We here at Four Barrel Coffee are super excited to be showcasing art from a Four Barrel Coffee family member, Brett Walker. The opening reception for his show Your Oceans Are Not Big Enough For Me will be October 10th from 6-8pm. Come by the cafe at 375 Valencia and check everything out. If you can’t make it, no worries, his show will be up from October 8th to November 13th, so you will have plenty of time.
From the artist:
Made in late 2012, Your Oceans Are Not Big Enough For Me is a body of work that references my general feelings about art making and desire right now, how I want so much more than the world can provide for me, and how I know so much more is out there and available, the potential for life is limitless, and I want it all right now, and no matter how big or crazy or wild it is, I am sort of ready for it. All these images were made around the Great Lakes in Michigan and Wisconsin, and I just felt when I was there that those bodies of water are huge and vast, they felt scary and unknown to me in ways the ocean doesn’t, and I am someone who regularly swims in the bay here in San Francisco, and who also has no problem just jumping in the ocean down at Ocean Beach or when I go bike camping down the coast around Santa Cruz. Those bodies of water, the Great Lakes, became a metaphor in a way for how I was feeling, the water was mysterious, and it was amazing to be in the center of North America, totally landlocked, and find these bodies of water, they were loud, and the waves were rough, the current was intense, hard to swim in, much like the ocean, but different, unknown, places to explore, I was curious, and no matter how big and scary they seemed, I was ready for them. These feelings and experiences with the water all came about while I was on a two week residency/teaching trip with my family, basically all expenses paid, which is the ultimate dream job for me; in a way, I would love nothing more to be able to travel the world and make art, and bring my family along with me, and yet, even while I was getting to do and experience just that, there was and has been for a while this notion that there is so much more out there, that with every subsequent success or whatever in my art practice, there comes more drive and ambition, like, okay, this is what you’ve given me, well, now give me more.