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.
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.
– Michelle Fleck for Warholian.com
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