Join CounterPulse & ArtSpan to celebrate the works of CounterPulse’s summer gallery artists, Molly Champlin and Gala Sadurni.
Pictured: Gala Sadurni’s Tourist in a rooftop garden, 2018, from the series Portraits
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
GALA SADURNI (COUNTERPULSE LOBBY & MEZZANINE)
Gala Sadurni is a San Francisco-based artist. She was born in San Francisco, and raised in the Bay Area and Guanajuato, Mexico. Inspired by the changing environment around her, Gala began developing her art practice. After returning to the US for college, she graduated in 2009 from UC Santa Barbara’s Honors Program with a BA in Art and an emphasis in Photography. She is self-taught in painting. Her current focus is portraits of people, painted in oil. She owes her current inspiration to the one and only vibrant downtown SF, where she currently resides.
With these portraits I aim at creating a diverse, culturally-charged picture of the city, tailored by my personal experiences and encounters living in downtown SF. Part of what I do involves exploring cities asking strangers for their photo, which gets me out of my studio and focused on the great unknown. I place people in an intimate, personalized setting, surrounded by details of the city that are normally overlooked. While the subjects are painted individually, the series is meant to work as a harmonic group of paintings, reinforcing the idea that everyone adds a little bit of character to this city we call home.
MOLLY CHAMPLIN (COUNTERPULSE DOWNSTAIRS)
Molly is a painter, printmaker, and illustrator born in Pasadena, California. Her art explores the relationship between physical and digital worlds via the visual study of abandoned places and outdated technology. Molly has shown work in Pasadena, San Francisco, and Osaka. This fall she begins a Masters of Fine Arts at Cal State Long Beach, pursuing her passions of art and education. For more of her work visit her website, www.mollychamplin.com, or find her on Instagram, @mollychamplinart.
My work provides a critical perspective on increasingly consumerist relationships with technology and information. I embrace the slow process of oil painting and intaglio printmaking because it helps to convey the passage of time in my depictions of old TVs, signs, strange towers, recycling centers, and cluttered storefronts. My paintings and prints are full of random bits of information, details that can be read as meaningful, like reflections in glass fragmenting into discrete colors and shapes, or bright green blades of grass springing up out of nowhere. These details represent the information accessible through digital tools. Small, surreal, and cartoonish elements in my work balance the sense of anxiety caused by an overwhelming amount of information.
DATE: August 15, 2019, 6:00 pm to August 15, 2019, 7:30 pm
ADDRESS: 80 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102