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White Walls Exclusive: Interview with Chad Hasegawa

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This month, San Francisco artist Chad Hasegawa returned to White Walls for a solo show full of bold strokes and a few surprising details. We had the chance to chat with Hasegawa about the “mind puzzle” effect of abstraction, finding inspiration through loved ones and increasing productivity in the studio. You can dive in after the jump.

Event Information:
Elite Rebels
On View Through April 5, 2014
@ White Walls
886 Geary, San Francisco, CA

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TLtv Adds Some Easter-Colored Sugar Skulls to the Neighborhood

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Photo by Brock Brake.

Ice cold dranks and pastels have been brought together through the hands of artist TLtv, who has nine mixed media works on view in Shooting Gallery’s current show, An Even Eleven. TLtv’s dreamy palette has lent some new life to the front of Mid City Market, right next door to the gallery. It’s always great to see the neighborhood get some artistic love.

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Opening Night Photos: Chad Hasegawa, An Even Eleven, Adele Renault and Adam Caldwell (Derek Macario)

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Artist Ferris Plock and son.

First, thank you to the amazing crowd that came out to support the hard work and creative vision of all the artists who made the opening of four (outstanding) new shows possible! Second, thank you to Derek Macario for supplying us with photos of the night!

An Even Eleven celebrates Shooting Gallery’s 11 year anniversary (and the one year anniversary of the big move of White Walls and Shooting Gallery into a new home!) with 60+ artists from around the world worthy of admiration. Chad Hasegawa (who was the debut solo show at the grand opening of White Walls last year) unveiled Elite Rebels, featuring his trademark style veering into complete abstraction in a handful of pieces only to come together in an even more surprising turn — an eight by eight foot portrait in homage to his late father. In the project spaces, both Adele Renault and Adam Caldwell showcase the emotive power of oil paint in adept hands. Renault’s portrait series Les Clochards Célestes, named after Kerouac’s novel The Dharma Bums, instills inhabitants of San Francisco’s Tenderloin with a glowing grace, while Caldwell’s History Factory opens a dialogue on the propensity of the past to shape the future.

All four shows are on view through April 5, 2014. Take a look at more photos after the jump.

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The Beauty of the Street Pigeon: Details Shots of Adele Renault’s New Work

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Adele Renault’s solo show, Les Clochards Célestes, opens tomorrow night, March 15 (RSVP), in the White Walls Project Space. The show, featuring 14 oil paintings, is inspired by the residents of San Francisco’s Tenderloin, which the Amsterdam-based artist has regularly visited for the past four years. Renault’s portraits include a colorful variety of homeless locals as well as the ubiquitous street pigeons. These exquisite photo-realistic paintings are quite beautiful to look at, and Derek Macario has some detail shots of the feathered figures after the jump.

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Preview, Part 1: An Even Eleven (Juxtapoz)

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Remi Rough, “If Only Silence Could Speak,” Mixed media on canvas, 31.5×31.5in 2013

Yesterday Juxtapoz featured the first of a two-part preview of the upcoming anniversary show, An Even Eleven. Stay tuned for part two, set to be posted on Juxtapoz today.

This Saturday, March 15, our friends at White Walls/Shooting Gallery will be opening and celebrating “An Even Eleven,” a group show that honors 11 years of the Shooting Gallery. The show will be a mix of classics and up-and-coming talents, a great way to showcase how much the Shooting Gallery has made the Tenderloin an epicenter of contemporary art for years.

RSVP and join us this weekend for a night of celebration.

Event Information 
An Even Eleven Anniversary Show
Opening Reception – Saturday, March 15, 7-11 pm.
On View Through April 5, 2014
@ Shooting Gallery (www.shootinggallerysf.com)
886 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

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Andrea Heimer: Strange Sides of the Suburban Landscape (HAHA Mag)

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At the beginning of the year Andrea Heimer, a featured artist in the upcoming group show An Even Elevendiscussed her perverse depictions of the suburbs in an interview with HAHA Mag. Her cheerily dark depictions of suburban life have an eerie strangeness to them. Disturbing characters — such as ski-mask clad, erratic drivers and bikini-less neighbors — populate the two-dimensional scenes, and seem to always be frozen in the midst of highly questionable situations. Many of the acrylic paintings depict her self-described “mostly happy” childhood spent in Great Fall, Montana. From pool parties gone awry to redecorating quibbles, Heimer hijacks suburban vignettes and replaces them with more lurid versions, placed firmly in the territory of black comedy.

In the interview with HAHA Mag, Heimer explains that all the scenes are initially inspired by real-life events. She explains her work as “a little bit real, a little bit hyperbole, a little bit my own neurosis.” Be sure to stop by Saturday night to check out the seven paintings Heimer will have featured in Shooting Gallery‘s An Even Eleven.

Event Information
An Even Eleven Anniversary Show
Opening Reception – Saturday, March 15, 7-11 pm.
On View Through April 5, 2014
@ Shooting Gallery (www.shootinggallerysf.com)
886 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
RSVP

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Sneak Peek: Bec Winnel’s Pastels Take a (Slightly) Darker Turn

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“Stevie” 8x11in, Pastel and pencil on Pastelmat paper

Bec Winnel’s subdued feminine portraits have embarked upon an entirely foreign subject matter. Instead of her usual photo-realistic portraits of delicately-drawn women, the Australian artist has turned to skulls as the subjects of her drawings for An Even ElevenWinnel uses a process of laying pencil, pastel and faint washes of paint to create the subtle gradations of color which can be seen in the timelapse videos after the jump. This intricate layering is what gives her drawings such a soft appearance;  each one is so finely blended it could almost be mistaken for an oil painting.

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Inside the Studio of David Marc Grant

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San Francisco-based artist David Marc Grant gave us a sneak peek inside his studio while he was finishing his pieces for the An Even ElevenShooting Gallery‘s 11 year anniversary show opening this Saturday. Grant’s reoccurring narwhal makes a singular appearance in these new works, popping up “far from the icy waters of Baffin Bay that he called home,” as a narrative handpainted on the piece tells us. The vast majority of the 16 small paintings consist of colorful structures and makeshift homes. Brick limekilns, stone castles and even a raccoon treehouse come alive through fantastical details like plumes of colorful smoke or a sense of teetering balance. For process photos and a sneak peek at a few finished works continue after the jump.

Event Information 
An Even Eleven Anniversary Show
Opening Reception – Saturday, March 15, 7-11 pm. RSVP here.
On View Through April 5, 2014
@ Shooting Gallery (www.shootinggallerysf.com)
886 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

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Meryl Pataky on Silver, Symbolism, and the Moon

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Silversmith and neon artist, Meryl Pataky, sent over some process shots of the silver moon cycle she created for An Even Eleven, writing, “Whenever I choose silver in work, I do it very intentionally keeping all of it’s implied and inherent meanings in mind. I choose to force oxidation on my silver to show experience in the metal, more closely tying it to humanity in that way. I highlight that propensity for it to weather and age.”

Pulling from “Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements from Arsenic to Zinc,” Pataky expanded on the symbolism of the element dating back to ancient cultures, from Greece to the pre-Columbian Americas. ”More than any other metal, silver signifies purity and especially virginity not simply because of its white luster, but because of that luster’s almost human propensity to lapse into tarnished blackness.” Almost no other metal oxidizes the way that silver does — copper and iron oxidize a brown color and gold does not tarnish at all. Silver shows the most duality of any other metal in the periodic table; It is one of the most brilliant of all the metals of the periodic table and is the only one that  tarnishes to an unreflective, matte black surface.

The moon comes into play here, with the brightness of a full moon and its capability to slowly vanish into shadow and become dark. Gold does not tarnish, which is why it is associated with immortality. The alchemical symbol for silver is a half-circle — an icon of the moon, but also of incompleteness or imperfection as compared to the alchemical symbol of gold, which is the never-ending line of a circle, representing not only the sun but also perfection. In ancient alchemy silver was regarded as incomplete simply because it wasn’t (yet) gold. “The alchemists reasoned that it wanted only for greater yellowness, which they sought to transfer from yellow materials as varied as copper, saffron, egg yolk and urine. The imperfection lay in its evident mortality, the tendency for a pure body of silver to become corroded over time and to end in a black death.”

Event Information
An Even Eleven Anniversary Show
Opening Reception – Saturday, March 15, 7-11 pm
On View Through April 5, 2014
@ Shooting Gallery (www.shootinggallerysf.com)
886 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
More after the jump.

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SG Project Space Exclusive: Interview with Melanie Alves

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Though born in San Jose, CA, Melanie Alves was raised in Portugal and resided there until two years ago. Her move back to the United States provoked a new-found interest in issues of gun control and the role the media plays in our perception of gun violence. In the interview below Alves talks politics and process, giving us the how and why of Hunting Season, currently on view (and in its last day!) at Shooting Gallery Project Space.

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