“The only constant is change.” Heraclitus

Gregory Montreuil’s Project Room’s installation/exhibition “Why Not?” challenges the viewer to step outside of limitations and boundaries and embrace possibility and potential. The artist invites viewers to think big and outside the box. This questioning could lead to empowering and expansive ideas and a possible remedy and counter point to the contained contracting cycle Montreuil perceives prevalent at the moment.

Through combination of paintings and text, Montreuil creates an opportunity to question current perceptions both personal and political. The paintings, considered the “exhibition” will be on display between the outer panels of text.  The paintings embrace the history of abstraction, are process based and use serendipity, chance and decision to seek an active resolution. Though the use of color, line, movement and gesture, Montreuil maps the moves of the combined elements as they race toward determined resolve.  Montreuil hopes to deliver to the viewers a sense of the moment. It is moments in time, traveling in cycles that in the end make up life.

As one whorls through life, it is obvious that there are windows of time, some more open, some less. One’s placement and position within these pockets of time are not necessarily obvious or visible within the continuums of perception and persistence of memory. The mirrored text facing outward toward the public and viewer is a paradox which contradicts the confines of the Gallery window, a metaphor for both limitation and infinite possibilities.

The installation aims to attract a broader public audience, using its placement at the Pro Arts’ Project Space – a 24/7 storefront window gallery, adjacent to Pro Arts’ main gallery space yet distinct in its ability to attract passersby via its central and facing outward location, situated at the heart of the bustling Frank H. Ogawa public and government business plaza.

The Project Space is thus a space which lends itself to projects, installations, performances and ideas that intend to engage, provoke and reach a more diverse segment of the public in Oakland and beyond.


Gregory Montreuil is an Artist who lives and works in New Mexico and Marseille, France. He has had numerous solo and group shows in the United States and France.  His work is in the collections of the National Gallery, Washington DC, The Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT, Yale University, New Haven, CT and The Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos NM, The Rourke Museum, Moorhead, MN, The Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, NC, and private collections.

Gregory Montreuil has written reviews about art for: Flash Art International, Cover Magazine, The New Art Examiner, Contemporary, The Villager, Art Papers and others.