Edith Hillinger, Sharon Shepherd, Elena Zolotnitsky

Saturday, January 11, 2014, 1:00 p.m.

SFMOMA Artists Gallery at Fort Mason

Edith Hillinger, an artist based in Berkeley, California, will show recent collages. Her Death Valley series is based on observations of the valley's colorful mineral deposits and includes abstract forms reminiscent of patterns found in the work of the American Indians indigenous to that area. Hillinger also cites as influences archetypal motifs, such as the zigzag that has been used from the time of the Hittites to the present day, as well as patterns found in Aboriginal and African art.

Sharon Shepherd will exhibit recent paintings. An active studio artist based in San Francisco for over three decades, she has developed an articulate and distinctive painterly vocabulary, boldly exploring the possibilities of abstraction in works that feature multitextured surfaces and layers.

While she identifies herself as a figurative artist, Elena Zolotnitsky is quick to acknowledge that her primary impulse is to pursue the formal aspects of painting. She uses oil on canvas, board, or paper, often incorporating gold leaf. The resulting works are refined explorations of volume, hue, and texture that portray people during their private time at home.

Image: Edith Hillinger, African Woman, 2013; photo: Jeannie O'Connor