Madrigal Family Winery’s Sausalito Tasting Gallery is hosting the photography exhibition, “Homonym” from July 29 through August 17. This is the latest installation of the Art & Wine series at Madrigal. It will feature the perfect pairing of wine and art including its Father-Daughter Photography provided by the dynamic duo Farsheed Shomloo and Shishi Shomloo.
“Homonym” is an exploration of the convergence and divergence of the eye, through the photography of Shishi Shomloo and the iPhone photography of her father, Farsheed Shomloo. Shiva Pakdel curated this lovely, heartwarming exhibit.
Shirene “Shishi” Shomloo was born in Portland, Oregon and is fluent in English, French, and Farsi. She also shares a thought-provoking worldview and an undying hunger for knowledge and curiosity. The 19-year-old photographer, now in her second year at Smith College, is evidently old school despite her youth, preferring process over instant result, the human over the technological. In her current exhibition, Shishi continues this quest by delving into people and the spaces–public, private, and corporeal–they create for themselves. Above all, she is interested in storytelling (as well as light). “A portrait is never just of a person,” she says, “it’s always of the story behind the face.”
Allured to Los Angeles’ inclusivity, energy, and diversity, Farsheed Shomloo refers “his town" as the most thriving social experiment on the entire planet. “I am always looking up and wonder at the eternal blue canopy of the L.A. basin which seems to be a constant character in my pictures.” The upward glance is beyond a technical feature of Shomloo’s photography. The man behind the lens—really an iPhone6—is himself a highly optimistic artist whose outsider and insider views on Los Angeles allows the audience to see the familiar in a refreshing way.
When asked how Shishi feels about having a dad who is following in his daughter’s footsteps, Shishi shakes her head. “This was my turf,” she says. “And at first I didn’t like his approach. I couldn’t get behind the iPhone thing.”
“I’ve come to really appreciate his eye. My thing is portraits. His thing is space. I’m interested in the people in that space.”
“At Madrigal, we celebrate the creative process and the role each individual plays in telling a family story. At our winery and vineyards in Calistoga, where my family has been for 3 generations, we’ve been expressing an evolving vision for many years,” remarked Chris Madrigal, Madrigal Family Winery’s Founder and President. “It’s great for us to support the work of a father daughter team. Sipping a glass of wine while looking at art in Sausalito is the perfect summer evening.”
The Madrigal Family Winery is located on Highway 29, at the halfway point between Calistoga and St. Helena in the renowned Napa Valley. It carries on the family tradition of wine production and viticultural leadership. For over 80 years, the family has been building its reputation and earning recognition for their vineyard management program as well as their wines. The state of the art Madrigal Winery specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, and small lots of single vineyard and estate wines while situated on 40 acres of estate vineyards. Today, Madrigal Family Winery is run by the family’s 3rd generation, Chris Madrigal.
Feel free to stop by today and enjoy a summer favorite, from Madrigal whites to Tempranillo, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah Napa Valley.
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