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The Surreal Works of Eric Weston

May 29 - June 5, 2010
Public Opening Reception: May 29, 2010 / 4-8 p.m.
Private Reception: June 5, 2010 / 4-8 p.m.

The passing of Eric Weston at the young age of 56 left a large void in the lives of his friends and family. Eric was the consummate perfectionist and a master craftsman in his business as a general contractor, previously as a pattern maker and as an artist. He was kind, loving and gentle; a master of the crossword puzzle and was known to be quite stubborn (he seldom lost an argument). Eric was a great friend, son, brother and professional. Those of us who knew and loved Eric felt a need to share his creativity and talent in an art show that would showcase his skills as not only an artist integrating concepts (nature, skeletons, woodwork and industrial metals & various collectibles) but also an artist of construction, a master finish carpenter. Ericís business was called Flying Anvil Construction for his love of the anvil and all it represented as a symbol of the earth, an icon of strength, solidity and mass. He and his former wife, Gwen Sanders, were among the first to live in the Dutch Boy Paint Factory where they built their first live-work space and had the opportunity to interact with many resident artists.

Eric was the consummate collector and he was also known to travel with a butchers knife & heavy duty plastic bags under his seat, just in case he came across any interesting "road kill". He would then decapitate the "road kill" or just take the whole thing with him, bury it and later dig it up, reassemble as needed, then integrate it into his art. Sound strange? Come see what he accomplished with his creativity, skills and imagination!

The Autobody Fine Art Gallery was selected for this show because they represent the contemporary art of emerging artists who are edgy, creative and underrepresented. This show will give Eric the exposure he deserves and will allow his art to be shared with many. For his friends and family this is our opportunity to honor Eric and to give him the "send off" he so deserves.

Industrial Iconoclast will showcase a slide presentation of Ericís life and of his residence where he lived for over 20 years. Eric gutted the triangular brick building and created a masterpiece of architectural detail. There will also be over 60 pieces of art created by Eric from the mid 1980ís through 2009.

One of the primary pieces of art in the show is named Look Homeward Anvil. This piece was shown at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek. Eric had been invited to participate in creating a piece of art from a 300 year old oak tree that had to be cut down. To Eric the oak tree symbolized the attributes of the anvil, by giving it wings and elongating it towards the sky he felt it described both the living energy of the tree growing upwards from the earth and the spirit of the tree being freed from its constraints in death.

Industrial Iconoclast opens Wednesday, May 26th and runs through Saturday, June 5th. There will be an Opening Reception on Saturday, May 29th from 4-8pm that is open to the public. The Closing Reception is on Saturday, June 5th from 4-8pm and is private and by invitation only.

For more information and images from "Industrial Iconoclast," please contact Jacqueline Cooper, Executive Director, Autobody Fine Art Gallery, or Amy George, gallery and Events Director, at 510.865.2608,or send the gallery an e-mail at

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