Evil Tender Presents: In Reference





On Friday February 20th the art site Evil Tender Dot Com takes over San Francisco’s Gauntlet Gallery with the show ‘Evil Tender Presents: In Reference.’

For the show photographer Holly Burnham was commissioned to shoot a series of photos with model Hattie Watson, the resulting set of photos were handed off to a group of artists to use as reference for a piece of their own.


Photographer Holly Burnham and model Hattie Watson for 'In Reference'
Photographer Holly Burnham and model Hattie Watson for ‘In Reference’



'La Sirene' by Jonathan Burton for 'In Reference'
‘La Sirene’ by Jonathan Burton for ‘In Reference’


‘In Reference,’ in brief –

The woman walks into the room. She’s watched. Observed. The man behind the canvas asks her to pose and she does. He paints. This woman becomes a huntress. She becomes Wonder Woman. The model leaves but she also stays, her image now on the canvas – her body transformed and given new purpose.

In Reference places model Hattie Watson in front of Holly Burnham’s camera, and together they created a series of photographs ready for a gallery wall. Those photographs were then given to a group of illustrators, printmakers, and painters to use as reference material for them to create a piece of their own – to use Hattie and Holly’s images as the beginning for something new.

In Reference explores the relationship between the artist and the subject. The visual conversation that becomes a finished work.

Artists include Jay Shaw, Sonny Day & Biddy Maroney (We Buy Your Kids), Kilian Eng, Jock, Richey Beckett, Oliver Barrett, Eric Petersen, Ryan Humphrey, Nikita Kaun, Brett Burnham, Alaina Varrone, Keith P. Rein, Randy Ortiz, Ruben Ireland, Anne Benjamin, Jack Durieux, Kyle Carter (CogDut), Robert Bowen, boneface, JC Richard, Marc Aspinall, Zissou Tasseff-Elenkoff, Jonathan Burton, Helen Bayly


‘Evil Tender Presents: In Reference’

Opens on Friday February 20th in San Francisco at Gauntley Gallery

Opening reception 7PM – 10PM


Check out the gallery below of previews from Kilian Eng, Randy Ortiz, Marc Aspinall and more —



Note: Chris Jalufka is the author of this post as well as the king ape behind Evil Tender Dot Com.


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