Paul Wackers: The Space We Take

15 May - 10 July 2021
  • Paul Wackers paints the fantasy worlds I want to live in. His still-lifes are teeming with abundance and growth, plants and domestic life, abstraction and compartmentalizing figuration. He's explored these territories in the past, but his newest solo show, The Space We Take, on view now at Eleanor Harwood in San Francisco, feel especially like paintings that are lived in, full of thought and drifting dreams and a bit of pandemic static.

    - Evan Pricco, Juxtzpoz

  • Paul Wackers, The Sum of All Things: All in Order and on My Mind, 2021

    Paul Wackers

    The Sum of All Things: All in Order and on My Mind, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    60 x 50 in, 152.4 x 127cm
    $ 15,500.00
  • Paul Wackers, Something I Learned Today, 2021

    Paul Wackers

    Something I Learned Today, 2021

    Acrylic on canvas

    60 x 48 in, 152.4 x 121.9cm

    $15,000.00

  • As the gallery notes, "These paintings come from the end of the social spectrum populated with few other people. The painting The Space We Take has two plants growing side-by-side, situated in an alcove. They jockey for space, and somehow still thrive, not in the ground in soil, but grow in pots dependent on someone to water them." That is a wonderful way to describe these works; a jockey for space, and encroachment of density. That is what the pandemic did to our personal life and personal space. We felt an encroachment of time. And then, time also didn't mean anything at all.

    - Evan Pricco, Juxtzpoz

  • Paul Wackers, The Space We Take, 2021

    Paul Wackers

    The Space We Take, 2021

    Acrylic on canvas
    24 x 20 in, 61 x 50.8 cm
    $5,750.00

  • These are the works of a painter who has processed space in a special way, who always thought of interiors as alive and now got to spend even more time debating and analyzing.

    - Evan Pricco, Juxtzpoz

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  • Painted in New York City during the pandemic, Wackers' seventh solo show with Harwood, takes a more contemplative tone. While...

    Painted in New York City during the pandemic, Wackers' seventh solo show with Harwood, takes a more contemplative tone. While the color palette has brightened, the show’s title is about both the space we are encouraged to take as well as the space we must leave (public, social, and for those who refuse to mask up) during a plague.

    -Mark Taylor, SF/Arts

  • I recently installed slatted metal shelves across the window over my kitchen sink, which I populated with succulents of various...

    I recently installed slatted metal shelves across the window over my kitchen sink, which I populated with succulents of various sizes and shapes. The arrangement immediately reminded me of Paul Wackers, this poor man’s recreation of the domestic tableaux found in the artist’s still lifes.
    -Mark Taylor, SF/Arts

  • Paul Wackers, Is This Real, 2021

    Paul Wackers

    Is This Real, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    24 x 20in, 61 x 50.8cm
    $5,750.00
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