August 15 – Sept 21
Opening reception August 15 6 – 10pm
The Great Highway is excited to present the Recent photographs of Mark Bugzester. Please join us Friday Aug 15th for the opening.
Mark Bugzester was born in New York City in 1954, to parents who were both artists. The family moved to Paris when he was a year old, but returned to New York two years later where Mark spent the rest of his childhood. First attending a well noted public school in New York. A repository of children of artists and writers at the time. Such as Mark Rothko, Stewart Davis, the playwright Donald Bevan. After attending an engineering college for Two semester, he decided it was not for him and he worked odd jobs, mostly in the arts.
His father had given him a Pentax camera age 14 and a book published by magnum “The concerned photographer.” This was his introduction to the work of such photographers as Robert Capa, Andre Kertesz and Werner Bichof. Their work inspired in him a passion for the camera. He decided to dedicate himself to a life in photography. At age 21 Mark landed a job as assistant to Bill King and was the assistant studio manger to Bill Conners & Joseph Santoro. He also did Printing for famous photographers such as Arnold Newmen, Stan Scheffer And as result he subsequently he immersed himself in black and white photography. In the late seventies, he moved to Paris and worked on his photography, landing jobs with French and Italian Conde Nast and numerous other magazines publishers .. He spent time in Milan, back in New York, and then Paris again for most of the eighties, where he had a number of exhibitions of his work.
He opened his first fine art photo lab in Los Angeles in 1992, moving it the Rue Daguerre in Paris two years later, and then moving it yet again to Great Jones Street in downtown New York. The events of 9/11 essentially destroyed the business, as did the advent of digital photography, and Bugzester re-invented himself as a graphic designer. He never lost his passion for fine art photography, even after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2006 and had a stroke in 2011, remaining firmly committed to his art. He still lives, works, and plays in New York City.
Please join us on Saturday, May 3rd from 4pm to 8pm for the opening reception and to meet the artist.
The Great Highway Gallery is excited to present “a slice of silence” – San Francisco native-born Nathan Wirth’s long exposure and infrared images of the seascapes and landscapes of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
Nathan, a native San Franciscan for over 44 years, now living in Marin County, is a self taught photographer who uses a variety of techniques— including long exposure, infrared and intentional camera movement— to express his unending wonder of the fundamental fact of existence by attempting to focus on the silence that we can sometimes perceive in between the incessant waves of sound that often dominate our perceptions of the world. Nathan’s long exposure seascapes focus on the Pacific Ocean coastline, from as far south as Monterey County and as far north as the Oregon coast. His infrared work has primarily been captured in the dairy farms and rolling hills of Marin and Sonoma counties.
Nathan is the author of, a slice of silence conversations about photography, a blog that focuses on monochrome, long exposure photography but also covers different styles and techniques. His blog shares some of the amazing photography he encounters through interviews with and spotlights on both established and emerging photographers. Nathan Teaches English at City College of San Francisco.
About the Gallery
The Great Highway is a fine art gallery and working studio featuring contemporary works in all mediums. The gallery was founded by John Lindsey, a San Francisco resident with San Francisco Art Institute roots who carries a deep appreciation for images and ideas that explore where land meets water. The Gallery supports and promotes a diverse group of artists who seek sincere beauty, challenge conventional thinking and amuse us with conceptual ideas in their work. The studio works with these artists in developing, printing, and presenting their works. Located in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset district, The Great Highway gallery’s mission is to explore, search, seek, analyze, and collect the work of those artists who push the boundaries of today’s creative mediums while nurturing the ongoing conversations that exist in the micro-communities found in today’s complex
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Curator: John Lindsey
3649 Lawton @ 43rd Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94122
Please join us on Saturday, February 22nd from 6pm to 10pm for the opening reception and to meet the artists.
The Great Highway Gallery is pleased to present Scallywags – mischievously amusing works of art by David Gardner, Jonathan Steinberg, Alexander Schaffer Czech, Boogie Bill Strasser & John Lindsey. Scamps and rascals welcome.
A group of harmless seafarers that have explored every way possible to ride and slide on Mother nature’s gift to reduction in GDP – oceanic waves. Some might call them dick draggers, eski lid riders, teabags, half men, and sponges, but they do not adhere to such societal monikers nor do they limit their approach to the opportunities that the sea provides them as well.
Their art exemplifies a diversity of knowledge, style and ability both in and out of the water. They apply their passion for fun and individuality to their creative endeavors as well as to their surfing. In an era where surfing is taken too seriously, their works embrace the thought that oceanic fun can be had in many ways, and pushes back against the idea that everyone is trying to tow into 100’ waves or surf for the sake of sponsorship. It hearkens back to a time when surfers were the outcasts of society, near do wells, lazies and louts … a time when riding waves was shared by the impassioned for the sake of riding waves.
David Gardner’s found objects turn into simple stories for a complex world when he applies his iconic figures. Cast away the distractions and think about the forces and magic that lurks below the surface. David is a veteran of numerous gallery shows and Santa Cruz public art installations.
Jonathan Steinberg is an old codger, barrel dodger and small wave hellman.
He recently had his mid-career retrospective at Johnny’s Barbershop in Santa Cruz, California. This installation’s format draws it’s inspiration from the homes of enthusiastic Jewish grandmothers.
Alexander is a Bay Area artist who calls Santa Cruz, California home. He teaches drawing, painting, sculpture, and graphic design at Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California where he has the opportunity to share his love for the arts with today’s youth. When not working at the “kid factory”, he is either spending time with his wife (who has a son and daughter in the oven), fishing, riding waves, making art, or pulling weeds in his yard.
Boogie Bill Strasser
Bill works pictorially to create a wide range of objects and jewelry combining both precious and non precious metals. These layered pieces utilize such elements as oceanic images, Mexican Dia De Los Muertos ceremonies and the vigorous style Picasso cultivated after his trip to Africa. His work often features contrasting symbols and striking primitive faces.
John originally came to San Francisco to go to cooking school. He know likes to feed peoples eyes and memories with his images. A digital artist, he draws upon a vast pantry of images and ideas to create work that is familiar but still questioned but always tastes good.
The Great Highway is a fine art gallery and working studio featuring contemporary works in all mediums. The gallery was founded by John Lindsey, a San Francisco resident with San Francisco Art Institute roots who carries a deep appreciation for images and ideas that explore where land meets water. The Gallery supports and promotes a diverse group of artists who seek sincere beauty, challenge conventional thinking and amuse us with conceptual ideas in their work. The studio works with these artists in developing, printing, and presenting their works. Located in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset district, The Great Highway gallery’s mission is to explore, search, seek, analyze, and collect the work of those artists who push the boundaries of today’s creative mediums while nurturing the ongoing conversations that exist in the micro-communities found in today’s complex social make-up.
For Further Information
Curator: John Lindsey