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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.

Point of Vision review by Hungry Hyaena

San Francisco based writer, Christopher Reiger, of Hungry Hyaena, recently reviewed Point of Vision by Gregory Ito. Beautifully written and insightful, Reiger provides a unique insight into the exhibition.

“How refreshing, then, to find Gregory Ito‘s healthy twist on the artist statement in his terrific “Point of Vision” exhibition at Gallery Hijinks. While the artist and gallery provide a press release (usually an artist statement reworked and edited by the gallery staff), Ito also includes “Sources,” a tidy stack of books on the floor, spines out so that the titles are easily read. Is “Sources” intended as a found object sculpture? Kinda sorta (after all, it’s titled, is situated among Ito’s other work, and is included on the exhibition price list, albeit “NFS”), but its principal valuable is as an alternative to the formal statement. It provides viewers with context without bullying them into a particular conclusion.”

Read the entire article here.

Interview with Gregory Ito on Point of Vision, part two

How does the relationship between object and image play into this body of work?

The relationship between image and object is one that I have been battling for a long time now.  Having my background in painting I have always looked at art through the aesthetics of a painter.  Form, color, composition, and most importantly gesture.  These words were the building blocks to my artistic experience.  Functionality became a recurring discussion in my work.  I wanted my images to operate in a way that would project the relationships between the Sun, Moon, and Earth and their connection to our ideas of day, night, and twilight.  But traditionally an image can only operate on a wall, confronting the viewer into a specific way of experiencing an artist’s creation and the ideas that support the work.  This seemed so stale and confining that I started to experiment with creating objects. These objects project the same ideas as my paintings, but contain an unseen ability to be looked at in a new light.  Objects can be embraced, contain a heavier sense of gravity, and can hold additional functions.  This was when I started to create objects, and portraits of the objects.  Installations became object collage and, my images expanded from painting into photography.  I owe my practice to the duality between object and image.  The struggle I have between the two will probably never end, but the presence of this struggle is one that I treasure and revere.

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You have created a extremely cohesive body of work yet achieved this by working in more mediums then ever before. How did the additional use of photography and sculpture effect your process?

Through the years of enveloping my life in art I have found the segregation of mediums to become more and more troublesome.  The way artists are categorized into separate mediums and how this is a major factor to the programming of many galleries and museums.  I started to work with sculptures a few years ago while I was living in Oakland.  It was recently after I graduated SFAI and instead of going on a trip to Europe I blew my saving on a painting studio, and numerous tools for my wood shop garage.  I went crazy and never left my house, making hundreds of panels all different sizes and shapes, and objects that I though looked interesting and referenced different diagrams and charts I saw in science books.  It was at this point I began to make sculpture.  In “Point of Vision” there are a couple of minimalist sculptures titled “Time Diagram” (A and B) which are accompanied by portraits of the objects.  An image and an object who share the same function of expressing the continuous looping of day, night, sunrise, and sunset.  Photography is a more recent endeavor.  I have always carried around a point and shoot 35mm camera that I shoot throughout my adventures.  A lot of the concepts engrained in my work stem from the photos I take, and many of them I look at every day in my house.  I wanted to show people these images that fuel my practice and relationship with the outside world.  This is seen most clearly in the installation “Self Portrait” in the front window of Gallery Hijinks that contains a long list of items such as Hawaian print folding chair, various textiles, knit bag, three Negro Modelo bottles, candle, numerous sketchbooks, sunglasses, sandals,  cloud print tatami mat, Los Angeles ashtray, Camel Light cigarette, Moroccan match box, and 28 6”x4” color photos on wood display.  If you haven’t seen the show I recommend you see it in person.  Experiencing art live is much better then through the computer screen.

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Your work has always touched on very universal concepts and as a result creates a message that anyone in the world can relate to and appreciate. What specifically would you like viewers to take away from this exhibition?

My only hope for this show is for people to walk away with a new understanding of the time that we use during our existence.  To see beyond the day by day and internalize the larger spectrum of life, exposing our true individual reasons to live.  I also want people to see what I’ve been making recently during the expansion of my artistic practice and enjoy the collaboration of different mediums in the work.

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As a co-owner of Ever Gold Gallery and co-founder/editor of the San Francisco Arts Quarterly (SFAQ), you have had the luxury of working with some very progressive artists, curators and galleries. Who has influenced and inspired you in this last year?

Through these two endeavors I have been able to work closely with some of the most inspiring people I have ever met.  I have been able to speak to some of the most influential people in my artist career.  To be honest, every person I have worked with and still work with inspire me to continue what I’m doing.  To see the motivation and drive that others have in their artistic endeavors keep me working forward in the realms of art.  Many of the artists at Ever Gold are close friends who I used to share studio space with and have classes with.  Owen Takabayashi, Erik Wilson, Evan Nesbit and Chris Ritson (SFAI graduates) are a few artists I really enjoy speaking with about art.  Another good friend who showed at the Ever Gold is Korakrit Arunanondochai who is currently attending Columbia for his MFA.  He a good friend and artist I have an ongoing dialogue with that has helped steer my practice in the direction I am currently taking.  He is a very talented artist himself and I know he will be doing great things in the future.  SFAQ has connected me with inspirational people like Jamie Alexander and Derek Song from Park Life who’s input I value very much.  Our conversations about art are always very interesting and connect most closely to the kind of work I am creating now.  And lastly Andrew McClintock, by business partner is one individual I spend most of my days with working on SFAQ and Ever Gold.  We work hard, play hard, and handle business.  I value the working relationship we have, and everyday in the gallery and office is one step forward to accomplishing our goals.

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Interview with Gregory Ito on Point of Vision, part one

“I’ve always been a believer in the idea that if you can’t explain something in simple terms then it is likely that you don’t fully understand it. After viewing the exhibition Point of Vision at Gallery Hijinks, it is clear as day that Gregory Ito has a deep understanding of the concepts driving his newest body of work. The exhibition is a culmination of a big idea with modest expectations, executed simply, interestingly and beautifully. The depth and range of Gregory Ito’s work reaches past the breakers, well beyond the horizon and into the twilight.”- L. Lanzisero

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Gallery Hijinks: What has motivated you to devote your life to art?

Gregory Ito: My innate love and participation in “art” stems from where I grew up, Venice, Los Angeles, a very vibrant and energetic beach community in southern California.  Its a funky, strange place to be raised where the boardwalk lifestyle is one that will never end.  The boardwalk is over flowing with street performers of all kinds, weed toking hippies, skaters, surfers, gangsters, junkies, and of course millions of tourists.  Venice is known for its artist community.  Many great artists have worked in studios in Venice like Chris Burden, Jean Michel Basquiat, Ed Ruscha, and Robert Irwin.  This was very exciting for me to know that the area that I grew up in is an inspirational and productive place for artists that I enjoy and admire.  Many of the common themes in my work is rooted in the ephemeral moments of twilight and it’s intimate connection to both night and day.  Spending my days watching the sun set over the oceanic horizon line is an anchor to my drifting artistic practice.  It is quite amazing to see the Sun that spends most of its day high in sky, fall gracefully and merge with the world we are all a part of.  There was one summer I spent every day at the beach and would see the sunset and be enveloped in time’s constant progression forward into the future.  This could only be done by living so close to the beach.  It was the majority of my life in Venice that conditioned my longing to create, present, and support all forms of art.

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GH: Your art has a very visually meditative quality to it. In your artist statement you speak about “sacred spaces” does religion or divinity play a role in the concepts you are developing?

GI: I have never thought of myself as a religious person.  My closest moments in my life to religion were the very infrequent times I went to my local Buddhist temple, not to pray, but to participate with my Japanese American community in West Los Angeles.  I was pretty young, like in elementary school.  I would sit there looking at the shrine’s symmetrical orientation, the ornate decorations and flower arrangements, and the strong smell of incense that was burned every single day of the temple’s existence.  It was during these early years in my life where I saw and internalized the importance of the “sacred” in everyones life.  It didn’t matter what religion you are, but knowing that everyone is somehow trying to connect with the unknown qualities that are very present in life.  We are all on a quest for understanding and happiness, and it is this quest that we are all pursuing but using different methods and tempo.  For me, my path to understanding and happiness is driven by my obsession to make work that important to me and allows to me grow and expand the horizon of my human consciousness.  The concepts that have developed through the years of my artistic practice are rooted in the human spiritual connection that every individual has with our surrounding.  It is a sacred and human ability that we all have to connect with our world on new levels.  We must all cherish this gift.

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GH: What role does material play in your work?

GI: During the majority of my artistic career, I have been pushing paint on wood surfaces.  Originally trained as a painter I was very comfortable with this idea.  I didn’t really look beyond the edges of my panels.  But soon I felt trapped by the boundaries that became more apparent in my practice.  Most of the work I enjoyed looking at weren’t even paintings. They all involved a large amount of laborious installation.  Soon I began to create architectural spaces that housed the monumental ideas I engrain into my paintings.  Installation became my new haven.  The paintings I made were shown in shrine like constructions, enriching the collection of work with the heavy presence of the “sacred”. Very soon after that I branched out and merged various mediums and materials to my practice bringing sculpture, photography, painting, installation, and video all under one umbrella of my studio practice.  Every component to an installation has an intention and operation that can be expressed best through determined materials and methods of art making.  There are just too many materials in the world to neglect the infinite possibilities that are available to artists.  Opening my practice to various materials and forms of making has given me a life changing sense of creative freedom.  I am an artist and I mold my outside world through a life without boundaries.

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GH: In what ways do you think our current technology has changed or altered our perception of time?

GI: The age of technology is one that is very progressive in one way yet very degressive in another.  Technology is progressive because it has developed new ways of sharing information and human experience.  A universal way to exchange information has evolved from sending a physical letter or package to a digitized email or condensed file that can contain an infinite amount of information.  We can share our lives with others and our personal identity is transferred onto a social networking platform that is weightless and invisible beyond the computer screen.  The internet is now the collective consciousness of human kind, and the memory bank for all of history and thoughts for the future. But life cannot truly be experienced through the internet.  The age of technology is degressive because we share information that has become broken down into pixels and a units of digital memory.  It is a recreation of the real.  We relive moments through images that are are very distant from the actual experience. We become more dissonant from the true human connections with the world around us, by spending our time in front of a computer or television screen.  Time is spent in a new light, one that warps our relationship with the eternal sequences seen in time.  We are no longer guided by our surroundings, we are guided by the development of new technologies to suite all of our needs to survive as a species.  Nobody looks to the skies to understand the time we spend on this planet anymore.  We all look at our calendar grids, fill them with things to do, and don’t venture outside the box very often.  Our time is now spent plugged in, online, and with the ticking clock in the top corners of our desktops that we all abide to.

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Point Of Vision: Opening Reception Photos

Thanks to all of you who made it out to the Point of Vision opening reception! We had a blast and hope you did as well. Congratulations to Gregory Ito, his work looks amazing in our space. Check it out!

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Point of Vision featured in SF Chronicle’s 96 Hours

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Check out the article online at sfgate.com.

Point of Vision Installation Shots

Point of Vision is quickly coming together and it looks to be a very dynamic collection of painting, sculpture, and installation by Gregory Ito. Please join us for the opening reception this Saturday, August 6th, 2011 from 6-10pm! Until then here’s a little teaser of our installation progress.

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Gregory Ito feature on The Flop Box

Austin from The Flop Box dropped by Gregory Ito‘s studio for a visit to see whats in the works for his solo exhibition titled Point of Vision at Gallery Hijinks. Scroll down the blog post to see works in progress as well as some sweet snapshots from their weekend river trip.

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Point of Vision new works by Gregory Ito

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On Exhibit: August 6th – August 27th, 2011

Opening Reception: August 6th, 2011 from 6-10pm

Gallery Hijinks is proud to present Point of Vision, a collection of painting, sculpture, and installation by Gregory Ito. In this new body of work Gregory continues his exploration of the concept of time, broadening his focus from lunar cycles to the cycle of a day, or rather everyday, from dawn to dusk and back again. Please join us for the opening reception on August 6th, 2011 from 6-10pm.

Throughout our humanly existence, time is depicted through the sequenced deconstruction of the constant relationship between night and day. The relationship we hold with the Sun, Moon, and Earth has been an evolution of ideas that continues to the days of contemporary society. The tools we use to define time have changed from Stone Hedge to the modern day calendar.

Gregory Ito’s current body of work is a reflection of human perception of these shifts presented through the mediums of painting, sculpture, and installation. The images he creates depict new ways to visually understand the concept of time, and use the celestial forms: Sun, Moon, and Earth, as reference points to the relationships that are discussed within each piece. The body of work carries this dialogue of our human connection with the linear progression forward into the future.

The atmosphere of a space also plays a crucial role in the presentation of ideas like these. Awnings and shrine like architecture is present in many installations, to aid in the construction of sacred space. Sacred space is commonly used to house ideas that are much larger than our collective consciousness, and are extremely difficult to grasp. Ito’s constructions of sacred space are intended to contain the concept of time and the ideas related that shift our human perception of time, and create new avenues of understanding.

“My work is my intention to transcend an individual to a basic way of looking at the world we live in, and the universe we are part of. I hope to reveal the value and power we have to seek the true reasons we are living for. It is to inspire people to grow together.” -Gregory Ito

Gregory received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2008. He is Co-Founder of the Ever Gold Gallery, and Co-Founder/Editor of The San Francisco Arts Quarterly (SFAQ). He currently works and lives in San Francisco.

Point of Vision opens August 6th and runs through August 27th, 2011 and is open to the public. For more information on the exhibition or Gregory Ito please email us at info@galleryhijinks.com.

Studio Vist with Gregory Ito

Last week we stopped by Gregory Ito’s art studio in the SOMA district of San Francisco. We took a quick peek as he builds a new collection of work titled Point of Vision opening this August 2011. The body of work comprised of paintings, sculpture, and installation are very much influenced by the concept of time, and use the celestial forms: Sun, Moon, and Earth. “My work is my intention to transcend an individual to a basic way of looking at the world we live in, and the universe we are part of. I hope to reveal the value and power we have to seek the true reasons we are living for.  It is to inspire people to grow together.”-Gregory Ito

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