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Streets: Tauba Auerbach – “2020” (San Francisco)

Over the course of a few weeks, Tauba Auerbach was able to complete stunning mural in San Francisco with the help of a two man crew. Situated in the Tenderloin and arranged with the help of Luggage Store Gallery, the wall sees the locally-based artist step out of her comfort zone (like with NY Fireboat project) to create something special, what she calls her largest painting ever. Entitled 2020, the piece features patterns no doubt inspired by some function of math and physics, which Auerbach takes to […]

Previews: “LAX / SFO III” // Curated By Thinkspace @ Heron Arts

On June 15th, Thinkspace will be curating another show in the Bay Area at Heron Arts. LAX / SFO III will the the third iteration of the group show that asks artists from the New Contemporary Art movement to each contribute 12″ x 12″ pieces. Participants include: ABCNT, Abigail Goldman, Adam Caldwell, Ador, Alex Garant, Alex Yanes, Alexandra Manukyan, Alvaro Naddeo, Amy Sol, Anthony Hurd, Anthony Solano, Apex, Benjamin Garcia, Baldur Helgason, Brian Mashburn, Caratoes, Carl Cashman, CASE, Casey Weldon, Clare Toms, Collin Van Der Sluijs, Craig […]

FOG Design + Art ’19 Recap

Last week was a major one on the annual calendar of the San Francisco contemporary art scene and the event that anchored it all was the FOG Design + Art fair, held at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion. Combining the best from all over the world in the categories of visual art and design, the fair featured 53 exhibitors and among them were household names such as Gagosian, Perrotin, Blum & Poe, and David Zwirner. It was also more than a typical fair, as it […]

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 […]