New HOOD for galleries: FUSED SPACE
This was a fun new area of San Francisco to explore a lot of industrial works shops and large spaced galleries. My dear friend that works near by was kind enough to meet me for coffee as we waxed about comparisons between where we were standing (a stumptown coffee cart) and the beginnings of "The Pearl" in Portland.
This was the best in this hood. It was such a large space and contained two such completely different artist, that it could have been separate galleries. The fact that they were so different only strengthened there visual intrigue, keeping me refreshed and engaged for over an hour. The first artist I saw at Hostfelt Gallery was Reed Danziger "The Edge of Chaos" . His work has an ascetic, in light, graphite, gouache, mixed media, that matches my current material process. Then, Ben McLoughin "Night Sky" paintings varied such in size that they told a beautifully haunting story that you as a viewer experience tiny vignette of intimacy and vast landscapes of solitude. His delicate story telling coupled with the soft clouds of oil paint made me want to paint in oil again!
Clark Gallery Featured a political show about how we live with and process our food, with the added element of a an scheduled art dinning event looming for later. I was flatted by acheiveing "local status" with my own friendly invite. But the true art treasures of this gallery were stored in the backroom, in particular a Juile Heffernan piece. She has been one of my long time favorite painters.
Right next door where Bright happy squares at Brian Gross
Just up the street George Lawson Gallery with a show featuring large abstract, gestural, portraits. Right next door is Jack Fisher Gallery. This was one of my must stops on previous trips in it's old location on Geary street and will continue to be a must in its' new location. The main exhibition was not to my taste, this time, but there was such a great variety of well edited artist in the backroom I was more than satisfied.