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Amber Allen - Eretz Israel

Artist Reception: Thursday May 5th, 5:30-7:30

Building on a long tradition of interpreting landscapes in spiritual terms, Amber Allen’s Eretz Israel looks to the essence of light and it’s effect on matter. “Light is all that we see, and in a way, all that we are,” says Allen. “As science and spirituality start to come to similar conclusions about the nature of our world, that all matter is essentially energy, I am drawn to create art that bridges the gap between the practical and the mystical.”

Depicting her ancestral homeland, Allen paints from the heart as much as the eye. “I have no desire to paint places I’ve never lived, loved, or dreamed of.” She completed her BFA in Painting at Academy of Art University in 2015, and her work is featured in numerous private collections. Eretz Israel is her debut solo exhibition.

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Cannery Suite 110

Horia Manolache - The Prince And The Pauper

Artist Reception: Thursday May 5th, 5:30-7:30pm

To most of us, clothes are an outward expression of our inner self, a costume that reflects who we are in the present moment. But what about the possibility of our costume empowering us to reach beyond our current selves? This is the question raised by Horia Manolachia in his photo series The Prince And The Pauper. Examining the idea that costume empowers the wearer, he photographed homeless people in their ordinary clothes and in specifically identifiable costumes. 

Arriving in San Francisco in 2013, Manolachia noticed the high number of homeless people. “Photographically, it is an over exploited and in some circles, obsolete subject,” he says. “They are shown lost, suffering in misery, but often just for a good photo.” Manolachia’s goal is to draw meaningful conclusions from the dynamic created by the juxtaposition of inner reality with outward appearance.

Horia Manolachia received his BFA in Film from Hyperion Art University in Bucharest, Romania in 2013, and is currently working towards his MFA in Photography at Academy of Art University. His work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions around the world.

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688 Sutter Gallery

Elena Padron-Martin - Attraction

Artist Reception: Thursday May 5th, 5:30-7:30

Elena Padron-Martin’s initial interest in photography was it’s bond to time, identification, and representation. However, the flow of her artistic development has led her to use the photographic process with a more painterly approach. Attraction represents her employment of scale, color, composition, and repetition as abstract elements removed from the confines of literal meaning. 

“By removing my images from the concrete, and taking them away from its literal meaning, I slow down and get lost in the seeing,” Says Padron-Martin. By translating the photograph into an abstract image, it loses its temporal bond. It’s lack of beginning and end allows me to experience stillness. 

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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625 Sutter Gallery

MFA Photo Alumni - Introspective Landscapes

Artist Reception: Tuesday May 24th, 5:30-7:30pm

Introspective Landscapes is a contemplative look beyond the traditional bounds of landscape photography, reaching deeper into the metaphorical landscape within.  Nine alumni from Academy of Art University School of Photography's MFA program explore the theme through intimate, dreamlike, and cerebral approaches in their current bodies of work.  This exhibition features Shannon Ayres, Eliot Crowley, Amanda Dahlgren, Marico Fayre, Weston Fuller, Tamara Hubbard, Trace Nichols, Tracy J Thomas, and Marc Ullom.

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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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435 Jefferson Gallery

Haoyun Erin Zhao - The Beauty of Impermanence

Continuing Exhibition

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 ben exhibited in numerous exhibitions including the de Young Museum.

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