Julia wrote "Cafescape" about Progressive Grounds' current exhibiting artist Phil McGaughy. Phil's work is also a part of 14 Black Poppies' Artshop, which is hosted and curated by Tanya Gayer.
Phil will be answering questions about his work AND performing some musical selections as part of a special Mission Arts and Performance Project Artshop on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1st. Doors open at 6:30pm, lecture starts at 7:30pm. It will be followed by some musical performances by Phil McGaughy and a special Ex Libris De Corpus reading by moi (Jason) at 9:30pm.
"Cafescape" by Julia Mendel
Progressive Grounds in the Mission is growing; physically growing. The walls have sprouted miniature mountain ranges and valleys, cliff faces and ravines, archways and hillocks. And while the walls may look at first like a topographical map, in actual fact this is Philip McGaughy’s fifth Dreamscape, a series of abstract works that blur the distinction between art and wall.
A seasoned Bay Area artist, McGaughy describes himself as an ‘elemental sculptor’, drawing on biomorphic and geomorphic forms to create his works. His Caféscape, on display until the end of December at Progressive Grounds’ Mission location, exemplifies this preoccupation. Half of the work, running along the 21st Street wall looks as if it is a magnified petri dish sample. The other half, sprawled over the back wall is reminiscent of an aerial view of a desert mountain range.
The presence of these forms can also be seen in McGaughy’s past work including his Virus/Prosthetic Milled Wood and Organic Forms series. Using a combination of organic and milled wood, many of his past sculptures appear as complex combinations of biomorphic and geomorphic patterns. These make up alien, yet strangely recognizable structures that can be likened to giant insect cocoons or hives. They are magnified intricacies that allude to the fractal nature of McGaughy’s art, bringing a sense of familiarity to the space in which they inhabit.
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