Wednesday–Friday • 1–6pm
Saturday • 12-6pm
Jen Hewett is a printmaker, surface designer, textile artist and teacher. A lifelong Californian, Jen combines her love of loud prints and saturated colors with the textures and light of the California landscapes to create highly-tactile, visually-layered, printed textiles.
As a child growing up in Los Angeles, Jen didn’t pay close attention to the lawns surrounding her. Lawns were meant to be lush, mown, and uniformly green – a nearly-impossible feat in constantly drought-stricken Southern California. It wasn’t until 2016, when California started to emerge from a five-year drought and the lawns of her neighboring Golden Gate Park grew more quickly than its gardeners could manage that she noticed, for the first time, the diversity contained within a patch of grass – not just grasses, but also clover, mallow, plantain. She began to pay close attention to the ground, documenting what she saw on her daily walks, and researching the names and varieties of each weed. Weedwatching is a collection of Jen’s interpretations of these mini-landscapes.
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September 1–October 27
September 1 • 6-9pm
In America, we have an anxiety problem similar to many teenagers: dealing with the dichotomy of feeling both stagnant and impatient simultaneously. We struggle to deal with problems that require long-term mental and physical commitments. Ultimately many of us either lash out in raw emotion or sit back and hope that things will turn out okay. Is it any wonder that the most financially successful films revolve around superheroes who handle all of our problems? Or why millions of people play the lottery each week, hoping to earn more than a lifetime of cash all at once? Whether it’s watching superheroes, game shows, or wealthy reality-stars at home, America is consuming the idea of magic. A victory with no struggle, a physique earned with no sweat, an empire built with no shameful past.
With Prizes May Vary, Jon Stich aims to show the disconnect we face when it comes to our history, our present, and our future because of our willingness to accept many facets in life as out of our control or out of our reach. There is no magic, no “ta-da” moment that came to fruition without struggle and he is interested in telling that whole story rather than showing only the end result. He hopes to humanize those we idolize and to contextualize people and places in their naked, unedited history.
Jon Stich has been creating pictures since he was nine years old, when his father took him to a Red Lobster and he scrawled all over the menu. Since then, he has turned drawing and painting into a career, as he has been a freelance illustrator for the past decade and currently teaches art courses at California College of the Arts and the University of California at Berkeley. Some of his illustration clients include Chronicle Books, Bloomberg Businessweek, Scholastic, Time Magazine, Mother Jones, The Washington Post, The New York Observer, Intercom, The San Francisco Giants, and Adult Swim. He is also the author and illustrator of Sketch Your Stuff, published by Quarto Press. He lives and works in San Francisco.