A few weeks ago I met the directors Sam Bower and Anne Veh who help run an organization called The Green Museum. The Green Museum is an online database which houses a variety of environmentally conscious art works from around the world and it functions as a completely volunteer run organization. They provide information on different exhibits and artists which in turn provide for possibilities of collaboration and inspiration. Basically, it’s a pseudo Stumbleupon for environmental art lovers and a great tool. They also need all the help they can get. If you’re interested in creating some great contacts and volunteering for a great great organization I highly recommend it, they are great people. Or just break out your pocketbook!
Thanks to our good pals at San Francisco Art Enthusiast who stopped by the opening reception of Infinite Color! We were pleased to read their review of the exhibition this month. Read below a brief excerpt of the review by Alfonso Cosio and Monique Delaunay.
“Spanning a wide variety of mediums and myriad intriguing subject matters, artists Stephen Scott Smith, Kevin Bouton Scott, Joshua Petker, Chris Valkov, Seth Neefus, and David Wien employ techniques or themes that to some degree concern the psychology and artistic qualities of color: from David Wien’s wood carvings in the window that incorporate interesting folk art motifs to Chris Valkovs finely executed pop-art inspired figurative paintings. Uninhibited use of vibrant color, however encompasses the main strengths of their works. Jacques and Gallery Hijinks skillyfully take their curatorial mission steps further by painting the walls upon which they hang with complementary, colorful perspectival blocks. It beautifully calls increased attention to the artworks’ color properties, the result of which creates a striking ambiance within the gallery that makes the work shine.” -
Visit sanfranciscoartbeat.com to read the entire review and see the accompanies photographs.
Check us out on Juxtapoz Magazine about our upcoming opening for Infinite Color this Saturday from 6-10pm!
“If ever there was a gallery that were my soulmate — or that I would want to be my soulmate, anyway — it would be San Francisco’s Gallery Hijinks” What a great opening line! Stop by Redefine Magazine to see the rest of the feature about Matthew Craven’s work seen in Gallery Hijinks last month.
Interview questions by Veronica Schaible.
GH: What has been the best compliment(s) that you’ve received about your work?
MC: People typically respond well to my work, but one time In grad school Jerry Saltz visited my studio. After talking with me about my work he told me I was a “real artist” I don’t know what he meant by that, but i figured i was on the right track.
Matthew Craven, preserve, 2012, ink on paper, 20 x 30 inches
Interview questions by Veronica Schaible.
Heard of the fun and quirky British artist Lucy Powell?
Oh My God
Lucy Powell, Oh My God, 2009, house flies pinned to wall
More of her work here
GH: I read in an interview that you base your decisions on aesthetics rather than narrative or commentary. Does this still hold true?
MC: That’s quote was not entirely true, sure aesthetics play a big roll in the composition of my work, but I was speaking in a larger sense. The images that I use and inspire my work are also based on aesthetics. I use images that depict patterns, whether its, textiles, carving or architecture. I am drawn to this history of the stylized/ decorative nature of mankind. I find similarities between my own impulses, and those who have come be from me.
Matthew Craven, grid, mixed media on found book pages, 9 x 12 inches.
7×7 Magazine‘s February 2012 issue includes works from some of our artists at Gallery Hijinks. If you are a “creative genius” like Kyle Jorgensen, Pakayla Biehn and Martin Machado make sure to submit your work for a chance to be published in 7×7 Magazine. Martin Machado’s painting, seen below, will be featured in his upcoming solo exhibition in May 2012.
(in background) Treasure Frey, Isosceles, 2012, acrylic on walnut stained paper.
Kyle Jorgensen, Lost, found, and that moment you noticed the stars (set of 3), 2012, acrylic on panel.
Kyle Jorgensen, Blanket of space, 2012, acrylic and ink on panel.
Kyle Jorgensen himself!
Kyle Jorgensen, Living in a thermographic forest world, 2012, acrylic on canvas.
Treasure Frey, Triangle, 2012, acrylic on walnut stained paper.
We were included in The San Francisco Chronicle’s picks for art happenings this weekend.
Make sure you put our opening reception of Chromatics and Canopies on your list this Saturday, starting at 6pm.