The Lucid Art Foundation Benefit Show for the J.B. Blunk Residency

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Jay Nelson at the J.B. Blunk Residency, June-July, 2010 © Courtesy of the Artist and Triple Base Gallery
The Lucid Art Foundation Benefit Show for the J.B. Blunk Residency

3041 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
May 4th, 2011 - May 15th, 2011
Opening: May 4th, 2011 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

photography, installation, sculpture


This show is the second annual exhibition that Triple Base will host as part of their collaborative partnership with the Lucid Art Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, to support their artist residency program at the home and studio of the late sculptor J.B. Blunk. The location is set in the midst of the Bishop Pine Nature Preserve in Inverness, California. The house was built by J.B. in 1959 from salvaged materials that suggest a certain lifestyle that is independent, sustainable and closely connected to the landscape. The hope is that the residency will foster work inspired by the site. The Lucid Art Foundation’s vision is to support artists who are committed to living in harmony with nature and have dedicated their lives to creating works of art that are in deeper relation to the dimensions of the inner-worlds and nature. Each year, artists in residence donate a couple of works to the Foundation for this annual exhibition to raise funds for the program. All proceeds from the sales of work in the exhibition will directly benefit the J.B. Blunk Residency program.

The Examiner article: “Urban gallery, rural program a perfect match”


May-June: Jay Nelson, San Francisco, CA Medium: painting and sculpture

Jay Nelson’s drawings, paintings and sculptures are created as part of his quest for individual autonomy within the modern American landscape. His work pays homage to the long history of the Western frontier as a destination for a romantic solitary experience.

Rachel Kaye, San Francisco, CA, Medium: painting and sculpture

My fascination with fame has now evolved into documenting the famous and their surroundings. Because the U.S. has no royal family, I’ve created my own: a blend of Hollywood, fame and old money. In the same way that Jean-Etienne Liotard created portraits of the Habsburg-Lorraine family, I am drawing portraits of our queens and princesses. Or to be more honest, drawing women that are worth the title to me. I’m interested in the world of old time class. People that carry a large personality and can show off decadence with a smile or handbag. And people who are drawn to grand items like chandeliers, flocking, pearl necklaces and very big rooms. I want to draw a world like William Randolph Hearst did when he built Hearst Castle. I want to draw the people I imagine would be hanging out inside these big fabulous places.

July-Aug: Jenna Didier/Oliver Hess, Los Angeles, CA, Medium: installation and architecture

Didier Hess, a collaborative led by Oliver Hess and Jenna Didier, creates interactive artwork for public places. We discover the invisible but powerful forces influencing a site and make them tangible. Often we find inspiration in air quality, solar paths, persistent weather patterns, native and invasive plants, infrastructure and even the flow of people. Close observation of a region’s resource and waste streams inform our material selections. In this way, the creation of a consistent language in our work grows from the existing fabric of the location and minimizes the carbon footprint of each project.

Sept-Oct: Beatrice Pediconi, Rome, Italy, Medium: photography

Pediconi uses water and pigment to compose images of movement and transition. The use of water as prime medium and ink and tempera as additives merge harmoniously with her long-term study of light and space.

Nov-Dec: Benjamin Britton, Los Angeles, CA, Medium: painting

Inspired by memories, myths and dazzling landscapes, Benjamin Britton paints with playful, beguiling force. Expansive environments of bold colors and rich texture immerse the viewer with color and movement.