Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Farewell to February showers and hello to March. (Froshin, Poloto at Cafe Museu)

February is almost out the door - and without the promised snow fall for San Francisco. However, there are many delights beyond the transitory one of a flake or two and a couple of them will be showcased or are currently showing under the auspices of SFMOMA's Artist's Gallery. While I'm working on a much longer post on the Bali show at the Asian, here are a few fun exhibits to sweeten your disappointment at SF's no-show snow.

Kim Frohsin - through March 15, 2011

It's often difficult for an artist known for one signature style to change successfully but it looks like Ms. Froshin has succeeded. Her new work employs collage, paint, colored pencil, discarded paper cups, and other mixed media. In the series, which the artist sometimes refers to as Cokework, both the red color associated with Coca-Cola and the distinct shape of the original fluted glass bottle serve as unifying elements throughout. Some pieces present a female face with eyes closed, rendered as a high-contrast positive likeness reminiscent of the mid-nineteenth-century life and death masks.

Frohsin, originally from Atlanta, relishes the autobiographical possibilities (including images of her hometown's dominant brand) in her work. "There is a level of literal and metaphorical self-reflection at play in the self portraits and the mix with the collaged icon of Coke - a meld of identity of a face and a place," she said.
Silvia Poloto: Opening March 17 - April 19, 2011

Brazilian-born artist Silvia Poloto centers her work around themes of family and self, creating mixed-media compositions that are at once intimate and universally accessible.  She juxtaposes rich colors and glossy surfaces with ancestral photos and personally significant imagery with abstract marks, three-dimensional objects, and varied surface treatments. (ummm..the PR release is a bit too much hype for these brightly colored, glossy pieces but they are pretty and would add a decorative element to a bland room).

As an extension of the Gallery's exhibition program at Fort Mason, solo shows featuring selected Gallery artists are on view year-round at SFMOMA's Caffè Museo. Located at 151 Third Street, Caffè Museo is open Friday through Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (closed Wednesdays).

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