In a new show at 111 Minna Gallery, the works of Michael Reedy and Scott Tulay explore concepts under the banner of “Ghosts and Shadows.” The program is a blend of the Michigan-based Reedy’s pieces, blending abstraction and realistic anatomical drawings, and Tulay’s distorted, architectural works.
Fictional, historical, and anonymous figures are all fair game in 111 Minna’s upcoming group show, “Portraits of Strangers, Someones & Nobodies.” The gallery invited a diverse crop of artists to paint existing cultural icons or invent their own for an exhibition that pays homage to the timeworn art of portraiture.
Those who have walked the streets of San Francisco will recognize Jet Martinez and Chor Boogie’s colorful styles. The prolific artists are stalwarts of the city’s street art scene and their work can be seen in the Mission District’s ever-evolving, outdoor mural gallery, Clarion Alley. Boogie and Martinez have teamed up for the exhibition “Balance,” opening at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco on November 7.
Hazy figures walk towards the viewer in John Wentz’s new series of oil paintings, their faces muddled as if conjured from some distant memory or last night’s dream. His solo show “Passages,” opening alongside Mike Davis’s “A Blind Man’s Journey” (see our recent studio visit with Davis here), is set to debut at San Francisco’s 111 Minna Gallery on October 3. Wentz’s work is optimally experienced in person. Playing with new textures, he steers his figurative paintings further into abstract territory, breaking down bodies into their basic components and exaggerating the ways light dances on them. Wentz deliberately calls attention to the paint itself, allowing pigments to bubble and burst and scraping away fine lines with a pencil. The results are disorienting and poignant, reminding us of the ways our own memories can be distorted and altered.