Robin Kandel: The 45th Parallel

Robin Kandel: The 45th Parallel (more info)                                                                                            Andrea Schwartz Gallery (more info)                                                                                545 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107                                                                   October 13 – November 11, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm

         Her latest in a series of exhibitions with the Andrea Schwartz Gallery, artist Robin Kandel brings us The 45th Parallel. Ms. Kandel describes her exhibit, “This work is about a specific place and any place. It’s about midpoints, landmarks, road trips, road maps, and long stretches that take us somewhere and elsewhere.” The 45th Parallel series was inspired by Ms. Kandel’s experience globe making in Geography. The 45th Parallel is the lagitude line which goes around the equator, the midpoint of the earth.

          First and foremost, Ms. Kandel’s works are an exercise in craftsmanship and patience.  Many feature dense vertical and/or horizontal lines make using pencils and a ruler, some have color others are black and grey. The rhythm of lines is meant to create subtle movement for the viewer. Imagining the concentration required to achieve such a feat inspires awe. The most prominent painting, placed on the floating wall in front of the entrance, is titled Mr. Irving’s 7th Grade Geometry Class #2. It is a patchwork of green, white, brown and blue vertical and horizontal lines. Upon inspection it strikes the viewer that there are various fault lines, highlights, and fractures creating a plaid effect. The viewer wonders, is this by design or by accident? As we often reflect upon those moments in our lives where our patterns change and all we can do is wonder if it was preordained or whether we just fucked up or whether we are finally ready to change and grow.  

     When I first arrived at the exhibit very green about the whole concept, my first impression was this painting (Mr. Irving’s 7th Grade Geometry Class #2) looks like a quilt. At that point I couldn’t connect the concept I had read about in the marketing with what I saw before me. However almost two weeks later I have thought about that painting a lot. The quilt immediately made me think of my grandmother and the quilt she sewed for me when I was born, which sits in my hope chest presently, waiting for the future.

            The reception hosted at the Andrea Schwartz Gallery and was a class act with a three piece band, wine, and wonderfully curious attendees. 


Mr. Irving's 7th Grade Class by Robin Kandel

Mr. Irving's 7th Grade Class by Robin Kandel