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4 x 8 Bridges SF Arts Week

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!

JOHANNA POETHIG
Earth Station Garden
Acrylic on canvas
84 x 84 inches

MARY CURTIS RATCLIFF
Exoplanets
acrylic, colored pencil, Japanese ink brush pen and digital inkjet print on milky acetate, steel, monofilament
64 x 60 x 58 inches

CHRIS KOMATER
Mom and Dad, Chicago, June 23, 1951
Digital C-print
30 x 42 inches, framed

Kathleen King
Monument to the Precariat 1-3, 2018
Found plastic containers
Dimensions variable

NEW PUBLIC ART BOOK!

AC Transit’s BRT TEMPO Line 7 year long public art project with Lead Artist Johanna Poethig and Mildred Howard with Peter Richards and Joyce Hsu is now featured in a book featuring photographs by Lewis Watts and Raymond Holbert and an essay including interviews with the artists by Leila Weefur. This document collects this 9 mile artwork for 34 Stations and almost 300 connected unique works of art into a layout that reveals its flow of ideas, images and materials.

The book is available through emailing johanna@johannapoethig.com.

You can see a PDF of the book on the website here: https://johannapoethig.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/ACT-BRT-Cultural-CorridorUrban-Flow.pdf?189db0&189db0

Cultural Corridor/Urban Flow is a 9 mile public art work created by the Team Johanna Poethig (a Mercury 20 Gallery artist), Mildred Howard, Peter Richards, Joyce Hsu which employs a ribbon of words and neighborhood iconography to enhance the new AC Transit Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Line that connects downtown Oakland, International Boulevard, to San Leandro. Workshops with Oakland’s “Youth Uprising”, San Leandro residents and the broader community, informed, inspired and guided the artists design process. Local poet and writer Elmaz Abinader contributed to the text as it was developed resulting in a 9 mile long poem. Light responsive honeycomb-hex panels, designed for the Enhanced Stations, punctuates the lively visual environment as they respond to people and vehicles moving by. Each Station is a landmark riffing on the unique cultural and social environment of the surrounding neighborhood. Cultural Corridor/Urban Flow considers transportation in the context of all the human constructed systems which enable us to live and prosper on this planet. Moving people and goods freely from one place to another, along with education, communication, commerce, clean water, energy, waste management are just a few of the ways we have devised to provide for fulfilling lives. A sign of a healthy society is when all of these systems flow together in harmony. This is an unfolding work of art that offers a continuous experience of discovery along the TEMPO BRT route.

 

Congratulations Mary Curtis Ratcliff

With great excitement we share the news that Mary Curtis Ratcliff won first prize in the 2020 Berkeley video and Film Festival in the “Elder Producer” category for her Healing Circle Artworks video. This is yet another great accomplishment to add to her long and noteworthy career.

The Healing Circle Artworks video is used as a tool to help relieve stress and restore inner balance. It features a guided relaxation meditation led by James Baraz, author of “Awakening Joy,” soothing music and nature sounds composed by Jason Reinier, and visuals of Ratcliff’s kinetic sculptures, which are also inspired by nature. May it continue to be a healing force for so many. During these exceptionally stressful times it is essential that we all hold space for calm and continue to nurture our well being. This short video is designed to do just that. It is 5 minutes of serenity for the soul. Feel free to share the video with anyone that you know that could benefit from it.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUmzg6vRoX8&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=PeterSamis

Mercury 20 Welcomes Jessica Cadkin

We are thrilled to introduce Jessica Cadkin as the newest member of Mercury 20. Jessica is a Bay Area artist whose work has appeared in group shows internationally and throughout Northern California, including at Mercury Twenty Gallery. Her work has exhibited at Headlands Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, di Rosa Preserve, Bedford Gallery, Root Division, and the Berkeley Art Center. She recently had a piece in an exhibit at the Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and is scheduled to be in a show at NIAD in March of 2021. In addition to being an exhibiting artist, she is an active member of the local arts community. She has been on the board at the Berkeley Art Center since 2016 and has served as board secretary, program committee chair, and is currently the governance chair. Jessica grew up in Napa and received a BA in Sculpture and Painting from San Francisco State University. We are elated to have her as a part of Mercury 20 Gallery and we look forward to seeing what Jessica creates next.

To see some of Jessica’s art please visit https://mercurytwenty.com/artist/jessica-cadkin/

 

New Members at Mercury 20

 

Christine at her exhibit Aug 2020
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 installing her window exhibit July 2020
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.”

Andrea has a B.A. in Sculpture from Pomona College, Claremont, CA and an M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in New Genres. She was also fortunate to receive a National Endowment for the Arts grant for Works on Paper.  Andrea has exhibited her work throughout the Bay Area, including solo shows at the Lab, and Southern Exposure and in group shows at Chandra Cerrito Gallery, the Lacis Museum of Lace, The Oakland Museum of California, New Langton Arts, and the Peninsula Museum.

 

Tara with painting Purple and Green
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.