This month the San Francisco art galleries are putting on powerful shows of a diverse range of artists. The following shows are not to be missed:
Josephine Taylor at Catharine Clark Gallery. Ms. Taylor has produced another show of stunning and haunting works in colored pencil and ink. The works include her signature large scale drawings of complex figural arrangements, smaller scale portraits of figures, and the introduction of small collage pieces that show her process for creating the images in the drawings. – 150 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. (415) 399-1439. On view until Feb. 11, 2012. Opening Reception Sat., Jan. 7, 4 – 6pm.
Todd Hido at Stephen Wirtz Gallery. In ‘Excerpts from Silver Meadows’ Todd Hido has produced a new body of alluring and dark works that leave the viewer uneasy and comforted at the same time. Using a mixture of his landscapes, figures, and night shots of buildings taken in and around his home town in Ohio, the artist is reflecting on the place where he grew up. – 49 Geary Street (Third Floor), San Francisco, CA 94108. (415) 433-6879. On view until Feb. 25, 2012
Mauricio Ancalmo at Eli Ridgway Gallery. This showing of the artists work is far more interesting and in depth than what is on view in the SFMoMA SECA Exhibition. The challenge and inventiveness of these works are on full display and will keep the viewer interested in how they were created. 177 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. (415) 777-1366. – On view until Feb. 4, 2012. Opening Reception Sat., Jan. 7, 4 – 6pm.
‘In Collaboration – Caleb Duarte & Xun Gallo’ at Jack Fischer Gallery. The collaborative works by Duarte and Gallo are comments on the nature of civilizations interacting and overpowering one another. Seen through the lens of life in Mexico, the drawings on sculptural forms made from building materials layer the implications of living standards, converting of native peoples to a western lifestyle and wardrobe, and question validity of the dominant power. – 49 Geary Street (Fourth Floor), San Francisco, CA 94108. (415) 956-1178. On view until Feb. 11, 2012.
Kota Ezawa ‘The Curse of Dimensionality’ and Taha Belal ‘The Atmosphere from before the Step Down Returns to the Square’ at Haines Gallery. Ezawa has delivered another stunning exhibition of his works this month. In his work this time he is looking at how landscape is used in cultural contexts. Belal has brought works fresh from the turmoil of Tahrir Square in Cairo. His intricately and obsessively cut works layers dimensionality within the political context of these works. – 49 Geary Street (Fifth Floor), San Francisco, CA 94108. (415) 397-8114. On view until Feb. 18, 2012.
Ed Loftus ‘Big things to Aviod’ at Gregory Lind Gallery. The works of Ed Loftus are the literal definition of absolute obsessive compulsion. Each work is created by putting millions of individual points on the page to form his realistic images. The detail and exactitude will stop you in your tracks. – 49 Geary Street (Fifth Floor), San Francisco, CA 94108. (415) 296-9661. On view until Jan. 21, 2012.
Dana Hart-Stone at Brian Gross Fine Art. Hart-Stone’s new works are exploring a new technique of printing directly onto unprimed canvas with a high precision of detail and vivid colors. The results are exquisite works that look like intricate fabric prints. The source of the pattern is the re-printing of vintage photographs that the artist finds. This work is innovative in multiple ways and is worth deeper examination. – 49 Geary Street (Fifth Floor), San Francisco, CA 94108. (415) 788-1050. On view until Feb. 25, 2012. Opening Reception Sat., Jan. 7, 3-5pm.
David Huffman at Patricia Sweetow Gallery. These shows are distinctly different in feel and materials. David Huffman has created exquisite new works in his signature style. These works are as good if not better than previous pieces. – 77 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94108. (415) 788-5126. On view until Feb. 11, 2012.