2016 Past Exhibitions

. . . championing artists and the artistic process

Travels with Phil: The Art of Cartoonist Phil Frank

February 27 - April 10, 2016
Main Gallery
Reception: February 27, 5-7 pm

Come explore the art and life of Cartoonist Phil Frank.

For this expansive exhibition, MarinMOCA will display Frank’s comic strips including the San Francisco-based “Farley” and nationally syndicated “The Elderberries” (written by Joe Troise), as well as a life size sculpture of Phil Frank and a recreation of his artist studio.

Phil’s artwork has illustrated materials for the de Young Museum, the S. F. City Treasurer, Small Business Bureau, minority businesses, BART, the San Francisco Giants, the San Francisco Water Conservation department, numerous regional utility companies and extensive educational materials for Yosemite National Park. This exhibition offers a look at the many sides and talents of this local treasure.

 

Ken Botto: Dark Worlds

February 27 - April 10, 2016
Ron Collins Gallery
Reception: February 27, 5-7 pm

A selection of works from the Bolinas photographer Ken Botto will be on exhibit in the Ron Collins Gallery.

Ken Botto collected miniatures, bones, and found objects to create tiny dioramas and then would photograph them in his backyard. He described himself in a 2000 biographical statement as “A hopeless collector, and like an urban anthropologist, I have spent much of my life rooting and sifting through the debris of our culture. Objects found through this process serve as catalysts and vehicles of possibility when reconstructing the environments that I set up to photograph.”

The subject matter of his works ranges from urban decay and 9/11 to Berlin and Barbie. His artworks are in permanent collections at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as well as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

 

Layers:
Artists of MarinMOCA Member Show

January 16 - February 21, 2016
Main & Ron Collins Galleries
Reception: January 16, 5-7 pm

The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art invited its artist members to submit a piece of art based on the theme “Layers”. The artwork of over 90 artists is on display in this diverse show. The exhibition’s juror Maria Medua is the Director of the SFMOMA Artists Gallery. Join us at the opening reception on Saturday, January 16th from 5-7pm (500 Palm Dr, Novato) or during regular business hours from January 16 to February 21.

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Thirty-Six Views of the Bay Bridge
by David Garnick

December 12 - January 10, 2016
Main Gallery
Reception: December 12, 5-7 pm
Gallery Walk & Talk, December 13, 2 pm

David Garnick’s series of photographs, Thirty-Six Views of the Bay Bridge, is inspired by a long tradition of artists who work in series to investigate a subject from multiple vantage points. In the 1830’s Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai published Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, (a series of woodblock prints which includes the famous The Great Wave off Kanagawa, the first and best-known in the series). Garnick’s work carries on this tradition, with the Bay Bridge as his muse. The bridge is a constant visual anchor to life around it in his photographs, the iconic form sometimes dominating the landscape, at other times barely visible. Garnick’s technique for producing his series is digital, but his treatment of colors evokes the look of The Detroit Publishing Company’s photochrom postcards from the early 1900’s which grew out of the rich tradition of block printing. davidgarnick.photography

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The American Car: A Family Portrait
by Gale S. McKee

December 12 - January 10, 2016
Ron Collins Gallery
Reception: December 12, 5-7 pm

Gale S. McKee’s exhibit titled The American Car: A Family Portrait is inspired by vintage photographs of families, couples, and even dogs standing in front of their cars. McKee enlarges each photo, prints it on canvas and then starts to imagine and create the life of the people in the photos. McKee uses acrylic paint in an attempt to recover the story of the lives in the photo. Some images are sentimental, while others venture into humor or fantasy. She says, “When I process these imaginings I realize how similar feelings of family and pride are a constant emotion in human lives and how transient we humans really are.” galesmckee.com

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