ABSTRACTS FROM: A Solo Show by Chad Hasegawa

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ABSTRACTS FROM: A Solo Show by Chad Hasegawa

886 Geary
San Francisco, CA 94109
February 9th, 2013 - March 2nd, 2013
Opening: February 9th, 2013 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Union Square/Civic Center
Tue-Sat 12-7pm
mixed-media, graffiti/street-art, modern


White Walls is pleased to present the ABSTRACTS FROM, a solo show by SF artist Chad Hasegawa ( Join us for the opening reception Saturday, February 9, from 7-11pm.

The exhibit will be open to the public for viewing through March 2, 2013. In tribute to powerful inspiration drawn from the MOMA's Abstract Expressionist New York exhibition, Chad’s latest body of work is a recreation of the following works:

Peter Voulkos/ "tientos"/ ca.1959
Ronald Bladen/ "untitled"/ ca.1959
Richard Diebenkorn/ "Berkeley #57"/ 1955
Robert Motherwell/ "Elegy to the Spanish Republic, No. 57"/ 1957-1960
Mark Rothko/ "No. 14, 1960"/ 1960
Franz Kline/ "Lehigh V Span"/ 1959-1960
Joan Mitchell/ "untitled"/ ca. 1960
Philip Guston/ "for m."/ 1955
Leo Valledor/ "whose blues"/ 1958

Through this latest body of work Hasegawa explores the relationship of creative influence and output, utilizing techniques of artists he admires while staying within a narrow constraint of subject matter with each painting being of his trademark grizzlies. Viewers will be encouraged to compare each painting to the piece it was inspired by through a pamphlet provided by the gallery.

Attempting to capture the spirit of some of the twentieth century’s favorite masterpieces is an ambitious goal and Hasegawa faces it with an unyielding energy. Working almost exclusively with mistints (custom colors that have been incorrectly mixed and discontinued) Hasegawa challenges himself to create color palettes that recall notable pieces by abstract expressionism’s greats through colors that have been deemed a mistake. From the murky swirl of navy, teal, black and cream of Leo Valledor’s “Whose Blues” to the tactile, forceful brushstroke of Kline’s predominantly black and white "Lehigh V Span," Hasegawa gives a nod to the distinctions of each masterpiece as well as the visceral charge that binds them.

Special thanks to the TNF A.I.R. Program at the Luggage Store Annex White Walls Gallery has worked for nearly a decade to exist as the premiere destination for urban art in the Bay Area. Combined with the Shooting Gallery just next door, this 4,000 sq ft space is one of the largest galleries on the west coast. Justin Giarla founded the gallery in 2005 with a commitment to furthering the urban art movement, drawing directly from street art and graffiti culture. Named for its plain white walls, the gallery takes a backseat to the real focus: the work of our artists.

Media Opportunities:
Interview with Chad Hasegawa
Interview with owner/founder/curator Justin Giarla
High-resolution images available upon request

Event Information:
Opening Reception – Saturday, February 9, 7-11 pm
On View Through March 2, 2013
@ White Walls (
886 Geary, San Francisco, CA