Gallery Wendi Norris
161 Jessie Street (at New Montgomery), San Francisco, CA 94105
Gallery Wendi Norris
San Francisco based Kate Eric is a decade-old collaborative identity comprised of Kate Tedman and Eric Siemens. The artists have shown with Frey Norris since the gallery first opened in 2002, but “Never Even” will be their first exhibition in the new 5,100 square foot Jessie Street location, comprising some sixteen new paintings, including a 17 foot canvas reminiscent of epic war paintings, but unfolded on a cosmic or microscopic scale.
“Natural”, Keegan Mchargue’s debut exhibition at Gallery Wendi Norris, demonstrates his flexibility in transcending the limitations of new materials and synthesizing wide ranging ideas. The several dozen paintings, works on paper and two sculptures in “Natural” reflect an eclectic adventure, imagery springing from the artist’s diverse interests and varied investigations. Everything from pop and punk music to snippets of art history (Cezanne, Gaugin, Matisse and Picasso all exert themselves in sublimated ways) to McHargue’s interest in design and branding, to more emotional and personal subject matter; the artist pulls his inspiration from all corners of culture with no real adherence to a hierarchy when it comes to image making. A toilet, a cartoon figure, abstract pattern or imagery from a magazine advertisement may carry similar weight to nuanced ideas by intellectual heavyweights like Walter Benjamin, Edward Bernays or Dave Hickey.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. Absorption into the Nomadic and Luminous, Ranu Mukherjee’s debut exhibition at Gallery Wendi Norris, unites two investigative bodies of work; an exploration of the figure of the nomad as it manifests itself in both material and philosophical realms, and a meandering journey through an imagined personal history of relations at the intersections between Indian and European/U.S. culture.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. Contrabando is a multi-media exhibition that references the larger sociological phenomenon in which immigrant economic strategies come to infiltrate urban landscapes. The adaptive nature of immigrants is seen the world round and throughout time, but Morales focuses on the ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit of the Latin American immigrant labor force in California.
PANGEA: Art at the Forefront of Cultural Convergence marks the inaugural Contemporary exhibition in Frey Norris’ new Jessie Street galleries. Eight artists have made paintings, works on paper, sculpture and videos specifically for this debut, designed to highlight the versatility and sightlines of the Gensler-designed space. Contributing artists are Rina Banerjee, Lionel Bawden, Zhong Biao, Sherin Guirguis, Dana Harel, Kate Eric, Ranu Mukherjee and Laurel Roth. Their art embodies the rapidly evolving and dissolving boundaries that distinguish artists’ interests and approaches across countries, cultures and continents. The similarities between different artworks reflect the rapid dissemination and assimilation of ideas that virally pass around the world on a daily basis, both as popular and as so called “high” culture. They also reveal a deliberate trans-cultural Frey Norris sensibility around the selection of artists and curation of exhibitions. Alternate histories, non-western mythologies and uncommon memes prevail in a fresh and expanded Frey Norris roster. These artists, and world citizens, embody and explore the dissolution of
cultural boundaries, while in some cases celebrating and mining their own cultural and intellectual inheritance. Pangea celebrates the new Frey Norris space on Jessie Street and gives audiences a sampling of what to expect in the years to come.