CLINT: a one man show with Clint Imboden opens JULY 11th

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Last year’s SCRAP show first prize winner and reclaimed room artist of the past takes over the gallery with a unique sampling of his work.  Clint Imboden is a collector of all things.  He molds found objects into new structures that imbue them with life.  Always in conversation with his audience, Clint is a master of design on all scales.  This show invites you to take part in the art, with an interactive installation, and contemplate the bold shapes and containers of past lives and past times.

Join us July 11th for our first one man show with Clint Imboden.

Reception: 4:30pm

Food, drinks, fun and FREE!

701 Amador Street, SF 94124

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CARNAGE opens March 28th!

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The bold works of our featured artists recall animalistic themes, creating order from chaos and influences from the Southern Hemisphere.  The pieces all have textures, layers and commanding visuals that will excite and engage the viewer.  CARNAGE explores identity through various mediums, each artist presenting works that evoke a unique signature through leather burning, fork and spoon sculpture and assemblage.  Featuring the creations of artists Tanya Herrera, William Rhodes and Jemison Beshears.  Learn more about each of the artists below and join us Mar 28th to meet the makers!

 

 

CARNAGE is on display March 28-May21.

Opening Reception MAR 28 4:30-6:30pm, 701 Amador Street

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Tanya Herrera

It’s hard to write about your relationship to art when you’ve been making art since you can remember. It’s like trying to describe how you started walking, you just did at some point and have kept moving forward ever since. Both my parents were never drastically artistic, but I am the youngest of three siblings, and both my sister and brother were huge influences growing up. Everyone dabbles in art as a kid, but when I was about 8 my sister studied fine art at college in San Francisco and always came home with interesting projects and wonderful new tools and art supplies I never got to see in my art class in elementary school. My brothers illustrative and musical abilities further inspired me, I was considerably more enthralled after that. Where the three of us got the art bug, my parents never knew, but they supported our abilities and always were open to our goals.

I learned early on the hardships of being a fine artist, and surviving on the very little that you earn. As much as I loved making fine art, when thinking about my career as an adult, I decided to be creative in the design world as a graphic designer. I did this knowing in the future a design job would support my slowly blossoming fine art career. I went into college with the notion that I would one day return to my art and once I had become successful designer. I became an In-House designer in Portland Oregon, and made art and participated in shows for 5 years there before moving back to the bay area where I was born and raised.

My art consists of an accumulation of many different techniques I have learned over many years of experimentation and collaboration with fellow artists. I have also been influenced by the growing amount of waste going to landfills and the beauty one can find in objects that some would consider garbage. I try not constrain myself with materials, techniques or genres. Instead I open my mind to making art with what I am given and attempt to unlock the inner beauty that can be found in any object. Each piece is VERY unique and could probably never be duplicated, even if I wanted to try. Please enjoy my many years of hard work, and see there will be many more to come!

 

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William Rhodes

I began my creative journey at the Baltimore School for the Arts.  I later earned a BA in Furniture Building and Design from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.

My creative works are in the collections of various galleries and museums and featured in several major publications. I strive to blend fine craft, sculpture and design with meaning and function. I explore themes of hidden knowledge, iconographic imagery and forms and how they can change meaning in a given cultural context. My art has been strongly influenced by my extensive travels, particularly to Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. The people, art and cultures of these societies have inspired me to consider non-Western approaches to art and sculpture. Explorations into the contrast between these traditional cultures and our modern one have also added depth to the narrative quality of my work. Additionally, recycled materials are an important component of my work as purposeful support for recycling. By reusing discarded materials I give objects new value and a second life.

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Jemison Beshears

I have always enjoyed old things, the way they look, made to last, refined. Used with care and better looking when showing the scars of life. Found or discarded objects that performed some individual task in the past, now left to become a character ingredient in a visual poem…At beaches, at flea markets or antique stores…the things I have encountered on my road through life…Out the corner of the eye. An old toolbox, marbles, blocks of text, a glass mercury ball…at one time utilitarian, now chosen for its shape, color or patina. I try to marry formalism with bygone utility. Hopefully, being intimate without being sentimental.

 

Impressions of Bayview opens TODAY! Featured Artists: Keith Wilson and Mariana Nelson

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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.

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KEITH WILSON

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.

Keith received his MFA in film production from the University of Texas-Austin. He grew up on a cul-de-sac in suburban Atlanta but currently lives high atop Bernal Hill.
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MARIANA NELSON

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.

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Impressions of Bayview Featured Artist: Mitch Nelles

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Impressions of the Bayview

Opening Reception: January 17th 4:30pm-6:30pm

701 Amador Street

Food, Drinks, FREE

 

MITCH NELLES

Mitch Nelles was born in New York City in 1953 and grew up in New Jersey.  It was during his senior year at Rutgers College that he was first introduced to the “magic” of photography. Mitch had completed all of his required course work for his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences and signed up for a photography course, which had a print portfolio for a final exam. This class gave him his first (and only) experience in the conventional darkroom.

Upon graduating from college, Mitch moved to Texas to pursue his Ph.D. in BioMedical Sciences and then to Massachusetts for his postdoctoral training.  He moved back to New Jersey in 1986 and focused his attention to his growing family and job as a research scientist in the medical diagnostics field.  Family and work during those years left little time for photography beyond documenting vacations and family events.  Yet, as he entered middle age, he became acutely aware of his need for a creative outlet.

Mitch was in his mid-forties when he made the decision to get back into photography.  Content at first to have his film sent out for printing at a local photo lab, he missed the artistic control he remembered from his darkroom experience in college.  Fortunately, during this period, digital image technology had become readily available and affordable for non-professionals. It became clear to Mitch that the digital darkroom was the way to go.  Film scanners, inkjet printers, Photoshop, and digital SLRs provided him with all the tools and control needed to produce high quality prints that met his creative and artistic expectations.

Following his move to Raleigh, North Carolina in 2001, Mitch joined the Capital City Camera Club where he met a group of like minded, supportive photographers who got together monthly to critique each other’s work and provide encouragement. He credits this small circle of friends with giving him the confidence in his photographic pursuits and helping him to see how different artists view the world photographically and express their individual creativity.

Mitch is self-trained and credits a wide variety of contemporary photographers for helping to shape his photographic vision and literacy. Chip Forelli, Roman Loranc, Chris Honeysett, Clyde Butcher, William Neill, and David Fokos have had a significant impact on his approach to photography.

Mitch works in the San Francisco bay area in the biotechnology field and lives in Half Moon Bay with his wife Janet. He has three daughters, Sara, Miriam, and Erica, who are the joys of his life. Now that he lives in California, he and Janet get a lot more visits from out of town family and friends.

Mitch’s work is available for purchase by contacting him at mitchnelles@gmail.com

 

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Impressions of the Bayview Featured Artist: Shantre Pinkney

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Impressions of the Bayview

Opening Reception: January 17th 4:30pm-6:30pm

701 Amador Street

Food, Drinks, FREE

SHANTRE PINKNEY

Inspired by hip-hop, jazz and French New Wave cinema, Shantré Pinkney began her creative venture in New York and studied filmmaking in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and San Fran- cisco.

As a student at the Academy of Art

her first film, The French Artist won best super 8 at the Epidemic Film fes- tival presented at the San Francisco Castro Theater. Her short film The Raw was an official selection at the Pan African Film Festival, Western New York Black Film Festival, San Francisco Black Film Festival and also won awards at the Urban Media Makers festival.

Working within the mediums of photography, film, theater, and new media she is a lover of non-traditional and inquisitive stories. She creates stories to raise dialogue between art and her audience. She is currently developing an experimental film, Argos Amores and a feature script based on The Raw.

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Artist Statement

Lest We Forget: A Portrait of Bayview Hunters Point Photography series by Shantré Pinkney

A black & white mobile photogra- phy exhibition bringing awareness to

individual stories, joys and struggles of San Francisco Bayview Hunters Point residents.

For years, Bayview Hunters Point

(BVHP) has been idealized as a high crime and high-polluted area of San Francisco. While working as a youth facilitator and developing my short thesis film, the apathy and violence residents faced in an increasingly gentrified community disheartened me. I’m not from this area, however, after living and working here for 5 years, and working with those living in lack, losing loved ones to violence, and dealing with unemployment left an impact on me. Lest We Forget came about through conversations I’ve had with residents and their love for the people in the neighborhood. Many have concerns with being gentrified and pushed out; including those who want to make sure that neighborhoods are safe, their jobs are steady and hous- ing affordable.

These photos are of friends, neighbors, friends of friends and beautiful strangers I met along the way in Bayview. I’m hoping to leave a last- ing and beautiful impression of those that represent the community – Their smiles, their laughter, their resilience and their humanness, which I think, sadly, many people forget.

Lest We Forget: Portrait of Bayview Hunters Point

Shantré Pinkney 2014

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Human Chimeras Opening Party Tomorrow!!

Celebrate the end of summer with our newest art opening at the Reclaimed Room!  Artists Giuliana Pinto and Sam Russell transform our space into dreams and explorations of the human mind and body.  Take it all in and meet the artists tomorrow from 4-6pm at our opening reception!

 

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Sam’s background is in movement, spoken-word and painting.  Self-taught, Sam’s journey in painting over the past 25 years is a paradoxical story of an iconoclast embracing the icon.  The current series of paintings in Human Chimera track the abstraction of Sam’s classic “entity” figure:  this androgynous icon has repeated itself in countless variations over the years in Sam’s work, serving as a remedy for the existential dilemma of the godless.  Perhaps the iconoclast is finally ready to pull the icon apart, stay tuned.

 

Giuliana Pinto

Learn about Giuliana in the video below!

 

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Join us!

701 Amador Street

4-6pm

FOOD, DRINKS, FREE!!

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