INTO THE WOODS Opening October 15, 2015

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Jules Maeght Gallery

Media Contact: Luc Sokolsky (415) 549-7046
Jules Maeght Gallery
Jules Maeght Gallery 149 Gough Street @ Oak
October 15, 2015 – January 30, 2016
Early tomorrow morning we will take the children out into the forest to where it is the thickest. There we will light a fire for them, and give each of them one more piece of bread, and then we will go to our work and leave them alone. They will not find the way home again, and we shall be rid of them.
Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm
August 18, 2015 – San Francisco, CA.

The exhibition INTO THE WOODS announces the Jules Maeght Gallery’s second year in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley. INTO THE WOODS features works by contemporary artists — Marco Del Re, Luc Doerflinger, Joanne Easton, Cécile Granier de Cassagnac, Laine Justice, Brett McCormack, Kal Spelletich and Justin Teisl — in a range of techniques and media : painting, sculpture, drawing and installation. The works selected coalesce in the service of storytelling through image-making. Drawing from fairytales and folk legends, the international artists in this group exhibition explore dreamlike and expressive themes creating haunting landscapes, strange environments, mysterious people and creatures that are at once magical, ominous and compelling.

New York based artist Brett McCormack highlights with his black and white intricate paper sculptures the predatory systems of the forest, in which life is indeed reliant on death. French artists Luc Doerflinger and Cécile Granier de Cassagnac’s haunting representations of animalistic forms in gouache and watercolor revisit childhood nightmares, suggesting a forest filled with characters from Brothers Grimm tales. Marco Del Re mixes technique and mythology, incorporating both Greek and Biblical tales into his linocuts, each then painted individually by hand. Laine Justice’s magical composite creatures painted on paper scrolls draw on Persian mythology, populated by imaginary humans and animals offer a forest scene more akin to a chaotic dream than a place of repose or reflection.
Jules Maeght Gallery
149 Gough St. – San Francisco – CA 94102 – – (415) 549-7046
Jules Maeght Gallery

Joanne Easton’s more conceptual work integrates artificial materials with discarded tree branches, exploring the boundaries between the quotidian and the mystical in reference to the longevity (or lack thereof) of art itself. Justin Teisl’s epoxy and acrylic paintings display our conflicting ideology towards the woods, at times visceral, at other times bordering on abstraction. Finally, local artist Kal Spelletich’s interactive tree robots exude grace in the face of fear. Spelletich’s robots encourage active engage- ment with the physical while interrogating how machines can support our spiritual tendencies.

The forest is a primordial locus and has always been representative of the unknown or the unconscious; it is a landscape replete with darkness, cruelty and dream-like qualities. The artists selected for INTO THE WOODS explore the effects and affects of the forest, the complex interplay between positive and negative space, which underlines our concurrent fear and fascination for the space the woodlands occupy in our lives and imaginations.

Jules Maeght Gallery
149 Gough St. – San Francisco – CA 94102 – – (415) 549-7046



~ by kaltek on August 20, 2015.

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