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.

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 and Phillips

Jessica Silverman
Matthew Angelo Harrison

For the inaugural edition of 8-bridges, Jessica Silverman is pleased to present eight new sculptures by Matthew Angelo Harrison. Harrison creates enigmatic sculptures that are in conversation with anthropology, industrial design, science fiction and the realities of 21st century capitalism. Born and raised in Detroit, Harrison occasionally accompanied his mother to work at American Axle, a small car parts firm, where she worked on the assembly line. His early experience of this “intense, almost violent working environment,” as he puts it, has fueled a fascination with machines and the relationship of Black American identity with labor.

As part of a new “Global Dissidents” series, Harrison has made resin encapsulations of fragments of car headlights – specifically the curvilinear forms of the Porsche 911, made in Stuttgart, Germany. Sitting on raised pedestals at viewer eye-level, the sculptures take on anthropomorphic qualities, suggesting heads or eyes that are not entirely inanimate. As such, they become rebels from the assembly line, runaway slaves, robots gone rogue, figures that refuse their function and deconstruct what would otherwise be an emblem of power.

Harrison’s “Bodily Studies” take the form of thrones made of resin and real zebra bone. The combination of materials – organic animal and petroleum-based acrylic – is oxymoronic, evoking both preservation and extinction. The carefully sliced skulls create beautiful patterns and phantom faces, a soul-stirring life after death. Representing the African savannah as well as the idiosyncrasies of evolutionary camouflage, the zebra’s black and white coat is replaced by a harmony of tinted resins.

With these latest works, Harrison continues his exploration of the aesthetics and politics of globalization, mass production, authenticity, and metamorphosis. Alongside his “abstracted ancestries,” these new works contribute to the artist’s long-term project to make “archaeologies of the future.”

Matthew Angelo Harrison
Bodily Study: Fallow, 2020
Zebra skulls, tinted polyurethane resin
32 1/4 x 15 3/4 x 20 1/4 inches
81.9 x 40 x 51.4 cm

SOLD

Matthew Angelo Harrison
Seer: Gleam Subdued, 2020
Headlight, tinted polyurethane resin, anodized aluminum, acrylic
Sculpture: 20 5/8 x 10 3/8 x 6 1/2 inches
52.4 x 26.4 x 16.5 cm
Overall: 73 5/8 x 12 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
187 x 31.8 x 19.1 cm

SOLD

Matthew Angelo Harrison
Seer: Peering through Gloam, 2020
Headlight, tinted polyurethane resin, anodized aluminum, acrylic
Sculpture: 20 5/8 x 10 3/8 x 6 1/2 inches
52.4 x 26.4 x 16.5 cm
Overall: 73 5/8 x 12 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
187 x 31.8 x 19.1 cm

SOLD

Matthew Angelo Harrison
Bodily Study: Stasis Restored, 2020
Zebra skulls, tinted polyurethane resin
32 1/4 x 15 3/4 x 20 3/8 inches
81.9 x 40 x 51.8 cm

SOLD

Matthew Angelo Harrison
Seer: Peering through Aurora, 2020
Headlight, tinted polyurethane resin, anodized aluminum, acrylic
Sculpture: 20 5/8 x 10 3/8 x 6 1/2 inches
52.4 x 26.4 x 16.5 cm
Overall: 73 5/8 x 12 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
187 x 31.8 x 19.1 cm
$ 28,000

Matthew Angelo Harrison
Seer: Obstructed, 2020
Headlight, tinted polyurethane resin, anodized aluminum, acrylic
Sculpture: 20 5/8 x 10 3/8 x 6 1/2 inches
52.4 x 26.4 x 16.5 cm
Overall: 73 5/8 x 12 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
187 x 31.8 x 19.1 cm

SOLD

Matthew Angelo Harrison
Seer: Lay Bare, 2020
Headlight, tinted polyurethane resin, anodized aluminum, acrylic
Sculpture: 20 5/8 x 10 3/8 x 6 1/2 inches
52.4 x 26.4 x 16.5 cm
Overall: 73 5/8 x 12 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
187 x 31.8 x 19.1 cm

SOLD

Matthew Angelo Harrison
Bodily Study: Turbid Repose, 2020
Zebra skulls, tinted polyurethane resin
32 1/4 x 15 x 19 inches
81.9 x 38.1 x 48.3 cm

SOLD