Tom Bolles, 15 Bars in Blue, acrylic on canvas - 66 x 66 inches
San Francisco based curator, critic, collector and educator DeWitt Cheng describes ASG's current show continuing through April 28, 2017:
The title of Tom Bolles' show, “Reverence," might be considered as a reaction against our hectic, intemperate era, invoking the slow, sympathetic attention formerly accorded to creative art. Bolles, who considers a work successful when it attains “an indefinable and elusive balance of color, light and texture,” clearly wants viewers to look carefully, as artists do, at a wide range of artists from various eras and cultures. Elaine de Kooning joked about her continual surprise at finding paint still on canvases in exhibitions in the wake of voracious scrutiny by her husband Willem and Franz Kline.
In his 2015 show, titled “Stripes,” Bolles, who had formerly built up his color abstractions slowly, alternating intricate brushwork with multiple glazes, began using a computer in order to execute what might be considered his underdrawing — in the digital building blocks of zeros and ones. These characters remain visible here and there beneath the color he applies later, implying, not for the first time, that mathematics is the underlying reality. Bollles synthesizes digital and traditional painting techniques to create hypnotic fields of color. Three square-format acrylic paintings on canvas, “15 Bars in Magenta,” “15 Bars in Blue,” and the slightly smaller “13 Bars in Blue” read as dark, soft-edged registers overlapping colored backgrounds, as if blurred by overwritten text. We associate such minimalist subject matter (with its mystic, transcendentalist implications) with hard-edged, machine-perfect facture. As Bolles’ painterly ‘handwriting’ becomes clear, the texture of the canvas remains evident as well. Transcendence and mystery are inscribed in these modernist manuscripts, both dark and luminous.
In addition to the canvases, Bolles shows thirteen shaped digital prints of the stripe images already noted; of bullseye motifs in a circular tondo format; and of oblong rectangles shaped to curve out sculpturally in the middle, like drawn bows, or catenary arches. One of the tondos is entitled “Ode to Tadasky,” Tadasky being a New York maker of Shinto shrines with ties to Op Art. Viewers of a meditative bent will find Bolles’ subdued lyricism, to quote the photographer Walker Evans’ holy trinity, “literate, authoritative and transcendent.”
Arts in April Artist Reception: Thursday, April 20, 6:00 - 7:30 | Complimentary wine tasting & hors d'oeuvres
John Belingheri, Totem - Parasols, oil on canvas - 50 x 50 inches
April - June 2017
ASG is thrilled to be a partner with Bardessono Hotel and Spa and to once again celebrate Arts in April. Join us on April 20th at the reception from 6:00 - 7:30 PM to view new works by John Belingheri, Albert Dicruttalo, Gugger Petter, John Nelson, Piero Spadaro and more!
Vice President of Operations for Bardessono, Sileshi Mengiste: "We are proud to continue to present beautiful, new pieces throughout Bardessono during Arts in April and value our partnership with Andrea Schwartz Gallery."
The opening reception for Reverence is tonight at 5:30 PM!
We hope to see you all there!
Andrea Schwartz Gallery is happy to announce Gwen Manfrin's upcoming group show, Wordplay from MARCH 2 – APRIL 2.
Curator Terri Cohn discusses Manfrin's interwoven work of images with texts in the following exerpt :
Gwen Manfrin’s Down the Rabbit Hole series of watercolor and colored pencil works on panel were inspired by a Lewis Carroll novel, in this case Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Manfrin’s figures are often held in a tension between free-falling in space and being suspended in time, evoking varying palpable feelings and sensations. In her work, There is No Net, a partially cropped figure falling head first from above is described by Manfrin as “surrendering to the moment and letting go…fear and uncertainty… give away to curiosity and anxious expectation.” In such works, the viewer is offered the opportunity to complete the narrative.
ASG is pleased to announce Tom Bolles' up coming solo exhibition this March at the Andrea Schwartz Gallery has been featured in art ltd. magazine. Opening March 22 - April 28!
Influenced by the Op and Pop movements of the 60s, Bolles is drawn to the strong palettes of the era while maintaining minimal forms with an emphasis on color and light.
In his 2015 Catalogue Essay TOM BOLLES: Stripes, curator DeWitt Cheng remarks "Jackson Pollock, who wrote in the late 1940s, '…Modern artists have found new ways and new means of making their statements... the modern painter cannot express this age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or of any other past culture…. It doesn't make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.' Bolles remembers discovering in New York, 'It’s the final product that counts.' Having successfully shed his Bay Area predilection for bohemian expressive messiness, Bolles makes works that are state-of-the-art new in technique, but endowed with the pictorial authority of abstraction’s Old Masters."
Suhas Bhujbal, Yoga, oil on canvas - 48 x 68 inches
ASG's Suhas Bhujbal will be presenting his figurative and architectural artwork of the everyday in Abstracts from Life at the New Museum Los Gatos from March 24, 2017 - September 10, 2017. Suhas has been painting architecture and cityscapes for almost 10 years. A few years ago, he began to add figurative work into his collection. His interest in figurative work developed as he began to travel more.
Traveling exposed me to new cultures, like Central America, where I observed working class families whose lives inspired me and I wanted to capture these moments on canvas. My process evolves with each painting differently but in the end it is all about the act of painting regardless of the subject matter. The only rule I follow is to remind myself that I'm painting a painting and not an exact replica of something seen in life.
We are very proud of gallery artists, Tom Bolles & John Bonick, who were selected for this year's annual Heroes & Hearts project, benefiting the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. Their thoughtful heart sculptures, as well as, Patrick Dintino's 2014 contribution, were acknowledged in this month's Nob Hill Gazette! Congrats to all for a good cause!
Chad Hasegawa is the newest artist to be added to Andrea Schwartz Gallery's roster.
Although Chad Hasegawa originally earned his BFA in advertising at the Academy of Art University, he decided to leave the field in pursuit of street art. And it wasn't long after that that Hasegawa transferred his graffiti-like style to canvas. He quickly gained recognition for his bold and colorful style, most recognizable in his bear portraits, "Folks" series, and most recently his foray into geometric abstract art.
Look out for Hasegawa's first solo exhibition with Andrea Schwartz Gallery in August 2017!
His Artist Statement, CV, and Portfolio may all be found under his personal artist pages.
We are excited to welcome "Penny" and "Patience" to the selection of works currently on display at Bardessono Hotel and Spa. "Penny" will be on display in the bar, while "Patience" will be on display on the front lawn. Both dogs are for sale! Please contact the Bardessono front desk or enquire with Andrea Schwartz Gallery for more information.
Both are the works of artist Brian Mock who works primarily with reclaimed materials.
Fun fact: "Penny" the bulldog is named "Penny" because she has 3 pennies embedded in her "fur"!
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