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Monday September 15, 2014

Los Angeles Gallery Visits and Stas Orlavski at the Pasadena Museum

Artsource Consulting went to Los Angeles this weekend to check out the latest shows at some of L.A.’s top galleries and the opening of Stas Orlovski: Chimera at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.


Dario Robleto in 20 Years of ACME at ACME Gallery

‘Lyrics Search For the Sun (Study For)’ 2012 by Dario Robleto

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‘The Dismantled Sun’ 2012 by Dario Robleto


From All Sides: Tansaekhwa on Abstraction at Blum & Poe

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‘From Line No. 78149′ (1978) by Lee Ufan

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‘Untitled’ (1980) by Kwon Young-woo

‘Umber-Blue’ (1979) by Yun Hyongkeun


Doug Aitken: Still Life at Regen Projects


A solo show of new work from Matthew Ronay at Marc Foxx

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Installation view of Matthew Ronay

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Installation view of Matthew Ronay


Gary Hill’s familiar work Isolation Tank (previously viewed during ‘An Evening with Gary Hill’ at Artsource) in Augment this (Meditations on the Image) curated by Christopher Eamon at Cherry and Martin 


‘Isolation Tank’ (2010-11) by Gary Hill


Joe Reihsen: Aftermarket Interior, Factory Paint at Anat Ebgi Gallery

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Joe Reihsen at Anat Ebgi

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Detail view


Stas Orlovski: Chimera at the Pasadena Museum of California Art

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Detail view of ‘Chimera’ (2014) by Stas Orlovski

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Installation view of Chimera

Tuesday September 2, 2014

To Do List: September


Installation view of ‘Secondhand’ at Pier 24 Photography. Image courtesy of Pier 24 Photography.

Ongoing through May 2015 – Secondhand at Pier 24 Photography: Pier 24 Photography is an exhibition space devoted to photography, which hosts rotating exhibitions and houses The Pilara Foundation Collection.  Their current exhibit Secondhand is comprised of works that incorporate found photographs alongside selections from The Pilara Foundation Collection. Artists featured include Maurizio Anzeri, John Baldessari, Viktoria Binschtok, Melissa Catanese, Daniel Gordon, Erik Kessels, Mike Mandel, Matt Lipps, Richard Prince, Rashid Rana, Joachim Schmid, Larry Sultan, Hank Willis Thomas, and selections from the Archive of Modern Conflict. The exhibition is open Monday – Friday from 9 am to 5 pm by appointment only, find out more information about visiting Pier 24 herePier 24 Photography is located on 24th Pier on The Embarcadero, San Francisco.



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“No. 7 Violet”, “No. 1 Violet to Red”, “No.2 Red” all acrylic on dyed paper. Images courtesy of the artist.

Ongoing through September 12th – Kelly Ording: Reflection / Refraction at Luna Rienne Gallery: Reflection/Refraction is a solo show of new work by Kelly Ording. These new works on paper feature her characteristic geometric shapes on tea stained paper that are based on the spectrum of colors. Through a series of repetitive, hypnotic visual patterns Ording blends mathematics and art. The show features a colorful site specific 7-part installation. The gallery is open Thursday through Monday from 12 pm to 6 pm and Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment. Luna Rienne Gallery is located at 3318 22nd Street, San Francisco. 




Various Christine Lee objects made from recycled fiber board. Image courtesy of the Workshop Residence.

Saturday September 6th, 2 – 4pm – Christine Lee opening reception at The Workshop Residence: The Workshop Residence engages the worlds of craft, art and design by pairing visiting artists and designers with local fabricators to create beautiful, useful and affordable objects.  Current artist in residence Christine Lee is an interdisciplinary research artist, designer and lecturer with a creative practice characterized by an objective to reveal the latent potential of disregarded material. During her residency at The Workshop, she is developing products created from a patent pending non-toxic wood and recycled fiber composite board Christine developed in partnership with engineer John F. Hunt and the USDA Forest Service Forest Products LaboratoryThe Workshop Residence is located at 833 22nd St, San Francisco.




“Home Movies (Pause)” LEDs, metal, wire, custom electronics by Jim Campbell. Image courtesy of Hosfelt Gallery

September 6th – October 18th – Jim Campbell: New Work at Hosfelt Gallery:  Jim Campbell is a new-media pioneer and is considered one of the leading artists working today in this field. Campbell uses LED technology to create mesmerizing works that blend his engineering and film-making background.  New Work continues his examination of the liminal space of perception, where data becomes image and light becomes material.  The gallery is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm and Thursday from 11 am to 7 pm.  An opening reception for the show will be held on Saturday, September 6th from 4 to 6 pm. Hosfelt Gallery is located at 260 Utah St, San Francisco.




A famous self-portrait of Ai Weiwei shortly after he was arrested by the Chinese government. Image courtesy of the For-Site Foundation.

September 27th – April 26th – @Large: Ai Weiwei at Alcatraz: The internationally renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has created a site-specific exhibition on San Francisco’s island prison.  Because of his background as an activist and advocate for human rights in his native China, Alcatraz prison provides a particularly poignant background for this important exhibition. This project is made possible by the For-site Foundation, a San Francisco based non-profit dedicated to the creation, understanding, and presentation of public art that is about place. Visiting this exhibition requires buying ferry tickets to Alcatraz in advance. Find information on purchasing tickets and guided tours here.

Wednesday July 23, 2014

David Shrigley does Afternoon Tea at Sketch

Our London correspondent popped in to see the newest iteration of  Sketch, the London restaurant owned by Mourad Mazouz and Pierre Gagnaire. David Shrigley is the latest artist to take over the space this June, replacing the  previous concept designed by artist Martin Creed.  Shrigley’s installation at Sketch includes over 200 wall works and a custom 22-piece tableware set alongside interior designs by India Mahdavi.


Custom place cards.


Patrons enjoying tea amongst David Shrigley works on paper.


David Shrigley designed creamer…


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Tea cakes by head chef Pierre Gagnaire.


Installation view of David Shrigley drawings.


Wednesday July 2, 2014

The Value of Art in Corporate Spaces: Public and Permanent Programming

Artsource is proud to have contributed to the Art + Real Estate issue of The View for the CREW Network SF.  Find our article ‘The Value of Art in Corporate Spaces: Public and Permanent Programming’ below or read the issue in its entirety here.

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Monday June 30, 2014

To Do List: July – August

Leonardo Drew, "Number 35S" and "Number 33S", 2014, wood.  Courtesy Anthony Meier Fine Arts.

Leonardo Drew, “Number 35S” and “Number 33S”, 2014, wood. Courtesy of Anthony Meier Fine Arts.

Ongoing through August 1st – Leonardo Drew at Anthony Meier Fine Arts: Featuring new works by New York based artist Leonardo Drew that are composed entirely from wood in a variety of scale and form.  The sculptures juxtapose white with black, clean lines with raw edges, and organic forms with organized grid lines. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Anthony Meier Fine Arts is located at 1969 California St, San Francisco.


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Clockwise from top left: Laura Owens + Joseph Alef ‘Untitled (2014)’, Trisha Donnelly + John Mullins ‘Untitled (2014)’, Nate Lowman + William Scott ‘Untitled (2014)’ and Anne Collier + Barry Regan ‘Untitled (2014)’. Courtesy of Creative Growth.

July 9th - A Project for Creative Growth’s 40th Anniversary, 6:00 PM : For Creative Growth’s 40th Anniversary, artists Anne Collier, Trisha Donnelly, Chris Johanson, Nate Lowman and Laura Owens were invited by curator Matthew Higgs to create limited edition screenprints.  These screenprints were then further worked on  by over 100 Creative Growth artists to create new works that will be on view and for sale at the fundraiser.  Funds raised go to support Creative Growth,  an art center serving adult artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities by providing a professional studio environment for artistic development, gallery exhibition and representation and a social atmosphere among peers.  Tickets begin at $100 and can be purchased here. Creative Growth is located at 355 24th St, Oakland.


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Attendees of the 2013 Monster Drawing Rally line up to purchase completed artwork. Courtesy of Southern Exposure.

July 11th – Southern Exposure’s Annual Monster Drawing Rally, 6:00 PM: Over 120 artists will work side by side at this exciting live drawing and fundraising event.  Viewers will be able to watch artists work and all pieces will be on sale at the rally for $60.  Music, dancing and curbside food will accompany the live drawing for a fun filled evening.  Funds raised go to support Southern Exposure,  an artist-centered non-profit organization committed to supporting visual artists. Tickets are $15 for Southern Exposure Members, $20 for the public and will be sold at the door.  The Monster Drawing Rally will be located at the Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St, San Francisco.



Women playing mah jongg in the Catskills, c. 1960, courtesy of the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

July 13th – October 28th - Project Mah Jongg at the Contemporary Jewish Museum: Project Mah Jongg uses this historic game as a lens to look at the connection between Jewish and Chinese culture and  its impact on  identity, fashion and style, including artifacts such as scorecards, aprons, packages, tiles.  As part of the exhibition, every third Thursday the museum will host Jews for Dim Sum, where artist Imin Yeh and Blue Bottle pastry chef Leah Rosenberg will share stories as they roll out a limited edition screen printed mah jongg snack box, find out more details here. Museum hours are Friday – Tuesday from 11:00 am–5:00 pm and Thursdays from 11:00 am–8:00pm. The Contemporary Jewish Museum is located at 736 Mission Street, San Francisco. 


Fog Beast. Courtesy of Bay Area Now and Jessica Swanson.

July 18th – October 5th – Bay Area Now 7 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts:  The YBCA will be hosting the latest version of Bay Area Now, a triennal art exhibition.  This year, instead of individual artists, YBCA is featuring 15 Bay Area arts organizations who will be curating site-specific projects throughout the galleries and campus. For tickets, information and a full list of programming and events click here.  Regular YBCA hours are Thursday – Saturday from 12:00–8:00 pm and  Sunday from 12:00–6:00 pm.  An opening night party will be held Friday, July 18 from 8:00-11:00 PM in the YBCA Grand Lobby.  Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is located at 701 Mission St, San Francisco.


Thursday June 19, 2014

What Do Artists Know?

Why art matters…
Artists play a valuable role in our society as problem solvers by seeing and interpreting the world in a way that inspires new ways of thinking.  “What Do Artists Know?” by Francis Whitehead and the Embedded Artist Project highlights some of the valuable insights we use to help our clients understand the way artists think.



Thursday May 29, 2014

To Do List: June

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Detail view of ‘American Mine (Carlin, Nevada 1), 2007′ by David Maisel. Image courtesy of Paddle 8.

June 4th – Benefit Art Auction at Headlands Center for the Arts, 6:30 PM: The Headlands Center for the Arts will be hosting their annual live and silent auction this month. The Headlands seeks to provide a wide range of programs for artists to develop new work and ideas, fostering societal appreciation for the arts. Limited works are available for preview and online bidding through Paddle 8 and a VIP Preview will be held at 5:30 PM, tickets and more information can be found here.  Headlands Center for the Arts Auction will be located at SOMArts at 934 Brannan St, San Francisco.


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From left to right: ‘The Continental Interior’ (2013), ‘Red Planet’ (2014) and ‘Retrograde’ (2014) by Val Britton. Images courtesy of Gallery Wendi Norris.

June 5th to August 2nd - Val Britton: Passage, Gallery Wendi Norris: Val Britton’s Passage features a large-scale installation and an assortment of hand cut paper works.  This will be the artist’s first solo show with the gallery and coincides with her installation at the San Francisco International Airport and  her residency and corporate commission for Facebook.  A reception will be held for the show Thursday, June 5th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Gallery Wendi Norris is located at 161 Jessie Street, San Francisco.


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Amy Ellingson, ‘Variation: Apparent Reflectional Symmetry, Part I &II’, 2014 Oil and encaustic on four panels, diptych 69 x 168″, Courtesy of the Artist.

June 7th to September 13th - Amy Ellingson: Iterations & Assertions, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art: Amy Ellingson’s new solo show titled Iterations & Assertions is focused around a site-specific 40-foot long mural, and a three-dimensional sculptural translation of the diptych  in addition to sculpture,  small scale paintings and works on paper.  When discussing her work, the artist states: “My interests lie in the practices of formal repetition, variation and mutation within limited serial networks”(courtesy of San Jose ICA). The opening reception will take place on Friday, June 6th from 6:00-8:00 pm and Ellingson will give an artist talk on June 26th at 6:30 PM. The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art is located at 560 South First St. in San Jose.


A floating work by Chris Sollars from the Southern Exposure ‘Off Shore’ opening reception.

Ongoing to July 3, 2014 – Off Shore at Southern Exposure: ‘Off Shore’ is a combination of off-site artist projects including work by Paul Cesewki, Constance Hockaday, Marie Lorenz, Chris Sollars & A People’s Archive of Sinking and Melting.  Find information on all of the events listed below here.  Southern Exposure is located at 3030 20th St, San Francisco.

Off site events:

June 1st from 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM: Islais Creek Walk with Chris Sollars.  Meet for this walk at the entrance to Glen Canyon Park, each creek walk is 2-6 miles in length. Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes that can get wet.

June 13th from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM: The Voyage of the Hurlothrumbo, Paul Cesewski. This event is FREE and open to the public will be located at Public Boat Launch at Mission Creek Park, 451 Berry Street, San Francisco.

June 15th and 16th: All These Darlings and Now Us, Constance Hockaday.  This is a PRIVATE event with limited capacity, reserve space here. This event takes place at the Bay View Boat Club, 489 Terry A Francois Boulevard, San Francisco.

June 19th – 21st: All These Darlings and Now Us, Constance Hockaday. This is a PRIVATE event with limited capacity, purchase tickets here. The event location is TBD, check here for updates.

June 21st from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Mission Creek Walk with Chris Sollars. Meet for this walk at 18th and Market, each creek walk is 2-6 miles in length. Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes that can get wet.

June 26th from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM: All These Darlings and Now Us Lecture, Constance HockadayHockaday presents a lecture at Southern Exposure discussing our relationship to water and the inter-related stories of Elizabeth Taylor, ultramarine blue, and the history of floating vessels and outlaw behavior. This event takes place at Southern Exposure, 3030 20th St, San Francisco.


Friday May 23, 2014

Art Market San Francisco Tours

As a sponsor of the Art Market San Francisco art fair last weekend, Artsource Consulting provided tours to VIP guests. If you didn’t make it to the fair, here’s a few highlights from two of our curated tours:



Charles Gute creates these humorous Western Union telegram tweets himself, having studied historical telegrams in order to best source his own archival materials and create custom ink plates.  Gute was inspired after learning that the last telegram was sent merely three weeks before the first tweet was ever typed.  In telegrams, the writer had limited communication due to the fact that there was a cost per letter, whereas the modern ‘tweeter’ is restricted in characters in a different way.

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Charles Gute, “Random Tweets Reformatted as Telegrams”, 2012 Letterpress and mixed media on vintage paper. Courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery.



Mauricio Ancalmo is a conceptual artist whose work ranges from sculptural installations, performance, video and works on paper. This piece was part of a larger exhibition titled“Krap Etag Nedlog Reve”, a homage to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Park in a Bottle allows the viewer the opportunity to take the park with them, playing with the notions of archeology, preservation and  placemaking.

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“Park in a Bottle” 2014, Apothecary glass bottles, mixed media. Courtesy of Evergold Gallery.


Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon uses sound, installation, and sculpture to investigate cybernetic systems, or the systems used by animals and machines to maintain control, communication and connection. These types of natural and manufactured systems rely on space and sound to operate. Black Matters is comprised of two mandala-inspired hand quilted black speakers facing each other. Like ocean waves, sound waves affect each other when they hit one another which creates an interesting physical effect as you walk around the two speakers and experience their interactions.

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“Black Matters 3″ by Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon. 2008, hand quilted black vinyl, car audio speakers, amplifiers and mp3 players.  Courtesy of Aimee Friberg Exhibitions.


Craig Dorety’s work is inspired by his experiences with synesthesia (a confusion in the sensory synapsis of the brain that allows him to feel sounds) as well as his intense ocular migraines. During these migraines Dorety sees tiny pixilations of his vision, shapes which he is able to recreate through meditation and targeted concentration.  Quadralateral Hyperbolae – Tropical Fish Tank is one of the artist’s manifestations of these shapes using layered panels and changing LED lighting.


Quadralateral Hyperbolae – Tropical Fish Tank by Craig Dorety. 2014, Custom Electronics, Alupanel, LEDs animated by color information from online media. Courtesy of Johansson Projects.



Ryan Wallace uses shredded tape, vinyl screens, wax and other discarded studio materials to create collage based abstract paintings.  Each piece is made with splintered, fragmented, and twisted elements, many of which are reflective.  The compositions are a balance between chaos, order and texture.

Ryan Wallace, "Redactor 1", 2014, enamel, acrylic, crystalina, glass powder, pigment, cold wax, glass film tape and vinyl on canvas, 72" x 60"

Ryan Wallace, “Redactor 1″, 2014, enamel, acrylic, crystalina, glass powder, pigment, cold wax, glass film tape and vinyl on canvas. Courtesy of Mark Moore Gallery.


Laurel Roth is a self taught artist with a background in natural resource conservation and worked as a park ranger.  This professional experience has influenced her art practice which is about human interaction with the natural world. Roth transforms ordinary materials into fantastical creatures.  These two peacocks are made with a variety of materials found in the everyday world of beauty and cosmetics.  For the body of the birds, Roth hand painted each fake fingernail before applying them to the sculpture. Besides using meticulous techniques, Roth also includes humor in creating her works by placing the animals in striking poses.

Laurel Roth, "La Reina" and "Queen", 2013 mixed media including fake fingernails, nail polish, barrettes, false eyelashes, costume jewelry, walnut, swarovski crystal. Courtesy of Gallery Wendi Norris

Laurel Roth, “La Reina” and “Queen”, 2013 mixed media including fake fingernails, nail polish, barrettes, false eyelashes, costume jewelry, walnut, swarovski crystal. Courtesy of Gallery Wendi Norris.


Randy Colosky often works with industrial building materials, transforming them into aesthetically powerful thought-provoking sculptures.  Ceramics have been at the core of his practice since he was young.  Ice 9 (revisited) is made with engineered honeycomb ceramic bricks that Colosky adheres together and carves into, creating a form reminiscent of Chinese Scholar stones.  As you move around the piece, the honeycomb design in the ceramic bricks allows you to see through the dense areas.

Randy Colosky, "Ice 9 (revisited)", 2014, engineered ceramic honeycomb and paint. Courtesy of Chandra Cerrito Contemporary.

Randy Colosky, “Ice 9 (revisited)”, 2014, engineered ceramic honeycomb and paint. Courtesy of Chandra Cerrito Contemporary.


Nike Schröder‘s textile pieces are abstractions of nature.  Schröder builds shaped canvases and uses sewn threads as her paint.  These three pieces draw inspiration from trees with colors representing the different foliage seen in several hundred threads that hang from the canvas.  The smoothness of the rayon threads allows the light to bounce off the shiny threads creating a shimmering effect and leaving the colors seemingly floating off the wall.

Nike Shroder, "Fragments 4 (Walnut)", "Fragments 5 (Sage)" and "Fragments 6 (Maple)", 2013, rayon threads on canvas.  Courtesy of Walter Maciel Gallery.

Nike Shröder, “Fragments 4 (Walnut)”, “Fragments 5 (Sage)” and “Fragments 6 (Maple)”, 2013, rayon threads on canvas. Courtesy of Walter Maciel Gallery.


Thursday May 22, 2014

New York: Frieze Art Fair, Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety” and more…

Artsource Consulting took a trip to New York this month for the Frieze Art Fair. Along the way, we also saw the not to be missed Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010′ exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art as well as Kara Walker’s Creative Time installation at the Domino Sugar Factory.

Highlights from Frieze Art Fair New York:


fukq kukq (2014) by Garth Weiser at Casey Kaplan


Sasha Pierce at Jessica Bradley Gallery – Full and Detail View


Pieter Vermeersch at Team Gallery


Olafur Eliasson at Tanya Bonakdar


Zezo Tamsamani (2010) by Hassan Hajjaj at The Third Line

Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety” at the Domino Sugar Factory:


Kara Walker at the Domino Sugar Factory


Kara Walker at the Domino Sugar Factory


Kara Walker at the Domino Sugar Factory


Built up sugar at the Domino Sugar Factory


Highlights from ‘Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010′ at the Museum of Modern Art:


Sigmar Polke at MoMA


Sigmar Polke at MoMA


Sigmar Polke at MoMA


Sigmar Polke at MoMA

Pace Gallery:


Installation shot of Untitled (2014) by Tara Donovan


Untitled (2014) by Tara Donovan


Untitled (2014) by Tara Donovan

Jack Hanley Gallery:


The Valley of Dry Bones by Marie Lorenz


The Valley of Dry Bones by Marie Lorenz


The Valley of Dry Bones by Marie Lorenz

Blum & Poe:


Mark Grotjahn


Mark Grotjahn



Thursday May 8, 2014

Studio Visit with Laura Fischer

Artist Laura Fischer creates process oriented drawings, prints and woven works incorporating patterns from quilting and textile designs.  She came to the Bay Area from Minnesota and received her MFA in New Practices from SFSU where she is now teaching weaving.

"SFO to MSP no. 9" , screen printing ink with textile adhesive and reflective glass oxide on wool with nylon embroidery

“SFO to MSP no. 9″, screen printing ink with textile adhesive and reflective glass oxide on wool with nylon embroidery

Her earlier works are wall pieces made with re-purposed Russian wool blankets.  Drawing from her printmaking background, Fischer screen printed adhesive ink onto the blankets and added reflective glass oxide, the same reflective material used in traffic lines on a road or tarmac.  Entitled “SFO to MSP” this series was in response to being homesick and flying home from the Bay Area to Minnesota.

Laura maps out her weaving pattern on paper

Fischer maps out her weaving pattern on paper

Fischer’s sculptures began as a way to take her weaving off the loom and make it 3D.  She creates molds for concrete forms that can function as building sites for her weavings.  Using thread and needle she creates detailed designs from weaving pattern books and is interested in the contradiction between the rough concrete structures and the fine lines in the patterns. Her work is very process oriented, and the geometric concrete forms have evolved to facilitate her disciplined practice of production.  Lately her systematic designs have embraced more chance, and the outcomes are more abstract.  Fischer’s work will be featured in the upcoming Headland’s Center for the Arts Benefit Art Auction on June 4th.

small studies for larger works

small studies for larger works

concrete and thread sculptures

concrete and thread sculptures

a work in progress

a work in progress

The view from Fischer's studio at the Romberg Tiburon Center SFSU graduate studios

The view from Fischer’s studio at the Romberg Tiburon Center SFSU graduate studios