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HAPPENINGText: Amy Franceschini

A trip-dic by Shaun O’dell combines simple icons in a complex of imagery. O’Dell’s work merges elements of human and natural systems, architectural structures and wildlife into an interlocking narrative. The drawings are composed of an intricate hierarchy of symbols which weave together disparate aspects of contemporary life. He creates a visual syntax from the complex American psyche. O’Dell combines symbols of our American mythology, western expansion and ecological connections with creations purely imagined. Images of our founding father merge with organic structures and wildlife in a vaguely diagrammatic visual system. (text by Griff Williams, Gallery 16)

Left: Jo Jackson, Untitled. Right: Shaun O’dell.

So back to simplicity. Since I have known Jack I have found that we share a similar neurosis for searching for land in obscure places on the internet. Recently he has been looking in Astonia and I have been looking in Dunedin, New Zealand. Neither of us have bought anything in either place but we both entertain the notion of this quite frequently. I hope to feature Jack in the next issue, but for now I will just do a brief introduction.

Jack Hanley has a knack for showing incredible artwork and running a great space in San Francisco. He also travels to many festivals and fairs to represent his artists and share them with the world. I have only know Jack for a short time, but with his proliferation comes a calmness that seems to attract good eggs.

Recently he was describing a book he was reading on the History of the Grateful Dead. He was describing the cafe scene in Palo Alto as a place which nurtured Beat culture. He says, “it was sort of a minor thing with the best intention”. I think his might be what you feel upon entering his gallery.

Jack is currently reading:
-The speeches from Dali Lama
-What a Long, Strange Trip, by Dennis McNaley

Jack Hanley is located at 395 Valencia Street in the Mission District of San Francisco not far from the Adobe Bookstore.

How will I ever be simple again
Date: August 2nd – 31st, 2002
Open: 11:00 – 18:00 (Closed on Sunday and Monday)
Place: Jack Hanley Gallery
Address: 395 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel: +1 415 522 1623

Text: Amy Franceschini
Photos: Courtesy of Jack Hanley Gallery © the artists

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