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

Et al. / Et al. etc.
Viola Frey & Ross Simonini

Et al. is pleased to present works by Viola Frey and Ross Simonini.

Over the course of her five-decade career, Viola Frey created boldly-colored figurative sculptures, paintings and works on paper that reflect on contemporary culture, power, and gender dynamics. While most closely aligned with the Bay Area Funk movement, Frey’s immense creative output delves into many aesthetic directions. She used a distinctive, personal iconography and palette to depict human figures arrayed among objects of antiquity, flea market collectibles, and interior landscapes.

Frey was born in 1933 in Lodi, California. In 1951, she moved to Oakland and attended the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC) and completed her BFA in 1955. She pursued an MFA in Painting at Tulane University, and studied under George Rickey, Katherine Choy, and visiting artist Mark Rothko. Frey taught at CCAC from 1964 to 1999. During her tenure, she served as the Ceramics Department chair and continuously championed the ceramic medium as an art form. Among her many accomplishments, Frey was the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, a Masters of the Medium for Ceramics from the James Renwick Alliance, and an honorary Doctorate from CCAC.

Ross Simonini’s first US solo exhibition, Refrains, opened January 22 at Et al. etc. The show features five of his Refrains painting series, which are created by repeatedly writing a single phase to construct an image. Each painting is a phrase. Every mark forms a letter. In this way, the show is a marriage of Simonini’s work as a writer and painter.

Ross Simonini lives in California, splitting his time between Northern California and Los Angeles. He has exhibited at Shoot the Lobster (Luxembourg), Sharjah Biennial 13, Human Resources (Los Angeles), Jack Hanley Gallery (New York), Anonymous Gallery (Mexico), Fredericks and Freiser (New York), and elsewhere. Simonini’s first novel, The Book of Formation was published by Melville House Books and he contributes monthly dialogues to ArtReview and The Believer. He currently hosts the podcast Subject Object Verb and teaches cross-genre courses in Columbia University’s graduate department.

Viola Frey
Untitled (Profile of Standing Woman and Red Glove), 1986
Pastel on paper
44 x 30 inches
111.76 x 76.2 cm
$30,000

Viola Frey
Untitled (Reclining Man with Arm on Raised Knee), 1986-1987
Pastel and charcoal on paper
30 x 44 inches
76.2 x 111.76 cm
$30,000

Ross Simonini
The Sunders, 2020
Watercolor, tempera, wax crayon, and graphite on muslin
35 x 35 inches
$2,000

Ross Simonini
The Seers, 2020
Watercolor, tempera, wax crayon, and graphite on muslin
35 x 35 inches
$2,000