Artist: Jay Nelson
Gallery: Triple Base
Opening Reception: Friday, October 10, 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates: October 10 – November 9, 2008
Address: 3041 24th Street
"Jay Nelson’s drawings, paintings and sculpture are created as part of his quest for individual autonomy within the modern American landscape. His solo show at Triple Base Gallery pays homage to the long history of the Western frontier as a destination for a romantic solitary experience. Focusing on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach as his point of departure, Nelson will employ a range of media to explore his subject of inspiration.
While Nelson’s paintings and drawings imagine a utopian, psychedelic experience within the natural environment, his sculptures serve a dual function as both fine art and self-sustaining utilitarian objects. Previous sculptures have included site-specific treehouses, an energy-efficient car camper, compact “case studies” for travel, and most recently a motor scooter outfitted for exploration. Nelson’s sculptures are simultaneously useful tools to transport oneself into the sky, forest or ocean as well as an imaginative starting point for the venture into a place of pure experience."