"Little Boxes" & Chinese New Years Celebration
Feb
20
3:00pm 3:00pm

"Little Boxes" & Chinese New Years Celebration

Live Performance by Tea Roots at 3:30pm
Parade to start at 5:15pm

Featuring a collection of works curated by Tea Roots.
Please RSVP at info@sherwoodengineers.com as space is limited

Tea Roots presents a collective exhibition featuring the work of emerging artists related to the theme Little Boxes, a commentary on homogeneity, deculturalization and gentrification in America. Today, homogeneity moves in reverse direction, from the sprawling suburban developments of post-World War II America back into the urban core, pushing diversity outwards. Everyday we see how technology bridges us, and just as much how it segregates, the latter very apparent in the effects of the Tech Boom and Silicon Valley on the surrounding Bay Area. As urban wealth continues to swell, increasingly so does its uniformity. It imposes itself upon persons who were never privileged enough to have the suburban dream before and who are not privileged enough to keep their urban homes now. 

The concept of Little Boxes is at once a symbol of problematic social and political realities and a symbol of the tumultuous inner relationship between the individual self and the culture of conformity by which it is shaped and compromised. Little Boxes is about understanding the nature and locality of the status quo, its effects, those who fit within it and those who do not, either by choice or by political circumstance. Beyond the external realm, this investigation illuminates the timeless human struggle between conformity, limitation, creativity, self-­definition, discovery and authenticity.

Tea Roots teams up with Sherwood Gallery to commemorate the San Francisco Chinese New Year Celebration, which originated in the 1860's and is now the largest Asian event in North America. The mixture of cultures that followed the wave of tens of thousands of Asian, Latin American, Australian and Europeans immigrants during California’s Gold Rush is just one part of history that has shaped and diversified this geographic area. To continue to honor Chinese culture in this annual tradition is one way San Francisco is valuing its unique roots and identity in the midst of changes that continue to threaten its diversity. The Little Boxes Exhibition Closing Night will coincide with Sherwood Gallery’s annual Chinese New Year Parade Event on February 20.

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"Sanguine" Spring Exhibition Opening
May
21
to Sep 17

"Sanguine" Spring Exhibition Opening

Featuring a selection of works by Jonah Ward & Barry Peterson.

Artist Jonah Ward creates works of art that, in their most literal form, are compellingly aesthetic; in their most metaphorical, they are a testament to our always relevant interaction with the natural world.

Jonah’s works are as much a product of his education as his background—born on Foster Mountain in Willits, California, raised on a historic homestead at the end of red dirt roads, and educated in a one-room schoolhouse. Through his art he continues to cultivate his dialogue with nature. While requiring sustained physical interaction with natural materials, Jonah’s works are also paradoxically devoid of his literal touch or imprint. He acts more as a facilitator—harnessing natural processes and phenomena, while also according them their proper respect for their capacity for both incommensurable beauty and destruction.

Artist Barry Peterson has attended a long list of universities in the Midwest and on the West Coast, where he studied Art of various media along with Physics, Botany, Marine Biology and Architecture. Despite all this, he pretty much considers himself a self-taught artist, as he claims most of his learning has occurred in his own practice. 
 
For his current series of aerial photography Barry states: “I have never had the urge to photograph things I find visually appealing--it always seems an odd homage and a poor recording of what is usually a spatial and dynamic experience. Photography by nature is graphic and frozen. So much of the actual visual experience is lost in its conversion to pixels or paper. And yet some things are heightened by this conversion."

Sherwood Gallery presents a collaborative space where artists are invited to explore the cultural discourse of the Bay Area community and its intersection with global contemporary art & idea trends. Through the facilitation of exhibition openings, informal panel discussions, and relational events, Sherwood’s program creates an active exchange reflecting on new possibilities for imagination & innovation.

Sherwood Design Engineers is a site civil engineering practice committed to the optimal integration of ecology, infrastructure, and design. We specialize in water management strategies, green building design, and urban planning. We document site infrastructure as well as master plan engineering solutions at a campus, neighborhood, and district scale. Important to our engineering practice is our ability to span building and landscape. Our recommendations minimize the consumption of all site resources— carbon, energy, water, and waste.

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"A Gardened Earth" & Chinese New Year Parade
Mar
7
3:30pm 3:30pm

"A Gardened Earth" & Chinese New Year Parade

Featuring a selection of works by Robert Minervini & Kevin Yeh celebrating the Chinese New Year.

On view by appointment only: March 8th through May 7th, 2015
Private Opening Reception by invitation only

Robert Minervini - "A Gardened Earth"

Robert Minervini - "A Gardened Earth"

Sherwood Gallery brings together the works of Robert Minervini, an accomplished Bay Area fine artist, along with Kevin Yeh, a second generation Chinese­-American emerging artist, in a three month gallery exhibition celebration of the Chinese New Year.

The Chinese New Year, also referred to as the Lunar New Year, is based on the movements of the moon. Minervini’s small moon paintings beautifully illustrate humanity’s collective attraction to our closest piece of the heavens. This constant presence in our sky inspires deep wonder about our world. Our connection to the moon symbolizes the duality of our need for emotional resonance as well as intellectual curiosity. Minervini uses his training as a muralist to realize his visions of our interconnected world in multi­layered acrylic works. Through dystopian cityscapes, landscapes, and still life arrangements, Minervini explores the evolving relationship between humanity and land stewardship.

Yeh works within a style of Chinese brush painting with its own variations on technique passed down from his grandfather to Kevin’s father. Yeh’s seemingly effortless graphic style brings notions of boundless energy and celebration. These swiftly painted works result in an amalgamation of stylistic freedom through strict technique.

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