Spume: an exhibition of frothy ocean paintings

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Sleeper, 2008-2009 Oil On Canvas 31 X 43 In.
Spume: an exhibition of frothy ocean paintings

708 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
March 1st, 2010 - March 25th, 2010
Opening: March 14th, 2010 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Financial District/Wharf
Wednesday 12-3 & by appointment

installation, graffiti/street-art, video-art, pop, landscape, surrealism, figurative, traditional
Free and open to the public


David Molesky |SPUME @ Canessa Gallery

March 1 - 25, 2010 | 708 Montgomery St. San Francisco

Reception: March 14,2010 1-4 pm


Canessa Gallery announces SPUME, a solo exhibition of paintings by San Francisco-based painter David Molesky. The exhibition dates are March 1 - 25, 2010, and the artist will be present at the reception on Sunday, March 14, from 1 to 4 pm.


Much of Moleskyʼs work depicts the power and scale of nature and is characterized by its attention to amorphous suggestiveness and visceral turbulence. In this exhibition, we are immersed in paintings of spume-scapes that contain both generative and destructive qualities. Using the language of Romanticism, the artist draws our attention to the the initial changes being brought on by global warming, such as the rise of the ocean levels and an increase of violent storms and waves.


“Iridescent and moonlit, Moleskyʼs Symbolist wave is an image of natural power. Romantically, the wave can be interpreted as a sample of the sublime, beautiful and terrible, invigorating and threatening, close at hand while embodying invisible forces exerted from a distance.”

-Frank Galuzka, Intimate Landscape catalog


The exhibition contains larger canvases depicting aggressive waves that fill the composition and smaller works focused on the activity of foam. All paintings are deftly realized with voluptuous brush work and soft lighting. The Life of Tharmas is the only painting in the show containing a figure. Referencing a William Blake character, Moleskyʼs self-portrait depticts a nude, doll-like male being swallowed by a beastly wave.


David Molesky was born in Washington, D.C. in 1977 and obtained his B.A. from University of California at Berkeley (1999). In 2009, he moved back to San Francisco after a 2-year apprenticeship with the kitsch painter Odd Nerdrum in Iceland, Norway, and Paris. Molesky predominantly uses oil paint to create landscapes and narratives that are timeless and archetypal. His work has been featured in numerous museum exhibitions: the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Pasinger Fabrik, Munich, Germany; Telemarksgaleriet, Nottoden, Norway; Senson Gallery, University of California, Santa Cruz; Grand Central Art Center, Cal State, Fullerton.


Canessa Gallery is a 501c3 non-profit art space located in a historic building on Jackson Square catacorner to the Transamerica building.