In the In Between
HANG ART is pleased to present In the In-Between, a duo show of new works by HANG ART artists Anne Stryke and Jennifer Damas. A reception for the artists will be held on First Thursday, August 6, 2009 from 6pm to 8pm at HANG ART, 567 Sutter Street, San Francisco.
On view August 1-15 2009, In the In-Between brings together the dynamic affects of both painting and sculpture by two of HANG ART’s very talented artists. Both Stryke and Damas draw their creativity from moments of transition. The point at which an object or space in time changes from one state of being to another interests both these artists. This show marks the first duo show with Stryke and Damas in the gallery.
Damas draws her interest from the “formal tensions between beauty and ugliness” in her paintings. The balance created between these opposing states encapsulates her new bosy of work. She uses layer upon layer of paint and medium – then scrapes, cuts, and covers the surface as if creating new transitions from these actions. Damas uses more unconventional tools for applying medium such as a trowels, rags and brayers. These tools allow her to uncover surprising markings in her work, which ultimately play between the purposeful and the accidental. Damas’ works lie conceptually in the “in-between” of beautiful and ugly, accidental and intentional – which is exactly the momentum of their fascinating compositions. Damas received her M.F.A (Valedictorian) from the Academy of Art University (San Francisco) and her B.F.A. at San Jose State (San Jose). She has exhibited work across the Bay Area and beyond and currently lives and works in San Francisco, California.
Srtyke is an accomplished sculptor who is drawn to the rich tradition and flexibility of working with ceramics. She often applies metal oxides to the raw clay to achieve deep glazes of color then fires the works repeatedly in an electric kiln. This process allows Srtyke to build up her surfaces, lending certain pieces the distressed appearance of having been excavated from a tomb or retrieved from a shipwreck. In this newest series, she forms figures that are considered “guardians” or “grounded beings”. Additional figures she creates possess wings, which suggests a more celestial transition. Srtyke is interested in the points between here and there, and her earthy creations are the perfect medium for this idea to be expressed. Stryke received her M.F.A from the Academy of Art College (San Francisco) and currently lives and works in Berkeley, California.
HANG ART is located at 567 Sutter Street, between Mason and Powell Streets. Gallery hours are Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm. For further information or high resolution images, please call 415 434 4264.
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