Last Light & Life Forms
Mist Garden | Mixed Media on Panel | Ivy Jacobsen 2013
LAST LIGHT | Ivy Jacobsen Solo Exhibition
LIFE FORMS | Tobias Tovera In Collaboration w/ Abbey Glass Featuring Couture Dress Collection
After major aesthetic renovations undertaken during the month of July, 111 Minna Gallery will reopen its doors with two elegant and uniquely complimentary art exhibitions featuring the multi-processed works of Ivy Jacobsen and Tobias Tovera while also incorporating the exquisite fashion of Abigail Glass and live musical performance by Tim Carr.
Ivy Jacobsen strives to create a place of magical realism in her landscapes, balancing magical elements with real world rendering of flora and fauna found in our natural world. She uses oil paint, bronzing powder, earth pigments, acrylic paint, resin, and other mixed media on canvas and birch panel in creating her paintings. They are composed of many thin layers of glazes slowly built up over time. Through the multiple semi-transparent layers all the colors are visible creating a glowing depth of field. By painting the trees and plant forms in between the layers of glazes the forms begin to occupy various spaces in the foreground and background, further creating the illusion of depth. It is Ivy’s hope that the viewer is invited “into” the painting to fully explore the imaginary environment.
In Last Light, the ethereal scenery in Ivy Jacobsen’s work carries with it a feminine sensibility that’s soothing to the eye and rarely seen in works displayed at 111 Minna Gallery.
Earth Song | Mixed Media on Panel | Ivy Jacobsen 2013
Life Forms is an exhibition examining the realm of process and color through painting, fashion, and music. This dynamic multi-media exhibit will feature the paintings of Tobias Tovera in collaboration with fashion designer Abbey Glass (shown at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week) who will debut her new couture dress collection using Tovera’s inspiring paintings as textile designs.
Opening the exhibit, special guest Tim Carr (Named best Bay Area musician by 7×7 Magazine) will be performing from his new album ‘Through the Color.’ All three artists have joined forces to create an exhibition that bridges the gap between art, design, and music; where processes of experiencing color, movement, and sound can be delineated.
Rupture | Pigment & Solvent on Mahogany Wood Panel | Tobias Tovera 2011
Tobias Tovera’s work currently explores paint as a sculptural object in which the process of the medium diffuses into the surface. He creates compositions of entropic development that conjure layered textures of color and space. Though he begins with a color that embodies an elemental archetype, these Life Forms unfold in a natural rhythm of their own; each layer becoming a kind of topography upon which time can be re-experienced. This process serves to create work that is constantly evolving, allowing him to explore the equilibrium between what is intended and what is achieved, a process that results neither from control over these forces nor surrenders to them, but rather from immersion in them. By incorporating and encouraging chaotic yet harmonic energy systems in his practice, he seeks to restrain intent thus allowing a more spiritual aspect to enter his work.
Channel | Pigment & Solvent on Mahogany Wood Panel | Tobias Tovera 2011
Tobias Tovera in collaboration with fashion designer, Abbey Glass
Life Forms dress designs in progress by Abbey Glass
New Inspiration- “Last Fall I reached out to acclaimed San Francisco painter, Tobias Tovera, after falling in love with his work on multiple blogs. I had just shown in the Supima Design Competition in NY fashion week, and one of my bright yellow dresses reminded me so much of his gradients. I wanted so much to translate the colors and movement in his paintings to clothing, so I proposed the idea of collaborating.
Tobias and I are now working on collaborative couture dress collection using his inspiring paintings as textile designs. After six months of hard work and concept building, were approached by a curator to show together at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco.
What a dream! I plan to have 7 dresses displayed on models opening night and in the gallery for the duration of the show.” –Abbey Glass
While storytelling, and science drive her conceptual work, Abbey uses a wide range of materials as a means of communication. A mix of recycled parts and new luxury fabrics, each piece is unique. The Atlanta, Georgia native is an adventurous traveler, creating work that brings together a traditional American romanticism and an exotic contemporary edge. Before graduating from Rhode Island School of Design, Abbey had the opportunity to work under Marc Jacobs and Francisco Costa at Calvin Klein Collection. Abbey Glass showed in the Supima Design Competition runway show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in September 2012.
Musician, Tim Car (Annick-Hyle Photography)
Tim Carr’s music is futuristic dark pop with influences of Portishead and Thom Yorke combined with the stage presence and melodic structure of Muse. His music is a portrait of the world through his eyes, but he is not going for anything in particular – not melodrama, certainly not vanity, and not fame. He’s simply sharing his experiences and observations.
Having been drawn to the stage early in life, a theatrical influence transmits through Tim’s music (one that is glaringly evident in his live shows). Carr says “Performing my original material brings out two sides of me. One that is playful; sometimes I feel like a clown up there, creating a Saturday Night Live skit. And one that is darker, more serious and dubious.” One that reviewers call “edgy, but always fun”.
For Tim, musical clarity has been forged from past musical collaborations. In his early 20′s he moved to Los Angeles and began working in mainstream music with the likes of Chris Field and ELO.
However, he quickly grew frustrated with the overproduced mentality and overbearing industry aspect of the LA music scene. Emphatically he sought refuge in San Francisco where he began writing and composing music with the simple idea that music should be about art first and industry last.
His new city had a lot to offer. As opposed to fighting for creative expression, he now found the quirks of his music being loudly applauded. In a few short years he made his mark with the release of “The Tim Carr Project “(2009), which he wrote, performed and produced. The album spawed the super catchy “Shake Your Caboose” single, which was released with accompanying Mission style art house music video. Inspired by the success of this record, a new creative freedom, and his quirky surroundings, Tim was eager to put out another album. With the release of “The Shadows“(2012), Carr teamed up with indie engineer and drummer Chris Crawford (French Miami, clintongore) who recorded and performed drums on “The Tim Carr Project“. However, this time he also enlisted the talents of veteran guitarist and mixing engineer Phil Manly (Trans Am, The Fucking Champs). “The Shadows” sound is a perfect blend of flavors… it’s dancy, dark, silly, fun, angry… its Tim. His hits “Give Me The Light” and “Fame Whore” had audiences dancing through the year.
“Through The Color“, Carr’s third album, will be released September 10, 2013. Co-written and co-produced by Marc Kate (Never Knows, Husband), this album takes the listener further into Carr’s twisted, colorful soul. While keeping the hooks that make Carr a formidable pop musician, Kate’s influence and mastery of sound, technique and minimalism, are evident. His first single will be “Peter Pan“, for which he is working on a 4-dimensional music video, incorporating 3-D technology and scratch and sniff postcards.