Opening this Saturday, April 14th, at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco is the latest solo show by Paul Chatem entitled Another Man’s Hero. This new show focuses on the idea of identity, and continues Chatem’s amazing style of interactive paintings. During the next week I will stop by the show to take some photos as well as a new video — as these paintings really need to be seen in motion. Take a look at the preview shots below, and if your able to stop by the show make sure you do so. It will be up until May 5th 2012.
On January 14th, the Shooting Gallery opened the first solo show in San Francisco by local artist Charmaine Olivia. Entitled Ritual, this show features new paintings inspired by the themes of mythology. Each one of the large oil paintings feature a female deity created by Charmaine, and the entire gallery has been transformed into a temple. The installations features magical items, and smaller works of art in dedication to the central figures. The show closed on February 4th, and I finally made my way to the gallery and caught it on the last day. I was told that the reception was pretty amazing, and free prints were even given out to the first group of fans. I wish I could have seen the show the reception night, but I am happy I at least was able to see this show before it was taken down. Along with this review/photos, I also made another video walkthrough, the longest one yet at almost 10 minutes. Click the read more for the full review and video.
Prior to this show I had only seen a painting by Charmaine in person one time, at Spoke Art Gallery, however I missed the show she participated in there alongside Tatiana Suarez, Handiedan, and Craww. I was interested in how Charmaine would use the entire space over at Shooting Gallery for this new show, and was blown away at how she not only used the space in order to create a new world for this show, but completely owned the space. There was so much to be seen, so many details and tiny elements that all culminated together to allow the viewer to understand and feel the mythological beings the artist created. Since there was so much to see, I not only took more photos than I usually do, but also made a longer video than normal. I hope the video gives an idea of what seeing this show in person was like.
Back in May I reviewed Paul Chatem’s latest solo show “Island of the Colorblind”, and ever since then I had the plan to interview Paul and get a deeper look into his working process, what inspires him, and how he deal with being colorblind. Of course it took a lot longer than I thought to get this interview going, but luckily for me Samantha Levin came to rescue and helped out with the interview, coming up with some great questions and acquiring the images you see below. So this is the very first dual-interview here on the Creep Machine, and I think it worked out very well. Perhaps we will see more in the future. Make sure to click the “read more” for the full interview.
Creep: In order to create this latest series of interactive works, you learned an entirely new skill: clock making. This has given your works an extremely unique element to them, and added audience participation. Did you have any other ideas to create interactivity aside from the clock style works of art?
Paul Chatem: I’ve read a bit about clock making as well as gear ratios. Clock making is more complicated than what I’m doing. I’m just using the basics of gears or cogs to create a kinetic aspect to my paintings. At this point the movement in the gears has been pretty simple, there’s still a lot of things I need to learn so I can take it to the next level.
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One June 11th, The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco opened the latest solo show, “The Thin Line”, from Oakland based painter Aaron Nagel. This is the second solo exhibition the artist has had at the gallery, the first being “Marks” (reviewed) that took place March 2010. Since that time he has had a few paintings in group shows, but aside from the few that took place in the Bay Area I rarely got to see any new work in person.
I was very excited to see this new show, but didn’t make it to the gallery until this past weekend, which doesn’t bother me since I can take some good photos and new video. I really like the idea of taking videos of these shows from here on out, and have gotten a good response from fans across the globe that can’t see the works in person. While I try to do the best I can with the videos, getting in close and trying to capture all the detail I can, there is no replacement for seeing these works in person. Especially when you see how exquisite Aaron’s brushwork is. It really is hard to believe that he is self-taught, and is a testament to hard work and achieving your goals no matter what. Click the read more link for the rest of the review and a video.
On Saturday, April 9th, the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco opened the first solo show of Paul Chatem. Paul has shown quite a few times at the gallery, but always alongside another artist such as Mike Maxwell. This time it is all new artwork, and continues his new kinetic, interactive paintings and brings them to a new level. The show is entitled “Island of the Colorblind”, a title that was inspired by Oliver Sacks book of the same name. Ever since Paul’s past shows at the gallery, and the work that has popped up in group shows, I have been waiting to see this new solo exhibition. I Made sure to be there on the reception night, take some photos, talk to Paul about his work and inpsirations, and even made a little video to show those fans that cant make it to the show how the paintings work. Click the “read more” link for the full review and photos.
The show opened at 8pm and already had a good amount of people looking at the art. The gallery space, which is narrow, makes it a bit hard to take photos of the work if there is too many people in the gallery. Luckily for me, I had some time to take pics of the work before it got too packed. The lighting in this gallery always makes for great photos and with the intricacy, textures, and colors Paul’s paintings have, you want good light to really draw these works in. continue reading «Review: “Island of the Colorblind” – Paul Chatem @ Shooting Gallery»
Opening this Saturday, April 9th, is a new solo exhibition of works by the always amazing Paul Chatem. This new show is entitled “Island of the Colorblind” and will feature some new paintings, and if they are anything like his last couple of shows “The Death of Bighead” (featured) at the Cave Gallery and “Rock, River, Bones” (featured) that took place at the Dialect Gallery, fans are in for some mind-blowing art. Paul has always had a colorful, nostalgic, and unique style, but now that he has been creating interactive, movable works of art, these shows are not to be missed. It’s not often patrons are encouraged to touch the art hanging on gallery walls. Along with this new solo show, Paul’s homepage has also be redesigned. So head on over and take a look, and there is even a video that will get you prepared for this new series.
Michael Page’s latest solo show, “Into Passing” opened at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco almost two weeks ago on February 12th. I wasn’t able to make the reception, or even see the show up until this past week. The show will be up until March 5th and I highly suggest that if you are in the area, you see this show in person. I have been a fan of Michael’s work ever since I first saw his more narrative styled works at Varnish Art Gallery back in 2006. Since those earlier shows, his paintings have slowly evolved into a more abstract and now vividly colored body of work. Looking closely at each of the paintings you can still see the signature style of figures that he has always created, but now they are intertwined within the mass of abstract forms and loosely applied streams of color.
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This past Saturday, January 8th, the Shooting Gallery opened the latest solo show of Morgan Slade. Entitled “Company Killers”, this new body of work brings more of Slade’s mixed media depictions of women adorned with a variety of masks. Football and storm-trooper helmets, as well as mascot and Halloween style masks. The face of the model is rarely seen, so the identity of these women is not the focus. Could this be any woman? Or is the idea here that the model is not the focus, regardless of how much the she draws the viewers eye in? The one thing that I did enjoy about these works is the textures, and the marks that some of the works held. I would almost rather see a few paintings made by Slade with the model completely removed. The show is on view until February 5th, so make sure to stop by and check out the show. In the meantime, hit the more link to see more images from this show.
On July 10th, the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco opened a duo show with new works from Van Arno and Chris Pugliese. I was finally able to make my way into the city to see the work in person, and I’m very glad I did. The show opened July 10th and will close August 7th. I have been a fan of Van Arno since the first time I saw his work at the Shooting Gallery. He has an amazing, energetic way of painting the figure, and his color palette and stylized body types make his work very unique. I was also very surprised with Chris Pugliese’s paintings. I had seen his work online, but I think it is really important to see art in person as so much is lost when it is presented on the web. Click the jump link for the rest of the review, or just look at the photos from the show at the Creep Machine Flickr.
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To go along with the upcoming May solo show of artist ‘Hush’, the Shooting Gallery is releasing a limited edition print of the painting “Looking West”. This print is varnished and sealed with hand torn edges. The size is 31.5 x 31.5″ on textured 300gsm paper, signed and numbered in an edition of 50. Each print will also be embellished by the artist with “4 colors screened on top and spot varnished tags over the full image.”
The print will be released May 1st to go along with the opening of the show, but if you want to secure one now contact The Shooting Gallery to reserve one in advance.
Last weekend, March 6th, I made my way over the 7th Anniversary show over at the Shooting Gallery in SF. It has always been one of my favorite galleries to visit, as there is perfect lighting for photography and consistently good exhibitions. Opening that night was the latest solo show of Aaron Nagel entitled “Marks”. Right next door at the White Walls Gallery was also works from Kevin Cyr, Jessica Hess and upstairs at Gallery Three was new works by Jessica Whiteside.
As stated earlier in the week with the White Walls Studio Visit, Aaron Nagel’s solo show “Marks” will be opening at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco this Saturday, March 6th. This is Aaron’s largest and most cohesive body of works; “The eleven oil paintings in this series use imagery of youthful women in the nude, often impaled by archery arrows. These figures embody Catholic martyrs such as St. Sebastian, offering atheists and skeptics an alternative to traditional religious symbolism. Although the women are naked and impaled their facial expression and body language is unaffected. Standing tall with transfixed eyes, the figures’ hands are often dripping with black paint to represent a guilty and nefarious past. As Aaron is inspired by the contrast between power and the fragility of the human body, Marks is infused with imagery that is at once calm and violent.”
If your in the area, make sure to stop by, these paintings deserve to be seen in person.
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