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.
Claudia Altman-Siegel, Kelly Huang, Sophia Kinell, Micki Meng, Daphne Palmer, Chris Perez, Sarah Wendell Sherrill, Jessica Silverman, and Elizabeth Sullivan
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
Lobus, Phillips, The Space Program
Giving and taking, adding or subtracting; both artists play with the body. Materazzi subverts the usual presentation of the female body, and Zsako adds in humor and eroticism to his paintings. Zsako points to the edges of our perception and the haptic, an almost-unfelt touch. Materazzi presents her body as a formalized and abstracted form. The gaze and a desire to touch is implied in both artists’ works.
In Materazzi’s work, the other is tacit in the tension in how she holds a grip, a contorted foot, implying a rigid energy, a coiled potential. In other works she relaxes into a languid pool, reminding us of the release that delivers us to a relaxed state, be it sensual, or derived from exhaustion, or through meditation or intoxication. How we connect, how we change states, both artists ask questions about connection and lack there-of.
*Credit to Kate Bush for the title