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Previews: Maxwell McMaster – “Natural High” @ First Amendment Gallery

On November 17th, Maxwell McMaster will be opening his next solo exhibition with SF-based First Amendment Gallery. The new series of paintings that construct Natural High is directly inspired by Joy of Life (Bonheur de Vivre) by Henri Matisse, presenting a reflection of the artist’s efforts to find peace and optimism for the future For the last couple of years, the Los Angeles-based artist has been producing work which is regularly inspired by his native state and its diversity. Utilizing a highly graphic aesthetic, McMaster uses a particular color […]

Showing: Seonna Hong – “Things Will Get Better” @ Hashimoto Contemporary

Returning for another showing (see 2016) at Hashimoto Contemporary, Seonna Hong (interviewed) recently unveiled a new body of work entitled Things Will Get Better. Continuing to paint her familiar expressionistic landscapes, the Los Angeles-based artist took a more hopeful narrative this time with her characters exploring her loosely rendered natural world together. She further explains – “This show is about reckoning. I found myself in the last couple years being overwhelmed by what was happening in the world and it forced me to rethink my place in it as […]

Previews: Amy Sol – “Lore” @ Spoke Art (SF)

On Saturday night (October 6), Spoke Art in San Francisco will be opening a solo show from Amy Sol (interviewed). Lore sees the locally-based artist continue her more recent use of a darker and smokier palette for paintings as well as her forays into sculpture. Sol’s elegant renderings of her female characters and their animal companions seem to have taken on a more meditative tone, frozen moments of time seemingly giving glimpses of some delicate ritual. Discuss Amy Sol here.

Previews: “Fresh Waves” – SWIM Gallery

Continuing their longtime tradition of promoting and showcasing young and emerging artists related to SF, Luggage Store Gallery in SF have been working on their latest project titled SWIM gallery. The space will be showcasing their newest exhibition Fresh Waves, curated by Auguste Somers ,from August 18th until September 8th. The upcoming group show will be featuring eight artists, many of whom are showing with SWIM for the first time. These young creatives are characterized by their immediate, unrestricted approach to creating work, and themes […]

Previews: Jean Jullien – “Le Jardin Bleu” @ Chandran Gallery

Continue his pivot towards watercolor paintings inspired by his time growing up near the sea in Nantes, France, Jean Jullien will be presenting a new show tonight with summertime beach vibes at Chandran Gallery in San Francisco. Entitled Le Jardin Bleu, the new body of work will include new paintings, drawings, sculptures, and an installation from the London-based artist. Jullien further explains – “I am focusing on minimal storytelling. Hopefully the works give a sense of calm I feel when I’m painting. I’m happiest in summer. Days are slow, with […]

Interviews / Studio Visits: Sickboy

Sickboy’s red and yellow temples have been adorning Bristol’s dumpsters since the turn of the millennium.  Appearing like flowers blooming in the desert, their byzantine and seductive forms stand in stark contrast to the utilitarian and mundane objects on which they appear. The artist’s studio work has previously seen a broad array of cultural details filtered through a deeply surrealist imagination to create works which at one moment appear comforting and reassuring and at the next moment appear unnerving and unsettling. More recently, the canvases have seen […]

Previews: Shawn Huckins – “Fool’s Gold” @ Modernism Gallery

Coming up on July 11th, Shawn Huckins (featured) will opening a solo show at Modernism Gallery in San Francisco. Entitled Fool’s Gold, the exhibition will feature 18 works from the Denver-based artist’s The Erasures series, replicated paintings from The White House Art Collection with seemingly randomly painted erasure marks superimposed over top – the familiar gray and white checkered pattern signifies a software’s ‘eraser’ tool has removed the underlying image. Continuing Huckins’ practice of overlaying familiar elements of the modern age over traditional paintings, the new collection of acrylic on […]

Openings: Scott Listfield – “ALGORITHM” @ Spoke Art (SF)

Earlier this month, Scott Listfield’s ALGORITHM opened at Spoke Art in San Francisco, continuing to document the  post-apocalyptic journeys of his reoccurring astronaut character. As with most of his shows, the Massachusetts-based painter presented a versatile body of work strongly influenced by where he was exhibiting. As such, his spacesuit wearing protagonist can be seen with Bay Area landmarks in the backdrop as well as interacting with drones, self driving vehicles, robots and other tech. Take a look at more photos of the work and shots from the opening […]

Recap: Blek le Rat – “Let’s Get Romantic” @ Weinstein Gallery

After sharing photos of the work Blek le Rat got up on the streets of San Francisco, it’s now time to look at the reason he was in town – his show at Weinstein Gallery. Entitled Let’s Get Romantic, the new collection of pieces from what many consider the father of stencil art was influenced by the charm of SF and the memories of his first visit to the city almost 30 years ago. Take a look at more photos from the show as well as a video interview […]

Previews: Scott Listfield – “ALGORITHM” @ Spoke Art (SF)

Coming up on June 2nd, ALGORITHM from Scott Listfield will open at Spoke Art in San Francisco. The Massachusetts-based painter’s ever present astronaut will be seen wondering the post-apocalyptic landscape of the Bay Area, populated by drones, self driving vehicles, robots. Pondering a future devoid of human life yet teeming with tech allows Listfield to ask questions like – “Just because we can do something, does that mean we should? What is technology without the human component? What kind of problems are we solving?” Interested in […]