Visual Aid Gallery, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA
Highlands, a solo exhibition of paintings by Martine Jardel,
October 1 – November 30, 2012
Gallery hours: M-F, 10am-6pm
Thursday, October 4th, 5:30-7:30pm: Opening Reception
Saturday, October 13th, 3-4pm: Champagne Reception honoring the artist. Gallery will remain open till 7pm, as part of the Yerba Buena Gallery Walk.
Working large gives Jardel the opportunity to emphasize the gestural quality of the act of painting. She has always been process oriented so she is open to accidents and random events, using palette knives and rags — layering, scraping, wiping, scratching away, dripping and floating oil paint to create surfaces that embody a sense of time. In recent years, she has shifted from vertical canvases to painting on horizontal ones. Inevitably, these new paintings suggest landscapes but the ground is as deceptive and unstable as marshland and the horizon seems submerged in watery depths or fragmented and scattered over the picture plane. Using the landscape as a frame to explore ideas and images, Jardel continues her efforts to visually evoke a collection of experiences, whose memories unspool and evolve at their own pace in her imagination.
Visual Aid Gallery stimulates dialogue around illness and art through exciting, diverse, at times controversial exhibitions that showcase work by Bay Area artists. The organization was founded to support artists with AIDS, during the height of the pandemic. Over time, Visual Aid expanded to encourage artists with life-threatening illnesses to continue their creative work. Visual Aid Gallery is located in the historic Mechanics Institute Building, on Post Street between Kearny and Montgomery Streets, near Montgomery BART Station.