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Mat O'Brien & Brian Gaberman

Written by Isaac Randozzi   
Tuesday, 31 October 2006 04:37

@Adobe Books
Hug the Grey
new works by Mat O'Brien
with photography by Brian Gaberman
Adobe Books

text and photos by Isaac McKay-Randozzi


Mat O'Brien illustrator/painter and Brian Gaberman photographer team up and present Hug the Grey. The show is at Adobe Books (Oct. 20 - Nov. 20, 2006) which has a long tradition of showing "up and comers" in the S.F. art scene. Mat sells plants and plant related items during the day and draws his brians out during his off hours - as the evidence shows in the photos below. The guy is kinda nutty when it comes to detail and musical references; hopes, desires and the stuff of life fill his pieces. Not only does his work please the eye and make it observe every detail of his work, but it also ignites the brain to think and decipher the meanings behind the imagery. Or at least that what it does for me, for you it might make you want a fudgesicle.

Brian Gaberman takes photos for a living working for Skateboarder Magazine and Element Skateboards. His non-skate related work is amazing. Not only his composition and the actions related to taking the photo but also his darkroom technique is unparallel and makes him one of the best photographers working today. His contributions to Hug the Grey was of a personal nature. Photos of his pregnant wife, new born child and his first born provided an interesting contrast to Mat's usage of public persons like Frank Zappa and Morrissey. The few of Brian's photos that hug in the main room of the bookstore where older photos that, if I'm not mistaken were in his profile in Black and White Magazine a few years ago. It was great to see them in the flesh and if you can, you should make it down there to see them too. It's not often that Mat or Brian participate in art shows.


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Brian Gaberman

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