In a moment when technology reigns, and remarkable images can be generated with the push of a button, the relevance of painting persists. The Presence of the Present: Teresa Baker, Liam Everett, Leslie Shows explores new work by three accomplished Bay Area artists whose seemingly disparate approaches to the painted surface share a distinct alertness to materiality and place. Through composition, texture, and scale, their work challenges the tradition notions of painting and provide an argument against the allure of the virtual for an experience of the real. Click here to read the exhibition brochure.
Images, left to right: Leslie Shows, Slot Mount, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Haines Gallery, San Francisco; Teresa Baker, Red on Beige, 2013. Courtesy of the artist; Liam Everett, Untitled (Kalmar), 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Altman Siegel, San Francisco.
Bay Area artist Viola Frey (1933-2004) is perhaps best known for her larger than life figurative ceramic sculptures, many of which can be seen scattered throughout the di Rosa landscape. This exhibition focuses on a lesser known aspect of Frey’s oeuvre through a selection of di Rosa’s impressive holdings of the artist’s works on paper and canvas. Dating from the 1980s, these works reflect scenes from the artist’s studio packed with portrayals of power and Frey’s own reactions to the frustrations brought on by the frenetic pace of contemporary society. Click here to read the exhibition brochure.
Image: Viola Frey, Studio View – One Man Splitting, 1983. Alkyd oil on canvas, 72 x 96 in. di Rosa collection, Napa.
Work from 1957 to the present in all media by Bay Area artists including William Allan, Robert Arneson, Elmer Bischoff, Christopher Brown, Squeak Carnwath, Enrique Chagoya, Bruce Connor, Imogen Cunningham, Jay DeFeo, Roy De Forest, Wally Hedrick, Lynn Hershman-Leeson, David Ireland, Mike Henderson, Mildred Howard, Robert Hudson, Jim Melchert, Bruce Nauman, David Park, Alan Rath, Raymond Saunders, Larry Sultan, William Wiley, and others.