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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I co-own a screenprinted streetwear label, 57-33, with Loretta Nguyen.
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Gage Opdenbrouw makes furniture and cabinets at a woodworking shop, but lately he's been getting back into painting.
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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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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.