featured artworkJosh Keyes, Treadmill
North Locust Garage, East Entrance
The 2007 Downtown Mural Project brought more color in the downtown Walnut Creek thanks to a new mural organized by the Bedford Gallery Advisory Council (BGAC) and Walnut Creeks Art Commission. The mural is located at the east entrance of the Locust St. Garage, adjacent to the Lesher Center for the Arts, and is enjoyed by thousands of theater and gallery patrons, shoppers, and city employees who use the garage on a daily basis.
The mural is dedicated to the memory of Susan Booth, a long time Bedford gallery employee. An artist honorarium was generously donated by a Friend of the Bedford with additional contributions from the Booth family. The paint was donated by Sherwin Williams.
Artist Josh Keyes was selected for his intense graphic style and images that explore the link between industry and nature. Though often steeped in satire, Josh’s paintings are also suffused with a sincere admiration of our planet. Raised in Tacoma, Washington, Keyes grew up surrounded by forests, and witnessed their decimation by the logging industry. His piece titled Treadmill comments on the intricacy of the earth as a system and the complexity of our response to the natural world. Josh earned a master’s degree in Fine Arts from Yale University. His work has been published in New American Painters and exhibited in galleries in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.
Christian Moeller, Shhh… A Portrait in 12 Volumes of Gray
Downtown Walnut Creek Library
Watch of video of Shhh... being installed.
Entitled Shhh… A Portrait in 12 Volumes of Gray, Christian Moeller’s unique concept presents a digital work of art in analog technique—using 3,960 sketchbooks to create a “pixilated” image. The sketchbooks will be contained within a bookshelf measuring 26’ tall and 100” wide. The books’ spines, acting as “pixels,” create a visual image that, from afar, is a crisp photo-like image, but which becomes completely abstract as one approaches it. This shifting perspective challenges our visual perception and engages us on both an intuitive and intellectual level.
In 2009, the Walnut Creek Arts Commission approved artist Moeller’s concept for a public artwork at the new Walnut Creek Library according to the City’s Public Art Ordinance. It was installed over a period of nine hours on June 8, 2010 and was first revealed to the public on the Library's Opening Day July 17, 2010.
Christian Moeller is an artist working with contemporary media technologies to produce innovative works of art, ranging in size from handheld objects to architecturally scaled installations. Over the past two decades, his body of work represents some of the most original and complex art born from the intersection of cinema, computation, music, technology, and physical space.