Libby Black And Serena Cole At G16 In San Francisco

Gucci Airplane, 11.25x5.25x3, Paper paint glue, 2016
Gucci Airplane, 11.25×5.25×3, Paper paint glue, 2016

LIBBY BLACK // A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT

This is the first solo exhibition of Bay Area artist Libby Black’s work in San Francisco since 2012. In this body of work, the artist presents her incredible paper sculptures which invite viewers to decode a catalogue of influences both past and present. A Light That Never Goes Out will feature her signature paper, hot glue, and acrylic still life sculptures as well as a series of paintings and drawings. Black’s constructs are a blend of fantasy and reality. She reshapes objects from her life into a series of still lifes that, in effect, become self-portraits of the artist. They share the humility and humor of Black’s past works while providing thought provoking commentary on larger societal issues. These works are simultaneously biting, funny, and deeply introspective.

I am interested in having the work chart a path through personal history into a broader cultural context to explore themes of identity, impermanence and the glitzy emptiness of desire and greed. Making this work is a way to take pleasure in re-creating objects while also coding my identities (as a daughter, a lesbian, an artist, a mother, a dreamer, a fan, a lover) into the compositions. – Libby Black, 2016

All-Seeing Odalisque, watercolor, colored pencil, and gouache on paper, 30”x 22”, 2016
All-Seeing Odalisque, watercolor, colored pencil, and gouache on paper, 30”x 22”, 2016

SERENA COLE // LET ME LOOK AT YOU

Serena Cole has become well known for her work as a portraitist. As a painter, she utilizes the traditions of draftsmanship and portraiture to emphasize the idea of individual experience and alienation. She is interested in what the tropes of modern identity reveal about our collective psychology, the culture of consumption and escapism, and the complexity of fantasy. Her skills as a portraitist put her in the vanguard of artists working in the medium today. She combines watercolor, gouache and gold leaf to render opulent and disquieting portraits.

I’m fascinated by the idea that we all want to be someone else, but the person we want to be also wants to be someone else.

LIBBY BLACK // A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT
SERENA COLE // LET ME LOOK AT YOU

Exhibition Dates: May 13 – June 30, 2016
Opening Reception: With the artists on Friday, May 13, from 6 – 9pm

Gallery 16
501 3rd Street
San Francisco CA 94107

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