111 Minna Gallery proudly presents two new solo shows by local Bay Area artists, Noah Ptolemy and Emily Fromm.
With Now Hiring Ptolemy aims to reconcile the emotional ups and downs he has experienced over the last few years and feels as though he has been shedding everything he thought he needed and replacing it with simple beginnings.
Noah’s new body of work also addresses the high cost of living in the Bay Area and the adjustments many have had to make in order to survive. Some of his pieces stem from his belief that there is still heart and vibrancy in the Bay, but opportunities may go unrealized due to the cost. His new work sheds light on these issues and attempts to create conversation or resolutions to these matters, which he holds close to his heart.
Ptolemy considers his works to be benchmarks or mile markers – measuring, weighing, recording and organizing the ebbs and flows of his time here.
With clean lines and a flat, limited color palette, Emily Fromm uses a style reminiscent of vintage cartoons and comic books to illustrate contemporary urban landscapes. Having been raised in the outskirts of Los Angeles, she was heavily influenced by the over-the-top yet seedy aesthetic of the American West, and often highlights signage, architecture and the iconic style of the region in her paintings. She applies a graphic style that is familiar and nostalgic to these settings, incorporating imagery that is mundane and often low brow, to contrast these grandiose scenes with everyday life.