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Walton Ford & Co. at S.F. Arts Commission Gallery

Posted in Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Eyecandy, Taxidermy & Grotesk by Suzanne on August 13th, 2008 | BBC Wikipedia


A Sensorium (detail) by Walton Ford, 2003, watercolour, gouache, ink & pencil on paper

Another great West Coast exhibition is closing its doors this weekend: The cerebrally titled A Complicated Dominion: Nature & New Political Narratives group show at S.F. Arts Commission Gallery - featuring such influential artists as Tara Tucker, Tiffany Bozic and, most prominently, Walton Ford.

In a time when every Etsy bricoleur and their dog have the indecency to call themselves "anachronists" and "pioneers" in the same breath, the real stylistic anachronists seem to have gone into hiding. But alas, true artistic genius simply cannot hide - it'll eventually be rediscovered, heralded by heavenly trumpets, escorted by the golden air-brushed bums of naked putti. Or something.


Bula Matari by Walton Ford, 1998, watercolour, gouache, ink & pencil on paper, 60 1/2 x 119 7/8 inches

Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that artists like Walton Ford don't need silly labels because their oeuvre speaks volumes for itself. From the beholder's perspective, Ford could have lived and worked anytime in the past 3 centuries - he could have been Albertus Seba's intern, Théodore Géricault's art school mate (some of his monumental works easily measure 3 meters), a scientific illustrator on the HMS Beagle or an extravagant Victorian pasha painting monkey prostitutes in an opium den somewhere in the Caribbean - as a matter of fact, we might never have been able to accurately pin Ford down in the here and now if I hadn't found the following photographic evidence in.. errmm.. Men's Vogue o_O:


Walton Ford in his studio, holding up a golden eagle, the subject of Delirium (2004), left. (Photo by Martin Schoeller)

Sadly, it's not clear to me which Ford works have been chosen for the show, but I'm pretty sure they selected some impressive and representative pieces. Further details below.

Closing: Saturday, August 16, 2008

Featuring: Walton Ford, Tiffany Bozic, Tara Tucker, et al.

Address: SFAC Gallery, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA, tel: 415.554.6080 | Map | Directions

Gallery hours: Wed - Sat: 12 - 5 PM

Walton Ford interviewed by Grist Magazine (Sep 18, 2006)

Walton Ford's impressive Pancha Tantra book


Dying Words by Walton Ford, 2005, mixed media, 16 x 21 1/2 inches

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3 comments to " Walton Ford & Co. at S.F. Arts Commission Gallery "

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    womanonfire says:

    did you see this video?
    his work is fairly amazing.

    August 13th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    Yup. I adore the subtle structure within the creative mess in his studio.

    August 13th, 2008 at 11:17 pm

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    peacay says:

    ..impressive Pancha Tantra book..

    £950 is impressive. Ouch! (does look great though)

    August 19th, 2008 at 4:55 pm

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