I was terrible with taking photos from the show. I tried, but too much was going on from chatting with people to running back and forth. So most of these photos are from friends or friends of the artists. I'll consider to upload a round II of photos once I get them from other folks. I had to use what was available, but Enjoy!
The view from our perspective during the group photo. Great turnout. That's Heidi's (The director) hand introducing the five selected artists.
I had the main entrance space, The Ron Collin's Gallery. So it's the first thing you see when you walk in. I posted a photo of this a couple blogs back with just the two in the back hung. Now here it is with everything installed including the decal & labels.
Lots of folks responded well to this piece. I was told a story about how a woman named Katalin's first experience in SF chinatown. She had a run in with an elder asian woman. They exchanged glances and the look she received from the older woman was very similar to the look from this piece. I'm glad that these portraits give the viewer some personal flashbacks regarding human behavior.
I really love Kyong's work. She uses multiple layers of paper that she cuts shapes to form space and dimension. The colored paper rests as the first layer to give it some weight and acts as positive space. Most of her work are in white, so it has a clean, fresh, and elegant nature to them.
Ryan did a performance during the second half of the opening. Dressed up as an Executive doing blue-collar work. He carried concrete blocks from the parking lot to the middle of his space. I didn't get a chance to see the whole thing, but I thought it was a well executed performance from what I was able to see. He was in character and everything.
Emanuela's intricate abstract drawings/paintings are crazy impressive. Her use of gouache is beyond incredible. To think how many hours go into her pieces is almost unimaginable. They really interact with the viewer and allows us to get lost in her work. These works feel so personal, it's almost like you're taking a glimpse in what goes on inside her head.
I wish I had taken more pictures of Tibor's work. His limited palette and tinted figures draws full of emotion. His work is mainly figurative and delivers dynamic compositions paired with haunting images of the figure in several vantage points. Up close you can really see the build up of paint. Maybe I can sneak back in and take more photos of their work when no one is standing in front of it.
I arrived an hour early, so I had some time to kill. I ended up painting the building and finished right at 5pm. Just in time for the opening! It's funny, lots of folks were passing by, I don't think they knew I was one of the five artists showing. Who's this child painting this building?
Brother treated me to pizza. YES! Half Clam & garlic, half Veggie.
So I'm going to try and get some better photos of the work. Definitely before de-installation.
Again, thanks to those who made it out to the opening. I really appreciate the support and your efforts to drive over. For those who couldn't make it, no hard feelings! I'll have more shows in the future. And when you can't make any, you can find out how it all went down here!
See ya Wednesday for the Weekly Feature.