Empty Spaces: Paintings by Sandra Wong Orloff – Manna Gallery
May 1 - June 19Free
Manna Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “Empty Spaces”, an exhibition of paintings and photography by Bay area artists Sandra Wong Orloff and Gina Gaiser, opening Saturday, May 1 and continuing to Saturday, June 19. Both artists will do a walk through May 1 from 2 – 4pm when they will discuss the ideas and issue involved with their work to gallery visitors. The public is cordially invited to attend.
Sandra says this about her body of work, ”This series of figurative pieces in ink and watercolor evolved out of practicing inking techniques for my graphic novels… I started painting abstract environments around the figures, producing a series of inked figurative pieces in abstract backgrounds of watercolor. The watercolor lines represent many things for me, colorful landscapes, the weight of the times and world, the energy of the body and the universe, the unknowable aspect of the future…
“…much of my artmaking in the last year has been about the teen in my life, and the friends in his. My son and his gang have been kind enough to let me use their images, allowing me access to photos of candid and revealing moments, fun posing and goofing for the camera, becoming young adults in a time like no other. My paintings are inspired by the photos they take of themselves for each other.”
Sandra earned a BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and a MFA in Fine Arts from Mills College. She was included in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts first Bay Area Now and awarded an Artist-In-Residence Grant from the San Francisco Arts Council… She has taught artmaking to young people, exhibited her artwork here and there and continues to explore her creative process in Oakland, CA.