CATHARINE CLARK - JACK FISCHER - 886 GEARY
MERCHANTS OF REALITY - GLAMA-RAMA - THE LOIN
(with assistance from Tami Tsark and RWM)
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Catharine Clark Gallery: Chester Arnold - Mad Abundance; Kurt Stallaert - Man with Lamb.
Review by Tami Tsark: Chester Arnold's newest show, "Mad Abundance," is rich deep and wide. As one collector at the opening mentions, "It seems sparser than previous shows but no less full." The canvases are brimming with palpable & allegorical narratives. The surfaces are rich with texture and filled with symbolic objects. The viewer looks over brick walls, climbs ladders, peers into mines, walks up wide seemingly littered steps, and is brought face-to-face with a volcano erupting with fiery hot lava. We are even struck by lightening, literally and figuratively. In each of the paintings, we are confronted, simply and most directly with nature, and with ourselves.
Arnold's paintings are complex worlds woven and constructed in ways that lead us to grand conclusions. The theme of the "prospector" resurfaces in these narrative paintings. According to the artist, "(the prospector) has been a peripheral interest ever since the early eighties, taking different shapes as I developed different skills to apply to the process. The name Prospector was used for my little book of poems from the show of 2008, which had in it the signal work of that name..." We are reminded of discovery of new excavations. We become the toiling worker resting from a weary day at the mines. We find solace in the journey and challenges of everyday travails.
Review by RWM: Fantastic paintings by Chester Arnold. Great journeys to castles, encounters and holes in the ground. Rambunctious. In the media room, an interesting video by Kurt Stallaert defies an easy artistic encounter or experience. One wonders where it is all going, but close observation reveals that movement is underway. It is stop and start here for the lamb whch is lost in motion. For the man watching the lamb there is some consternation and awe. An unusual art experience which is worthy of more chairs and a larger audience.
Comment by AB: Buyers have a choice of simiar paintings in different sizes; not something you see everyday. Highly recommended.
Medium & large art by Chester Arnold at Catharine Clark Gallery (like it).
Small Chester Arnold art (like it). Buyers get to pick their favorite size.
Medium & large art by Chester Arnold.
Small Chester Arnold art.
Chester Arnold and his art at Catharine Clark Gallery.
Spiral art by Chester Arnold.
Small & large stairway art by Chester Arnold.
Small stairway art in above image closer.
Super slow-motion video by Kurt Stallaert at Catharine Clark Gallery.
Jack Fischer Gallery: Constructs - Marc D'Estout and Jay Kelly.
Review by RWM: Strange and odd. Great conversation starters. Interesting sculptural entities that ask the question, "Where did this come from?" Fantastic feats of habitable creations.
Comment by AB: Objects, exceptionally well-made, that serve no purpose other than to confound viewers with their consummate pointlessness and impracticality. And there you have one of the great gifts of art-- it keeps our minds open to the fact that accomplishment can be demonstrated, achieved and appreciated in all kinds of ways. Worth a visit on both counts.
Sculpture by Jay Kelly at Jack Fischer Gallery.
Small sculpture by Jay Kelly.
Jay Kelly and his sculpture at Jack Fischer Gallery.
Sculpture by Jay Kelly closer.
Sculpture Marc D'Estout, foreground, by Jay Kelly, background.
Marc D'Estout sculpture & art.
Sculpture in above image closer.
Mirrored sculpture by Marc D'Estout.
Wall sculpture by Marc D'Estout.
Long view - Marc D'Estout and Jay Kelly art show at Jack Fischer Gallery.
886 Geary Gallery: Un-Formal - Geso & Poesia.
Comment by AB: Freeform paint pours by Geso contrast with mixed-media works by Poesia that combine paint, folds and collage.
Art by Geso at 886 Geary Gallery.
Art in above image closer.
Art by Geso.
Freeform poured paint art by Geso.
Really large art by Poesia.
Poesia art in above image closer.
Installation view - Geso and Poesia art show at 886 Geary Gallery.
Merchants of Reality: Ad Infinitum.
Artists: Kendall Berardino, Daisy Collazo, Edo Escobedo, Airy Feller, Philip Gann, Jessy Gaumann, TJ Giovannio, Larissa Grant, Joshua Nissen King, Emilia Loomis, Chris Love, Allen Myers, Dani Padgett, Will Ratliff, Michael Torchia.
Comment by AB: Some work worth considering at this salmagundi salad of a group show.
Philip Gann weaponry art at Merchants of Reality.
Philip Gann art closer (some of the best recycled art I've seen in a while).
Painted paper maché taxidermy art by Emilia Loomis.
Emilia Loomis art above closer (nicely done).
L-R, art by Michael Torchia and Joshua Nissan King.
Art by Chris Love.
Edo Escobedo collage art, right.
Carved set of silverware.
Art by Larissa Grant.
Main gallery space - group art show at Merchants of Reality.
Glama-Rama Salon: Oomph - Adam Ansell.
Review by RWM: Portrait paintings of all kinds of people, candid and personal. The crowd is watched by the paintings on the walls, sometimes hard, sometimes grimacing.
Art by Adam Ansell at Glama-Rama Salon.
Adam Ansell kitty cat art closer.
Art by Adam Ansell.
Adam Ansell portrait paintings.
Setting - Adam Ansell art show at Glama-Rama Salon.
The Loin at its new headquarters on Larkin Street, SF.