Pareidolia – Opening January 16th.

I have a new solo exhibition on the (very near) horizon.

Here’s the announcement from my gallery!

Please come to the opening if you are anywhere nearby.

Pareidolia: New Works by Donald Fortescue

OPENS January 16, 6:30-8PM, Artist Reception

EXHIBITS January 16 – February 22, 2014

Oakland Art Murmur Celebration on February 7, 6-9PM
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland, CA 94612, 510 893 8800
Gallery Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday, 11-6PM
You are cordially invited to join us as we kick off the New Year with the new and exciting solo show “Pareidolia: New Works by Donald Fortescue.” This exhibit is a culmination of the last three years of work created through residency programs he’s completed between 2011 and 2013. I’m most excited to bring forth Donald Fortescue’s distinct vision shaped by an early career as a scientist which later blossomed into an artist and a professor of design and craft.  I perceive Donald retains and applies the scientific approach to lab or field work to his studio artwork.  These last few years he has gone on expeditions to Snowmass, Colorado, to the Headlands in Marin and Bolinas, California, to Iceland and even to his native land, Australia, to gather his artistic findings.  There he engages in the field as a naturalist: he systematically and creatively gathers materials/native findings, such as tree branches to whittle and carve, or records and documents findings and photos to take back to the studio to study, experiment with, sculpt into visual and aural artworks. We’re most excited to present the fascinating works and opportunities for discoveries originated by Fortescue’s journeys included in “Pareidolia.”  — Lonnie Lee
Maculata #4 (2013) Archival digital print  H 32.5” x 44”

Maculata #4 (2013)
Archival digital print
H 32.5” x 44”

“”Pareidolia” is the psychological phenomenon whereby a vague or random stimulus (often an image or sound) is perceived as significant or having recognizable form – classical examples being seeing the “man” in the moon (or the “rabbit pounding rice” if you are Japanese), the Shroud of Turin, and the “face” in the Cydonia region of Mars.Much of my recent work explores this phenomenon. I’m interested in how information or meaning is read in patterns formed in nature and by human culture and technology? Detailed close-up images dissolve on close inspection revealing their fractal qualities (self similarity at varying scales) and leaving space for our imagination. Similar fractal qualities are also revealed in the digital and physical processes used in creating the work. Is there a correspondence between processes in nature and human technical processes and systems of thought?Is the ‘signal’ distinguishable from the ‘noise’?  Or is it just our imagination?I use contemporary digital technologies such as image manipulation software, 3D scanning and digital printing, video and sound, combined with more traditional hand-making processes and compare the inherent qualities or ‘artifacts’ of these processes with natural processes of emergent complexity and pattern formation.Most of the work in this exhibition is made in response to specific locations in northern Iceland, the south-east coast of Australia, the Rocky Mountains near Aspen, Marin County California, and at Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia. As an artist who worked professionally as a scientist for many years, I’m interested in the common ground between the methodologies and philosophy of science and art.”
– Donald Fortescue

"On the level, #2" (2003 - 2013)  Study of installation, recycled redwood suspended in an array.

“On the level, #2” (2003 – 2013)
Study of installation, recycled redwood suspended in an array.


EXHIBITION  January 16 – February 22, 2014
ARTIST RECEPTION / OPEN  Thursday, January 16, 6:30-8PMARTIST TALK SERIES  Saturday, February 8, 2-3:30PM, refreshments following
Donald will give a presentation of his residency work with slides, and open discussionCELEBRATIONS  Friday, February 7, 6-9:00PM during Oakland Art Murmur,
and 3rd Thursday, February 20, 6:30-8PM
Music Performance The Haydn Enthusiasts is a society of amateur and professional musicians who appreciate and celebrate the genius of Joseph Haydn. Filled with unlimited creativity, Haydn’s string quartets are pinnacles of the genre, as well as the originals. Their mission is to present each quartet as a consciously crafted performance.
Vessel Gallery is located in the heart of Oakland’s Uptown Arts District
Use 19th St. Station at BART – a 7 minute walk to our district; paid parking, and street parking available nearby.
For Press Inquiries / interviews or further information on our stable of artists, contact:Lonnie Lee
Founder / Director / Curator
Phone: 510 893 8800
Vessel Gallery

Vessel Gallery

One Comment

  1. Congratulations Donald. Wish I could stop by. I will be headed east on the 16th rather than west…


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