Kevan Jenson's Carbon Sequestration Opening
4:00 PM16:00

Kevan Jenson's Carbon Sequestration Opening

Kevan Jenson is an American magician alchemist using smoke to paint on canvas. He creates surrealistic abstract landscapes that probe our imagination and reveal an imaginary realm that elicits beauty yet whispers and ebbs warnings about our ecology.

Jenson came from a family of artists, writers and musicians, but started UC Berkeley at 17 in math and science, quickly abandoning that field at 18 and headed for a career in art after discovering and idolizing Marcel Duchamp. At Cal, he studied with Harold Paris and became his assistant and mentee. It was his work with Paris that ignited his interest in smoke painting, yet it was an image of Klein with a flame-thrower that pointed out his path. After Paris died, Kevan packed up and left to embrace the NYC art world and had a studio in Chelsea in the early 80s while working as an NYC taxi driver.

Kevan did a little smoke work in NY but when he came back to California in ‘85 to LA, he was immediately inspired by the landscape, ecology and psychology of fire and started feverishly working with smoke on canvas. The fire culture goes way back in California and started with its native peoples who were very in touch with this aspect of the landscape. The hills in California are constantly burning. The word Temescal, which is a neighborhood just a walk away from this exhibit, comes from smoke healing ceremonies and preventative fires. Kevan says, “I’m not specifically tied to any of this, but it lends some weight to my ideas about painting with smoke. There is a ritualistic part of using fire as a tool. I got into smoke upon arrival back in LA and haven’t stopped.”

Jenson has a resume that reads like 5 lifetimes packed into half a life. It’s no wonder that “he creates magic,” as Peter Selz says. Jenson studied and worked with a California master, cut his teeth in the New York art scene in the 80s while working as a cab driver, worked as an artist in LA while simultaneously working as a video engineer and film producer with folks like David Lynch and Hito Steyerl. Jenson even spent nine years working with the psychologist, James Hillman, producing two documentaries on the links between Duchamp and Depth Psychology.

We find an artist embraced by legends of the past and present. Peter Selz, who is one of the most influential curators and art historians of the 20th century, curated a 20-year retrospective of Kevan’s work at Meridian Gallery in SF in 2008. At the same time, we see Jenson working with and supported by Hito Steyerl, who Art Review dubbed as “The Most Influential Artist of 2017” on their Power 100 list.

It’s easy to see the visual magic that Jenson creates in his smoke paintings, but what’s even more important is what is underneath or upside down in the way that Kevan has used his diverse palate of experience to comment on our most fundamental western ideas and Californian identity.

In Kevan’s G.A.P. expo in March, entitled “Carbon Sequestration,” the idea of being held captive by a host of contemporary problems (global warming, an oil economy, the loss of our natural landscapes to deforestation and amplified natural disasters like wildfires) is conflated with notions of how good paintings capture viewers and hold them enthralled.  In Jenson’s paintings we are held by the swirling imaginal field of the works AND understand that they are literally made via combustion of carbon.  The process fits the content, but in a beautiful way.  

Aesthetics provide a path of engagement with the world, especially a world in crisis.  Kevan follows on the processes and ethics used by Surrealists to keep Western culture moving forward during the darkest years of the 20th century - free engagement with the imagination.  He believes that artists will keep the inner flames of inspiration lit during the dark passages lying ahead as we negotiate our way through another era of upheaval.  

If we place Jenson’s work in this context, they begin to open up and omen, visions, harbingers of danger or opportunity, places of contemplation or nightmares.  They reveal a mystic vision of our times.

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David Kampmann's Dogs & Icons
to Oct 31

David Kampmann's Dogs & Icons

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Kampmann's paintings are about the interaction of the human and divine addressing the underlying unity of all creation. Light and manifest spirit are the protagonist of his work. Kampmann's work is also about painting itself, making references to biblical imagery, artworks and artists that share his intent and history. Dogs play an important role as key subjects, characters and love itself. This show combines the iconography, influences and spiritual connection that are shared between mankind, God and Dog.

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Walker Fee's New Mythology Project
4:00 PM16:00

Walker Fee's New Mythology Project

Opening: July 8th from 4-7pm

Are you interested in creating your own personal mythology? At Gibson Art Projects, we are inspired daily by the Jess murals that line the halls and remind us of the importance of mythology in our lives, and it is for that reason we are excited to welcome the latest project of Walker Fee. Walker believes that creating a personal mythology is a human need. The New Mythology Project is designed as an educational curriculum, which provides resources for self-discovery. The project’s purpose is to empower individuals as artists and creators of their own lives.

The artworks of Walker’s New Mythology project will be exhibited in the gallery for the month of July. We look forward to hosting you!

“I started to create artwork that helped me to name and understand the characters and activities that were going on within: I was creating a Personal Mythology.” -Walker Fee

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Artists from the Art Collection of Robert Duncan and Jess
4:00 PM16:00

Artists from the Art Collection of Robert Duncan and Jess

You and your friends are invited to a special exhibition: 

Artists from the Art Collection of Robert Duncan and Jess


The Pauline Kael - Jess Murals House

2419 Oregon Street

Berkeley, CA 94705

Opening Reception: 

Saturday, May 13, 4:00 - 7:00pm 


Friday, May 19, 7:00 - 8:30pm, there will be a screening of a portion of Jess's 12-hour collage film Peekaboo Flicks, along with a short documentary on Robert Duncan and Jess's San Francisco home. 

This exhibit brings together rarely seen works by artists whom the poet Robert Duncan and the artist Jess encouraged and collected for over thirty-five years. The works are being lent by the Jess Collins Trust and a number of Bay Area collectors. 

The Pauline Kael House, where the distinguished film critic lived and worked from 1955 to 1963, features a remarkable series of murals and tableaux by Jess (1923 - 2004), which will be available for viewing during the exhibition. 

A one-time $25 donation is asked for preserving and restoring several of the murals.

Artists Included: 

Paul Alexander, Ronald Bladen, Brock Brockway, Lyn Brockway, Robert Duncan, Ernie Edwards, Norris Embry, Landis Everson, Tom Field, Madeline Gleason, George Herms, Fran Herndon, Harry Jacobus, Gina James, Jess, Lawrence Jordan, William McNeill, Claire Mahl, William Brodecky Moore, Nata Piaskowski, Philip Roeber

Exhibit Hours: 

Saturday, May 13 - Sunday May 14, 1:00 - 4:00pm

Friday, May 19 - Sunday May 21, 1:00 - 4:00pm


The Pauline Kael - Jess Murals House is two blocks north of Ashby and one half-block east of Telegraph, Berkeley. 

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Sponsored by the Committee to Preserve the Kael/Basart House and Jess Murals, a non-profit 501(c)3, and Reuben Gibson of 2419 Oregon St. 

This spring event is dedicated to Harry Jacobus in his ninetieth year and to the memory of Pauline, Robert, & Jess. 

We look forward to seeing you!


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melancholia: hinge as innominate limina
4:00 PM16:00

melancholia: hinge as innominate limina

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This event is a poetry reading, book release and art exhibition all in one! 

Gibson Art Projects is pleased to host the release of

melencholia: hinge as innominate limina

a four part treatment on Melancholy by Will Alexander, Heller Levinson, Linda Lynch, and Mary Newell


Melancholia:  Hinge as Innominate Limina is the second multi-participant exfoliation of Heller Levinson’s Hinge Theory.  The four contributors, diverse in gender, ethnicity, location, and artistic medium, bring an intensity of flare to meet the melancholic certainty of transience and express its ongoing exfoliations in varied but confluent sonorities.  The collaboration includes two poetic essays and four drawings by Will Alexander; a section of Hinge Poetics by Heller Levinson; integrated poem/drawings by Levinson and visual artist Linda Lynch; and a meditation on the “Shades of Melancholy” focusing on Emily Dickinson by Mary Newell.

Refreshments and light snacks will be served. Tickets are free, though we are pleased to accept donations, and can be found here with event details: The Committee to Preserve the Jess Murals & Kael House is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. Your tax-deductible donation will help cover the costs of preserving the murals and developing the house as a center for educational and cultural activities.

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2:00 PM14:00

Gibson Arts Projects presents the works of Feng Jin


Gibson Art Projects proudly announces its first exhibition of the 2017 season with the exciting and dynamic work of Beijing based artist, Feng Jin, who has left behind 20 important pieces he created in Oakland, which will be exhibited between February 26th and March 30th.

Born in Harbin, China in 1966, of Korean descent. Jin's creativity was forged, much like his metal sculptures, with the pressure of growing up Korean in China and being alienated on the playground, forced to find solace in alone time and crafts.

Jin Studied at the Central academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China’s number one art institute. 

Jin says “my sculpture is an intimate dialogue between human and the boundless strength of metal, an expression of thoughts, emotions, dreams, passions, destinies and desires that are constantly bounding out of my mind.”

Jin takes the ideas of ancient Chinese culture and forges a contemporary identity through the strengths of his hands, heart and mind. 

Refreshments and light snacks will be served. Viewings after the opening are by appointment only. Please email to set up a private viewing during the month of March.

Tickets to this event are free, however we'd love for you to make a donation to help us preserve, restore and uncover the Jess murals. Learn more about the house and its history at


The Committee to Preserve the Jess Murals & Kael-Basart House is as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. Your donations are 100% deductible! Your tax-deductible donation will help cover the costs of preserving the murals and developing the house as a center for educational and cultural activities. No donation amount is too small, donations are tax-deductible and our tax ID number is 47-1636422.


Free street parking is available and the lot at 2855 Telegraph Ave is open on Sunday and is also free of charge.

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