March 12-15, Tuesday-Friday, 11am to 5pm
"Castles Made of Fog" will be on display until March 15 at Accion Latina's Juan R. Fuentes Gallery. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Artists Max Marttila and Eli Lippert say that since their early years they have had a special spot in their hearts for one of San Francisco's primary culture and arts hubs. Here, they've painted with Precita Eyes, the neighborhood's premier street art nonprofit in the heart of the Mission.
"I could live in Fillmore, Ingleside, Alemany... still, [the] Mission always ends up being home base, no matter what," said Lippert who, like Marttila, lives in Ingleside. On Feb. 9, the two artists took their work across the street from Precita for their exhibition, "Castles Made of Fog," at Accion Latina's Juan R. Fuentes Gallery located at 24th and Alabama streets.
"Castles Made of Fog" is a curation of Lippert and Marttila's studio paintings, new and old, most finished in the last year. Many are like cousins, created in the same time frame and studio, located in the Haight.
In the show, Marttila focuses on figurative portraits, sometimes layered over landscapes familiar to city-knowers, such as Market Street or a segment of a Muni map. Meanwhile, Lippert provides mainly abstracts that nonetheless draw from his experiences in San Francisco.
The two expand their repertoires and make ends meet by producing a mix of fine and commercial art. Marttila teaches youth at nonprofit mural association Precita Eyes during the day and works the studio at night; Lippert works as an artist full time.
The paintings they've curated for "Castles Made of Fog" are, they say, more personal than their murals.
Even before the opening reception on Feb. 9, Ramirez said it already felt like they had the neighborhood inside Accion Latina.