Past Exhibitions Summary
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January 31st - February 24th, 2007
MMGalleries is pleased to announce the first exhibit of the new year by
introducing three new artists, David Buckingham,
Robert Larson, and Will Marino, and reintroducing Don Porcella. All of
the artists in the show work with archeological finds
of our modern culture, transformed into new concepts.
The bulk material of Will Marino’s pieces is made up of old dartboards
that he finds at flea markets and at the local bars
where he plays darts. In his work, the long paper strips that compose
a dartboard are first uncoiled, then rewound and
either packed into frames, or wound into discs, bowls, cones, domes, and
arches. When the concentric rings of a dartboard are rewound, new patterns emerge--intricate spirals and circles,
numbers and text that create landscapes, patterns,
constellations, and abstract compositions. With this improbable, discarded
material, Marino creates painterly images and
objects that reference the movement and flow of water and air, the sparkle
of a night sky, mathematical obsessions,
chance and probability. Will Marino lives in Santa Cruz and is the recipient
of the 2006 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship,
Santa Cruz, California.
Will Marino, "In the Air", 2003, paper
dartboard and metal, 24 1/4 x 21 3/4 in"
Robert Larson collects the materials and images for his work feet on the
ground, eyes scanning the terrain, scavenging
the surface of the urban landscape for evidence of its inhabitants’
activities: empty cigarette packages and matchbooks,
chewing gum wrappers and bottle caps. He then transforms his archeological
finds, at times by assembling them into
tableaus reminiscent of Warholian pop, other times by cutting and removing
layers of the eroding surfaces of these
symbolically imbued images and materials, to reveal a different history
and content. In his work, urban landscape, artifact,
and pop culture are all inextricably intertwined in an examination of
shared cultural identity and urban experience.
Robert Larson lives in Santa Cruz and is also a recipient of the 2006
Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship, Santa Cruz, California.
Robert Larson, "Orange Slow Burn",1997-2007,
Zig-zag rolling papers on linen, 16 x 17"
|Don Porcella was born in Modesto, California and lives and works in New
York City. In… He co-founded Artists in Motion Art
Collective, a group of artists who created funk-art fashion, sculpture,
and furniture from recycled and reclaimed materials.
This experience informs his current work, in which he cuts and reassembles
road signs, package material, and furniture.
Sometimes the refractive paint and the danger colors of a Stop signal
are rearranged into a new whimsical sign; or a wooden
chair is reduced to a two-dimensional piece, sawed down into small parts
and reassembled onto a panel, or again a pallet’s
markings are turned into a board game. Porcella earned his BFA Degree
from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and
worked as artist assistant to David Salle and Miriam Schapiro. Don has
shown extensively in New York, California, and Paris, France.
Don Porcella, "Chair", 2001, One wooden
chair, 25 x 25"
|David Buckingham is a metal sculptor, and works exclusively with found
metal, beautiful battered remains scrounged up out
in the high desert of Southern California. All colors in his work are
original, as found, as he’s proud of declaring that “he is
painter.” Yet, his work displays a considerable pictorial sensibility
to color ranges, visible in his color studies, in his Pop signs from
cartoons, in well known movie lines, or in his replicas of famous guns,
to scale and historically accurate.
Buckingham describes his work as primal, powerful, and provocative. David
Buckingham recently sold out solo shows
both in Chicago and in L.A., where he resides.
David Buckingham, "Symbionese Liberation
Army Slogan", 2006, welded metal, 49 x 35 x 3"
|November 3, 2006. Michael Martin Galleries is pleased to announce
the opening of X-06, its first exhibition curated
by the new co-directors of the San Francisco gallery, Marina Cain
and Kit Schul te. The show will run from
December 2, 2006 through January 13, 2007.
X-06 is a group show featuring
works by gallery artists Rex Ray, Henry Jackson,
Linda Karshan, Justin Quinn, Michael
Velliquette, and Vidvuds Zviedris,
and introducing four new artists: Shell Cardon,
Connie Connally, Katherine Nova
Williams, and Ina Abuschenko.
The Dallas, Texas painter Connie Connally will show new work inspired by her travels to the Cinque Terre,
she develops a painterly dialogue and a personal language of marks,
shifting colors, forms and gestures.
Katherine Nova Williams’s oil
paintings mainly focus on spatial relationships: expansion and contraction,
and dilapidation, accumulation and deterioration in vivid oil colors
and metal leaf. Originally from Columbus, Ohio,
Nova Williams now resides in Carlsbad, CA.
Shell Cardon's paintings are languid,
powerful and intense. Shell creates her work by pouring, layering
and manipulating latex paint to translate fleeting moments into color, texture
and movement. Each painting may have 4 to
20 gallons of paint on the surface. Shell Cardon studied at the
Academy of Art University, San Francisco, and maintains studios in both Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The sharp-edged, cut out gouache and paper on glass “Rondos”
from Ina Abuschenko appear to be groping
a new identification of the circle in a contemporary painting. Ina
is a German-Russian artist who extensively studied
figure and still life before becoming an abstract painter. Her works
are today mainly monochromatic.
Presenting an assortment of his works on resin, Rex
Ray will astonish and delight old and new collectors alike
array of colors and patterns, geometric and organic shapes of his
botanical arabesques in paper collage and resin.
This San Francisco artist’s collages, paintings and drawings
have been exhibited in major museums and galleries
Henry Jackson, known for his sensuous
pigment, oil, and wax paintings, will exhibit a selection of his
that seem both to reveal and dispel the human figure, while they
ultimately grapple with issues of presence/absence,
memory and desire. Jackson has received a number of prestigious
awards, and his works are in several public as well
as private collections.
Linda Karshan’s abstract graphic
notation expresses intuitive emotional and mental processes. In
works lines have become independent. Through her highly refined
drawing ability and structured use of forms, Linda
Karshan achieves with a minimum of artistic means a maximum of intensity
Justin Quinn’s pieces, a combination
of graphite drawings on hemp and dry point intaglio prints, repeatedly
chapter 44 of the novel Moby Dick, entitled “The Chart”.
In this chapter, Captain Ahab compulsively draws and redraws
nautical charts in his nightly monomaniac quest for the white whale.
By repeating a spiraling, swirling labyrinthine structure,
Quinn places himself in the role of Ahab who continually redraws
his charts, which travel nowhere, and only go into himself.
Michael Velliquette works with archival,
colored card stock and glue to create what are best described as
sculptures. These works are entirely hand-cut using only scissors
and an x-acto knife. These images have myriad meanings
such as self-contemplation, the nature of change, and our relationships
to others, and suggest worlds of the infinite.
A recent graduate of Detroit1s Center for Creative Studies, Vidvuds
Zviedris will show his intensely sensual abstract expressionist oil paintings displaying a luscious use of color and
vigorous brush strokes. Vidvuds, a Latvian painter based
in Chicago, is a fast-emerging artist and a strong promise in the
world of abstract expressionism.
A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, December 2,
from 2 - 4 p.m. at Michael Martin Galleries.
Connie Connally, "Breakwater Mist",
oil on canvas, 16 x 18"
Katherine Nova Williams, "Insomnia",
oi l on canvas
Shell Cardon, "High Dive", 2006,
48 x 60",Acrylic
Ina Abuschenko, "Rotes Rondo",
ouache, paper, capaplex and acrylic glass
Neopopular Demand- new works by Fahamu Pecou
Sept. 20th - Nov. 20th, 2006
Atlanta based artist Fahamu Pecou opens his exhibition Neopopular Demand
at Michael Martin Galleries
in San Francisco. Spot the superstar and his entourage at the opening
reception on September 20th from
6-8pm, as they unveil his canvases at his first San Francisco appearance.
Pecou’s recent body of paintings in his series, NEOPOP, explores
the phenomenon of contemporary propaganda, the cultural context and significance of media and marketing and
how they are both disconnected
and relevant to fine art. Thinking through the process of media propaganda
brought him to his current work
with magazine covers. Magazines are the embodiment of the psychology behind
marketing and advertising.
Playing on the public's psychological reaction to media and on preconceived
ideas about who should be in
them, he began projecting his image and ideals on the covers of magazines.
He further abstracted the concept by juxtaposing his own character's in-your-face, hip hop bravado
on fine art publications.
Pecou has been called “an emerging artist to watch” by the
Studio Museum in Harlem. Dallas Morning News
describes his work as “a cool clash of opposites, one triggering
sensory reactions, the other provoking thought.”
your Mouf", acrylic on canvas, 60 x 78
Wanderlust- David Magnusson, Steve Wrubel,
May 18th - June 20th
Photographers David Magnusson and Steve Wrubel turn their trained lenses
to artistic endeavors on their travels
around the world, celebrating foreign landscapes and inspiring a sense
of Wanderlust. Successful in the commercial arena, these two photographers travel in to new realms with their
distinguished artistic ventures. David
Magnusson’s tiled photographs bring to mind the mute observation
of the outsider in a foreign landscape. The
unique process and materials used in Magnusson’s work, along with
the division and reconstruction of the image,
serves to remove these photo-based images from the world of traditional
photography. His has been exhibited in
Southern Exposure Gallery’s juried exhibition, 2003, and at Modernbook
Gallery, Palo Alto, and joins us from his
studio in San Francisco.
David Magnusson "Flgger's Folly", inkjet print resin, wood
Steve Wrubel: Kona Palms One, Two, Three,
15 x 17.5",
Triptych lambda prints mounted
Steve Wrubel takes a break from shooting in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Belize,
Mexico, Italy, Hawaii and the American
Southwest to share his recent travel image innovations. Wrubel’s
first one-man show, “Delicately Tough”, was a
triumph in Boston at the Kidder-Smith Gallery in 2004. He returns to the
Bay Area, a place called home along his
exhaustive travels to exhibit a series of large format works that impart
a glimpse into Wrubel’s extraordinary lust for
life and the open road.
Steve Hough provides us with the sorbet between rich courses with his
pieces that share the smooth aesthetic of
Magnusson and Wrubel, and further seduce the eye with color-shifting car
paint and a meditative illusion of the
movement of rippling water.
Steve Hough, "Lexus Lotus", color changing , 30 x 60"
car-paint on carved/sanded plastic panel
Rex Ray, New Work
February 16- April 14, 2006
The widely celebrated, prolific San Francisco artist Rex Ray opens an
exhibition of new works at Michael Martin Galleries.
You have seen this colorist’s botanical arabesques: he has caught
your eye all over San Francisco in the most sophisticated locales, including the Slanted Door and the W San Francisco. Rex
Ray’s stunning design genius has brought him
to the attention of the most judicious culturati: he has designed for
David Bowie, Matmos, Bill Graham Presents as well
as Apple, Sony Music, City Lights Publishers, among many others. His collage
work, paintings and drawings have been
exhibited in major museums and galleries world wide, including San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena
Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Michael Martin Galleries, Gallery
16, New Langton Arts, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.
Rex Ray’s exhibition at Michael Martin Galleries will feature the
breadth of his works, from his slick resin pieces, rich canvases
to an installation of hundreds of his collage source material, previously
installed at the Yerba Buena Center. A favorite of
savvy collectors and design aficionados, join Rex Ray and his long time
gallerist Michael Martin at the Artist’s reception
Thursday, February 16 from 6pm to 8pm. If you miss this event, make your
appearance at a closing party at the W San
Francisco, Thursday, March 30 from 7-9PM
Rex Ray, "Untitled", 76 x 120 ", paper collage on linen
Henry Jackson, New Paintings
November 9th - December 16th 2005
Although Jackson is typically known for using the Human form as his catalyst
for exploration, his new paintings suggest
further complexity in his figurative ambiguity.Landscapes mutate between
environmental and figurative fragments that
seem void of human content or reference but rather suggest the fertility
of nature and it's unsettling energy.Oil and
raw pigments suspended in wax add to the unfolding history of imagery
shrouded in diaphanous layers of medium.
Henry Jackson was born in San Francisco and graduated from the Calfornia
College of Arts and Crafts in 1986 with a
BFA in painting. He currently resides in San Francisco. Jackson has not
only exhibited with Michael Martin Galleries, but
he also participated in solo and group shows at Trillium Press in Brisbane,
The Broadbent Gallery in London, , Conduit
Gallery in Dallas and Toomey Tourell and Limn Gallery in San Francisco
and Smith Anderson Edition in Palo Alto. In addition,
Jackson has received a number of prestigious awards, and his works are
in several public as well as private collections.
June 9th- July 8th 2005
A collaboration between HMG and Ampersand International Arts, the exhibit
features painting, sculpture, works on paper,
video and mixed media curated by three artists. Whether through irony,
awe, empathy, detachment or fear, all works in
SPRAWL examine a range of visual interpretations of the urban and suburban
painting, sculpture, work on paper, photography, video, mixed media
Clark Buckner, Matthew Cusick, April Gertler, David Hamill, Val Imus,
Jason Jagel, Jason Kleidosty, Steve Lambert, Sean Mc
Farland, Jeff Morris, Ben Peterson, James Sansing, William Swanson, JP
Villegas, Lee Walton, Heidi Zumbrun
SPRAWL is collaboration between Michael Martin Gallery and Ampersand International
Arts, who invited California artists
Robert Gutierrez, Amanda Hughen, and Jennifer Starkweather to curate a
group show based on the core of their own
artwork. The exhibition will be held at the Haley Martin Gallery in San
Francisco, and is on view from June 9 – July 8, 2005.
SPRAWL will also be exhibited at Ampersand International Arts’ sister
space in Paris, France in the Spring of 2006. Robert
Gutierrez, Amanda Hughen, and Jennifer Starkweather have curated
SPRAWL based on ideas present at the core of their own artwork. They have
included artists whose works address issues of
man-made environments, isolation, alienation, and defining and controlling
space and reality in the American cultural
context . The exhibition features painting, sculpture, work on paper,
photography, video, performance, and mixed media.
Whether it is through irony, awe, empathy, detachment or fear, all the
work in SPRAWL examines a range of visual interpretations of the urban and suburban landscapes. The exhibition features
painting, sculpture, work on paper, photography,
video, performance, and mixed media. Whether it is through irony, awe,
empathy, detachment or fear, all the work in
SPRAWL examines a range of visual interpretations of the urban and suburban
December 4-31, 2003
A show of recent work by architects, artists, designers, and writers teaching
first-year Core studios at California College
of the Arts
Guest curator: Jane Martin,
California College of the Arts
All proceeds from sales of artwork go to support the MMG Foundation's
Community ArtReach Program focused on
bringing art and visual literacy to San Francisco's elementary school
students. The thirty creative professionals showing
in For Example are collaborators in the education of first-year students
at California College of the Arts (formerly California College of Arts and Crafts). As teachers of studio practice in
the Core program, we impart skills and concepts,
and facilitate artistic exploration for students of all majors. Practicing
in a variety of media from drawing and sculpture
to video, design, and architecture, the faculty teaching in Core represent
CCA's eighteen undergraduate programs.
Many of us also teach within a specific discipline, at upper-division
undergraduate and graduate levels. In the Core
classroom, we often refrain from showing examples of our work to students
in order to sidestep the issue of stylistic
mimicry -- to support students' engagement in their own creativity, rather
than encourage production in the manner
of their instructor. There is, however, value in acknowledging the presence
of the lessons we teach in our own work.
Frequently, what we emphasize in the classroom connects very directly
to what we do in our own studios. To that end,
this brochure offers three lenses for viewing the work in For Example:
Technique, Concept, and Outside Influences.
These encompass an emphasis on the mastery and innovation of methods,
cultivation of ideas forming the basis of
creative investigation, and acknowledgment of inherent characteristics
and personal curiosities that serve as guides
and motivators. While these and other aspects are present in each piece,
the artists' statements are an invitation to
look more closely at select thoughts, issues, and generating forces behind
The presence of this show in the Michael Martin Galleries is of particular
relevance as it is the mission of the MMG
Foundation to support arts education at the elementary school level within
our community. Many thanks to Michael
for her contagious enthusiasm for extending the promise of the arts to
our children -- a critical link to our collective
California College of the Arts
November 6-November 28, 2003
Hans Dieter-Schaal works as an architect, scenic designer, sculptor,
exhibition designer/architect, landscape architect,
and writer. He lives in Attenweiler, Germany and designed the San Francisco
Opera's new production of The Barber
of Seville.All proceeds from the opening-night event and sales of artwork
throughout the exhibition will go to support
the San Francisco Opera's education programs, which reach over 40,000
children and adults annually, and Michael
Martin Gallery's Adopt-a-School program focused on teaching elementary
school children to think, learn and
communicate through art education.
Co-sponsored by: SF Opera, MM Galleries, Toki Designs, Delicious Karma,
SFMOMA, Gallo, Speedway Printing
June 3-28, 2003
Prints and books by Trillium artists
TRILLIUM PRESS (www.trilliumpress.com), a group show, features works completed
at Brisbane's Trillium Press since the
year 2000. Trillium is a fine-art printmaking facility specializing in innovative,
collaborative, multi-modal printmaking.
Beginning in 1979 with hand lithography, Trillium has expanded to include
silkscreen, intaglio, digital, and monotype.
They print with artists at many different levels of career achievement,
which is an unusual business model for a print
shop. Late-career and emerging artists are all welcome. Each project is
designed around the artist's individual vision.
Featured artists in this show will include Rex Ray, Henry Jackson, Enrique
Chagoya, Tom Lieber, Kara Maria, Richard
Barnes, Bathsheba Vechte, and Jeremiah Maddock. There will also be books
by Heather Wilcoxon, Sandow Birk
(Inferno), William Wiley, Nathan Olivera, Tucker Nichols, and Inez Storer/Marie
The show will also feature works by Trillium Fund awardees Jason Jagel,
Kirko, Jose Guinto. Hillary Williams, and Kathy
Aoki. Over the years, Trillium has provided one scholarship per year for
promising art students. The Trillium Fund has
been receiving donations to augment this program since April 2002 and now
awards eight scholarships per year.
The idea is to give up-and-coming artists access to materials, techniques,
and expertise that are usually only available to artists at the peak of their careers. In 2002, this scholarship,
given to a senior at the California College of Arts
and Crafts, resulted in his being awarded a full scholarship to Columbia
for graduate school.
Please join us June 19 at 7 p.m. for the next Talk on Townsend, our Salon
series, featuring guest speakers Richard Lang
(president of Trillium Press), David Salgado (Trillium's founder and master
printer), and Phil Sanders (Trillium's collaborative
printmaker). Lang will discuss the effects of science education on his own
art and on art-making in general. Salgado
and Sanders will talk about printmaking techniques such as monotype, lithography,
and intaglio, as well as the concept
of a limited edition and the ways in which digital technology is opening
up a new world of printmaking.
April 1-May 29, 2003
PAINT JUNKIES, a group show, features the
work of emerging and established artists who have in common an incurable
addiction to paint. Continually experimenting and probing the boundaries
of the medium, they perpetuate its grand
tradition and celebrate its wonderful physicality.
Charles Eckart, established San Francisco
painter, creates works that are multicolored, highly textural, and nearly
His most recent "Ground Cover" series is inspired by direct
observation of landscape.
Constance Harris' (San Francisco) paintings
constitute a private ritual of markmaking. Using oil and wax, she develops
integrated, landscape-like fabric that is heavily layered and saturated
with color. Her materials are sensuous and capture
the light in unique ways; each painting appears to change with the time
of day and the direction of the light.
Henry Jackson (San Francisco) uses oils,
dry pigments, and wax to create his multilayered paintings. The finished
dark and only vaguely figural, evoking more of the subject's soul than
the physical body.
Ricardo Mazal's (New York) paintings depict
transformative moments—the cusp that separates order from disorder,
location from location, or one time period from another. He appears courtesy
of Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery.
Carole Pierce (San Francisco) paints soft-focus
landscapes that are filled with a sense of memory and longing, suggesting
but never revealing a human presence in the scene.
Arngunnur Yr's (San Francisco) paintings
are on one level an ode to nature (in many cases Iceland's majestic landscape)
but they are also about the vision of ourselves that we, as humans, project
Vidvuds Zviedris (Chicago), originally from
Latvia and a recent graduate of Detroit's Center for Creative Studies,
is a fast-emerging artist in the world of abstract expressionism. His paintings
are almost overpoweringly luscious and thick.
February 7-March 25, 2003
Call it the art of understatement. A lost art, perhaps, in today's info-glutted
world. A respite from the garish, the overpowering, the coarse, the media-saturated. Some of the artists in this
show, like Linda Karshan (London), Rebecca
Haseltine (San Francisco), and Ritsuko Ozeki (Tokyo), utilize both a minimalistic,
abstract style and a great economy
of media. Karshan rarely uses anything but pencil on white paper to create
her drawings. Most are ostensibly abstract,
but sometimes call to mind a close-up view of woven cloth, or a cellular-level
view of plant matter. Haseltine says she
often draws with both hands, with her eyes closed. Drawing in darkness,
perhaps ironically, is a way for her to engage
more fully with the world within and without -- a total immersion in herself
and her surroundings, transferred onto paper.
But her drawings are also about things that remain ineffable, shadowy
and hidden. Ozeki, a master of intaglio printmaking, also works mostly in monochromatic black-and-white. Her images
are mostly of domestic scenes and pieces
of intimate apparel; looking at her prints is a little like peeping in
Other artists in the show, like Philippe Jestin (France) and Amanda Hughen
(Berkeley), approach the title theme in a
different way, employing unconventional and potentially messy materials
but in a strictly controlled way; Jestin's mesquite charcoal is dirty and difficult stuff to work with, but his finished
mosaic-sculptures are all about clean lines and
understated textural detail. Their surfaces resemble polished wood, but
they are infinitely more fragile than wood, with
each tile painstakingly sanded down to fit seamlessly into the whole.
Hughen, currently an MFA candidate at U.C.
Berkeley, makes use of everything from wood to Plexiglass, resin, and
contact paper to create her "construction-
paintings." Each finished work includes both hand- and machine-made
elements, and examines, in both a literal and
metaphorical way, the essence of surface and structure.
Munson Hunt's (Santa Fe) mysterious, monolithic sculptures seem at first
to follow in the abstract, minimalist tradition of
Brancusi. But unlike Brancusi, who worked primarily in metal and loved
perfect, regular surfaces, Hunt works in wood,
shining her sculptures to a high gloss that shows off every crack, knot,
and other irregularity.
Chongbin Zheng's (San Francisco) paintings are abstract in the western
art-historical sense, but created using traditional
Chinese ink techniques. Enigmatic and shadowy, their multiple layers seem
controlled and uncontrolled, referential and
non-referential, intentional and completely accidental.