Rachael Brogdon and Michael Sacramento Artists Reception: October 26, 3 - 5 PM On display: October 25 - December 7, 2019
Before your eyes, a pine forest with a blue lake appears on a silver copper and brass necklace. As you investigate further, you realize that fractured images of urban landscapes are held together by magnets on a steel plate. These are the metal inspired, intimate but thought provoking artwork of Rachael Brogdon and Michael Sacramento. METAL opens October 26 at 4th Street Fine Art, Berkeley CA. The exhibition is on display from October 25 through December 7, 2019.
Born in Sonoma County, Brogdon’s art is most well known through her family’s business Green Pisces Designs which participates in numerous California art fairs and supplies various handmade wares to vendors across the country. Since branching out to do more self expressive work, she has had well received regular art exhibitions with Berkeley’s premier alternative art gallery 4th Street Fine Art.
Asked about the art exhibition, Brogdon said METAL provides her with an opportunity to produce artwork that is more intricate, investigative and expressive.
Sacramento began his fine art career in 2003 with a sold out exhibition in Berkeley, CA. Ever since, he has continued to exhibit regularly as well as garnered awards and publications. Most recently, he was a commissioned artist for San Francisco’s Annual Lantern Festival. For his new exhibition, Sacramento enjoys the opportunity to further develop his most personal and acclaimed work to date.
Metal art can be traced back as far as 7000 B.C. The earliest archeological artifacts were recorded as crude artistic creations from the Bronze Age. Through the years, and numerous art movements, metal has been used for self expression - from intricately carved and patterned functional items such as door hinges and gates of the medieval period, to the decorative pieces of the Italian Renaissance. These days metal is found across all genres of art. Through their exhibition, Brogdon and Sacramento present their unique interpretations of the widely used material.
Raised in the country, Brogdon’s roots are close to the land, animals and her love of the sea. She draws her inspiration from nature all around her. You can see that in all of her pieces, whether it’s a tentacle from an octopus, an ocean wave or an owl with the moon as a backdrop, often incorporating textures from tree bark, leaves or seaweed. Using skills that she has developed working in ceramics, stained glass, concrete, welding, drawing, jewelry and metal smithing. Her pieces are made from reclaimed silver using precious metal clay (fine silver), sterling silver and copper. Every piece she completes is a celebration that helps reduce the negative impact on earth and at the same time creating something that others can enjoy and wear. Her current series presents wearable objects that are like small organic windows into metallic natural landscapes.
Sacramento’s collaged paintings are created with fragments of images, objects, textures and colors that are inspired by his day to day observations - from street scenes, billboards and posters to often overlooked surfaces, birds, butterflies and architectural elements. Most often, metal is used as the support structure as well as decorative elements. His method of integrating seemingly independent images and materials is Sacramento’s fullest and most honest self expression. Consequently he views his work as an analog to the human experience and how independent entities can be interdependent to create a higher, more textured and layered existence.
Together, Brogdon and Sacramento’s creative journeys have led them in a singular place and time to value metal as a source of inspiration, material and aesthetic element. Gallery visitors will be stunned and fascinated by their interesting and creative use of metal.