Sunday, April 22, 2012

Scott Hewicker & Cliff Hengst present Sin Titulo


In Sin Titulo, San Francisco artists Scott Hewicker and Clifford Hengst explore the nether worlds between sublime mystery and lurid banality. In drawing, painting, videos and performance, both artists mine sparsely populated interiors and haunted objects that reflect on the anticipatory charge of discreet physical contact through experience, memory, and fantasy.

Hengst's watercolor and ink paintings on paper are based on dim light and shadows, and places people hide themselves both physically and emotionally. He investigates the darkness and mundane allure of anonymous settings and the strange and silent waiting game of boredom and promise.

Hewicker's acrylic on canvas paintings take on a wide breadth of subject and styles from muted objects and abstracted figurations, to blurry landscapes and soft focus interiors. His new paintings concentrate on the empty low-resolution environments of bedrooms, bathrooms and various public and outdoor spaces emphasizing a compulsive ambiguity between public and private.

Cliff Hengst has shown at Gallery 16, SF; Mariella Arts, Milan; Test-Site, Austin,  TX; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF; Second Floor Projects, SF, and LACE, LA.

Scott Hewicker has shown at Jack Hanley Gallery, SF; Galleri Christina Wilson, Copenhagen; Deitch Projects NY, University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA; New Image Arts, LA and Second Floor Projects, SF. He co-curated the exhibition, Hauntology at the Berkeley Art Museum with Lawrence Rinder in 2010.

Hengst and Hewicker will collaborate on a performance piece during the opening. They have previously collaborated together for the book, Good Times, Bad Trips published by Gallery 16 Editions in 2007. This is both artists debut show for the gallery.

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ASEA, ALOOF at Mulherin + Pollard. opens Thursday April 26, 6-8pm

ADA's NYC sister gallery, Mulherin + Pollard is pleased to present Asea, Aloof, an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Matthew Fisher. Fisher is a Brooklyn, NY-based artist who makes stylized paintings that utilize symbolic placement, pattern, line, and a sense of the lasting touch of man on landscapes that reference universal timing, placement, and a frozen sense of now.
Fisher's latest works depict the sea as a contemplative space detached from human presence and often from any sense of land itself as well. Here, narrative is replaced by a concern with the quieter drama of the sea itself-the motion of its ripples, the fleeting nature of its form and appearance, and its interactions and relationship with light, space, the drifting clouds, and the passing of time.
Fisher was educated at the Columbus College of Art and Design and received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000. He has had numerous solo exhibitions including at Heskin Contemporary, New York (2010); RARE Gallery, New York (2009); ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA (2009 and 2006); and the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA (2006); and has shown extensively in group exhibitions in the United States and abroad. He was awarded a Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2010.

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