Paul Clipson, Alexander Cheves, and Walter Logue are Bay Area-based artists working in film/video, painting and sculpture. For Walk Softly Stranger at Incline Gallery, the three come together to discoverthe physical nature of the gallery’s upward ramps, its obscured dark angles and narrow passages.While working in different mediums, they share a related conceptual approach to making art – formalismcombined with a pursuit to explore the physical space around their work.
The unique layout of Incline Gallery provides an interesting opportunity for Clipson, Cheves and Logueto explore these concepts. Each artist’s individual approach will play a vital role in how the gallery’sfeatures will be accentuated and portrayed in a new light. Walk Softly Stranger will further their work toactively contend with and relate to the physical space surrounding it. The artist have previously been ingroup shows together such as, Chain Reaction 11 at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery in 2010,The Beast In Me at the Ping Pong Gallery in 2008, and Lost Out West at the 19th and Union Gallery in Oakland, 2006.
Artist: Paul Clipson, Alexander Cheves, Walter Logue, Jon Porras
Exhibition: Walk Softly Stranger
Location:Incline Gallery766 Valencia St. (b/w 18th & 19th at side gate)San Francisco, Ca94110
Paul Clipson is a filmmaker and video artist who creates multi-layered visual collages, emphasizing theimmediacy and unpredictable nature of film as a material. Subject matter, whether natural or urban,is abstracted and presented within superimpositions of imagery, rhythmic editing patterns, and color.Clipson often collaborates with musicians for performances and installations, which immerse the viewer insounds and images to create opportunities for a wide range of subjective associations. Clipson’s videoinstallations present further interpretive relationships between image and sound, abstract and figurative,narrative and non-narrative, occurring within the temporal nature of time-based works. AccompanyingClipson’s video installations at Incline Gallery, on Friday, March 16th at 8pm, will be a special sound/filmperformance with musician Jon Porras, featuring Super 8mm film projections.
Alexander Cheves’s paintings and sculptures focus on the intrinsic forms of architectural structures, theawareness of the physical space they consume and their natural surroundings. Cheves’s compositionscommunicate in a contextual environment that speaks through scale, shapes and color. Drawing fromtraditional building materials such as wood, paint, plaster, concrete and steel, his representations exposethe fundamental components of his structural designs. Both his paintings and sculptures reveal industrialtraces surrounded by the controlled landscapes of California’s Central Valley. Appropriately, AlexanderCheves’s new works will integrate and play off of the galleries physical characteristics.
Walter Logue is a Bay Area artist, whose minimalist work explores the means of conveying messagesthrough manipulated text, literal understanding and arrangement. His three dimensional works consistprimarily of white text upon the face of solid black geometric forms. The contents exhibited in WalterLogue’s work can be as basic as a single word, a popular catch phrase, song lyrics or numbers that holda specific significance such as the social security number of a deceased famous person. Occasionallywords are altered so that individual letters are separated by distance and a visual connection mustbe made to form an entire word or larger composition. Undertones of humor are revealed but it is theapparent aspects of his work, scale, order, repetition and space that further his interpretations. InclineGallery’s long walls and narrow width will offer a new angle to interact with and observe Walter Logue’sdimensional pieces.