A Growing Season
August 19-October 28, 2023
Jessica Silverman is thrilled to celebrate the gallery’s 15th anniversary. In its third location with a staff of ten people and a roster of almost thirty artists, Jessica Silverman will host a pop-up exhibition on the fifth floor of 615 Grant Avenue (next door to the main gallery space in San Francisco’s Chinatown), opening August 19. Titled A Growing Season, the exhibition explores maturation, transformation, and advancement with a range of new and commissioned works from gallery artists.
The show will feature Cairn: Bronze, a seven-foot-high sculpture by Rose B. Simpson, depicting a monumental mother and child. Loie Hollowell’s works on paper are astral projections of the pregnant female body, while Hayal Pozanti’s botanical landscapes vibrate with bold, ambitious growth.
Transcendence is a theme in Julie Buffalohead’s ten-foot-long painting, Resurrection, which portrays creatures who travel between two worlds – the underground and the aerial.
Perspective is at play in this work: a circular table is seen from above and strewn with teatime accoutrements at various angles and orientations. Through the ritual of tea, Tut explores the dichotomy between daily life and existential struggle. Each cup of tea represents a moment of hope for self-care, rest, and reconnection with oneself. While the fruit remains untouched, the Laddoos, perhaps the most universal and ancient of Indian sweets, have been mostly devoured.
Location VI combines Butler's fascination with cinema alongside his long history with San Francisco. In the background of the painting is an image of North Beach, at Fresno Street, looking west toward Romolo and Grant Avenue. The small streets and alleys are suggestive of stories real or imagined, including Butler's own layers of history and memories from the time he lived close by.