On September 7, 2013, the lower Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco will see an explosion of contemporary art activity as four San Francisco art dealers launch inaugural shows in new gallery spaces on Utah Street and Potrero Avenue, each within a block of 16th Street.
Known for it's shopping center, sunny weather and views of the San Francisco’s skyline and industrial landscape, Potrero Hill is also becoming the city's new contemporary art district.
Chased out of downtown San Francisco by rising rents and in the case of Catherine Clark, SFMOMA's construction which impacted access to her space, Brian Gross, Jack Fischer and George Lawson are joining area pioneer Todd Hosfelt who reopened here in 2012. The San Francisco Center for the Book is also located in this district.
All five galleries will coordinate Saturday afternoon openings on September 7th, 2013. Catharine Clark is moving from her Minna Street location adjacent to SFMOMA, Brian Gross and Jack Fischer are moving from the 49 Geary building downtown, and the George Lawson gallery is adding a new gallery to their Sutter St. location.
Hosfelt Gallery, which opened in the neighborhood in 2012, and Steven Wolf Fine Arts, a three-year resident of the area, will also be hosting openings on that date. Nearby FUSED, a gallery collaboration between designer Yves Béhar and gallerist Jessica Silverman, will be open from 4 to 7 pm.
Group Show: "This is the Sound of Someone Losing the Plot," at Catharine Clark Gallery
This multi-media group show, curated by California-based visual artist Anthony Discenza, celebrates the diversity of approach and understanding. “I found I was most drawn to artists who engage the zones of slippage that arise in the narratives we use to navigate daily existence. I’m interested in the various ways these works play with non-agreements of subject and object, incomplete utterances and thwarted expectations,” said Discenza in a statement released in August.
This is the Sound of Someone Losing the Plot runs from September 7 through October 26 at Catharine Clark Gallery, 248 Utah Street. The opening reception will be hosted from 4 to 7 pm on September 7.
Ed Moses: "Yesterday’s Tomorrow," at Brian Gross Fine Art. Moses is one of the original artists affiliated with the legendary Los Angeles Ferus Gallery, where he had his first show of abstract paintings in 1958. Throughout his extensive career, Moses has embraced new approaches in his art practice.
The continuous thread throughout his oeuvre is his intuitive process of painting, in which he emphasizes gesture, mark-making, and exploration. Moses states, "I'm an explorer, I'm trying to discover things, discover the phenomenal world by examining it, by looking at it, by playing with the materiality, pushing it around, shoving it, throwing it in the air."
The works included in Yesterday's Tomorrow exemplify the importance of experimentation with new techniques and materials in his painting process. Ed Moses remarks, "I don't visualize and execute. Every breath is brand new. Don't think of the future, don't think of the past, the only factor is now." For Moses, the "now" is a series of crackle paintings that embody Moses' methodology of marking and gesture. The crackling causes the surface of each painting to break open, peel away, and thus reveal the layers of contrasting color beneath.
"Yesterday’s Tomorrow runs from September 3 through October 26 at Brian Gross Fine Art, 248 Utah Street. The opening reception will be hosted from 4 to 7 pm on September 7.
Stefan Kurten: "Tonight and the Beautiful Future, " at Hosfelt Gallery. In his sixth solo exhibition at Hosfelt Gallery, Düsseldorf-based painter Stefan Kürten fills the entire gallery with new paintings on linen or paper depicting the environments we create in our tenacious attempt to make our lives perfect.
Chic mid-century homes, picturesque bungalows, meticulously manicured landscapes and resort architecture evidence the dazzling promise of economic prosperity in the post-World War II West. The imagery is fabricated from Kürten's own snapshots of California and Northern Europe or from ubiquitous shelter porn. The scenes seem to glow with a soft, golden, interior light - an effect achieved through the use of metallic gold pigment in the foundational layers of the paintings - that adds to their sense of harmony and richness. "Tonight and the Beautiful Future" runs from September 7 through October 12 at Hosfelt Gallery, 260 Utah Street. The opening reception will be hosted from 4 to 6 pm on September 7.
Ward Schumaker: "Years of Pretty," at The Jack Fischer Gallery
Ward Schumaker’s work incorporates painting, bookmaking, collage, and sculpture. His handling of these various media is loose and expressionistic, always bowing to an intuitive approach. While he has had solo exhibitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and Shanghai, this is the artist’s first solo show at Jack Fischer, though he was featured in the gallery’s The Collage Show in 2011.
"Years of Pretty" runs from September 7 through October 12 at Jack Fischer Gallery, 311 Potrero Avenue. The opening reception will be hosted from 4 to 6 pm on September 7.
Erin Lawlor at George Lawson Gallery
Erin Lawlor masterfully creates depth and intrigue with her broad brush strokes, closely valued hues and a balance between emotional tone and evocations of the natural world. The series selected for this solo show was produced during the spring and summer. The soothing grey and purple hues in the works evoke serenity and a peaceful emotional atmosphere.
Erin Lawlor runs from September 7 through October 5 at George Lawson Gallery, 315 Potrero Avenue. The opening reception will be hosted from 4 to 7 pm on September 7.
Linda Geary: "All the Pink Together: Boom," at Steven Wolf Fine Arts
This exhibit is a compilation of Linda Geary’s two-year quest to have 100 conversations with artists, curators and dealers in San Francisco about painting – a quest that inspired the California College of Arts Associate Professor to write Studio Visit.
"All the Pink Together: Boom" runs from September 7 through October 19 at Steven Wolf Fine Arts, 2747 19th Street. The opening reception will be hosted from 6 to 8 pm on September 7.