Cannery Suite 112
Jean Davis – Emergence
Artist Reception January 8th, 5:30-7:30pm
Cannery Suite 104
Kaixin Yu – Beauty Lost Identity
Artist Reception December 4th, 5:30-7:30pm
Carolyn Meyer, SF+NYC
Artist Reception November 6, 5-8pm
Cannery Suite 104
William Chad Willsie, I AM
Artist Reception September 4, 5:30-7:30pm
Cannery Suite 104
The Photography Intensive
Artist Reception August 4, 5:30-7:30pm
Cannery Suite 104
Kristen Brown, Memory Landmarks
Artist Reception July 10, 5:30-7:30pm
Cannery Suite 104
Theo Felizzola, A Touch of Light
Artist Reception June 5, 5:30-7:30pm
2014 Graduates debut their creations on the runway!
Cannery Suite 108
Manli Chao, Celestial Reflection
Artist Reception May 1, 5:30-7:30pm
Martin Aguilar, The Space Between
Artist’s Reception: April 3rd, 5:00 – 8:00
Bridges: Spanning Tradition, Innovation, and Activism
SGC International Printmaking Exhibitions
Limited Engagement: Atelier and Cannery Galleries, March 26-29, 2014
Mystery of the Female, Kristina Varaksina
Artists Reception: March 6, 5:30-7:30pm. Exhibition runs through March 31st.
Energy In Nature, James Kroner
Artist’s Reception: February 6, 5:00 – 8:00
I-Chin Liao, Ways of Seeing
Artist’s Reception: 1/9, 5:30 – 7:30
James Kroner, AAU Emerging Artist for February
We were lucky enough to get a studio visit with AAU’s James Kroner, who is hard at work preparing his master’s thesis presentation as well as completing works for his upcoming exhibit at the Atelier in February. James takes a distinctive, yet straightforward approach to his landscapes, whether they be plein air studies or fully developed studio pieces, and demonstrates the value of a solid foundational education.
“It’s amazing what you can do with three primary colors,” explains James, who keeps his work direct and vigorous by focusing on a limited palette, painting outside the studio as often as possible, and finding inspiration in the subtle but powerful effects of nature in the environment. Sun, wind, fog, and rain are recurring characters in these lively paintings, which offer a fresh new look at our familiar city.
James’ exhibit “Energy In Nature” will be showing at The Atelier in February and March of 2014, and is part of our Emerging Artist series. You can see many of these paintings, and lots of others, on his Facebook page at:
Five New Exhibits at AAU Galleries in December
Alibi L., Alvina Wang at 625 Gallery
First Thursday, that special night of the month when San Francisco’s art galleries stay open late, was a little more special for us this time around, as Gallery 625 hosted Alvina Wang’s opening reception for “Alibi L.” Alvina was on hand to greet friends and fans, and there were plenty of both in attendance.
Alvina’s powerful photographs had been attracting attention during the week prior to the reception, with people commenting on the moods they inspire, or with questions about how the ghostly images were made. As it turns out, the technique is fairly straightforward. A very slow exposure rate captures stationary objects, while moving figures leave almost no trace. As the subject moves in and out of each tableau, pausing for various lengths of time or moving ever so slowly for blurred effects, the artistry behind the technique becomes apparent. The ghostly figure is quite prominent in some scenes, while remaining a faint echo in others.
Meeting Alvina in person was the perfect finale to experiencing her exhibit. Although you would scarcely recognize her as the ghostly wanderer in her photos, it’s easy to see why she was able to so successfully realize her theme. Alvina Wang’s dedication to her artistic vision will doubtlessly serve her well in her artistic career. Congratulations, Alvina, for a grand opening reception and for a spectacular exhibit!
18th Annual Faculty + Alumni Fine Art Auction
If you were part of the happy crowd that packed the Cannery Galleries for the 18th Annual Faculty and Alumni Fine Art Auction, then you know what we mean when we say that this year’s auction was our biggest and best to date. But in case you couldn’t make it, hopefully this recap will encourage you to be a part of the excitement next year.
The Cannery, Saturday Nov 9 – Reception 2:00pm
Preview November 7th – 8th, 10:00am – 6:00pm
“Nightime Landmarks 1” by Leo Bugel
Alibi L., Alvina Wang
Artist Reception Thursday, November 7th, 5:30-7:30pm
Inspired by a broken relationship, Alvina Wang’s Alibi L. is a very personal project about a Taiwanese-American girl struggling with her identity and her existence between two cultures and two countries. Through self portraiture, the artist personifies her feelings as an outsider, a ghost unseen among the living, haunting attics, alleyways, stairwells and window sills, seeking refuge in belonging.
Though intensely quiet, there is nothing passive about the lonely figure, wandering not out of lassitude but actively seeking, pleading for some form of acknowledgement or recognition. Yet even when obscured in shadow she is profoundly present, a perpetual outsider pacing barefoot through a foriegn landscape, so desperate to have some effect, to leave some trace on the environment. In each tableau, the spirit tries again and again to not merely occupy, but to become relevant.
“For you whom I have loved, thank you.” – Alvina Wang
Alvina Wang was born in the United States and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. She received her MFA in photography at Academy of Art University, and currently lives and works as a photographer in San Francisco.
Matthias Düwel: SpinDrift
Mirus Gallery, 540 Howard Street, through November 16th.
At first glance, the paintings of Matthias Düwel’s “SpinDrift” exhibit might look like a joyful technicolor typhoon. That was my initial reaction upon entering the newly opened Mirus gallery and meeting these paintings face-to-face. The swirling, bubbling riot seemed like a circus bursting out of control. And then I looked closer, beyond the cheerful plastic colors. Piles of discarded debris welling up over an Airstream trailer, tiny houses with the roofs ripped off, structures twisted and mashed — there’s a lot happening in these paintings, and none of it’s good. Düwel gives us a frightening vision of a disposable culture drowning in its own excess.
The Jewelry Creations of Laurie Edison
If you’re familiar with the art of Laurie Edison, chances are it’s for her photography. Her groundbreaking book, Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes, has achieved an almost classic status for it’s challenging of decades-long assumptions of female beauty. Since then, she has gone on to new frontiers with Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes, and more recently her photo series “Women of Japan.” Possibly less known to the general public, but certainly not to her devoted patrons, are her amazing jewelry designs.
“The Fleet’s In!” by Paul Cadmus
“The Fleet’s In!” 1934, oil on canvas, 30×60 inches
Emerging Artist Series – October 3 – December 1
Great turn out for the opening reception of Tibor Simon-Mazula’s solo exhibition, Fidelity. Enjoy the photos!
MARK WOLFE CONTEMPORARY ART
1 Sutter Street, Ste 300 / Open Monday -Friday 10:30 – 5:30
Jud Bergeron: “Becoming” / Scott Patt: “Mumbo Jumbo”
Tucked away on the third floor of the Flatiron Building at 1 Sutter Street, Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art is not a gallery you’ll discover on a casual downtown stroll; all the more my enthusiasm in reporting two concurrent solo shows well worth a visit. The latest works of Judd Bergeron and Scott Patt are on exhibit through October 31st.
Hans Burkhardt at Paul Mahder Gallery
3378 Sacramento Street, San Francisco / Open Monday-Saturday 10-6 Sunday 1-5
Hans Burkhardt occupies a unique position at an important crossroads in American art history. His retrospective “Expressionism in the 1960s” curated by Peter Selz and Paul Mahder, offers a rare chance to see a large body of Burkhardt’s work in one location, the first since his 1961-62 retrospective at the Legion of Honor.
Having shared a studio with Arshile Gorky in the 1930s, Burkhardt was well acquainted with the prevailing currents of the New York School, where surrealism and cubism were being reassessed and the roots of abstract expressionism were beginning to take hold. When he moved to Los Angeles in 1937, Burkhardt brought with him the sum total of his New York experience, and introduced a cutting-edge vitality to what was then a comparatively quiet artistic culture. Working independently, he explored and developed his style free from the influence of a local art scene.
“Bikini” – 1954
[image: TARA J. GRAVES, Tafoni Formations ]
REMNANTS, VISIONS OF THE MARIN HEADLANDS
The Photography Intensive is an MFA course designed around creating a series of photographs working within the confines of shooting in a single location during a condensed period of time (the summer semester). Each student is challenged to create their own visual resolution of their experience photographing at the Marin Headlands. The culmination of this class is represented in the work exhibited in the gallery at 625 Sutter Street, under the instruction of Connie Begg.
Tafoni Formations, Tara J. Graves
Artist Reception: Thursday, July 11 5:30 – 7:30