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Jessica Silverman Gallery is pleased to present “ Lunar Mirror\,” a show of new work by Christo pher Badger\, on view from March 22 to May 4\, 2013\, extended thr ough May 11.

The exhibit ion will debut a series of sculptures made of polished cast aluminum called  "Lunar Mirrors\," and a 7x7 foot chalk-and-oil paintin g\, titled "Shadow Phase."
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Inspired by artists such as Robert Smiths on\, Sol LeWitt and Heinz Mack along with ancient Greek geometers and NASA photographers\, Badger continues his exploration of abstraction and earthwo rks. Using the moon as his touchstone\, this body of work also advances Bad ger’s interest in objective maps with subjective associations as well as th e ambiguous relationship between reflections and projections.
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In making the “Lunar Mirror” reliefs\, Badger starts with aerial photogr aphs of the moon produced by the Apollo 15 crew in 1974. He traces the topo graphical lines of the photos\, makes a vector map\, and uses a 3-D modelin g program to create digital files from which the works are cast. The result ing aluminum sculptures are then polished to a fine mirror finish so that t he viewer can see his/her own reflection\, rippled and distorted\, in its s urface. The resulting reflections\, like the moon itself\, appear and disap pear\; they are constant but changing\, unattainable but common to all.
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“Shadow Phase” is an elegant abstract painting on black gesso ground. On top of the smooth surface are white lines made of chalk and oil that hark back to classical Greek mathematical equations from 300 BC and Mi nimalist ideals of beauty from the 1960s and 70s.
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\nThe exhib ition will also feature eight new 4x4 foot paintings\, also oil and chalk o n black gesso\, from Badger’s “Construction 3-15” series.\n \n
A s Leonard Cohen memorably put it\, “They’ll never ever reach the moon\, at least not the one that we’re after.”
DTEND:20130511 DTSTAMP:20140917T093633 DTSTART:20130322 GEO:37.7847074;-122.4142568 LOCATION:Jessica Silverman Gallery\,488 Ellis Street \nSan Francisco\, CA 9 4109 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Lunar Mirror\, Christopher Badger UID:264071 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130322T200000 DTSTAMP:20140917T093634 DTSTART:20130322T180000 GEO:37.7847074;-122.4142568 LOCATION:Jessica Silverman Gallery\,488 Ellis Street \nSan Francisco\, CA 9 4109 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Lunar Mirror\, Christopher Badger UID:264072 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR