PATRICIA SWEETOW GALLERY opened its doors in downtown San Francisco in 1997. Over its twenty-year history, the gallery has presented diverse programming and advanced the work of artists across a broad spectrum of media and platforms. With the interests and concerns that form the gallery today, focused exhibitions confront viewer’s ideas of institutional culture, embracing work that expands art historical lineages, while dissolving boundaries between High and Low art. Exhibiting artists mine the rich, multifaceted traditions of craft, in ways that embrace diverse cultural origins and conceptually nuanced discourse.
The gallery closed in downtown San Francisco at the end of 2014, reopening in November 2017 on Potrero Street, a vibrant, emerging arts district.
Exhibitions in the first year after reopening included work from seminal artist Tony Marsh, who chaired the ceramics department at California State University Long Beach for 25 years, and founded the Center for Contemporary Ceramics; Linda Sormin, whose site-specific museum installations break boundaries mirroring disparate, fractured communities; and Helen O’Leary, recipient of the 2018 Rome Prize, whose reformulations of broken wood and stretched fiber transform into SafeHouse, archeological sculptural paintings reflecting those imperiled through uncertain immigration.
We’ve also debuted the textile/ceramic sculptures of Ramekon O’Arwisters, whose family history immersed him in the African/American folk tradition of quilt making. He’s applied those early concepts in his community-engaged practice, Crochet Jam.
PSG looks forward to exhibiting the large-scale tapestries of Jacqueline Surdell, who uses her body as a weaving shuttle, pushing boundaries of physical endurance with pounds and yards of rope on self-made mural sized looms; Lien Truong will present silk layered paintings that speak of historical and ongoing colonial tyranny and Jefferson Pinder, an interdisciplinary artist, whose performances, video work, and objects challenge viewers to think critically about our highly polarized society.
Last, but definitely not least, PSG is excited to host artist and arts writer, Julia Couzens on our blog. Her artful writing on exhibitions and artists in the gallery invigorates the dialogue our program supports. You can find her blog posts here.
If you are interested in an extensive gallery history, or viewing more aspects of our program, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments you may have.
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315 Potrero Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94103
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