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May 17, 2012
Varnish Fine Art at ArtPadSF
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Hi Fructose Preview:
In addition to the exciting line-up of galleries we mentioned in our preview of ArtPadSF and ArtMRKT, San Francisco gallery Varnish Fine Art will be exhibiting some of our favorite artists at ArtPadSF. JennyBird Alcantara (who appeared in the very first issue of Hi-Fructose) will be showing her Candy Land-esque paintings of wounded mythical creatures. The thugged-out woodland animals of Isabel Samaras (Vol. 20) will also make an appearance. Alcantara and Samaras’ fun, fairy tale-inspired works will be offset by Chris Mars (Vol. 7), Mike Davis and Ransom & Mitchell’s darker paintings that engage with haunting imagery culled from the Renaissance. Jessica Joslin’s whimsical sculptures and Chuck Sperry’s color-saturated paintings of patterned Grecian beauties will also be joining the party. Make sure to stop by Varnish Fine Art’s booth at ArtPadSF May 17-20.

In addition to artwork by Jennybird Alcantara, Mike Davis, Jessica Joslin, Chris Mars, Isabel Samaras, and Chuck Sperry, Varnish Fine Art will be exhibiting limited edition works by Purebred’s founders, Stacey Ransom & Jason Mitchell at ArtPadSF opening tonight and running through the weekend in room 30 of the Phoenix Hotel. Being presented are framed limited edition prints by Ransom & Mitchell including Vanitas (pictured) along with other portraits and fine art pieces.

The photos being exhibited by Ransom & Mitchell at ArtPad are a well-chosen sampling of their highly-detailed and visually-lush style. Their work is narrative in nature and draws upon the darker undercurrent that exists within all aspects of society. They aim to create worlds that cannot exist, through a unique combination of cinematic lighting, theatrically designed sets and an illustrative approach inspired by the Italian and Dutch Master painters. This unique combination of aesthetics and techniques effectively blurs the lines between photographs and paintings.

ADDED BONUS! Super exclusive "Pretty Vacant" photo booth created by Ransom & Mitchell installed in the Varnish Suite bathroom room #30.

How often do you get a chance to take your photo in a crime scene? If you answered never, (finger's crossed on that one) then come to the show this Fri-Sun. Inside the Varnish suite you will find a highly irreverent "photo booth" installation that celebrates the rock 'n' roll history of the Phoenix. The over-the-top, "bloody f*#king awesome" room captures the final moments of that most tragic punk couple Sid & Nancy. You won't want to miss taking your photo in this instagram'errific set up.

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