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Landon Pointer (b.1999)
is an Oakland-based painter pushing the boundaries of traditional art, exploring the intricacies of human relationships. Focused on the nuanced connections between youth and adulthood, his canvas reflects the interplay of elements like sports, color, culture, and personal relationships.
Inspired by the multi-dimensional components shaping the human experience, Landon constructs immersive worlds where memories unfold with vibrant clarity. Childhood experiences of a nomadic lifestyle, driven by poverty and racism, provide the foundation for themes of race and social inequalities subtly woven into his art.
Reflecting on diverse facets of life, Landon finds solace in his artistic practice, turning each painting into a journey of insights and personal growth. His multimedia approach incorporates acrylics, oils, wax, sage, and aerosol, creating a rich and layered expression of his artistic vision.

‘Its All Fun n Games’

Inspired by a phrase deeply ingrained in Landon Pointer's mind from their mother, "It's all fun and games until somebody gets hurt" this exhibition serves as a poignant exploration of the artist's formative years. Through a series of thought-provoking pieces, Landon Pointer delves into the duality of this phrase, embracing both its playful and painful connotations.

Reflecting on the profound impact of childhood memories, the artist playfully captures various aspects of their youth. From tender moments like giving flowers to a first crush to profound gestures of remembrance for lost loved ones, "It's All Fun n Games" becomes an ode to Landon Pointer's past, with all its triumphs and

While the artist admits to having been compelled into premature maturity during their upbringing, this exhibition represents a bold departure from those constraints. Pointer fearlessly embraces the playful nature of their creations, viewing it as an act of courage and perseverance. The vibrant and evocative paintings on display are a testament to the artist's resilience and ability to find solace and inspiration in the midst of life's trials.

The exhibition also pays homage to the fragility of life and emotions, encapsulated in the unwritten second half of the title, "until somebody gets hurt." It serves as a poignant reminder that life's journey is delicate, and our emotions can be easily wounded. By acknowledging both sides of this phrase, Landon Pointer demonstrates their respect for the human experience and the intricacies of existence.

"It's All Fun n Games" promises to be an unforgettable visual experience, inviting viewers to reflect on their own memories and navigate the depths of the human condition.

  ‘After Class’

pt. 2 Gallery is pleased to present After Class, Oakland based painter Landon Pointer’s first exhibition with the gallery. Richly textured and layered with overlapping imagery, Pointer’s paintings convene nostalgic references and touchpoints from the artist’s childhood with a painting process that incorporates a range of techniques from airbrushing to AI imaging software. The resulting paintings within After Class feel hyper contemporary as figures pulled from different reaches of the internet collide, all the while retaining a familiar haziness that gives the sense of distant collective memory.

Curiosity defines Pointer’s painting styles which morph with each work or oftentimes are all incorporated together within the same painting. The artist builds up thick impastos of modeling paste, spraying airbrushed pigment over the textured surface, the diffused softness of the airbrush contrasting with the stiff peaks and valleys of the built up facade. These textures are contrasted by large fields of color, or figures rendered in careful detail.

Despite their purely analog feel, in conceptualizing this exhibition the artist began experimenting with an AI image making software which provided renderings from the artist’s provided prompts. What began as a way to imagine certain ideas has evolved into another component of the artist’s layered process, constructing renderings that occasionally become translated quite literally to canvas, or in other times are augmented with a further layering of images. Instead of balking at the prospect of incorporating digital ways of working as many artists do, Pointer has fully embraced this as yet another tool in his bag, seeing the use of the AI software as a true collaboration–the artist and computer going back and forth in the creation of images and their translation to canvas.