Elizabeth A. Medrano
San Francisco, CA
Masters’ in Special Education, San Francisco State University
Masters’ of Fine Arts; SFSU, Distinguished Graduate Award
Bachelors’ of Fine Arts, Honors, Philadelphia College of Art, PA
Selected group exhibitions
2014 SF Public Library Annual, SF, CA; (Group of 13)
2013 SF Public Library Annual, SF, CA
2012 Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA
2011 Thoreau Gallery, SF; Group Show
2010 Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael, CA
2009 Sanchez Gallery, Pacifica, CA
2002-4 Visual Aid’s The Big Deal, SF, CA
1998 The California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, CA; Small Works Annual
1997 The Jewish Museum of San Francisco, CA; “L’Chaim,” A Kiddush Cup Invitational
Visual Aid’s The Big Deal, SF, CA
1996 Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA; “Authentic Allies;” Artists working with Children-SF Ed Project; A Collaborative Project with Project Zero, Harvard, Mass.
1994-1995 Space 743, San Francisco, CA; Artists' Books
Richmond Art Center, Richmond CA
1991 Topher Delaney-South Park
San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery; San Francisco, CA
American Institute of Architects; San Francisco, CA; Artists' Furniture
1990 De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA
One Market Plaza, San Francisco, CA; Artists' Furniture
Limn Gallery: Life Support: Artists’ Furniture
1989 California College of Arts and Crafts; San Francisco, CA
Matrix Gallery, Three Person Show; Sacramento, CA
California Museum of Art; Santa Rosa, CA
Southern Exposure Gallery; San Francisco, CA
SITE Gallery; "Shrines;" and "Beasts; " Culver City, CA
1988 Gallery 44; "Works in Wood," Oakland, CA
1986 Fiberworks Gallery; Berkeley, CA
Academy of Arts and Sciences; Poughkeepsie, NY
Civic Center; "Hayward Forum of the Arts: 24th Annual,"
Best of Show Award, 1st Place Sculpture, Hayward, CA
Selection of individual exhibitions
1997 Space 743, San Francisco, CA; Leaving Myopia
1993 Clay Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Blood and Thunder Trilogy, Part Two; Paintings, Sculpture, Shadow Puppets and Interactive Performances
1992 Chabot College, Hayward, CA
1992 Cerro Coso Community College, Ridgecrest, CA
1991 Clay Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Blood and Thunder Trilogy: The Paintings, Part One
1988 Nexus Gallery; Berkeley, CA
1987 Sun Gallery; "Unspecified Sights," Hayward, CA
1986 The Little Theatre; SFSU, SF, CA; "Forty Trees...,"
My recent past body of work of boulders, cliffs, and rocks, deals with interactions as a way of navigating identities within power systems; In a room of students, a meeting of teachers, reception for the artists, a cue at the bank; How each group interacts is somewhat random, the grouping arbitrary, yet each group seems to exert systems of hierarchy, a socio-stratospheric layering of strengths, authority, needs, energy, weaknesses, etc. What interests me is how and why individuals are juxtaposed, or get wedged, into that layered structure, and what develops next out of those compositions.
A Measure of Balance is a series of acrylic paintings, whose compositions try to negotiate juxtapositions of objects, textures, colors and shadows. With boulders, rocks, and cliffs, compositions emerge and seem to unfold specific timeframes of a process of interactions. The objects take various positions, sometimes balancing in impossible situations, sometimes solidly wedged in unseen ground. Within these interactions of objects, there is discovery of understandings, reflections, and a deepening analyses of obscured perceptions. Playing with these somewhat random interactions of forms, shadows, and textures, is a way to maneuver through imbalances of tenuous interactions, interconnectedness, and fragile positioning.
Group of 13
Acrylic and Mixed Media on Board
African American Women Artists/Activists, mostly, who I started to research during a project, as a teacher, on African Americans in the Gold Rush Era in SF.