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Crossing the Divide: a solo art show by Jenn Porreca

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By Jenn Porreca in New Events on Wednesday 18 April 2012

My first solo show, Crossing the Divide, spans two years of art making in the depths of my San Francisco studio without deadlines, diversions or outside influences. In this body of work, I continue to explore the creative urge to perform, and paint the lives of artists and musicians I’m surrounded by in the Bay Area. 

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Jon Todd solo exhibit in Los Angeles

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By Jenn Porreca in New Events on Thursday 11 December 2008

If ever there was an artist more deserving of critical acclaim, it’s Toronto-based, Jon Todd. I first came across his work a number of years ago at an underground art exhibit at the famed Niagara Bar in New York City: it was a painted skateboard deck. Who would have thought four years later that he would be staging his first solo show in the hotbed of Pop Surrealism.

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Fornasetti wallpaper

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By Jenn Porreca in New Design on Friday 5 December 2008

I am in love with the new Fornasetti collection of wallpapers from Cole and Son. If you’re into Damask patterns, oddities, and a hint of the early surrealists, this wallpaper has your name written all over it. Cole and Son has been around since the 1800s and has become one of the oldest and most […]

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Tifenn Python

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By Jenn Porreca in New Illustration on Friday 17 October 2008

I recently came across the work of French illustrator Tifenn Python. She is also showing at the current Young Blood show at New York’s Opera Gallery. What I love about her work is that it has a certain vibe to it that reminds me of some of the great masters like Lautrec and Shiele, which […]

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Young Blood at New York’s Opera Gallery

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By Jenn Porreca in New Events on Saturday 11 October 2008

Well, it seems I’ve been in a vacuum of art since the spring. And now, its just a week or so out from the upcoming Young Blood exhibit, which features my paintings and opens at the Opera Gallery in New York. I find myself feeling both excited and nervous at the thought that this show is just around the corner. These past few months have seemed like one of the great feats of my lifetime. I have been working for five months on these two upcoming shows, immersed deeply in the studio, being on a complete mission to create what will be my debut show in Manhattan alongside a handful of other rising international artists. I would wake at once at 4:30 in the morning, to a strict regimen of coffee by five, and paint through the sunny summer days into late in the evening to complete these works.

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Martin Wittfooth at Copro Nason Gallery

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By Jenn Porreca in New Events on Friday 8 August 2008

The themes in Martin Wittfooth’s work don post-apocalyptic dystopias, leaving the viewer wondering if, in fact, they were the god that brought the wrath, or a mere viewer of a world not yet known. He and our mutual friend Jon Todd stopped through San Francisco to hang out this week and I managed to get a little inside scoop on his upcoming show, Sandcastles in the Tide, opening at Copro Nason Gallery in Los Angeles this Saturday. Talk to me a little bit about the theme behind this body of work. ‘This body of work is about nature reclaiming what was once taken from it, and continues to be a recurring theme for me. These paintings, in particular, are somewhat darker. I chose a lot of similar iconography in the paintings to tie in with what I feel shows human’s destructive tendencies’.

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Brett Amory interview

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By Jenn Porreca in New Events on Thursday 7 August 2008

I had the opportunity to get a sneak preview of Brett Amory’s new works at his studio a few months back, one of which was twenty foot wide. Soft spoken, expansively talented and dedicated to his craft, Amory walked me through his almost fifteen step process. Marked by an almost alarmingly soothing color palette, this San Francisco-based artist has been toiling away on a series about ‘people waiting’. Whether waiting for the muni, or watching scooters pass us by on the street, we can’t seem to get enough of art that lets us love the Bay Area that much more. Seeing his pieces in person is what really brings it together, so if you’re in San Francisco, and want to see our home town pride in full effect, hit 111 Minna Gallery this coming Thursday night to see this amazing four person exhibit, Common Descent. I interviewed Amory just days before his opening.

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Vamperina

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By Jenn Porreca in New Art on Friday 4 July 2008

Graffiti artist turned gallery artist, Saratoga Sake has a solo show, Vamperina, opening this week at California’s Distinction Gallery. Think of it, an entire show of rosy cheeked vampy girls, ballerina dresses, and more. Says Sake on his work: ‘My subject matter is a mix of memories of my childhood, family photos and stories, music, […]

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Brooklyn’s Ad Hoc Art

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By Jenn Porreca in New Art on Monday 2 June 2008

The wonderful Chris Stain [above], Billy Mode, and The Poloroid Kid exhibit at Ad Hoc Art in Brooklyn has just drawn to a close.

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Elbereth Moore

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By Jenn Porreca in New Art on Wednesday 16 April 2008

The artwork of Australian painter Elbereth Moore seems to be held in a deep, dark and dreamy place only available to those with truly greedy eyes and heart speakers.

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Aaron Jasinski

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By Jenn Porreca in New Events on Tuesday 15 April 2008

Aaron Jasinski’s artwork is an exciting blend of futuristic space women, witty humanism, and colorful displays of illustration.

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A Paper Tiger

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By Jenn Porreca in New Trends on Saturday 12 April 2008

A Paper Tiger is a new venture that launched in January of this year selling exclusive prints by some of my favorite artists such as Jack Long [shown above].

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Subtle

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By Jenn Porreca in Video on Friday 11 April 2008

There are a few things that make a heart like mine swoon. Other than paint and foreign dictionaries, I have a sweet spot for musicians wielding MPCs.

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The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

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By Jenn Porreca in New Products on Saturday 5 April 2008

I paid a visit to the local bookstore the other morning and came across The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and back again).

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LA’s Suru store

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By Jenn Porreca in Cool Travel on Thursday 3 April 2008

What’s silver, shiny and has a revolving shirt rack like at the cleaners? Suru is a store on Melrose in Los Angeles started by Joe Hahn of Linkin Park catering to the most discriminating t-shirt fan and art collector.

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