The latest show at Guerrero Gallery, which features new work by AJ Fosik, ErinRiley, and Ben Venom, opened to a large crowd on a warm Saturday night. The opening was much-anticipated by fans who have come to love the unique aesthetic of AJ Fosik’s work. All in all, the show really expands the limits of folk art and pushes the conventions that usually come to mind when one thinks of quilting, sewing,weaving, woodworking and building. Each of the artists works in a unique medium that is becoming more and more rare, and it was great to see each artist put a contemporary spin on these traditional ways of creating.

Click the image gallery above to see all the art and photographs from the opening.

AJ Fosik’s amazing three-dimensional animal busts are assembled from hand cutpieces of wood painted in vibrant colors. His use of pattern and color is hypnoticand the amount of work that goes into each piece is astounding. The busts have amystical quality to them, reminiscent of masks, totems, or ancient idols. His pieces literally stand out from the walls and demand a closer look. Viewers definitely need to see these pieces in person—the amount of detail and the level of craftsmanship in them is phenomenal. It’s obvious that Fosik continues to hone his craft andkeeps perfecting what he does best.

This show marked Erin Riley’s first exhibition in SF, and I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more from her soon. Her tapestries are made of hand-dyed wool yarn woven on a floor loom. These traditional pieces depict the experimentation and self-discovery of young girls, and the imagery—faceless girls in party scenes, taking nude self-portraits on their cell phones or doing body shots—contrasts beautifully with the softness of the medium. The snapshots that inspire her pieces are found through Google image searches or anonymous Facebook accounts. Her work is incredibly relevant and says a lot about youth and the internet today.

Artist Ben Venom and his Metal Quilt

Last, Ben Venom marries quilting, sewing, heavy metal, and his southern roots. The products of these seemingly opposing forces are an homage to a unique background.The quilts and flags are sewn together from band T-shirts. By merging together the rebellious imagery of black metal with the domestic quality of quilting and sewing, the end result feels celebratory and exciting.

If you missed the opening, the show runs through December 4th and is definitely worth seeing. Guerrero Gallery is located at 2700 19th Street and is open from Tuesday-Sunday.

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