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MAX Occupancy - A Mystic Hotel San Francisco Art Show

MAX Occupancy Art Projects fosters a direct connection with the San Francisco Bay Area art scene for Mystic Hotel guests and San Francisco residents. Michele Foyer, curator and artist, selects a quarterly artist to take over the hotel's public spaces and walls with a contemporary art exhibition. Art is a big part of the Mystic Hotel experience, immersing guests and travelers in the city's energetic culture.

About the Curator

Michele Foyer is Curator of the Mystic's MAX Occupancy Art Projects and also holds an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute.
 

Exhibitions

Angela Pryor: Sleight of Hand
Angela Pryor: Sleight of Hand
January 16 - April 8, 2017

Sleight of Hand explores the complications of memory and the processes of registering history.

Angela Pryor's paintings feature a protagonist of a tragic story: fifteen-year-old Betina Tarnopolsky, one of Argentina's many "disappeared" who was kidnapped with her family during the military coup in the seventies.

The artist poetically imagines and renders a history for Betina that questions injustice, hierarchy and exclusion. Several paintings in her vibrant magical realist style inject Betina into dominant art histories and cultural mythologies; others record an imagined life had she lived.

Pryor, born in Texas and who now lives in Northern California, grew up in Argentina during these times. Her own memory also undergoes transformations.

www.angelapryor.com 

Jennie Lennick: Harvest
Jennie Lennick: Harvest
September 22, 2016 - January 7, 2017
Jennie Lennick reinterprets traditionally domestic and feminine imagery into hybrids of drawing, sculpture, fiber and functional items that navigate high art, craft and memory. Her exhibition Harvest explores how food stands between memory and the desire for connection.
 
The artist first made, and then lovingly interpreted, recipes from her grandmother and great-grandmother's cookbooks into a quilt composed of multiple hand-embroidered vignettes stitched together.
 
Other appliquéd quilts gather the traditions of celebratory meals Lennick's friends and family serve on special occasions.
 
The artist holds an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute and has exhibited throughout the Bay Area including Aggregate Space, Bay Area Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Kadist Art Foundation, Root Division and Steven Wolf Fine Art. She is the founder of Jenny Lemons, a collection of clothing and textiles for the home.
 
www.jennielennick.com
Jack Leamy: MILLENNIAL ELEGY
Jack Leamy: MILLENNIAL ELEGY
June 2 - August 20, 2016

In his exhibition, MILLENNIAL ELEGY, socially-engaged artist Jack Leamy depicts a culture still steeped in perpetual warfare set against the aspirations and hopes of a new millennium.

Many paintings juxtapose contemporary soldiers with iconic modernist images from a prior turn of the century, as well as later anti-war images. At times Leamy's paintings evoke a longing for the healing force of utopian ideals, and at others, the usurpation of those same ideals into a rationale for war.
 
Leamy has received the Tournesol Painting Prize (Headlands Center for the Arts), the Irene Pijoan Memorial Painting Prize (SFAI), the Commons Curatorial Residency- Exhibition (SOMArts) and was nominated for a SECA Award. He has exhibited extensively in the SF Bay Area, as well as in New York, Los Angeles, and Massachusetts. Leamy holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Lisa McCutcheon: Flock
Lisa McCutcheon: Flock
March 3 to May 21, 2016
In Lisa McCutcheon's Flock exhibition, a soft cry of vulnerability, a sudden predatory movement, a graceful chicken's foot, a delicate flash of color all morph in and out of each other.
 
The artist melds discrete sensations by a collage process of cutting and re-configuring prior to individual works, as well as layering painting and drawing on semi-transparent mylar. The resulting new imagery mounted on yupo paper invites the viewer to contemplate the nature of the image, the one and the many, and vulnerability and aggression.
 
McCutcheon exhibits both nationally and locally and holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. More here: www.lisamccutcheon.com