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Joyce Gordon Gallery is proud to present:

"Quantum of Soul Power"

Quilts and Mosaics by Carlos Spivey 

August 6 – September 25, 2021

Opening Reception | Friday, August 6th 6 - 9pm

Artist Talk | Friday, September 3rd 6 - 9pm

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Joyce Gordon Gallery presents "Quantum of Soul Power," an exhibition of quilted and mosaic portraits by Los Angeles based artist and animator, Carlos Spivey. The two month exhibit also celebrates Joyce Gordon Gallery's 18th Anniversary in September.

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Carlos Spivey, “Evolving”, Quilt with fabric Paint on Muslin, 83” x 39”, $6,000

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Carlos Spivey, “Ray Ray and Lo Lo”, Quilt with fabric Paint on Muslin, 42” x 44”, $2,000

Quantum is based the amount or measurement of its subject. As this title refers to Soul Power, the Black power movement was and still is a fight for our ability to determine our own collective destiny. Awakening our collective consciousness to achieve a common destiny of what we are meant to be; liberating us from the ideologies of colonialism and racism that were created to keep us down.  Soul Power…, this collective super body, positions us to achieve our social, political, economic, industrial, spiritual, religious, Historical and cultural destiny. 

Carlos Spivey is an African American artist who is a 4th generation Los Angeles native currently residing in South Central Los Angeles. Carlos's aim as a visual artist is to depict African Americans and Africans of the Diaspora In a positive light. He received his BA in fine arts from UCLA in 1981.  He later attended Graduate school at UCLA as well and received his MFA in Film/Animation in 1992.  He has completed several animated shorts.  He continues to evolve both as an artist and an animator seeing the past as the foundation of the present artistic endeavors that he is involved in. 

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Carlos Spivey, “Xosa”, Mix Media Mosaic, 18” x 14”, $2,000

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Carlos Spivey, “As seen on TV”, Quilt with fabric Paint on Muslin, 48” x 27”, $4,000

Carlos Spivey, “BMF”, Mosaic, 60” x 14.5”, $6,000

In 2014, Spivey was commissioned by the California Trust for Public Land to create the public art for a new park in Watts called Serenity Park. The park was completed in January of 2015. He was responsible for the design, fabrication and installation of the 5 mosaics in the following dimensions. In 2015, he designed 6 of 12 figures for the Watts Median Monument which celebrates the people of Los Angeles. The 12 foot silhouettes were fabricated from Steel and appear in a median in Watts. That same year he was also part of a team of artists who designed several way finding poles to alert pedestrians to landmarks and tourist destinations in the City of Watts. They designed the poles and he also created Photoshop mockups of the poles for the engineers.

The gallery is open Wednesday - Saturday 1-6pm and by appointment. We are ACHD compliant at 20% capacity and masks are required.

Joyce Gordon Gallery is a fine art gallery located midtown Oakland, CA. It exhibits art that reflects the social and cultural diversity of the Bay Area and international artists.