Upcoming

The Sheltering Sky

Exhibition dates: January 19April 7, 2019
Opening Celebration: January 25, 2019, 7-10 p.m.
 

Vanessa Marsh, Cave 3, 2016 

Vanessa Marsh, Cave 3, 2016, chromogenic photogram, 20x25 in., courtesy of the artist and Dolby Chadwick Gallery, SF

 

“A black star appears, a point of darkness in the night sky's clarity. Point of darkness and gateway to repose. Reach out, pierce the fine fabric of the sheltering sky, take repose.” ― Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky

 

Taking its title from the iconic novel by Paul Bowles, this exhibition looks to the stars for comfort in the darkest of times. Our connection with, and attention to, the abstract concept we call the “sky” is binding, and contemplating its many facets provide rich subject matter for artists. This exhibition will explore a variety of artistic responses through works in a wide range of media.

 

The origins of the word “sky” are various and many. In Old Norse it was the word for cloud; in Old High German it comes from the words for shadow and mirror; in Middle English, it can mean heaven. These definitions reflect the mutability of the sky itself; it is the true and original shapeshifter, never static, always evolving, a storyboard onto which we project ourselves and our mythologies, and from which we gather information about our possible futures.

 

While the human stature may be small in comparison to the vastness of the atmosphere above and around us, we are inexorably linked to it, creating it and being created by it in every moment. We are burning, evaporating, decomposing, and breathing ― the results of which are taken up into the heavens and retuned to us as magnificent sunsets, roiling clouds, and acidic rain. Extreme weather events pound the planet; hurricanes, volcanic ash, flooding and drought all draw our gaze upwards. Yet no matter how surreal, how political, how dangerous it is, we still look to the sky for solace, and there is nothing like it to bring us back to earth.


Participating artists to date:

Matthew Baum

Sarah and Joseph Belknap

Val Britton

Adrian Landon Brooks

Sukey Bryan

Eiko Borcherding

Linda Connor

Ala Ebtekar

Jenifer Kent

Vanessa Marsh

Chris McCaw

Anna Von Mertens

Pieter Laurens Mol

Demetrius Oliver

Katie Paterson

Dario Robleto

Camille Seaman

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Val Britton

Exhibition dates: January 19April 7, 2019
Opening Celebration: January 25, 2019, 7-10 p.m.
 

Val Britton, The Shape of Change, 2018 

Val Britton, The Shape of Change, 2018 (detail), site-specific installation of hand cut and laser cut paper, ink, and thread, courtesy of the artist and Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco

 

In conjunction with our exhibition in the main gallery, we are presenting a new, site-specific installation by Val Britton. Her immersive work suggests fragmented, exploded landscapes, or in this case skyscapes. Britton received her MFA from California College of the Arts. She is the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, and residencies and her work is included in many prominent collections across the country. She currently lives in Seattle, WA. 

 

Cultural Kaleidoscope and Youth Art

Exhibition dates: April 27May 26, 2019                           

 

Summer of Printmaking (exhibition TBD)

Exhibition dates: June 15August 26, 2019                           

 

To learn more about our upcoming exhibitions, view our Advanced Exhibition Schedule.