Forces and Perception - 4-Person Exhibition

  • China Brotsky Gallery, Thoreau Center Presidio Building #1014 San Francisco, CA 94129

Exhbition Dates: November 14, 2014 - January 24th, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, November 14th , 5-7pm

China Brotsky Gallery at the Thoreau Center for Sustainability

Presidio Building #1014
Lincoln Blvd. & Torney Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94129
Phone: (415) 561-6300 PT

Open Monday-Friday 9-5pm


The work of these four artists looks at the transformation of landscapes. Diana Hobson has recorded threatened geological features in her delicate sculptural installations. Bob Stang's paintings contemplate our perceptions of the natural world in an evolving virtual culture. Martin Webb's night-scapes show the otherworldly side of familiar environments after dark, and Sarah Winkler paints and collages images reflecting the degradation of ocean reefs.

Sarah Winkler - Artist Statement for Forces and Perception

My artwork is about the process of landscape formation, the geology of place and environments in flux due to natural or human intervention. The paintings on exhibit are an interpretation of the biological structure and cycle of a coral reef from a healthy state, to distressed, to damaged, to extinct based on direct observations from exploratory trips to the Hawaiian Islands and research data from NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) on ocean acidification and a warming trend. Climate change effects on our oceans are causing rising sea levels and powerful swings in weather patterns as well as extinction to a variety of marine life. I’ve lived long enough to remember a healthier planet and cleaner ocean and feel compelled to use the raw emotional power of painting to convey what beauty is being lost to apathy.