766 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
Please join us for Alan Miknis’ first solo exhibition with Incline Gallery. ”Middle Americana 2: The Midway” is a series of portraits that focuses on Miknis’ merging of Southern and West-Coast cultures. Having grown up in rural Georgia and living as an adult in San Francisco, Miknis’ experience of the dualities of social & cultural climates influenced his work to allow celebration of the weird and untamed in his human experience.
The Midway was one of Miknis’ favorite places as a child to go and experience people-watching and culture as a whole. The simultaneous trance-like state and anxiety of flashing lights, mobs of people of different classes and lifestyles, all hovering around a ring toss brought great fear and excitement. It is on this common ground that these people interact with not only one another, but also with the spectacle of the county fair games, hoping to win something like a plush snake, or a Rasta Banana Monkey whose only real ephemeral value is bragging rights (who keeps a Banana Monkey in a trophy case?).
This exhibition will debut Alan Miknis’ “The Midway” – a 24-foot gouache painting depicting the game booths, porta-potties, ticket booths, and the people who come to interact with the scene set inside a county fair. “The Midway” gives the viewer a closer look at the society of Alan’s childhood that surrounded the county and Middle State, far from the metropolitan regions that he would later inhabit on the West-Coast.