Join us for a reception for new works from Eva Enriquez & Anna-Lena Sauer
On view in the CounterPulse gallery March 20 – May 1, 2018.
Spanish culture and its unique forms of social relationships is the root of my artwork. In Spain, everyday life is full of meaningful interactions with family, friends, strangers and its surrounding environments. Those interactions with people and environment become a source of knowledge and contribute to develop a sense of place. Being distant from such everyday experiences, my artwork has become a way of linking with cultural roots and an avenue to connect with new and vast communities. This work involves participatory interactions with audiences and site-specific material production incorporating social and environmental aspects of my surroundings. As I develop my practice I find essential to establish a relationship with the younger generations through education. My goal is to facilitate the process of developing a sense of place. I called this process social weaving.
Eva Enriquez grew up in Madrid, Spain. She holds a BFA with a minor in Theatre from University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii. She lives and works as teaching artist in San Francisco.
Anna-Lena Sauer’s work is not based on concrete ideas or sketches.
Instead the composition is an integral part of the creative process itself. Ideas arise out of the application of multiple layers and removals of paint or fabric. When working, the artist likes to allow and give in to uncertainty. Hence, acting – which can be described as a play with paint and fabric and their infinite potentialities – is predominantly intuitive. In her work Sauer uses fabric as a substitute for paint and paint, due to its haptic use, becomes more and more a material rather than a medium. Her visual language is influenced by ad hoc forms and impressions of nature and environment. As a result her work often oscillates between the abstract and a vague sense of representation. The perception of Anna-Lena Sauer’s art happens in a multidimensional way. It is an active and engaging process. Viewing can take place again and again anew.Anna-Lena Sauer, born 1977 in Heidelberg, Germany, studied Fine Arts at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar (HBKsaar) under Sigurd Rompza in Saarbrücken, Germany. She was nominated Meisterschüler (star pupil) in 2004 and earned the 1st State Examination in 2005 and the 2nd State Examination in 2008. After two years working as a tenured teacher at a Gymnasium in Germany, the artist moved to California with her spouse and their 7 month old daughter. Since 2011 Sauer lives and works in San Francisco.
[Image: Anna-Lena Sauer, NYLON PAINTING 14, Acrylic, wall paint and nylon on canvas 12“ x 12“ 2018]
Stick around for the opening night of CounterPulse's Edge Residency 2018 at 8pm. Feasturing new work from CounterPulse residents. (de)classified by Five Feet Dance, is a multidisciplinary performance of ancestry, culture, and change, delving into what it means to be Asian American. Simpson/Stulburg Collaborations: Still Life No. 8, is the eighth work in their Still Life series that explores ideas of ephemerality and permanence, stillness and action. More info >>
Reception presented in partnership with ArtSpan's Art-in-Neighborhoods Program: ArtSpan’s Art-in-Neighborhoods program serves the city of San Francisco by connecting communities with local artists while activating spaces with vibrant, locally-made artwork. ArtSpan partners with local businesses and building owners to bring art exhibitions and art events to businesses, dormant storefronts, and empty spaces for lease that seek artwork for their blank walls. Local artists who are ArtSpan members are given the opportunity to display, promote, and sell their artwork in these diverse venues. All aspects of the program allow otherwise unused walls, spaces, or properties to become creative arenas for celebrating local arts.
The Art-In-Neighborhoods program strives to create visibility and accessibility for local arts in San Francisco. ArtSpan provides the public with free, high quality arts exposure. Simultaneously, local ArtSpan artists are given the opportunity to promote and sell their artwork. Each of the Art-In-Neighborhoods exhibitions and community events will provide clear, consistent information about ArtSpan programing to educate the public about ArtSpan’s goals and how to become a supporter – by attending our events and buying artwork from local artists!