When we featured Evah Fan in the magazine back in October 2010, she was living in Stockholm, Sweden, making intricate illustrations that, and as Kristin Farr wrote at the time, were "unintentionally puzzling." Now back living in Oakland, California, perhaps things will get more puzzling or clear as Fan is set to open What Have You at Park Life in San Francisco on August 31.
Park Life is proud to present What Have You, an exhibit of new paintings by Evah Fan.
Fan's delicate gouache paintings are narrative, poetical and minimalistic and sometimes puzzling. Her sparse and colorful compositions contain elements of nonsense, mystery, and whimsy. Fan tackles mundane objects and figures in negative planes throwing in elements of parody and irony that address a certain naïve humor. Her subject matter often mines historical details from Victorian and Egyptian eras.
For What Have You. Evah Fan increases the size of her works, using color blocks to highlight what might happen in the everyday indoor scenarios. The works contemplate windows and aspects of openings in a closed space. She also incorporates collaged elements and figures collected from her personal archives which are then arranged on a flat plane.
Evah Fan has a BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, 2004, and an MFA University College of Arts Crafts and Design, Stockholm, Sweden 2011. She is represented by Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles. She currently lives in Oakland.
What Have You
August 31 - September 30, 2012
Opening Reception Friday August 31, 7-10pm
San Francisco, California