January 28, 2012 - March 12, 2012
Our Anniversary Party coincides with the opening reception of Salon Style, a unique rotating exhibition featuring recent works by artists Brian Barneclo, David Choong Lee, Delphyne V, Doze Green, Erik Otto, Evan Venegas, Gianluca Franzese, NoMe Edonna, Reuben Rude, and Ursula Xanthe Young.
Unlike most shows, Salon Style will feature different pieces by these artists during the course of the exhibit. The show is also hung in a stacked salon style, to represent the diversity and prolificity of our artists repertoire.
It is hard for us to believe how much time has passed since we started fabric8, and how grateful we are for all the love and creativity we have witnessed and shared. Of course, none of this would have been possible without our friends and family, combined with insane amounts of hard work from everyone.
In the past six years, our neighborhood has also morphed into an entirely different place. New restaurants, new people, and new ideas have been a constant. It is exciting to see all the new families sprout up as well. We love it when kids visit our gallery and are inspired by it, and look forward to the birth of our own child this spring.
We started fabric8 in 1995 as an internet boutique selling unique items "fabricated" in San Francisco. It seemed somewhat strange and impossible at the time, and over the years we have adapted, evolving into what we are today: an art gallery featuring artists working in contemporary mediums.
Having a physical space has also encouraged us to do our part to contribute to the community. We hosted a bevy of food carts during our 2-year-long run of Street Food Fridays, and, last summer, built a public art parklet in front of the building for everyone to enjoy. Please visit us regularly to enjoy our fine art, fun boutique items, random amusement on the parklet, and, of course, the koi in our bathtub.
Thanks to all who have supported us, and may you have a peaceful and prosperous 2012!
Anthony and Olivia
Brian Barneclo was born and raised in Indianapolis, then studied painting and art history at Indiana University. He moved to San Francisco in 1996 and began working as a commercial artist and sign painter. He also started to show his paintings in local galleries. His professional and artistic careers merged when he began to receive commissions for murals in both public and private spaces. Barneclo has adorned the walls of many Bay Area's restaurants and streets with his jazzy colorful murals inspired by life in San Francisco -- NoPa Restaurant, Puccini & Pinetti, 83 McAllister Street, the SF Bay Guardian building, the Food Chain Mural @ Foods Co, Escape from New York Pizza , and the Santa Cruz Mural . He was named one of San Francisco's top muralists by 7x7 Magazine in 2008.
David Choong Lee combines elements of graffiti, collage, graphic design, portraiture, and classical realism. He was born in Seoul, Korea in 1966 and moved to the US in 1993 to pursue traditional fine art at the Academy of Art. His first major body of work depicted San Francisco's homeless in the Tenderloin, then evolved to depict the diversity of San Francisco's population. Many of the city's recognizable characters have shown up in breathtaking pieces on his signature wine and cigar boxes. In recent years, Lee has begun to shift focus from the figure to the abstract and geometric. These two styles come together in impressive assemblages that have shown in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Tucson, Canada, and Korea.
Delphyne V is a self-taught painter who arrives at visual art from a background in dance, theater, and fashion design. Primarily organic, her work is surreal in its deviant perspective of realistic imagery. She hails from Paris.
Breakdancing, Graffiti, Fine Art, Metaphysics
Erik Otto has a passion for creative exploration. He balances his time between painting and design, blending multiple influences into one distinct style that has been presented in distinguished galleries, film/theater sets, street corners, and even a parklet . Often improvising with a growing list of mediums and reclaimed materials, he creates work that is both expressive and conceptual, capturing the moment where beauty meets chaos. Otto received his BFA from San Jose State University and currently lives, works and rides his bike in Brooklyn and San Francisco.
Evan Venegas uses imagery that is loosely based on the urban, industrial landscape that surrounds him. His creative process is rooted in the recognizable world but expressed by abstract shapes and vibrant colors. He seeks to create an experience that inspires a change in perception for the viewer. Venegas began painting with oils at a young age, and started developing his technique, of realistic rendering of imaginary objects, in his early teens. Born and raised in Queens, New York, he began his art education at Parsons School of Design, then moved to San Francisco to complete a BFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. He returned to New York in 2000.
Gianluca Franzese was born in Italy and raised in New York, where he studied painting at Pratt Institute before transferring to the Florence Academy of Art to learn the skill and technique of the Old Masters. After a few moves back and forth between the United States and Italy, he has settled in San Francisco to pursue art.
NoMe Edonna is a self-taught artist born in California. Known for his smooth-sided biomorphs that combine the organic and the mechanical, his work is an obscure interpretation of contemporary urban life. In recent years, it has become increasingly focused on social, political, and environmental concerns as well as inquiries of science, technology, and study of ancient civilizations.
Reuben Rude is the child of hippies who met in San Francisco during the Summer of Love. He grew up in the woods of Northern California and came back to San Francisco to study at the Academy of Art. He utilizes his expertise in drawing, painting, and illustration in both the creative and commercial realms, having shown in galleries, comic books, and magazines throughout the world. When he is not making art, he is working on his 100-year-old house.
Ursula Xanthe Young is a painter, illustrator, and graphic designer whose urban fairy tale images have become a trademark of street culture in San Francisco and beyond. Her fine-lined illustrations and colorful modern paintings exude a style that is unique and appealing to art lovers of all kinds. Young grew up in the green rural dales of Northern England and studied art in New York, Florence, Vermont, Oslo, and London. After graduating from Parsons School of Design , she moved to San Francisco’s Lower Haight district and spent nearly a decade there. Following a stint in Alaska, Ursula has settled in Grass Valley CA, where she now lives and works.