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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. Art is a big part of the Mystic Hotel experience, immersing guests and travelers in the city's energetic culture.


Patricia Sonnino: Flight Maps
August 1 - November 4, 2017

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


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.


Annie May Johnston: Paradox of Habitation
Annie May Johnston: Paradox of Habitation
May 1 - July 22, 2017

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 

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
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.