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Branch and Bramble - New Works by Defne Beyce Opening Reception

  • Maple Street Denim 465 9th Street Oakland, CA, 94607 United States (map)

Please join us for the opening reception of beautiful new works by Defne Beyce Saturday April 2 from 5-7 pm.  

Maple Street Denim is pleased to present Branch & Bramble, a show of new works by local artist Defne Beyce from January 21 through May 22. The Turkish-born, South Bay-raised artist creates process-based, one-of-a-kind screen prints derived from plants and weeds found around her Oakland studio. Her process bears witness to a long path; Beyce was a mid-career horse trainer and animal scientist before a community college darkroom photography class veered her off course. She found herself drawn to photography as it allowed her to capture the Colorado landscape and enabled her to reveal the deeply personal connection she had formed with this enigmatic place.  

It the years since, she has migrated back to the bay area. The plants and weeds that are the subjects of the work at Maple Street Denim have been collected from the alley behind her current studio in the Golden Gate district of Oakland. These plants create a language of the place, their stories are teased out through the printing process. Using a direct photographic process (similar to a darkroom photogram), Beyce coats a silkscreen in emulsion and lays the plants directly on the screen, exposing it with light. The resulting screens allow for the transfer of ink onto paper and panel everywhere where the light was blocked by the plant. In this way she allows the plants to speak for themselves. 

Working intuitively, she then manipulates powdered graphite and charcoal through the screen, accumulating multiple ghostly layers into impromptu compositions on paper and panels. More of her work can be seen at Beyce currently teaches printmaking at The Compound Gallery & Studios as well as UC Berkeley.

Artist Bio: 

Defne Beyce is Turkish born, South Bay raised, Oakland based artist. She received her BS in equine science from Colorado State University and has worked as a horse trainer, reindeer handler, feed room manager, vet assistant, and animal researcher. In photography she found another way of seeing the landscape, real and imagined, of the Colorado front range, and from there embarked on an art career. She received her post bacc at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her MFA from the California College of Art. She currently works as an artist and screen-printer in Oakland, Ca.