Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco is pleased to announce Celebrate Summer, June 2 through August 27, 2011. Celebrate Summer presents artistic points of view conveyed through neon, painting, mixed media, large format photography, LED, and sculpture. The exhibiting artists create a provocative discourse around social conditioning, perception, contemporary and historic vernaculars, and self identity.
Moroccan born Lalla Essaydi’s large format photographs examine women’s identity in the Arab world. Her female subjects are posed in direct reference to 19th century Orientalist painting and staged within private spaces such as the home. The artist empowers her subjects by adorning them with a layering of Islamic calligraphy, an art form exclusive to men, which in contrast is applied by hand with henna, a practice considered “women’s work”. Essaydi’s work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the
Felandus Thames earned his MFA from
Based in performance and fiction,
American artist Nathaniel Donnett’s series of crossword puzzle, word search, and connect the dots pieces create a platform where viewer and artwork interact. Each piece is accompanied by a question sheet and answer key; answers reveal names of significant African American inventors, artists and others highlighting Black History not taught in schools. Donnett is a recent recipient of a 2011 Houston Arts Alliance Individual Arts Grant. This award follows his 2011 Idea Fund Grant, 2010 Artadia Award and 2009 Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant nomination. His work has been shown throughout his native
Yigal Ozeri reveals the anima of men and women through hyper realistic paintings of women in nature. In Untitled: Priscilla in the Park, the artist’s muse, Priscilla, is depicted against a dark varied surface of a tree trunk, branches and vines align her fair face, recalling the Pre-Raphaelite Ophelias and her expression evoking the eternal feminine. Ozeri has shown extensively throughout the
Celebrate Summer will feature the works of: Ben Aronson, Melissa Cooke, Nathaniel Donnett, Lalla Essaydi, Tim Etchells, Scott Fraser, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Adia Millett, Julian Opie, Yigal Ozeri, Polixeni Papapetrou, Scott Prior, Lisa Schmaltz, Sonya Sklaroff, Skip Steinworth, Agata Stoinska, Francesca Sundsten, Felandus Thames, Christian Vincent, Jason Wheatley, and other artists.
- ArtHamptons, July 8-10, 2011, opening preview on July 7
- ArtAspen, August 6-8, 2011, opening preview on August 6
- Adia Millett, September 1 - October 1, solo exhibition of miniatures and photographs at Jenkins Johnson Gallery,
- Lalla Essaydi, October 6 - December 3, solo exhibition of large format photographs at Jenkins Johnson Gallery,
- Ben Aronson, December 8 – February 4, solo exhibition of paintings and drawings at Jenkins Johnson Gallery,
Please contact the gallery for more information. Jenkins Johnson Gallery established 1996; Member San Francisco Art Dealers Association.