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

Bass & Reiner
Ellie Hunter, Charlie Leese
A pair

Ellie Hunter and Charlie Leese are multi-disciplinary artists whose creations seem pulled from an unfriendly speculative future. Deeply concerned with the normative body, both artists find ways of provoking a visceral response from the audience that rests somewhere near curious trepidation. While they have separate practices and haven’t collaborated before, their works seem to harmonize around similar materials (aluminum, vinyl, thread, woven photographs) as well as feelings of ensnarement/entombment. This is Leese’s third time showing with Bass & Reiner and Hunter’s second.

 

Charlie Leese holds a BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. His sculptures employ enduring materials (cast bronze, welded steel, carved stone, etc.) to build forms that recall landscape and architectural models, allowing the viewer to consider shifts in scale relative to themselves. Leese has been featured in numerous exhibitions including YBCA, San Francisco; Ratio 3, San Francisco; Alter Space, San Francisco; The Battery, San Francisco; and The Wurks, Providence, RI.

Ellie Hunter is a visual artist based in NYC. Hunter locates her work inside spaces where bodies are heavily scrutinized. She explores the ways in which the pathologizing ethics of clinical institutions are absorbed into our everyday lives and anxieties, and can merge with spaces of fiction and fantasy. Hunter received her MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University where she was the recipient of the VCU Graduate Thesis Grant. She has participated in residencies at Shandaken: Storm King (NY), Interstate Projects (NY), Rupert (Vilnius), Superdeals (Brussels), 2727 California (CA), and Ox-Bow (MI). Hunter’s work has been featured in ArtForum (Critic’s Pick), AQNB, ArtMaze Magazine, Kuba Paris, and more. She recently exhibited at the Contemporary Art Center in Vilnius, and has an upcoming two-person show at Cordova (Barcelona

 

 

 

Ellie Hunter

At Bay, 2020

Film photographs UV printed on screens, fabric, cast aluminum, barbed wire, thread

44 x 72 x .5 inches

$4,200

SOLD

Ellie Hunter

Kneading the Rosary, Ten Times Two Times, 2021

Film photographs UV printed on screens, cast aluminum beads, thread

31 x 25 x .25 inches

$2,400

Charlie Leese
ex-place, 2021
Aluminum, welded steel chain, paint
29 x 31 x 4 inches
$2,600

Charlie Leese

Sidewalk SHELL, 2020

Vinyl, foam, aluminum, steel

72 x 43 x 4 inches

$1,800

SOLD