Considered amongst the best art galleries in San Francisco’s Union Square, Tangent Contemporary Art presents a collection of distinctive paintings and sculpture by internationally renown contemporary artists.


Located in Union Square, on Geary Street between Powell and Mason, Tangent Contemporary aims to challenge viewers’ perception as they are strolling by. The gallery showcases optically engaging paintings by Patrick Hughes, photo-mosaics by Robert Silvers, oversized candy sculptures by Peter Anton, hyper-realist paintings by Anna Halldin-Maule and Peter and Madeline Powell, alongside various works by American and international artists that utilize new approaches to traditional techniques.

Telephone: 415-956-9999

Hours: 10 am  – 6 pm everyday

Tangent Contemporary Art
373 Geary Street, between Powell & Mason in Union Square
San Francisco, CA 94108
Tel: 415-956-9999

Open 10 – 6 everyday.

ERIC ZAMMITT – Radiation – May 2-28


The ethereal becomes tangible in Eric Zammitt’s elegant geometric mosaics. Smooth as glass, the seamless surfaces are a mesmerizing array of pulsating colors, which shift and shimmer as the light and vantage point changes. The optical abstractions are made of thousands of solid bits of richly colored acrylic plastic, which are formed into cohesive panels through an intensive process of construction, division, and reconstruction. The rhythmic color combinations appear to vibrate with energy, recalling the sequential patterns found in oscillating sound and light waves, carpet weaving and biological structures. The outer edges can be rectangular or evocatively shaped; this exhibition will include circular and wheel-shaped pieces for the first time, with kaleidoscope color and pattern.

“I work from a place of curiosity about something that is mysterious and unknown to me,” says the artist. “I set up a process in which complex color and pattern can arise, or ‘happen’.” In contrast to his intuitive approach to the arrangement of the elements, Zammitt’s method is meticulously crafted and labor-intensive. It involves stacking and adhering layers of different colored sheets of plastic, which are then sliced into thin strips and fused back together in rhythmically contrasting tones. Wet sanding and polishing the surfaces to a high finish completes the process. The end result of this rigorous activity is a meditative and even spiritual sensation in the finished works.

In the words of critic Jon Carver (Art Ltd., Mar-Apr 2013), “Zammitt is good… The flawless, high-polish surfaces turn the rectangles into perfect, incredibly intricate, wafer-thin mirages of light and color through seamlessly subtle, yet potent, chromatic interactions.”

Eric Zammitt was born in Los Angeles in 1960. He studied art at Pasadena City College and California State University in Los Angeles, going on to travel through Asia to expand his artistic influences. Since then, Zammitt’s work has been widely exhibited in the United States, as well as in Korea and Japan, and is included in important public and private collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He was recently commissioned to create a four-story permanent window installation as part of the Adams & Central Mixed Use Development in Los Angeles. Zammitt’s work has also been featured in publications such as Art Ltd., the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly and Artscene.

349 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Upcoming Exhibition

Robert Silvers | Photomosaics | March 1 – 31

Tangent Contemporary Art presents Photomosaics™ a retrospective exhibition of digital composite works by internationally known artist Robert Silvers. The exhibition is on view from March 1-31, 2017, at Tangent Contemporary Exhibition Space, 349 Geary Street, San Francisco.

Combining groundbreaking digital technology with photography, fine art and a keen imagination, Robert Silvers developed Photomosaic™, his “pointillism for the digital age.” A classic example of the artist’s iconic imagery, each work in the exhibition is composed of over a thousand smaller photographic images that relate in both a pictorial and conceptual sense to the subject. Produced in small numbered editions of various sizes the photomontages are printed on archival photographic paper and mounted on aluminum.

The exhibition at Tangent Contemporary Art focuses on the most popular aspects of Silvers’ work: celebrity portraits, museum masterpieces and currency banknotes. Among photomosaic portraits of JFK, Jackie O and president Obama, the image of Marilyn Monroe is presented in three distinct variations produced over the years – a quad created with a nod to Andy Warhol, a triple sequence, and a single focal portrait. Among the museum themed works, Girl with a Pearl Earring brings to mind the rich paintings of Renaissance and Baroque Europe. As a Photomosaic™, Vermeer’s famous portrait is composed of multiple images of famous Renaissance paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Louvre in Paris. Fusing images of currency from around the world, the One Dollar Bill, Euro 500 and the British £20 note are elegantly presented as an object of art, inviting the viewer to reconsider an everyday utilitarian object of exchange.

Silvers invented the unique technology of Photomosaics™ at the age of 26 while studying at the MIT Media Lab. In San Francisco, he is perhaps best known for the large-scale photographic montage he created for the Museum of the African Diaspora. His distinctive medium holds world-wide acclaim through large scale projects for Fortune, IBM, Lucasfilm Ltd., Mastercard International, Disney and Paramount Pictures, as well as covers for LIFE, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, GEO, WIRED and Playboy. A wall size photomosaic is featured on the façade of the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. Robert Silvers lives near Boston, and is president and CEO of Runaway Technology. He has co-authored and published two books on his work: Photomosaics (1997) and Photomosaic Portraits (2000).

Tangent Contemporary Art specializes in painting, sculpture, and digital media photography by mid-career, and internationally known artists. For information or inquiries, please contact: 415-956-9999