Monday, May 2, 2011

Paul Wackers at Eleanor Harwood

My friend, Courtney, and I decided to take a respite from the Thunderdome apocalypse air of the end of school and the stress surmounting around final projects and late papers, to take in an art show at Eleanor Harwood.  We went to see a show of real paintings, from a new version of a Painter's Painter, Paul Wackers.  Wackers, from Washington DC, has been building a great reputation as a knockout artist here in SF since graduating from the San Francisco Art Institute and receiving the highest award at the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Tournesol Award, a few years ago.  His last show at Eleanor Harwood garnered him a critic's pick in Artforum, and this show followed the last quite well.  What we both really loved was his mixed use of materials: flat acrylic paint with taped off patterns and his signature spray-painted light beam-ish shapes creating both landscapes and still lives that make it seem fresh to do either.

Solo Exhibition
Paul Wackers:  "idle/idol"
1295 Alabama Street, SF
Ends May 14, 2011

Paul Wackers's website

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