Exhibits at the Club
Exhibits of artworks at the Club's Farmer Gallery are available during most business hours and, unless otherwise noted, are free to view. Many exhibits also feature a special event featuring the artist.
July 2 through September 7, 2018: Joseph Tipay
Joseph Tipay grew up in Fresno, California and his early (and only childhood) art education consisted of watching his Nino (Godfather) paint Chicano murals, local signs and lowrider club vehicles. The streets became his classroom, and he learned more there than in the art-starved public schools he attended. Because of its ephemeral nature, new works of art were added to the galleries every day. These experiences led him to San Jose State University where he obtained a Bachelors Degree in Studio Art with an Emphasis in Education. It is there that he stumbled upon printmaking, which led him to to obtain an M.F.A. in Printmaking at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco.
Joseph works on large-scale woodcuts, which investigate the effects of parental incarceration, mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex. Like many other artists/activists, Joseph chose printmaking because of its ability to create multiples. Joseph’s work has been shown nationally, traveled extensively throughout California and has won several awards. He currently teaches at Madera Community College Center, and Merced College. He also teaches art with West Hills College Coalinga at Pleasant Valley State Prison.
“My work deals with the effects felt by those with a parent or parents in prison. I draw from personal experience and this has allowed me to connect to family members who have gone through similar struggles. Over time they have shared intimate details of the events that have shaped their lives. Along with this deep-rooted knowledge, I conduct informal interviews as well as research to create and support this social narrative. Some themes include communicating through prison walls, maintaining relationships, intergenerational incarceration, gun violence, gangs, and drug abuse. I also touch on breaking the cycle, unconditional love, humanity, the separation of family, and telling a side of the story that people are unaware of, or are insensitive to.
"Printmaking is a traditional medium adopted by both Mexican and Chicano artists/activists. It allows communication to a large audience through the production of multiples. I continue this tradition by making large-scale woodcuts that act as modern broadsides. With the woodcut technique I’m taking something hard and rigid, and transforming it into something beautiful. These are qualities that my subjects share as well. It is a tough subject brought into a different light. With that said, my goal is to unify the street world and the fine art world by putting some images up in the street so that it’s in context, while also making pieces for the gallery.”
May 1 through June 29, 2018: Linda Fong
Linda Fong relocated to the Bay Area from Honolulu in 2002. With a degree in design from Carnegie Mellon University, she worked for many years as a graphic designer and freelance illustrator in New York, Philadelphia and Hawaii. She is now working as an artist full time at her studio in the Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco. She has shown her work in numerous exhibitions, both in Hawaii and in the Bay Area, and each fall she participates in San Francisco Open Studios.
Ordinary objects and random observations capture my attention and trigger jumbled reveries about life and its confusing characteristics. In attempting to make sense of things—or not—I generate images using a mix of both narrative and abstract elements. My paintings are populated with imaginary forms obliquely connected to real life counterparts. Abstraction and improbable colors are combined with more traditional pictorial devices—perspective and layering, for instance. With these images as points of departure, I hope that viewers can experience personal connections and form individual interpretations.
February 7 through April 30, 2018: Photographer Michael Mudd
The Visual Poetry of Landscape
Landscape is visual poetry. Some artists portray it in a literal, objective way, capturing physical reality in striking detail. Others are more expressionist, reimagining what they see and reshaping it to convey subjective feelings. I follow the second path.
I like to think of my landscape images as a kind of photographic unconscious, a letting go in which the familiar is felt as dreamstate—sometimes pastoral and serene, sometimes filled with fiery light, and other times dark and brooding. For me, at least, these images become visual archetypes of mood and emotion.
The basic form of each image is captured by a practiced use of motion during a long exposure – in a sense, painting with the camera. The unique movement of each pass renders a singular visual moment. Unlike with static image making, the world can be interpreted in more animated and expressive ways.
I then digitally enhance color and light, and often blend the image with a mix of textures taken from a variety of sources. The choice of textures might create the feel of anything from an old tintype to worn leather to a fading fresco.
Each image is printed with archival pigment inks on archival paper.
January 8 through February 26, 2018: Carrie Ann Plank, Printmaker
Carrie Ann Plank is an artist working in the mediums of printmaking, painting and glass. Plank’s work is included in many private and public collections, including the Fine Art Archives of the Library of Congress, Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the Guanlan Print Art Museum in China, and the Iraq National Library in Baghdad. Recent and upcoming noteworthy shows include solo shows at DZINE Gallery in San Francisco, The Academy of Art University, Bullseye Projects in Portland, Oregon, and Fourth Wall Gallery, Oakland, California. Recent residencies include Edition/Basel: Printed in Cuba at the Taller Experimental de Gráfica de La Habana in Havana, Cuba; the Íslensk Grafík in Reykjavik, Iceland; Edition/Basel: Printed in Basel at Druckwerk in Basel, Switzerland; Mullowney Printing in San Francisco, California; Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Deer Isle, Maine; and Bullseye Glass in Emeryville, California. Additionally, Plank is the director of the printmaking MFA and BFA Programs at the Academy of Art University. She is active in the local arts community as a participant, juror and volunteer, and is a board member of the California Society of Printmakers. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from East Carolina University and her Masters of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the Pennsylvania State University.
September 12 through December 15, 2017: Tom Killion
Tom Killion’s Japanese-style woodcut prints of the California landscape reflect the artist’s appreciation of Japanese technique and aesthetics, as well as his love of California’s coast and mountain landscapes. This show includes some of Killion’s finest wood- and lino-cut prints drawn from his personal collection, as well as more recent images from editions that are still in print and available. Scenes of the northern and central coast, Mt. Tamalpais and the High Sierra are particularly highlighted.