On THURSDAY January 20, 6-9pm, Gallery 16 will attempt the improbable.
In our left hand we will present a fantastic new exhibition of prints by artists Amy Ellingson, Stefan Kirkeby, Shaun O’Dell and Inez Storer. While those balls are in the air, our right hand will attempt the World's Largest Booksigning in the history of mankind!
On the evening of January 20th we will release the long awaited book, These Are The People In Your Neighborhood. The book chronicles the seminal years of Gallery 16’s innovative exhibition space and publishing program. Over 70 artists are included and all are invited to participate in the book signing. Scientists tell us this collection of talent in one location will create enough energy to change liquid to gas.
Amy Ellingson’s new series of prints evolved from a group of recent paintings, Inverse Studies. Working from a set of simple, pre-established rules, Ellingson begins by creating more immediate and intuitive under-paintings or “free paintings” which are then overlaid with a graphic patterning. In keeping with the artist’s interest in systems that contrast the digital and the handmade, the new print editions are created through a combination of pigment printing and silkscreen and are produced using Ellingson’s paintings as the foundation. Ellingson created six new paintings specifically to be used as the base elements for these prints.
O’Dell’s work explores the “intertwining realities of the human and natural orders.” With this new body of work, O’Dell investigates the use of more geometric forms as a way of entering abstraction. O’Dell’s prints were produced using an elaborate process involving copper plate gravure. Each image was constructed through an complex method involving both
digital and analog forms.
Stefan Kirkeby will release a new portfolio of Photogravure prints. Kirkeby's abstract photography is translated in the traditional intaglio printmaking process of copperplate gravure, expertly printed at Gallery 16 by Unai San Martin.
Inez Storer releases her second series of prints with Gallery 16. These works continue Storer's tradition combining elements of folk art, collage and printed ephemera into unique compositional forms.
These Are The People In Your Neighborhood chronicles the seminal years of Gallery 16’s innovative exhibition space and publishing program in San Francisco. The gallery was founded in the early nineties by artist Griff Williams. At the time of the gallery’s founding, San Francisco was on the verge of the dot com boom and the Bay Area was at the center of technological innovation. At this nexus, Gallery 16 and its companion fine art press Urban Digital Color began a remarkable and groundbreaking project. The marriage of art and technology that defined the business relationship between Gallery 16 and UDC also came to define a new and pioneering concept in art funding.
The book includes essays by Maria Porges, Glen Helfand and Mark Van Proyen. Hardcover with 228 full color pages, the book features over 70 artists including William Kentridge, Mark Grotjahn, Rex Ray, Xylor Jane, Arturo Herrera, Jim Isermann, Michelle Grabner, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Deborah Oropallo, Harrell Fletcher, Shaun O’Dell, Darren Waterston, Libby Black, and many others.