Lisa Congdon, who has previously shown her work in Gallery Hijinks, currently has work on exhibit in the Contemporary Jewish Museum. The show, entitled Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, is on display until May 28, 2012. Make sure you check out her work, entitled Connected, and the other fantastic 50 artists in the show!
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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.
Birdseye view – art by Sarah Applebaum & Lisa Congdon. Image by Mairead O’Connor
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.
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.
Click on this picture, Whitney is about to drop a hammer on his head. (photobomb for Joey Mendez!)
We received the latest issue of 7×7 Magazine yesterday and are pleased to be in company with new art galleries such as Baer Rigdgway, Ever Gold, Guerro Gallery and McLoughlin Gallery. As 7×7’s Allison McCarthy states, “Wake up: It’s art o’clock. We peek into five of the city’s newest galleries to find out what they’re showing, which local artists their watching, and how to start your own collection here and now.”
If you get a chance to pick up the July 2011 issue, make sure to check out The New Guard feature on Gallery Hijinks, page 60.
We proudly present The Letter Collector, and exhibition of over 50 artists. This massive group show is based on our common love of type and script. The viewer will experience an assortment of letters expressed through a range of mediums: drawing, painting, photography, neon, sculpture, video and mixed media. Please join us for the opening reception this Saturday, March 5th, 2011 from 6-10pm at Gallery Hijinks!
Exhibiting artists include: Aaron Bo Heimlich, Alexandra Zee, Andrea Wan, Andrew Johnson, Andrew McCintock, Austin McManus, Beau Stanton, Casey Gray, Catherine Ryan, Chris Blackstock, Christian Rex Van Minnen, Christopher Davison, Claire Colette, Cora Lanzisero, Damon MacGregor, David Bayus, Denise Santillan, Dustin Klien, Eli Harris, Eric Helve, Erik Otto, Erik Para, Fernando Pizarro, Hannah Stouffer, Jakub Kalousek, Jason Vivona, Jing Wei, Jon Contino, Kyle Jorgensen, Lafe Eaves, Lisa Congdon, Louise Chen, Mark Warren Jacques, Matthew Reamer, Meryl Pataky, Mike Giant, Molly Bosley, Morgan Blair, Nas Chompas, Pakayla Biehn, Timothy Karpinski, Rich Pellegrino, Robert Minervini, Rosie Hanna, Russell Leng, Ryan De La Hoz, Ryan Riss, Sarah Patterson, Sean Somers, Seth Neefus, Shea Greene, Tanya Behar, Uri Korn, Whitney Lasker, Viktor Layne, and Yellena James.
Lisa Congdon, one of our favorite artists, is in the San Francisco Chronicle on page P-6 of Thursdays issue of StyleMaker Spotlight. Check out what they have to say about her new book, illustration, fine art and even a cheat sheet to her favorite spots in San Francisco.
It’s shaping up to be a busy year for artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon ( www.lisacongdon.com). She was featured in February’s Martha Stewart Living – “What crafty girl doesn’t dream of that?” – and recently sold Rare Device, the San Francisco store and gallery she co-owned with Rena Tom. Her new book, “A Collection a Day” (Uppercase, 2011), is coming out soon; the Curiosity Shoppe will host a release party on March 18. And in July, her solo show, “Boreas,” opens at Gallery Hijinks.
These accomplishments are especially impressive when you consider that Congdon is a self-taught artist who “didn’t start painting or making collages until I was about 33 years old,” she said. Previously, she was a project manager in an education nonprofit and painted and illustrated on the side. She quit her full-time job in 2007 to pursue a career in art. Today her client list includes PBTeen, Urban Outfitters and Random House Publishing. (One minor setback this year: A bike accident resulted in a broken arm that has slowed her down a bit.) In addition to painting and drawing, Congdon, known for mixing vibrant colors with muted tones in unexpected ways, makes three-dimensional shadow boxes and collages. “I think I’m an illustrator at heart, in that my work is narrative, mostly,” she said. “I like to tell a story and evoke a specific sense of time/place in my work.”
The Congdon cheat sheet
Art smart: “Support San Francisco arts spaces. My favorite San Francisco arts nonprofit is Southern Exposure. It offers diverse arts programs for the public and youth along with grant and exhibition opportunities for emerging artists. Their 4,000-square-foot art space is a hot spot for incredible art shows and programs.” (soex.org)
Pedal power: “Get a bike and ride it. Not only will you feel amazing at the end of the day, you’ll be contributing far less to crazy traffic and poor air quality. San Francisco bike commuters should check out SF Bicycle Coalition for resources.” (sfbike.org)
Shop local: “Take a stroll down Valencia Street corridor. The new widened sidewalks, public art, a slew of interesting new shops, galleries and eateries make the Valencia Street corridor one of the coolest and most inviting neighborhoods in San Francisco.”
On inspiration: “I am definitely influenced by the California landscape – in particular all of the natural beauty and wildlife. I use a lot of color in my work; I am sure that also comes from living in such a vibrant, colorful place.”
Cool and collected: “Part of the thrill of collecting is the hunt. Think of one small not-so-common object, vintage or contemporary, that you’d love to have more than one of and that might add decorative finesse to your home. Hunt through flea markets or shops to build your collection.”
Read more here.