Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Paul Urich at Eleanor Harwood (SF)

Note: This exhibit is scheduled to close on 5/11/07.

San Francisco artist Paul Urich has quietly developed a reputation for drawings and collage paintings that meditate on the transmission of personal character within his family and on more general themes of generation, transformation, and death. Typically (but not always) his work presents a small, finely detailed image in an expanse of white space. In the family images, the figures are so softly rendered as to suggest a ghostly presence.

An exhibit of Urich's recent work is on view at the Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco. It's a compelling show, and local aficionados should not miss it.

The image above is a detail of “How He Was and Is” (mixed media). Additional images are shown below (the middle pair are from the gallery website).

“Mary Helen and Helen” (detail; gouache on paper)

“Somewhere Between Here and There
While Remembering Everyone You Met Along the Way”

(detail of above)

“The End Is the Beginning” (collage)

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