Sara Bright, Stella Ebner, Patrick D. Wilson

Thursday, November 11, 2010, 5:30 p.m.

Artists Gallery at Fort Mason

Nocturnal dream-like landscapes inhabit the paintings of Sara Bright. Her terrains — filled with mountains, rocks, streams and occasional wildlife — are that of the subconscious, both inviting and foreboding at times. A Bay Area transplant from rural Appalachia, her canvases capture a stillness found away from city living. The images are both modern and primitive and recall sources such as American folk art, Philip Guston, and Giorgio de Chirico while possessing a color palette that is distinctively individual.

Stella Ebner uses the medium of serigraphy in painterly ways to convey complex views of where she came from: small town Midwest America. Developing a technique that allows her to create screen prints that look like watercolors, she subverts its often-polished appearance in promoting commercialism — and by doing so alters what a screen print can mean. Layering transparent colors, she uses silkscreen impressionistically, which allows her to create images pointing to a spirituality that she believes is hidden in daily life. Her simple pictorial style enhances the feeling of a cultural innocence that seems to be fading.

Sculptor Patrick D. Wilson creates work from found objects in unexpected ways. Whether old or new, the materials and imagery he uses are real things existing in our daily lives, from mundane cabinet drawers to crates that once shipped art. He thinks of these objects as pieces belonging to systems, and his work reconfigures them into something expanded. The results are pieces that seem to be in states of thoughtful, yet playful, mutation — oddly familiar and recalling their utilitarian origins, yet beautifully metamorphosed into sculpture.