Ewan Gibbs

San Francisco

Ewan Gibbs

Ewan Gibbs, San Francisco, 2009; graphite on paper; commissioned by SFMOMA; © Ewan Gibbs; photo: courtesy the artist and Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

Ewan Gibbs

Ewan Gibbs, San Francisco, 2009; graphite on paper; commissioned by SFMOMA; © Ewan Gibbs; photo: courtesy the artist and Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

Ewan Gibbs

Ewan Gibbs, San Francisco, 2009; graphite on paper; commissioned by SFMOMA; © Ewan Gibbs; photo: courtesy the artist and Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

Ewan Gibbs

Ewan Gibbs, San Francisco, 2009; graphite on paper; commissioned by SFMOMA; © Ewan Gibbs; photo: courtesy the artist and Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

Ewan Gibbs

Ewan Gibbs, San Francisco, 2009; graphite on paper; commissioned by SFMOMA; © Ewan Gibbs; photo: courtesy the artist and Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

January 16 - June 27, 2010

This suite of drawings, commissioned by SFMOMA, offers an evocative glimpse of San Francisco's urban landscape and landmarks. British artist Ewan Gibbs has translated photographs of the city into marks commonly used for knitting patterns — minuscule slashes and dots rendered in sharp pencil  — to form a kind of visual code. The resulting images, recognizable from a distance, become more abstract and fleeting at close range. Gibbs's urban portraiture both reveals and obscures its subject matter, simultaneously capturing the many textures of San Francisco while keeping the city at a distance.


Ewan Gibbs is presented by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as part of 75 Years of Looking Forward, a series of exhibitions and events organized in celebration of the museum's anniversary. Support for this exhibition is provided by Steven Volpe and an anonymous donor. Additional support is provided by the British Council.