Wyrde originated as an Anglo-Saxon concept corresponding to fate or personal destiny; relating extraordinary character to supernatural causes. “Wyrde San Francisco” is an exploration of how “weird” is defined by place, and how place is defined by the characters drawn to keeping it wyrde.
Learn about the artists who are keeping San Francisco wyrde! "Wyrde San Fransisco" opens on July 8th and will be on view in the gallery and online until July 10th.
Justine Kessler is a San Francisco native who draws inspiration from local history, the occult, feminism, pop culture, and mythology. With a degree in art and psychology from the University of Vermont, Justine’s education and experience have lead her to exhibit her mixed-media taxidermy and illustration work around the Bay Area and throughout Vermont. She uses glitter to symbolize the fingerprints left by magic, and the energy that holds the universe together. Through taxidermy she gives critters once destined to be snake food new reality as creatures of fairy tales and myth. In her illustrations, Justine uses reoccurring imagery of cats, skulls, crystals, and mythological creatures to create an imaginative world of charismatic and potentially dangerous characters. She lives in San Francisco with her charming cat.
Justin Beale was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. He attended the Peck School of the Arts at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, where he received his BFA in ceramics in 2012. After graduation he began working primarily in oils, flirting with glitter along the way. He draws influence from the Bay Area Funk Movement, Classical Renaissance, and the LGBTQ community. His work explores the space in between unknowns, the expressive and the sublime, reality and abstraction. He has exhibited at an international, national, and local level, and is currently residing and working in Alameda, California.
David Hunter is a native Californian, he graduated from San Francisco Art Institute in 1988 with a BFA in painting. He has been involved in the Mail Art Network since the early 80's. He resides and works in San Francisco.
Persia Phillips was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and currently reside in San Francisco, where she is completing her BFA in Painting and Drawing at the San Francisco Art Institute. The power of two is a significant element in her work. Where one is perpetually isolated through either the means of language, intimacy and social constructs, two figures interlace into one. Through found and given imagery she purposefully paints people she has no connection with, challenging herself to achieve continuity with the subject matter at hand and with the substance of paint itself. Heavy emphasis is placed on manipulating the texture of paint, acting as a catalyst between abstraction and figuration.
Kate Jestin Taylor is a New Jersey-born artist who relocated to San Francisco last year. Combining her interests of wildlife conservation, animal rights, and portraiture, Kate draws inspiration from the animals that inhabit the world with us and the relationship they have with humans. Kate graduated from Skidmore College in 2014 with a degree in Environmental Science and a minor in studio art. She lives in the Western Addition with her dog, cat, and boyfriend.
Eddie Soto is a New York native who recently relocated to San Francisco. Eddie started drawing mushrooms because he felt that they were always hiding in the dark. He wanted to give them life by drawing them human characteristics. All of the mushrooms he draws are named Gus. His primary medium is soft pastels and charcoal. He loves the color blue.