Opening Reception: January 17th, 4:30-6:30pm
FOOD, DRINKS, FREE
701 Amador Street, 94124, SF
Our last two featured artists, Keith Wilson and Mariana Nelson, compliment the black and white photography with otherworldly sculptures and painstaking Japanese temari work all created from recycled materials.
Keith Wilson is a filmmaker and visual artist based in San Francisco. His film work has been exhibited at Sundance, the Berlinale, South by Southwest and the U.S. National Gallery of Art.
In addition to recent solo photography shows at the Martina Johnston Gallery in Berkeley and the SOFA Gallery in Austin, his artist book ALL THE BUILDINGS ON BURNET ROAD (2010) was exhibited at the Gagosian Gallery and the Brandhorst Museum as part of the exhibit Ed Ruscha & Co. His photography books HYDE PARK APARTMENTS (2011) and SEE I SAW (2015) were recently published by Publication Studio and he is the co-creator (with Shannon O’Malley) of the book GAY MEN DRAW VAGINAS (2014). In 2009, he began the ongoing interactive performance THE CAVE & MOUNTAIN TOUR, which was featured at the 2013 Fusebox Festival in Austin, Texas. In the Spring of 2015, his books, films and performances will be presented at the University of Georgia where he will be a Visiting Artist.
Mariana Nelson was born and raised in Southern California. She grew up in Newport Beach and moved to San Francisco in her early 20′s. In San Francisco she became involved in a thriving and inspired art community where she found her focus on reusing existing materials.
She began wrapping discarded materials she found at reuse centers or even from the street. She used a thousand year old Japanese technique to wrap called Temari. After years of wrapping and practice she soon developed a pattern and way to wrap that was unique to her. Anything from lint and dog hair to found plastic and paper was wrapped with bright and colorful fiber, transforming literal trash into something completely unrecognizable.
As her collection of small colored Temari grew – she began to find ways of assembling them together to create large pieces. Mariana’s current body of work involves using hundreds of wrapped forms to create one unified piece. Some of her work explores the idea of dark matter – while other compositions focus mostly on color and shape. She is just starting to work with plastic garbage. Coffee lids and lids from fast food chains found on her walks with her dog.