Local artists show off unique San Francisco views
February 16, 2010 9:09 PM
The intersection of Sixth and Howard streets looked gloomy as streetlights flickered on and the street was slicked with light mist falling from clouds above. One corner, however, shone with warmth and joy as the art gallery 1AM showcased "The City."
Nearly 150 people gathered to see myriad perspectives of San Francisco from the viewpoints of local artists. The gallery showcased several media ranging from photography, acrylic and textile on canvas to felt tip pen and acrylic ink on paper.
"I like photography and I like that these pieces use the structure of things," said Kendra Rae, referencing a series of screen-prints on Plexiglas that capture the city's industrial areas. "Other people try to capture the beautiful, but this is structured s**t that most people don't even look at."
Richard Nyhagen's Plexiglas pieces give the otherwise drab industrial sectors of San Francisco a vibrant and glossy tone. By implementing bright pastel, like pinks, yellows and blues, he transforms dismal to delightful.
"I try to pay attention to the detail to try and evoke what goes through the artist's mind," Vanessa Bottger said, looking at a collection of mixed media pieces by David Fullarton. "They have some very interesting quotes. Kind of sarcastic and satirical --a very urban style."
Fullarton uses a mix and match element to construct his mixed media pieces on canvas. Constructed primarily of clippings from his sketchbooks, he uses strings of words piecing together poetic sentences with a bite.
Photographer Oliver Fader captured the stings of the city in four portraits ornamenting the walls. "Cold Stare" titled one image of a San Francisco police officer glaring, presumably at Fader, as another officer makes an arrest. "For this show I primarily shot things characteristic of the city," the SF State graduate said. "The cop photo is a role reversal."
Naming each picture after a neighborhood or city site, Amos Goldbaum's highly detailed drawings do not directly show the city rather they whimsically represent it.
"I look for pictures I want to draw --I like more obscure kinds of stuff," Goldbaum said. The more obscure and intricately drawn include: a man and an elephant whose every wrinkle is accounted for; a Victorian-era family depicting the regal yet bored stare; and the Ferry Building with every angle inherent to its 1980s image.
"The City" is build-up to a future event that hopes to raise funds to preserve "Defenestration," a work of art that covers the entire side of the building opposite the gallery's location. It features tables and chairs crawling out of windows, and other pieces of furniture walking on the façade.
"The City" will be showing until February 27.
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