Eric Siemens: Raveling Relic

Pier 70, 555 20th Street
San Francisco, CA, USA
September 8 – October 6, 2018

Raveling Relic marks the solo debut exhibition for Eric Siemens, who was formerly represented by Gallery Wendi Norris as part of the collaborative artist duo Kate Eric.  These thirteen new paintings represent a long journey of return to painting, after a five-year hiatus, an untangling of revered images and ideas stowed away in the artist’s mind.  The exhibition is accompanied by a publication with a contribution by Kevin Killian, celebrated poet and writer, winner of the 2010 Lambda Literary Award and the 2009 American Book Award.

Siemens’s paintings feature elusive landscapes with abstract backgrounds that leave the viewer disoriented, yet awestruck. Scenes range from apparitional figures that flit against the thick, impasto foreground to sharp landmasses that dissipate and reemerge at different angles. The work harkens back to fifteenth-century shipwreck paintings but uses surreal colour palettes and expressive washes of acrylic paint.

The exhibition will take place in the 10,000 square foot atrium of 555 20th Street, Building 113, at the Historic Pier 70 in San Francisco.  Building 113 was designed by civic engineer D. E. Melliss in 1885 and previously housed the Machine Shop which served for 150 years contributing to the industrialization of the west coast and both World Wars. The renovation of the building, led by Orton Development, preserves the site’s history and repurposes the space for a community of modern, innovative companies.

Image: A Settle in the Cornice Downs, 2018, Acrylic on canvas, 6 x 12 feet.