Togonon Gallery is
pleased to present four painters and two photographers in a summer exhibition
that explores the ways in which artists immortalize the world around them.
Like historians, artists create representations of reality. Over
time these representations replace memory and become reality. In this
show, each artist depicts a landscape through either a literal, figurative,
political, or personal lens, and finds various ways of preserving memories
within his/her art.
Kristen van Diggelen looks critically upon the social-political climate
of the West Coast. She expresses the struggles and conflicts she has as a
member of West Coast society through her oil paintings of battlegrounds.
Van Diggelen received her B.A. from UCLA in 2006. She earned the MFA
Graduate Fellowship at the San Francisco Art Institute where she received her
M.F.A. in 2009. Van Diggelen lives and works in San Francisco.
Jackson explores the use of
light sensitive materials that have the ability to hold and preserve memory.
Jackson explores how waste management affects landscapes and indigenous
collective memory. Just as humans impact the environment, so the varying
relationship between viewer and artwork constantly transforms the piece.
Jackson will complete her B.F.A. in 2010 from The Cooper Union for the
Advancement of Science and Art in New York. She is the 2008 recipient for
Benjamin Menschel Fellowship for Creative Inquiry. Jackson lives and works in
Poggi Leigh explores his
interest in the physical and conceptual process of reception though mixed
media. He views his art as the evolution of process and subject. Leigh earned
his B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001. Leigh lives and works
in San Francisco.
Klea McKenna is fascinated by the way in which ecological
microcosms mirror human life. With a hand-made camera McKenna photographs
minute specimens in black and white and enlarges them to human scale. She
places people face to face with the natural world, which they take for granted
in their everyday lives. McKenna studied photography at UCLA, UCSC, and
Florence Art Institute. She earned her MFA from California College of the Arts
in 2009. McKenna lives and works in San Francisco.
Ben Needham uses landscape as a metaphor for memory. His oil paintings present
cross-sections of the earth, where he reveals that both land and memory are
made up of layers containing evidence of various experiences. Needham received
his B.A. in Studio Arts from Skidmore College in 1996. He studied at the
Parsons School of Design in Paris and completed his M.F.A. in painting from the
San Francisco Art Institute in 2001.
Needham lives and works in New York.
Patterson explores his
personal landscape by merging photos he has taken with photos found in family
albums. Through photomontage he combines the new and the old to tell an
original story and inspire the viewer’s imagination. Jackson received his B.A.
at the University of Arizona in 1998 and his MFA from the San Francisco Art
Institute in 2009. He was awarded first place in Paul Sack Building Award in
2009. Patterson lives and works in San Francisco.
Venue: Togonon Gallery
is located at 77 Geary, 2nd Fl.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11-5:30 p.m.
Open till 8 pm on the1st
Thursday of the month
For more information,
please contact Rafael Musni, Associate Gallery Director, 415.398.5572,·Email: firstname.lastname@example.org · url: togonongallery.com