Life On Mars begins with a concept: more specifcally, Glen Albrecht's concept of Solastalgia, a feeling of longing or mourning from the loss of ones environment and sense of home. This has been a longstanding touchstone in Madeleine Tonzi's work, who will open a new solo show with Hashimoto Contemporary in SF on November 7, 2020. Obviously, we live in an era where all sorts of loss is at stake: nature, human life, and a sense that we may never get certain things back. So what do you remember and connect with? So what influences Tonzi? She says "Specific colors and shapes symbolize the changing climate and its affects on the psyche in connection to our relationship with land. Florescent red bars throughout my paintings serve as a metaphorical thermometer, reminding us of the rising temperatures and impending catastrophe that are already upon us."

Hashimoto Contemporary is pleased to present Life On Mars, the debut solo exhibition featuring new paintings by Oakland-based artist Madeleine Tonzi. Blending delicate organic forms and crisp lined architectural structures, each of the artist's surreal paintings create a peaceful landscape that exist beyond time.

Tonzi's Santa Fe roots can be found in her sunrise color palette and the forms strewn across her desert landscapes. Reflecting on the year's isolation and the wildfire induced red skies across the Bay Area and west coast, the artist "underscores how surreal this experience we are living through is, and to remind us of the importance of protecting what we love, while extending the exploration of boundaries and perceived freedoms within." Each piece is a portal into a scene that exists as a fond memory of place, the current state of the world and a hopeful look to the future.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, there will be no opening reception for the exhibition. The gallery will be open by appointment only. To book an appointment, please email [email protected]. An Instagram live walk through of the show is scheduled for Saturday, November 7th and will include a tour of the exhibition and interview with the artist.