Molly McGrath and Jonathan Koshi June 2 – July 27
Secession Art & Design’s gallery has been transformed with a brand new summer collection: Synthesis, featuring Bernal graphite artist Jonathan Koshi and Mission geometric designer Molly McGrath.
San Francisco is home, but art and the spirit of travel inspire both makers to push boundaries with their craft. Koshi’s black and white drawings of graffiti tags and doorways from a European adventure contrast with McGrath’s hand-placed vibrant geometric art inspired by architecture and textiles. Both are beautifully done by hand, and harmoniously come together to compliment your home and taste.
Molly McGrath is a designer based in the Mission district of San Francisco. She is professionally trained as an architect, and after using a laser cutter to make architectural models, she recognized the machine’s unique potential to make jewelry and other designed objects. Her collection includes jewelry and homewares.
Molly designs and produces all of the work in San Francisco and is focused on ethical material sourcing, accessible pricing, and conceptual integrity. Her work is made with sustainable materials, including bamboo, birch from responsibly farmed forests, wool salvaged from surplus army clothing, suede reclaimed from second hand jackets and warehouse surplus, and a multitude of scrap wood veneers from local cabinetmakers. She is always on the lookout for salvaged and scrap materials that can be transformed by a lasercut design.
“I spend the working week cutting out lots and lots of pieces of leather, felt, wood, paper, and fabric. Until now I haven’t used the leftover bits. In this collection, called Mosaic, I am putting all of the bits back together in an additive process. The mosaics are inspired by patterns I find in textiles, architecture, and my travels.”
“I explore the idea of pop culture iconography and place in my recent works of graphite on paper. This time I’ve focused on the tension between art, graffiti, vandalism, and architecture. In this series, I question tagging as vandalism with architectural drawings of tagged doors. I employ classic pencil drawing technique to capture the details of the tags and surrounding architecture to create a work of art where vandalism becomes an essential component of the piece.
I photographed the doors during a three-month period living in Brussels, Belgium. The doors in the series are from the cities where I lived and visited during this time, including Brussels, Rome, Florence, Paris, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen. The drawings became a way for me to engage with the environments around me, not only through observation and appreciation, but also through elevation and homage.”