Here, I’ll make a beeline for Johansson Projects, one of the truly great incubators of emerging art in the Bay Area. Yes, it’s a home-turf gallery, Oakland to be precise, but why pass up a chance to see Jennie Ottinger and Portland-based Anna Fiddler? Ottinger paints in a loose faux-naif style – half Luc Tuymans, half Marlene Dumas — that speaks volumes about childhood fears. The more you look, the more invested you become in her fraught, knowing dabs and smears. Fiddler makes psychedelically hued portraits from sculpted layers of paper, the result being topographic contours inscribed on faces and grounds. Look at them for even a short period of time and you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into the pages of Carlos Casteneda.
Shirley Hazlett says
Invigorating investigative reporting on the evolving San Francisco art scene. Thanks David.