Just over a month ago, the latest solo exhibition from Sacramento based artist Skinner opened at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco. Entitled “The Fragile Art of Existence”, this new show featured work that was created with a different mindset, one with less pressure, less expectations, and more experimentation. There is a great video that has Skinner talking about this series in lead up to the show (Here). I stopped by the show reception night, took some photos and a video. This video tour idea is working out pretty well, let me know if anyone has any ideas or ways I can make them better. On to the review!
One of the many things I like about the Shooting Gallery, beside the habit they have of showing top-notch work, is that they often have the artist embellish the walls. Skinner really did an amazing job of transforming the gallery walls into a new world. At first I thought it would be a bit much, and distract your eyes away from the intricacies of the works, but it turns out that his paintings are intense and dripping with color in person. So it was very easy to see the works, and take your time getting lost in all the details and textures.
Each painting had a blend of geometric shapes, and random, splattery chaos that fit so well together. The color palette he uses is amazing, and I often stood there thinking about how he got all of those colors to sit on the painting and feel harmonious. If you were able to see the show in person, then you definitely saw an outstanding exhibition. I hope that Skinner becomes one of the artists that keeps coming back to the Shooting Gallery. Check out the video above, and the photos from the show below.