Martin Machado & Todd Freeman At Gallery Hijinks

Opening December 8th at Gallery Hijinks (2309 Bryant St.) in San Francisco: works by Martin Machado and Todd Freeman. The show is entitled, As It Was Before, and has a focus on artists that “use nature and science to reinterpret memories, fables and story telling.”

Martin Machado

Evidently, Machado will be sharing works of “an Alaskan salmon fishing season,” but let’s take a look at some of his older pieces to get a sense of what just what he does. His paintings, which utilize gouache, oil, and watercolor, are often comprised of layers of fiberglass cloth and epoxy, which give the pieces a ghostly quality of transience.

Todd Freeman

As for Todd Freeman, hand-colored copper etchings and drawings recall illustrations from old science textbooks and children’s books. Set against cream and earth-colored paper, these brand new works feel like relics that one might find in an abandoned house that’s falling apart at the seams.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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