March 31 — May 12, 2018
A group exhibition at Andra Norris Gallery
Elaine Badgley Arnoux
Elaine Badgley Arnoux’s fantastic and curious “Fables” contain the essence of nightmares and dreams, and they are created with oil on canvas, steel, and papier-mâché. “The Fox Went Out One Stormy Night,” from the artist’s important “Once Upon A Time” series, speaks to people young and old, and it has exhibited throughout California in solo museum shows. This extraordinary woman artist, now in her 90s, says in her “Shadows and Light” documentary, “I was very old when I was young. I wasn't young until I was old.” The messages in these autobiographical narratives that use Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes to examine the state of the world are wondrously executed and realized. This authentic, from-the-soul art reflects the artist’s innate talent and her willingness to remain emotionally open and vulnerable.
The photographs in “Nest” are about our primal need to create a home wherever we are, such as San Francisco, with its pockets of nature where people and animals seek refuge. The artist is attracted to wild places, particularly the caves and nests that appear in the overgrown areas of Golden Gate Park. It is often difficult to tell if these caves formed naturally or if someone intentionally carved out the space. A beam of sunlight, a gap in the foliage, or the curve of a tree trunk might draw her in, though she rarely ventures past the entrance.
Inspired by world history, Greek mythology, and European poetry, artist Frédéric Choisel’s dramatic and often subdued monochromatic paintings and works on paper hint at humanity’s psychological and spiritual longing. In a world ravaged by religious beliefs and political dogmas that divide us, one thing remains in common: we all look toward heaven. Frederic Choisel invites us to move away from futility, to raise our gaze and the level of our consciousness — a way of gaining height by moving away from the heavy substance of the everyday life, confusion, judgment, and fear. Taking the poet as accomplice, the painter invites us on his journey through a series of dramatic, somber, reverent paintings that are focused on heavenly skies (“Hope”) and earthy flowers (“The Language of Flowers and Silent Things”).
Chikako Okada’s autobiographical oil paintings, created over 15 years, bridge traditional realism with magical realism and surrealism. The artist uniquely addresses questions of the human condition through her miniature, meticulously detailed, and patterned paintings. They are mesmerizing, rich in symbolism, and reference feminine power, vulnerability, longing, and desire. The images often feature young women mysteriously posed, leaving their circumstances to the viewer's interpretation. This is Chikako Okada’s first exhibition at Andra Norris Gallery.
William Stanisich’s provocative Land’s End series was painted over a 40-year span with a force and directness that reflects the artist’s search for the essence of light through the medium of watercolor and oil. Images reflect San Francisco’s constant changes from the perspective beneath the canopy of the Monterey pines, eucalyptus, and scrubs at Land’s End. The contemporary landscapes offer a jolt of monochrome electricity, glowing with a jewel-like intensity that mirrors the energy and beauty of the windswept region at the tip of Golden Gate National Park. A new, hardbound book featuring the series in available for sale in the gallery.
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