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June 16, 2018
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Venue
Jack Fischer Gallery, Potrero Hill

Location
311 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103

Future Asteroids by John Patrick McKenzie © 2014 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, marker on inkjet photo print, 15 x 15 inches

Intricate, colorful, and full of variety, Nine Hearts Exploring is a collection of artworks worthy of the title. And, with the release of several new art T-shirts, you can wear your “heART” on your sleeve!

Jack Fischer Gallery presents Nine Hearts Exploring (from Creativity Explored), a new exhibition showcasing 46 individual artworks.

The respected art collector and gallery owner Jack Fischer says the artwork included “would already be a part of his own collection if he only had the space!”

The nine exhibiting artists range in age from 23 to 65, representing multiple cultural points of view. The mixed media work included in the exhibition highlights simple and complex line drawings, multiple examples of text-based art, as well as lush, colorful pieces on paper, wood, and ceramic.

Selected artists include some of Fischer’s “old favorites” including Andrew Li (b. 1962) who had a solo exhibition of gestural drawings at the Jack Fischer Gallery before it relocated and expanded to two locations in the Potrero Hill and the Dogpatch neighborhoods. Another artist who focuses on the use of line, albeit in a completely opposite way than Li, is James Miles (b. 1957).  His miniature ink drawings of quiet scenes tell stories and draw the viewer in closer for closer examination of his deceptively simple compositions.

A long-time fan of Evelyn Reyes’ (b. 1957) graphic oil pastel drawings and Camille Holvoet’s (b. 1952) depictions of colorful confections, Fischer selected several of their works adding vibrant pops of pigment among the monochromatic line drawings. Further along the color spectrum is new work by Samedi Djeimguero (b. 1995), the youngest artist included in the exhibition whose large-scale oil pastel drawings, reminiscent of Rothko, supply visual pools for the eyes to do a deep dive. 

John Patrick McKenzie (b. 1962) and Daniel Green (b. 1985), long heralded by Fischer, create popular text-based works that reference popular culture and politics, with wry wit. The work included in Nine Hearts Exploring is mostly drawn on unusual surfaces such as a Victorian window, cigarette box, and fiberboard samples.

Alongside artists that Fischer is well acquainted with are some new discoveries including Roland Record (b. 1975) and Nubia Ortega (b. 1976). Record creates complex compositions made up of fragmented grids and intersecting patterns with occasional figures, hearts, houses, and flowers, while Ortega molds textured fish and playful toy cars in glazed ceramic.

During the opening reception, Creativity Explored and San Francisco T-shirt company Road Twenty Two will celebrate the release of four new art fashion T-shirts to coincide with artists’ work included in Nine Hearts Exploring. Andrew Li’s Tiger drawing and Camille Holvoet’s signature Ferris Wheel are two of the anticipated designs. Road Twenty-Two’s mission emphasizes sustainable, American production and employing previously incarcerated and homeless women, a socially conscious ethos that makes it well suited for stepping into politics.

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