Recommended by Emily Pothast
Born in the Bay Area to immigrant and Jewish parents and raised during the Civil Rights era, Malayka Gormally makes colorful, figurative oil paintings that capture the strangely human side of tense confrontations between activists and members of hate groups. During the Vietnam war, her husband Tom was a Navy mechanic who protested the war he had to serve in. Now he works with wood, found objects, and LED lighting to create objects that are at once aspirational and precarious; uncertain yet surprisingly resilient. Their two-person show is an examination of our current cultural moment by two artists who have already been through an era of intense political upheaval and lived to tell about it.