Over the weekend I made it in time to catch a couple shows that I've been wanting to see. Pida from Soey Milk at Hashimoto Contemporary and Alex Kanevsky's Unstable Equilibrium over at the Dolby-Chadwick Gallery. Last Saturday, the 24th was the final day of Milk's solo show. I could have made it to the opening, but that place is small and can get crammed very fast. Visiting there with 2-3 people at a time is much more breathable. The Kanevsky show comes down this Saturday, the 31st (Halloween). Make some time to see it before it goes down!
Like many others, I am a fan of Milk's work. She had somewhere in between 12-15 works displayed featuring oil paintings, mixed media drawings, preliminary sketches, and mixed media water based paintings.
Her work consists of female figures, tightly painted with glazes usually on top of an abstracted & loose background. This piece, Earthlings, she added an extra element by incorporating a three dimensional object collaged on the figure. I'm usually not a fan of this type of addition, but it works really well with the piece and her show, Pida which translates to "blossom" in Korean. Below are selected photos that I've taken from the show.
See more of her work on Instagram below.
Another figurative painter having a solo show in SF is Alex Kanevsky. His work is a lot more loose compared to Milk's, but there's no denying his knowledge of the human form. He treats his edges more loosely and breaks up the space with patches of shattered shapes that make up both the background & foreground. There's a motion in his work that gives the painting a burst of life along with his saturated palette.
The gallery is taking preorders of his book at $85. It's a heavy book filled with spot on reproductions. I'm thinking of grabbing one. Visit the Dolby Chadwick Gallery this week, cause the show is coming down the 31st! Below are selected photos from the show.
Dolby Chadwick Gallery