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Meet Brock Brake of pt.2 Gallery in Chinatown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brock Brake.

Brock, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I opened my first gallery in 2015 at the age of 25 in Oakland. That ran for 2.5 years and in March of 2018, I opened Part 2 Gallery in the space next door to my old space. At our Oakland gallery, we have nine studios housing around 15 different kinds of creatives, from painters to photographers, musicians, animators, sculptures, etc. We charge what it cost to rent the space and do not make a profit off of the studios. We believe it is important to have a safe space in Oakland for creatives as more galleries and studio are closing every couple of months.

In October of 2019, we had the opportunity to open a second location in LA’s Chinatown area through our friends over at 0.0 Gallery.

We have regular gallery hours at both spaces Thursday to Saturday, 11-6pm. There are new exhibitions every month and artist talks during opening receptions.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There are always a lot of obstacles and challenges when it comes to running your own business. For the most part I play curator, sales, janitor, director, coach, studio manager, therapist, advice guy, etc. We found out two weeks ago that our rent is basically doubling in exchange for six months extra rent, which we felt semi-forced into because there are not a lot of vacant spaces in Oakland that want galleries. Let alone studios and gallery space.

pt.2 Gallery – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We are a young art gallery that works with a select group of individuals locally and internationally that we consider role models. We host art exhibitions on a monthly basis and host creatives upstairs in our studios. We are known for working with some of the most influential young artists coming out of the Bay Area. I am proud that I am able to put money in the pockets of these young creatives. Also proud to be able to get them into good collections and exhibitions in institutions.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I proud of all the artists I work with on a monthly basis. Being an artists isn’t easy and I am lucky to say I proud of a lot of people right now. I don’t see that stopping any time soon.

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