Littoral Art Exhibit | SF
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Sandra Lee Gallery | 251 Post St., Suite 310, San Francisco, CA
Submitted by the Event Organizer
The Sandra Lee Gallery is proud to present a series of exciting new paintings by Bryan Ida, entitled Littoral. In this show, Ida works to expand on the definition of the word “littoral” in a striking visual way. The word littoral comes from the Latin noun litoris, meaning “shore.” Ida finds power in this liminal zone, where the land, sea, and air all collide in an environment of both creativity and destruction. Ida says that his definition of litoris also examines how “we alter the landscape, by building cities and ports next to our seas and waterways forever changing what we see and how we interact with the world around us.”
Ida’s artwork explores a variety of different ‘shores.’ In “Paradise Cove,” the viewer can see the linear abstractions of a city skyline, floating above a surreal landscape. The background horizons are the first layers of the paintings, the first locale in the development of the piece. The horizons fill the negative space of the composition and they strengthen the relationship that exists between foreground and the background. The foreground consists of fragments that are based on the fleeting incomplete visions that make up our memories. Beneath Ida’s deft brush, space and place become tools that are used to play with visual boundaries, as well as mental ones, forming shores or meeting points between both geographical and cerebral places.
For Ida, painting is not about solving problems; it’s about creating them. Ida continues to implement his unique visual language through composition, form, color, and reduction by carefully juxtaposing beauty with decay and balance with imbalance to build a surface. As he builds these surfaces up layer by layer, he creates a world. It is a floating, almost surreal, landscape that is a transformative reflection of his memories and experiences.
Exhibition September 1st – September 30th
Categories: Art & Museums, Uncategorized, Weird, Wild & Wonderful Art