I'm Kenney Mencher. I'm an artist who left a tenured professorship in 2016 to pursue making art full time. This blog is about art, art history, with a emphasis on human rights. I make homoerotic art featuring bears, otters & other gay wildlife.
The Last Show On Earth...and so much more at Free Oakland UP!
Free Oakland UP 2809 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland CA 94602
Open Thursday to Sunday, 12 to 4pm
The Last Show On Earth
Mills College MFA, Class of 2012 Reunion Exhibition July 2 to 26
Opening Reception: Friday, July 3, 4 to 8pm. Join us for light refreshments and rousing conversation.
Closing Party! (and Fundraiser Day) Sunday, July 26, 12 to 4pm
What to make of this title: The Last Show on Earth? Hard to say if
this show is behind or ahead of the game. If this was a race, the last
show would be the slowest runner. If this was a well of water, the
would be the most savored drop. Is this show a dibs on glory - the
last crown to outshine all coronations or a denial of ambition - the
fizzle before an exit?
If that isn’t enough to ponder -- what to make of The Last Show on
Earth #2 coming to Free Oakland UP this summer? The return of a gang
who skates from humble to sassy, from measured to headlong. Gentle
everywhere — on themselves and the world. Best be there. - Stephanie Ellis, Mills College
If Thoughts Were Birds
An installation by Tessa Poppe
June 4 - 28, 2015
SOLD OUT! All individual artworks were offered free for a donation to the gallery and all pieces have been reserved. Thank you
all for embracing Tessa's artwork.
artist Tessa Poppe is exhibiting a site-specific installation that
illustrates the power and manifestation of thought. The exhibition is
comprised of an illustrated story on video and paintings on old
If you reserved a piece please pick up Friday to Sunday, June 26 to 28. If you are unable to make it to the gallery during this time please email me, Jocelyn@freeup.us to coordinate a time.
Plant Sale Fundraiser Sunday July 19, 2 to 4pm.
Where do all these plants come from you ask? Local green thumbs donate
clippings and pots, I bring them home to plant and care for. In a few
months they are happy and healthy and waiting for you to take to their
Find the perfect succulent, cactus and tropical for your home and/or garden!
The Artists in Residence program continues with two artists!
May through July, Etosha Terryll and Tessa Poppe will be creating
artwork using materials found at Free Oakland UP culminating in an
exhibition in August, 2015.
Etosha makes ephemeral sculptures from recycled materials with the
intention of gathering people together for a communal celebratory
destruction; otherwise known as piñatas. The series she is working on
this summer at Free Oakland UP will highlight oceanic
creatures with fantastical biological forms whose habitats are
threatened by increasing garbage-ification of our planet’s salty depths.
She currently resides in Berkeley and spends her days as a preschool
teacher, helping 5 year olds learn how to suck nectar from flowers.
Fundraiser Day!! Sunday, June 28
2 Fundraiser Days in July!!
Sundays, July 12 and 26 12 to 4pm.
For a financial donation to help pay for the rent
you may choose up to 10 items from the Thrift/Gift Shop!!
If you would like to donate to Free Oakland UP to help pay rent and utilities, please donate! Cash!
Cheques! Payable to: Free Oakland UP, 2809 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland CA 94602