Henna Vainio At Ratio 3

Henna Vainio, Legs (black), 2018, Plaster, pigment, fiberglass, steel, 80 x 12 x 12 inches
Henna Vainio, Legs (black), 2018, Plaster, pigment, fiberglass, steel, 80 x 12 x 12 inches

More Life, a solo exhibition of new artworks by Henna Vainio. Working with pigmented plaster, Vainio has produced a series of wall-mounted objects, freestanding sculptures, and lamps, each cast from molds made of common materials. Using manipulated cardboard and fabric as templates for her forms, Vainio presents objects that suggest animated motion, balance, and agencies of their own.

The series of wall-mounted works in More Life each record a particular moment, functioning partly like topographical photographs of a still life arrangement. Yet, each imprint modifies and abstracts its source material so that the sculpture does not read strictly as documentation. Vainio’s use of monochromatic pigments lends vibrance to her torsioned, layered forms. The selectively-enhanced colors pronounce the relief of each sculpture, accentuating shapes, and lending physicality and weight to the color itself.

Vainio’s series of freestanding sculptures titled Legs are cast from bent and balanced corrugated cardboard molds. The various interlocking lengths of her sculptures are suggestive of limbs and structural buttresses. Bearing relation to the body, the contortions of Vainio’s cast forms imply movement; each is at once fluid and solid, both stable and vulnerable. In the rear gallery, Vainio presents a suite of lamps visible by their own cast light, seemingly poised for motion.

Throughout More Life, cardboard is not a packing material, towels are not functional objects, but are instead references for a type of still life. Removed from their intended, often disposable functions, Vainio’s materials are not simply preserved, but transformed and elevated. Whether by subtle anthropomorphization, or by capturing the drapery of fabrics meant for the human body, Vainio’s newest works both embody and evoke life.

Henna Vainio (b. 1981, Finland) lives and works in San Francisco.

Henna Vainio: More Life
Exhibition Dates: November 9 – December 21, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, November 9, 2018 from 6 – 8 pm

Ratio 3
2831A Mission Street
San Francisco, CA

Maurizio Anzeri & Patsy Krebs At Haines Gallery

Maurizio Anzeri, Galliano, 2018  /  Patsy Krebs, Untitled 2-18, 2018
Maurizio Anzeri, Galliano, 2018 / Patsy Krebs, Untitled 2-18, 2018

Maurizio Anzeri: Vintage photographs of circus performers are brought to joyous life in Maurizio Anzeri’s first large-scale exhibition at Haines Gallery. Anzeri combines his signature hand embroidery with materials such as strips of brass and steel, colored paper, and gaffer tape, to create circus scenes that are as whimsical as they are enigmatic, filled with uncanny figures and mysterious emanations. Debuting alongside these images will be his first video work, also entitled In-Equilibrio, which animates his surreal portraiture and landscapes.

Patsy Krebs: Northern California painter Patsy Krebs continues to mine the optical and affective possibilities of reductive painting. With an elegantly refined formal vocabulary and restrained palette, she creates ethereal paintings that explore our perceptions of light, color, and space. The term “aletheia” in Ancient Greek philosophy suggests both an active revealing and its opposite, concealment, pointing towards an essential quality of Krebs’ practice: one that rewards careful viewing, as complex forms and meaning are revealed over time.

Maurizio Anzeri: In-Equilibrio
Patsy Krebs: Aletheia: reveal/conceal

Exhibition Dates: November 1 – December 22, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Eirik Johnson At Rena Bransten

THE SMITH'S, 2014, Archival transparency and LED light box, 50 x 40 in., ed. of 5
THE SMITH’S, 2014, Archival transparency and LED light box, 50 x 40 in., ed. of 5

EIRIK JOHNSON: PINE is an exhibition of photographs of carvings in tree trunks with an accompanying sound installation. This exhibition coincides with the release of Johnson’s monograph of the same name.

The etched trees capture both the angst and magic of adolescence – affirmations of existence, band names, cherished lyrics, the passions of first love – and Johnson commemorates and alters these private, isolated moments of damage. Shot at night using long exposures and illuminated in combinations of fire, moonlight, sparklers, and prismatic light, these photographs connect the small gesture of rebellion to a time-honored tradition of mankind leaving a mark.

Exhibition Dates: November 3 – December 22, 2018
Artist Reception & Book Signing: First Saturday November 3, 2018 from 5pm – 7pm

Rena Bransten Gallery
1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Shinpei Kusanagi At Altman Siegel

Shinpei Kusanagi, Mindlake, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 76 3/8 x 76 3/8 inches.
Shinpei Kusanagi, Mindlake, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 76 3/8 x 76 3/8 inches.

Mindlake continues Kusanagi’s interest in nurturing visual movement, with both the surfaces of his compositions as well as the energy the paintings collectively generate.

As his initial method, Kusanagi stains untreated canvases with layers of translucent color. He then incorporates improvisational brushstrokes in vivid hues, markings that materialize from rapid motions and pooling stillness. The compositions hover on the surface and then move into deep space. Developing tensions that flow beyond the canvas, Kusanagi’s paintings spill into the architecture of the gallery. His uninhibited use of color offers oscillating contrast and harmony, resulting in abstracted landscapes that appear simultaneously dynamic and serene.

Kusanagi’s landscapes evoke familiar urban and natural scenes, such as sidewalks, windows, trees, foliage and flowers, clouds and the sea. Yet, they simultaneously make viewers imagine an unknown “elsewhere” that expands outside our world. His atmospheric washes of color leave the paintings devoid of specific detail, conjuring memories of time and place rather than a precise representation.

Shinpei Kusanagi (b. 1973) lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.

Shinpei Kusanagi: Mindlake
Exhibition Dates: November 1 – December 21, 2018
Opening Reception: November 1, 6 – 8 pm

1150 25TH STREET

Gilles Teboul At Nancy Toomey Fine Art

Gilles Teboul, Untitled 2473, 2018, Acrylic and Resin on Canvas, 39.4 x 31.9 Inches
Gilles Teboul, Untitled 2473, 2018, Acrylic and Resin on Canvas, 39.4 x 31.9 Inches

The work of Gilles Teboul is a perfect hybridization of elements as diverse as the minimalist aesthetic of artists such as John McCracken and Dan Flavin, and the delicate shading and fluorescent colors of the OS X. His ordered, shiny, lacquered paintings are composed of pigments bonded together by an acrylic resin which is absorbed into the canvas for many hours. Balanced on a flat plane, Teboul pours on paint which spreads over the surface without his intervention.

The paintings reach their definitive form upon conception, alleviating gesture and allowing the undercoat to rise to the surface. Any hint of the artist’s hand is removed, while the luminosity created seems to be conjured from light itself. Color, in its purest form, distributes itself onto the canvas. His choice of materials creates a visual vocabulary distinctly his own–pale pink is rendered with an undercurrent of deep purple, while midnight blue emerges into spring green.

Depending on the angle of light, the paintings shift dramatically within a spectrum of colors and hues. What appears as monochromatic is belied by the richness of tone that literally seems to vibrate under the surface. The picture plane appears to glow with its own illumination, making a close examination crucial to the viewer’s understanding and experience of the work. Light itself becomes the subject, which places Teboul’s artistic preoccupations clearly within the framework of many important 20th and 21st century artists such as Mark Rothko, Larry Bell and David Simpson.

Gilles Teboul was born in 1961 in Paris, where he currently lives and works.

Gilles Teboul – Gravity
Exhibition Dates: October 17 to November 17, 2018
Artist Reception: Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 5pm – 7pm

Nancy Toomey Fine Art
1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, CA