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Ruth’s Table ~ BUILDING BRIDGES: BREAKING BARRIERS | PART TWO

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

MARCH 18, 2021 – MAY 13, 2021

Elizabeth Sher
Crossing the Digital Divide #8, 2013
Archival ink on canvas with acrylic
Mary Curtis Ratcliff
HONG KONG: WU SHU 2003
24″ x 30″
4/200
Curatorial Reflections
Building Bridges: Breaking Barriers is an attempt to tackle the issue of rampant ageism plaguing
our society by highlighting a group of Bay Area artists who demonstrate a continuous evolution
of artistic output with unpredicted shifts in style and medium that span several decades. As
revealed by artist statements, some of the shifts might have been instigated by the COVID-19
pandemic, imposed barriers of the art market, the intersections with science and digital
technology, that have contributed to new exciting vistas of a very crowded creative field.
What do we learn about breaking barriers and building bridges? How do we keep relevant and
reinvent ourselves through a lifetime? Can a prolific output and active presence in the art world
change minds and perceptions of growing older? Can we break barriers and build bridges that go
beyond the art community? Is technology the ultimate barrier-breaker that transcends diverse
communities, be it race, culture or economic difference? What is the role of memory? Are
breaking of barriers, or walls, physical or metaphorical, can help pave the way to building bridges
for the sake of common good? These are some of the issues that we pursue during the course of
this exhibition.
Once we understand that breaking barriers are possible, we can envision the building of bridges
that are multidisciplinary, intergenerational and multicultural, that unite us in a common cause.
Recognizing the existence of prejudice against the older adults can be made by confronting
visual and representational ageism usually seen in the media. This exhibition provides a
framework that promotes positive attitudes and appreciation leading us to building a more
sustainable bridge, when dealing with ageism and beyond. The questions I raise: Can art change
our mind and perception? This elusive question will continue to guide us throughout this series
and will continue to allude long after the memories of this show fade.
– Curator Hanna Regev
Elizabeth Sher and Mary Curtis Ratcliff will be participating in an artist talk Session Two: April 29 4:30 – 5:30
To register go here
Ruth’s Table
3160 21st Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
415.642.1000
https://www.ruthstable.org/
contact@ruthstable.org

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