Winged Woman Ascending, 2011

Stephen De Staebler

December 8, 2011 — January 28, 2012

Having worked primarily in clay for the first part of his career, De Staebler began experimenting with bronze during the late 1970s. Rather than viewing the two mediums as mutually exclusive, clay's organic and malleable qualities exerted an undeniable influence upon De Staebler’s innovative approach to casting. The first step in his process was to cast into bronze hundreds of fragments of arms, legs, wings, and “earth forms” originally made from clay and wax. From this library of bronze fragments he was then, by means of assemblage, free to create entirely new forms. Even his ostensibly finished works were often subjected to further additions, subtractions, and modifications, as if he were still "modelling" the material. By producing new sculptures using fragments excavated from his own art practice, De Staebler developed a signature aesthetic recognized today as uniquely his own.… read more

Snow Birds, 2011

Dan Jackson

Natura Morta
November 3 — December 3, 2011

Rendered in a strikingly illusionistic manner, Dan Jackson’s witty, vibrant paintings feature objects of everyday life, such as ceramic figurines, toys, advertisements, candy, fruit, and flowers. Though still life painters have traditionally idealized their subjects or imbued them with extra-compositional meaning – as exemplified by 16th century Dutch and Flemish still life and vanitas painting – Jackson instead renders his subjects exactly as they appear… read more

Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Apocalipsis II

Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Jenifer Kent, Vanessa Marsh

Black & White
October 6 — 29, 2011

Dolby Chadwick Gallery is pleased to announce BLACK AND WHITE, a group show featuring art by Paul Chojnowski, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, David Gibson, Katina Huston, Jenifer Kent, Vanessa Marsh, Gay Outlaw, and Rob Tarbell. As suggested by the show’s title, the photography, etchings, and works on paper presented in this exhibition are all rendered in black, white, and tonal values. While this shared feature unifies the diverse grouping at the visual level, it is the use of alternative materials, processes, and concepts that provides the show with its organizing structure.… read more

Still Life with David Park, 2011

Guy Diehl

Guy Diehl: Still Life Painting
September 1 — October 1, 2011

Since the mid-1980s, Diehl has utilized the still life format to make art about art. Rendered in a realist style, each painting takes as its focal point a particular artist, movement, or theme from art history. In his more recent paintings, Diehl has engaged the art historical canon through appropriation; partial facsimiles of works by artists such as Modigliani, Rembrandt, Cezanne, Hopper, and David Park, for example, materialize as postcards or images within open texts. Books frequently appear in conjunction with these visual references, their gilt titles further elucidating the paintings’ larger thematic scope.… read more

Left: Untitled (JM-057), 2011 | Right: Untitled (JM-058), 2011

Echoes in the Ether
August 4 — 27, 2011

Like the color field painters of the mid 20th century, Macca’s compositions are dominated by large swaths of seamless color rendered to minimize any sign of process, such as gesture and brushwork.… read more

House, 2004

Vanessa Marsh

The Space Between
August 4 — 27, 2011

The Space Between, an exhibition of photographs from Vanessa Marsh’s
Always Close But Never Touching series, addresses the relationships between phenomena such as experience and memory, reality and imagination, and past and present. For Marsh, the act of taking in and processing the world… read more

Nude Summer, 2005

Terry St. John

July 7 — 30, 2011

Terry St. John’s paintings exhibit many of the hallmarks of both the Bay Area Figurative Movement – he was a student of James Weeks in the 1960s – as well as the Californian Society of Six plein-air tradition. In his recent paintings of nude women lounging in various degrees of repose, strong geometric forms articulate limbs, torsos, breasts and faces. St. John’s backgrounds also make use of these reductive shapes, though here he lays them down in a sunburst of oblique, parallel and perpendicular directions that work to either softly subsume the model or boldly serve her up for our gaze. Within these shapes, adjacent patches of colors in complimentary tones of light and dark describe the effect of a strong, low light pervasive throughout many of St. John’s paintings… read more

Berkeley Hills View, 2011 l Oil on panel l 48 x 52 inches

Recent Paintings by Shelley Hoyt
June 2 — July 2, 2011

Inspired by the 19th century Luminist tradition that featured serene landscapes and emphasized a play of light, Hoyt infuses her “wide angle” depictions of San Francisco Bay and the distant hills of Marin or Berkeley – depending on the artist’s vantage point – with a sense of tranquility. An attention to air and atmosphere is central to her process: vast skies dominate much of the composition while low mantles of fog dematerialize form and impart a tangible coolness. The effect of atmospheric distance produces soothing blue and violet tones that wash over the composition, dispelling any lingering disquiet. But rather than letting the viewer lose herself in the experience of the expansive scenery, the piercing repoussoir of sharply articulated tree branches and silhouetted foliage delivers the viewer back to the immediate moment. For this show, Hoyt revisits the same vast and ethereal compositions she has gained recognition for. A transplant of Montana, Hoyt had been living in the Bay Area for over ten years when she began painting scenes of the Bay. It was during these sessions, she explains, that “I discovered the spacious and expansive equivalents of Montana’s Big Sky that I so longed for.” In seeking to represent nature – her avowed goal – Hoyt’s attention to the natural world’s untold breadth has become a unifying element within her work.… read more

A Quiet Town # 98, 2011

Pune to San Francisco
May 5 — 28, 2011

Working in oils, Bhujbal creates compositions of colorful, overlapping forms and marks to describe various architectural facades. Despite the geometric quality of even the most abstracted of his cityscapes, intersecting planes and strong shadows nevertheless convey three-dimensionality and depth while expressive, often energetic mark-making augments their emotional complexity.… read more

Edwige Fouvry l Endormi, 2010 l Oil on linen l 39 x 47 inches

HEADS, curated by Peter Selz
March 3 — April 30, 2011

The human head has been the inspiration for artists since time immemorial. And with its multifarious range of expressions remains an inexhaustible object for the painter and sculptor, open to unlimited formal investigation and infinite expressive interpretation. An increasing search for veracity led, in the early 19th century, to the invention of photography, creating doubt about the very survival of representational painting. Perhaps Susan Sontag was right when asserting that "a photograph is a powerful instrument for depersonalizing the world" ¹ and painters and sculptors persisted in analyzing and revealing the human face. The Cubists shattered and dismembered the face of the sitter and re-assembled it in a new rational order on a flat two-dimensional surface. The Surrealists, open to the irrational aspects of human thought and feeling, found ways to convey the dream and erotic associations in their work. Most striking is René Magritte's transformation of a woman's face into a map where her eyes are replaced by breasts, the nose by the navel, and the mouth by the vulva in his painting, Rape (1934). Some thirty years later, Andy Warhol eliminated any personal touch and replicated the mass-produced image of the post-industrial era. Now, in spite of the temptations of Photoshop and digital and virtual procedures, an increasing number of painters, brush in hand, build on the tradition of painting to create innovative works of individual authenticity. For this exhibition we have chosen renditions of the human head by artists working in London, Paris, Brussels, Dublin, Philadelphia, Seattle, Stanford, Berkeley, and the Los Angeles area. Artists included are Irving Petlin, Lucian Freud, Ann Gale, Edwige Fouvry, Alex Kanevsky, Sherie' Franssen, Jim Morphesis, Patrick Graham, Gottfried Helnwein, Nathan Oliveira, and Stephen De Staebler.… read more

French Horn Dynamo, 2010

Big Noise
February 3 — 26, 2011

Known for her unique ink-on-mylar drawings, Katina Huston exchanges her customary bicycle wheels in favor of a new ensemble of artifacts: musical instruments. While her object of focus may have changed, Huston’s process remains the same. Hanging the chosen object from her studio ceiling, she illuminates it to cast a shadow on the mylar below. She then renders each shadow in twenty shades of ink, starting with contours so as to create channels through which subsequent inks can pool and flow. The resulting forms are fluid, elusive and yet, because they are informed by objects from daily life, feel solidly rooted in reality.… read more