Tendergold Gallery was first introduced to IAMA in early 2018. The name pays homage to our ever-so-funky neighboring Tenderloin District. While it can undeniably be seen as dark and gritty, it also hosts some of San Francisco's most exciting underground art scenes and nightlife. #tendergold celebrates this by bringing art to the light of day from emerging artists, both internationally and from the Bay Area .
Chinese Floral Arts Foundation
A Flower’s Tale of a Thousand Years
Reception with the Chinese Floral Art Foundation on
Friday, April 5, 5 - 8 PM
April 5 - 30, 2019
The art of Chinese flower arranging has a long history and encompasses a great number of styles. Generally speaking, there are 4 different styles: Realistic, Intellectual, Expressionist & Formative Arrangements in conjunction with six basic constrains: vase, dish, jar, bowl, cylindrical tube and basket.
All aspects of these creations are beautiful enough to where there is no need for extra garnishes besides the flowers themselves.
As John Berger wrote in The White Bird, “The notion that art is the mirror of nature...Art does not imitate nature, it imitates a creation, sometimes to propose an alternative world, sometimes simply to amplify, to confirm, to make social the brief hope offered by nature.”
The Traditional Chinese Floral Arts embraces this art form in all its glory by weaving together different methods, ideas, and visions in order to bring formality, symbolism, and aesthetics to life. "Hands On Culture-Be A Scholar For A Day" - Song Scholars (960-1279) believed in enhancing quality of life by building strong character through the disciplines of the four daily ritual/arts: reflecting on painting/practicing calligraphy, brewing tea, infusing incense and arranging flowers. These practices go against the grain of our hurried popular culture yet they also help bring balance and harmony in our modern world.
Sensaciones del Carribe
Reception with Adrian Gómez & Adbdelkabir El Mouhibb
Friday, May 10th, 5 - 8pm
EXHIBIT ON VIEW: MAY 08 - 30, 2019
Adrián Gómez Guzmán (1962), a Costa Rican artist who lives and works in San José, Costa Rica, initiated his artistic endeavors at the age of 10 in the city where he was born, in the Cartago province, 22 km east of the capital city.
Being a self-taught artist since the beginning, he is his own harshest critic and remains receptive to all opportunities to learn. Figurative works of art of Adrián Gómez Guzmán from the very beginning included many themes among which were also traditional landscapes, still life and works painted in a traditional academic style.
However, it was not until 1980 that his individual exposition indirectly indicated his emerging interest in African descendant groups present in the Caribbean region of his native Costa Rica. The initial traces of gravitating towards this new theme were expressed in his paintings through presence of colorful details and representative characters. These elements initiated the henceforth present link to the topic of African descendancy and later prompted him to create his first series titled “Espacios de juego...” (“Playgrounds...”) with paintings that recreate the fellowship and joy characteristic of children’s playing especially on a swing or a hammock.
Later his quest to enrich his pictorial world resulted in creating two series “Mujeres del viento...” (“Women of the wind...”) and “Caribe Soy...” (“Caribe I am...”) which strengthened his imagery and ability to evoke feeling and understanding of what his “Caribe,” spaces of peace, harmony, color and play, all linked to the richness of the Caribbean color, means to him as an artist.
Abdelkabir El Mouhibb is a Franco-Morrocan artist and sculptor of recycled metal. He was born in Essaouira, Morocco and has held exhibits in Morocco and France. His works, he describes, are inspired by "daily life, dreams, poetic moments and humor."