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lakewater 2 Acrylic On Panel 72" X 60"

545 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
January 14th, 2009 - February 20th, 2009
Opening: January 14th, 2009 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Mon-Fri 9-5, Saturdays by appointment.


Robin Kandel

January 14  – February 20, 2009

Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

“Our tendency is to depict memory as black and white or sepia toned or faded and hazy…But I'm thinking about when we remember something and describe it as, for instance, "The brightest moon. The bluest sky. The hottest day." I'm thinking about when memory is bigger and (perhaps) better than reality. Maybe we call that romanticized.  I'm calling it amplified.” 

                                                                                    -Robin Kandel

Andrea Schwartz Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition for Robin Kandel, opening Wednesday, January 14, 2009.  Prior to this exhibition, Kandel drew inspiration for her work from her powerful family history.  As a child, Kandel’s Ukranian father and his family were taken to a Nazi labor camp during World War II where they were forced to dig peat from the earth, cut it into blocks, and stack it.   Drawing from her father’s memories, Kandel covered her large-scale panels with sepia toned abstract shapes that stretched before the viewer like antique filmstrips or old family albums.  

Unlike her previous work, Kandel’s new paintings focus on her own childhood memories instead of those of her father’s.  The paintings begin with her memories of growing up near the five Great Lakes in Michigan; memories of “shady banks, frozen lakes, canoes, paddle boats, a black rubber inner tube, the smell of a wooden dock, the wooziness on land after a day on a lake.”  Her palette is brighter than before with saturated bands of blues, greens, and browns that extend across the panel like horizon lines. 

Robin Kandel received her BFA in painting at the University of Michigan in 1983 and was awarded the Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2001. She has exhibited at Mirage Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Gallery ef Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan; Sesnon Gallery, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA and the Slusser Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan. This is Kandel’s fifth exhibition at Andrea Schwartz Gallery.

Andrea Schwartz Gallery was established in 1982 and is located in the South of Market district of San Francisco.  ASG exhibits contemporary work of emerging to mid-career artists from the Bay Area and across the country. ASG participates in Last Saturday, and is a member of SFADA,  Gallery Hours are Monday - Friday 9 - 5, Saturday 1 - 5.  The gallery will be closed on January 19 and February 14-16.  For further information and materials please contact Lauren Karas at 415-495-2090 or  Additional information may be found on our website, Thank you! 

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