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Cut from the Same Cloth

Matt Katsaros

RECEPTION SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 6-9pm
Through July 16

Artist Statement
Jonathan Gold, the first food critic to win the Pulitzer Prize, once said of his native Los Angeles that it is an “anti-melting pot – less a melting pot but a great, glittering mosaic.” Cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco provide an urban backdrop where the idea of a multicultural melting pot is rejected and, instead, a “glimmering mosaic” can emerge. Countless new ideas in art, food, architecture and everything in-between emerge not just from the individual pieces that produce these mosaics, but, as Gold says when “huge numbers of multiple cultures that live in the city come together in this beautiful and haphazard fashion, the fault lines between them is sometimes where you find the most beautiful things.” This image conjured from this glittering mosaic metaphor is one that feels familiar as you drive the avenues of the Outer Sunset. Repetition and patterns emerge as pass rows of identical Doelger homes varying only in the tinting of their salt-faded colors.

In this window installation, Matt Katsaros explores this metaphor through quilted sculptures constructed from fabric dyed mostly using local plant materials. The central sculpture, dressed in a quilt of repeating patterns, shapes, and colors is made in response to the last eight years living in the Outer Sunset. This piece invites viewers to peek into its hull where a video can be seen displaying archival images of locations across the Sunset from the 2018 project “Collective Geographies” by artist Kelley O’Leary.

About the Artist
Matt Katsaros is an artist working in textiles, dyeing, printing, and sculpture out of (until one month ago) his home and garage studio in the Outer Sunset of San Francisco. His work uses color, repetition, and improvisation to explore how rigid structures and patterns can transform to something entirely unique and playful with only slight interventions. Katsaros’ work has been shown at BAMPFA, Irving Street Projects, the General Store, and the Perish Trust.
 

About the Video Images
Artist Kelley O’Leary created  “Collective Geographies” as a part of her 2018 residency at Irving Street Projects where she combined both digital and analog research methods to map the Outer Sunset in a way that re-inserted the emotion and personal experience that maps never capture. For Collective Geographies, O’Leary invited the public to contribute memories associated with a street address in the Outer Sunset; each locale was added to a large-scale collage in the gallery, and each memory was transcribed in a set of corresponding cards for visitors to explore. This project also lives as a book that is available for purchase (inquire within). Matt Katsaros would like to thank Kelley for creating this project and for the generosity and openness to including the archival images in this show.

Artist Links

Website mattkatsaros.com/

Instagram @matt_kat_studios

TRFZ KRKB

Patrick Trefz & Peter Kirkeby

March 11 – April 24

Let’s talk about discovery whether personal during these uncharted times or historical – like how many times someone passed by the bay until they made a hard left after Point Reyes. Patrick’s paintings are a journey through self discovery through our challenging modern times. Peter’s work looks back in history at the wonderment of geographical and cultural coastal discovery.

Patrick Trefz is a German-American artist, chef, filmmaker, and photographer. His work focuses on a deep sense of place, and identity by way of environment. Through his films and photos, he thoroughly integrates himself in the worlds he captures. Patrick lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains, CA 

Peter Kirkeby and his family have been a part of the bay area art community for many years. Peter is  an artist, curator and a fine art framer that has worked with major artists and museums. Peter lives with his family in San Francisco, California. 

Dog People

Oliver Hawk Holden

Reception – Friday, Dec 10 6-9pm
Dec 10 – Jan 23

Artist Statement
In  2016 the American Community Survey estimated there were about 115,000 children under 18 living in the city.  San Francisco Animal Care and Control estimated there were about 120,000 to 150,000 dogs living in the city. We have all come upon owners that constantly helicopter over their precious pets, take endless photos, cover their feet in little boots, scold, make perform and show over the top public displays of affections. Holden always kind of looked with a puzzled disdain at these Dog People.

23 million American households acquired a pet during the COVID-19 crisis. Dog People is Holden’s latest work in response to his own adoption of Yuki a.k.a. Goose, an American Long Haired Akita. He confronts his own love and newfound obsession with his beloved pet, also investigating how dogs help our struggles and heal us during these challenging times. 

The window installation will include kinetic sculptures and busts that create a sense of how completely unpredictable, comical, and frustrating life with a dog can be. Inside the gallery, Holden will show figurative low relief works that tell time.

About the Artist 
Oliver Hawk Holden is a San Francisco-based artist whose work takes a satirical, yet deeply intimate look at the world and pulls mostly figurative imagery of distinct moments into semi autobiographical collage. His practice includes kinetic sculpture, painting and installation.  

His work has been featured in Juxtapoz and he has exhibited at Evergold gallery, Incline Gallery, R/SF Gallery and FaceBook AIR Mural Residency San Francisco. Holden has been nominated twice for the SECA award in 2019 & 2021.

Alongside his art practice, Holden is a co-founder of Expert Art Service @expertartservice , a fine art services company that provides art installation and general art handling services to the Bay area. He holds a degree in sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute (BFA), where he studied under John Defazio, Alicia McCarthy, Terry powers, and Jeremy Morgan.

Artist Links
https://www.oliverhawkholden.com/
@oliverhawk

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