IMPERFECT CONTINUUM | Steven Vasquez Lopez & William Edwards

Opening Reception: Friday, April 3rd 2015 | 5-11pm | On display through 4/25/15

“Some Strings Attached # 41” by Steven Vasquez Lopez | 2014

“Some Strings Attached # 41” by Steven Vasquez Lopez | 2014

Steven Vasquez Lopez

The first-generation son of a Mexican-American seamstress and mechanic, my early obsession with architecture, manual labor and bold fashion continues in my studio practice of hard-edged graphic acrylic painting and meticulous ink drawings. Pushing the cannon of Chicano art beyond graffiti or large-scale murals, these works investigate identity through the lens of a richly traditional infrastructure.

My acrylic paintings on wooden panel create an iconography, symbolically operating on the micro-level of the personal, while able to be inserted into a larger historical and cultural dialogue. This process extends from super-controlled acrylic painting into laborious experimental ink drawings on paper, continuing an abstract investigation into line, color and pattern – an homage to his mother and reminiscent of a childhood play area in her sewing room piled with fabric swatches. The vulnerable process of creating “swatch-drawings” in ink celebrates accidental moments and mishap when man imitates machine. Through both painting and drawing, my cultural and personal history is explored, questioned and celebrated.

“Some Strings Attached # 37” by Steven Vasquez Lopez | 2014

“Some Strings Attached # 37” by Steven Vasquez Lopez | 2014

William Edwards

This work began 16 years ago as a series of trompe-l’oeil sculptures of paintings that were based on our consumer and corporate culture. Through my fascination of the alchemy of ceramic materials these ceramic paintings soon transformed into flat slabs of clay with the glaze taking over as the subject. The natural phenomenon of the glaze creates a chaotic surface of patterns. Through the inherent transmutation of chemicals the uncontrollable and unexpected occurs; instability creates a game of chance. Like a toss of the dice, a moment in time is captured. As a mark outgrows it’s bound set by a brush, drips crawl and overtake a surface like oil slicks spreading over the ocean. Within the kiln, each glazed work comes alive, seeming to have an innate sense of purpose. Then in an instant, all is frozen. What is left is a window of chaotic patterns of uncertainty, irregularity and imperfection, a result of a vast shifting set of unique circumstances.

“BS 3” by William Edwards | Glazed Ceramics | 2014

“BS 3” by William Edwards | Glazed Ceramics | 2014

“BS 2” by William Edwards | Glazed Ceramics | 2014

“BS 2” by William Edwards | Glazed Ceramics | 2014

Steven Vasquez Lopez was born in Upland, California and currently lives in San Francisco. Raised in Southern California in a Mexican-American household, Lopez’s early obsession with architecture, manual labor and bold fashion continues through his hard-edge graphic acrylic painting and ink drawings. Lopez received his BA in Studio Art from UC Santa Barbara in 2000. He was a recipient of the William Dole Memorial Scholarship (1999, 2000), Abrams Prize (2000), Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship (2006), ArtSlant Prize (2012). Since completing his MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007, Lopez has exhibited at CES Contemporary, Aqua Art Miami, ArtsPadSF, the San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, Riverside Art Museum, Diego Rivera Gallery, Parklife Gallery, Roll Up Gallery & Root Division Gallery. Steven is represented by CES Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.

“Some Strings Attached # 51” by Steven Vasquez Lopez | 2014

“Some Strings Attached # 51” by Steven Vasquez Lopez | 2014

Steven Vasquez Lopez
Education

2007 MFA, Painting, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2001 BA, Art Studio, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Solo Exhibitions

2014 Accidental Moments, CES Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 Burst, CES Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

2013 Introductions 2013, Root Division, San Francisco, CA
Confluence, FIFTY24SF, San Francisco, CA
Future Tense, CES Contemporary, Laguna Beach, CA
Selections 2013, ArtSpan, ArtPadSF, San Francisco, CA
Pink & Dangerous, CES Contemporary, ArtPadSF, San Francisco, CA

2012 Fringe Frontier, Aqua Art Miami, ArtSlant, Miami, FL
1001 Artists Project, SCOPE Art Show, Miami, FL
X Libris, Root Division Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011 Staff Infection, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Idealization of Shapes, Roll Up Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010 Unnatural Plans, Parklife Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Graphic Nature, Soap Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009 Golden State of Mine, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
OverPattern, Propeller Modern, San Francisco, CA
Drips, Stripes and Hard‐Edges, Augie’s, Redlands, CA
home, Deborah Martin & Phyllis Stein Art, Los Angeles, CA
LA ArtWalk(May, August), The Annex LA, Los Angeles, CA
Threads, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

2008 Aqua Art Miami, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Miami, FL
New Art 08, Hotel Des Arts, San Francisco, CA
Big Deal 15, SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
New Visions 2008, ProArts Gallery, Oakland, CA
METApop, ARTworkSF, San Francisco, CA

2007 SFAI MFA Graduate Exhibition, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

2006 Continuing MFA Show, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute
Impressive Nature, 1015 Folsom, San Francisco, CA
Immediate Future: The 2006 Murphy & Cadogan Fellowships in the Arts,
San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2000 U4, Perch Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Honor’s Exhibition: Getting into Boxes, Bottles and Trouble, Gallery 1434, Santa Barbara
Undergraduate Show 2000, Gallery 1434, Santa Barbara, CA

1999 Undergraduate Show 1999, Gallery 1434, Santa Barbara, CA
1999 Drawing to a close, Gallery 1434, Santa Barbara, CA
Monkey Faction, Gallery 1434, Santa Barbara, CA

Awards

2013 Selection 2013, ArtSpan
2012 ArtSlant Prize Winner, ArtSlant.com
2006 Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship in the Fine Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission
2000 Art Studio Honors Program, University of California, Santa Barbara
2000 Abram Prize, University of California, Santa Barbara
2000, 1999 William Dole Memorial Scholarship, University of California, Santa Barbara

“Crusty” by William Edwards | Glazed Ceramic | 2013

“Crusty” by William Edwards | Glazed Ceramic | 2013

WILLIAM EDWARDS
EDUCATION

2001 MFA, University of California, Davis,

1998 BFA, San Francisco Art Institute

AWARDS

1998 Issac Walter Sculpture Award in Ceramics

EXHIBITIONS

2013 Dwelling on the Gulf, Galveston Historical Foundation, Galveston, TX

2012 Video Vault, Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2011 Chemical Reaction, Toomey-Tourell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Fresh Air, 111 Mina, San Francisco, CA

2009 Feats of Clay XXII, Lincoln Arts, Gladding McBean Pottery, Lincoln, CA

2008 Ten, Toomey-Tourell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
William Edwards-Joe Thurston, Toomey-Tourell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2004 Everything and the Kitchen Sink, BPG Gallery, Berkeley, CA   

2003 10th Annual Artists’ Valentines Show, Richard L. Nelson Gallery, Davis, CA

2002 Feats of Clay XV, Lincoln Arts, Gladding McBean Pottery, Lincoln, CA

9th Annual Artists’ Valentines Show, Richard L. Nelson Gallery, Davis, CA

2001 Master Mind, Richmond Art Center, Richmond CA
Present/Tense, University Art Gallery, Sonoma, CA
Seven, MFA 2001, Memorial Union Art Gallery, Davis, CA

2001 Juried Student Art Show, Memorial Union Art Gallery, Davis, CA

2000 Juried Student Art Show, Memorial Union Art Gallery, Davis, CA
Mind’s Eye, Memorial Union Art Gallery, Davis, CA

1999 Keep this copy for your records, Memorial Union Art Gallery, Davis, CA

1998 Graduate Show, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, Ca
Spring Show, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, Ca

1997 Spring Show, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, Ca

1994 Dark Living, Darks Art Parlor, Santa Ana, CA Rev*a*la*tion, Long Beach, CA Spring Show, OCC art Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA

1993 Last Glow Before We Go, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

1993 In the Alley, The Caged Chameleon, Santa Ana, CA

1992 Let There Be Light, The Caged Chameleon, Santa Ana, CA
Creative Energy: An Exhibition of Neon Art, City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA

1991 Part of the Art, Nordstrom, Costa Mesa, CA
Group show, The Caged Chameleon, Santa Ana, CA

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

2001 Faculty, Drawing, UC Davis


DREAM AWAY | Jason Mitchell Solo Show

Opening Reception: Friday, May 1st 2015 | 5-11pm | On display through May 30th

Jason Mitchell | Artist Statement

I am fascinated with the journey that includes an awakening of one’s self. With Dream Away, I wanted to capture the sense of a being who was emerging, being pushed from one reality to another, traveling through a between state on their way to complete a metamorphosis. I ask my subjects to explore a loss of control, but a sense that they are being guided, pushed and pulled by another sentient being, as they make their way to a new self. They represent the soul of a magical creature on a journey through the limbo that connects their past understandings to this new unknown.

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