Tofu St John
San Francisco, CA, United States
About Tofu St John
My artwork has two focuses; mixed media collage and painting. 2011 marked the 10th Anniversary of my work with maps. I have always used old maps in my collages and incorporated map based ideas into my art. In January of 2001 I experimented with a collage using only maps. The success of the experiment and the resulting piece changed the direction of my work. Much of the map work takes its inspiration from other traditional art forms using repetitive patterns, in particular quilts and other textiles. In 2009 the patterns used in my collage work started to take on a more painterly appearance. When I paint, my main focus is Western landscape. I spend a great deal of time visiting the desert seeking inspiration. In 2016 I am working on a new series I call Time Travel Photos which will be exhibited in October.
TIME TRAVEL PHOTOS
Glama Rama Salon & Gallery
304 Valencia Street (at 14th St.)
San Francisco, California
October 11 — November 27, 2016
Saturday, October 15, 2016 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
San Francisco artist Tofu has a new series of work called Time Travel Photos. For each work he selects a set of his photos to cut, slice and reconfigure to show both a present and a past. Each work contains an image of an urban space in San Francisco interspersed with images of the location’s natural past. Instead of using historic photos, he has juxtaposed images of present-day San Francisco with his own photos of unspoiled, natural places in the Bay Area. He chooses places that are close approximations to how San Francisco would have appeared prior to the arrival of Europeans.
A finished Time Travel Photo is really one image of a single place. Each photo collage reveals a place where time loosens allowing echoes of past realities to easily emerge through into our present and sometimes even give us a glimpse the future.
For additional information and to preview the series see tofuart.com