A big thanks to the folks of the SF Art Enthusiast for their review of Visions of Yore!
Those photos look great!
photo credit @eylassie
In honor of Yellena James second exhibition titled Instill we’re throwing a photo contest. Win a framed, resin coated, print from the artist!
Here are the rules:
1. Be creative with your photographs.
2. The photo must be related to Yellena Jame’s solo exhibition, Instill.
3. Hashtag your Instagram photo with #instillhijinks.
We will announce the winner here on the blog at the closing of the exhibition, June 30th.
Swing by the gallery for the opening of Yellena James’ show Instill this Saturday 6-10pm!
Check out this beautiful interview with Martin Machado on In The Make where he discusses his new body of works Too Far Gone, opening this Saturday, May 5th, at Gallery Hijinks.
“Each piece goes off on its own little tangent, exploring the past and present of shipping and the romance/realities of a life at sea. In a few pieces I borrowed from the style of the Mexican artist Dr. Lakra, which he sort of borrowed from old film posters and his work as a tattooist. I thought the techniques of overlaying imagery worked perfectly for exploring some of the concepts I wanted to touch on; juxtaposing images of my crewmates with more romantic shipping imagery. I’m interested in people’s dreams and influences that shape their lives. I think it applies to us all, really, in any occupation or path, but I focused on why people begin working on ships, which was a question I asked most of my crewmates. All of the imagery has special significance; some are taken from my own photos and others were sourced later from old magazines, the Internet, books, or old Sailor Union of the Pacific newspapers. There are some historical images of key figures in shipping, such as Andrew Furuseth and Harry Lundenberg, both Norwegian sailors who came to America and fought for sailors rights here in San Francisco. There are also references to Sailor Jerry’s tattoo work, which has been so widely popularized, but was originally made for these sorts of characters to stumble into his shop in Honolulu, Hawaii and find a connection with the art.”- Read the entire interview here.
New Works by Randy Colosky opens this Saturday from 6-10pm
Randy has also chosen to exhibit works by Kristina Lewis, Helen Lee, Andy Vogt, Alison O.K. Frost, Jesse Houlding, Ajit Chauhan, Clare Sydalowski, Amanda Hughen, and Phil Mcgaughy in the back room of the gallery!
We’ve got a new gallery director! Tanya Gayer has been working at the gallery since January, and has been a contributing author on this blog, which I’m sure you have noticed. Her deep passion for the arts, and insightful perspectives has continued to expose our audiences to creative thought around contemporary artists. After receiving her BFA from the University of Nevada, Reno, she moved to Germany for the artist in residence program, Picture Berlin. From there she traveled Europe and worked in Galería Espacio Minimo in Madrid, Spain. Afterwards, she decided she wanted to immerse herself in the bay area art scene and started working with us here at Hijinks. We are happy for her to find a place in the Hijinks family and develop her role in the contemporary art community here in San Francisco.
For Randy Colosky’s upcoming show he’s chosen a few artists to exhibit in the back room of the gallery. One of them being Phil McGaughy! Get in some headway on McGaughy’s work and then check it out in person, coming up on April 7th.
PM: When I was around 9 or 10 years old, I remember going over a friends house and listening to Stevie Wonder’s “A journey through the secret life of plants” and leaving feeling very confused about the world. How could such a well respected musician sing about something so absurd? Even though the album wasn’t my favorite, It opened up a philosophical questioning of life and consciousness that up until then was dormant in me.
In my new series of relief paintings, that same exploration into non-human consciousness that Stevie Wonder embarked on is up for scrutiny. By presupposing that anything can dream, I’m pointing out that any object could possess it’s own individual “spirit” ‘Dreamscapes for inanimate objects’ is about updating our age old ideas of animism.The pieces are assigned with the task of confronting our shared anthropocentric tendency towards a hierarchical structure of assigned values to everything in this world. To me the dreamscape operates as a metaphor for a kind of shared unconscious. With a fertile imagination and a modicum of empathy, it’s quite possible to see that perhaps a soap bubble is not just meant to clean dirty clothes.
This is frightfully familiar. Does anyone else feel the same?