|@Shooting Gallery SF|
Mr.Chatem's show consisted of many amazing paintings and several interactive (clock inspired) pieces.
Many of the pieces had cogs and gears to turn (like seen above and below), and also a complete clock on top.
2/10 is repeated in his work like seen above in the man's top hat. According to Mr.Chatem in old hobo folk lore 2 over 10 was commonly used as a visual forewarning that 'there are thieves among us'.
I love the weathered look and richness of the wood, rust, and colors.
All the little details were incredible, like above he uses slotted round head screws for the birds eyes.
Wheels in motion!
Mr.Chatem explaining how he took apart old clocks to understand their moving parts so he could incorporate that into his own work.
Next up, Mr.Mike Maxwell. Mike's acrylic paintings on wood reminded me of old photographs and portraits taken in the early 1900's (but in beautiful and vivid colors!)
Like this painting on the left, reminds me of photos taken during the depression era with men and woman holding painted signs like this one. Very emotion provoking work. And then the one on the right looks like an old 1910's portrait. Really beautiful.
Lots of silhouette wall paintings that added an almost haunting feel to the show, in a good way.
The contrast from the washed out/dreamy background to the vivid crispness of the people is beautiful. It is like the people are coming out of a dream but in HD.
I wanted to take him home (above).
Love the extra details.
Mike's girlfriend Crystal Barnes was there selling these great shirts of his work, and that's Pete the friendly guard dog below.
Paul Chatem was born in 1974 in Bellevue, Washington, and grew up in La Crescenta, California. He graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1997 with a BFA in Illustration. While working various arts related jobs in the entertainment industry Paul developed his own personal work and started showing in group shows in Los Angeles. His first solo show, It Tastes like Whiskey opened Feb. 2006 at the Black Maria Gallery in Atwater, CA. Since then his work has been featured at The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco CA, The Bluebottle Art Gallery in Seattle WA, CoproNason Gallery in Santa Monica CA, as well as in many group shows in the North America and abroad. Paul is currently hiding out in the foothills of Los Angeles.
Born in 1979 San Diego based artist Mike Maxwell has built a loyal following with his signature stone-blue faces, gloomy churches and beautiful windmills. Self-taught and continuously improving in his work, the poetic dreamy scenes examine humanity, conceptuality, genetics and consciousness. With subtle changes in both theme and process, Maxwell has sharpened his skill providing more depth in his current work. Maxwells choice of color is deliberate and with purpose reflecting a lack of race and ambiguity in the stone-blue faced pieces. The work has a lot to do with his personal re-education and a desire to learn and understand things that are so prevalent in our society but are often forgotten by the masses. Focusing his work around the human experience, themes of religion, sex and science captivates our attention in these acrylic beauties. Mikes work has been shown nation wide and over seas at galleries in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Japan, London, and Australia.
Don't forget to stop by and check out their show before they come down...
Shooting Gallery SF
839 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA
Open Tues-Sat 12-7pm
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