Back in May, Fort Mason held the first international San Francisco Art Fair in almost a decade. It featured art work from over seventy international galleries and work from more than 500 hundred artists. There was a wide range of work including photography, sculpture, and paintings. There was work from famous artists like Picasso and Butterfield along with newer, more contemporary artists.
One of Deborah Butterfield’s Horse sculptures (mixed media).
A portrait made from recycled newspapers. Sorry I didn’t get a chance to write down the name of the artist. The gallery worker was watching me very closely and made me nervous.
Alyssa Monks “Circles” oil on linen.
I noticed two popular themes amongst the different works. One was the use of repeating patterns and complex textures.
This work by Teo Gonzalez (acrylic on canvas) was far more impressive in person but it had layers of paint in an complex geometric pattern.
Another popular trend was the use of red like in these two paintings.
Jun Kaneku Acrylic on Canvas
Painting by unknown artists, however I do remember the title as “Blue”.
In a separate building they held a free exhibit of the graduate works of MFA students from the San Francisco Art Institute. The majority of the work was conceptual art with an emphasis on large pieces.
These three were my favorite of the graduate work. Rachelle Youk’s work was very linear with beautiful repeating patterns.
I liked Margaux Macallister’s organic shapes and colors.
Lastly was an artist that used a unique medium for portraiture. Sadly, I forgot to write his name down. When looking at the piece head on you see the caricature of different faces.
However when you view it from different angles you see layers of transparent materials each with a different feature of the face.