Visitors enjoy the 2011 MFA Graduate Exhibition at the Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Swell Gallery

Monday, January 30 - Friday, February 10, 2012
Swell Gallery
Hours: Mon. through Sat., 9:00am - 5:00pm
SFAI Graduate Center
2565 Third Street
San Francisco,

Participating Artists: Eliane Lima, Olivier Leach, James Mitchell Perley, and Malic Amalya

Phantasmagoria takes on the idea of simulacra associated with the magic lantern show and uses it as a commentary on the transitory essence of projected imagery, the illusory nature of cinema as projection, and the power of an image to possess a space.

Eliane Lima deals with the world of shadows and reflections, questioning the illusory power of light.

Oliver Leach uses the schema surrounding paranormal phenomena to explore place as memory and the sublime underneath of the everyday. His projections conjure the ghost of a long dead location.

James Mitchell Perley aims to penetrate the physical world by interacting with the potential of the imaginative human psyche while combining normative and non-normative narratives.

Malic Amalya remembers, misremembers, and reinterprets the lives of a previous generation.

Curated by Eliane Lima.


The Swell Gallery is a graduate student-run art space dedicated to the examination of the role of the gallery in an educational sphere. The mission of the Swell Gallery is to provide a venue for the exploration and discussion of varying artistic perspectives from the student body, operating as a platform for exhibition, events, and dialogue.

Image by Oliver Leach