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What is not and that which is

Sculptures and Drawings by Sheila Ghidini

The exhibition can still be viewed by appointment:

date. April 7 thru May 13.

opening. Friday. April 7. 5 - 7pm


Pastine Projects is pleased to present a solo show of sculptures and drawings by Sheila Ghidini.

Sheila Ghidini writes “I’m interested in calling attention to the ubiquitous, but often overlooked spaces between things, as well as the shadows cast by them…..what’s lost, missing, or obscured is as critical to the work, if not more so, then that which is tangibly present.”

In his seminal book The Poetics of Space (1958), Gaston Bachelard attributes our poetic and imaginative lives to the interior spaces we inhabit unconsciously, but which nonetheless have the power to evoke strong emotions and reconnect us with deeper parts of ourselves and the universe. The domestic space within which we exist stimulates reveries that connect us with our unconscious to form a “poetic image” or creative outlet.  Ghidini’s use of the quotidian form of a chair and its negative spaces summons our profound connection to the architecture of the home. For Ghidini, a reconfigured chair, emphasizing the void, “serves as a marker in space, a symbol of both presence and absence, and a fundamental architectural form that also has the potential to hold memory.”

Tapping into what she refers to as “the consumer waste stream”, Ghidini finds her chairs on the street or sources them from hand-me-downs. Playing actual shadows against illusory ones made of graphite and chalk on the wall, she manipulates and re-forms the chairs to confound the viewer’s perception of what is there and what is not, connecting the unconscious with a poetic image.

Ghidini further explores these concerns in her carefully rendered abstracted drawings and assemblages. Her drawings are inspired by her sculpture, Pivot, in which she pivoted a chair on its axis to create a feeling of both movement and stillness.  The shapes used in the assemblages are taken from the negative spaces in drawings of chairs, then cut out of cardboard to allow for more folding and dimensionality. Ghidini’s richly nuanced works closely examine relationships between objects, space, and cast shadows, connecting us with overlooked and unseen spaces to reveal the poetry of absence and its relationship to our creative subconscious.



Sheila Ghidini, Incantation, 2022, reconfigured found chair, paint, graphite+chalk wall drawing, thread and map pins, 42 x 50 x 16 inches

Sheila Ghidini, Artist Talk, Part 1, May 6, 2023  (part 2 to follow.)

Read Mark Dean Johnson Essay Here

Leonard Rosenfeld Wires and Graffiti

date. April 7 thru May 13.

opening. Friday. April 7. 5 - 7pm

We're thrilled to be able to present work by New York artist Leonard Rosenfeld  (1926-2009).


Rosenfeld started his Wires in 1982 after finding a piece of electric wire on the floor of his studio and nailing it onto the stretcher bar using carpet tacks. He liked the way it looked and, eventually, wire strips took the place of canvas on his stretcher bars. At first he used only black and white wire. Then, in 1994, he began using colored wire and other materials such as cotton, silk or fur. A review of his show at Simone Gallery in Soho in 1994, A Painter Lost to Painting, says of his Wires, “How much Leonard Rosenfeld can accomplish and how dazzling it can look by just using tacks and black and white wire is truly remarkable,” adding, “It is what Rosenfeld wants to say in his use of abstract design schemes and primitive forms, this combination of the Neolithic and modern technology that focuses on that long adventure of man that is civilization.”

In a 1995 interview with author, activist and freelance journalist, Lesley-Ann Brown (@blackgirlonmars) Rosenfeld professed, “I like to tell stories… I always have told stories,” His Graffiti series is no exception. Done in bold watercolors and black crayon on paper, they are powerful renditions of African-American street artists. He was a great admirer of these bold figures, male and female, as is easily seen in the two works featured in this show.


Leonard Rosenfeld, Self Portrait of the Artist as a Young G-man, 1994, black crayon, watercolor on paper, 42 x 28.25 inches

Read Paul Laser on Lenonard Rosenfeld HERE

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Pastine Projects is a contemporary art gallery that champions established and mid-career artists, especially women, who have contributed to the culture of the Bay Area through a deep commitment to their studio practice.  Throughout their careers, they have received numerous awards, and their achievements have been recognized in the press and other publications. We aspire to foster a greater awareness of their remarkable and timeless work.


Professional Practices

We work with emerging artists to help them develop professionally through critiques of their work and best business practices.

Gallery Hours

The gallery is open Saturday from 1 to 5 or by appointment:

We continue to require all visitors to wear a mask covering nose and mouth.  Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to seeing you!

360 Langton Street. Suite 201 San Francisco CA 94103. 

Francesca Pastine. Owner


address. 360 Langton Street. Suite 201 

             San Francisco. CA 94103

hours. Friday and Saturday from 1 to 6pm 

          or by appointment   

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