Thursday, April 20, 2017

Priapus and Rain Fall | Ward Schumaker at Jack Fischer Gallery














Ward Schumaker
priapus and rainfall

recent paintings
opening reception: Saturday, April 22, 4 - 6 p.m.
311 Potrero, San Francisco, CA.
April 22 - June 10, 2017
























priapus and rainfall

I am brother and sister,
hunter and hunted,
always hard, forever soft,
rising steel, escaping breath:
one-two-three, one-two-three.

Outside it is raining.
I rise from my pillow, smash my head through the wall:
I will be one-hundred more people before I die!

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Other events: In July my work will appear in Luminous Animals, a group show curated by Nashville's Zeitgeist Gallery at Atlanta's Whitespace Gallery; opening party, 30 June. My hand-painted book, Respite | Markandeya, is on view at San Francisco's Legion of Honor thru 02 July. The show, entitled Letter and Image: Inspired Alphabets, includes work by Le Corbusier, Léger, Oldenburg, Goncharova, Kurt Schwitters and Russell Maret.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Curriculum Vitae | Biography

Artist's Bio/ Curriculum Vitae


Solo Exhibitions:
Priapus and Rain Fall, Jack Fischer Gallery, SF CA, Apr-May 2017
Demi-Urge; Schema Projects; Brooklyn, NY; Dec 2016 - Jan 2017
Probe; Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN; Mar-Apr 2016
Dogon Kayak; Jack Fischer Gallery; San Francisco, CA; Sep-Oct 2015
Do | Undo; Sanchez Art Center; Pacifica, CA; Feb-Mar 2015
Years of Pretty; Jack Fischer Gallery; San Francisco, CA; Sep-Oct 2013
Summon Me!; Dominican University; San Rafael, CA; June thru Aug 2013
Dumb Boxes; George Lawson Gallery; Los Angeles, CA; Nov 2012
New Work, New York; O K Harris Gallery; New York, NY Nov 2012
Geography Lesson; Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN; Nov-Dec 2011
Identity Papers; O K Harris Gallery; New York, NY; Oct-Nov 2011
Composers; Skinner Howard Art; Sacramento, CA; June-July 2011
Composers; George Lawson Gallery; San Francisco, CA; Feb-Mar 2011
Misspells + Cross-outs; Stir Gallery; Shanghai, China; Sept-Oct 2010
Fashion + Logic; George Lawson Gallery; San Francisco, CA; Feb 2010
Nina Zurier Photographs + Ward Schumaker Paintings; Hilliard Architects Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Aug-Nov 2009
Saved!; Townsend Center, UC Berkeley; Berkeley, CA; March-May 2008
Books and Drawings; Meridian Gallery; San Francisco, CA; Feb-March 2008
I Am Big Heaven; Stir Gallery; Shanghai, China; June 2007
Grace; Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN; Jan-Feb 2005
Pretty; Seam; San Francisco, CA; July-Aug 2004
Gertrude Stein’s Paris France; Moe’s Books; Berkeley, CA; June 2000

Group Exhibitions:
Text and Image: Inspired Alphabets, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, SF CA, Mar-July 2017
Overloaded; NIAD Art Center; Richmond, CA; Nov 2016
Black and White Project; Transmitter Gallery; Brooklyn, NY; Aug 2016
Le Dessin S'Engage; Biblioteque d'Art de Miramas; Miramas, France; Apr-May 2016
Look! Book Arts; Healdsburg Center for the Arts; Healdsburg, CA; Apr-May 2016
Paper Paris; Schema Projects (Brooklyn); in Drawing Now; Paris, France; Mar 2016
Embossed; Gallery Molly Krom; New York, NY; Jul-Aug 2015
Embossed; Gallery Look&Listen; Saint Chamas, France; May-Jun 2015
SFArtMrkt; Jack Fischer Gallery; San Francisco, CA; May 2015
Art on Paper; Jack Fischer Gallery; New York, NY; Mar 2015
Codex Book Fair; Jack Fischer Gallery; Richmond, CA; Jan 2015
Miami Project; Jack Fischer Gallery; Miami Art Basel; Miami, FL; Dec 2014
SFArtMrkt; Jack Fischer Gallery; San Francisco, CA; May 2014
Miami Project; Jack Fischer Gallery; Miami Art Basel; Miami, FL; Dec 2013
Aqua Art Fair; George Lawson Gallery; Miami Art Basel; Miami, FL; Dec 2012
The Art of Living; Museum of Nebraska Art; Kearney, NE; Sept 2012–Jan 2013
GuangHwaMun International; Seoul, Korea; Apr-May; 2012
The Collage Show; Jack Fischer Gallery; San Francisco, CA; December 2011
Sight and Identity; Stanford-in-Washington; Washington, DC; Oct 2011–Jan 2012
Physical Graffiti; James Oliver Gallery; Philadelphia, PA; Sept-Oct 2011
Rebound: A Survey of Contemporary Artist’s Books; Sonoma Valley Museum of Art; Sonoma, CA; Jun-Aug 2011
Seeing Gertrude Stein; Contemp. Jewish Museum; San Francisco, CA; May-Sep 2011
Rebound: Book Art; Bedford Gallery; Walnut Creek, CA; Jul-Sep 2010
Kaboom!; La Luz de Jesus Gallery; Los Angeles, CA; July 2010
California Summer; George Lawson Gallery; San Francisco, CA; July 2010
Appropriations; Rebekah Jacob Gallery; Charleston, SC; March 2010
Selected of the Selected; Korean Cultural Center; Los Angeles, CA; Feb-Mar 2010
Texto-&-Figura; Nat.Gallery of Costa Rica+San Francisco+Cascais, Portugal; 2010-11
Art Miami Basel-Aqua Art; George Lawson Gallery; Miami, FL; Dec 2009
Gallery Artists Group Exhibition; Stir Gallery; Shanghai, China; Sept 2009
2009 Lawson Gallery Artists; Shasta College; Redding, CA; Aug-Sept 2009
Selected Drawings; George Lawson Gallery; San Francisco, CA; Aug 2009
Who Cares?; Stir Gallery; Shanghai, China; May 2009
Being; Stir Gallery; Shanghai, China; September-October 2008
Works on Paper; Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN: Aug-Sept 2008
Salon; Exploding Head; Sacramento, CA; Sept 2006
X Libris; San Francisco Center for the Book; San Francisco, CA; July 2006
23rd Annual; Berkeley Art Center; Berkeley, CA; July 2006
Surface Tension; Korean Cultural Center; Los Angeles, CA; April 2006
Picture Mechanics; Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN; March -April 2006
The Shape of Words; Exploding Head Gallery; Sacramento, CA; July 2005
Picture Mechanics; Exploding Head Gallery; Sacramento, CA; Sept 2004
Dialogue; Pete & Susan Barrett Gallery; Santa Monica, CA; Feb-Mar 2004
Detail; Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN; Jan-Feb 2004
Switchyard; Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN; July-Aug-Sept 2003
Picture Mechanics; Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN; March -April 2003
Picture Mechanics; 69A Gallery; San Francisco, CA; March 2002 
Four Artists; Montalvo Center for the Arts; Saratoga, CA; 1983

Related Professional Appearances:

Collections:
            Drawings, hand-painted books and paintings in public collections:
            Achenbach Foundation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
            Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE
            Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami Beach, FL
            MONA, Kearney, NE
            Sonoma State University Art Collection, Rohnert Park, CA
            Zimmerli Art Museum of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
                       
            Limited-edition letterpress books in public collections (the artist has illustrated two titles for The Yolla Bolly Press: Paris France by Gertrude Stein; and Two Kitchens in Provence by M F K Fischer):
                        Boston Public Library
                        California Poly State University
                        California State Library
                        California State University, Hayward
                        California State University, Chico
                        Claremont College
                        Indiana University
                        Kansas State University
                        Los Angeles Public Library
                        Miami University Library (OH)
                        New York Public Library
                        Occidental College
                        University of Alberta (Canada)         
                        University of Buffalo
                        University of California, Berkeley, Bancroft Library
                        University of California, Irving
                        University of California, Los Angeles Library
                        University of California, Riverside
                        University of California, San Diego
                        University of Iowa
                        University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
                        University of Missouri, Kansas City
                        University of North Carolina
                        University of San Francisco, Gleeson Library
                        University of Southern California
                        University of Utah
                        San Jose State University Library
                        Scripps College, Denison Library
                        Stanford University
                        Swarthmore College
                        Wake Forest University
                                   
Exhibition Design: Unlimited by Design; wall-sized images for exhibit; Cooper Hewitt, The National Design Museum, Smithsonian, New York, New York

As an illustrator, Mr. Schumaker's work has appeared world-wide, working for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Süddeutsche Zeitung, The Washington Post and Le Figaro; The New Yorker, Poetry, Oprah Magazine, Martha Stewart, Enjeux Les Echoes, and Newsweek. He has created images for Hermès, United Airlines, Herman Miller, American Express and many other corporations.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Barbara Morris | art ltd.

Critic’s Picks: 

San Francisco

By Barbara Morris


From “Throat Singing in Droghobycz,” 2016
A hand-painted book, Ward Schumaker
Page size 181⁄2″ x 121⁄2″, 56 pages + cover
Photo: courtesy Jack Fischer gallery

San Francisco-based Ward Schumaker—originally well-known for his illustration work for high-profile clients like The Washington Post and Hermès—quickly achieved notoriety for his unique mixed-media works combining acrylic paint and bookbinding paste. His well-received 2013 inaugural show at Jack Fischer’s Potrero street gallery featured remarkable artist’s books, providing an excuse for his passionate yet disciplined investigations in the properties and potentials of paint. For his upcoming show at Jack Fischer, Schumaker will include new books such as Throat Singing in Drohobycz (2016), inspired by Polish author Bruno Schulz’ The Street of Crocodiles. Other new works to be shown, on Stonehenge paper mounted on canvas, reveal an underpinning geometric structure: some comprised of sets of stacked circles, muscular whorls of paint, taking their inspiration from Brancusi’s Endless Column (1938), others using a grid or pyramid format comprised of squares, or circles, as well as occasional blocks of text. With a limited palette of black, white and red, augmented by glimpses of blue or green, the quality of intentionality of each brushstroke—and the care with which his seemingly random text blocks and blobs of paint are organized—assumes a primacy that is riveting. Ward Schumaker “Priapus and Rain Fall” at Jack Fischer Gallery, runs April 22 – June 10, 2017.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Works on Canvas | Winter 2017

Big Blue Tower, acrylic on canvas, 62" x 42"
















































Green Tower Quartet, acrylic on canvas, 72" x 48"
























Red and Black Tower Quartet, acrylic on canvas, 72" x 48"
























We Are All Golem, acrylic on canvas, 62" x 42"




















I Will Be 100 People, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 32"
























Twin Towers, acrylic one canvas, 48" x 32"

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Letter and Image | Legion of Honor | San Francisco

My favorite room in San Francisco's Legion of Honor is The Reva and David Logan Gallery of Illustrated Books. So it's a huge pleasure for me that curator Stephen Woodall has included one of my hand-painted books in his current show there, Letter and Image: Inspired Alphabets. You'll find it nestled between Léger and Le Corbusier, directly behind Kurt Schwitters and Theo van Doesburg. Other artists include Claes Oldenburg, Russel Maret and Natalia Goncharova. Esteemed company!



The book he has chosen to exhibit is Respite (Markandya). Woodall describes it: "Through his hand-cut and painted lettering in Respite (Markandaya), Schumaker related a parable without visually depicting it. The story––which came to the artist in a dream and which he sees as a variation of one in the Sanskrit text Bhagavad-Gita––follows a small boy emerging from the mouth of a whale. The text over several pages reads: " 'I hope you enjoyed your rest, my son,' said the whale / then it turned and re-entered the waters / the little boy smiled, waved good-bye, and turning towards the rising son / began to sweep the beach."

The book will be on display from 04 March thru 02 July 2017.
For information: Legion of Honor

Or, to see the entire book, please visit my earlier blog posting: Markandeya.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Priapus and Rain Fall

Priapus and Rain Fall is a hand-painted book, page size  25" x 19" (opens to 38" x 25"), 56 pages plus cover, painted on Stonehenge, created in 2017, and bound by John Demerritt.