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 in

 

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Palm Tuesday, 2016, oil on canvas, 50 x 62 in

 

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Awfully Amusing Park, 2018, oil on canvas 60 x 64 in

 

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Uncle Gary Is Still Coughing, 2019, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 in

 

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Never Would Have Guessed, 2019, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 in

Akira Beard Studio Visit

Heidi Zimmerman and Akira Beard are working hard on the next show at Beatnik. When I heard Heidi was heading up the hill to do some collaborations with Akira, I had to get up there and see the magic unfold!
Click here for all of the info about this exciting show:
“Revelations from the Inner Landscape”

I brought my daughter Bijou along with me on this studio visit. She took many of the photos in this blog post and she even got to do some painting! Thanks for being so accommodating Akira!


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Studio Visit in Chicago with Morgan Sims

Chicago, through the eyes of Wes Davis.

I have been trying to get Morgan Sims to do a show at Beatnik for many years. Finally, the stars aligned, and I convinced him to fill his van with artwork and make the trek from Chicago to Sacramento. Morgan will be showing work with Oakland artist Seren Moran this fall at Beatnik. “Shapeshifters” opens on First Friday, September 1st and shows until September 21st.

Earlier this summer, I made my way to Chicago to visit Morgan’s studio, and see what the life of an artist in the windy city is all about.
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Shaun Burner Solo Show

12 Years ago I moved to Sacramento to finish my Bachelor’s degree at Sac State. At the time I was trying to wrap my head around how to make a living with a camera in my hand. I had no idea that my path would lead me so close the heart of Sacramento’s creative community. But as I look back to my first impressions of our city, there were certainly clues.

About 10 years ago, shortly after I moved to mid-town, I purchased my first piece of original artwork. My aimless wanderings on a random 2nd Saturday brought me into a little record boutique on K street. The shop was featuring a pop-up show of Shaun Burner’s work. I was stunned and inspired by this man, his work and his attitude; the whole experience made me so thrilled to be in Sacramento. I walked away with a t-shirt and a screen print, and thus began my original art collection.

The world has a funny way of bringing things full circle, and all I can say is that you certainly get back the energy you put in. Today, I own a piece of Sacramento’s most amazing art space, Beatnik Studios, and I am overjoyed to be hosting a solo show of Shaun Burner’s work in April. I can’t say enough about Shaun’s importance to Sacramento’s art community. Shaun is not only one talented mofo, he is also the big chief shaman over at the M5arts group, the group who brought you ArtHotel and ArtStreet; which, by the way, have certainly been the largest and most inspiring art events to happen in Sacramento during my time here. Mr. Burner is also one of the owners and soothsayer for the amazing 1810 gallery over in the R street district.

“Forms in Flux” by Shaun Burner opens April 7th at Beatnik Studios, and hangs until April 27th. This is a short show so make sure and get out for this one! And, yes, I will be wearing the Burner shirt I purchased from the man 10 years ago.
– Wes Davis

The opening reception is 6pm – 9pm.


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Marc Foster & Micah Crandall-Bear Team Up For “Repose”

Marc Foster and Micah Crandall-Bear have teamed up to create something special at Beatnik. This sculpture and collection of work is a must see.

Gallery is open Tues. 10am – 5pm, Wed. and Thurs. 12pm – 5 pm
Most other days are available for visits by appointment.
Art Receptions are on the First Friday of every month.
email art@beatnik-studios.com for more info

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The State of the Pit

Beatnik has opened up the doors to a new installation space in the gallery.  “The Pit” Will feature new art installations every two months, on a staggered schedule with the gallery.  Here’s a look at the first in a series of regularly scheduled installations:

“Divine Division/Conceited Connection”

and experimental installation by Kevin Zee and John Malinowski

showing in the pit July 1st – August 19th

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May 2016 in the gallery