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625 Sutter Gallery

Horia Manolachia - The Chairs

Artist Reception: Thursday, June 2nd, 5:30-7:30pm

Inspiration for The Chairs occurred for Horia Manolachia while he was photographing an upholsterer in his shop. “There I saw a white chair with a broken arm and I started to imagine a story for it: what if this was a human being, what would it look like?” Going a step beyond anthropomorphizing, he presents the chairs with their imagined personalities made incarnate, exploring the idea of identity and how we interpret its meaning for an object.

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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435 Jefferson Gallery

Jian Wu - Illusive Mirror

Artist Reception: Thursday, June 2nd, 5:30-7:30pm

Combining collage techniques with a magic realism approach, Jian Wu’s Illusive Mirror spins portraiture into introspective reflection. “I’m trying to set up a window in each image, to make a communication with the viewer,” says Wu. Inspired by anthropomorphic characters in literature, each piece blends the recognizable with the fabulous in an attempt to break free from the confines of space, time, and reality.

Jian Wu grew up in Shanghai, China, where she was exposed to the visual splendor of traditional Chinese opera. Inspired to pursue an artistic career, she completed her BFA in Visual Communication from Zhejiang University of Technology in 2011, and her MFA in Illustration at Academy of Art University in 2015. Illusive Mirror is her debut solo exhibition.

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Cannery Suite 110

YouBeen Kim - Expressions of Movement

Artist Reception: Thursday, June 2nd, 5:30-7:30pm

Inspired by the rhythmic movement of dancers, YouBeen Kim’s Expressions of Movement transforms impromptu motion into visual form. Kim’s physical painting process captures that spontaneity on canvas. “Dancers use their bodies to express feelings and emotions,” says Kim. “My painting process is very similar to a dancer; it involves physical movement, breath, and expression to create life.” Limiting herself to a black and white palette, Kim emphasizes the raw energy and emotion contained in expressive movement, and presents us with her dynamic interpretations.

YouBeen Kim grew up in Seoul, South Korea, and was influenced by art at an early age. Traveling overseas exposed her to museums of the world and inspired her to study at Academy of Art University, where she completed her BFA in Painting in 2015. Kim’s work has appeared in group shows and is represented in private collections. Expressions of Movement is her debut solo exhibition.

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Cannery Suite 112

Megha Jain - The Other Side

Artist Reception: Thursday, June 2nd, 5:30-7:30pm

Taking a documentary approach to an exercise in environmental portraiture, Megha Jain’s The Other Side shows San Francisco business owners in their work environments and tries to capture the enthusiasm and personality necessary to thrive in the local scene.  “In this age of chain stores and e-commerce, one has to be extremely passionate to run a local business and make it a success,” says Jain. “I chose this subject because there is a resonance between their passions and mine.”

Meghan Jain gave up a career in engineering to pursue her passion for photography. It was while traveling as an engineering intern that she developed her relationship with the camera. Fascinated by street photography and portraiture, Jain entered the Masters program at Academy of Art University, and completed her MFA in Photography in 2016.

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