2020 has really taken its toll on us! We have weathered the Covid 19 epidemic so far, a forced 4 month closure and a divisive and faltering government. But, now we have lost our lease! So, the upcoming group exhibition, The Violets In The Mountains Have Broken The Rocks is going to be the last at our 501 Third St address before our eventual relocation in 2021. While it might seem absurd to relocate a brick and mortar art business during a quarantine, we are hopeful that a new location will emerge and afford us new opportunities. Regardless of where we find ourselves in 2021, we will continue to support living contemporary artists, musicians and writers, and we hope that you will join us in our efforts.
Change is not new to us. In 1993, we started our journey at 1616 16th Street and I chose to name the gallery after the location and not myself. It was my feeling that the name should not reflect the person selling the work, but those who made it. So, G16 was named after the location from which a diverse group of artists, writers and musicians made their mark. The title of our upcoming group exhibition, The Violets In The Mountains Have Broken The Rocks, is a celebration of resilience. It comes from the conclusion of the Tennessee Williams play Camino Real. In 2016, artist Cliff Hengst embroidered Tennessee Williams’ words onto a linen found at a local thrift store. This piece became the impetus for this group show that reflects on our current times.
This exhibition will present a selection of artists who’ve shown here over the last 14 years. Besides being an homage to artists that have shared their talents with us, the show will present works with messages that have evolved when viewed through the lens of this particular moment in our history. All of these works were created long before the Coronavirus, but all now offer uniquely timely messages that resonate with new meanings. — Gallery 16
Artists Include: Ala Ebtekar, Rebeca Bollinger, Tucker Nichols, Amy Franceschini/Futurefarmers, Cliff Hengst, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Libby Black, Jason Jägel, Charles Linder, Jonn Herschend, Alice Shaw, Meryl Pataky, Deborah Oropallo, Fox Hysen, Martin McMurray.
The Violets In The Mountains Have Broken The Rocks: A group exhibition
Exhibition Dates: December 8, 2020 – January 20, 2021
501 Third St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
No appointment necessary. Exhibition area is spacious enough to allow adequate social-distancing. Maximum of 5 people allowed in at a time. Masks required