Sage Vaughn @ FIFTY24SF Gallery

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FIFTY24SF Gallery is proud to present, Runaways, a group of new paintings by Los Angeles based fine artist, Sage Vaughn. This exhibition marks Vaughn’s first solo show in San Francisco and first solo show in the states in 4 years. Runaways opens November 19, 2011.

After two successful exhibitions at London’s Lazarides Gallery and The Outsiders, Vaughn returns to the United States with a body of new work. The first group of work in Runaways echoes the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, “children are all foreigners.” The work illustrates the cast off minutia in our midst, the runaways, the street urchins, scamps, and hooligans that are often ignored. The focus is on the individuals, the small things. Vaughn uses song birds, feral parrots and escaped exotic pets on their own or, at times, with an accomplice, in an obscure dystopian setting. Here the viewer can explore sentiments of rebellion, survival, isolation and stolen sweetness the birds experience as they go about their secret lives above our heads.

The second group of paintings looks at the concept of the fleeting existence of the butterfly. A butterfly is only in this form for a comparatively short period during its life span; during which, it lives to fly, to mate, and to reproduce before it fades. constructing a single visual movement based on the compulsion of the individuals illustrates the driving force behind their transformation. in these works  assembles the inconsequential to a point where they can emphasize something more powerful and instinctual. 

Runaways will feature works in a variety of mediums, including a new series of paintings and Vaughn’s iconic envelope paintings. There will also be a large-sized hand-painted print in an edition of 24.

Sage Vaughn will also present a second exhibition at FIFTY24SF Gallery starting on December 16th, 2011, featuring special installations and conceptual works. 

Sage Vaughn was born in Jackson, Oregon. He has exhibited throughout the world, including Lazarides Gallery and The Outsiders in London, Galerie Bertrand and Gruner in Geneva, Art Agents Gallery in Hamburg, Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles, and DACTYL Gallery in New York.

For more information about the work, contact gallery@fifty24sf.com

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Rene Almanza @ FIFTY24SF Gallery

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“Stranger” is a foreigner, a resident alien, one in the house of another as a guest, visitor, or intruder, a person or thing that is unknown or with whom one is unacquainted, one who does not belong to or is kept from the activities of a group, one not privy or party to an act, contract, or title, one that interferes without right.

(9.26.2011) San Francisco – FIFTY24SF Gallery presents a watercolor exhibition by Mexican illustrator and fine artist, Rene Almanza, entitled “Stranger” opening on September 29th, 2011.

This exhibition marks the progression of Rene Almanza’s career from the monochromatic ink-lined work that he has been known for towards the incorporation of paint and colors. Taking a traditional and deliberate approach towards the development of his mediums has always been an important part of Rene’s career; and after feeling like he had expressed all that he can with his line-based style, he felt that the next logical step was to begin to integrate watercolors into his work as part of the process of gradually moving towards incorporating oil and acrylic paints into his pieces.

One of the cornerstones of Rene’s career has been his ability to couple the American style of comic-art illustration and the Oaxacan concept of art. To Rene, the American style is about creating stark optical images that convey overt messages while the Oaxacan opinion on the purpose of art is to create work that expresses the emotion of the artist and leaves room for interpretation. The title of this exhibition is based around the Oaxacan side of this dichotomy, and all the work of the “Stranger” exhibition aims to express the sentiment of being a “resident alien” while leaving the stories behind the work open to the interpretation of the viewer.

The exhibition features 50 pieces measuring 20″ x 18″ using the mediums of pencil and watercolor. All the work also features frames which are hand made in Oaxaca. Rene Almanza’s “Stranger” exhibition features an opening reception on September 29th, at 7:00pm.

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Escif & San: “See You In Croatan”

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We were taught in elementary school that the first settlements in North America failed; the colonists disappeared, leaving behind them only the cryptic message “Gone to Croatan”. The very first colony in the New World chose to renounce its contract with the Empire and go over to the Wild Men. They dropped out. They became ‘Indians,’ ‘went native,’ opted for chaos over the appalling miseries of serfing for the plutocrats and intellectuals of London” – TAZ, Hakim Bey

SAN FRANCISCO, CA [6.13.11] — FIFTY24SF Gallery presents “See you in Croatan” a road show by San & Escif opening on June 30th, 2011.

“See you in Croatan” is an experimental research project which will cross the lives and experiences of two friends in a random road trip across the west coast of the United States. As far away as possible from doctrines, imperialisms and linear reasoning. Searching for beauty in errors and fortuitous tools. Working with intuition and hazard; trying to light relations, transitions and processes; working with research as the way itself; understanding chaos as an ideal space for creation.

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From Escif:

I’ve spent a few days thinking about the project, and about the way we are approaching it. The idea of generating a third language seems like it’s not working very well, at least not in a practical way.  Certainly it is a path that should become stronger during the journey, but so far it has seemed to be more of an impediment than the correct path. We already knew that teamwork is very complex, but I think it is a lot harder when the roles on the team are not well established. Because then the fight between the two egos grow to see who is the one directing the movie (I´m thinking out loud) and its something that gets more complex when the two directors (you and I) have such different ways of working.

From San:

I completely understand what you say. I think we have to be practical, although we both like to navigate riskier terrain than we normally would on our own. Team work is hard, and even more so when obsessive perfectionists like us work together, each with our own story, but it is what it is. When I made the two drawings that I sent you, I always thought that what I was doing was twisting my work a little bit to get closer to a new “skin”, not so much trying to invent a third language. I think that´s exactly where the focus of the expo should be, in making an effort to get out of our safe zone and dig into something a little less personal, but using our powers, of course…

San and Escif’s Road Show blog: http://elterceroencuestion.blogspot.com/

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Swampy “In My Room” Open for 1 Extra Day Today

Review of the show by The Citrus Report:

We have had a bunch of openings that we have visited over the years, a bunch at FIFTY24SF Gallery in particular. But there was something in the energy on the 200 block of Fillmore Street last night, when the first patrons began walking into Swampy’s “In My Room” solo show and installation. At first, the show is clean and simple: 3 large paintings and 8 photographs. They were striking simply based on what we know of Swampy: photos of train-hopping adventures throughout North America, paintings on found objects, and of course, the now widespread and cult-followed Swampy Skull icon.

But then, of course, this show was not just 3 & 8. It was a full installation, with these 11 works just as integral to the concept of the “In My Room” installation as the entire back room experience. This was a “Swampy Show,” the before and after, the work put in and the output, inside the mind and what comes out in paintings and photographs. The life, lifestyle, and the work. The adventure. The obsession. The dedication. The character.

So, of course, you lift the 3rd paintings, and climb into the world behind and inside the Swampy Donkey. Its cluttered, it moves, it makes a sound, and it gets added to by friends and casual passerbys. And most importantly, it is not permanent. —Raymond Brown / The Citrus Report

All photography by Patrick Kawahara.

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Swampy “In My Room” Opening Night

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We have had a bunch of openings that we have visited over the years, a bunch at FIFTY24SF Gallery in particular. But there was something in the energy on the 200 block of Fillmore Street last night, when the first patrons began walking into Swampy’s “In My Room” solo show and installation. At first, the show is clean and simple: 3 large paintings and 8 photographs. They were striking simply based on what we know of Swampy: photos of train-hopping adventures throughout North America, paintings on found objects, and of course, the now widespread and cult-created Swampy Skull Donkey icon.

But then, of course, this show was not just 3 & 8. It was a full installation, with these 11 works just as integral to the concept of the “In My Room” installation as the entire back room experience. This was a “Swampy Show,” the before and after, the work put in and the output, inside the mind and what comes out in paintings and photographs. The life, lifestyle, and the work. The adventure. The obsession. The dedication. The character.

So, of course, you lift the 3rd paintings, and climb into the world behind and inside the Swampy Donkey. Its cluttered, it moves, it makes a sound, and it gets added to but friends and casual passerbys. And most importantly, it is not permanent. —Raymond Brown / The Citrus Report

All photography by Patrick Kawahara.

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See you in Croatan: A San & Escif Road Show

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San and Escif are traveling down the California coast on a painting trip before they return for their show back up in San Francisco at the gallery. Stay tuned as we update you more on their trip as they prepare for the show. Here’s a little snippet of their conversation during the planning process:

[ From Escif (11:02) april 9th
Llevo unos días dándole vueltas al proyecto y a la forma en que lo estamos enfocando. La idea de generar un tercer lenguaje me parece que no está funcionando, por lo menos en una valoración práctica. Ciertamente es un camino que debería fortalecerse durante el viaje, pero ya en los previos parece ser un impedimento más que un acierto. Trabajar en equipo es muy complicado, ya lo sabíamos, pero me parece que lo es mucho más cuando no se establecen funciones en el equipo . Es entonces cuando florece una lucha de egos por ver quien dirige la película (esto es una reflexión en voz alta) y es algo que se complica cuando los dos directores implicados (que somos nosotros) tienen maneras de trabajar tan diferentes. ]
I´ve been a few days thinking about the project, and about the way we are focusing on it. The idea of generating a third language seems like it´s not working very well, at least not in a practical evaluation. Certainly it is a path that should become stronger during the journey, but in the past experiences it´s seemed to be more an impediment than a right thing to do. Team working is very complex, we already knew it, but I think is lot harder when the functions on the team are not well established. It´s right then when the ego fight flourishes to see who’s the one who´s directing the movie (I´m thinking out loud) and its something that gets more complex when two of the directors (you and I) have such different ways of working.
[ From San (10:19) april 10th
Entiendo todo lo que me dices, creo que hay que ser prácticos, aunque a los dos nos guste tirar para terrenos mas pantanosos en cuanto a lo que solemos hacer por separado. El trabajo en equipo es duro, y mas cuando se trata de perfeccionistas compulsivos como somos, cada uno en su historia, pero es asi.
Cuando hice los 2 dibujos que te mande siempre pense en que lo que hacia era retorcer un poco mi trabajo para ir acercandome poco a poco a otra piel, no tanto a inventar un tercer lenguaje. Creo que ahi es donde estaría el punto de la expo. En hacer un esfuero por salir de la retaila de recursos y registros que tenemos cada uno para indagar en algo un poco más impersonal, pero utilizando nuestro power, por supuesto. ]
I completely understand what you say, I think we have to be practical, although both of us like to pull on more swampy (tricky) ways despite what we do on our own. Team work is hard and more when people like us, obsessively perfectionist, work together.
When I made the 2 drawings that I sent you, I always thought I was twisting my work a little bit to get near little by little to a new “skin”, not to invent a third language. I think that´s exactly where the focus on the expo should be, in making an effort to go out of our safe zone and dig in something a little bit more impersonal (less personal), but using our powers, of course..

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See You in Croatan: A San and Escif Road Show

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San and Escif are traveling down the California coast on a painting trip before they return for their show back up in San Francisco at FIFTY24SF. Stay tuned as we update you more on their trip as they prepare for the show. Here’s a little snippet of their conversation during the planning process:

[ From Escif (11:02) april 9th

Llevo unos días dándole vueltas al proyecto y a la forma en que lo estamos enfocando. La idea de generar un tercer lenguaje me parece que no está funcionando, por lo menos en una valoración práctica. Ciertamente es un camino que debería fortalecerse durante el viaje, pero ya en los previos parece ser un impedimento más que un acierto. Trabajar en equipo es muy complicado, ya lo sabíamos, pero me parece que lo es mucho más cuando no se establecen funciones en el equipo . Es entonces cuando florece una lucha de egos por ver quien dirige la película (esto es una reflexión en voz alta) y es algo que se complica cuando los dos directores implicados (que somos nosotros) tienen maneras de trabajar tan diferentes. ]

I´ve been a few days thinking about the project, and about the way we are focusing on it. The idea of generating a third language seems like it´s not working very well, at least not in a practical evaluation. Certainly it is a path that should become stronger during the journey, but in the past experiences it´s seemed to be more an impediment than a right thing to do. Team working is very complex, we already knew it, but I think is lot harder when the functions on the team are not well established. It´s right then when the ego fight flourishes to see who’s the one who´s directing the movie (I´m thinking out loud) and its something that gets more complex when two of the directors (you and I) have such different ways of working.

[ From San (10:19) april 10th

Entiendo todo lo que me dices, creo que hay que ser prácticos, aunque a los dos nos guste tirar para terrenos mas pantanosos en cuanto a lo que solemos hacer por separado. El trabajo en equipo es duro, y mas cuando se trata de perfeccionistas compulsivos como somos, cada uno en su historia, pero es asi.
Cuando hice los 2 dibujos que te mande siempre pense en que lo que hacia era retorcer un poco mi trabajo para ir acercandome poco a poco a otra piel, no tanto a inventar un tercer lenguaje. Creo que ahi es donde estaría el punto de la expo. En hacer un esfuero por salir de la retaila de recursos y registros que tenemos cada uno para indagar en algo un poco más impersonal, pero utilizando nuestro power, por supuesto. ]

I completely understand what you say, I think we have to be practical, although both of us like to pull on more swampy (tricky) ways despite what we do on our own. Team work is hard and more when people like us, obsessively perfectionist, work together.
When I made the 2 drawings that I sent you, I always thought I was twisting my work a little bit to get near little by little to a new “skin”, not to invent a third language. I think that´s exactly where the focus on the expo should be, in making an effort to go out of our safe zone and dig in something a little bit more impersonal (less personal), but using our powers, of course..

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Rene Almanza “Transhumano” catalog

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One of the best gallery shows we have seen work from all year was Rene Almanza’s “Transhumano” at FIFTY24MX in Mexico City, and Rene and UP Mexico City just released an online catalog with all the work in the show. The work is beautiful, some of the best you will see all year… check it.

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