July 1 – September 30, 2017
Using a narrative style of painting and her own cast of contemporary characters, local artist Lindsay Stripling developed a large-scale installation illustrating a neighborhood mythology influenced by her observations on daily walks in the Outer Sunset. Stripling’s work is characteristically populated with animal-human hybrids, downed tree branches, oversized disembodied heads, floating swimmers, and talking animals and insects involved in bizarre situations. These and other imaginary beings populated a surreal tableaux inspired by her everyday surroundings, evolving over her three month residency.
Real Imaginary Places continued Stripling’s exploration of the ancient concept of ouroborous; the eternal cycle of destruction and re-creation symbolized by a dragon or serpent eating its own tail. Particular attention was paid to the ways in which certain locales change, shift and take on new meaning during daylight and nighttime hours, as we orbit the sun as part of an infinite cycle of creation and destruction, life, death, and constant change.
An opening reception was be held on Saturday, August 5th and a closing party was held Saturday, Sept 23rd. On September 9th Stripling led a mask-making workshop inspired by the use of masks to create identity-transcending alter-egos in her work.
Lindsay Stripling is a San Francisco-based artist working in the Outer Sunset district. She studied photography at UC Santa Cruz and painting at San Francisco Art Institute. Lindsay uses color and form to create dreamlike narratives that echo folk and fairy tales. Mysterious characters exist in familiar landscapes, playing out scenes from stories with no beginning, middle or end; where the moral might be lost, switched, blurred or just completely missing.