111 Minna St
San Francisco, CA 94105
111 Minna Gallery Presents
Distant Memories by Elise Remender
& Iconographic Drift by Lauren Szabo
Opening Reception Friday March 3rd, 5-11:30pm 2017 (through 3/25)
We are pleased to announce the upcoming opening of two new artists to 111 Minna Gallery. Although their subject matter differs, each painter illustrates bold visions of our past that seem to draw the viewer into the time period as a participant or observer.
Elise Remender’s love of painting began at an early age as she created imaginary worlds in her hometown of Phoenix, AZ. After graduating from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA with a degree in children’s book illustration and animation, Elise returned to Phoenix to continue practicing her original love of painting. It was here that she began creating abstract works, as well as landscapes and florals.
The dreamlike quality of shimmering turquoise pools from home always inspired Elise to imagine a fantasy world of timeless beauty and the freedom of endless summers. She created her Bathing Beauties series to give a glimpse into this Technicolor world, blending the vibrant colors of pop art with the realism of contemporary traditional painting.
“I chose the Bathing Beauties as my subject matter because I have always loved the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s. I’m a bit of an old soul and there is a sense of elegance and beauty that has been lost in modern day society, and I seek to recapture this essence in my work. I’m creating a sort of fantasy world of luxury leisure and old Hollywood glamour.”
Elise is based in California, and has traveled the world gaining inspiration for her work. Her most recent series, Bathing Beauties, which captures the human form and abstracts it through light and reflection, was inspired by the vintage elegance and history of Southeast Asia’s historic hotel pools and gardens. It evokes a bygone era when Ernest Hemingway and Jackie O were among the clientele.
Elise has shown in galleries throughout the US and Asia. Her work has appeared in GQ Magazine, Architectural Digest, Dwell, California Home, and People to name a few. Her paintings hang in luxury properties such as The Ritz Carlton, Hard Rock Hotel, and the Hilton across the US and are held in private collections by many celebrities.
Growing up in suburban Los Angeles where earthquakes and fires were frequent threats, Lauren Szabo became acquainted with natural and unnatural disasters at an early age. When she was a child, she experienced earthquakes and recalls ashen skies during the annual summer fires. These early memories shaped the content of her art, and have rooted her interest in deconstruction.
Szabo is an Oakland based artist that has been working with the medium of oil paint for over 20 years. Her recent paintings are composed of man-made objects in the process of being reclaimed by nature. Her subjects are always in an un-restored state, and include paper billboards, neon signs, and incandescent bulb signs. These advertisements have been decayed by the elements. Once containing messages of perfectionism, a dilapidated advertisement is now itself flawed in societal terms.
Advertisements nearly always promise a perfect, static, and ultimately false outcome, but by depicting such signs in a state of decay, she reveals the true, aging reality of all objects (and beings)—flawed but arguably more beautiful. These signs are becoming more rare as we continue to move forward in the digital age. She wishes to elevate these overlooked locations and cultural relics into icons with the intention of stimulating dialogue about our societal priorities.
Lauren’s process begins with researching locations that are on the dynamic border between mankind’s material creations and the forces of nature. She then embarks on expeditions to study each locale firsthand, documenting her experience with photographs and writings. Upon returning to her studio, she uses these materials to re- enliven various impressions, which she then combines into a single work of art.
Her work nests within a contemporary landscape that delicately blends realism with a unique creative interpretation. She is an advocate for skill-based representational art that addresses current issues in American culture and beyond. Szabo’s intention is to represent a voice while examining social, economic, and environmental issues. She considers her work to be part of a generation that shares a collective consciousness of reevaluating the way that humans interact with the environment and each other as our hybrid landscape progresses.