Artist Reception: March 15 / 5-7 pm
Artist talk & Book Signing:
March 29 / 4-5:30 pm
Josie Iselin is a photographer who has forgone the use of a camera; she instead employs the use of a flatbed scanner to create her stunning images. Her passion for natural treasure, found along the Northern California coastline, is evident in several published books. Majority of images presented in this exhibit are featured in her newly released “An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed.”
Josie’s fascination with Northern California sea vegetation first began 2009. While out on Duxbury Reef, she held a scrap of seaweed up to the sky and was wowed by its brilliant color and strength of form. Later that year she brought home a jumbled wrack and began experimenting with the specimen on her scanner. The resulting portraits reveal the remarkable, largely unseen, organisms in strong form and glorious translucent color. These portraits bring the traditional pressed seaweed specimen, invaluable to scientists and beloved by collectors, into a contemporary format. They provide a nexus where art and the natural world converge.
Josie Iselin is a photographer, writer, and book designer with six previous books to her credit, including Beach Stones, Heart Stones, and Beach: A Book of Treasure. Her seventh book, An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed has just been released by Abrams. She holds a B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard College and an M.F.A from San Francisco State University. Iselin’s large format prints are shown throughout California and Maine. View more of her work at josieiselin.com. Iselin lives and works in San Francisco, where she walks the beach often.
Artist Reception: January 25/ 5-7 pm
We are pleased to welcome the return of Bay Area mixed media artist Sawyer Rose. In her second solo exhibit, at Inclusions, Sawyer continues her exploration of California native plants with an emphasis on plant life at night.
Sawyer creates her enchanting lightboxes by building up layers in thick architectural glass, specially treated mylar, India ink, copper and solder. She then employes the use of tiny LED lights that give the viewer an impression of glowing fireflies or twinkling stars. Using a soldering iron, much like a paintbrush, she also creates bold graphic textured paintings composed of burnished solder and richly colored oils on wood panel.
As with her last exhibit, Sawyer will be donating 5% of proceeds to the California Native Plant Society from pieces depicting threatened or endangered species.
Retrospective 6, is an overview of all the exhibits held at Inclusions during 2013. If you missed any of this years offerings, this is a great opportunity to view new and revisited works by artists Richard Nyhagen, Jenny Robinson, Jenny Phillips, Carrie Ann Plank, Susan West, Pauline Crowther Scott, John Gruenwald, David Avery, Aaron Zube, Darren Samuelson, Sarah M. Newton and April Hankins.
On Thursday December 5th, please join us for a festive evening as we celebrate our 6th anniversary. Tony Ferrari & Jonathan Sutton of the Hillside Supper Club will be serving up small bites. There will be live music and plenty of cheer to go around. Come and raise a glass with us!
Artist reception: November 3/ 4-6 pm
This year marks our 5th annual exhibit dedicated exclusively to art created by Bernal Heights residents. This year’s exhibit features the work of 25 artists. The original works are diverse in subject matter and medium including: oil, encaustic, acrylic, gouache and mixed media paintings, lithography and metal plate etching prints, platinum and silver gelatin print photography, and collage. The diversity of the work on display and number of pieces make for quite a dynamic show. It’s wonderful opportunity to catch a glimpse of the immense talent and creativity within the Bernal Heights community.
Reception: Saturday September 14 / 5-7 pm
Artist Talk: Thursday October 3 / 7-8 pm
San Francisco artist Richard Nyhagen finds inspiration for his work in the rapidly changing urban environment that surrounds him. The photographic imagery that serves as the basis his work often depicts old, time weathered structures that show a rich history in the degradation of complex surface textures. While very contemporary in presentation his work evokes a strong sense of place and a distinct feeling of nostalgia.
Richard Nyhagen has been living and working in San Francisco since 1987. He received his MFA in Printmaking from San Francisco State University in May, 1995. He has taught screen-printing in San Francisco and Vienna, Austria and currently teaches screen-printing at City College of San Francisco at both the Fort Mason and Phelan Campus’. All images are mixed media using screen-printing on various substrates including wood, aluminum, and plexiglass.
Artist reception: July 27 / 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Artist talk: August 15 / 7:00 – 8:00 pm
In his third solo exhibit, photographer Darren Samuelson expands his focus to include photographs of places outside The Bay Area, using an array of photographic techniques. As in previous shows, Darren is interested in depicting familiar subjects from unfamiliar perspectives and inviting the viewer to experience a different set of responses than might have been. In these images, a decaying train station invites thoughts of once urgent, and long forgotten itineraries. An empty church might spur musings about the activity of its absent congregation: Will they be there Sunday, or did they move on months or decades ago? A railing intrudes on a picturesque view of Niagara Falls– and suddenly the familiar subject invites thoughts about the fragility of human life; people’s awkward, at times humorous engagement with natural beauty; and the creation of a nostalgic icon through a hundred years of postcards, paperweights and snapshots. These images remove people from view, but also suggest the presence of the photographer and the viewer as witnesses and participants.
Samuelson’s interest in antiquated and often challenging photographic techniques dovetails with these themes. He is curious about how the relative ease or difficulty of producing an image can affect how the photographer creates that image. The complexity of his process is what affords him the opportunity to make creative choices in every step toward the final image of a place. In an era of ubiquitous digital photography and digital techniques that often nostalgically mimic film, Darren’s choice to photograph familiar places with hand-built or timeworn equipment and laborious processes results in images that subtly displace the viewer in time and space in order to offer new vantage points.
Artist Reception: June 29 / 5-7 pm
Inclusions is pleased to present select works by five prestigious San Francisco printmakers. The intention of this exhibit is to bring attention to the fine art medium of printmaking. Each accomplished artist works with incredible skill using a variety of printmaking techniques. Featured works include: Metal plate etchings by award winning printmaker David Avery, stone lithography by master printmaker John Gruenwald, drypoint and aquatint etchings by Sarah M. Newton, combination lithography, monotype and silkscreen by Carrie Ann Plank, large and small scale monoprints by Jenny Robinson.
Artist Reception: May 11 / 5-7 pm
Jenny Phillips’ work centers on feeling, rather than ideology. Drawn to quietness, subtlety and understatement, her pieces evoke the mood and luminosity that coastal light and organic form inspire. With the interplay of linework, texture and subtle color, her work achieves a balance in simplicity of expression and the rich sensory qualities of encaustic wax.
Jenny has been painting and printmaking for 30 years. She grew up in Eastern Long Island and New York City. Having spent her formative years working as a graphic designer at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the combination of theater, dance and music continue to inform her work. A graphic designer by trade, Jenny worked with a variety of design firms before moving to San Francisco, where she launched her own studio. She works and lives in Bernal Heights with her husband and two children.
Over the past four years Jenny has successfully shown her work, in a number of group shows, at Inclusions Gallery. This is her first solo exhibit.
Opening Reception: March 23 / 5-7 pm
Artist Talk: April 4 / 7-8 pm
April Hankins’ abstract work is spontaneous, strong in color, and adventurous in mark and gesture. Her paintings evoke a distinct sense of place, tangentially referencing locale with an evolved and complex palette.
Prior to receiving her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art, April Hankins took time from studio practice to initiate and direct the Boston exhibition of Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party,” now permanently housed at the Brooklyn Museum.
For her work in the Yale School of Art MFA program, Hankins was awarded the Ely Harwood Schless Memorial Prize for excellence in painting. Subsequently, she has been twice nominated for an award in painting by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Hankins work is in the museum collections of Yale and Harvard Universities, as well as the print collection of The New York Public Library. Her paintings are in the corporate collections of Pfizer, Inc., and most recently, Host Marriott.
Invited by Le Genie de la Bastille Parisian, Hankins traveled to Paris with a selection of paintings to participate in the collective’s open studios. Upon returning she used photographs taken during her three- week visit to create abstract collages capturing the uniquely beautiful light of Paris.
Through Isha yoga Hankins has learned meditation and traveled twice to South India for intensive practice. The artist observes that meditation increases her awareness of a quiet distancing from thought and perception, in striking contrast to an isolating sense of self, adding an intrinsic dimensionality to her work.
Having lived and worked in San Francisco for over a decade, Hankins’ painting reflects Northern California’s distinctive light and color. Frequent travel provides a contrast of density and mood, further informing her work. Hankins’ process of painting accommodates an altered sense of space, and her painting has become direct, unpredictable and surprising.
Expanded Works is comprised of three Bernal Heights resident artist’s work. Each had shown a very limited, but well received, number of pieces in last October’s show, Inclusions 4 – Art From Within Bernal Heights. We are pleased to have each of them back, offering a much larger selection for you to explore and enjoy.
Pauline Crowther Scott is showing from her latest series, Gardens, Paper Patterns and Structures. Pauline has moved away from painting on canvas and is now layering mixed media on paper. The themes of her work range from organic to geometric. She is implementing use of acrylic paint, tape, stencils color pencil, even linoleum printing. From intimate garden views to a widening scope, including views of the city bridges, her vibrant pieces evoke a sense of familiarity with the neighborhood in which she lives.
Matt Scaroni is showing a series of multi-dimensional photographs. Each piece starts out as a single image. With his eye drawn to spatial contrasts and overlapping elements, Matt hand cuts the image into layers and repositions them back together, leaving spaces between. The layering and depth he achieves with the process help to convey what it is that he likes about the subject, and creates a distinct perspective, which is the signature element of his work.
Susan West is showing photographic images from her Pattern and Two or Three series. With Pattern, Susan chooses several related and strongly graphic images and uses various rules or forms of chance to decide the arrangement and orientation of the images. Though random, the result is harmonious while strikingly graphic. With Two or Three, she chooses atmospheric imagery, all taken under odd weather conditions. She then pairs them together so that the images play off one another creating a dialogue, often reinforcing their atmospheric power.