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Tiny Roses

435 Jefferson Gallery

Haoyun Erin Zhao - The Beauty of Impermanence

Artist Reception: Thursday April 7th 5:30-7:30pm

Haoyun Erin Zhao discovered her passion for art at a very young age, sketching flowers in her grandfather’s garden. Her lifelong love for flower painting is the inspiration behind The Beauty of Impermanence. Approaching flower painting as a form of meditation, Zhao explores the infinite floral shapes and colors, immersing herself in the pure pictorial elements, and finding access to deeper levels of consciousness while celebrating a beauty all the more precious because of its fleeting nature.

Haoyun Erin Zhao grew up in Guiyang China, and completed her BFA in illustration at Academy of Art University in 2015. She currently teaches at ArtWorks Fine Art Studio in San Francisco, and is the graphic designer for the Chinese Railroad Workers’ Memorial Monument project. Her work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions including the de Young Museum. 

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6 Albers Rothko

625 Sutter Gallery

Elena Padron-Martin - Focus On The Negative

Artist Reception: Thursday April 7th 5:30-7:30pm

Considering the photographic negative as an art object in itself, Elena Padron-Martin’s Focus On The Negative presents us with a photographer’s-eye view of the darkroom process frozen in time. Displayed as they would be found on a darkroom drying rack, these large format negatives invite us to appreciate the mechanical process without the constraint of recognizable imagery.

“I am attracted to things that do not give immediate answers; things that generate questions, posses mystery and are a challenge to understand; things that require contemplation and meditation,” says Padron-Martin. The black and white images are taken in and around the artists apartment building using a view camera and 4x5 film, then scanned and printed on transparency film. 

Originally from the Canary Islands, Elena Padron-Martin earned her first bachelor’s degree in journalism. Inspired by her travels abroad, she completed her BFA in Photography at Academy of Art University in 2014, and is currently enrolled in the MFA program at San Francisco Art Institute.

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Cannery Suite 110

Richard Black - Do What Thou Wilt

Artist Reception: Thursday April 7th 5:30-7:30pm

Being immersed in a destructive environment can sometimes inspire the greatest creative desires. Richard Black’s sculptural series Do What Thou Wilt transforms his military experiences in Afghanistan into evocative realizations that raise issues increasingly relevant to contemporary society. “I’m interested in questioning the place of religion in the modern world, and the loss of personal responsibility that people feel when they act on behalf of religious belief,” says Black. Featuring religious elements and iconography, he employs traditional 19th century clay modeling techniques, then casts his figures in plaster or bronze.

Upon ending his tour of duty with the U. S. Army in Afghanistan, Black enrolled in Academy of Art University, where he completed his BFA in Sculpture in 2015. He has purchased a commercial building in Richmond, CA. and is currently developing it into a professional studio. Black’s work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, and has consistently garnered awards at the Academy’s annual Spring Shows.

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688 Sutter Gallery

Eda Li - Home Away From Home

Artist Reception: Thursday 4/7 5:30-7:30pm

Photographed in Tibet over the course of the summer of 2014, Eda Li's Home Away From Home is the photographic record a journey that began in the center of China and led to the farthest reaches of the western frontier. From sunrise to sunset, spending her days among the local villagers she encountered along the way, Li turned her focus to the land and people she encountered, and in the process found her own places of refuge.

"I grew into the bits and pieces I collected from my path," says Li. "After six years of living overseas, across from Canada and the U.S., I've learned that constant changes shaped my identity in the environment and the idea of home became a blur." Revealing a land whose identity has been stripped away by political history, Li's photography gives celebrates the universal need to find a place where one can call home, wherever that may be. 

Eda Li was born in Shenzhen, China in 1991, and is currently pursuing her BFA degree in photography at Academy of art University. 

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Atelier Gallery

Elliott C. Nathan - Finding Balance

Artist Reception: Friday April 29th 5:30-7:30pm

Chronicling his artistic output since arriving in San Francisco six years ago, Elliott C. Nathan's Finding Balance presents the artist's eclectic take on the creative process, finding his inspiration in the materials as they are employed. The focus is always on the elements themselves: color, line, texture, and their interactions: layering, arranging, starting over. Through exploration of the parts, the whole is achieved and form is determined.  

Elliot C. Nathan begand drawing at an early age and stayed with it throughout his educational career, keeping the artistic spark alive through elective classes while majoring in business in the School of fine Arts at University of Connecticut. He moved to San Francisco in 2010 and has exhibited in numersous group and solo shows, focusing on large scale commissioned pieces and murals.

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13Fire Alarm

Canery Suite 112

Si Peng - The Persistence of Memory

Artist Reception: Thursday April 7th 5:30-7:30pm

Preserving a window on a past made transient by China’s rapid economic growth, Si Peng’s The Persistence of Memory captures fleeting glimpses of infrastructure made obsolete. “When I was little, I was attracted to mundane street objects, such as traffic lights and telephone booths” says Peng. “They had just entered people’s lives and played a rather big role at that time.” As urban society grows and advances, the old is demolished to make way for the new. Peng’s photos stand as a testament to the social impact of objects often taken for granted.

Born and raised in Wuhan, China, Si Peng first learned about art as a young child, when his father introduced him to painting and later gave him his first camera. Peng’s BA in Advertising from Southwest Jiaotong University gave him further experience in photography, prompting him to enroll in the master’s program at Academy of Art University, where he completed his MFA in Photography in 2015. 

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