Ever Gold Gallery’s Pure Nature Through Abstract Methods
Published March 5th, 2014
By Laura Jaye Cramer
“They both convey a very pure sense of nature through very abstract methods of working that fool the eye at first to make it seem like work based in a very “realist” tradition,” says Andrew McClintock, the owner and director of Ever Gold Gallery.
The “they” to which he refers are Jake Longstreth and Sean McFarland, two artists presenting a group show at the Tenderloin gallery this weekend.
“Their styles of working, transporting the viewer, ends up bringing out a much bigger sense memory, or emotional response of ones experience in nature, than say a straightforward photographic copy or realist painting of nature, which is what one might get at first glimpse,” continues McClintock.
McClintock met Sean McFarland about three years ago, when the pair first worked together for San Francisco Arts Quarterly, a publication co-founded by McClintock. ”
I commissioned him to do a pullout zine that was a tribute to Walter De Maria in my magazine, SFAQ” McClintock says, “We enjoyed that process so we started talking about doing a show at Ever Gold.”
The decision to include Jake Longstreth was a natural one. Longstreth, who, like McFarland, graduated from California College of the Arts about 10 years ago, focuses on painting. His portraits of sprawling landscapes are minimal — stripped down to basic, elegant shapes.
“He turned me on to Jake’s work and doing a two person show and it seemed like a good idea,” explains McClintock.
His new work, alongside with McFarland’s, (whose dark, unornamented landscape photographs are in the collection of such institutes as SFMOMA, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others) create an unfussy group collection.
McClintock tells us that we can expect to see, “new photography, video and mixed media work from Sean, and new paintings from Jake, all 2014.”
In the spirit of simplicity McClintock leaves us with an easy thought, “It’s cohesive because there is a simple idea that has been executed well without any curatorial fluff.”