Preview: The Moleskine Project VI @ Spoke Art Gallery [SF]

Next month, San Francisco‘s Spoke Art gallery will present their 6th annual Moleskine Project group exhibition.  Co-curated by gallery founder Ken Harman and Sydney-based artist Rodrigo Luff, the event will showcase contributions from over 50 different artists from across the globe working in disciplines that range from painting and illustration to papercuts and collage, the uniting factor being their trusty moleskine sketchbooks operating as both their canvases and a point of inspiration.  As the press release explains, the broader intention of the show is to “[allow] viewers and artists alike to peek into the intimate realm of the art making process, each piece [playing] with the balance between refined finality and lingering thoughts yet to be completed.

The following statement by Rodrigo Luff elaborates:

Within each framed double page lies a rare glimpse into the sketchbook practice that
unites all of these artists. This exhibition is a tribute to how they have developed and
grown as artists by using sketchbooks to dive deeper into the personal realms that fuel
their artwork, exploring new ideas, concepts and even experimenting with different
media and styles. An energetic visual dialogue of imagery flows from frame to frame,
forming a collective sketchbook that allows us to appreciate the radically individual
approach taken by each artist.

The inclusion of many new artists helps to expand and evolve the exhibition into the
future, adding variety to the returning artists of the past. It is my hope that this group of
passionate, dedicated and skilled artists can both inspire and surprise us by transcending
our expectations of what can be achieved within the confines of the ubiquitous

The Moleskine Project VI opens on July 8th and runs throughout the month until the 29th.  As usual, the opening night celebration is all ages and free of charge, so, If you find yourself in the San Francisco area within that window, definitely make sure to hit it up.

Participating artists include:
Bagger 43 | Shawn Barber | Johan Barrios | Kelsey Beckett | Benjamin Bjorklund | Jana Brike | Adam Caldwell | Kim Cogan | J.A.W. Cooper | Nico Delort | Dulk | Jeremy Enecio | Valentin Fischer | Jayde Fish | Vanessa Foley | Greg Gandy | GATS | Frank Gonzales | Matthew Grabelsky | Naoto Hattori | Jessica Hess | Justin Hopkins | Stella Im Hultberg | Miles Johnston | Viktor Kalvachev | Hope Kroll | Aaron Li-Hill | Sergio Lopez | Travis Louie | Alex Louisa | Ryan Malley | Jeremy Mann | Alessandra Maria | Brian Mashburn | Marco Mazzoni | Nadezda | Aaron Nagel | Phil Noto | Zach Oldenkamp | Dan Quintana | Jane Radstrom | Michael Reedy | Matt Ritchie | Nick Runge | Jana Schirmer | Daniel Segrove | Beau Stanton | Tatiana Suarez | Henrik Uldalen | Nicolas Uribe | Nate Van Dyke | Emilio Villalba | Brian M. Viveros | Helice Wen | John Wentz | Timothy P. Wilson | N.C. Winters | Kate Zambrano

Check out a selection of preview images below the following event details…


Moleskin IV:
A Group Exhibition curated by Rodrigo Luff & Ken Harman


Opening reception: Saturday, July 8th, 2017


Spoke Art Gallery
816 Sutter Street
San Francisco, California 94109


Opening is ALL AGES w/NO COVER
Many artists will be in attendance
Show on view until Saturday, July 29th

Facebook Event Page


Jeremy Mann
“Note in Blue no. 7”
oil on Moleskine, 8.25″x10″


Miles Johnston
graphite on Moleskine, 8.25″x10″


Kim Cogan
“Ocean View”
acrylic on Moleskine, 8.25″x10″


Brian Mashburn


Jessica Hess
“Diamond in the Rough”
mixed media on Moleskine


Vanessa Foley
“The Vigil”
graphite on Moleskine


Rodrigo Luff
oil on Moleskine


Nate Van Dyke
“Hallowed Ground”

Kelsey Beckett


Jeremy Enecio
Graphite on moleskine notebook

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