Gallery Hopping, SF

Dipping my toes into the SF gallery scene yesterday with Becky exposed a few interesting pieces of art, and a world of gallerists significantly different from those in NYC. At nearly every gallery, we were greeted by someone who explained their current offerings and talked about upcoming shows.

The Secret Garden diorama by Su Blackwell

My favorite work was in the Summer Reading exhibition by the Hosfelt Gallery, a collection of artworks inspired by literature. The collection included a series of dioramas by Su Blackwell. Each was constructed from the pages of a book to recreate the world of the words inside a beautiful wooden box. Pictured here is ‘The Secret Garden,’ which has a door opening into the box and is the most immediately striking. Others in the series contain lights, a moving carousel, and other small mechanical inclusions. The words on the pages, naturally, tend to relate to the forms they construct, like a suitcase with the word ‘trunks’ legible on its side.

Another successful exhibition was of contemporary chinese art at the Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery.

The gallery is in an office building along with a number of others. They showed the work of many, including Chen Wenling and the Luo Brothers.

Chen Wenling's sculpture

Warehouse-style galleries and bars cum art-spaces are common in the short alleys south of Market. The more buttoned-up sellers stick to smaller spaces north of Market, notably on the first block of Geary. They range from sellers like Warnock Fine Art Prints, who simply have a large collection of images for sale without much of an exhibition space, to Haines Gallery, who showed sculptures by many artists, including Andy Goldsworthy, in their comparatively large galleries. I certainly miss Chelsea at this point, but the work on offer here more than takes away the edge.

More artwork in SF on Flickr.