Dark Day Picks

On Mondays Venetian Red celebrates the day of the week when most galleries and museums are traditionally closed. Dark Day Picks highlights current exhibitions, new installations, books, and art world tidbits. Get a jump on a week filled with art.

MOAD, 685 Mission Street, SF—The Art of Richard Mayhew. Mayhew describes himself as an “improvisationalist,” a painter who employs paint as the medium of discovery.  Known predominantly for his landscapes (although he paints other subjects), his paintings are free-form, bordering on the abstract.  His muted color palette—delicate pastels, lush greens and deep purplish-blues—as well as his mastery of light, create moods that are real and imagined, both recognizable and ethereal. Says Mayhew “My art is based on a feeling—of music, mood, sensitivity and the audio responses of sound and space. I want the essence of the inner soul to be on the canvas.”  Through January 10, 2010.

Ratio 3, 1447 Stevenson Street, SF—Ara Peterson—Turns into Stone. In this exhibition Ara Peterson presents two distinct bodies of work—one, the series of backgammon boards, is a collaboration with his father; the other, a series of sculptures.  A 1997 graduate of RISD, Peterson has already logged in some impressive art world stats, including exhibitions at New York’s PS1; San Francisco’s Yerba Buena; Pittsburgh’s Mattress Factory, as well as inclusion in collections of MOMA and the New Museum, among others. Through December 19, 2009.

Art in Storefronts—Bayview/Hunter’s Point. Kristine Mays (above), Elisheva Biernoff, Malik Seneferu, and others transform vacant store fronts in the Bayview/Hunter’s Point neighborhood into evocative creative expressions. It’s the final installment in the Mayor’s pilot program Art in Storefronts that includes locations in the Central Market and Tenderloin districts. In her installation Strong Women, Precious Pearls, Mays vividly conjures up the hard-working women of Bayview through intricately-sculptured garments of wire.

One Response to “Dark Day Picks”

  1. Richard Mayhew’s paintings were a revelation; I’ve been trying to get around to reviewing his work for my blog so I’m very pleased to see the mention here. He deserves wider exposure.

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