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Opening Reception: March 7th, 2015 6 - 10pm
On view: March 7th - 28th, 2015

Spoke Art is pleased to present, “Chromatic Erratics”, a solo show of Santa Cruz-based artist Caia Koopman. After many years of exhibiting in various group shows with the gallery, Caia presents her first solo exhibition at Spoke Art with a brand new body of work.

Originating from the roots of Pop Surrealism, “Chromatic Erractics" is an exploration of Caia’s personal aesthetic and the California culture that so deeply saturates her subject matter. Growing up in Southern California, Caia is considerably drawn to the surf, skate and tattoo culture; these lowbrow influences, combined with her love of nature result in a visually striking style, full of eccentric illustrative touches.

Consisting of a series of small to medium sized portraits and one large-scale mural, “Chromatic Erratics” is a kind of reflection into Caia’s artistic mind. Each piece holds a special place for her, each figure resonates on a different level. The female subjects that grace her paintings are forceful in their feminist gaze yet remain fluid and organic akin to the nature that surrounds them. Surreal and whimsical all at once, Caia’s females are intentionally situated the colorful dreamlike world of their own making.

A staunch devotee to environmentalism, Caia hopes her work will raise awareness about the deteriorating ecological state of our earth. “I am pretty much horrified at what humans are doing to the planet and all its inhabitants. There is an incredible imbalance right now, this planet can not sustain the life humans are sucking out of it daily. I hope that my art speaks to people about the respect for nature and our fellow critters that I feel.” she states.

A highly anticipated exhibition, “Chromatic Erratics” is a swirling display of surrealist painting and illustration. Please join us March 7th, from 6 to 10pm. Complimentary beverages will be served and the artist will be in attendance.