is proud to present:
AutoErotica 2"It's all about the Car" A group show featuring:
Hall - Digital light painted photography
Bill Silveira - Auto inspired assemblage sculpture
John Sheridan – Paintings and prints
Opening party, February 1st, 6 – 9pm
through March 8th,
it…. Big old
beautiful cars are sexy!
Each of these three Bay Area artists has their own unique take on the love of the car. They honor our rapidly disappearing, uniquely American, decadent automotive past.
About the Artists:
Philip Hall takes photographs of classic cars. Or, at least, at first glance that’s what the viewer might assume he does. However, on closer inspection, it becomes clear that while the classic (and sometimes not so classic) car is the predominant object in the pictorial field, it certainly isn’t the only subject. In fact, what Philip Hall does quite remarkably is use the classic car as a vehicle (pun intended) through which he can talk about highly sophisticated concepts in contemporary art and photography.
Slightly curmudgeonly, a bit on the eccentric side and possessing a rabid enthusiasm for the automobile, Bill Silveira enjoys making art out of discarded auto parts, rusty scrap metal and other unique items that seem to find their way into his vast collection of interesting and eclectic junk. A long term resident of
Imagine trying to find the Muse of artistic inspiration in an American culture that is both expanding and deflating at the same time. Where a minute is like a century. And where its people can only recall the past as a kind of blur.
John Sheridan chooses and arranges images found in a long (endless) search for meaningful content in American culture. He has discovered and learned much from the past 50 plus years of portable, commercial and short-term imagery - put it on canvas and painted and printed the results.
The artist uses a large, colorful and surprising palette of existing images, words and paint which strike resonant chords because they are both art and also come from and target the American working class. The paint is simple house paint, saved before it becomes landfill. The images he uses often contain logoistic corporate and other mesmerizing and controversial elements, which cannot be separated from the great energy that has always marked the poor, blue collar and working culture of the country. These works on canvas explode with cars, pinups, superheroes, numbers, logos and images from the deep (or not so deep) popular unconscious as well as from the most persuasive propaganda machine the world has ever seen – American advertising. johnsheridanart.com