Anohaao Gallery present Better Together, an exhibition by Dan Lam & Sean Newport.
Sean Newport is a San Francisco based artist whose work varies from design to sculpture. Sean was a original creators of Engine Works, an artist collective founded in 2010 in San Francisco’s historic Mission district. Working primarily as a woodworker, Sean has honed his skills as a carpenter to fine artist over the past 5 years. Conceptually, his sculptures deal with perceived notions of reality and the idea of creating a digital aesthetic through analogue processes. To achieve this, Sean manipulates wood into three-dimensional shapes, then paints and arranges them into a vibration of glowing patterns, the result is a mesmerizing display of geometric design.
A major objective in Sean’s work is to manipulate color and light in a way that bends reality. Each shape is individual and creates a perception within itself. When multiplied, the multitude of these shapes’ peaks and valleys cast shadows on one side and illuminate colors from another. Each angle of perception changes the pattern; any directional light shift alters the shapes differently and dramatically. Sean is fascinated by the way perception and consciousness behave when confronted with optical controversy. Exploring how our brains react to optical falsehoods, his work enables us to delve deeper into reality’s notions that are inherently rooted within ourselves.
Dan Lam was born in the Philippines to Vietnamese refugee parents. The small family made their way to Texas when she was just a baby and established in Houston. Later, she and her mother would move to Dallas, TX. Always one to follow her intuition and passion, she pursued an academic path in the fine arts. Dan obtained her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas in the fall of 2010 and went on to a Master’s program in Fine Arts at Arizona State University, graduating in the spring of 2014.
Dan Lam creates otherworldly, vibrant colored sculptures by using polyurethane foam, acrylics and epoxy resin. The result is remarkably eye-catching and has an illusionistic appearance that plays with the senses of the beholder.
The exhibition runs between April 14th – May 12th. Opening on Saturday, April 14th, between 13-16 (1-4 pm).
Welcome to an open preview of the show on Friday, April 13th, between 18-21 (6-9 pm). DJ: Olof Heinö, Live music: Ryan Edmond (at 20h00).
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