Tag: painting

Lurk some Daryll Peirce

We’re excited to have a piece by Daryll Peirce for Visions of Yore, opening on July 7th. When I was reviewing his submission for the show I was enthralled by his artist statement and the depth that it brought to his piece. Very rarely am I drawn to work where I don’t know the process and circumstances surrounding its creation. After reading his statement I felt every emotion and intension surrounding the work.

Daryll Pierce dives into his mental and physical state for the past 18 months, culminating with a layered painting documenting his past and process. Representing both a sense of gnawing sleeplessness that feeds his dark side and blissful moments of dreamlike consciousness, it is a meditative statement urging us to move forward no matter the obstacles.

Daryll Peirce: Recently I finished this painting, “The Vulnerability Evoked in Failing to Capture the Mind’s Ceaselessly Combusting Ephemera” and damn it felt good. My focus had been steadily worsening over the past few months and I just couldn’t seem to keep a single thought in my head, or stay on task for more than a couple minutes at a time. Quieting the mind was impossible and thoughts were entering and flying out of my head at a rate comparable to a hallucinogenic journey. I was feeling, defeated, tired, weak and desperate to grasp a hold of my sanity above the surface while weight steadily tugged me under. I’d honestly thought I was beginning to lose my mind and started seeking help.

Shifting from a self destructive workaholic night owl into a parent and provider was a hell of a transition this past year and a half. Since becoming a father, my love, dedication, fear and “scatterbrain-ness” have intensified tenfold. Our daughter is incredible, but unfortunately not a sleeper. It’d been 1.5 years and my little gal still had yet to sleep through the night. I’m not complaining, just saying it’s been really nice these past couple weeks now that she’s learned to self-sooth and finally sleep through to the early morning. Since then, much of my clarity has returned and I can focus on tasks again such as typing this. So looking back, lack of sleep was definitely the biggest culprit. Also, multiple injuries kept me from exercising and my ever-amassing workload kept me from leaving the house/studio very often. No bueno.

I started this particular piece some time ago and put it on the back burner. In hindsight, I suppose I had a hard time getting back to it because it reminded me of all the frustrating roadblocks I was going through that would lead to this end result. Also, more and more time was lapsing since my last series while I conceptualized, sketched and accumulated materials for upcoming large scale and longer-term projects. I’m excited about the upcoming work, but it doesn’t provide the satisfaction achieved by a timely completion.

Something weird happens if I don’t paint for a month or so. As each day passes it get’s harder and harder to get back into it. Fears start to creep in and the self introspection and questioning arises that, unfortunately for me, tends to lean on the darker side. Compound that with the frustration of the business side of art and other hindrances that cloud inspiration and fuel procrastination and I soon begin to over-analyze everything to the point of exhausting apathy. It gets easier to ignore your fears and handle life’s boring, sometimes mindless tasks instead of delving back inside your own head to confront everything that’s been bottling up and still waiting for you there.

Although I do often enjoy art-making, for the most part it’s extremely stressful. The sketching and conceptual side and the gratification of finishing are really the only parts that don’t make my stomach seize up and riddle my mind with anxiety. It’s not relaxing in any way to constantly confront your fears and analyze, evaluate and dissect yourself and what you put into this world. No happy little trees over here (RIP Bob Ross). That said, I know that being hard on yourself and forcing unrealistic pressures into your daily life is stupid, pointless, and nothing but a self-induced sword over your head, but it’s all I know and in the end is the reason my ideas actually come to fruition.

So, I’ve learned a few things in writing out these thoughts. It’s best to never stop producing, try your best not to be hard on yourself, and sleeping is really fucking important.

Photo above by Shaun Roberts

Anna Bonfili

A few weeks ago I went over to Berkeley to check out an Instagram related exhibition called Instaland. My buddy Lauren Randolph was in the show so I kinda had to go! It was held in a newly opened terrarium shop, Terraria.  There I met Anna, a beautiful artist who has painted a mural inside and I pretty much fell in love with her work. I asked her to send along some images of her piece. So, happy Friday, enjoy.

She describes her work as, “a concoction of conceptual and abstract renderings portraying the resplendence of nature.”

Visions of Yore-A Juried Exhibition in Gallery Hijinks

TO SUBMIT WORK HEAD OVER TO  http://www.galleryhijinks.com/about/juried-exhibition

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.


TO SUBMIT WORK HEAD OVER TO  http://www.galleryhijinks.com/about/juried-exhibition


Too Far Gone Trailer

Too Far Gone is a short documentary trailer shot by a lowly deckhand, Martin Machado. The trailer features Machado’s recent six month journey living and working on a container ship as well as his collections of artworks for his upcoming solo show opening at Gallery Hijinks May 5th from 6-10pm and on display until May 26th, 2012.

For more info:

Edited by Jesse Chandler
Music by The Raveonettes

Steven Bindernagel

Steven Bindernagel’s work consists of his influences in everyday experiences and memories: his walk home, skylines, his childhood in the backdrop of a Cincinnati landscape. The manipulation of his influences and contrasting color palettes in his work leads one to feel as if they are working through Bindernagel’s varying daily trials by deftly moving towards the bottom plane in his paintings.  Most of his images begin with triangular type forms and simplistic shapes with lighter colors, and as the images grow towards the bottom of each piece it becomes intensified in color and emotion. This shift in mood and form forces the viewer to juggle conflicting ideas in terms of representation when approaching his work. It would be easy to say that these triangular forms are reflective of a city scape, as he’s often quoted as having influence from it, yet the stark vertical lines and geometry are what often breaks up the true city scape form.  This break instead lends to an understanding of ‘other-worldly’ and intentionally ambiguous influences; allowing room for his audience to bring in their own daily perceptions to his work.




More of his work here

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.


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

A Sneak Peak For Martin Machado’s Upcoming Work


We recently came by Martin Machado‘s studio to see what he was working on for his upcoming show, opening on May 5th, and we’re really excited about his new work! Check out the photos below and the recording at the bottom to hear him talk about his new work and influences.


Marty's Studio

Click here to listen to Marty talk about his current work!

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

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