January 4th- February 17th- Evan Nesbit, Perishable Gestures at Romer Young Gallery: Perishable Gestures features Evan Nerbit’s new series of paintings that are made using acrylic and ink jet on perforated vinyl fabric. Nesbit’s recent paintings are made using .jpegs printed in UV curable ink on vinyl coated mesh fabric as the site for performativly gestural abstractions. Working from both sides of the fabric, the artist pushes and drags brightly colored acrylic hues through its voids using his hands and large rubber squeegees. The result is a series of striking paintings that arouse the tactile, haptic sensibilities of the viewer. Vibrant, textured, meticulously executed visual experiences, the paintings can only be truly seen and comprehended in the real world, standing in their immediate presence. These paintings offer a suspended visual exchange that draws focus from the trace of basal gestures marked by the artist’s body to the subtle interactions of color and dappled light as they effect both the emergence and dissolution of embedded imagery within each painting. Romer Young Gallery is located at 1240 22nd Street.
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 4th, 5- 8pm
Preview Gala: Wednesday, January 10th, 4- 10pm
January 9th to 28th- If I Were A Poet, María Magdalena Campos- Pons is presented by Wendi Norris Gallery at Presidio National Park: Cuban-born artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons addresses the unique and resilient nature of the Afro Cuban diaspora through photography, sculpture, performances, and video installations. If I Were A Poet presents works ranging from 1990 to 2017, including three major installations, rare large-format Polaroid photographs, and a performance work. In the performance work titled Remedios, Campos-Pons negotiates narratives of pain, loss and resilience while imagining herself in a time of societal and geopolitical transition. During her singular meditation on survival, the artist wears a costume that she designed and made by hand. The exhibit is located in the Presidio National Park, 649 Old Mason Street.
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 11th, 6pm
Live Performance:Thursday, January 11th, 7- 9pm
January 12th, 13th & 14th- Untitled, Art Fair at The Palace of Fine Art: Untitled, Art is an international, curated art fair founded in 2012 that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. Untitled, Art innovates the standard fair model by selecting a curatorial team to identify and curate a selection of galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and non-profit institutions and organizations, in dialogue with an architecturally designed venue. The Palace of Fine Art is located at 3601 Lyon Street.
Tickets available here.
January 17th to March 11th – Jennifer Brandon & Jay DeFeo at Mills College Art Museum: This exhibition presents new work by Bay Area photographer Jennifer Brandon, shown in conjunction with rarely seen photocopies and photographs by the ground-breaking visual artist Jay DeFeo. Featuring approximately 40 works, including photograms, pho collages, and silver gelatin prints this exhibition explores each artist’s interest in the intersection of physical materials and photographic process. The Mills College Art Museum is located at 5000 MacArthur Blvd in Oakland.
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 17th, 6- 8 pm.
Ongoing to January 27th- Landmark: Yosemite Through the Lens of Contemporary Landscape Photography at SF Camerawork: SF Camerawork presents Landmark: Yosemite Through the Lens of Contemporary Landscape Photography in celebration of the National Park Service centennial. This is a traveling exhibition, with works by Binh Danh, Mark Klett & Byron Wolfe, Ted Orland, Millee Tibbs, and Jerry Uelsmann. Landscape photography is uniquely wedded to the National Parks, and specifically to Yosemite. Many famous photographers have had a storied history with Yosemite- their work not only shares and celebrates the landscape’s grandeur, but also examines our relationship to wilderness and conservation. The contemporary artists selected for this exhibition bring new representation and varied voices to the genre of landscape photography, strengthening the rich relationship between the medium and Yosemite, while also blazing new conceptual and technical ground with their work. SF Camerawork is located at 1011 Market Street, 2nd Floor.