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Visions of Yore-A Juried Exhibition in Gallery Hijinks

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Gallery Hijinks is proud to announce its first juried exhibition, Visions of Yore. Along with the gallery director, Tanya Gayer, Gallery Hijinks has invited guest juror Emily Lakin of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to be a part of the selection process. The exhibition will occur July 7th, 2012, and include live performance and artists lectures during the month, as well as an auction at the close of the exhibition.

Submissions are open to a range of work including sculpture, painting, printmaking, sound, video, installation, and mixed media work. The exhibiting artists should demonstrate the  quality of their work and relevance to the exhibition concept. The exhibition is open to all artists aged 18 and over. Artists must be willing to take on personal responsibility for their artwork if unsold after the exhibition closes. Entries should be completed within 2 years prior to the deadline. The exhibit is open to the public.

Visions of Yore

Katharine Harmon, the author of The Map as Art, notes that to ‘orientate’ is to, “hop back and forth between landscape and time, geography and emotion, knowledge and behavior. Associations often happen with this idea of orienting because of memory springing from these categories.” To translate memory is to recall the sensory and time sensitive elements of a memory.

Memories coexist with time and space neither in the present or past, nor in one location at one time, but in fact exist and apply aspects from different places and people at all times. The process of remembering takes place in such an instant that memories only have concrete form by way of specific documentation.

Gallery Hijinks seeks works that  come from our beliefs of memory. At times memory cannot be pinned down, but only felt as a means of consciousness vying for a state of attention. Cues encountered in everyday life evoke past recollections without effort, while sometimes we deliberately try to piece together the past. Artists are encouraged to submit work in homage to memory and how it is recognized in regards to the visual and formulated.

Exhibition Details:
Deadline for submissions: June 1st, 2012
Submission Fee: $20
Artists accepted for the exhibition will be notified by June 4th. Works must be delivered to Gallery Hijinks no later than June 27th, 2012.

Works will be on sale for the duration of the exhibition both in the gallery and online. The artist will receive 50 percent of the set retail price if the work sells during the month of July. If the works do not sell by July 27th, then it will be included in a larger auction held on July 28th. Artists will receive 40 percent of the original retail price no matter the auction’s final selling price. The starting bid will be set at 50 percent of the retail price unless requested otherwise (please include in Additional Details of Work section below). The starting bid and a reserve price will be reflected in the contract signed after selection process.


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San Francisco Art Enthusiast

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.

Pictures from Opening Night!

Gallery Hijinks celebrated the opening night of Infinite Color, guest curated by Mark Warren Jacques this past Saturday. The works included were by Stephen Scott Smith, Kevin Bouton Scott, Joshua Petker, Chris Valkov, Seth Neefus, and David Wien. Gallery Hijinks invited Jacques to curate a show based from our knowledge of his unique perspective and his vast connections with new and upcoming artists. The work that he put together varies from sculpture to mixed media to installation to paintings. The exhibition celebrates the emotion and depth that color can have and myriad of narratives that it can evoke from each person. The works exhibited in the show have been accented by bright blocks of color painted on the walls of Gallery Hijinks in accordance with the works that are displayed on them. This playful environment seems to come as a welcome addition to the warm spring weather that us here in San Francisco are enjoying in early March.


GH: Do you think that the medium one chooses to work in reveals the nature of the creator?  If so, what does collage/mixed media reflect or reveal about you?


MC: Sure, it brought out another impulse of mine, which is to collect objects.  I think i needed that in my work, it is a  whole other skill in itself.


Headstones, 2012, ink on paper with found image, 20 x 30 inches

More from the Matthew Craven interview

GH: What initially drew you to collaging/mixed media? 


MC: I was in grad school, and  trying to redefine my work.  I had given up on painting at that point and wanted another outlet.  I have always loved working on paper much more than canvas.  When sourcing imagery and materials for my collages, books seemed a much more interesting  way to find paper than a art supply store can ever offer.  It also allows me to incorporate this hunt for materials into my practice that bring me out of my studio  and into the “real” world.


fragments, 2012, mixed media on found book pages, 9 x 12 inches

From the Matthew Craven interview

GH: Has using the Native American/Settlers created problems for you in any capacity?

MC: I use loaded imagery, I am well aware of it.  Sometime people get hung up on singular imagery and cultural ownership of such things.  I feel like its primarily based out of their fear of the unknown.  This country gets extremely uncomfortable with any race/ religion/culture other than their own.  I’m trying to point out where we ALL come from, and the history of mankind is singular.  The goal is to form connections between modern life and the lives of the people who came before us.


Matthew Craven, speak, 2012, mixed media on found book pages, 9 x 12 inches.

More from our blog-post-a-day about Matthew Craven


GH: Is there a specific quality that you look for in your mixed media surfaces?

MC: I spend hours/ days searching for images and materials. It has become vital to my work in recent years.  I am always looking for images with great aesthetic value.  I look for images with vivid textures and surface.  I only uses outdated textbooks for source material.  these books have many properties that intrigue me.  Rough/ dry paper, color deterioration and even the smell.  All of my collages are constructed from resourced books. Even the blank sheets i mount my images on are taken from the front and back of old books, which typically have two blank sheets that usually are faded or stained.  This gives my collages another level of historical narrative.


Matthew Crave, bust, 2012, mixed media on found book pages, 9 x 12 inches

Interview questions by Veronica Schaible.

Martin Machado, Kyle Jorgensen and Pakayla Biehn in 7×7 Magazine

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.


7x7 Magazine

Matthew Craven Talks About His Installation for FRGMNTS

Matthew arrived this week and is working on an installation piece to go along with his works for FRGMNTS, opening this Saturday. We recorded him yesterday talking about his installation. Take a look at the pictures below and then click the link at the bottom to hear the recording:



Click here to listen to Matthew talk about this installation

FRGMNTS will be opening this Saturday, February 4th from 6-10pm.

Last chance to see the Chromatics and Canopies show!

We’re deinstalling Treasure Frey and Kyle Jorgensen’s work this upcoming week. So come by today (11am-6pm) or tomorrow (12pm-6pm) and check out their work before it goes! There also happens to be Argentinian music playing in the gallery today, which should be more than enough incentive.



Our next show is titled FRGMNTS: new works by Matthew Craven. Starting on February 4, 2012 through February 25 2012.

Opening reception February 4, 6-10pm


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