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Just Sunshine, 2008
80x84 inches, diptych
Worms at Work, 2008
The Road, the Cave, the Lake and the Sky at Night, 2008
Bay Area artist Kirk LeClaire opens an exhibition of four new works at One Post Street on Monday, September 8. LeClaire's large-scale scratchboard works are dazzling collisions of black and white abstract and figurative forms. The exhibition will continue through November 21.
Graphic in nature, scratchboard is elevated to fine art under LeClaire's skilled hand. Originally used as a printing medium, scratchboard became a popular technique in illustration during the late 19th century. Images are created through a process of removal, by etching into a thin layer of white China clay that has been coated with a black India ink. Reminiscent of woodcuts and the art of the silhouette, organic and linear elements weave in and out of landscape-like imagery in LeClaire's dynamic compositions.
Kirk LeClaire, born and raised in Billings, Montana, moved to San Francisco in 1977 where he received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1983. LeClaire's interests have spanned visual art, experimental music and film-making. He is a professor in the Art Department at California State University East Bay.
Brian Gross Fine Art mounts four exhibitions a year in the Lobby Gallery at One Post Street. One Post Street is located at the intersection of Post, Market, and Montgomery Streets next to the Montgomery BART Station. Lobby hours are Monday–Friday 8am–6pm.