San Francisco Exhibitions. Deborah Oropallo. Milk Made. Catharine Clark Gallery

San Francisco Exhibitions. Deborah Oropallo. Milk Made. Catharine Clark Gallery
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Deborah Oropallo. Milk Made.April 12 – May 24, 2014. Join us for an opening reception with the artist Saturday, April 12, 2014. 3:00-5:00 pm

Deborah Oropallo Trigger 2013 Acrylic on canvas, pigment on paper 44 x 30 inches

Deborah Oropallo
Acrylic on canvas, pigment on paper
44 x 30 inches

Catharine Clark Gallery presents Milk Made, our first exhibit of Deborah Oropallo’s work. The exhibit consists of photo-based pigment works on canvas and paper exploring the aesthetic and conceptual boundaries of photography, painting and digital art. Milk Made reflects on relationships—between animals, and between animals and food—where, as Oropallo states, “The ultimate end is always present, yet nurtured daily. To raise an animal, harvest it, and consume it is something I have only now come to witness.” Loss of connection to nature and the food that it provides is a shift in our culture, acknowledged by many and ignored by more. For Oropallo and her husband, the designer Michael Goldin, moving to a farm in Northern California provided an opportunity for them to raise animals and attempt to live in a self-sustaining environment. Milk Made is inspired by and derived from Oropallo’s experiences farming amidst the “innate gentleness and ferocity omnipresent in living with animals.”

Oropallo employs a myriad of techniques to achieve the rich and visceral expression in her artworks. She uses original photographs as raw data from which she collages and reinvents. By digitally removing sections of the Holstein cows in Cattle Class (2013), Oropallo gives the viewer a glimpse into the animal’s cavity, a view that echoes the physical extraction of meat and milk. Her technique confounds the foreground and background, rendering the images both unfocused and distorted, yet highlighted and sharp, minutely detailed and accented.

Nearly life-size in scale, rich with visual allusions, the works are deeply informed by the farming lifestyle she shares with Goldin, and also by an astute embodiment of art history, and the attendant references to life’s brevity or vanitas, present in Dutch and Flemish 17th century still life painting.

The Oropallo/Goldin home, farmstead and creamery, is itself a work in progress, an evolving experiment where the inhabitants are striving to realize the connections between art, design, and self-sustained living. The couple’s goal is to create a symbiotic system driven by design, food and creativity. As an extension and celebration of these efforts, the gallery will present a unique event during the course of the exhibition. Swine and Swill, a ticketed dinner held in the gallery, will feature some of the finest Bay Area talents in the fields of design, art, wine and food.

Special Event | Swine and Swill Ticketed Dinner
Sunday, May 4, 2014, 5:00-8:00 pm
Tickets: $175

Join Deborah Oropallo, Michael Goldin (Swerve), Amaryll Schwertner (Boulettes Larder) and Ladd Cahoon (De Novo Winery) for a special dinner to be held at Catharine Clark Gallery’s San Francisco location. The dinner will be a feast for the visual and gustatory senses. The menu features multiple dishes, prepared by Schwertner, sourced from a variety of regional farms. Guests will feast on spit-roasted pig and artisanal cheese from Oropallo and Goldin’s Novato-based dairy, as well as local vegetables and wines. Dinner will be served on long, communal tables designed and built by Michael Goldin for the event and available for purchase. The collaborative dinner and Oropallo’s exhibition, inspired by farming, are held in partnership with the San Jose Museum of Art’s exhibition, Around the Table: Food, Creativity, Community. Seats for this unique event are limited. Tickets are $175 and are available by calling Catharine Clark Gallery at 415.399.1439 or by emailing

Oropallo was born in Hackensack, New Jersey. Exposed at a young age to the New York art scene of the 1960s, her approach to art-making was informed by Pop Art and the practices of artists like Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and Robert Rauschenberg. Oropallo’s work has been exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions at several institutions including: The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Jewish Museum (New York, NY); Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.); SFMOMA and the de Young Museum (San Francisco, CA); Palm Springs Art Museum (Palm Desert, CA); San Jose Museum of Art (San Jose, CA); and Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA). The artist lives and works on a farm in Novato, California.

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