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Oakland Cannery

Where woodworking, screen-printing, and plywood painting align.

James Swinson paints a lot on found materials rather than canvas: plywood, an of

James Swinson paints a lot on found materials rather than canvas: plywood, an office partition, a door... He has a little sleeping loft that's mainly used for storage.

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James Swinson paints a lot on found materials rather than canvas: plywood, an of

I co-own a screenprinted streetwear label, 57-33, with Loretta Nguyen.

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James Swinson paints a lot on found materials rather than canvas: plywood, an of

Gage Opdenbrouw makes furniture and cabinets at a woodworking shop, but lately he's been getting back into painting.

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James Swinson paints a lot on found materials rather than canvas: plywood, an of

Brett Amory's work has gotten more three-dimensional lately. He's recreating Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop in painted canvases—it'll be about 12 by 12 feet.

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James Swinson paints a lot on found materials rather than canvas: plywood, an of

People seem to either move out within the first 18 months or stay for the long haul. It's an odd window. Erik Friedman has been here at least 20 years.

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Check out the slideshow above for a tour of the Oakland Cannery.

Tour 1: Cotton Mill Studios
Pole dancing teachers, surrealist collages, hearts of metal, and more. Text and images by Joshua LaCunha  

Tour 2: Vulcan Studios
Contortionists, musicians, and fire spinners commingle. Text and images by Helena and Laurent Martin 

Tour 3: Dutch Boy Studios
A former paint factory turns its quirky nooks to good use. Text and images by Michelle Bassler

Tour 4: Oakland Cannery
Where woodworking, screen-printing, and plywood painting align. Text and images by Eddie Colla

 

 

Originally published in the June issue of San Francisco.

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