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Image: Gabby Miller

Image: Gabby Miller

We are pleased to announce that  East Bay Express and KQED Arts both wrote articles on Gabby Miller's residency at Random Parts.

This Saturday is an Open Studio with Gabby Miller. April 2nd, 2016 from 2-6pm.

Hope we see you there!

TURQUOISE WAKE (Coal, Air, Chicken & Shit)
Open Studio All Afternoon - The Sea is Rising in Oakland
Bring CASH $$$ for The Lumpia Shack & Musicians $$$$$$$$ 
Delicious food by The Lumpia Shack 
Hypnotizing Music by Fanciulla Gentile & Neha Spellfish @ 4:00 pm
Silk Screens of the Rising Sea with help from Patchwerk Press

Here is an excerpt from Emily Hunt's interview/article in KQED Arts:

When did you start making paintings with the ship’s engine oil?
When we landed in Nakhodka, Russia to bunker. The chef realized I was an artist when I borrowed a jar to put the oil in, and he asked me to paint a portrait of him and his wife. I quickly got requests from every other crew member. I offered to paint whoever they wanted commemorated.

Please read full article here.

Here is an excerpt from Sarah Burke's article, Gabby Miller as Cross-Cultural Cargo in the East Bay Express on March 23rd, 2016:

Miller embarked on the journey as a way to further her research on global trade and gain a first-hand experience of some of the concepts at the center of her work. For the past few years, she's grown increasingly obsessed with the history of international shipping and the ways in which it relates to Western imperialism, environmental degradation, the oil industry, and international conflict — an interest she developed through her involvement in the 2011 Occupy Oakland general strike, during which protesters shut down the Port of Oakland. So, with funding from the Asian Cultural Council (an international nonprofit), she bought a ticket and boarded the ship with a small pack of paint supplies and no expectations. Now, six months later, she's processing the experience in an artist residency at Random Parts Gallery (1206 13th Ave., Oakland) for which she'll present a final show on April 2.
Please read full article here.


Artful Dodger: Visual Art Happenings and Last Chances for December- KQED Arts

Thank you Sarah Hotchkiss  for recommending Ace Lehner's show in the visual arts section of KQED Arts.

By Sarah Hotchkiss DECEMBER 1, 2015


Don’t let KOIT FM’s nonstop Christmas music lull you into an early December holiday laze. There’s so much left to do in 2015! 

Turn the dial, put on your warm socks and feast your eyes on these Bay Area visual art events.

Ace Lehner, ‘Holding Hands,’ 2013. (Courtesy: Random Parts)

Ace Lehner, ‘Holding Hands,’ 2013. (Courtesy: Random Parts)


Dec. 5, 2015 – Jan. 9, 2016: Gangsters Revisited at Random Parts, Oakland. Local photographer Ace Lehner documents Cookie Paloma and Renee De Jesus dressed in the trappings and adopting the poses of their teenage identities as Latina “gangsters.” Posed in surreal suburban landscapes and sun-dappled natural settings, the women reenact a complicated moment in their personal histories — part survival tactic, part visual assertion of their heritage. Attend an artist talk on Dec. 11 for a more in-depth examination of the “collaboration” between the Lehner, Paloma and De Jesus.

East Bay Express shouts out Kija Lucas' Sentimental Taxonomy

Kija Lucas, Sara, Los Angeles, Archival Pigment Print, 2014

Sarah Burke from East Bay Express visited Random Parts to view Kija Lucas' Sentimental Taxonomy. Her review was published in the Arts and Culture- Art picks section of the East Bay Express.

Here is what she had to say:

In Sentimental Taxonomy , currently on view at Random Parts gallery (1206 13th Ave., Oakland) Bay Area photographer Kija Lucas builds a visual dictionary of emotional materials: an old teddy bear, pink vintage sunglasses, Vienna sausage packaging, a ring, a handkerchief, a photograph. Each is photographically documented in front of a black background, and placed in a row with the others. Sentimental Taxonomy is an excerpt from Lucas’ larger ongoing project entitled Objects to Remember You By: An Index of Sentiment, in which she documents objects that hold sentimental meaning for people beyond their utilitarian purpose. Lucas’ catalog is specifically meant to explore the ways in which objects can memorialize people from our pasts, personalize a space, and offer a sense of safety or intimacy. But by decontextualizing the materials, Lucas renders them mysterious, leaving the viewer to wonder what they could have meant to the owner.

So if you have not seen the show please call us to make a time to visit the gallery.

Gallery hours are by appointment only. Do not hesitate to email or call.

The show closes November 28th. You do not want to miss it.

Please contact us at: 510-415-8791 or

Sarah Burke's full article is here.


Random Parts was delighted to have Curiously Direct visit our space for Kija Lucas' exhibition.

Kija Lucas, installation at Random Parts

Here is the review on the show:

Random Parts // Kija Lucas : Sentimental Taxonomy = An excellent solo show of new photographs by Lucas. In each of the long works, a group of objects is arranged in a loose row and photographed against a pure black backdrop. The objects are all over the map – pinecone, baseball, rolling pin, passport, rock, toy, shell. Each has in common a single trait: Lucas asked for participants from the community to offer up an object that has sentimental value to them. They are presented simply, without explanatory text; each grouping forms a charged constellation: we can imagine the narratives behind each individual object and new ones amidst the arrangements. There are so many pitfalls for work that deals with this kind of material and they are all deftly avoided here. My first time to this space (its been open for 2 years ?!) and I’m glad I finally made it/disappointed about what I’ve likely missed there. Highly recommended.

Read article here