The Midway Gallery is pleased to present Rhizosphere: Celebrating West Marin’s artists & creative legacy from 1960-today. This unique survey of artists working in West Marin includes works by J.B. Blunk, Clayton Lewis, Inez Storer and Ido Yoshimoto as well as the artists of Pt. Reyes Station landmark, Gallery Route One. The show highlights the effects of a shared environment on this rural arts community and the vibrancy that exists alongside the hiking, vistas and gastronomy of the area. Through photo, fiber art, painting, wood cut and sculpture, curator Isis Hockenos transports to San Francisco the distinct moisture, wind, slant of light, dusting of chipped paint on the seat of ones pants that gives West Marin that particular, intangible romance and bond with nature while remaining contemporary and relevant to the international conversation. Additionally, Hockenos’ choice of artists bridges the generational gap between the art community elders, many of whom relocated to West Marin in the 60’s and 70’s, (with work both current and posthumous) and a group of emerging artists, either born in the area or drawn to it, who struggle to find affordable housing, studio space and jobs. The symbiosis between generations and the continued support of the greater Bay Area is vital to the protection of an artistic future in precious West Marin. The show’s title, Rhizosphere, refers to the part of the soil ecosystem that is directly influenced by root secretions and microorganisms. Hockenos draws connections between this narrow region of soil and the creative legacy, both past and future, of West Marin. // // // // // // Curator Isis Hockenos (American, b. 1986) is a painter born and raised in Marshall, CA. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College, NY and studied printmaking at Fondazione Il Bisonte in Florence, Italy. Hockenos is currently a Young Artist Fellow at Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station and a Resident Artist at The Midway Gallery, San Francisco. As a painter, Hockenos has exhibited locally and internationally including at Vorres Gallery, San Francisco, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station, Sagan Piechota Architecture, San Francisco, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, and at Galleri Oxholm, Copenhagen, DK. This is Hockenos’ first curatorial project in San Francisco.