Secession Art & Design Presents Awake by Hilary Williams and Rachel Znerold


Opening: Friday December 5, 2014 |  6:30-9:30
Exhibition Dates: November 25, 2014 – January 18, 2015<
3361 Mission St, San Francisco |

November 21, 2014, San Francisco, CA – Awake is a two-person exhibition of new works from San Francisco-based artists Hilary Williams and Rachel Znerold. In this show, the last to be held at Secession’s 3361 Mission St. location, Secession curator Eden Stein brings together two female painters who explore urban and natural environments. This will be Hilary’s 7th annual holiday show at Secession, and the conclusion of a long run of winter exhibitions at 3361 Mission Street. The title “Awake” is used to help remind the viewers that nothing is permanent, everything is always in flux, and that staying awake and alive in the moment is the only constant life gives us. This holiday season, Secession presents a two-person show that slows the viewer down, and asks them to take in the deep complexities and layers of each of these artist’s work. Awake will be on view from November 25 to January 18, 2015. The artists will be in attendance at the opening.

Hilary Williams will be showing all new works in Awake. Her mixed media pieces are layered explorations of Bay Area environs, mimicking the landscape of San Francisco, which can often feel urban and natural all at once. William’s work blends animated oversized foliage, geometric patterning and urban architecture to convey the emotion of place and a sense of visual intuition. This collection of work was sparked by the convergence of memories of sights, sounds, and smells. It is meant to inspire the viewer’s senses and create a private dialogue between the painting and its onlooker.

In contrast, Rachel Znerold’s paintings in Awake were largely inspired by her travels to Iceland, and bring a sense of the outside world back to San Francisco. Znerold’s work is often abstract, but traces of landscape anchor many of her compositions and give the viewer a sense of what it feels to be surrounded by the stark, sunlit summer beauty of the far North. This collection of primal landscapes was awaked by a true sense of awareness and the duality of life.

In bringing these two artists together for her last show at 3361 Mission Street before relocating to the next phase of Secession at 3235 Mission Street, Eden Stein wanted to exhibit work that addressed notions of place, as place has been such an integral part of the process of moving her business from one location to another. These works are a reminder to new viewers and longtime supporters that place is what you make of it, home is where the heart is, and the current moment is really the only place to be. Stein hopes that these pieces will spark this sentiment and mark the end of an era and the beginning of the next bright phase for Secession Art & Design.

Secession Art & Design opened our Bernal Heights location in August of 2007, and has since grown to represent over 50 independent artists and designers. Our retail location is a gallery, boutique, and workspace combined, creating an untraditional storefront that allows customers to experience curated shows by owner, Eden Stein, and see the process of art and jewelry being made in-house by Heather Robinson and Colleen Mauer. In 2010 and 2012 through 2014, Secession was awarded Best Art Gallery by San Francisco Bay Guardian readers, for continuing to push the envelope in exhibitions and wearable art.

Gallery Contact: Eden Stein