HUMAN CONNECTION BY ELIZABETH HUEY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Elizabeth Huey‘s paintings explore human connection and healing. Central to Huey’s practice is an engagement with passion and delirium and our society’s extraordinary attempts to create or cure these conditions. Her figures are often immersed in scenes of rehabilitation and recreation.

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Huey draws imagery from her own photographs as well as an ever expanding collection of found photos, googled snapshots and historical research to delve into the complexities of her subjects. One gets the sense that myriad forces – from nature and architecture, to culture and history – are at work in the minds of each protagonist. The surprising spatial arrangements and disjunctive scale shifts in Huey’s work support a hypnagogic sense of seeing things from the inside out. By bringing together these disparate players in the worlds of her paintings, she creates dynamics, both visual and psychological, that are altogether new.

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DISCARDED MATERIAL SCULPTURES BY ELISABETH HIGGINS OCONNOR

by Ariadna Zierold

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The work of Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor finds majesty in the abject and monumentality in the discarded. Remnants of bedclothes, blankets, pillows, couch cushions and knit Afghans gathered and donated from thrift stores and yard sales are cut, re-sewn, wrapped, roped, tied and built into objects that seem to be simultaneously shrouded yet exposed, patched back together but disintegrating, the comfortable rendered uncomfortable.

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Existing somewhere on a spectrum between elegy and absurdity, the work examines a setting where cautionary tales, private anxieties and natural history museum dioramas mash-up and attempts to close the gap between tenderness and the grotesque.

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A DIGITAL REALM BY HVASS AND HANNIBAL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Hvass&Hannibal is a multi-disciplinary arts and design studio based in Copenhagen. Since 2006, its founders, Nan Na Hvass & Sofie Hannibal have worked in close collaborative partnership with illustrative and conceptual design in a number of different fields for numerous clients in Europe, Asia and the US. Whether in the digital realm or on a three-dimensional scale, the studio takes projects from esoteric illustrative beginnings to a full art direction and graphic design solution, all in-house.

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TEXTURED PAINTINGS BY TODD KELLY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Working in oil, spray paint, and collage, Todd Kelly creates geometric, painterly and textured paintings. He often extrapolates successive degrees of abstraction from an initial figurative approach, such as a still-life or old-master painting. The same sized canvases are meant to hang in groups that can be endlessly rearranged, and interact in unexpected ways that create a sort of puzzle imagined by the viewer, resulting in a post-structuralist approach wherein the viewer’s journey supersedes the creator’s intent.

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EXPERIMENTAL ILLUSTRATIONS BY MATTHEW HOUSTON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Mesa, Arizona-based artist Matthew Houston‘s cartooning overflows with experimental and original ideas in form and content. Put another way, it overflows with personality. He uses figures and symbols to express the longing for an unknown past and the pervading rootless confusion of the present. His works are largely improvised, naive, and amount to a frightened man scrawling on a cave wall, creating a refuge from modernity in imagined shibboleths.

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JEREMY FISH IS CITY HALL’S VERY FIRST ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

by Ariadna Zierold

To commemorate City Hall’s 100th anniversary, the San Francisco Arts Commission has selected Jeremy Fish as City Hall’s first ever artist in residence.

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The internationally renowned local artist started his residency on July 8th, 2015, and is currently working to create 100 pieces of art celebrating San Francisco and City Hall. This large body of work entitled O Glorious City will be exhibited at City Hall from November 4, 2015 to February 12, 2016.

“As San Francisco City Hall celebrates its centenary birthday I want to document 100 things all San Franciscans should love about their city. I love City Hall and feel it is often overlooked as a local architectural treasure.”

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Fish is interested in how people interact with City Hall, and throughout his residency he will be observing the day-to-day activity in the building, meeting with City Hall historians, and attending public meetings.