Shannon Finley "Paintings for the Future"

Shannon Finley is an artist based in Berlin, Germany. His recent paintings were on display at Jessica Silverman Gallery in SF. This show packed a lot of punch in person. 

"Finley creates geometric abstractions that belong to the world of science fiction. They pursue ambitious and adventurous formal logics whilst drawing on the art historical trajectories of Op Art, Futurism and Cubism. The paintings’ aesthetic intelligence engages the eye and the mind; their distinct atmospheres and sensual surfaces speak to our emotional and physical selves.  

These “Paintings for the Future” have myriad associations including mathematical models, psychedelia, 3D virtual worlds, mineral crystals, and stained glass windows. The artist attributes the energy and dynamism of his work to the influence of the electronic music he plays and listens to in the studio. As he puts it, “I try to make paintings that overwhelm you visually like a room full of loud music, but then give way to a kind of meditative silence.” 

Finley builds up as many as forty layers of paint using a mixture of acrylics and clear gels. Instead of using a paintbrush, the artist pulls paint across the canvas with razor- sharp, custom- made, stainless steel palette knives. The result is a surface that seems to radiate light. It bears no trace of the artist’s hand, but is nevertheless irreducible and unique. Finley’s time-consuming process is not flaunted, but revealed obliquely in the works’ pensive moods and gooey, painterly edges." - Jessica Silverman Gallery

Isaac Lin "Open Light" Interview

Philadelphia based artist Isaac T. Lin recently opened his new show, "Open Light," at RVCA SF. His paintings, drawings, and murals surround you in the space, and become psychedelically animated when seen through the 3-D glasses provided. 

Make sure to stop by and see the show (and large window display) while it runs through January 16th, 2015. 

1485 Haight Street 
San Francisco, CA 94117

Photos by Alán González and Katie Pilgrim

What inspired the title "Open Light" for the show?
I grew up in a bilingual home with my parents speaking in English and Mandarin Chinese. The Chinese phrase 'kai deng' means 'turn on the light' but in my mind the word for word translation would be 'open light'.
My studio in Philadelphia doesn't have any windows but that's why its cheaper per square foot! It can be cave-like. I am inspired by sunrise and sunset colors and perhaps subconsciously use colors to brighten my studio and keep the darkness at arms length.
What cartoons did you watch as a kid?

Looney Toons
Scooby Doo
The Pink Panther Show
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
G.I. Joe
Garfield and Friends
Tranzor Z
Star Blazers

 Where did the idea for your signature pattern originate from?

As the lines are now, the process is more refined and controlled then how I first started discovering how to make them. I went to graduate school in SF at CCA in order to deconstruct my process of making paintings. I wanted a process that was more immediate and less predetermined but still within constraints. So by using a square brush, I started making paintings with layered squiggly marks. I like the idea of starting with a blank canvas and filling it with layered marks until it becomes like another empty surface. Since graduate school, the lines have become more refined and another systematic process. The lines are now like a camouflage environment where my paintings can live. 

AJ Fosik - "Lamplighter to the Promised Land" @ Guerrero Gallery


While Sunday Morning was in town, we got to wintess the week-long installation process and opening night for AJ Fosik's latest jaw-dropping solo show at Guerrero Gallery
"Lamplighter to the Promised Land, AJ Fosik’s second show at Guerrero Gallery of new sculptural works, explores and challenges the concept of belief as virtue. A self-taught artist, Fosik mirrors the transformative process in sculpture of this genre seen in many religions that elevates simple materials of wood, paint, and nails into glorified beings: from statues in Judeo-Christian religions to Hindu incarnations of the spiritual deities or persons they represent. These sculptures also serve as a metaphor for AJ Fosik’s belief these sculptural emblems of religions are at many times a “hucksterism of the holy classes.” 
Consisting of hundreds of individually cut pieces of vividly varnished wood paused just at the beasts’ most fearsome climactic stance, baring jagged teeth in mid-roar, Fosik’s totemic characters are reminiscent of early American Folk Art, while drawing inspiration from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and religious iconographies. They are “a celebration of the power and potential of human ingenuity and creativity.” Concurrently, according to Fosik his creatures also “stand as a reminder that dogma is a corruption of the creative impulse.” As they are conglomerations of multiple systems’ definition of the unknown, they do not point at finger at any one canon, but through genuine scrutiny shake general beliefs and doctrines and challenge preconceived notions of faith and its power.
In the Project Space at Guerrero Gallery, a series of illustrations by New York City-based artist and tattoo artist, Daniel Albrigo examines the visual cues and imagery of  an iconic cartoon images he grew up with, particularly that of Felix the Cat. Through his creative process, Albrigo reduced the image of the Cat down to its most charged elements like its wry smile and the pie-eyes, common in the design of cartoons of the 1920s. the classic Americana happy face pyramid structure in the center of the room ensconced by Felix’s smiling faces in the visual works on the wall bridge two eras of illustration and visual language. Albrigo’s works affirm the smile remains a universally recognized symbol that has been relatively unchanged throughout modern visual culture that everyone can recognize and identify. However, in many ways like Fosik’s works, the proliferation of such a superlatively benign image like smiley face in the exhibition space also calls attention to its very plasticity. When inundated with over and over again,  the smiley face and these eternally happy creatures can possibly change its meaning to become something unknown, strange and reveals its unheimlich qualities."  -Review by SF Art Enthusiast
Photos by: Tabatha Rosado and Katie Pilgrim


Bigfoot x Fulled Laced Hat Release

This Sunday, April 22, at DunkXChange San Francisco, BIGFOOT will be painting live and debuting his hat collab with Fully Laced. Check the preview of the snapback below (via Fully Laced). Heads up, SF! Very limited quantities of these. Jesse Hernandez/ Immortal Studios will also be painting live with Bigfoot. It's going down from 1pm - 6pm...sounds like a great opportunity to switch up the kicks, or cop some new ones, and check the latest from the one and only Bigfoot. 

Bigfoot - Giant Robot SF

Giant Robot's new show, "Printed Matter," is opening this weekend at their gallery/store in San Fransisco. The reception will be held on Saturday, December 4, from 6:30 to 10:00 PM and the show will be up until January 12. Check out two prints on wood from Bigfoot amongst prints from a few other illustrators including Nick Arciaga, Apak, Matt Furie, Yellena James, Le Merde, and more.

Giant Robot 
618 Shrader Street
San Fransisco, CA 94117

Tonight: Bigfoot at Giant Robot SF

Tonight is the opening for Tree Show VI at Giant Robot SF - The reception will begin at 6:30 PM and run until 10:00 PM. There's a huge lineup of artists with work in this show, including Bigfoot, so make sure you stop by and check this out if you are in the Bay area...the show will be up until June 9th.

"Giant Robot is proud to present Tree Show VI. In the tradition of its predecessors, this group exhibition will feature arbor-inspired pieces by painters, illustrators, and other creators from street art, indie comics, printmaking, design, and crafty art backgrounds."