ASTERISK SAN FRANCISCO MAGAZINE + GALLERY

INSPIRE. AMAZE. EVOKE
Please join us on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 from 7-9pm for the exhibition opening.


View photos from the OPENING night of Enchanted Apparitions on our Facebook Page by clicking here.

Works By:
PAUL MADONNA | JONATHAN BARCAN
JOHANNA POETHIG | HELLAMOREFUNNER

Art and Design Exhibition - Curatorial Statement
Gathering together a collection of San Francisco’s creative, innovative, and talented artists was a challenging endeavor. With the Art & Design issue highlighting only a fraction of phenomenal individuals that inhabit this city, our selection for the artists features spans artistic disciplines. From traditional printmaking to painting and drawing to new media based collage, each artist presents something very distinct about the spirit and vibrancy of a San Francisco Bay Area. There is something for everyone in this show, which can easily be said about the city commonly known for its fog and windy streets. Amidst the hills and densely populated landscape and underneath the fog lie remarkable works by some extraordinary people. Walking through San Francisco, the undeniable an incomparable mural culture includes breathtaking works by muralist, Johanna Poethig.


In a studio on Folsom street, printmaker and painter, Jonathan Barcan, creates work based on our connection to self, society, and culture with his deeply moving and contemplative drawings and etchings. Meanwhile, Sam Fuchs and Adam Gray of art collective Hella More Funner’s art studio is inhabited by an incredibly large collection of manipulated images culled from innumerable Internet searches results collage and three dimensional works that create mythologies for the digital age. Lastly, if you’re fortunate, you may even catch a glimpse of Paul Madonna strolling through the city streets sketching a seemingly ordinary urban landscape and transforming that imagery into an extraordinary visual story.

Art certainly abounds in this squarely shaped city. Our featured artists not only ensure a conversation of art for future generations, they speak to our collective need to connect with something greater than the mundane. Each artist transforms the complex into something visually engaging and tangible. Their practices aim to have the arts well within our reach as they continue to inspire, amaze, and evoke.

- Dorothy Santos, Arts Editor and Curator / Asterisk San Francisco

 


PAUL MADONNA

Artist Paul Madonna is showcasing 4 original works at Asterisk SF Gallery 7/10 - 8/15.

Read the feature on Paul Madonna
Asterisk San Francisco Magazine
Art & Design Issue

Inspired by the most unlikely architectural accents—the backs of houses, small alleys, shadowy corners, Paul Madonna puts to paper the split-second moments we often take for granted. His work, not quite cartoons and not quite fine art. Inspired by the most unlikely architectural accents—the backs of houses, small alleys, shadowy corners, Paul Madonna puts to paper the split-second moments we often take for...
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JONATHAN BARCAN

Artist / Print Maker Jonathan Barcan is showcasing 2 original works at Asterisk SF Gallery 7/10 - 8/15.

Read the feature on Jonathan Barcan
Asterisk San Francisco Magazine
Art & Design Issue

At Workspace Studios off Folsom Street, visitors can expect a breathy climb up brick-colored stairs to a maze of artist studios. One of those studios belongs to artist Jonathan Barcan, who during a studio visit shared insights on his printmaking, drawing and painting practice. In looking at his work, it is easy to see the precision that goes into his etchings and prints as well as the experimentation and the unpredictability of materials in his drawings and paintings. Organic materials such as wine, spices, sand and metal form beautifully articulated lines and figures. Although his Master of Fine Arts from the State University of New York at Buffalo afforded him opportunities to exhibit work in Philadelphia, Beijing, Montreal, Toronto, and Florence, San Francisco is home...
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JOHANNA POETHIG

Artist and muralist Johanna Poethig is showcasing 2 new works at Asterisk SF Gallery 7/10 - 8/15.

Read the feature on Johanna Poethig
Asterisk San Francisco Magazine
Art & Design Issue

Imagine a bright-blue-eyed four-month-old baby girl traveling with missionaries to the Philippines. Picture her growing up and attending an alternative school in Manila filled with many friends who encourage her to engage in the vibrant art community. In her teenage years, she returns to the United States to learn as much about muralism as possible in Chicago, later venturing to the West Coast and settling in the Bay Area. Now, this is not romanticized fiction. It is the colorful and extraordinary life of artist Johanna Poethig. With over 25 years of experience spanning public art projects, murals, installation, performance and video, Poethig remains a prominent female figure in contemporary muralism
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HELLA MORE FUNNER

Artist duo Sam Fuchs and Adam Gray are showcasing 2 giant jaw-dropping collages at Asterisk SF Gallery 7/10 - 8/15.

Read the feature on HELLA MORE FUNNER
Asterisk San Francisco Magazine
Art & Design Issue...

Information overload is all too common with today’s readily accessible images, text, and video. Even language reveals our dependence on the Internet, with the word google not only referring to a company but also being used as a verb in lieu of search. The Internet and social media have become ubiquitous in our daily routines. Need an image of a dog? A cat? Or how about a dog holding a cat? You will probably find what you’re looking for. As a matter of fact, you will probably find over 1 million images and more...
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