Every first Thursday of the month, San Francisco art galleries stay open until 7:30 pm, which is perfect for an after work art walk. Last week we took a tour of the art galleries at 49 Geary Street, and it was a feast for the eyes and the soul. We started off the evening at Haines Gallery showing photography and sculptures by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The exhibition, called “Overrated”, makes references to the travel restrictions and surveillance imposed on Weiwei during his 2011 detention. While the work was thought provoking, the visual stimulation was a bit overwhelming, and we moved on to the next gallery.
The Gregory Lind Gallery presented art in my favorite color – white. Jim Gaylord’s monochromatic pieces let the textures and the shapes shine and call for attention in a quiet way. Gaylord also had some much more colorful work on display, but the sophisticated simplicity of the white ones definitely took the prize. Don’t you want to reach out and touch it?
The sculptor Jud Bergeron, also known as “Fletcher’s dad,” surprised us with his cool and touchable pieces in paper, resin and bronze of his latest solo show called From Analog to Digital and Back at K. Imperial Fine Art gallery. Each sculpture is first created from hand-cut paper (analog), then scanned and printed as 3D models by a computer (digital.) Wax molds are then made for the casting of the bronze sculptures (analog.) With this exhibition, Bergeron explores how new technology might influence his work, and the result is stunning.
Last year, “Fletcher’s dad” let all the kids in my son’s (and Fletcher’s) class take part in creating a sculpture from randomly cut and painted pieces of paper. The finished piece didn’t look too different from the colorful sculpture in the photograph below, and was generously auctioned off to raise money for Miraloma Elementary. Thank you, Jud!
I wanted to grab a bronze piece for myself, but could not figure out a way to fit it into my purse without getting caught.
The McLoughlin Gallery, also served up a number of interesting sculptures in a show called “Blood, Stone & Mirrors” by Dough Thielscher. “Thielscher examines the tension in our personal lives as we struggle to maintain balance. When balance is achieved through perfect tension of opposing forces, a certain harmony and beauty transpires.” Yes, indeed!
Back out on the street, downtown San Francisco showed off its most sculptural side, with light hitting at just the perfect spot.
Thank you, 49 Geary Street, for the wide smile on my face! Let’s do it again!
Photography by Charlotte Coffey