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Lisa Congdon at Gallery Hijinks

July 1st, 2011 · 1 Comment

Lisa Congdon’s new work at Hijinks Gallery has a decidedly wintry theme despite opening on Fourth of July weekend. For those who don’t know Congdon’s backstory, she didn’t begin making art until she was in her 30’s and is entirely self-taught – attributes she considers essential to who she is as an artist.

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“I’ve always been attracted to barren, arctic landscapes in general, and I think that watching the documentary (Heima by Sigur Rós) was the tipping point for this new body of work…” – SF Examiner via Hijinks blog.

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Images from Gallery Hijinks and My Love For You.

If anyone makes it to the show please report back!

Brought To You By The Letters A C H J P T U V

March 16th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Gallery Hijinks is a gallery out in LA that I really admire. Right now they have a show called The Letter Collector which runs through March 26th and celebrates typography (specifically letters) in artwork. A bunch of cool artists are participating including Ryan De La Hoz, Lisa Congdon, Morgan Blair, Erik Otto, Catherine Ryan and many others. Most pieces are small and on the cheaper side. Definitely check it out.

Clockwise from top left: Andrea Wan, Bo Heimlich, Louise Chen, Ryan De La Hoz.

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Clockwise from top left: Pakayla Biehn, Catherine Ryan, Seth Neefus, Catherine Ryan.

Artist Crush: Catherine Ryan

February 22nd, 2011 · 3 Comments

Catherine Ryan is a Bay area artist I’ve watched and admired for a while. Her work explores the complex and often unsettling questions around our relationship with animals and nature. The figures in her paintings interact with wild animals in ways that show their desire to feel separate and/or superior while also underlying how similar the two actually are. In her own words (via Gallery Hijinks) Ryan describes her work as “Tense, Scary, Sad, Childlike, Mythical.”

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The artist describing her layering process:

I start with a charcoal drawing on paper that I erase and redraw as many times as it takes until I’m happy with it. Then I coat it with acrylic medium and then draw on top of that and repeat the process a few times. Then I seal the drawing again with acrylic medium and paint on top of that.

I’ve never had the chance to see her work in person but I imagine it must read quite differently than it does on a computer screen.

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Catherine’s work will be on show at The Letter Collector at Gallery Hijinks in SF starting March 5th. Go see it if you’re in the area!

Mark Warren Jacques – A New Beginning?

October 16th, 2010 · No Comments

Mark Warren Jacques‘ show, I’m Here Now, opens tonight at Gallery Hijinks in San Francisco. Jacques is a popular player in the SF/Portland indie art scene and certainly deserves the recognition. He is a very talented kid (I’m allowed to call him a kid. He was born in ’84.).

I think his work is fascinating in the way it’s so precise yet mind-bogglingly expansive, but ultimately Jacques’ paintings feels elusive and unyielding to me. Like the ideas and principles his work explores, his paintings are so meta and obtuse that they must be swallowed whole if at all.

It’s interesting to me that Gallery Hijinks emphasizes this show as a definitive departure for Jacques when in my mind the work feels fundamentally the same.

“Clean, fluid lines juxtaposed with bold geometric shapes may have been the artist’s most evident trait until now. This collection unveils a new direction in concept and theory for Jacques, incorporating forms, figures and anatomy with his existing spectrum of symmetrical and organic shapes, unearthing a new dialogue for the viewer.”

Thoughts?

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