My head is still spinning from seeing “Something About Everything About Something” by Mark Warren Jacques at the White Walls Gallery in San Francisco. The combination of psychedelic colors, simple geometric shapes and eye-twisting patterns left me dizzy, yet wanting to see more, and excited about coming home and sharing it with my readers.
“Something About Everything About Something” is about the cycle of relationships between men and women. The ebb and flow of our connections with others are captured through symbols representing birth, love, sex, joy, dependency and death. In this show, Jacques also introduces a new painting style where he fills an all white canvas with colorful symbols taken from different places around the world. About the artist’s work, art critic Howard Hurst has said, “The artist’s vocabulary is steeped in the trappings of mysticism, religion, Midwestern folk tradition and west coast vibes. His paintings are of alters and sacred regalia. Symbols of the planet and of humanity serve as a universal mandala. There is a sense of old school bay area psychedelic optimism and of the hyperbole of Saturday morning cartoons, but also a hard edged intensity hinting at basement shows, and long nights.”
“Something About Everything About Something” will be showing at White Walls Gallery through January 7, 2012.