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Christopher Romer\, Serena Mitnik-Miller\, Jamie Spinello

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June 3 - July 9\, 2010
Opening receptio n: Thursday\, June 3\, 2010
5: 30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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The work of sculptor Christopher Romer feels right at home in the Bay Area. Working primarily with wood and pa int\, Romer constructs abstract shapes that individually and collectively r elate to longstanding interest in the artists of this region. He freely ref erences nature\, animals\, figuration\, 20th-century nostalgia\, humor\, fi shing\, and hunting. His work harkens  back to the Bay Area Funk art moveme nt of the 1970s\, but with a refreshing twist. A sense of wit and a passion for craft are equally important in his sculpture. Now living and working i n Berkeley\, Romer first studied art in England\, his native country\, and later attended graduate school at the Chicago Art Institute and taught and practiced in New York.

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Serena Mitnik-Miller is an artis t who loves the sea\, and her personal connection to it permeates her work. As a child she was transplanted from New England to Hawaii\, where surfing and making art became her life. Skilled in a variety of media\, she has ta ken elements of the ocean lifestyle and reinterpreted them in both abstract and representational work. On view in this exhibition is her new series of large-scale abstract watercolors. These pieces interconnect patterns of co lor and value\, forming networks that are intricate and delicate yet strong \, simulating the essence of free moving water.

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Science informs the scul ptural relief work of Jamie Spinello. Layers of organic sh apes inspired by skeletons\, insects\, and botany are cut out of thin plast ic or paper. Looking for relationships and similarities\, Spinello assemble s the parts until an amalgam is created. Housed in Plexiglas boxes\, they c all to mind trophy specimens found in a lab of the imagination. Nothing sci entifically real is created\, but the resulting objects resemble biological anomalies created by some unknown synthesis. The works are informed by the artist's early fascination with simulated environments such as dioramas\, aquariums\, and miniature models.

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SFMOMA Art ists Gallery offers a diverse selection of original artwor k by Bay Area Artists. Rental and purchase of the artwork supports the Gall ery’s year-round exhibition program.

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