We are pleased to share that two artist members of Mercury 20 Gallery are included in this online exhibition.
BUILDING BRIDGES: BREAKING BARRIERS | PART TWO
San Francisco, CA 94110
Meet Brooks Fletcher.
Brooks is a photographer and visual artist based in Oakland, California. After receiving a BA in Communication Studies from California State University, Sacramento, he served 11 years on active duty in the US Army as a photojournalist, specialized in public affairs and strategic and mass communication.
Following his military service, the Oakland-native earned an MFA in Photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Brooks uses color reversal film and backlit frames to examine the nature of photographs, the lived experience, and the medium’s capacity to challenge attitude and perception.
The result is a philosophically-charged body of work that not only extends an alternate approach toward photography in an age of digital reproduction but showcases the importance and relevance of photographic education in modern society.
To learn more about Brooks please visit his website
Meet Raymond L. Haywood.
Raymond is a Painter and Printmaker born in Berkeley California. His studio is in the Hangar complex at the historic American Steel studios in West Oakland.
Raymond received his BFA from the University of California at San Diego and his MFA from San Francisco State University. He has over a decade of teaching experience from high school to community college.
Raymond has taught acrylic painting, silkscreen printing, art history, theater set design and construction, drawing and textile design. He is also an accomplished journeyman carpenter and construction manager with Cerami Builders in Berkeley California.
Raymond is known for his abstract mixed-media paintings that often include paper collage elements, stenciled images and found text with sociopolitical undertones. His recent work is exploring aspects of the African Diaspora through the use of cowrie shells floating in abstract expressionist landscapes and seascapes.
Abstract expressionism and Action painting are painting process that nourish Raymond’s desire to invite viewers into his singular world view. Vibrant color and depth are trademark aspects of his compositions. His paintings evoke ethereal landscapes as well as memories of distinct destinations.
To learn more about Raymond please visit his website
In the tradition of San Francisco’s celebration of the visual arts in January, Mercury 20 Gallery is pleased to participate in 4 x 8-BRIDGES, an online art fair that includes thirty-six Northern California art galleries, each showing four works, as well as a series of talks, webinars, and video walk-throughs. We invite you to visit the site January 25-31, in support of our arts community. Here is the direct link to the Mercury 20 Gallery page ~ 8-Bridges
Mercury 20 has two video events in conjunction with the fair. The first is a roundtable discussion, Zooming In: Form, Pixel, Movement, Story featuring four gallery artists: Kathleen King, Chris Komater, Mary Curtis Ratcliff and Johanna Poethig discuss their work.
VIDEO: Form, Pixel, Movement, Story
The gallery also presents a walk-through of its current group show 2020 Re:Vision presented by gallery artist Christine Meuris.
VIDEO: 2020 Re:Vision Walkthrough
Thanks for watching and we hope you enjoy!
Earth Station Garden
Acrylic on canvas
84 x 84 inches
MARY CURTIS RATCLIFF
acrylic, colored pencil, Japanese ink brush pen and digital inkjet print on milky acetate, steel, monofilament
64 x 60 x 58 inches
Mom and Dad, Chicago, June 23, 1951
30 x 42 inches, framed
Christine Meuris joined Mercury 20 Gallery in October 2019. In her recent work, Christine focuses on translating traditional home based arts executed in fabric and fiber into works on paper. In so doing she distills the elements of pattern, color, geometry and symmetry. The intent of this work is to shed a light on and to consider the power of humble things in a time of political upheaval: the pattern behind the needlepoint; the power a line segment not even half and inch long; and the meditative practice of hours spent painting that line segment over and over again.
Christine’s series Biomorphic Bargello (2018-19) is inspired by Bargello needlepoint patterns, which are built by repeating and offsetting a line segment. These works recall the minimalist movement but are based in the warmth of the decorative arts.
Christine Meuris lives and works in Berkeley, California. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has participated in juried shows throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the country and has been invited to participate in groups shows at the Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley Civic Center, The Mosser Hotel, Berkeley Wealth Management and the Roll Up Gallery. She has also had solo shows at Farley’s Café, Hello Stitch Quilting and Sewing Studio, and The Totally Rad Gallery.
Andrea Brewster joined the gallery in January 2020. Her past work includes mixed media sculpture, drawings, digital media, and fiber sculptures. Her work is often comprised of otherworldly, organic, abstractions, which reference biological life and species. She has been particularly intrigued by the mathematical order underlying growth patterns and often utilizes similar algorithmic systems of repetition to create a predictable order of undulating waves and ripples or packed cell structures.
“I am excited to become a part of the Mercury 20 family and embrace the idea of creating a mutually supportive arts community that benefits both artists/members and patrons; an inclusive space for sharing and exchanging ideas. I highly value that Mercury 20 is providing a means for personal and professional development for artists, while promoting innovative art that can reach a broad audience.”
Tara Esperanza joined Mercury 20 in May 2020. She is our newest member and she will be showing along side Andrea Brewster and Fernando Reyes October 22nd through November 28th 2020 at the gallery. Tara lives and works in Oakland California. She is currently working on a series of large paintings of succulents. She is interested in the plant personalities. The abundant varieties of texture, color, shape, and how succulents change with the seasons. Tara’s paintings look deep into the plants. She celebrates their diversity. How succulents share space, lean on each other, or hold each other up. They have so much character and Tara aims to bring the viewer in to offer a new perspective and her intimate viewpoint of succulents through her art.
Tara has a B.A. in Painting from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She has exhibited her paintings in galleries throughout the Bay Area, including Orangeland Gallery in S.F., Sanchez Contemporary Gallery in Oakland, Marin Society of Artists in San Rafael, and Sun Gallery in Hayward. As well as Sturt Haaga Gallery in Los Angeles, Light Space and Time Gallery in Palm Springs, and the Museum of Northern California Art in Chico CA.