Tag: Boreas

Let’s Review…

Holy holy!  It’s the end of the year already and looking back through the past twelve months, I’m really impressed by how great the art and shows were, and also dismayed by how I forgot some of them. So, in case all y’alls have forgotten because of the barrage of great art you have encountered over the year, let’s review and savor one last time before the end of the world comes (it’ll be 2012, after all).

We began the year with As It Was Before, a two person show by Martin Machado and Todd Freeman with install by Aleksandra Zee.

Ghost Fish by Martin Machado

Ghost Fish by Martin Machado

Torch Lake by Todd Freeman

Torch Lake by Todd Freeman

Then on to February with the resin collage work of Sebastian Wahl‘s Kaleidoscope Eyes.

Kaleidoscope Eye 4 by Sebastian Wahl

Kaleidoscope Eye 4 by Sebastian Wahl

In March we had The Letter Collector which was a massive group show with all the artists showing their love of script and type.

Z by Eli Harris

Z by Eli Harris

S by Damon Macgregor

S by Damon Macgregor

With April came American Mythic, Peter Gronquist‘s use of ebay items and mixed media to create a variety of interesting and tongue-in-cheek works.

American Mythic by Peter Gronquist

American Mythic by Peter Gronquist

Robert Minervini‘s Sunken Dreams owned May with the geodesic domes settled in quiet dystopian landscapes.

Under the Influence of the Season by Robert Minervini

Under the Influence of the Season by Robert Minervini

June was a healthy serving of Bad Casserole, David Bayus‘ mixed media works.

That Museum Visit by David Bayus

That Museum Visit by David Bayus

July came with Lisa Congdon‘s Icelandic inspired works in Boreas with installation by Sarah Applebaum.

Antarctic Camper by Lisa Congdon

Antarctic Camper by Lisa Congdon

Extra Dimensional Quilt by Sarah Applebaum

Extra Dimensional Quilt by Sarah Applebaum

We had Gregory Ito‘s Point of Vision, an exploration in broadening his own perception on time for the whole of August.

As the Sun sets with Grace by Gregory Ito

As the Sun sets with Grace by Gregory Ito

Post-apocalyptic Sanguine Machine: Antedeluvian Artifacts from Futures Past by Beau Stanton presented us with creation/destruction in September.

Mortality Mask by Beau Stanton

Mortality Mask by Beau Stanton

Pakayla Biehn had October superimposed and double-exposed with her paintings in (t)here.

On and Ever Onward by Pakayla Biehn

On and Ever Onward by Pakayla Biehn

And last but not very least, we finish out the year with Scott Greenwalt‘s Alchemist, delving into what “change” really means.

Thousands of Years ago in the Future by Scott Greenwalt

Thousands of Years ago in the Future by Scott Greenwalt

Dang. That’s a lotta good art.

Art Review & Opening Reception Photos

We just received some great photographs of the opening reception of Boreas. It was the warmest night of the year and everyone was in good spirits. We are also happy to share a review of Boreas by Lisa Congdon and Sarah Applebaum by the Art Business contributors.

Review by Clare Coppel: “Boreas,” a show with pretty cool window installations by Sarah Applebaum and mixed media/paintings by Lisa Congdon features three of my favorite guilty hipster/nerd pleasures– neon, geometric prints inspired by indiginous peoples, and cute furry animals. “Ooooh cute animals, nope can’t hate on that.” At least I didn’t wear that Navajo print sweatshirt or I’d match the work on the walls, though this work is inspired by Icelandic stuff– snow not desert. I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland. I want a new tattoo, maybe a cute furry animal? Is there neon tattoo ink? For um, geometric patterns?
Review by Mairead O’Connor: Lisa Congdon creates paintings and collges that illustrate Icelandic folk culture and four seasons. She focuses on pattern, animals, and the changing light of the sun. Sarah Applebaum’s work is made up of geometric shapes colored in the grey scale between black and white. Her large installations are actually hand sewn and symbolic.
Review by RWM: Great trip to the North. Not just a trip to the cold beautiful lands, but also to their people, transformed by their surroundings. The cold wild is outside, but also within. Enjoy both colors and shapes. Impressive. Emotions are captured here in window sculptures as well.

Here are a few snapshots of the opening reception. To see more photos of the opening check out Art Business Gallery Reviews.

Lisa Congdon artist art

Sarah Applebaum artistSarah Applebaum window installation. Image by Allan Bamberger


Birdseye view – art by Sarah Applebaum & Lisa Congdon. Image by Mairead O’Connor

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Window installation

Altea Kloyd and Lauren Lanzisero

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babies enven like the art

Joe Lumbroso

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Lisa Congdon Podcast on My Love For You.

Lisa_CongdonPhoto credit: Meighan O’Toole

Yesterday Meighan O’Toole from My Love For You. launched her most recent podcast interview with the lovely Lisa Congdon. Hearing artist interviews straight from the artists themselves is such an awesome idea and Meighan is certainly on a roll. In this interview Lisa talks about her story as a late bloomer in the art world, her inspiration for her solo exhibition Boreas and well … I wont spoil it all for you. Click here to listen to the podcast on iTunes.

Also check out the Lisa Congdon Studio Visit featured on My Love For You a few weeks back! Her studio will make you jealous.

SF Examiner Article on Boreas & Installation Shots

If you didn’t catch the SF Examiner article on Boreas in yesterday’s paper then here’s a your chance.


Artist Lisa Congdon focuses on arctic pleasures

By: Lauren Gallagher | Special To The Examiner | 06/29/11 8:00 PM

“Despite being in the midst of summer, San Francisco artist Lisa Congdon’s latest works — paintings and mixed media — are rather arctic.

Congdon’s show, “Boreas,” which opens Saturday at Gallery Hijinks, draws inspiration from “Heima,” a documentary by Icelandic minimalist musicians Sigur Rós, who are filmed playing venues from Reykjavik to the meadows of Iceland.

“I’ve always been attracted to barren, arctic landscapes in general, and I think that watching the documentary was the tipping point for this new body of work,” Congdon says. “In the same way that I’m interested in the desert, there’s something about the barrenness of the landscape that’s really appealing to me.”

Congdon’s style is distinctive and popular for its simplicity and sense of geometry, but it maintains an organic quality.

Although her recent series is inspired by the sensibilities of Nordic countries, only a couple icebergs appear and the collection bears a sustained vitality, even warmth.

The log cabin on stilts in “Sunrise” is inviting, and the smattering of quilts and their geometrics hint at domesticity and the comforts of home, placing her folk-art influences front and center.

“Nature was a jumping-off point,” Congdon says, “but once I started delving in and researching the natural beauty of Nordic and Arctic countries, I discovered all of these older handicraft and folk patterns from the region and I think in some ways that became the main part of the show.”

Gouache, acrylic paints, shadow boxes, graphite, ephemera and even fake fur are used in “Boreas,” continuing Congdon’s familiarity with various media, but she returns to painting for ultimate fulfillment.

“I like cutting paper, layering, the dimension of collage and the softness of working with pencil, but painting is more gratifying,” she says. “Paint is fluid. Your work can evolve over a longer period of time.”

As a self-taught artist who came into her own in her 30s, some might consider Congdon a late bloomer, but she sees her path as an asset.

“If I had fallen into doing this when I was at the typical age of 20 or 21, I might have taken a completely different path,” she says. “I might have gone to school and gotten burned out and done something different.

“Making art evolved really naturally for me in the course of my life. I think the experience I had in my 20s — before I was making art, having regular jobs, making a regular paycheck and working really hard for somebody else — built my character in other ways.

“I really appreciate the fact that I can wake up and make paintings for a living.”- Read more at the San Francisco Examiner.

Plus for curiosity purposes, a few quick pictures of installation process at Gallery Hijinks today! We hope to see you all tomorrow.

Lisa Congdon & Sarah Applebaum

Click on this picture, Whitney is about to drop a hammer on his head. (photobomb for Joey Mendez!)

Window installation at Gallery Hijinks

Whitney working hard at installation

Sarah Applebaum

Lisa Congdon

Boreas installation shot

Lisa Congdon shadow boxes


Lisa Congdon's Accordion

Sarah Applebaum installing for Boreas

Studio Vist with Sarah Applebaum

Last week we checked out  Sarah Appleaum’s art studio in San Francisco. We were eager to see her material rich creations for her window installation in the upcoming show Boreas with Lisa Congdon which opens this Saturday (July, 2nd, 2011 from 6-10pm). Applebaum’s new-psych work has played a key part in reinvigorating installation and soft sculpture through her use of textiles in contemporary art and we cant wait to see the finished installation!






















This July we are excited to exhibit new works by Lisa Congdon and installation by Sarah Applebaum. The exhibition is titled Boreas for the Greek God of the cold north wind and winter.



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