Todd Hido at Casemore Kirkeby Ride the Pink Horse + So Dark the Night at the Castro 🍆 at Et al. Lisa Mezzacappa at the de Young Lana Williams at Interface Gallery Mary Gaitskill and Greil Marcus at Headlands Happy hour Longbranch Robert Minervini at Rena Bransten
Through August 8 - On Silent Haunches at FFDG. With "curatorial inspiration" from San Francisco artist Ferris Plock, this excellent group show highlights a quartet of local painters whose work differs widely in subject matter and technique but still feels firmly situated in the Bay Area. The title of the show borrows a line from Carl Sandburg's famous poem in which he imagines the fog coming in "on little cat feet," and as any denizen of SF knows our own Karl the Fog often crouches above the city "on silent haunches" (especially during Fogust). It is a similar spirit of watchful waiting that links these artists, as in Emily Proud's meditative watercolors on absorbent paper or Jenny Sharaf's joyful swirls of color and glitter. Nicholas Bohac brings a printmaker's sensibility to his carefully-layered works that incorporate elements of collage, while Michelle Fleck mashes things up in a different way by melding construction, plant life, and abstract gestures in her paintings. The artworks all look marvelous hanging in FFDG's inviting, light-filled Mission space, and together the four artists offer a satisfying (though by no means comprehensive) peek into the now of Bay Area painting.