Eight bridges connect the San Francisco Bay, so it is an apt name for a gallery platform that brings the Bay Area art world together.

Our mission is to maintain a vibrant gallery scene, despite restrictions on travel, celebrations and other larger gatherings. We want to support our artists by informing and entertaining curators, collectors and critics with potent online exhibitions of their work.

On the first Thursday of every month, we will launch 8 shows of artists relevant to the Bay Area. They may be working in this place, long considered an epicenter of change, or deeply engaged in the conversations the Bay Area holds dear, whether it’s related to technology, the environment, social justice or sexual identity, to name a few. In addition, each month will highlight the crucial work of a Bay Area non-profit arts organization as its beneficiary, with an initial donation led by Phillips.

Founding Committee

Claudia Altman-Siegel, Kelly Huang, Sophia Kinell, Micki Meng, Daphne Palmer, Chris Perez, Sarah Wendell Sherrill, Jessica Silverman, and Elizabeth Sullivan

Ambassador Committee

Sayre Batton & Maja Thomas, Joachim & Nancy Bechtle, Matt Bernstein, Sabrina Buell, Wayee Chu & Ethan Beard, Natasha Boas, Douglas Durkin, Carla Emil, Matt & Jessica Farron, Lauren Ford, Ali Gass, Stanlee Gatti, Brook Hartzell & Tad Freese, Pamela & David Hornik, Katie & Matt Paige, Putter Pence, Becca Prowda & Daniel Lurie, Deborah Rappaport, Komal Shah & Gaurav Garg, Laura Sweeney, The Battery, Robin Wright, Sonya Yu & Zack Lara

Sponsors

Lobus, Phillips, The Space Program

Kimia Ferdowsi Kline, Kelly Inouye, Stephanie Robison, Jordan Holms

Marrow Gallery is pleased to introduce works from gallery artists Kimia Ferdowsi Kline, Kelly Inouye, Stephanie Robison and Jordan Holms.

Kimia Ferdowsi Kline’s Mother Tongue marks a significant formal shift in Kline’s oeuvre from oil painting on traditional rectilineal planes to a mixed media approach centralizing papyrus surfaces and incorporating thread, pearls, beads, glitter, and ink. Parallel to this emergence of new materials, Kline distills her subject matter into body-based lexicons as a tool to decipher the expansive mysteries of human relationships. Cut out from the distractions of place, situation, context, and even gravity, these emotionally-charged figures take center stage as they grapple with the complexity of self and each other. Mother Tongue, opens at Marrow Gallery on May 12th.

Kelly Inouye’s large-scale watercolors were inspired by the televised world of women’s pro wrestling and feminist writing on the topic of women’s anger. In these works, sweeping washes of iridescent pigments depict skilled female athletes staging choreographed physical battles. These figures push, shove, choke, and slam against portrayals of the female body as docile, still, passive, and available within mainstream culture, art history, and social media. Inouye will have a solo exhibition in November 2021. 

Stephanie Robison’s sculptural works often use humor or the absurd to address uncontrollable aspects of the body, the self, the environment, and relationships. Created out of wood, fabric, stone, steel, foam, and plastic, her works synthesize and fuse: organic and geometric, natural and architectural, soft with hard, the handmade and the uniform industrial.

Jordan Holms works primarily in painting, sculpture, and textiles. Her abstract compositions explore how space is organized and assigned meaning. Coded objects that have historically operated as signifiers of power and oppression in material culture collapse into the single plane of her work.