April 11, 2015, is Slow Art Day, an annual global event that aims to transform the act of viewing art. On a single day each year, people all over the world are encouraged visit local museums and galleries to look at five pieces of art for an hour or more. After the slow-viewing exercise, participants meet for lunch to talk about their experiences.
Join us at noon at the SFMOMA Artists Gallery at Fort Mason Center to view five artworks from our current three-person show, featuring Susan Goldsmith, Kay Kang, and David Kuraoka. At 1:00 p.m. we will enjoy a light lunch at the Gallery as we continue to view and discuss the artworks.
Purchase $10 tickets online by April 8 to reserve your spot.
On view at the Artists Gallery during Slow Art Day:
Susan Goldsmith, Kay Kang, David Kuraoka
March 11-April 16, 2015
Northern California artist Susan Goldsmith presents mixed-media paintings that begin as manipulated, often cropped, photographic images. The painting develops as she slowly builds up layers of translucent and metallic paints, adding delicate pieces of precious-metal leaf and encasing the materials in transparent resin. Goldsmith's subject matter includes trees, flowers, birds, and fish, which she enhances with precise detail, creating the illusion of subjects suspended in mid-air or floating in water.
An abstract painter living in San Francisco, Kay Kang exhibits large-scale paintings that explore both materials and aesthetics of her native Korea. In pieces such as Four Strokes and Six Strokes, she references Hangul, the Korean writing system, mining its bold and expressive lines and palpable immediacy. A Solitary Being, a series of tall panels comprising sheets of rice paper and sumi ink drawings, recalls traditional scrolls. Woven into many of Kang's paintings is the celadon color synonymous with Korean ceramics — its distinctive gray-green shade is valued for its resemblance to jade.
Perhaps best known for wheel-thrown and altered pit-fired works, David Kuraoka is credited with re-envisioning the possibilities of raku by applying the age-old firing process to contemporary forms. His enthusiasm for pit-firing goes back to 1969, when he began holding group pit-firing events at the beach. Here, Kuraoka shows bronzes cast from his clay works — pieces that explore the potential for patina to produce the colors created on clay during the firing process. The works on view are examples of what he calls his "simple" natural forms with colorful and nuanced surfaces. Kuraoka is a professor emeritus of ceramics at San Francisco State University, where he taught for four decades. In 1987 he was named a Living Treasure of Hawaii.