Wardell Milan At Fraenkel Gallery

WARDELL MILAN, Michael Ross, 2018, cut-and-paste printed paper. © Wardell Milan, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and David Nolan Gallery, New York
WARDELL MILAN, Michael Ross, 2018, cut-and-paste printed paper. © Wardell Milan, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and David Nolan Gallery, New York

Incorporating drawing, painting, photography and collage, Milan’s Parisian Landscapes: Blue in Green introduces the artist’s figurative works in a variety of media. In scenes of freedom and desire, conflict and violence, Milan situates fractured bodies in ambiguous spaces. Often titled after songs, and using the color blue, Milan’s Parisian Landscapes reference sources as wide-ranging as Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue and Maggie Nelson’s lyrical essay bluets. Milan’s blue also alludes to the historical use of lapis lazuli: from Egyptian tomb paintings to illuminated Renaissance manuscripts, as well as to the Taliban’s current control of lapis lazuli mines in Afghanistan. Other intensely hued works inspired by the 17th-century Dutch tulip craze reflect Milan’s long-running obsession with the flower’s form and layered symbolism.

Milan’s collages often incorporate cut-out photographs from works by Diane Arbus and Robert Mapplethorpe, as well as Charles Hoff’s images of boxers in The Fights. He has been inspired by such varied sources and artists as Francis Bacon, Robert Gober, the films of Federico Fellini, bodybuilding magazines, the plays of Eugène Ionesco, and E.J. Bellocq’s portraits women in the Storyville district of New Orleans from the early 1900s.

Wardell Milan (b. 1977, Knoxville, Tennessee) studied photography and painting at the University of Tennessee and Yale University.

Wardell Milan: Parisian Landscapes: Blue in Green
Exhibition Dates: January 3 – February 16, 2019
Artist’s Reception:  Saturday, January 5, 1-4pm

Fraenkel Gallery
49 Geary Street
San Francisco, California

Emily Fromm At 111 Minna Gallery

“IHOP” by Emily Fromm | Acrylic on Panel | 40” x 36” | 2018
“IHOP” by Emily Fromm | Acrylic on Panel | 40” x 36” | 2018

Emily Fromm employs a style reminiscent of vintage cartoons and comic books to illustrate the over-the-top yet seedy aesthetic of the American West. Her large-scale landscapes are rendered in flat, limited color palettes with bold hand- painted line work, and have centralized on subjects from forgotten corners of Los Angeles, seedy stops along highways in the Southwest, staples of downtown Las Vegas and of course, iconic locations in San Francisco. Her new series, No Vacancy, narrows her lens to focus on the unique qualities of the contemporary urban landscape, and the interaction between the city’s ever-changing physical construction and residents.

The show will also contain several paintings created for a public art project in conjunction with the San Francisco Arts Commission for San Francisco International Airport, to be installed in early 2020. These paintings will ultimately be adapted into ceramic tile mosaic to create large-scale wall-mounted vignettes of Fromm’s San Francisco-centric scenes, which will be installed in the redeveloped Terminal One upon its opening. The paintings will be available to view at 111 Minna, and some of the earlier concept paintings will be available for purchase.

Finally, No Vacancy will also include a smaller experimental project entitled Barry. Harkening back to her earlier career when she would paint on scrap wood discarded from construction sites and scavenged under freeway overpasses, this series is painted exclusively on found materials collected from the streets of San Francisco’s Sunset District and Ocean Beach, including pieces of broken furniture and planks of wood from a discarded fence. The focus of the series is on one character named Barry, who lives in an alternate version of San Francisco. Designed as an experiment to develop an identity for a single character, Barry has allowed Emily to part from direct depiction and to flesh out a slice of life for an imagined individual, allowing inspiration to come from friends, family and experiences in the city.

Emily Fromm is a Los Angeles-born artist, muralist and illustrator based in San Francisco, California.

Emily Fromm: NO VACANCY
Exhibition Dates: January 11 – February 23, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019 from 5pm – 11:30pm

111 Minna Gallery
111 Minna
San Francisco, CA

Smokey Skies In The Bay Area

Kradel: Smokey skies in The Bay Area
Smokey skies in The Bay Area

If your travels are bringing you to The Bay Area this week, or for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, be prepared for smokey skies and toxic air. It looks like we won’t get a reprieve until Thanksgiving when we are expecting a little rain – which should help with putting the fires out and clearing the smoke out of the air. The only other thing that might help is a change in the direction of the incoming wind. Until then, stock up on at least one, if not more, of the N95 masks as they truly do make breathing and walking around in this soup a lot easier. Check the AQI (Air Quality Index) often. Any number on the index above 150 is worthy of wearing a mask.

I’m sorry if this is going to be your one and only visit to our usually beautiful area. Look for things to do inside – if businesses are keeping their doors closed the air inside will probably not be too bothersome. When outdoors, walk a little slower, take breaks, and lay off the strenuous activities – you might want to bus/taxi up those hills rather than walk them.

We love it here and are waiting out Mother Nature.

The image was taken in Berkeley on November 9, 2018. We thought it would be just a few days of smokey air.

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