Flying Alinga Balance with Trainer, 2010 l Smoke on paper l 30 x 22 inches

Art of Play
December 3, 2009 — January 9, 2010

People tend to forget that play is serious. David Hockney In this exhibition, artists examine in diverse ways the concept of play in their subject matter and process. The work in this show ranges from smoke drawings of circus performers by Rob Tarbell to photographs of constructed scenes built from train scale models by Vanessa Marsh. Oil paintings of iconic objects of play will appear such as Playskool figures (Chris Cosnowski), vintage wind up bath toys (Ada Sadler), cat’s eye marbles (Dan Jackson), paper airplanes (Kim Frohsin) and a cameo by Ken and Barbie (Holly Farrell). This exhibition brings accomplished artists together to interpret play in many forms. The work in this show will collectively describe what is at the heart of play and hopes to re-capture the imagination of its’ audience.… read more

Departure, 2009

Gary Ruddell

New Paintings
October 1 — November 28, 2009

October 1 - November 28, 2009… read more

A Quiet Town #58, 2009

September 3 — 26, 2009

Reincarnation September 3 - 26, 2009… read more

Water #399, 2009

Louise LeBourgeois

Many Truths About Space
July 2 — August 29, 2009

July 2 - August 29, 2009… read more

Seed Plant, 2008

Hunt Rettig

July 2 — August 29, 2009

Hunt Rettig July 2 - August 29, 2009… read more

Revival, 2009 l Acrylic on paper l 11 x 13.25 inches

Kim Frohsin "Wigs and Silhouettes"
May 7 — June 27, 2009

These energetic and bold works signify a breakthrough in Frohsin’s process. Abstracting the figure through color and collage, the resulting works are both engaging emotionally and aesthetically compelling. The body of work included in Wigs and Silhouettes exemplifies an exciting shift in Frohsin’s way of working. Although the armature of the image is still taken from direct observation of the human form, these new works offer a fresh perspective to her artistic vision. Puzzle-like and spontaneous, the ground meets the figure as colors collide and create images that are at once organic and mechanical. Using mostly palette knives, razor blades and crushed pigment, Frohsin’s mark making is truly original and dynamic.… read more

Douglas Schneider "Suburban Birthday Party"
May 7 — June 27, 2009

In this latest group of work Schneider uses imagery from 1950’s Americana and from recent natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina. “I use images of suburban America and aging signs from a more innocent time when we were less aware of the impact we were having on the world.” In these paintings Schneider uses the force of the abstract expressionist brush stroke both as an aesthetic and symbolic tool. Schneider’s loose expressionistic brush strokes underlie and overlap photorealistic imagery. Like the path a storm leaves in its wake, the strokes conceal and reveal, wiping out aspects of the imagery and leaving others untouched. Aesthetically compelling and rich with hidden meaning, the paintings form unfinished narratives, allowing only a glimpse of the story, and leaving the viewer to fill in the rest. Despite the challenging content of Schneider’s imagery, there remains a sense of hopefulness within the work. “I believe there is a sense of beauty and order in chaos. Even in times of uncertainty and imbalance there is resilience to the human spirit. There is a desire and a need to find joy and have fun. That is the approach I took in these paintings.”… read more

Figure in California Light, 2009 l Oil on canvas l 48 x 44 inches

Marius Bosc "Eclat de Lumiere"
April 2 — May 2, 2009

Dolby Chadwick Gallery is please to announce the upcoming exhibition of paintings by Marius Bosc, Éclat de Lumière. The exhibition will feature figurative and still life works as well as landscapes from the past twenty years. Bosc captures the light and the drama of his subject matter through vibrant swaths of color and with a Post-Impressionist sensibility. Born in 1940, Marius Bosc has said that he grew up in France in the middle of San Francisco. During that time there were 300 French Hotels in an area that ran from North Beach, along the Embarcadero, up to third and Howard and over into the Tenderloin. Bosc's grandmother ran one of these hotels and he has memories of running up and down it's hallways with the French culture all around him. Of his time in the hotel he remembers one moment most of all. He describes a flash or light, or an éclat de lumière, that appeared to him one day in one of the long dark halls. “I still see the large rectangle of light penetrate the dark, long, high ceiling interior of the hallway. It didn’t illuminate, except for the light filled rectangle. Crossing my shoes, it mounted the other side and went up the wall, bringing out the stained wallpaper. The Maroon, stained walls were revealed to me. It continued toward the ceiling and then in a flash of light it disappeared. In my paintings, I am always reaching back to that moment.” Bosc’s fascination with light can be seen in his paintings not only in his play with highlight and lowlight but also in the bright colors and energetic paint application. Whether painting figures, flowers or landscapes Bosc captures the true feeling of the space and the mood of his subject matter through his attention to color, light and shadow. Having shown with Gump's Gallery in the 70’s and 80's Éclat de Lumière will be Bosc's first solo show at Dolby Chadwick Gallery. Bosc's work has gone under the radar for many years and we are thrilled to be showcasing his paintings from the past two decades.… read more

The This and That in the Enclosures of Hypotheses, 2007

Joshua Meyer

Scattered Syllables
March 5 — 28, 2009

These figurative works play on the border of true physical representation and abstraction. At once painterly and sculptural, the figure emerges through layers of thick and luscious paint application. Meyer calls his paintings “raw and open” and describes how “each painting tells its own history through its layers, marks and revision.”… read more

Moth, 2008

February 5 — 28, 2009

February 5 - 28, 2009… read more

Nocturne Triptych, 2007 l Glass, stainless steel, Delrin, fabric, low RPM motor l 21 x 123 x 6.5 inches

Therese Lahaie "Sensorial Literacy"
February 5 — 28, 2009

In these sculptures light is projected through glass onto slowly moving scrims, casting shadows that expand and contract invoking the fundamental rhythms of heartbeat and breath. Lahaie animates glass, demonstrating its affiliations with light, water and air. Employing an unusual combination of glass, steel, motors and fabric, the visual vocabulary speaks fluently in the language of the sciences, the natural world and contemplative practice. The mesmerizing waves evoke both seascape and landscape in a subtle erotic dance. The pieces invite the viewers to not only look, but to connect with their own rhythms of heartbeat and breath. Lahaie has said, “We are always on the verge of the next movement, breath gesture cycle.” Her work captures this sense of anticipation by drawing the viewer in to watch as the mechanical components create each new wave of motion; each rhythmic undulation of breath. Benjamin Genocchio of the New York Times described Lahaie’s Nocturne series by saying, “The combination of motor, glass and light create the illusion of waves ebbing and flowing like the ocean tide…the visual effects are beautiful, even hypnotic.”… read more