49 Geary St in central San Francisco doesn't look like it would hold much of an art collection from the outside, but 3 floors and 19 galleries later you certainly believe it's once of the centres for commercial contemporary art of the Bay Area. One of the stand outs for me was the show Couplings, at Jack Fischer Gallery, by John Hundt and Camilla Newhagen. Both artists work in tactile mediums with a focus on collage and assemblage, and create slightly unnerving distortions of the human form. Hundt's collages combine his hand-drawn and painted images with found images to create weird manipulated bodies, often forming human and technology fused creatures. Camilla Newhagen's textile pieces question social status and gender roles in relationships, through sculptures made from clothing and sewn maniquin like figures. Together the works make a powerful, unsettling but satisfyingly tactile combination.
Not part of the exhibition, but caught my eye, was work by Lauren DiCioccio, a sewn alarm clock and card house. Looking at her work further, she questions mass media as physical objects through sewn magazines, currency, letters and slides, as well as some interesting sculptural pieces.
(On a side note, I have recently started making some work using lined and graph paper - now I see it everywhere!)