The Fourth Wall


Carrie Lederer

Under the Wide Sky We Gather

March 12 - April 30

Artist's reception: Saturday, March 19, 3–5pm

The Fourth Wall is pleased to present Under the Wide Sky We Gather, a solo show of mixed-media paintings by Bay Area artist Carrie Lederer. Lederer’s work consists of ornate compositions that use a pattern-based topography to convey ideas about land and our natural world. Her creative process is inspired by nature; she uses paint, fabric, fur, flock, glitter, glass eyes and more to construct images that are simultaneously ordered and in disarray, realistic and abstract.

“I’m in search of epic journeys in the backyard, where I’m captivated by nature’s sheer exuberance—a spectacle of complexity—beautiful, simple, and haphazard.”

Carrie Lederer is a painter, sculptor and installation artist who exhibits her nature-inspired work across the United States. Lederer is a recipient of the prestigious Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Award. She has completed public art commissions for Facebook; The City of Palo Alto; Menlo Park Church Teen Center; UCSF Medical Center; Art Source; Hudson Valley Seed Co., New York; and private collections. Her work has been exhibited nationally, and she has built site-specific installations for Turtle Bay Museum; di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art; San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art; and many others. Lederer’s work can be found in collections that include the Oakland Museum of California; di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art; Stanford Medical Center; First Western Trust Bank; and Prudential Insurance Co., New York. Her work was profiled in a cover story for MUSES, published by Michigan State University Department of Arts and Letters, and included in New American Paintings. Her work has been widely reviewed in publications including ARTnews, San Francisco Chronicle, Diablo Magazine, and Carrie Lederer served for 25 years as Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at the Bedford Gallery, a contemporary art space in Walnut Creek, CA. She curated over 100 exhibitions that were national and international in scope, many of which have traveled nationally. Lederer currently lives and works in Oakland.

Michelle Mansour


March 12 - April 30

Artist's reception: Saturday, March 19, 3–5pm

Concurrently, in the hallway gallery, The Fourth Wall is pleased to present Warriors, recent paintings by Bay Area artist, Michelle Mansour. Originally referencing microscopic imagery, this series of paintings and works on paper push an imaginative space that exists beyond the threshold of the eye or lens. Forging a connection between the microcosmic and macrocosmic, the paintings explore tensions between the scientific and the spiritual, the corporeal and the ethereal.

Michelle Mansour is an artist, educator, and curator as well as the current Executive Director of Root Division, a visual arts non-profit in San Francisco. Her work as been shown in a variety of non-profit and commercial venues such as the DeYoung Museum, Bedford Gallery, Southern Exposure, McLoughlin Gallery, Morris Graves Museum, and Minnesota Street Project, including solo exhibitions at the SFMOMA Artists Gallery, RB Stevenson Gallery (La Jolla), Berkeley Art Center, and Fourth Wall Gallery. Mansour has work in a variety of collections including Nordstroms, Hilton Hotels, Kaiser Permanente, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, and the El Camino Hospital. Mansour is the recipient of an Honorary Fellowship and multiple residencies from Djerassi Resident Artists Program and has had residencies at Cow House Studios (Ireland) and Casa Na Ilha (Brazil). She has also curated and co-curated several exhibitions including 2x2's at ProArts and Metaphysical Abstraction: Contemporary Approaches to Spiritual Content. Mansour received her MFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and received a BA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwestern University and a Post Baccalaureate degree in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mansour has given lectures and been on panels with the San Francisco Arts Commission, Grants for the Arts, The Lab, San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, University of San Francisco, and Sonoma State University.