SFMOMA Artists Gallery 3-Day Show Welcoming the SF Fine Art Fair
The SFMOMA Artists Gallery announces a special 3-day show welcoming back the SF Fine Art Fair featuring work by Don Ed Hardy, James Torlakson, Lewis Watts, Steve Allen, E.G. Crichton, Kirk Crippens, Laura Dufort, John Yoyogi Fortes, England Hidalgo, Terry Hoff, Misako Inaoka, Robert Ogata, and Adrienne Pao.
Don Ed Hardy's mixed media works are made of cast resin and stacked with vintage Hardy celluloid tattoo stencils making a three-dimensional kaleidoscopic reference to 60s Pop Art and surf-board making, early and seminal influences on Hardy. This show includes a unique piece entitled “Go Go Goya,” a hand painted boogie board cast in resin that juxtaposes the Spanish painter and printmaker’s self-portrait on one side with an ominous looking primate icon on the other. James Torlakson is best known for photo-based realism, though working from life is still an active part of his creative process. His imagery has centered on “everyday” America; shifting over the years from trucks, to railways, to amusement parks, to waterfronts, to fireworks booths, to deserted drive-in theatres, to coastal landscapes. Through these shifts in subject matter, related architecture has been a steadily repeated motif. Lewis Watts' research and artwork centers on the photography of African American cultural landscapes, where people live, how they occupy and use space, and the traces they leave behind. He is interested in the cultural roots of architecture and both the intentional and unintentional manipulation of space. E.G. Crichton uses a range of art strategies to explore social issues, history, and site-specific subject matter. She often works within community settings and collaborates across disciplines with performers, writers, scientists and composers, to name a few. Her work has been exhibited in art institutions and as public installations in Europe, Japan, Australia and across the U.S. She is an Associate Professor of Art at UC Santa Cruz and currently the first Artist-in-Residence for the GLBT Historical Society. England Hidalgo's composition of drawing, cut & paste, photocopy and painting layers current and historical facts, pop icons and punk culture in one visual platform. His work exults the freedom in biculturalism, the torment of great contempt and the seduction of material objects. With titles of works such as "We Don't Make it to the Headlines", "Peace is Patriotic and That's a Problem," or "Forced Unfair Future", The works elicit facts/news/observations/documentations in order to play with semiotics and methods of disseminating information.
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