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Tafoni Formations, Tara J. Graves

Artist Reception: Thursday, July 11 5:30 – 7:30

Tafoni Formations, Tara J. Graves
Tafoni Formations, Tara J. Graves

Tara Graves is a San Francisco based landscape photographer who draws her inspiration from the natural environment of the Bay Area.  Through the use of the unconventional cyanotype printing process, Graves explores and transforms this common, everyday subject matter into unexpected works of art that incite curiosity and inquisitiveness.

Graves’ first solo exhibition, Tafoni Formations, investigates the minute details of granular rocks, which often occur in groups, shrouding a hillside or cliff. Graves’ adept understanding of cyanotype printing allows her to capture the natural forms of the tafoni, while creating the illusion of an aquatic landscape in these thought provoking prints.

Growing up in Walla Walla, Washington, Tara often spent time outdoors at her grandparents’ ranch. When she moved to San Francisco in 1997, she took solace in exploring the scenery that the Bay Area had to offer.  Graves discovered her passion for photography in 2004, and a few years later pursued studying photography at the Academy of Art University, where she graduated with a Bachelors degree in Fine Art, Photography in Spring 2013.

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Regatta, Steven Stodor

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 11 5:30 – 7:30

Regatta, Steven Stodor

For his 2013 solo exhibition, Steven Stodor experiments in abstraction, drawing inspiration from his life by the water. Using imagery of nautical flags and silhouettes, Regatta presents an alternative view of this life.

Growing up on Lake Michigan before moving to the City by the Bay, water has always been a significant part of Stodor’s environment. This upbringing is juxtaposed with his interest in geometry and linear design, inspired by his mother’s stained glass. Stodor is endlessly intrigued by negative space and the contours of maritime life, resulting in this dynamic body of work. His subject matter is brought to life through the use of a vibrant palette, a harmonious balance between organic and geometric forms, and a distinct impasto.

Stodor moved to San Francisco in 2002, and has exhibited throughout the city since 2004. Stodor’s interest in abstract oil painting was fostered during his time studying at the Academy of Art University, where he graduated in the Spring of 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art, Painting.