886 Geary Gallery is pleased to present “In Memoriam”, a solo exhibition at 886 Geary Gallery. The opening reception will be Saturday, September 12th, from 7-11 pm, the exhibition is free and open to the public for viewing through October 3rd, 2015.
SatOne arrived in San Francisco this week in preparation for his first US solo exhibition at 886 Geary Gallery. The exhibition titled “In Memoriam” focuses the artists attention back to painting. Known for his large scale murals and wall work SatOne has emerged as one of todays top muralists, with “In Memoriam” the artist scales down a bit in size but not in detail. In Memoriam proves to be one of the artists best exhibitions to date, delivering on many levels. Intricately composed abstract works are painted with precise detail, yet allow for interpretive textures new to the artists work. These new textured elements bring yet another layer that pushes the new paintings to a new level, already a master of color In Memoriam is a great step for the artist in establishing a important body of work.
“In Memoriam“ is based on the notion that only essential things in life last, and came to the artist whilst he was recently renovating his apartment. During the process of separating out belongings, the artist felt himself confronted with existential doubts about the nature of objects and possessions, rediscovering the value of photography as a way of documenting and underlining personal memories. This experience was interesting for SatOne because it gave him the possibility to find out how far he could reduce himself in terms of material belongings, freeing himself from anything that didn’t have a practical purpose, and providing him with a subject to explore in his work.
Most experiences find their origin in a mental or physical movement and journey. The person moves, wanders, struggles and rushes from points A to B finding him or herself in a space of rest or final destination. The new paintings can in this way be seen as representations of rooms and motorways as they underline a perfect symbol of spaces or movements in terms of experiences and journeys. They stand for unique situations and experiences everyone collects in life to keep as memories. Therefore it is a lot easier to travel and gather “new memories” with less physical baggage, as at our very last journey it is only these memories that count and remain.
The title of the exhibition is far from being a memory of one person or a single action, it is rather the sum of all experiences.
“In Memoriam“ represents small flashbacks, traces of memories that remind the viewer of something he cannot understand at first glance, but that awakes a certain feeling of admiring a vestige from the past. (Text:FranCacirano)