SAN FRANCISCO, June 5, 2015 – The Great Highway Gallery is pleased to announce its first summer exhibition Shorepound Lost and Found, featuring work by artist Mark Cunningham and Jonathan Steinberg. On view from July 11 – August 29th , the exhibition will feature assemblage from artist world champion bodysurfer Mark Cunningham’s extensive scavenging from the North Shore of Hawaii and will also include photography and an installation by artist Jonathan Steinberg. The opening reception will be held on July 11 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
About Mark Cunningham
Made in Hawaii, born in Massachusetts, Mark Cunningham has been in love with Hawaii’s ocean and surf for 59 years and is recognized as one of the best bodysurfers in modern history. While living and lifeguarding on the North Shore, this Ocean Ambassador was helping and assisting locals, visitors and international surfers both in and out of the water for nearly 20 years at the world famous Banzai Pipeline.
“When the conditions allow, I don mask, fins and snorkel and make the most out of exploring and scavenging reefs and impact zones for exercise and treasure. Archaeological beachcombing between Makapuu and Kahuku on Oahu’s Windward shoreline, provides pieces of life, stories and adventures. Remains of a wipeout, a forgotten wallet brought into the inviting waters, the shiny and new becoming corroded and encrusted in their underwater resting place are resurfaced and brought back to land to question what happened.”
About Jonathan Steinberg
Jonathan Steinberg was born in 1959 in Glen Cove New York. He lives, works and surfs on the Westside of Santa Cruz.
“I am interested in the character and personality that common consumer items acquire with use and age. This exhibition has portraits and an installation with bodysurfing swim fins as their subjects. The fins are beautiful and functional when new and then as they are used, abused, loved and lost gain a quiet dignity and world-weary melancholy. The portraits are of individual fins that have gained narrative with age. The installation is made out of fins I have collected over the years. Most of my fins are orphans, found on the beach, at the dump, or at yard sales. I make pairs and give them away. If someone loses a fin they can come to me and find a match. Surfing comes before collecting and art.”
About the Gallery
The Great Highway is a fine-art gallery and working studio located in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset district. The gallery was founded by John Lindsey, a resident of the city with a deep appreciation for images and ideas that explore the intersection of land and water in contemporary work. The Great Highway Gallery’s mission is to seek, analyze, support, and promote the work of a diverse group of artists who seek sincere beauty, challenge conventional thinking, amuse us, and push the boundaries of today’s creative media. The studio collaborates with these artists in developing, printing, and presenting their work in a way that encourages the ongoing conversations in San Francisco’s many microcommunities. To learn more about the gallery, visit www.thegreathighway.com.
Now through May 8th the contemporary impressionistic paintings of Sonja Navin, a local sunset resident.
Our bodies tend to speak the truth. No more so than when relaxing at the beach. The surf and sand have an ability to sooth and lull us. This series of paintings explores our ease and the gestures that allow us to let go of self-awareness. Our connectivity to the ebb and flow of shores allows us to shift into postures that we avoid otherwise.
I work to sustain that first glimpse of an image through the process of producing a painting. The many layers of paint are used to first break down an image, then to rebuild it. The result is somewhere between representation and abstraction: when a painting expresses what I cannot with words. I can communicate in a language of my own making.
I started painting as a way to record and study places. This evolved naturally from my work as an architect. I attended the University of Michigan where I received degrees in Architecture and first started painting. I currently live and work in San Francisco.
SAN FRANCISCO, April 5, 2015 – The Great Highway Gallery is pleased to announce its first summer exhibition Mooka, featuring work by artist Yasmina Dedijer-Small. On view from May 16 – June 26, the exhibition will include gauche and ink paintings. The opening reception will be held on May 16 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Wake, feed, eat, embrace, change, dress, feed, sleep, wake, eat, feed, bathe, nurture, embrace, feed, sleep and repeat. Yasmina’s new body of work, Mooka, is an exploration of these daily patterns of devotion, associated with motherhood, and the relationship art has with introspection. Both influences inform her art making process which involves hours of repetitive detail using gouache and ink on wood. Her inspiration is also found through the observation of the unfolding and sinuous patterns in nature. She believes that within these patterns lies a universal language holding transcendent qualities.
About the Artist
Yasmina Dedijer-Small currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She received a Bachelor of Fine Art from San Jose University and has shown in group exhibitions at Wieden & Kennedy Gallery (Portland, OR), H Space (Costa Mesa, CA) , The Grasshut (Portland, OR), The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (SC, CA), and at La Kitchen (Paris, France). Her work has been published several times in Japan’s Blue magazine, The Surfer’s Journal, Salted, and Foam Symmetry. This will be her second solo exhibition and her first at The Great Highway Gallery.
About the Gallery
The Great Highway is a fine-art gallery and working studio located in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset district. The gallery was founded by John Lindsey, a resident of the city with San Francisco Art Institute roots and a deep appreciation for images and ideas that explore the intersection of land and water in contemporary work. The Great Highway Gallery’s mission is to seek, analyze, support, and promote the work of a diverse group of artists who seek sincere beauty, challenge conventional thinking, amuse us, and push the boundaries of today’s creative media. The studio collaborates with these artists in developing, printing, and presenting their work in a way that encourages the ongoing conversations in San Francisco’s many microcommunities. To learn more about the gallery, visit www.thegreathighway.com.