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Art at Steel Rail: Edges, Rails & Piers

Steel Rail, in association with the Santa Cruz-based collective Art Research Office,  presents Edges, Rails and Piers — New Bay Area paintings by Pat Appleby, Anthony Torrano and Sophie Baker.

Opening Reception — Wednesday, December 2, 6-8 pm

Please join us for an opening reception with the artists Wednesday, December 2, 6-8 pm at Steel Rail. Invite your friends on Facebook. Paintings will remain on display at Steel Rail until February 1, 2016. 

About Art Research Office

Art Research Office is a nomadic exhibition program based out of California. Our mission is to create well designed exhibition experiences. We bridge the relationship and opportunities art can have with businesses, private collectors and non-profit art centers. Our services encompass exhibition design, art installation and logistics.

About the Artists

Sophie Baker is a graphic designer and fine artist working in the Bay Area. She received a BA from The University of California, Santa Cruz with a focus on digital printing and painting. Her work often uses photo-based collage, mixed media and abstract expressionism to explore themes of rhythm and nature.

Pat Appleby was born in 1991 in Oakland, CA. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2013 with a double major in Studio Art and History of Art & Visual Culture. He received the William Hyde & Susan Benteen Irwin Scholarship upon graduating and was featured in a group show at the Sesnon Gallery. His paintings have been shown with the Art Research Office in Santa Cruz and featured in numerous group shows. He is based between Santa Cruz and the Bay Area and currently resides in Benicia, CA.

Appleby’s paintings focus on the pleasures of looking, with both vibrant and subtle colors interacting to create images that radiate in unfamiliar ways. His abstract compositions thrive on carefully selected colors that combine to create a sense of vibration and an unfolding process of viewing. Regular patterns such as horizontal stripes or grids are gently disrupted through their hand-painted quality and yield expression and tension as the colors press against each other. Pat's website. Pat on Instagram.

Anthony Torrano grew up in San Francisco, and exploring the city’s urban environment has influenced his work. He is constantly trying to figure out how to create commotion in his paintings. He uses shapes to recall the urban landscape, but true to a city is the loud siren of an ambulance speeding by, or a booming crash from a construction site. He takes influence from the noise, colors, and buzz of the city and tries to replicate his experience in paint. Anthony’s website.