Friday, October 22, 2010

323 Gallery Marmangios October 28

The 323 Gallery is pleased to announce a two-person exhibition of artists Miranda Texidor and Walter Sunday. The show runs from October 27 through November 26. The opening reception is on Thursday, October 28, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Walter Sunday began his exhibition career in the New York City of the early 1980’s. Sunday’s sculptures lent themselves to the Neo-expressionist movement, which came out of the Lower East Side, consisting of psychologically loaded figurative works, which were brightly painted, and evocatively installed. At present, Walter is a resident of San Francisco and fabricating his works in a South of Market Area studio where he continues to explore his and humanity’s relationships to the object.

The present show consists of six small works. Each piece is hand-carved from one piece of Douglas fir wood, painted with oils and enamels, including specific gilded and silver leafed elements.

Sunday tries to trigger the viewers’ imaginations and allow the viewer to suggest, and create her or his own associations; thereby evoking new interpretations with everyday objects. He sees his designs as being playful mental exercises, and strives for personal and collective meaning within the application of experience. Walter attempts to understand complexity through making his sculpture. By making an everyday commodity a subjective experience, he hopes to achieve a universal truth, and truth being the most rare of commodities as he sees life. Should we trust our perceptions to be the same as others, he asks?

Attempting to integrate the experience of his perceptions interacting with everyday objects, Sunday interprets his personal sensations, or feelings, about his interaction and relationship with an object. To this idea, he believes that everyone is true to each of his or her own perceptions, experiences, and feelings.

Ana Fernandez (Miranda Texidor) was born in 1963 and raised in Quito, Ecuador. She graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute with a BFA in Painting and received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from California College of the Arts. Ana explores the intersection between the real and the fantastic through drawing, painting, writing, education and art based social practice.

She is a recipient of the Pollock-Krassner Foundation Award, and was an Artist in Residence at Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale New York. She received a grant to develop and Art Program in Yunguilla Ecuador through Center for Art and Public Life. She has been Painting faculty at Universidad Central del Ecuador, and Broward College Ecuador. She is current Studio Practice Instructor for the MFA program at California College of the Arts in Potrero Hill.

Ana created and currently develops workshops with the Museum in a Box, a program to bring Contemporary Ecuadorian Art to communities around the world, through a grant from the Ecuadorian Cultural Department. She has conducted various socially based sewing collaborations in Ecuador and California. Her work has been shown throughout Latin America, Spain, Italy, and the US and is in various collections. (download PR doc)

Marmangios - 2010 I am interested in the poetic research, finding and wonderment of “other” worlds. I find the keeping and tending of imaginary spaces fascinating. These spaces are playful moments of time or matter, which exist mainly in children’s play as marvelous secrets hidden from adults. We might be able to tap on them, if we keep that wonderment key, given to us as kids and so easily lost as we grow up.

I might recreate this space in performatic play as with Miranda Texidor´s circus, or in drawing as in the Marmangios series, in small-scale dioramas as “Quinceañera” or in writings such as Miranda Texidor´s collection of poems. These spaces of otherness are full of fantastic creatures, absurd stories and disparate times.

Marmangios is a Portuguese word that describes big and somehow desperate beings. I have been inspired to recreate these characters based on some creatures I have seen in my outings on buses around town. - Miranda Texidor

323 Gallery Schedule
Wednesday - Friday (3PM to 7PM) or by appointment
323 Potrero Ave. (at 16th) SF, CA 94103 / 415-626-4333

Muni #9 and 22. Easy parking nearby.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Open Studios at the Ranch

Open Studios 2010 at the Cataclysmic Megashear Ranch. Thanks to all the wonderful people that came and shared with us. We had quite a good crowd, art, music, poetry and goodies. It was fun!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Benditos negativos, street art en Quito, Ecuador

Artículo escrito para la Bg revista de Cuenca. Habla de algunos de los artistas jóvenes que hacen las "pintadas" que vemos en la calle a menudo.

Article published by BG Magazine from Cuenca, about street art in Quito Ecuador.