Unnatural Selection

Unnatural Selection

February 2022

With Unnatural Selection, Robert Bowen presents a new body of work addressing his unanswered questions about biomimicry and the sanctity of nature. He continues to play mad scientist in a laboratory that should never really exist, fusing high technology with nature. To juxtapose these prophetic tragedies, he has also painted a series of creatures with a precious stone/gem element, based on the concept that people should protect nature in the same way they safeguard their most prized jewels.

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THHE AUCTION

THHE AUCTION

April 2022

THHE AUCTION is an annual event to benefit the neighborhood artists of Hospitality House’s Community Arts Program, San Francisco’s only free art studio. The city’s oldest human services agency, Hospitality House offers six programs that strive to tackle the root causes of homelessness. The Community Arts Program (CAP) offers creative self-expression and a vibrant community to low-income artists, and allows them to exhibit and sell their work.

This year Luna Rienne Gallery, Mothbelly Gallery, Fleetwood Annex, analogSF, and HH Community Arts Program are offering their walls to exhibit the auction pieces, generously donated by nearly 100 artists.

THHE AUCTION takes place from April 1-6. More information at thheauction.org.


Visual Indulgence

Visual Indulgence

April 2022

Visual Indulgence is a foray into color and process with paintings by Ingrid V. Wells and Heather Robinson that are simultaneously playful and serious; simple and complex. Vibrant patterns are immediately inviting yet crafted through a deliberate and extensive process that involves modeling, masking, layering and more.

Wells' work in this series, titled Spectacle, begins as still-life decoden, composed of tiny plastic objects undulating in fake frosting and sparkles, that are manipulated and enlarged into bright, bold oil paintings. The feminine imagery investigates American pop culture aesthetics of joy as simultaneously oppressive and empowering.

Robinson’s work is from her series called “Pattern Seeking” which seeks optimism in times of increasing chaos and uncertainty. Her goal is to evoke positive emotion through repeating textile patterns in multiple layers that are meditative, soothing and satisfying, representing the push and pull of order and disorder.