May 11th – June 17th
Reception Saturday, May 13th 6-10pm
The Great Highway Gallery is thrilled to present Fathoms of the Leviathan, new works from Ted Lincoln.
About the Artist
Ted Lincoln was born in 1974 in Wearham, MA and currently resides in Gainsville, FL. Ted graduated with a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. This exhibition will include his Sumi ink on rice paper abstract landscapes and his Asian mother-of-pearl inlay lacquer works. Fathoms of the Leviathan is a visual inquiry of the classic American novel, Moby Dick.
I like to believe I have a grasp of my multi-faceted identity, forged in and through the context of my precise and often complicated time in history, the clashing of cultures that form my ever-changing understanding of the world, and the complex environments within and between which I move. Truthfully, it is more a contingent grouping of vexed notions, often elusive. My art practice has been in pursuit of a visual dialog of ideas, building a sense of who I am, and, specifically, what worlds being hapa spans. I have explored these convergences in two separate bodies of work.
The first has been working with abstract ink painting as an inquiry into the moods of landscape. I have also experimented with nontraditional modern materials to help integrate and therefore transform sumi ink paintings into objects of aluminum and automotive paint.
In the second and more recent body of work, I dive into traditional Asian mother-of-pearl inlay lacquer works, alongside the truly Floridian style of cypress wood folk art that harkens back to the era of my own childhood. Synthesizing these usually disparate media has allowed me to juxtapose seamlessly, both in form and content, my conceptions of millennia-old world mythologies alongside contemporary pop culture in an era of intensifying globalization.
This exhibit will be the first time that both bodies of work, which I’ve previously examined in distinct, parallel worlds, will now be brought together under one theme. Fathoms of the Leviathan is a visual inquiry of the classic American novel, Moby Dick. Moby Dick has loomed large in our collective history, but it also touches my personal history quite directly. Both the book and I originate from a small corner of Massachusetts, and the scene that introduces Ishmael, the narrator of the intricate novel that, like my artwork, unifies previously distinct genres, occurs at a site just a few miles from my own place of birth. The opening of the whaling trade for the first time between New England, the home of my father’s family for generations, and the islands of the Philippines, the home of my mother and her family, may have, in turn, been one of the vast yet subtle tides of history that led to my own creation.
These themes are more than personal, and have resurfaced with renewed energy and perhaps even urgency. The white whale and the rigors of the sea evoke universal ideas of obsession, greed, oceanic power, freedom, danger, global markets and cultural exchange, and all that is entailed in the perennial pursuit of man’s dominance over nature. There seems no better time and place to reconsider how one man’s dire internal conflicts can not only reflect, but also manifest, replicate, and even overwhelm the social and perhaps even natural world around him, leaving few to tell a true, whole tale.
The Great Highway
3649 Lawton St
San Francisco, CA 94122
Reception Saturday, April 1 6-9pm
Exhibition March 30 – April 29
The Great Highway Gallery is thrilled to present The Horizon Line , ceramics and drawings by Georgia Hodges.
About the Artist
Georgia Hodges is a working visual artist, small business partner/collaborator, and mother, living in San Francisco. She makes ceramic sculpture & pottery, as well as mixed media drawings. She graduated from California College of the Arts in 1997 with a BFA in ceramics. From 1999-2008 she ran an art gallery (Soularch Gallery), in the Outer Sunset district. She fondly refers to her ceramics studio as The Mud Room at Ocean Beach, where she invites other ceramic artists to gather and share their work and inspirations on a regular basis, cultivating a ceramics ‘collective’ of sorts. Her homestead, behind the studio, is a “work in progress’, and this collaboration with her husband Doug Jacuzzi (architectural designer and master builder), has, for better or for worse, turned into a lifestyle project. She currently teaches ceramics at SF Clayworks in San Francisco.
I notice the natural world in a state of ongoing adaptation. Nests are built on ledges, vines grow from cracks in buildings, sand dunes migrate. Nature’s presence, steady and persistent, is in constant pursuit of harmony. I learn the lessons of adaptation from nature. I notice the way nature responds to humankind’s irreverence. I’m heartened by the natural world’s ability to accommodate our laziness, our discards, our disregard. In my art, I look to express the beauty in that adaptation, in that grouping together, in the quiet, gentle adjustments. I try to create something that might occur in nature, that has a sense of order and building on itself over time. I work to express that sense of optimism that comes with assurance that renewal will occur. I’m attracted to small, simple details, to stark contrasts, to raw sounds and shapes. I choose materials that are delicate or bold. I strive to accurately reflect what I experience: a world that is drastic and full of contrast, that is tender and quiet; a world where the chaotic is intertwined with and even organized amid the steady, reliable presence of nature. The work for this exhibition, entitled, The Horizon Line, highlights our perceptions of things near and far. Our horizon line, out there, off our local Ocean Beach, is where the sea and sky meet, a seeming ‘edge’, that’s not really there. It is sharp some days, a clear division between the water and the air, and fuzzy and indistinguishable on foggy days. If we were to sail to it, we’d never reach it. It is a symbol of infinity. The work for this show expresses a variety of perspectives, often at once. Calling attention to the ocean, so expansive, yet diminutive in the hands of the fog, in the Ocean on Fog piece. Other pieces reference something that might wash up on the beach, reminding us of a kelp holdfast or something once used by humans, that resides below the horizon line. A drawing might reference the expansiveness of the sky and how similar it is to the expansiveness of microscopic algae living in the ocean water. The horizon line, in essence, calls attention to our tendencies to divide and organize. Its varied appearance reminds us of our diverse points of view, and its endlessness gives us a sense of infinite possibility. About the Gallery The Great Highway is a fine art gallery located in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset district. The gallery was founded by John Lindsey, a long time resident of the city with a deep appreciation for images and ideas that explore the intersection of land and water in contemporary work. The Great Highway Gallery’s mission is to seek, analyze, support, and promote the work of a diverse group of artists who seek sincere authenticity, challenge conventional thinking, amuse us, and push the boundaries of today’s creative media. To learn more about the gallery, visit www.thegreathighway.com.
The Great Highway Gallery is pleased to present The Morning After, a group exhibition curated by Leo Bersamina. Paintings, photography and ceramics from John Bucklin, Rebecca Latourette Connolly, Amy WIlson Faville, Jane Fisher, Terry Hoff, Karl McDade, Jessica Snow, Travis Somerville, Judy Starbuck Sorro, Marie Van Elder and Nicole White.
This exhibition will reﬂect on what happens when there is an ominous moment of change and a new reality (which replaces your old assumptions and beliefs) begins to take form. The Morning After will focus on that moment of recalibration that happens just before action. http://www.leobersamina.net Instagram: @leob50
A fourth generation San Franciscan, John Bucklin has been drawing and painting since he was three. Trained in the classical tradition at the Florence Academy of Art, he continued his studies in New York City, graduating with a BFA from the School of Visual Arts. His work has been shown in Miami, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.
John expresses his artistic talents in other ways. Last May, ”Rooster”, his eight foot tall steel sculpture, was installed at City Hall in San Rafael, and “Daffodil”, another steel sculpture, graced the Inverness Plant Park. Recently he has been working on a series of swimming pools, tennis courts and still lifes using wood as the theme. http://www.johnbucklin.com Instagram: @johnbuclin
Rebecca Latourette Connolly (b. 1993) is a New York-based abstract painter and graduate of Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London. Connolly’s paintings inhabit a space in between ﬁguration and abstraction. The product of an intrigue with the depth between visual perception and cognitive processing, these paintings articulate the disembodied aperceptions the artist experiences as a synaesthete. In synaesthesia one property of a stimulus (e.g., shape) induces a conscious experience of a secondary percept (e.g., colour.) The paintings construct an abstracted environment, negotiated and manipulated by an over-riding entity that takes on a bodily aesthetic– alluding to a classiﬁable materiality, while also eluding a deﬁnition as a singular object or subject. The composition seeks to create a microcosm wherein a tension is observed between the autonomous role of sensory modalities, their assumed function of identifying stimulus in the world, and the human compulsion to accurately place stimulus in a realm of constructed reality. http://www.rebeccalconnoly.com Instagram: @rl_connolly
Amy Wilson Faville lives and works in Oakland. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at The Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, Rena Bransten Gallery, Recology San Francisco and SCOPE Miami, and can be found in the collections of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, British Airways, and the Rene di Rosa Preserve. She has been part of group exhibitions at Southern Exposure Gallery, the San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art; RB Stevenson Gallery and the Bedford Gallery. Faville is a recipient of the 2012 Artist in Residence award at Recology San Francisco, and a 2007 Artadia Awardee. http://www.amy-wilson-faville.com
Jane Fisher has shown work in public since 1984. She is well known in the Bay Area and has exhibited her works throughout the United States. Jane Fisher received her BFA from Ohio University and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from The Art Institute of Chicago. She paints ordinary, identiﬁable people in familiar settings – individuals rather than ideals – and familiar though not necessarily family, with subject matter ranging from divers in mid-air to models at an auto expo. – Adam Beck, askART. http://www.janeﬁsher.net Instagram: @janeﬁsher1608
Hoff’s work has been described as, “abstract with hints of bright colors” and is inspired by his youth spent immersed in California suburban culture. Terry Hoff was born in Prescott, Arizona. He attended school at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California, and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California, where he currently teaches. Terry lives seaside in Paciﬁca, California. www.terryhoff.com Instagram: @terry_hoff
Born in 1971, in Portland, Oregon, Karl received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Oregon State College in 1993 and completed his MFA at Montana State University in 1997. Between 1997 and 2000, Karl worked as the studio technician and a part-time instructor at the Kansas City Art Institute. In 2000, Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, California) hired Karl as a full time ceramics instructor. Karl earned tenure in 2004, and continues to teach at DVC while maintaining a studio in Berkeley. http://www.karlmcdade.com
Jessica Snow is a San Francisco-based artist whose abstract paintings and drawings are characterized by playful geometric shapes and patterns. Jessica’s international exhibition record includes museums such as Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Crocker Art Museum, Riverside Art Museum, UCSD Art Museum, Monterey Museum of Art, Waterland Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Southern Queensland and the US Embassy in Montevideo. She has had solo exhibitions at several galleries, including Jen Bekman Gallery in NYC and Galleri Urbane in Dallas. When not in her studio, she teaches painting, drawing and art appreciation at University of San Francisco and Qingdao University in China. Jessica received her BA from UCDavis, her MFA from Mills College, and she also attended the Sorbonne and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. http://www.jessicasnowart.com Instagram: @jessnow01
Travis Somerville was born in 1963 in Atlanta, GA. Growing up in towns throughout the southern United States and along the eastern sea board, he brieﬂy studied at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, ﬁnally settling in San Francisco where he attended the San Francisco Art Institute, CA. His large scale oil paintings on paper mounted to canvas incorporate collage and present images of political and cultural icons associated with the history of the south. His work explores the complexities of racism and serves as a point of departure for discussion about US oppression and colonial attitudes abroad. Somerville’s work has been included in numerous museum exhibitions: The University of Georgia, Athens, GA; University of Houston at Clearlake, Houston, TX; de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, CA; Florida A&M University, Tallahasee, FL; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; Charles Wright Museum, Detroit, MI; The Bass Museum, Miami Beach, FL; Frederick Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; The Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN; Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA. http://www.travissomerville.com Instagram: @travissomerville
Activist 1941- present.
Van Elder was born in Brussels, Belgium. She graduated from Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium and received her MFA in Painting in 2003 from California College of the Arts, San Francisco. Van Elder’s work has been exhibited in California (San Jose ICA, SF MOMA Artists Gallery, Oakland Art Gallery, Berkeley Art Center, Marin MOCA, Headlands CFA, etc…), New York, Utah, and Tokyo. She was recently included in the national exhibition RTBF/Canvas, La Collection at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and featured in New American Paintings and Studio Visit magazine. http://www.marievanelder.net instagram: @mvanelder
Nicole White is an Oakland-based artist, curator, historian, and writer. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA. Recent exhibitions include: Fluid Method, curated by Julie Weber, The Observatory, Chicago, IL (2016), Immediate Experience, Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL (2015), Mutual Ruins, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL (2014), High Tide, Dossier Outpost, New York, NY (2014), and Process of Subtraction, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL (2013). http://www.nicolewhite.net Instagram: @othernicolewhite