San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 17, 2013
Mirus Gallery is hosting an opening reception sponsored by SOMA Magazine on April 20, 2013 for its fifth exhibition, Off the Wall: Contemporary Sculpture, which will be on display until June 1. Featuring a diverse group of global artists, Off the Wall takes contemporary art into the third dimension, illustrating sculpture’s new frontier in form and unconventional materials.
Off the Wall showcases work from artists such as Clemens Behr, Joseph Cohen, Matthew Craig, Bartek Elsner, Matt Hosey, Duncan Johnson, Laura Judkis, Jonathan Leach, Aaron S. Moran, David Oliveira, Andrea Petrachi, Lauren Rice, Vadis Turner, Ron Ulicny and Andy Vible.
Though these artists are diverse in nationality, subject, and medium, their mosaics of common materials are a reflexive point of entry to the viewer’s world. Their creations are the three-dimensional works that inspired Paul Hemming to first open the San Francisco art gallery.
Artist Aaron S. Moran gathers wood from buildings demolished to make way for suburban malls and condos. He then cuts the wood into smaller geometric pieces, paints them and fits the painted and unfinished pieces together by shared origin. The result is geometric sculpture in the round, with the oblique angles of an asymmetrical crystal.
Italian artist Andrea Petrachi, also known as Himatic, creates anthropomorphic sculptures with articulated limbs made of toys and appliances from junkyards and flea markets to draw attention to how consumerism is coercive and wasteful, particularly the manufacturing phenomena of planned obsolescence. The human faces on his sci-fi sculptures are apertures to how contemporary technology and consumption are changing humanity.
Jonathan Leach paints some of the more mercurial phenomena—light and shadow, vivid hues, ambiance—of concrete objects. In Leach’s latest work, the subject form is also a function created by the piece; panes of Plexiglass painted with fine lines of color cast shadows to create the appearance of three dimensional sculpture. These pieces resonate with the energy and inspiration of metropolitan life.
Vadis Turner’s mixed media installations explore femininity and ceremony, with subjects like menses, professional milestones, weddings and death. Turner embroiders the symbolic markers of these transitions (vanities, wedding cakes and wrapped bodies) with materials that are traditionally considered for crafts or symbols of female fertility. Her abstract silk ribbon and flower paintings reveal their subject’s mortality, with titles like “Ripe Dirt/Fresh burial” and “A Rather Violent Merger of a Wedding Dress and a Swamp.”
For more information about the Off the Wall: Contemporary Sculpture exhibit or Mirus Gallery, call 415-543-3440 or email monica(at)mirusgallery(dot)com.
About Mirus Gallery
Mirus Gallery is a dynamic exhibition space established by entrepreneur Paul Hemming. The gallery features a program of contemporary artwork by emerging and mid-career artists in both solo and thematically organized group shows. Mirus Gallery will highlight work that emphasizes skill and process and aims to engage viewers on a sentient, emotional and evocative level.
In 2013, the initiation of an artist-in-residency program will pursue the gallery’s values of community and collaboration by providing a live-in/on-site studio space for artists to make and exhibit work in a supportive environment, conducive to creativity.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10-6
Location: 540 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105