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Modern Eden Gallery

801 Greenwich St, San Francisco
415-956-3303
Wednesday - Saturday: 12 - 6 pm


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Erika Sanada: Togetherness
Jul 14-Aug 03
Modern Eden Gallery presents the fifth major ME solo exhibition from gallery artist Erika Sanada. We started working with Erika in 2013, as she finished up her graduate studies, for her debut solo exhibition Odd Things. After 4 major exhibitions, numerous group shows, magazine spreads in Hi-Fructose and Beautiful Bizarre, and a feature last year at Scope Miami Beach, the young artist continues to push the quality and application of her craft and, on the verge of her fifth major exhibition in San Francisco, firmly establishes herself as one of the top contemporary ceramic artists working today. In Togetherness, Sanada continues her examination into her personal anxieties through her sculpted creatures. These newest works presents works that expose how one can co-exist with thoughts of distress, fear, and doubts. But not all is hopeless in Sanada’s world, these fragile beings display bravery, strength, and the spirit of survival in the most challenging conditions. Erika Sanadas early inspirations stemmed from creatures and characters of horror films. Watching these stories were a way for her to escape unpleasant realities during childhood. She creates intricate, hairless ceramic creatures—often adorable but also unsettling and bizarre. Sanada is represented by Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco where the artist currently lives and works. Modern Eden Gallery welcomes the public on the evening of July 14, 2018 from 6 PM–9 PM to host an artist’s reception and artwork debut. Erika Sanada will be in attendance and complimentary drinks will be served. For press inquiries or sales, please contact Gallery Director Kim Larson kim@moderneden.com. The exhibition will be on display through August 3, 2018 and is free and open to the public. Modern Eden Gallery is located at 801 Greenwich St. in San Francisco’s historic North Beach neighborhood. Founded in June 2010 by local artists Bradley Platz and Kim Larson, the gallery features monthly exhibitions of established and emerging artists. The gallery’s contemporary aesthetic ranges from realism to surrealism with a strong focus on illustrative painting and representational sculpture.


Akira Beard Circles: A Creative Journey Into the Human Condition
Jul 14-Aug 03
Modern Eden Gallery presents the first major solo exhibition from longtime gallery artist and frequent collaborator Akira Beard. Akiras emotive works convey his dedication to artistic expression, both as a means of communication and a path to clarity. His fluid and vibrant style is both furious and elegant, gestural yet understood, where each application of color is a thought—a spark. ‘Circles’ is a body of work inspired by a moment of realization I had during a period of loss. As I planned what actions to take with starting a new life I realized how I had stood in this spot several times before. A new beginning from the point of a new ending. Existence seemed an endless series of circles with gaining things only to lose them eventually and inevitably. It felt senseless to continue in the same direction knowing the outcome ahead. Asking myself if there were an alternative, it was as if a fork in the future’s road suddenly appeared. One path I was all too familiar with. In these difficult moments with involuntary life change, I had always dealt with it by running away. Denial, coping, distraction, and so forth. The other path was unknown. I had never been down it. Its direction was not away, but towards. Desperate enough, I went down this road less traveled. My life has never been the same since. The artworks presented in this show are just some of the pictures made from the journey on it. Akira Beard is an artist living and working in Northern CA. Like the art itself, his professional practice stems from his ideas, beliefs and values. Akiras paintings are like tomes for the great spiritual teachers of the past, and also cleverly link contemporary culture with beautiful skills in portraiture. His work is relevant, moving, and powerful – truly spiritual, not upholding any outrageous or inhuman experiences but rather honoring the timeless power of what is here and now. Modern Eden Gallery welcomes the public on the evening of July 14, 2018 from 6 PM–9 PM to host an artist’s reception and artwork debut. Akira Beard will be in attendance and complimentary drinks will be served. For press inquiries or sales, please contact Gallery Director Kim Larson kim@moderneden.com. The exhibition will be on display through August 3, 2018 and is free and open to the public. Modern Eden Gallery is located at 801 Greenwich St. in San Francisco’s historic North Beach neighborhood. Founded in June 2010 by local artists Bradley Platz and Kim Larson, the gallery features monthly exhibitions of established and emerging artists. The gallery’s contemporary aesthetic ranges from realism to surrealism with a strong focus on illustrative painting and representational sculpture.