In the Kingdom of Charisma, Chris Ritson Solo Show

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Bismuth Crystal, after Giuseppe Arcimboldo's Herod, 2010
In the Kingdom of Charisma, Chris Ritson Solo Show
Curated by: Ever Gold Gallery

1275 Minnesota St.
94107 San Francisco
February 3rd, 2011 - February 26th, 2011
Opening: February 26th, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Other (outside areas listed)
Wed-Sat 12-5


Ever Gold Gallery Is please to announce their first biyearly residency program. With our growing desire to work with artists who create full scale mixed media installations we have decided to help aid this process by allowing two, three week installation periods in January and August. This will allow our artists to transform the viewer's perception of the gallery space and create a site-specific work, thus pushing the traditional ideas of a commercial gallery show by allowing emerging artists to work in a museum like environment.


Chris Ritson

In the Kingdom of Charisma

…depicting the innate power of circumstance…


Opening reception: Thursday, February 3rd.


Show runs until Saturday, February 26th.


A celebration of our anxieties pertaining to the body, identity, and nature: "In the Kingdom of Charisma" is a multi-media exhibit created during a three weeklong residency at Ever Gold Gallery.  Through installation, video and images created by growing crystals, organisms and media collages, Chris Ritson represents the nuances of how we construct an individual identity distinct from the vast cosmology that animates our lives.


In the presence of an expansive and seemingly divine gift, our opinions become entranced. The power of charisma can be traced like a current through the annals of history, possessing kings and criminals alike.  Charisma is an esoteric science; existing, by definition, as a gift from beyond the human realm, and accessible to a select few. It emanates from those who are set apart by a persuasive, interpersonal power; those who we reference through shared narrative, the archetypes and gods, dictators and celebrities.


Chris Ritson has a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and is one of the 2011 Headlands Center for the Arts Residency finalists. Ritson has shown in two group shows at Ever Gold in 2009 and 2010, this will be his first solo show with the gallery.


Ever Gold Gallery has been open since January 2009 and is dedicated to showing emerging and mid career artists in all mediums. Ever Gold is proudly supported by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation.



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