America’s foreign policy under the pressure of wartime is called into question with the expansion of Hazelip’s growing visual lexicon. In The Belle of the Brawl, Hazelip will be introducing new visual elements such as scientifically rendered atomic and molecular structures, traditional Islamic geometric patterning and Arabian typographical design in order to extend his discussion of historical strife to our immediate armed conflict: Afghanistan. The Middle East has supplied The West with energy resources for years. With the latest discovery of Lithium mineral deposits reportedly worth trillions, the question arises “will the US ever leave Afghanistan?” Hazelip renders the atomic structure of Lithium in his new body of work to bring attention to the possibilities the resource might play in our continued occupation of this country.
Geometric and textual design are cornerstones of Islamic art. Hazelip introduces both of these aesthetic components to his new body of work in an effort to confront the military industrial complex and the role it now plays in the political, social and religious structure of the Middle East. For instance, in the background of two works the phrase “Blackwater Massacre” repeats itself in Arabic. This textual protest openly critiques the privately contracted American security firm as a symbol of our country’s private interest and profit during wartime. While the mantra makes reference to human nature’s capacity for repeating our destructive mistakes, Islamic geometric motifs appear in the background of other pieces as well, their mathematical structure allowing for a visual continuum that references human nature’s capacity for destructive repetition while also highlighting an alternative to the devastation: the human capability for beauty, ingenuity, and innovation. JESSE HAZELIP received his BFA from Art Center College of Design and currently works and resides in Oakland, CA. Hazelip has shown nationally with White Walls, 941Geary, MendenhallGallery, SFMOMA Artists Gallery and Space 07 and internationally with YvesLaroche. The artists has been featured in 7×7, Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, Beautiful Decay and Art Nouveau.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109
OPENING RECEPTION | Saturday, January 15th, 2011 from 6-9 PM
Show Runs Through February 26th, 2011
941Geary is a pioneer exhibition space dedicated to artists and projects of cultural distinction currently contributing to the landscape of contemporary art. The 3,000 square foot converted warehouse aims to provide artists with a platform for transforming their vision; offering viewers a heightened experience of their work.
Founded by Justin Giarla in 2010, 941Geary continues the intentions shared with its sister galleries; White Walls, The Shooting Gallery and Gallery Three. Under Giarla’s curatorial direction the spaces foster the recognition of emerging artists, further exposure of established artists, build a community of enthusiasts and accentuate San Francisco as one of the most important cities in which to fine the highly collected genres of Pop Surrealism, Lowbrow, and Urban Contemporary Art.
*941GEARY is located at 941 Geary Street in San Francisco, California with an alternative entrance at 60 Myrtle Alley.