Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Elliott + Hennessy at Ampersand (SF)

Note: This exhibit is scheduled to close on 5/11/07. The gallery has limited hours.

At Ampersand International Arts, San Francisco artist Steven Elliott continues to delve into images of adventure, danger, and masculinity from the point of view of a child and Boy Scout who grew up to be gay. Above is a large detail of one of his paintings, with a pearl-encrusted dream (image provided by the gallery). Below is a sculpture referencing the sea, a frequent motif in the artist's work.

Also on exhibit at Ampersand are Angela Hennessy's transformations of black velvet. Shown below is a wall of drawings made from unraveled velvet pressed between sheets of glass. Many of them suggest underwater creatures, especially jellyfish. Others look like CAT scans.

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