Helen Gaus

May 8–June 26, 2018

Gallery open 45 minutes before showtimes

Join us for the opening reception on May 8, as part of the CounterPulse Benefit! RSVP >>

Photo of a painting by Helen. The painting is abstract and is warm pink and orange tones. There is a flower like form in the upper right.

Peony, acrylic, flashe, canvas.

Helen Gaus’s paintings reflect on the anxiety and the excitement of encounter in the modern world. She explores interpersonal, inter-species, and inter-object relationships as we construct them: in a range from utopian to dystopian, mundane to supernatural. Storytelling, the formal language of design, and the physical properties of materials all push and pull her paintings into being, and so each piece is developed into a composition rather than preconceived as such. Because of the openness of her process, she is able to scramble the linear nature of narrative to allow for multiple points of entry and interpretation.

Helen departs from painting to write, draw animations, or make participatory and land-based work. These other projects engender new ways of thinking that also enrich and expand her way of painting.


Presented in Partnership with ArtSpan’s Art-in-Neighborhoods Program:
ArtSpan’s Art-in-Neighborhoods program serves the city of San Francisco by connecting communities with local artists while activating spaces with vibrant, locally-made artwork. ArtSpan partners with local businesses and building owners to bring art exhibitions and art events to businesses, dormant storefronts, and empty spaces for lease that seek artwork for their blank walls. Local artists who are ArtSpan members are given the opportunity to display, promote, and sell their artwork in these diverse venues. All aspects of the program allow otherwise unused walls, spaces, or properties to become creative arenas for celebrating local arts.

The Art-In-Neighborhoods program strives to create visibility and accessibility for local arts in San Francisco. ArtSpan provides the public with free, high quality arts exposure. Simultaneously, local ArtSpan artists are given the opportunity to promote and sell their artwork. Each of the Art-In-Neighborhoods exhibitions and community events will provide clear, consistent information about ArtSpan programing to educate the public about ArtSpan’s goals and how to become a supporter – by attending our events and buying artwork from local artists!

Past artists presented in the CounterPulse gallery:

Eva Enriquez & Anna-Lena Sauer
Jon Levy-Warren
Robin Birdd
Rebecca Wallace & Camila Magrane
Tracy Taylor Grubbs
Kat Geng
Tana Quincy
Aynur Westin


Block Fest in the Gallery

Wed, Aug 29, 6pm-8pm

Join us for an evening of interactive activity and performance illustrating CounterPulse’s Block Fest program . Free RSVP>>


Mural design  by Block Fest Artist Activator Dawn Leigh.

Mural design by Block Fest Artist Activator Dawn Leigh.