Local Art: Epoch Opus

I seem to have a backlog of art photos that I hadn’t posted when I actually saw them so I’ve got another one today. This was the Epoch Opus art exhibit that was at the Van Ness AMC theater in May.

Movie Theater Lobby

The theater has a gorgeous lobby that usually isn’t used for much besides just selling tickets to the movies. I’ve read online that the history of it is that it used to be an auto showroom in the ’90s but I’m not sure if that’s accurate or not.

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Epoch Opus

I went to go see something here in May … I can’t actually remember what I saw … and there was an arti exhibit just warpping up its last few days here. There were glass doors set up so I couldn’t actually walk through but I was able to see a lot through the glass.

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A Little More Info

Since there wasn’t a lot of information about the art exhibit available at the display I decided to see what I could find out online. I found out that it was a not-fully-funded Indiegogo project:

Here’s a little of what the campaign says:

“Epoch Opus is fine art exhibition presented by Art Meets Architecture that features collaborating artists Anthony Aversano and Isaac Saavedra.  Other contributing artists include, Sami Naegu and Aureilus Tishlarish . Epoch Opus consists of fine art paintings, installation sculptures, and new art technologies. This exhibition features two large scale 24-foot murals presented next to unique lighting and installation art. Smaller paintings and prints will be included in the exhibition as well. The Opus represents past, hope for the future, but focuses on the present moment in time, or Epoch.”

And then there’s a website that explains a little more:

“Epoch Opus is a conscious exploration of Post Modernism versus Deconstructionism through art. The collaborative effort pulls from ideas and images that reflect on the past juxtaposed with the present. Referencing youth culture and Americana with a graphic street art sensibility the work is grand in scale showing focused effort and exuberance.”


Gossel, Flatt and Burden: Eye-Capturing Art

I’m a little delayed on sharing this but last month I stopped into an art show at the 886 Geary Galleries (White Walls and Shooting Gallery). It was a multi-artist show featuring the work of Greg Gossel, Nick Flatt and Robert Xavier Burden.

Greg Gossel

This was my favorite artist’s work I saw that night. Each piece is a striking visual of a woman from an ad set against layers and layers of others ads and prints. It’s an interesting effect and the intrigue gets magnified in the gallery when there is repetition across multiple canvases in the same space. This show was called Head Over Heels.

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Nick Flatt

This artist’s show (a solo exhibit called Control) was actually done by the time I went to the gallery but this art car that had been part of the show was parked out front and was not exactly something you could fail to see. You can’t tell well from my photo but the car is completely covered in sparkling silver glitter. I wish I’d seen the artist’s show which looks online like it also had some interesting oil portraits.

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Robert Xavier Burden

It was fun to see Burden’s Toy Box exhibit although I have to confess that my pop culture is kind of weak and I only knew some of the references. These are huge large-scale oil paintings that are tucked into interesting frames that are adorned with things like toy cars. Very detailed and very bold in color and size.

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On the way home from the gallery I passed a bunch of free books that someone had put out on the street and picked up a Hmong memoir that I really ended up liking a lot, but I’ll save that story for tomorrow.


The Art of Freya Prowe

I mentioned here the other day that I had recently visited Paxton Gate: Curiosities for Kids. The lobby of this shop is a small art gallery and I was captivated by the grotesquely beautiful art that was hanging there. It didn’t quite seem right juxtaposed against the playfulness of a toy store but perhaps that was why I intensely noticed it. The artist is Freya Prowe.

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Freya’s website says that much of her work has been influenced by European fairy tales. I love the description in her bio there which seems so right on:

“Lyrical and dark, Prowe’s artwork draws on that traditional and its sensitivity to the emotional tensions lurking in human interactions. Prowe creates images that are by turns fragile and horrific, seductive and deformed, playful and violent”.

What emotions come up as you look at these images?


Artist I’m Enjoying: Jennybird Alcantra

I was going through my computer bookmarks and came across the web page of an artist that I’ve been eyeing. I’d originally bookmarked the page because she’s a San Francisco Bay Area artist who does work that is kind of sexy. I have a blog, San Francisco is Sexy, that I’d planned to write about her for. However, that blog’s been going through some changes and I haven’t written it up yet. I didn’t want to just delete the bookmark without doing something about the site since I like it so much. So I figured I’d share it here.

The artist is Jennybird Alcantra. She has paintings as well as dolls that she makes. Both are of interest but it’s the paintings that really captured my attention. It’s really difficult to describe them because they’re so unique. Some of the words that come to mind include ethereal, fantasy-based, beautiful, captivating, bold, unique, frightening, sexy and a little bit morbid.

What I really like about the site – beyond just the fact that she has great artwork – is that she shows her work from each year starting in 2004. This gives us as viewers a chance to see how her work has developed in the past five years. I feel like this is of interest to people who like the process of art and it’s also interesting because it adds a new dimension to the way we can perceive the art that she’s creating today.

Great stuff! I hope you like it too!