Hand-cut paper, acrylic paint, wood, on canvas
30″ x 30″
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Michael Wilson’s radiant sculpture-paintings will make you freeze in your tracks. Michael’s art is very meticulous and infuses his love for the intense: intense color, intense energy, intense moments from his life. His art strives to bring back reckless fun memories and evoke pure joy; they are vividly original and never boring.
Ceramics with glaze
5″ x 22″
Retail Value: $600
Minimum Bid: $200
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Sharon Virtue is a ceramic artist as well as a creative community activator. She received a Masters in Community Arts from Goldsmiths University, London and a BA in Fine Arts from Sheffield Polytechnic. After moving to San Francisco, Sharon began working with Ruby’s Clay Studio, and she implemented the Mud Bus outreach project, a mobile clay studio that received awards and funding from the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Sharon enjoys teaching expressive arts workshops and facilitating community projects in order to encourage the potential artist in everyone.
#22 Grid Series
Oil, alkyd, powdered metal on paper
30″ x 22″
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Minimum Bid: $450
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Elements of Modernist design fuse with motifs of tribal art in Jeff Long’s paintings. The history of art, in a broad sense, has much to do with codifying our experience of the natural world, and Long finds visual parallels among many cultures and in various time frames.
Worldwide, many societies have expressed their place in nature by creating a sort of visual parallel order. Societies accomplished this by distilling and abstracting landscape and natural elements. Whether expressed in mosaics, weaving, or pottery, there were often uncanny similarities of approach on different continents.
Through artists like Matisse and his many artistic descendents, the visual vocabulary of pattern-making, flattened color and hard edges crossed over into mainstream Western art in the twentieth century from societies in which there was a long tradition of abstracting nature.
In a painting project, which is now in its fifth decade, Long has created a body of work characterized by the distillation of landscape, votive traditions from various cultures, tribal design elements, and Modernist motifs.
Long’s art expresses humanity’s impulse to connect the optical sense with a feeling for the wholeness of the world.
Triptych of hand-cut black paper mounted in shadowbox frames
4″ x 6″ each piece
Signature: cut out on each piece
Retail Value: $725
Minimum Bid: $250
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For Bianca Levan, finding paper-cutting was serendipitous. While wandering through Green Apple Books one afternoon in 2011, she glanced at a random shelf, and saw “Paper Cutting Book: Contemporary Artists, Timeless Craft.” Bianca picked up the soft-cover book and was instantly enthralled.
A few months later, in early 2012, Bianca was at her studio and decided to give paper-cutting a playful try. So she grabbed a box-cutter, a paper bag, and did just that. In that instant, her obsession with paper-cutting took root.
With paper-cutting Bianca’s ideas felt at home. The images she imagined when starting a piece came close to the final product. This was a powerful feeling for her. Through these paper-cuts, Bianca found a voice to share the moments, thoughts, and emotions that she could not otherwise articulate. And it is this type of honesty and candor that she hopes to continue finding as her journey in paper-cutting continues.
Bianca Levan suggests installing the triptych like this:
Donated by SFMOMA Artists Gallery
Discarded Marlboro cigarette packaging on canvas, PVA glue, mahogany panel
21″ x 20″
Signature: on the back
Retail Value: $1,100
Minimum Bid: $375
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Walking, gathering and gleaning are at the core of Robert Larson’s peripatetic explorations in the urban landscape. Traversing blighted terrain, Larson acquires the most mundane, discarded and forgotten materials via time-intensive scavenging in neighborhoods littered with commercial detritus. The resulting accumulations of post-consumer packaging records myriad human activities—a telling mix of pleasures, habits and addictions, including the artist’s own obsessive collecting and appropriating. These solitary, meditative walks inform Robert’s inquiry in the studio, providing both medium and subject for his contemplative patterned abstractions about the world in which we live. Larson brings together the mass-produced and the laboriously hand-made, in transformative visual works that examine the nuanced relationships between nature, the urban landscape, consumerism and cultural identity.
Donated by the Ketcham family
Homage to Art
Planked ebony with 13 inlaid hand carved ebony reliefs
72″ x 33″
Retail Value: $20,000
Minimum Bid: $3,000
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Self-taught Jeffery Ketcham hailed from Chicago and spent several years in New York and San Francisco creating works in various media, with special interest in exotic woods.
His early carvings translated to wood block prints. From his carved inked blocks, the artist began creating boxes which became more elaborate over the years, incorporating wood sculpture, inlaid carvings and objects, faux painting technique and metal leafing. In 1998, his box art was featured in Inside Out, a solo exhibition, curated by Carole Austin at the San Francisco Craft & Folk Art Museum.
Prior to his death in 2005 at age 50, Ketcham completed his most ambitious and important work, titled Homage to Art. This three-panel, free standing sculpture was planked from a solid stump of ebony. It features 13 inlaid, hand carved ebony reliefs, referencing old masters and Ketcham himself.
Ketcham’s original prints, paintings and wood sculpture are featured in corporate and private collections worldwide. The artist was represented by ArtHaus, San Francisco from 1996–2004.
A Collection of Imperfections Stitched Together With Good Intentions
Mixed media assemblage of found objects, vintage ephemera, and recycled drawers
16″ x 16″
Signature: on the back
Retail Value: $700
Minimum Bid: $250
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Dianne Hoffman finds beauty in rust and erosion and sees potential in broken parts. She combines complementary, muted color schemes in order to harmonize dissimilar media. Her assemblage boxes, filled with collections of curious found objects, become storytellers and memory inducers as they evoke the past with enigmatic humor.
In this piece, Dianne utilizes doll parts to represent the human condition and create an uncanny, engaged experience. Each compartment of the assemblage box embodies flawed mementos of a collective consciousness.
Blackened steel wire, galvanized steel nails, plywood, latex paint; birchwood frame
17″ x 24″
Signature: bottom right
Retail Value: $500
Minimum Bid: $175
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Leo Cameron Felix is an artist and licensed architect who finds inspiration in the lines, patterns, and geometry of nature. He juxtaposes these organic forms with his technical drawing style and expertise. Raised in southern Georgia, Leo moved to San Francisco in pursuit of his professional and creative aspirations. He is currently a senior designer working in one of the city’s premiere interior design and architecture firms.
Is that a Manifold in your Pocket?
Acrylic and collage on panel
24″ x 24″
Signature: on the verso
Retail Value: $750
Minimum Bid: $250
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Diana Elrod didn’t think she had it in her to make art, until she quit her full-time job in 2000 and took her first studio art class. Apparently, the long hiatus until she was nearly forty meant artwork started pouring out of her at an alarming rate. Diana makes her living as a consultant in community development and affordable housing.
Stoneware, stains, glazes, china paints
10″ x 14″
Retail Value: $850
Minimum Bid: $300
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Natasha Dikareva’s work in ceramics pushes the boundary between reality and imagination. Inspired by nineteenth century scientist Ernst Haeckel’s illustrations of hitherto-unknown and seemingly fantastical sea creatures, Natasha forges ahead creating undiscovered creatures from another dimension.
Natasha is influenced by a various sources, which include ancient Greek mythology and Eastern philosophies. She is interested in depicting the human experience using charged symbolism and metaphors. Through the back door of the subconscious, Natasha finds escape routes from the mundane. She taps into the origin of her dreams, extracting the elixir of a bright new future.