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Nocturnal Diversions addresses the feelings that emerge when the sun goes down, both literally and figuratively.
Joshua Lawyer’s pieces explore the negative events that lead humans to build defense mechanisms as a way to protect themselves, which then perpetuate and affect others. They may, at first glance, intimidate the viewer but eventually reveal beauty and complexity. MJ Lindo-Lawyer’s series revolves around gerascophobia, which is the fear of getting older or aging, and whether it is a desire or necessity to hold on to childlike tendencies. Ursula Xanthe Young offers a group of paintings that celebrate the feminine energy of the moon, the magic of nightfall and the endless possibilities of the dreamworld. Lunar cycles, celestial energy and nocturnal vibes pervade in her gorgeous portraits and cityscapes that celebrate the night.
20/20 Vision features work created by painters Anthony Holdsworth and Beryl Landau since shelter-in-place was issued in San Francisco in March of 2020. Initially confined to their Bernal Heights neighborhood, there are a number of pieces painted from their vantage point on the north slope of Bernal looking towards downtown. Streets and freeways that were typically filled with cars are captured sparsely populated. Greenery and blue skies and waters take up the space around the urban architecture instead of crowds of people.
Anthony Holdsworth paints a series of paintings from the top of Harrison Street under four different skies – morning, afternoon, night and that smoke-filled day in September when the sun never came out. As the city reopened, he made his way back to the Mission, capturing new and old murals as well as quintessential intersections of the neighborhood. During this time, he also created one painting, Waiting In Line At Sun Fat, completely in his studio from a series of sketches done on-site.
How To Know You Are A Fairy
Fairy magic is all about connecting to oneself, to each other, and to the planet. Fairies have been around for thousands of years and bring creativity, magic, connection and positivity wherever they go. This Earth needs fairy magic now more than ever.
All of the original paintings from the illustrated children's book, How to Know You Are a Fairy by Amandalynn & Lady Mags will be on display, as well as a group exhibition with some of their favorite fairy artists.
Sweet Dreams And Twisted Realities
Sweet Dreams And Twisted Realities features recent work by three Bay Area surrealist painters: Eric Johnston, Ingrid V. Wells, and J.L. King. Each with their own style, they meld fantasy and reality through some combination of rendering, psychedelia, color, humor, and absurdity. If the last year has taught us anything, it is that perspectives and perceptions vary widely; this exhibition presents three ways of seeing the world around us.
Into The Light
Into The Light explores the pleasure and perils of indulgence through a satirical lens that delights with comedy and beauty. The collection of paintings, drawings, and limited edition prints presents colorful designs in visual loops that illuminate the cyclical nature of desire. Loucheur’s vibrant botanical patterns interplay with images of alcohol, tobacco and THC to present a tension between timeless beauty and temporal intoxication.
Brighter Days looks forward to a future of hope, love, and peace as the world recovers from a year of intensity with the global pandemic, racial injustice, political unrest, and wildfires throughout California. Ursula Xanthe Young began producing the body of work in the summer, when she typically would be painting murals outdoors at music and art festivals but was sheltered in place. Instead of focusing on negative thoughts and disappointment, she found inspiration in optimism for the future and uplifting music, from which many of the painting titles come.
When All This Is Over
When All This Is Over is a collection of works on paper and panel created since the beginning of the pandemic. Living and working in San Francisco’s Tenderloin, Chris Stokes saw the neighborhood’s storefronts and commercial buildings quickly transform as Covid, political unrest, and urban flight took hold. Being an artist and architect, he contemplated what the landscape might look like in the future, if people and society did not return. He also envisioned a sense of optimism if they did.
In addition to his solo exhibition, Stokes will be unveiling his design for Luna Rienne Gallery’s new parklet, for which crowd funding campaign will soon launch.
Showcasing their recent painting expedition through Italy as well as everyday life in San Francisco, Different Perspectives portrays each artist's individualistic eye and hand during their shared experience. Holdsworth plein air oil paintings attempt to capture the energy of a particular place while Landau's studio acrylics evoke a feeling about that place. The couple met in 1980 during an SFAI alumni show at SOMArts Gallery.