Jen Tough Gallery

Tamera Avery: Hell's Valley

Jen Tough Hemsley
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Opening Reception: Saturday, March 23, 5:00-7:00

Exhibition runs March 23 - April 25, 2019

Jen Tough Gallery, a contemporary Bay Area gallery located in the historic Benicia Arsenal, is pleased to announce the solo exhibition of gallery artist Tamera Avery titled, Hell’s Valley. Avery,  who lives and works in San Francisco, recently was awarded first place in the prestigious Crocker-Kingsley competition. Her recent exhibitions include Split Screen, with Deborah Oropallo and Andy Rappaport at Gearbox Gallery in Oakland, The Summer Show and Art Santa Fe with Jen Tough Gallery, along with New Lands and Wild Things, both San Francisco popups.

In this series of brave and almost human-scale self portrait paintings, Avery places herself in the ponds of Hell’s Valley, an area of rugged cliffs and sulfurous hot springs in Japan, where Macaque Monkeys enjoy steamy baths. This series of revealing and highly personal works defy the cultural norm of invisibility for middle-aged women. Avery’s series challenges the viewer to gaze and explore her constructed narratives, evoking a level of discomfort while seemingly stating, “I am here”.

This will be the first solo exhibition for Avery at the gallery, and will run through April 25, 2019.