White Walls held the opening of “Linear Empires,” their first group show of the year featuring works by Augustine Kofie, Geoff Campen, Diana Ruiz, Mary Iverson, Richard Pearse, Moneyless, Brendan Monroe and Gregory Ito. “Linear Empires” showcased a wide array of work that marries together the realms of fine art and design. Each artist showed very different, but equally interesting work, whether based on architecture, line, colorblocking, typography, or geometry.
Some standouts in the show are Greg Ito and Mary Iverson. Greg Ito’s large mixed media pieces on wood panel, surrounded by a house-like installation he created for the show, are especially stunning. His work successfully melds together intricately taped geometric forms with softer, more process-based areas of washes, drips and dots which reveal the woodgrain below. Mary Iverson’s pieces explore the relationship between man and the natural landscape—delicate scenes of mountains and trees and overcome with bright cargo ship containers. The contrast between these colorful, looming containers and the soft scenes they’re places on top of speaks to the harmfulness of modern industry and transportation.
Augustine Kofie created some amazing new pieces mixed-media for the show that blend together a clear love for architecture, drafting and typography, with 1960s imagery and vivid colors. It is easy to get lost in all the beautiful layers and patterns in his work. Richard Pearse’s gorgeously colorful and textured pieces are made from reclaimed wood and show off his precision and high level of craftsmanship. Brendan Monroe’s pieces display his expert use of fine lines and organic imagery. His pieces are dreamlike and have a beautiful sense of movement to them. On the other hand, Moneyless creates pieces that are just as intricate, in an angular and geometric way. His pieces as a whole, with their use of colors and contrast, make for a crisp and compelling installation. Couple Geoff Campen and Diana Ruiz collaborated on some stunning mixed media pieces centered around images of lumber. In each piece, the lumber is represented in various ways, forms, and colors. I love the way they’ve playfully pulled their pieces back and forth between representation and abstraction.
All in all, this way a very interesting group show-I found myself wanting to look closer at each pieces a second or third time. Definitely worth seeing in person, “Linear Empires” will be open until March 5th.
– Michelle Fleck for Warholian
For more on the show, visit White Walls Gallery here: http://www.WhiteWallsSF.com
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