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June Exhibitions 05/31 - 07/01

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Cannery Suite 110

Extraordinary Decisions - Markelle Palombo

Artist Reception: Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm

In her photography series, Extraordinary Decisions, Markelle Palombo presents the narrative of a woman’s journey as she boldly traverses vast expanses of natural and urban landscape. Unabashedly dressed in fashionable, feminine attire as she explores new land, Palombo's subject embodies a powerful sense of both freedom and womanhood. Through this series, Palombo hopes to encourage women to explore new places with confidence. 

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drizzle#1

Cannery Suite 106

Double Mysteries - Wei Chen

Artist Reception: Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm

Wei Chen's diptychs bridge the stern simplicity of suprematism with the elegance of representational painting. The unique presentation of her work derives from Chen's background as a graphic designer; referencing this skillset, she experiments with concepts of design layout in fine art. The subject of Chen's compositions are childhood memories of her hometown in Yueyang, China, where she grew up along the sleepy shores of Dongting Lake.   

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Golden Gate Library

Cannery Suite 112

Introspective & Retrospective - Jiale Ma

Artist Reception: Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm

Introspective & Retrospective is a mixed-media show in which Jiale Ma employs architecture and fine art painting to make his "inner self" both visible and penetrable. The expressive possibilities of paint enable Ma to release and express his innermost thoughts and feelings. Similarly, architecture endows him with the limitless power of a creator as he constructs symbolic structures that allow the viewer to enter his "inner self."

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625 Sutter Gallery

Mass Project - Shi Dong

Artist Reception: Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm

Shi Dong's non-representational paintings meditate on life, death, oppression, and revolution, while engaging with art historical concepts. The artist's process unfolds in stages, beginning with automatic painting, and culminating with the addition of carefully considered brushwork, shapes, and color. By carefully balancing her time between automatic and manual painting, Shi Dong attempts to blur the boundary between the subconscious and conscious mind. 

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688 Sutter Gallery

Sarah Merola - Porous

Artist Reception: Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm

Sarah Merola’s haunting pieces spotlight the vulnerability and susceptibility of children. Her crudely carved, doll-like figures physically display the emotional scars of victimized children maturing amidst poverty, war, abuse, and neglect. Merola’s dolls confront viewers with peeling skin, gaping wounds and missing limbs symbolic of a child’s powerlessness and the influence others have to fill children with fear and hate in place of love and hope.   

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Postcard - Front  - Atelier (alison and richard)

Atelier Gallery

Richard Black & Allison Ye - Evidence of a Shared Life

Artist Reception: Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm

The artist couple, Richard Black and Alison Ye, present a collection of select sculptures showcasing their distinct styles in spite of their shared marital life. Both artists employ sculpture as an outlet for their personal narratives. Ye creates colorful creatures—avatars of herself, her friends and her loved ones—positioned to act out stories of love and loss within a whimsical fantasyland. Richard’s interest lies in composing traditional, figurative pieces with a contemporary twist. His plaster and bronze entities skirt the line between refined, academic sculpting, and a raw, unfinished look drawing attention to the artist’s hand and the materiality of the medium itself.

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