Lauren Szabo, “Fragment 2,” 2016, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 in. © 111 Minna Gallery

Coupled with what the gallery calls “proximity-based technology” along with compelling talent, these two accomplished female painters have taken over and beautified the walls of this San Francisco venue. Deepen your gallery experience here.

Representational painters Elisa Remender and Lauren Szabo have embarked on two co-exhibitions at San Francisco’s 111 Minna Gallery through April 1. Along with their memorable works, the gallery has added what it’s calling “proximity-based technology” in hopes of deepening visitors’ gallery experiences.

Collected by some of Hollywood’s most famous stars, the acrylic works of Elise Remender give a fresh take on the classic pinup model. Titled “Distant Memories,” Remender’s exhibition features some 12 new works highlighting the artist’s deep appreciation for and interest in vintage fashion, Art Deco, and underground pop culture of the 1950s. “Additionally, the vivid colors of the era including pictures of the ocean and bright blue pools have inspired her bathing beauty series,” the gallery adds.

Elise Remender, “Perfect Day,” 2016, acrylic, © 111 Minna Gallery
Elise Remender, “Perfect Day,” 2016, acrylic, © 111 Minna Gallery

In conjunction with Remender’s show is “Iconographic Drift” — a showcase of tightly rendered cityscapes and signs by the skilled Lauren Szabo. Via the gallery, “Szabo is an Oakland-based artist that has been working with the medium of oil paint for over 20 years. Her recent paintings are composed of man-made objects in the process of being reclaimed by nature. Her subjects are always in an un-restored state, and include paper billboards, neon signs, and incandescent bulb signs. These advertisements have been decayed by the elements. Once containing messages of perfectionism, a dilapidated advertisement is now itself flawed in societal terms. Advertisements nearly always promise a perfect, static, and ultimately false outcome, but by depicting such signs in a state of decay, she reveals the true, aging reality of all objects (and beings) — flawed but arguably more beautiful. These signs are becoming more rare as we continue to move forward in the digital age. She wishes to elevate these overlooked locations and cultural relics into icons with the intention of stimulating dialogue about our societal priorities.”

To learn more about these exhibitions, visit 111 Minna Gallery.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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