By all measure this year’s ArtPadSF was another huge success. This is a very different and casual art fair; held at the Phoenix Hotel it was a very laid back way to stroll and shop for art.
The San Francisco and Bay Area artists at the Tenderloin’s Gauntlet Gallery seem to pull no punches when it comes to making social and political statements with their art, very often with such bright and vivid palettes. I’m drawn right in by Chilean artist and illustrator Fab Ciraolo’s pop culture rendering of Frida Kahlo, Tracy Piper’s Tomahawk Man, and the impressive way painter Drew Young blends the look of “glitch art” and other digital stylizations into his work.
Over at Johansson Projects the large format work of David O’Brien explores the politics of human interaction and uses digital techniques to critique how these interactions are warped by digital networks. You get different points of view standing back and up close, as you do from a lot of artwork. O’Brien’s work leaves me feeling as though the artist makes a strong comment about people being joined together, yet floating and somehow lost.
A broad range of wonderful art can be seen at the Gregory Lind Gallery exhibit. Art by Christian Maychack is a highlight, as is the delightfully colorful abstract work of Jim Gaylord, whose undergraduate degree is in film, and much of his abstract work is based on imagery found within special effects or action sequences in films.
Again ArtPad was by all measure a success and seeing so much great art in one place was a tasty treat! Look forward to seeing you landing at the art pad next year.