Collage Museum of San Francisco
Curated by Winston Smith
René Apallec • Peter Lewis • Francesca Berrini
Winston Smith • Erik Chipchase • Casey Lewis
Friday, November 22nd • 7pm-10pm • Free Admission
Grant’s Tomb Crypt50-A Bannam Place, San Francisco CA 94133 (Near the corner of Union Street and Grant Avenue in North Beach) Click here for a map.
About the show and museum: With this new group exhibition at Grant’s Tomb Gallery we celebrate the launch of The Collage Museum of San Francisco. Our vision with this new endeavor is to showcase local, national and international artists who work in the medium of collage, photo-montage, assemblage and related disciplines. There is a long and colorful 200 year history of artists and creative individuals working in this field from the early 19th century and throughout the 20th century as well as an explosion of collage-based artistry in these first decades of the 21st century. The Collage Museum of San Francisco will serve to spotlight these artists’ works and to offer a resource for the artistic community that may let us explore the limitless visions of creative imagination and encourage and expand the Art of Collage.
About the Artists:
The works of the late René Apallec will be displayed for the first time in the United States. Mysterious and obscure, his compositions call out to us from a long vanished world that has since been swept away by the tumultuous era of the Great War. Come and explore this rare glimpse into the mind of a lost and forgotten artistic genius.
Peter Lewis has been creating his technicolor dreamscapes for several years from his fabled Pacific “Island Kingdom” (New Zealand). His astonishing compositions are like a psychedelic barber mirror that expands endlessly into infinity. Buckle up for this wild ride and prepare to revel in his unique vision.
Francesca Berrini is a skilled and accomplished artist who’s work resembles a head-on collision between forlorn bible stories and the slightly off-kilter world of grammar school text books. Dinosaurs frolic with beloved biblical personages. Enormous insects covert with Dick and Jane. Protozoa are soothed and coddled by famous historical characters. Inspired (if slightly twisted) fun for the whole family.
Winston Smith’s so-called “art” has defaced the covers of countless low-life punk bands from Dead Kennedys to D.O.A. to Green Day. Throughout the last three and a half decades Winston has pursued a singular vision of artistic chaos and sublime imagery. His compositions range from the elusive to the stark. View at your own risk.
Erik Chipchase — Mercenary Graphics
From our premier show to this new exhibition our special guest artist Erik Chipchase has been responsible for a number of iconic posters for events at Grant’s Tomb. Erik’s classic graphic style is a unique blend of Proletarian Deco and Retro-Chic.
His contributions for the launch of the Collage Museum of San Francisco are welcomed and appreciated. Come celebrate the dawning of a new error!
Casey Lewis has been working with several art mediums for the past 35 years from stained glass to his true passion, collage. With a heavy Dada influence Casey has incorporated fluid shapes and bold colors into his work. A true trip through abstract Jazz put to paper.
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