Stated simply: Nathan Wirth, in all his work, attempts to photograph silence.
Nathan has won awards in a variety of photo competitions, such as the International Photography Awards, The Moscow International Foto Awards, the PX3, the Black and White Spider Awards, and the Epson Pano Awards.
Locally, Nathan has given several talks about his photography at philosophy conferences– and many of his images have received awards in the Marin County Fair, where, in 2017, he was chosen as Marin County Photographer of the Year. In 2016, Nathan was commissioned by Sonoma County’s Kenwood Winery to create a label for their prestigious Artist Series.
His work rests on the walls of many homes throughout the Bay Area, the United States, and internationally—as well as gracing the covers and pages of books of poetry and philosophy, jazz CDs, magazines (online and in print) and wine labels.
Nathan Wirth is a self taught photographer that enjoys sharing the knowledge that he has accumulated through many hours of trial and error. Nathan lives in Novato with his wife and daughter and teaches literature at San Francisco City College.
October 1st ~ November 3rd
Reception Saturday, October 6th 6~9pm
Artist talk Thursday, November 1st 6~8pm
The Great Highway Gallery is excited to present Mission Dirt Project, installation, ceramics and drawings by Ilana Crispi.
About the Project
I am digging the dirt under my apartment in the Mission, turning it into ceramics, searching for deposits of gold and using it to grow tea to share with my neighbors. I am looking at the soil itself as a way to examine our local history, geology, and story of place.
Mission Creek – now buried – has deposited soil with a high clay content under my home. I investigate landscape – how we imagine and perceive our environment, and the physical material of place. What happens on the surface is constantly changing. Many different peoples have created homes here – the Ohlone and then missionaries and immigrants and now tech workers. My apartment has been here since before the 1906 earthquake. The dirt under the apartment hasn’t changed. To reach it I travel into what looks like an old mine shaft below the sidewalk. This is where the fuse boxes are. I have navigated this space with pick ax and shovel and mined the soil.
This is a kind of guerrilla land grab and share – I am looking at the value of the dirt itself and sharing what I find. The real estate here is some of the most expensive anywhere. I have processed the soil to create fired ceramics and grow native plants. I am testing the land – firing it, mixing it and questioning its meaning and ownership.
The Mission Dirt Project is supported by an Individual Artist Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission.
About the Artist
Ilana Crispi is a San Francisco based artist with an interdisciplinary practice. She mixes traditional ceramic arts with local histories and geologies, food, dirt, and junk materials. Her site-specific installations invite engagement and investigate ideas of perception and the ways in which we experience our environments. She has been the resident artist at the Rochester Folk Art Guild, Montalvo Arts Center, the de Young Museum, and Jiwar and Can Serrat in Spain. Her work has been shown at museums, galleries, and alternative sites nationally and internationally in Spain, Mexico and China. She has an MFA from Mills College and BA from Brown University. Ilana is an Assistant Professor of Art at San Francisco State University.
Dave Gardner & Tessa Hope Hasty
August 1th – August 25th
Reception Saturday, August 4th 6-10pm
The Great Highway Gallery is excited to present Sunset Elementals, window installation and mixed media collage works by Dave Gardner and Tessa Hope Hasty.
Sunset Elements: to express essential characteristics of life and place. Distillations of both the universal and particular. Hand drawn, hand painted, and silkscreened. Cut up and put together.
Two artists from Santa Cruz blending designs, sharing views and interpretations of our surroundings from on site seeing, sketching, and scribbling while traveling through and being in the City and along the coast. Recognizing and acknowledging wild natural elements which surround and flow through the urban environment, what we consider real worlds amidst the human built world.
Two heads and two hearts, two sets of eyes and ideas expand the visions and possibilities. The whole feels greater than the sum of the parts. The urban world has its own magic. Especially San Fransisco! This City, surrounded by water from the bay through the Gate to the deep sea. The hills and vistas and parks and trees and neighborhoods and gardens and rich human culture and history. The dynamic weather and micro climates. Magic! Even more so when we see and feel the elements within and all around us which sustain this City and all life. Sun, soil, water, air, atmospherics, color, texture, beauty, always in endless transformation.
About the Artists
Tessa Hope Hasty Ocean and mountain woman, named at Hetch Hetchy, source of San Fransisco’s drinking water. Painter, wood worker, screen printer. Co-founder of and designer at Feral Lux, a way of life gone apparel enterprise. Feral Lux celebrates the spectrum of potential riches in any given moment. Tessa creatively flies under the radar in Bonny Doon, California.
Dave Gardner Artist, writer, surf fiend, skateboarder, crude musician. Inspired early by immersion in sea, sand, and sky, as well as soil and concrete. On a mission to translate much wild life into human language on scales sliding from post cards to the sides of buildings. Author and illustrator of The Adventures of the Salty Little Sliders. As interested in growing and eating food as anything else.