Nick Makanna is from the sunny southeastern side of San Francisco, a wonderland of Victorian houses and dilapidated brick and steel buildings. Growing up he witnessed the demolition and transformation of the spaces that he loved. Relics of an industrial past became apartment complexes and various other drab modern fixtures. For Makanna painting serves as a means of documentation, a way to illuminate the withering beauty and the mortality of industrial spaces. Throughout his large-scale and colorful works lies an outlook of revitalization and optimism in the face of decay. Yet there is also a sense of urgency in the enjoyment of these spaces before they slowly disappear. Makanna’s work speaks to the notion of progress and its relation to the nation’s architectural and industrial past, but also to the tenuous role of the painter and painting in contemporary American society.
Opening reception Sunday December 11th 4pm-6pm
Industrial Park, a musical collaboration between Makanna and Emma Barnett, will be playing a few original songs written for the reception at 5pm.
You can see more of his work here: nickmakanna.com
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