Opening Reception: August 3, 2017 | 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Patricia Sonnino takes a contemporary approach to abstraction where the painting's paradoxical ground is always in the process of taking flight and becoming other.
Many different spaces with individual artistic languages inhabit her colorful layered works on wood panel. Hard edges meet and zoom off into soft ones, shallow spaces swerve into deep, and opaque colors collide with the luminous.
The juxtapositions of these arrangements of diverse, self-contained spaces resemble a "still life" in flight.
Sonnino holds a MA and BA in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. She exhibits nationally and is represented by SFMOMA Artist Gallery. Sonnino taught at the Boston Architectural Center and was a visiting artist at Fort Lewis College in Colorado and the University of Birmingham in the U.K. She has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Willapa Bay and Playa.
Image: Patricia Sonnino, Show Your Teeth, detail, 2017, acrylic on wood panel
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.
Opening Reception, May 4, 2017 / 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Annie May Johnston maps a psychogeography of life in apartment buildings. Johnston records overlapping memories and sensations through her maximalist use of layer, pattern and collage. Her works often combine paintings within paintings and divergent perspectives that afford the multiplicity and simultaneity of a digital screen.
Numerous translucent layers of warm and cool painted patterns flatten and blur the traditional perception of discrete objects in space. An uncanny, hybrid dimension emerges where form, space and time flow together. We never encounter the inhabitant, only subtle traces of moods that fluctuate from sly humor to alienation.
Johnston exhibits internationally and nationally and recently completed a 90-foot commissioned installation for Facebook in Austin. She received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016.
IMAGE: Annie May Johnston, 2016, Bath, oil + acrylic on layered canvas, detail
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.