September 6 – October 1, 2013
Crown Nine
461 A 9th Street
Oakland, CA 94607


Since the discovery of the cave drawings, created 40,000 years ago, the recording of nature has been the nexus of art.  Today, with the rapid onset of technology, we find ourselves inundated with imagery and the lines that define our understanding of what is “natural” are becoming more and more blurred. With significant shifts in how we associate colors and interact with our environment, we are continuously challenged to recall our histories and evaluate the ever-changing notions of authentic versus synthetic.

Hyper-Natural is a survey of works by Pete Belkin, Evan DeSpelder, Brynda Glazier, Maciej Makalowski and Andrew L. Rogers that explore the contemporary subjectivity of nature. Not unlike the original cave drawings, each work employs available materials to document the happenings of our time.



This exhibition was inspired by an interpretation of Kate Ellen’s, owner of Crown Nine, mission to create jewelry that marries the industrial with the natural through the use of ancient techniques.  Crown Nine is a unique jewelry boutique that was founded in December of 2011 and is located in the heart of Old Oakland. Crown Nine carries the work of Kate Ellen Metals in addition to 20 other jewelry designers.

BLOCK GALLERY is a site-specific exhibition program working to forge collaborations between art and our everyday spaces. By connecting curators and artists to alternative venues, our exhibitions aim to engage with the context of our locations, expand the paradigms of exhibition making and activate the art experience.