Between the Lines Art Exhibition
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Heron Arts | 7 Heron St, San Francisco, CA
Submitted by the Event Organizer
Opening Exhibiton: October 17, 2020 from 12-6pm is free and open to the public. Only 20 people allowed in at a time. Masks are required. The exhibition is open for six weeks (closes on November 28th) by appointment only. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
Artists: Icy & Sot, Kelly Ording, Mary Iverson, and Tahiti Pehrson. Tahiti Pehrson will be creating a site-specific installation.
Between the Lines examines how artists create narratives and the way their form and concepts relate. Some of the artists in this exhibition explore levels of abstraction and minimalism, while others employ specific, precise mediums. Pieces in the show range from representational to completely abstract.
Icy & Sot
ICY (born 1985) and SOT (born 1991) are artists from Tabriz, Iran, currently residing in Brooklyn, New York., the two brothers started making their marks in the streets of Iran in 2006, Icy and Sot always look for the appropriate medium to give their ideas the greatest resonance. Through their unique visual language, they have been delivering powerful, moving statements on the present-day human condition, tackling important issues such as human rights, detention, women’s rights, the plights of migrants and refugees, climate change, or the pitfalls of capitalism. Their commitment is reflected in the materials that their artworks are made of: barbed wire, iron wire, old rusty shovels or oil cans. All raw materials that the artists divert and transfigure to give life to pieces of art that are full of poetry and fragility. However Icy and Sot do not mean to lecture anyone. They are content with reflecting the truth of our times through their own language. And turn it into a work of art.
My work encompasses a broad palette and wide range of media: from muted to vibrant colors and tones, from pen and ink drawings to paintings, murals, and public installations. Each piece employs intuition and intention to push the limits of minimalism and representation. Notions of reciprocity, expression, and restraint are central to my work; for instance, dyeing paper and canvas installs dynamic natural processes I follow by hand, along paths that flow between (the creative) subject and (created) object. The use of negative space is similarly central to these dichotomies of surrender and control, fantasy and memory, absence and speech. I’m especially interested in ways simple repetition, geometric patterns, and mathematical marking or mapping contain an inherent capacity to evoke represented subjects in the viewer. This vital balance – between representational and minimal composition, intention and intuition – allows me to be led by my art, and guides my practice today.
My paintings explore the balance between the environment and industrial activities, inspiring conversations about our complicated relationship with nature. I enjoy designing murals that bring nature into industrial spaces, and I love to collaborate with companies pursuing sustainability goals. My main sources of inspiration are the three magnificent National Parks close to home: Rainier, Olympic, and North Cascades National Parks. I teach painting and drawing at Skagit Valley College where I am a tenured faculty member. I live and work in Seattle.
Building sculptures by the cutting away of material, Tahiti Pehrson creates geometrical patterns of volume that speak to universal traditions of pattern making throughout the history mathematics, arts, and crafts. Dating back to the first sign of Guilloche in Greek and Roman times, and seen independently throughout world history, variations of these patterns can be found across the natural and the man made world. Within Pehrson’s sculptures, each shape receives light and serves the structure of the whole system, concentrically leading to the next variation to make a singular structure.
These intricate sculptures explore interplays of light and shadow, building dynamic monochromatic constructions that give material form to the space-changing qualities of light. Elevating the spatial qualities particular to each commission, Pehrson’s works speak to site: shifting perceptions of volume and structure as the viewer moves around the work – and as the light evolves throughout the day.
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