Embark Gallery Opens September Exhibition at Fort Mason Center

For Immediate Release

Embark Gallery Opens “This Is Not A Painting” Exhibition

This Is Not A Painting Features Radical Painting Practices by MFA Students

Angela Willets. Still from Reclining Nude #2, 2015. Video/performance.

Angela Willets. Still from Reclining Nude #2, 2015. Video/performance.

Painting is king. Painting is dead. We’ve heard it all before. This exhibit aims to showcase radical painting practices that challenge contemporary discourse surrounding the medium. Our call asked for artworks that push boundaries, shatter expectations and expand the definition of painting as we understand it today.

The title This Is Not A Painting refers to Magritte’s famous work Treachery of Images in which the words “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” appear under a picture of a pipe. This self-referential acknowledgement of the limitations of language was the inspiration for our show. These eight artists understand the various limitations of painting, and their work acknowledges an uneasy tension between the medium of painting and their creative visions. The works in this exhibition both are and are not paintings.

Our esteemed jurors Amy Cancelmo, Director of Events and Exhibitions at Root Division, Kerri Hurtado, Curator at Artsource Consulting, and Megan McConnell, Director at Anthony Meier Fine Arts blindly selected an all-female show that questions the canon and offers new perspectives on an old theme.

Embark Gallery, a 1,500 sq. ft. non-profit art space located in Fort Mason Center, helps create and support an engaged community of young artists, curators and scholars during their studies and as they leave their graduate programs and embark on their professional careers, while expanding the audience for up and coming contemporary art.

The gallery represents the diversity of the talented artists studying at eight local art institutions including California College of the Arts, Mills College, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, Stanford University,  University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Davis. 

Nicole Aponte - CCA
Megan Armstrong - SFAI
Kathryn Gentzke - CCA
Danielle Genzel - CCA
Rebecca Hall - CCA
Marcela Pardo Ariza - SFAI
Miranda Robbins - Mills
Angela Willets – UC Davis

Opening Reception: Friday, September 4, 6-9pm
Press Preview: Friday, September 4, 5-6pm

Hours: 12–5pm every Saturday from September 5 to October 10 and by appointment only every Monday from September 7 to October 5.

For further information, please e-mail info@embarkgallery.com

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