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sm.ART curating & consulting

sm.ART curating & consulting

Private Gallery
Patsy Krebs @ Haines Gallery, SF, Thursday Jan 9 @ 5:30PM
Patsy Krebs
Patsy Krebs
  Dear sm.ART friends,

San Francisco-based artist

Patsy Krebs

would like to invite you to see her

ELYSION series

being part of the group exhibition

Fundamental Abstraction III

@ Haines Gallery

49 Geary Street, Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

Gallery hours:
Tuesday - Friday 10:30AM - 5:30PM, Saturday 10:30AM - 5PM
Phone: 415.397.8114

The Opening Reception is this

Thursday, January 9, 2014
5:30 - 7:30 PM

The show continues through
March 1, 2014

Works of Patsy Krebs' ELYSION series are represented in the group exhibition Fundamental Abstraction III, featuring an international selection of artists concerned with the formal aspects of line, color, shape and composition as an alternative to descriptive representation. The exhibition covers a wide range of artistic production - including paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs - to demonstrate a cross-media portrait of contemporary abstraction. Connecting these distinctive practices is the ambiguity intrinsic to abstraction in all its forms, challenging the viewer to embrace discovery and the excitement of the unknown.

Artists in the exhibition include:

Ai Weiwei, Pierre Cordier & Gundi Falk, Kota Ezawa, Monir Farmanfarmaian, Patsy Krebs, David Nash, Leslie Shows, David Simpson, Zhan Wang and Zheng Chongbin.

Though varied in their approaches, both Patsy Krebs and David Simpson are emblematic of the gallery's longstanding tradition of presenting reductive painting, working deliberately to produce refined and highly meditative works. Ai Weiwei, David Nash and Zhan Wang transform porcelain, wood and stainless steel into elegant sculptural works that celebrate the potency of form, working alchemically with simple materials. Best known for her exquisite wall-based panels, Monir Farmanfarmaian also works on paper which intricately employ ink, mirror and reverse painted glass to consider the interaction between surface texture, light and color. Also working in a variety of media, Kota Ezawa uses animation to deal with abstraction and mediated perceptions of reality through reconstructions of existing films and photographs.

Combining the physics of painting and the chemistry of photography, the chemigrams of Pierre Cordier & Gundi Falk are cameraless photographs of a hybrid, inaccessible world, formed through the reaction of carefully placed substances such as varnish, wax or honey with traditional photographic chemicals. Zheng Chongbin draws from both Western abstract art and Chinese literati paintings in his large-scale, gestural works, his compositions oscillating between the seemingly familiar and complete abstraction. While Leslie Shows' multifaceted works are photorealistically-constructed from images of pyrite rocks, her varied materials - including plexiglass, ink and crushed glass - detach the resulting works from her initial references.

This exhibition coincides with the release of Patsy Krebs' ELYSION catalog which will be available at the gallery.

In Krebs' series ELYSION timelessness is communicated through her use of line, the horizontal line. With minute differences of color, Patsy Krebs creates sensuous, mystical paintings. For Krebs, color is a fragile experience that rests ethereally upon the surface. She carefully uses many layers of paint to build up those surfaces - they seem almost imperceptibly thin and extremely delicate. While reflecting the light, these zillions of finest layers create an endless deepness - a wide, open, peaceful, unlimited space, in which Krebs' works are allowing the viewer's mind to float into. Patsy Krebs is guiding the viewer onto a subtle passage from one state of mind to another and is taking us onto a journey to serenity and silence deriving from wordless regions of the inner nature of things. Krebs' works are filled with a sensuous and meditative inwardness evoking a spiritual bonding between man and some universal natural order. The effect is mesmerizing.

Patsy Krebs explains, "Abstract visual language has remained my primary artistic interest for its enduring capacity to shape a symbolic equivalent to the otherwise ineffable in human experience. Its content is accessible without translation into any other medium. Materials I use are specific to what is required to realize the image - generally acrylic or watercolor on panel or paper. The grace of simple geometric form, the movement of light and shade, color as a viaduct for feeling: these are the entities with which I seek to invite some measure of mystery and resolve into a single piece of art."

Krebs' work is featured in the collections of the Norton Museum, West Palm Beach, FL; Denver Art Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Berkeley Art Museum; and Achenbach Foundation at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. She has been featured in publications and newspapers such as Art in America, ARTnews, San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times. In 2010, she was awarded a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Artist's Grant. Krebs has taught extensively at art schools throughout California and currently teaches at Dominican University of California.

For more information please contact sm.ART at

or visit Haines Gallery at

or visit Patsy Krebs' website at

Best regards from sm.ART, Happy New Year and enjoy Patsy's works,


Patsy Krebs
Elysion (Deep Rose/Green Yellow), 2002
Watercolor and acrylic on paper on panel
15 x 80 x 1.5 inches

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