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The Gallery produces limited run color catalogs for many of our solo exhibitions, available for purchase at the gallery.

 

JOHN MEYER

JOHN MEYER

John Meyer
diptychs

Published on the occasion of exhibition SF47
8.25 x 10.5 in., softcover; 110 pp., 85 color reproductions
$40.00 + applicable tax and shipping
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Commentary
by George Lawson


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photography Jennah Ward
archival texts
John Meyer
John Caldwell
Lilly Wei
Erich Franz
Gabriele Kübler
Georg Imdahl

Material reprinted courtesy The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Stiftung für konkrete Kunst Reutlingen, and the estate of John Meyer
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JACOB MELCHI

Melhci book

Jacob Melchi
Selected Paintings
Published on the occasion of exhibition SF48
10.75 x 8.25 in., 44pp., 15 color plates
commentary by Gladys-Katherina Hernando
$20.00 + applicable tax and shipping
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Melchi practices a highly sensate yet logical painting, a discipline with geometry at its bones and the physicality of paint application as its flesh. Melchi handles oil paint with a predilection for the medium’s tactile quality and ability to preserve the history of its own making beneath successively applied layers. His process is iterative; he builds his image from the back forward with exhaustive revision, leaving a visible trace like a trail of breadcrumbs, of the painting’s course to its eventual coalescence. He draws on references to the outside world such as baseball and freshly mowed lawns, and weaves these impressions into a grid-based organization. The result is an articulate and nuanced visual grammar, one that relies on close attention to such subtleties as the grain of his chosen support, usually a rough weave linen, and the viscosity of his oil medium. Melchi leverages to great effect slight biases and obliques off the regular weave of his grid, and slight shifts and stops in his stroke. He extends the ways and means of historical constructivism, triggering abstract associations while grounding his work in concrete experience.

 

ERIN LAWLOR

Lawlor book

Erin Lawlor
London Fields: Selected Paintings
Published on the occasion of exhibition SF45
10.75 x 8.25 in., 44pp., 15 color plates
essay by David Rhodes
$20.00 + applicable tax and shipping
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London-based painter Erin Lawlor, who for many years prior lived and worked in Paris, is gaining ever wider recognition through her international exhibitions, as well as her curatorial forays and her online chronicling of the painting scene in Europe and New York. This series of modestly-scaled oils is named for the park, and by extension the district, in East London adjacent to Lawlor’s new studio, located in the borough of Hackney.

Lawlor manages to refocus the classic tropes of gestural abstraction with a unity of parts that could be described as interstitial. She achieves a bonded whole both in her surface and her imagery through the viscous flow of her medium and the intermixed, tertiary colors of her palette, always eliciting a sense of suspended animation in the process.

 

MICHAEL VOSS

Voss book

Michael Voss
Paintings
Published on the occasion of exhibition SF43
10.75 x 8.25 in., 44pp., 16 color plates
essay by Carter Radcliff
$20.00 + applicable tax and shipping
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The paintings of Michael Voss could be thought of as fields, lying somewhere off the grid and beyond the dependency of distributed networks, and at the same time as field recordings, their roughly hewn aspect serving as high fidelity. In the contemporary context they may seem low tech, except that painting, rather than being an old technology, is more like the perennial base condition technology addresses. Sleep is such a ground and sleeping pills are technology, or nutrition and vitamins. The weight of the mission Voss has undertaken can be measured against the value we place on our own sensate experience of the world, by how much we still navigate with a visual acuity indelibly linked to our sense of touch.

 

BROOKLYN BRIDGE

Ward book

Brooklyn Bridge
Curated by Justine Frischmann
Published on the occasion of exhibition SF39: Brooklyn Bridge
10.75 x 8.25 in., 42pp., 14 color plates
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One commonality amongst the works in this show is an insistently low-tech, physical presence, an anomaly in a time that seems to eschew the physical. Contemporary painting practice does seem to have finally made a certain peace with time, an independence of obligation from both historical precedent and fashionable currency, though not through lack of awareness of either. The painters of Brooklyn, who are after all the painters of New York, grasped this decoupling first. Painters such as the ones in this show draw on art history with the entitlement of priveledged heirs drawing on their inheritances. They own everything that has come before and were born to spend it as they choose.

 

ERIN LAWLOR

Lawlor book

Erin Lawlor
Paintings
Published on the occasion of exhibition SF31: recent paintings
11 x 8.75 in., hardcover; 132 pp., 57 color reproductions
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This book marks the occasion of our inaugural show in the new Potrero Hill space, Erin Lawlor's second solo show with the gallery. Lawlor splits her time between London and Ste. Marie de Ré in France, and these works are selected from a suite she completed on the island this spring and summer. Her work is characterized by wide gestural handling, closely valued hues and a balance between emotional tone, evocations of the natural world, and pure painting.

 

SUSAN MIKULA

Mikula book

Susan Mikula
u.X
Published on the occasion of exhibition SF30: u.X
9.75 x 8.75 in., hardcover; 70 pp., 25 color reproductions
$40.00 + applicable tax and shipping
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Introductory remarks by Christopher Bonanos

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This book marks the occasion of Susan Mikula's fourth show with the gallery. Mikula is presenting the 25 pieces of her suite u.X, pigment prints from Polaroid originals on handmade Japanese mulberry paper, mounted on aluminum plate and framed in steel. A boxed set of the entire cycle as unframed, un-cropped prints is available.

 

JOHN MILLEI

Millei book

John Millei
Six Paintings
Published on the occasion of exhibition SF29: six paintings
10.25 x 8.50 in., 28 pp., 8 color reproductions
$20.00 + applicable tax and shipping
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This book marks the occasion of the first solo show in our gallery of Los Angeles-based painter John Millei. It is a catalogue of the 6 pieces in his San Francisco exhibition, recent paintings. The six paintings in this show were painted for the San Francisco gallery space, for the intimacy of it. They were conceived as a progression, and in some sense perhaps as a kind of private correspondence. Millei’s titles remind me of the Ox Herding pictures of Zen tradition, and place their emphasis on the ongoing practice of painting over any single result of that practice. Still, they are, each one, wonderfully realized works, modest in scale and ambitious in scope, and encapsulate all the best of an experience paint offers that is unavailable through any other medium.

 

MARIE THIBEAULT

Thibeault book

Marie Thibeault
Published on the occasion of exhibition LA19: funtown
10.25 x 8.50 in., hardcover; 140 pp., over 60 color reproductions
$40.00 + applicable tax and shipping
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Introductory remarks by George Lawson and commentary by Constance Mallinson

Archival text by Kenneth Baker, George Melrod, Mark D. Johnson, Jack Chipman and Peter Frank

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This book marks the occasion of the fourth solo show in our gallery of Los Angeles-based painter Marie Thibeault. It is a re-issue of the gallery's Thibeault catalog as an 140-page hardcover book with over 60 color reproductions, new paintings and commentary by Constance Mallinson. The book feature images of new oils on canvas from a series the artist embarked upon late in 2012, many in response to the impact of super storm Sandy, including selections from Funtown, a group named after a seaside park in New Jersey hit particularly hard by the calamity. As in the past, Thibeault's work continues to balance the demands of abstraction and social engagement, pushing the technical limits of painting as a drawing medium while echoing the necessarily fragmented manner in which global media patch together our understanding of major events.

 

STEPHEN BEAL

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Stephen Beal
Whites and Linens

Published on the occasion of exhibition
LA18 and SF32: whites and linens
9.75 x 8.75 in., hardcover; 140 pp., 62 color reproductions
$40.00 + applicable tax and shipping
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Introductory remarks by George Lawson

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This book marks the occasion of two exhibitions of Stephen Beal’s work, the first in our Los Angeles gallery a selection from a series of paintings on wooden panels and stretched linen that predominately engage white; the second in our San Francisco space is something of a subset of the paintings on linen, a continuation of the series with a reintroduction of color. Both working groups give us an opportunity to chart the evolution of Beal’s understanding, and at the same time, to gauge the maturation of painting in general as a medium responsive to our times.

 

JUDITH BELZER

Susan Mikula Bookcover

Judith Belzer
Area of Concentration
Recent Painting and Drawing

Published on the occasion of the artist's participation in Asia Society Chinese cultural tour
8.25 x 10.5 in., softcover; 62 pp., 52 color reproductions
$34.00 + applicable tax and shipping available
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Introductory remarks by George Lawson

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This overview highlights selections of Judith Belzer's serial work from 2006 to 2011. In the introductory remarks to the catalog for our first exhibition, I wrote, "When Judith Belzer agreed to open the inaugural show in the room for painting, I had the sense that everything else in the gallery would just come together." Much indeed has come together in the ensuing three years, and if anything, I feel more strongly than ever how Belzer's laser focus, her commitment, as she deepens and broadens her practice has contributed to anchoring the gallery's mission. More

 

SUSAN MIKULA

Susan Mikula Bookcover

Susan Mikula
American Bond

Published on the occasion of exhibition LA04: American Bond
10.5 x 8.375 in. softcover; 145 pp.,
60 color plates
$34.00 + applicable tax and shipping
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Foreward by George Lawson

Commentary by Jill McDonough

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In 2009 Susan Mikula traveled with close friend and volunteer driver Jill McDonough to take a series of Polaroid photographs of industrial dock sites, using an SX-70 Alpha 1 camera that by then qualified as an antique. She had to procure the film, commercially unavailable, on eBay and in garage sales. Some packets had been sitting around on garage shelves for decades. The red spectrum of the dyes had faded, and the surface emulsions had coagulated, leaving her with a characteristic palette and surface she learned to exploit. Her choice to shoot in Polaroid may have initially been driven by aesthetics, but as the series has unfolded into a cycle of almost 60 finished images that span three years, it has become apparent just how commensurate are her chosen medium and her chosen subject. Mikula has captured a fading aspect of a bygone era with fading film and a bygone technology. More

 

SARA BRIGHT

Sarah Bright Bookcover

Sara Bright
Works on paper

Published on the occasion of exhibition LA03: new paintings
10.5 x 8.25 in. softcover; 99 pp.,
60 color plates
$34.00 + applicable tax and shipping
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Foreward by George Lawson

Commentary by Jana Blankenship

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Sara Bright’s oils on linen are characterized by robust gesture, viscous paint and an evocative, symbolic content; they straddle the traditional boundaries between abstraction and figuration. In spite of the greater fluidity of the gouache medium, the same could be said of her watercolors. This is an incredible body of work, particularly considering that over 150 of the watercolors were completed within a single year period. More

 

ALAN EBNOTHER

Alan Ebnother

Alan Ebnother
Recent Paintings |
A Few Blue Paintings

Published on the occasion of exhibition 08: recent paintings
and 17 in the room for Painting.
10.5 x 8 in. softcover; 72 pp.,
56 color reproductions
$34.00 + applicable tax and shipping
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Foreward by George Lawson

Interview with Brent Hallard

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Alan Ebnother makes paintings using closely hued colors, often one color over another contrasting ground, with dry pigments hand-ground in oil on linen canvases and on wooden panels. For many years Ebnother constrained himself to only green, though a surprising range of green, and recently has broadened his palette to a full range. His paintings initially assert themselves as pure color and then come into focus as gestured compositions full of incident and very physical marking. They are characterized by rich impasto, densely applied pigmentation and intuitive, athletic brush work. More

 
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