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

Gallery Wendi Norris
Ambreen Butt and Eva Schlegel

Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to present works by Ambreen Butt and Eva Schlegel

Ambreen Butt’s intricate collage works on paper celebrate formal elements of color and pattern central to traditional Indian and Persian miniature painting. Trained in these techniques in Lahore, Pakistan, Butt has re-imagined the rigorous art form. Say My Name, her most recent and ongoing series, explores the relationship between power and vulnerability in order to pay homage to innocent lives lost in international warfare. Butt’s process begins with staining the paper in tea. She then separately and repeatedly writes or prints out an individual name, shreds it into pieces, and arranges and glues the shredded fragments to her tea-stained paper in dense, swirling patterns. This process, undertaken with repetitive and transformational urgency, becomes a form of meditation. The result elevates the names into shapes of exquisite grace and enduring strength. 

Eva Schlegel’s photography often focuses on the overlooked beauty within intimate, commonplace spaces. By removing details in her images, often by shooting out-of-focus or blurring the details later, Schlegel distills what is otherwise familiar and unremarkable into compositions of transfixing allure. For her blurred architecture series, Schlegel reduced un-named architectural spaces into geometric abstractions. The minimal and ethereal images, set mostly in tones of white and gray, float the eye through physical environments in ways impossible in real time and space. For her Untitled (dragonfly) works, Schlegel spontaneously witnessed and captured two dragonflies mating at a dinner party. The resulting photographs freeze in time a natural phenomenon of little human consequence. Edited with x-ray-like contrast, the images appear otherworldly, simultaneously banal and extraordinary.

Ambreen Butt
Saifullah (9), 2020
Text on tea-stained paper
Paper: 30 x 20 inches
Framed: 36 x 28 x 1.5 inches
$15,000

 

Ambreen Butt
Noor Mohammad (15), 2020
Text on tea-stained paper
Paper: 30 x 20 inches
Framed: 36 x 28 x 1.5 inches
$16,000

 

Ambreen Butt
Sultanat Khan (16), 2020
Text and pen on tea-stained paper
Paper: 30 x 20 inches
Framed: 36 x 28 x 1.5 inches
$15,000

Ambreen Butt
Nawab (17), 2020
Text and 24 karat gold on tea-stained paper
Paper: 30 x 20 inches
Framed: 36 x 28 x 1.5 inches
$15,000

Eva Schlegel
Untitled (255), 2017
Inkjet on Hahnemühle Bütten handmade paper
Paper: 31 1/2 x 24 2/5 inches
Framed: 33 1/2 x 25 2/5 x 2 inches
Edition of 3 + 2AP
$9,600

 

Eva Schlegel
Untitled (259), 2018
Inkjet on Hahnemühle Bütten handmade paper
Paper: 35 2/5 x 26 3/5 inches
Framed: 37 2/5 x 29 3/5 x 2 inches
Edition of 3 + 2AP
$9,600

Eva Schlegel
Untitled (Dragonfly 1), 2019
Inkjet on Hahnemühle Bütten handmade paper
Paper: 47 1/4 x 35 2/5 inches
Framed: 50 1/2 x 30 1/2 x 2 inches
Edition of 3 + 2AP
$14,000

Eva Schlegel
Untitled (Dragonfly 2), 2019
Inkjet on Hahnemühle Bütten handmade paper
Paper: 47 1/4 x 35 2/5 inches
Framed: 50 1/2 x 30 1/2 x 2 inches
Edition of 3 + 2AP
$14,000