Ongoing to September 30th– Introductions 2017 at Root Division: Root Division presents Introductions 2017, the 11th iteration of Root Division’s annual juried exhibition. The exhibition showcases the talent of twelve emerging artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, Zulfikar Bhutto, Michelle Brandenmuhl, Natasha Carlos, Jamee Crusan, Heidi Holmes, Tania Houtzager, Alyssa Lempesis, Diana Li, Tana Quincy Arcega, Keyvan Shovir, Xiao Wang, Minoosh Zomorodinia. The exhibition includes diverse range of media and subject matter featuring painting, drawing, sculpture, video, photography, and more. Introductions 2017 has become one of the keystones of Root Division’s exhibition programming offering exposure to emerging artists and a chance for the public to view cutting edge local art production in the Bay Area. 2nd Saturday Reception: Saturday, September 9, 2017 – 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Root Division is located at 1131 Mission Street.
September 7th to September 29th- The Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center: SOMArts is partnering with The San Francisco Foundation to present The Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition, a focused look at the future of the Bay Area visual arts. The exhibition showcases 18 promising visual artists working across disciplines and identifies young artists from Master of Fine Arts programs throughout the Bay Area whose work intersects with emerging trends. SOMArts Cultural Center is located at 934 Brannan Street (between 8th and 9th).
Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony: Thursday, September 7, 6:30–9pm, ceremony at 7pm
September 7th to October 14th- Jim Campbell: Far Away Up Close at Hosfelt Gallery: Through constantly- evolving and continually innovative iterations, Jim Campbell parses one of the most fundamental questions regarding the human mind: what enables us to interpret and understand the world around us? The 15 new works in Far Away Up Close should, in theory, defy comprehension. They are either so low resolution (too little information) or so high resolution (too much information) that the viewer should not be able to understand the imagery depicted. Campbell’s work activates the most primitive neural and sensory processes for interpreting visual clues like shape, movement, rhythm, and color. Tapping into these instincts, combined with the human capacity for complex memory and the ability to extrapolate, Campbell experiments with digital representation as a metaphor for the transmutation of data into knowledge. Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Hosfelt gallery is located at 260 Utah Street.
September 9th to October 28th- Vik Muniz: Handmade at Rena Bransten Gallery: Vik Muniz is best known for recreating iconic art historical imagery using unexpected materials (chocolate, garbage, and dirt to name a few). In this solo exhibition of new work, Muniz’ continues his lifelong exploration of cognitive and perceptual analogies, emphasizes his interest in visual games, and celebrates his sense of play. Handmade marks a departure from previous series; these works contain both representations of objects and the objects themselves and the compositions nod to Op Art and geometric abstraction. Like the “is it live or is it Memorex?” campaign, this series asks each viewer to discern between an object and its representation, and to question the relevance of that distinction. Rena Bransten Gallery is located at 1275 Minnesota Street.
Artist Talk: September 9th | 2-4pm
Minnesota Street Project Atrium, reception to follow. Please RSVP here.
Sunday, September 17th, 12-5pm- Grand Opening + Public Celebration of The Commons at Headlands Center for the Arts: The Commons is Headlands Center for the Arts new outdoor space for artists, visitors, and passersby alike. The Commons expands the Headlands Center for the Arts services for artists and visitors with new programming space; three newly commissioned permanent artworks; and additional places to gather. It includes three site-specific artist commissions by Ball-Nogues Studio, Chris Kabel, and Nathan Lynch—as well as 3,548 native plants. The event will include performances and installations, as well as family- friendly activities and food trucks. Headlands Center for the Arts is located at 944 Fort Barry, Sausalito.