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Jesse Hazelip is currently installing the work for his next major exhibition opening this Saturday, July 10th in conjunction with the SFMOMA Artist’s Gallery. This installation will be on display through November 13th and is visible in the SFMOMA Garage’s street-level windows on both the Natoma and Minna St. alleys between New Montgomery and Third St.

The work for this installation involves large scale mixed media pieces on wooden panels, each commenting on contemporary sociopolitical issues in a cause and effect statement. Topics of waste are addressed through the artist’s use of found, salvaged and repurposed materials. Capitalism and greed are commented on through the artist’s discussion of the recent BP oil spill, and the sort of rugged individualism that defines America while blinding us to our fellow humans’ plight is illustrated in a piece dedicated to the alarming statistic that names suicide as the number two cause of death amongst Native American adolescents.

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Infinite Tapestry, Acrylic on wood panel, 36"x48", 2010

“Infinite Tapestry” is the collection of new work by Mars-1 up at Meta Gallery in Toronto. Although this show is about 2 days from ending, I had to post these images anyway. They’re breathtaking! Mars never disappoints but this work is on another level. The black and white pieces are a favorable divergence from his usual color palette and make me wish I were staying at this on my living room wall instead of on a computer.

"Infinite Tapestry #2", Acrylic on wood, 24"x30", 2010

"Tulpa 2", Acrylic and sumi ink on paper, 72"x48", 2010

"Echoes 2", Acrylic and sumi ink on paper, 40"x30", 2010

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Before “street art” was given it’s name; before artists like Barry McGee and Shepard Fairey were talked about around the dinner table, there was a group of artists influenced by skateboard graphics, graffiti, and the like. Before these individuals had the option of showing in New York or in any one of a number of Culver City “lowbrow” art galleries, there was New Image Art Gallery, run by the infamously incomparable Marsea Goldberg. These artists found their orbit, and New Image was their sun. 15 years later, Marsea is known for an eye that never fails and a passion that won’t quit. It’s easy to take a lot of the art, the community, and the progress of this genre for granted. But make no mistake, without New Image and Marsea, this point in time wouldn’t shine nearly so bright.

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Jessica Hess "Eureka - Day"

Kevin Cyr "Allen"

Temporal Surfaces
New Works by Kevin Cyr and Jessica Hess
Opening: Saturday, March 6th 2010 from 7-11pm
Show Runs Through: March 27th 2010

White Walls is pleased to present Temporal Surfaces, an exhibition guest-curated by Lainya Magaña that will feature the work of Kevin Cyr and Jessica Hess. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, March 6th, 2010, from 7-11pm.

Temporal Surfaces points to the relationship between space and time by uniting the individual perspectives of two artists separately exploring decay and abandonment in urban environments. The result is a body of work documenting the transitory nature of the contemporary urban American landscape, lauding these decrepit, graffiti laden, and often overlooked scenes as reverential places of beauty.

Working with photographs for inspiration and reference, Hessʼs exquisitely rendered oil paintings depict industrial sites and their graffiti-covered surfaces with keen attention to light and color. In the style of portraiture, Cyrʼs detailed paintings of derelict service vehicles, bombed with graffiti, are commemorated as the workhorses of a car culture society.

Painting in a historical style akin to ʻmodernʼ rather than ʻclassicalʼ landscape painting, both artistsʼ works are aesthetically realized, allowing for a visual experience that accounts for ephemeral beauty without being idealized or contrived. Hess and Cyr contemporize and push the boundaries of landscape painting by documenting the worldly and fleeting nature of urban structures; giving a deserved place of permanence to surfaces destined for change.

KEVIN CYR was born in Edmundston, NB, Canada, in 1976 and grew up in the paper mill town of Madawaska, Maine. Cyr received his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been published widely.

JESSICA HESS was born in Massachusetts and raised in North Carolina. Hess received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US, resides in the A.G. Rosen collection, and has
received numerous awards. Hess currently lives and works in Boston, MA.

The opening reception of Temporal Surfaces at White Walls Gallery will be held on Saturday, March 6th, 2010 from 7-11pm. The exhibit will be on display through March 27th, 2010 and is open to the public.

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Installation by Jesse Hazelip for White Walls Gallery

I couldn’t be more proud of my husband, Jesse Hazelip, for executing such a profoundly beautiful show at White Walls Gallery. The show, entitled “Sentimental Journey”, was a huge success. And I’m not surprised. It speaks to a wide audience of those who love beautiful art as much as art with a message, and those with an aversion to war and who have an understanding of the historical and societal implications specifically of WWII and the imagery he draws inspiration from. “Sentimental Journey” will come down a mere three days from now so I wanted to invite any of you who haven’t had a chance to see the work, to stop by the gallery or view it online here. I’m including a few of my favorite pieces from the show for you to take a look at, after the jump. (more…)

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Yesterday I had the chance to hang out with my dear friends and extraordinary artists, The Date Farmers (Carlos Ramirez and Armando Lerma), while they installed the work for their new show, (more…)

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