Tomoo Gokita "Out of Sight" @ Mary Boone Gallery
Tomoo Gokita's distinctive paintings - each rendered in a lush range of black, gray, and white tones - evoke a fictional world of crooners and starlets, gangsters and gun molls, bimbos and honchos. Gokita's choice of a colorless palette enforces the sense that his images derive from retro films or photographs, although, with their character-driven narrative and shallow space, they also embrace the sensibility of contemporary Japanese comics (manga) or graphic novels (gekiga).September 08, 2016
Palm Wine Collectors by Kyle Weeks
Kyle Weeks initially photographed the Ovahimbra youth in the Kunene region in Namibia in a project that spanned over a 3-year period. Returning to the region to re-visit his subjects, Weeks was exposed to a new set of individuals who conduct the tapping process of palm trees for wine along the river.August 14, 2016
Miya Ando "Atmosphere"
Former Bay Area resident Miya Ando returns with a new body of work, entitled Atmosphere, at Nancy Toomey Fine Art at Minnesota Street Project. An avid materialist and descendant of Japanese sword maker Ando Yoshiko Masakatsu, Miya Ando introduces a new technique involving woven silver fibers into a gossamer textile, the qualities of which are enhanced by the application by patina, allowing for the manipulation of the reflected light. The subtlety of emotion of these works cannot be understated; they softly coax attention and gradually draw the viewer closer in order to encourage the relationship and exchange between material and the appropriated light. The contemplative, opalescent static displays seem to insinuate varying degrees of movement throughout the contours of her materials while the connection between mood and chromatic characteristics are evaluated in tandem with each material’s inherent properties.June 14, 2016
Kelly Tunstall & Ferris Plock "Aquatics"
Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock are a husband and wife team living and working in San Fransisco, CA. Their international art careers have spanned over a decade - working individually on solo projects and together in the form of the art duo KEFE. Kelly’s work can be seen on permanent display in prominent bay area establishments Bar Crudo and A16, as well as Palm Springs venues Alcazar and Cheeky’s. Both artists have works in prominent collections around the globe.June 06, 2016