COLORFUL DREAMS BY NICHOLAS BOHAC

by Ariadna Zierold

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Nicholas Bohac is a painter & printmaker based in San Francisco, CA.  He was born & raised in Ralston, Nebraska, a suburb of Omaha.  In his late teens & early twenties, he played bass in the band Caught in the Fall.  He and friend Kevin Kowal also ran a small label, Wristwatch Records, releasing a few records between 2004 & 2006.

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In 2006 he moved to San Francisco, California with his wife, Kim.  They currently reside in the Outer Sunset neighborhood, where he also maintains a studio.

Check out the selection of recent paintings.

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EMBROIDERY X-RAYS BY MATTHEW COX

by Ariadna Zierold

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Take a look at the wonderfully strange mix of embroidery, x-rays, and MRI scans by Philadelphia-based artist Matthew Cox.

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Medical x-rays and embroidery, couture and crime, rubber stamps, short -story prose and paint all layer toward a darkly comic and anachronistic impression of the human condition in the twenty-first century.

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FEATHERED BEARS BY PAOLA PIVI

by Ariadna Zierold

paola pivi, feathered, polar, bear, colorful, sculpture, installation, upper playground

Paola Pivi is making art with her fantastical feather-clad polar bears.  Influenced by the surrealists, Pivi’s plumed bears walk the line between dream and reality.  They are her version of the ready-made.  Prone to “visions,” Pivi says that she often sees animals located in a strange setting.paola pivi, feathered, polar, bear, colorful, sculpture, installation, upper playground

Rather than taxidermy actual animals, Pivi had an expert create bears from urethane foam, plastic, and feathers.  The results are fantastic in the truest sense of the word.  Meaning, they are imaginative, fanciful and slightly absurd.

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PRECARIOUS BALANCE BY DANIEL FIRMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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With his eye-popping sculptures, Daniel Firman freezes moments of time and action in precarious balance. ‘Nasutamanus’ epitomizes the concerns and methods of his practice; it is a taxidermied elephant that seems to float weightlessly in the gallery space, attached only to the wall by its trunk. daniel firman, nasutamanus, elephant, sculpture, installation, balance taxidermied, upper playground daniel firman, nasutamanus, elephant, sculpture, installation, balance taxidermied, upper playground

In this as in all of his works, Firman seeks to construct the presence of such amorphous concepts as time, balance, weight, action, and gravity. Other sculptures include human figures struck in precarious poses or supporting unwieldy constructions atop their shoulders.

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