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Marlene Angeja: Tule Fog
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2831 Mission StreetSan FranciscoCA 94110
"Tule Fog" features recent paintings by Marlene Angeja. The series consists of mostly small works with minimal marks on stitched linen and cotton canvas that reflect Angeja’s meditative approach to painting. Her practice is one of being present, paying attention and resisting the urge to do too much. In a piece of writing that accompanies the exhibition, she writes, “The other day I made one mark and that was enough. Everything else was the mindless habit of producing something.“ Landscape is always a referent in Angeja’s work. Her parents immigrated from Pico Island in the Azores to a dairy farm in Manteca, California; then, the family moved back to the Azores and eventually returned to California. As a result, Angeja explains, “there is always a back and forth in my head between the dry, flat landscape of the San Joaquin Valley and the blue-gray ocean air of Pico Island.” Tule Fog is a dense early morning fog known to the San Joaquin Valley that Angeja remembers viscerally from her youth, as covering everything and dangerously obscuring visibility. It is a kind of quiet sublime. Tule Fog is also a state of not knowing; a murky unconscious place from which dreams and symbols emerge; the fog of depression; the effects of cataracts; being lost in a painting and waiting for clarity. Open Fri & Sat, 12pm - 6pm and by appointment