Artist reception: April 30 / 5:00 -7:00 pm
We’re delighted to bring new works together from San Francisco artists Mark Faigenbaum and Kim Smith. Both derive inspiration from the use of antique and vintage ephemera, cutting, ripping, composing, pasting, reshaping what we see; informing and suggesting new, intriguing stories.
Mark Faigenbaum works in mixed media, collage and printmaking. He is drawn to objects that physically reflect the passage of time-decaying newspapers, old books, damaged photographs, outdated technical drawings and discarded machine parts. He combines these assorted materials using layering, repetition and assemblage to create shapes and patterns that move beyond purely physical representation to suggest invisible connections.
Faigenbaum graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Psychology and Art and also earned a BFA in Graphic Design at the Academy of Art. His work has been shown nationally and internationally. He has been an artist in residence at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and also at Recology. He teaches collage at the San Francisco Center for the Book.
Kim Smith’s work is meant to be intimate and thought provoking, though one sometimes finds a humorous element within the frame. She is strongly influenced by the museums and flea markets that her parents exposed her to. As a result of living in and traveling extensively throughout Europe, she is greatly influenced by German and Austrian art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: the Dada, Bauhaus, and Wiener Werkstätte movements, as well as Russian Constructivism.
Smith painstakingly cuts and arranges the elements in her collages before gluing them down. Her meticulously composed and edited work is as much about what is not there, as what is. Although it may look spontaneous, everything present in her compositions is deliberate. She uses antique and vintage materials for her images, but the glues and backing that support the work are archival, so as not to add to the natural aging process.
Smith has earned degrees in Design, Economics and an MBA. A business owner since 1998, she splits her time between her art studio at Hunters Point Shipyard and her home office where she is a dealer and manufacturer of vintage and vintage-inspired wall décor. In fact, it was remnants from the business that became her original collage materials.
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