The Magnificent Seven

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© Courtesy of the Artist and 111 Minna Gallery
The Magnificent Seven

111 Minna St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
December 1st, 2011 - January 13th, 2012
Opening: December 1st, 2011 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Mon-Fri 7:30-5


A group exhibition featuring the uniquely different styles of: Alphonzo Solorzano, Josh Lawyer, Wednesday Kirwan, Ryan Malley, Tim Dangaran, Crystal Sylver & Lindsey Kustusch 

Native to the San Francisco Bay Area, Artist and Designer, Crystal Sylver paints colorful, exotic women with a dark side and a secret.  Using Oil and Encaustics on wood, her emotional and erotic figure paintings are an expression of life and beauty, inspired by Couture Fashion, dramatic costumes, color, and design.  Her work is as refined as it is expressive.

Lindsey Kustusch’s work is a study of observation, a perpetual search for balance between “realism” and the infinite abstract harmonies shaped by form, color, and space in which it’s created.

She’s inspired by the seemingly endless possibilities of paint and the city that she lives in. The streets of San Francisco have been a favorite subject of hers for years. Whether it’s drifting below the wires along an iconic SF street, the silhouette of a crow, or a Friday night arranged neatly behind the bar, the daily influences are impossible to ignore. Every encounter is reflected on the canvas.

“The Northern Raven found all over the bay area are one of my most favorite subjects to paint. They’re opportunists and survivors, a force of nature with a presence that commands respect.”

Each subject is engulfed with it’s own mood, executed with it’s own set of tools, resulting with a unique life of it’s very own.

Ryan Malley uses a decidedly realistic approach to spotlight subjects that we often overlook in our everyday life. These are the people and objects that create the world around us, sometimes literally. In our culture we are so often wrapped up in digital chatter that we don’t acknowledge the importance of these things that make life possible. Malley seeks to remind us that every thing has a story to tell.

Ryan was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his BFA from the Academy of Art University of San Francisco in 2003. Malley currently lives and works in San Francisco, California.

Wednesday Kirwan’s work plays on classic painting genres from turn of the century portraiture to pin-up art of the 50′s but with a whimsically dark twist on the subject. The female protagonists of her paintings display varying mixtures of comeliness and fierceness, interacting with the viewer, not as passive beauty to voyeur but as predator to prey. This current series is inspired by pop culture zombie films, a field rife for the exploration of the themes of beauty, decay, attraction and repulsion. Wednesday studied painting at the Kansas City Art Institute and works in San Francisco as a fine artist and illustrator.

Alphonzo Solorzano is a visual artist whose current work can be traced to early ideas and themes found from his creative explorations as a child. His earliest drawing experiences would include comics, animation and endless drawing sessions with his 2 brothers. From these experiences, the use of graphic line work, typography, and the element of narrative would emerge as major components to many later works.

His current work is interested in creating objects that explore the relationship between early memory and its context on present day. These works provide a bridge that foster reflection, celebration, and understanding in these memories that exist independent of time. He hopes that they may serve as a vessel towards a state of time travel, to a place of childhood wonderment.

Alphonzo Solorzano currently resides in San Francisco where he continues to experiment with new medias that combine illustration, fabrication, three dimensional elements and other technologies.

Tim Dangaran

People often comment that my work looks like a photograph, and though I do use photographs as reference material, I don’t consider my work to be photorealism. As an artist I observe the unique details of the subject. I will deliberately omit undesirable effects and imperfections while enhancing those that I find important. My process begins when I take photographs for reference but my observation and interpretation of the reference photograph as I create the final art is what makes it unique.  I do not draw what I see exactly. In fact I often use several photos in creating a single piece.  My work is a combination of the information from the reference material and the emotions or feelings for the subject that are not captured through the lens. It’s the unique little details that I strive to capture in my art. I focus on those particulars of the subject that a camera cannot distinguish as important. The transformation results in art that cannot be created by a camera.

Joshua Lawyer

A bay area native, this freelance artist is self-taught, with a background in street art. Joshua draws a lot of his inspiration from his street art. He paints people juxtaposed to a grey industrial background, to symbolize the great bright beauty you see in this gray cement world, if you just look hard enough. His subjects are mainly females trying to tell a story through small phrases and images found in the background, the shape of their bodies, the things being done to them, and the look on their faces.

Joshua works in a wide variety of mediums from acrylic paint and pencil, to wheat paste and aerosol. He usually works on found wood and makes them look as if they were new frames, an almost Cinderella story for discarded wood.