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Friday February 13, 2015

Los Angeles Art Fairs, Studio Visits and Galleries

Art Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair:

Kristin Baker at ACME Gallery

Kristin Baker, "Dog-Eared", 2014 acrylic on PVC

Kristin Baker, “Dog-Eared”, 2014 acrylic on PVC

Kristin Baker

Kristin Baker “Intumesce”, 2014, acrylic on PVC


Zach Harris at David Kordansky


Zach Harris, “Dark Rainbow School (Orange Grive)”, 2013-2015, water base paint, spray paint, masonite, wood. Detail on the right.



Roman Liska at Duve Berlin

Roman Liska "Dazzle Painting (black/white 2 x 2 grid), foamed rubber on linen.

Roman Liska “Dazzle Painting (black/white 2 x 2 grid)”, foamed rubber on linen.


Anthony Pearson at Shane Campbell Gallery

Anthony Pearson, Untitled etched plaster pieces, 2015 at Shane Campbell Gallery

Anthony Pearson, “Untitled (Etched Plaster)”, 2015 hydrocal in walnut frames



Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair at The Geffen Contemporary:


The scene on opening night.


Artist Chris Duncan  and Maria Otero from Land and Sea.




Downtown Galleries:

Laura Krifka at CB1 Gallery – We visited the new space of CB1 Gallery to see Laura Krifka’s exhibit.  Her work is somewhere between Hollywood set and neoclassical painting, warping both human scale and gender identity. Her stop action video, Sow the Wind, 2014 is extraordinary.

Laura Krifka, "Flight", 2015, oil on panel.  Image courtesy CB1 Gallery.

Laura Krifka, “Flight”, 2015, oil on panel. Image courtesy CB1 Gallery.

Sow The Wind preview from laura Krifka on Vimeo.


Also at CB1 Gallery, Emily Davis Adams who creates very refined watercolor paintings focusing on the sidewalk near her Brooklyn home.

Emily Davis Adams, Untitled, 2014, watercolor on paper.  Image courtesy of CB1 Gallery.

Emily Davis Adams, Untitled, 2014, watercolor on paper.


Mira Darcy Is She Is She Psychic exhibit at Night Gallery

Mira Dancy, "Night Hours", 2014, acrylic on canvas

Mira Dancy, “Night Hours”, 2014, acrylic on canvas


Chana Horowitz at Francois Ghebaly Gallery – We fell in love with Chana Horowitz all over again when we saw these in Francois Ghebaly’s office.  Horowitz is an artist ahead of her time and was very much on the cutting edge of art and technology before anyone really understood what that meant.

Chana Horowitz works on paper at Francoise Ghebaly.

Chana Horowitz works on paper at Francois Ghebaly.


Eric Wesley at 356 S. Mission Road – We loved his stained glass burrito window installations.

Eric Wesley "Inch-Alota", 2015, stained glass.

Eric Wesley “Inch-Alota”, 2015, stained glass.


Studio Visits:

Studio visits are always such a highlight of our job.  We spent some time with John Houck in his new studio.  John’s unique visual language comes from his background in architecture and computer science.  His work is a great example of the innovation that happens when art and science converge.  It’s been great to see how his work continues to evolve.  We’re big fans!

John Houck explains his work.

John Houck explains his work.

Visiting with John Houck in his new studio.

Visiting with John Houck in his new studio.


Culver City Galleries:

Ryan Wallace at Mark Moore Gallery

Ryan Wallace

Ryan Wallace, “Redactor XXVI” 2014, enamel, acrylic, vinyl, aluminum, rubber, canvas, tape, paper, automotive tint on canvas.


Molly Larkey at Luis de Jesus Gallery – Breaking down elements of language and meaning through sculpture and painting.

Molly Larky

Molly Larkey “The Not Yet (Signals 1-7)”, 2014, steel, linen and acrylic.

Molly Larkey, The Ancestors #6, acrylic and mixed media on burlap on panel

Molly Larkey, “The Ancestors #6″, acrylic and mixed media on burlap on panel.

Molly Larkey “The Ancestors (#1-9)”, 2014 acrylic and mixed media on burlap on panel.


Monique Prieto at LAM Gallery – Fresh new work by Monique Prieto based on forbidden Mexican Hat dances.

Monique Prieto

Monique Prieto “Bachata”, 2014, oil on primed canvas.


Paramount Ranch Art Fair:

This artist-centered fair had lots of experimentation and installation based work, some interesting discoveries here.


The scene at Paramount Ranch.

Pilar Wiley ceramics at Young Art Los Angeles.

Pilar Wiley ceramics at Young Art Los Angeles.

Oscar Enberg at Thomas Duncan Gallery.

Oscar Enberg at Thomas Duncan Gallery.

Sanya Kantarovsky at Tanya Leighton Gallery.

Sanya Kantarovsky at Tanya Leighton Gallery.

Friday January 30, 2015

To Do List: February

Marshall Elliott 'Dust to Dust', Randy Colosky ' and Imin Yeh

Marshall Elliott ‘Dust to Dust’, Randy Colosky ‘Ghost in the Machine’ and Imin Yeh ‘Radiator’.

Ongoing – February 22nd, (Im)Material exhibition at the Headlands Center for the Arts:  Guest curated by Kevin B. Chen this exhibit includes 18 artists whose work surveys the slippery line that divides the known/unknown, tangible/intangible and terrestrial/extramundane.  Exhibition hours are Sunday – Thursday Noon – 5pm.  The Headlands Center for the Arts is located in Fort Barry in the Marin Headlands.



Alec Soth, 'Miss Model Contestants', 2012

Alec Soth, ‘Miss Model Contestants’, 2012  Image courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery.

February 5th – April 4th, Alec Soth: Songbook at Fraenkel Gallery:  Alec Soth has recently turned his lens toward community life in the country. From 2012 to 2014 Soth traveled the United States looking for signs of social life in our era of virtual social networks. To aid in his search, Soth assumed the increasingly obsolescent role of community newspaper reporter. From upstate New York to Silicon Valley, he attended hundreds of meetings, dances, festivals and family gatherings.  In this exhibition of approximately 20 photographs, Soth has stripped the pictures of their news context in order to highlight the longing for connection at their root.  There will be a book signing with the artist at the opening reception on Thursday, February 5th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  Fraenkel Gallery is located at 49 Geary Street, 4th floor.



Details of work in 'The Way Things Go': Top -

Details of work in ‘The Way Things Go': Top – Arin Rungjang ‘Golden Teardrop’ installation and video still,  Center – Maria Thereza Alvez ‘ Wake in Guangzhou: The History of Earth’ and Rirkrit Tiravanija.   Bottom – Camille Henrot ‘Living Underwater’ and Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan ‘Monument of Sugar’.  Images courtesy of YBCA.

February 13th – May 24th, A Special Curatorial Project with Rirkrit Tiravanija: The Way Things Go, Various public programs: Rirkrit Tiravanija is an international artist whose installations often take the form of stages or rooms for sharing meals, cooking, reading or playing music; architecture or structures for living and socializing are a core element in his work.  For this exhibition, Tiravanija invited 12 artists from Asia and Europe, as well as from the San Francisco Bay Area, to contribute works related to the circulation and anthropology of seeds, plants, food, recipes, and related materials of kitchen culture that have circulated across regions and time. In conjunction with this exhibit, various public programs—including lectures at UC Berkeley, the San Francisco Art Institute, and Headlands Center for the Arts, where Tiravanija is a 2015 Artist in Residence—will accompany the exhibition.  Following are the events:

Friday, February 13th: Opening Night Party – The Way Things Go, 8pm at YBCA. Featuring 12 artists working in mixed-media installations, film, video and archive-oriented art.  Purchase tickets here.  

Friday, February 20th: Artist Lecture – Fear Eats the Soul, 7 pm at SFAI.  Tiravanija speaks about his work.  Free, rsvp here.

Sunday, February 22nd: Artist Dinner – Local Source, 6:30 pm at Headland Center for the Arts.  Share a meal and conversation orchestrated by Tiravanija.  Purchase tickets here.

Monday, February 23rd: Artist Lecture – The Way Things Go, 7:30 pm at the David Brower Center, Berkeley.  Tiravanija will speak about the principles and ideas that underscore the exhibition.  Free, rsvp here.



Benoit Maire's exhibition and bookstore.  Images courtesy of Kiria Koula.

Benoît Maire’s exhibition and bookstore. Images courtesy of Kiria Koula.

Ongoing – March 7th, Benoît Maire Exhibition & Bookstore at Kiria Koula:   Kiria Koula is a gallery and bookstore located in the Mission District.  The gallery exhibition program features new work by national and international emerging and mid-career artists and provides them with a platform for discussions around it.  The bookstore program highlights the artist’s role as researcher and thinker, rather than exclusively a producer of objects.  French artist Benoît Maire is currently featured in both the exhibition space and the bookstore.  His practice revolves around the interaction of objects, images, words and philosophical ideas and how they might co-exist and transform over time.  His process is one of collage, montage and assemblage.  In 2008 he started writing a manual of aesthetics where images, objects and writing are combined to bring forth some contemporary issues on the subject.  Kiria Koula is open Wednesday – Saturday, 11 am – 6pm and is located at 3148 22nd Street.



Shirin Neshat

Gohar Dashti ‘Untitled #5 from the series Today’s Life and War’, Shirin Neshat ‘Roja’, and Tanya Habjouqa ‘Untitled from the series Women of Gaza’.  Images courtesy of the Cantor Arts Center.

Ongoing – May 4th, She Who Tells A Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University:  Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, this exhibition presents the pioneering work of 12 leading women photographers from Iran and the Arab world. These photographers have tackled the very notion of representation with passion and power, questioning tradition and challenging perceptions of Middle Eastern identity. The work provides insights into political and social issues, including questions of personal identity and exploring the complex political and social landscapes of their home regions in images of great sophistication, expressiveness, and beauty.  Related programs with this exhibition include:

Thursday, March 5th, 12:15 pm:  Gallery Talk – Dr. Attiya Ahmad, Stanford Humanities Center Fellow and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the George Washington University, provides a unique perspective on the exhibition’s photographs through the lenses of gender, feminist studies, and her scholarship on the Middle East. Located in the Pigott Family Gallery

Thursday, March 19th, 5:30 pm: Artist Panel Three of the artists discuss their work: Boushra Almutawakel (born 1969 in Yemen, resides in Yemen and France); Tanya Habjouqa (born 1975 in Jordan, resides in East Jerusalem); and Rania Matar (born 1964 in Lebanon, resides in the U.S.). Located in the Cantor Auditorium.

Thursday, April 30th, 5:30 pm – Reframe Iran profiles 40 Iranian artists through text, photographs, and immersive video.  Located in the Cantor Auditorium.



Friday January 2, 2015

To Do List: January


Top: Desiree Holman, 'Aura Convergence ,Crowley & Cayce  Bottom: Ranu Mukherjee

Top: Desiree Holman, ‘Aura Convergence, Crowley & Cayce’, gouache on paper.  Bottom: Ranu Mukherjee, ‘Desert Bloom – Models, Protesters, Service Dogs’, ink on silk.  Images courtesy of Kala Art Institute.

January 15th – March 21st, Seeing Time – Time Traveller, at Kala Art Institute & Gallery:  Closing Kala’s 40th anniversary year, Seeing Time – Time Traveler invites Kala Fellowship Alumni to return for a special exhibition. Participating alumni include Freddy Chandra, Desiree Holman, Ranu Mukherjeeand Yasuaki Onishi. Visual chronology of Kala’s milestones designed by Sara Lankutis and Scout Sheys will be also on view in the exhibition. In addition to the gallery exhibition, various prints, drawings, and works on paper representing over 2,500 Artists-in-Residence (AIR) from the Kala Collection will be featured in the Mercy & Roger Smullen Print and Media Study Center.  Opening Reception is Thursday, January 15th, 6-8 pm, 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley.



Last year's entrance to the FOG Design + Art Fair

Last year’s entrance to the FOG Design + Art Fair.  Image courtesy of Joseph Driste.

January 15th – 18th, FOG Design + Art Fair, at Fort Mason Festival Pavillion:  In it’s second year, this fair features important 20th-century and contemporary design dealers from across the US and beyond, as well as a selection of leading modern and contemporary art galleries. Furniture, fine art, and design objects representing design movements from the last century to today are presented in the Festival Pavillion at Fort Mason. Preview Gala Benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is Wednesday, January 14, 6–10 p.m.  Fair hours are Thursday – Saturday, 11 am – 7 pm and Sunday 11 am – 5pm.



and Hannah Whittaker

Lorenzo Vitturi, ‘Gloria’, giclee print on paper mounted to aluminum and Hannah Whitaker, ‘Difference Engine No. 1′, archival pigment print.  Images courtesy of Gallery Wendi Norris

January 15th – February 28th, The Return to Reason, at Gallery Wendi Norris:  This group exhibition is curated along with Allie Haeusslein of Pier 24 Photography, and is Gallery Wendi Norris’s first exhibition devoted solely to photography.  Featuring works by Stephen Gill, Yamini Nayar, Chloe Sellis, Lorenzo Vitturi and Hannah Whitaker where the act of layering plays a fundamental role in shaping the final result.  Opening Reception is Thursday, January 15th, 6-8 pm, 161 Jessie Street, San francisco.



The storefront of Capital Gallery in Chinatown.

The storefront of Capital Gallery in Chinatown.  Image courtesy of Capital Gallery.

January 23rd – February 28th – Touch The Spindle, at Capital Gallery:  This three-person exhibition marks the opening of Capital Gallery in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Featuring Cynthia Daignault, Virginia Overton and Will Rogan.  “If we could hold this show up to the light and look into the magical glow where reality and fantasy disappear, where the familiar and everyday become altered and materiality makes a strange and twisted transformation. Where a visual prick could cast a spell into a world of warped perception, questions about mortality and/or a visual kiss could awaken you from a surreal slumber. If we could manipulate this exhibition, exorcise it like an object and allow the viewer to be romantically moved, we most definitely would.” ~ Capital Gallery.  Opening Reception is Friday, January 23rd, 6-9 pm, 716 Sacramento Street, San Francisco.



Top to Bottom: Kara Maria, Imin Yeh, and Matthew

Top to Bottom: Kara Maria, Imin Yeh, and Matthew Goldberg in the Recology studios.  Images courtesy of Recology San Francisco.

January 23rd, 24th, and 27th, Kara Maria, Imin Yeh and Matthew Goldberg, exhibition receptions at Recology San Francisco: The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco is a one-of-a-kind program established in 1990 to encourage the conservation of natural resources and instill a greater appreciation for the environment and art in children and adults. Artists work for four months in studio space on site, use materials recovered from the Public Disposal and Recycling Area, and speak to students and the general public. These exhibition receptions feature work from the current artists-in-residence Kara Maria, Imin Yeh and student artist Matthew Goldberg and is the culmination of four months of work by the artists who have scavenged materials from the dump. Opening receptions are Friday, 1/23 from 5-9 pm, Saturday 1/24 from 1-3 pm and additional viewing hours on Tuesday 1/27 from 5-7pm.  The art studio is located at 503 Tunnel Avenue.






Wednesday December 10, 2014

Miami Art Week: Miami Project & Untitled Art Fair

Miami Project Art Fair

View of the fair



Heather Watkins at PDX Contemporary




Oliver Herring at Robischon Gallery




Claire Sherman at DC Moore Gallery

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Aime Mpane at Haines Gallery




Ken Fandell at Traywick Contemporary




Untitled Art Fair

Jonathan Runcio at Romer Young Gallery




Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou at Jack Bell Gallery




Julian Charriere at Dittrich & Schlechtriem




Jonas Wood prints at Cirrus Gallery




Rebecca Ward at Ronchini Gallery


Tuesday December 9, 2014

Miami Art Week: PULSE and NADA art Fairs

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair:

The entrance to the new location of PULSE



Jim Campbell and Jay DeFeo at Hosfelt Gallery



Alexander Kroll at James Harris Gallery



Julia Mangold at Elizabeth Leach Gallery



Pierre Bergian at Purdy Hicks Gallery



Brian Paumier at De Soto Gallery





Dillwyn Smith at Patrick Heide Contemporary Art





NADA: Miami Beach Art Fair

The lobby scene at NADA




Pae White at China Art Objects




Tony Lewis at Shane Campbell Gallery




Sigrid Viir at Temnikova & Kasela Gallery






Rachelle Sawatsky at Artist Curated Projects




Nick Goss at Josh Lilley Gallery



Julie Bland at On Stellar Rays




Thursday December 4, 2014

Miami Art Week: Art Basel Miami Beach Highlights

Frank Walter at Ingleby Gallery

Marilyn Minter at Salon 94



Nathan Hylden at Johann Konig



Guiseppe Penone at Marian Goodman Gallery



Alex Hubbard at Maccarone Gallery



josephine Meckseper at Timothy Taylor Gallery



Carol Bove at Maccarone Gallery



Erin Shirreff at Sikkema Jenkins Gallery



William Kentridge at Lia Rumma Gallery




Barry McGee at SFAQ Magazine





Matthias Bitzer at Art Public




Hank Willis Thomas installs his Truth Booth at Art Public


Monday December 1, 2014

To Do List: December

Pieces by Hollie Chastain, Rachel Denny, Jennifer Davis

Pieces by Hollie Chastain, Rachel Denny, and Jennifer Davis featured in the exhibition.  Courtesy of The Bedford Gallery.

December 7 – February 1, 2015 –  The Jealous Curator:  From Blog, To Book, To Gallery at The Bedford Gallery:  The Jealous Curator is internationally renowned art blogger Danielle Krysa, and with this exhibition The Bedford Gallery brings her blogosphere into the gallery.  The exhibition is designed to enlighten, inspire, and chase away creative blocks that inhibit the artist in all of us.  The exhibition features art in a variety of media from artists across the U.S. and Canada as well as art-making stations designed by the artists. The opening reception is Sunday, December 7th from 3-5pm. The Bedford Gallery is located at 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek.


Dark Arrangement

Andrew Schoultz, ‘Dark Arrangement 1 (Infinity, Fragments, and Destruction)’, 2014, acrylic on canvas on panel.  Courtesy of Hosfelt Gallery

December 13 – January 24, 2015 –  Andrew Schoultz: Blown to Bits at Hosfelt Gallery:  This exhibition will transform Hosfelt Gallery with an installation of sculpture, paintings and works on paper.  Schoultz combines familiar symbols from his visual language with conventions of formalism he’s taken from art history to express his dystopian vision. His new works feature borders of concentric lines that reference the margins of Persian miniature paintings and illuminated manuscripts or modern geometric abstraction.  These borders frame and overlap Schuoltz’s exploding narrative imagery.  The opening reception is Saturday December 13th, 4-6pm. Hosfelt Gallery is located at 260 Utah Street in San Francisco.


Views of past Misfit Toy Factory events at Root Division.  Photos courtesy of

Views of past Misfit Toy Factory events at Root Division. Photos courtesy of

December 13 – 18 – Root Division’s Misfit Toy Factory:  Founded in 2002, Root Division is a visual art non-profit that connects creativity and community through a dynamic ecosystem of arts education, exhibitions, and studios. This event is an evening of lively art making featuring over 40 artists making sculptures, toys, and gift-ables onsite in Root Division’s gallery space.  All items made that night are for sale for $40, any unsold pieces will be available through December 18th.  Saturday, December 13th from 6 – 10:30pm.  Root Division is located at 1059 Market Street in San Francisco.


Holiday Exhibitions at local Art Centers: 

Jonathan Velazquez, Untitled, ink on paper.

Jonathan Velazquez, Untitled, ink on paper.  Courtesy of NIAD Art Center.

Ongoing to December 23rd – Deck The Walls 2 and The Holiday Lounge at NIAD Art Center:  NIAD Art Center is pleased to present Deck The Walls 2: Our Super-Affordable Exhibition, a group show in their main gallery.  The exhibit features hundreds of drawings from their artists, all for $40 each. Once again NIAD is filling their storefront space with seasonal items and unique gifts: quilts, jewelry, clothing, baskets, wall hangings, sculptures, dinnerware and more.  The Holiday Lounge also features comfy chairs, hot chocolate and a record player spinning Christmas albums.  NIAD Art Center is located at 551 23rd Street in Richmond. Regular gallery hours are Monday – Friday, from 9am – 4pm, Saturdays from 11am – 3pm.  



Gerone Spruill, Untitiled, acrylic on paper

Gerone Spruill, Untitiled, acrylic on paper.  Courtesy of Creative Growth Art Center.

December 5 – January 8, 2015 – Vice + Virtue at Creative Growth Art Center:  Vice + Virtue is Creative Growth Art Center’s annual Holiday exhibition exploring the blurry line between good and evil. This studio sale and exhibition features 100 + artworks as well as one-of-a-kind textiles and hand-upholstered furniture, ceramics, rugs, mosaics, wood, drawings and paintings, prints and more.  The opening reception is Friday December 5th from 5:30 – 9pm. Creative Growth Art Center is located at 355 24th Street in Oakland.  Regular gallery hours are Monday – Friday 10am – 4:30pm, Saturdays 10am – 3pm.



Pablo Calderon, Tricycle, acrylic and marker on wood

Pablo Calderon, Tricycle, acrylic and marker on wood.  Courtesy of Creativity Explored.

December 5 – 31 – Annual Holiday Art Sale at Creativity Explored:  This year Creativity Explored is giving 20% off all original artwork at their annual Holiday Art Sale.  The studio is filled with original art prints, paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, and textiles by over 135 artists–including unique pieces saved for this very occasion.  The opening reception is Friday, December 5th from 6 – 9pm.  Holiday gallery hours are Monday – Wednesday, 10am – 3pm, Wednesday – Friday 10am – 7pm, Saturday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm.  Creativity Explored is located at 3245 16th Street in San Francisco.




Thursday October 30, 2014

To Do List: November

A selection of photographs featured in the SF Camerawork Benefit Auction.  Top row:  John Goodman, Klea McKenna, William Wegman.  Bottom row:  Herb Ritts, Alice Shaw, Alfredo Jaar.  Courtesy of SF Camerawork.

A selection of photographs featured in the SF Camerawork Benefit Auction. Top row: John Goodman, Klea McKenna, William Wegman. Bottom row: Herb Ritts, Alice Shaw, Alfredo Jaar. Courtesy of SF Camerawork.

Saturday, November 1st, 1 pm:  San Francisco Camerawork Benefit Auction. Founded in 1974, SF Camerawork’s mission is to encourage and support emerging artists to explore new directions and ideas in the photographic arts. Through exhibitions, publications, and educational programs, they strive to create an engaging platform for artistic exploration as well as community involvement and inquiry.  This annual benefit auction is a pivotal opportunity for the organization to raise critical dollars needed to support their dynamic programming.  With over 100 photographs available to bid on there’s a great selection to choose from. Advance tickets for $20 are available for purchase here.  The auction catalog may be viewed and downloaded electronically here.  SF Camerawork is located at 1011 Market Street, 2nd floor.



Robert Zhao Renhul, "Changi, Singapore" (detail) from the series "As We Walked on Water", 2010 - 12.  Courtesy Kadist Art Foundation and the artist.

Robert Zhao Renhul, “Changi, Singapore” (detail) from the series “As We Walked on Water”, 2010 – 12. Courtesy of the Kadist Art Foundation and the artist.

Ongoing to January 25, 2015:  Landscape: the virtual, the actual, the possible? exhibit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA).  Organized by YBCA, Kadist Art Foundation, and the Guangdong Times Museum, this exhibit considers how the intersection of nature and technology shapes our current understanding and experience of landscape and gardens. Twenty-one artists examine two very distinct geographic and cultural environments — the utopian frontier of California, and the Pearl River Delta region in China. Through photography, video, painting and installation, the exhibition questions whether human activities have altered the geological ecology so extensively that a new form of nature is being created, both physically and metaphorically. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is located at 701 Mission Street.



Scenes from Concentrate 2013.  Courtesy of

Scenes from ‘Concentrate’, 2013. Courtesy of Shane O’Neill and SFAI.

Sunday, November 16th: 1 pm – 6 pm: SFAI Concentrate Annual Art Sale + Festival.  The San Francisco Art Institute opens its doors for an annual exhibition, sale, and festival, featuring art and craft by over 170 artists. The student art sale offers work in a variety of media including painting, drawing, collage, photography, printmaking, editioned artworks, crafts, sculpture, mixed media, video performance, fiber, adventurous gifts, and unexpected projects. Come to the legendary Chestnut Street campus for artist-driven experiences, discussions, connections, and activities for all ages.  The San Francisco Art Institute is located at 800 Chestnut Street.



Pamela Jorden, 'Ell' and 'Dove', 2014,

Pamela Jorden, ‘Ell’ and ‘Dove’, 2014, oil on linen.  Courtesy of Romer Young Gallery.

Ongoing to December 13th: Pamela Jorden, Monte Vista to Central at Romer Young Gallery.  This exhibit presents a new series of paintings that continue to engage in an experimental observation of the transitory nature of light and color. Jorden is interested in the movement of color, its optical phenomenon, and its transformative potential. In this new work, color is both material and physical. Using shaped canvases, she paints over raw linen surfaces, with pigment soaking into the weave of the fabric, resulting in beautiful almost sculptural paintings. Romer Young is located at 1240 22nd Street, gallery hours are Thurs – Sat 11 am – 5 pm.



Untitled, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Project and Pulse are only four of the many art fairs and events happening during Miami Art Week.

Untitled, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Project and Pulse are only four of the many art fairs and events happening during Miami Art Week.

December 2nd – 7th, Miami Art Week:  In December the art world descends on Miami with approximately twenty art fairs positioned in the area between Miami’s Wynwood Art District, Downtown Miami and Miami Beach. Art Basel Miami Beach – held at the Miami Beach Convention Center is the largest fair of the week, featuring more than 250 top galleries from around the world. As flights and accommodations fill up fast, now is the time to plan your visit!

Tuesday October 14, 2014

Group Tour of @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz


Our group before beginning the tour of Ai Weiwei’s site-specific installations on Alcatraz.  Photo courtesy of Janine Shiota

As part of our ongoing educational programming, we invited a group of our clients and colleagues on a guided tour of the exhibit @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz.   Our group was a diverse mix of design and architecture professionals, developers, collectors and curators.  As with our other events, we encourage a dialogue amongst our guests that enriches the experience of looking at and thinking about art.  This exhibit specifically brought up discussion around basic human rights, the role and responsibility of individuals to make social change, art in public places and the logistics of mounting an exhibit of this scale and international importance.


'With Wind', hand painted dragon kite install in the New Industries Building

‘With Wind’, a hand painted dragon kite installed in the New Industries Building, a location not typically open to Alcatraz visitors.

With Wind is a rendition of a traditional Chinese dragon kite and is meant to be a symbol for personal freedom. Ai Weiwei designed the imagery and then employed kite makers to fabricate the piece. The artwork features stylized renderings of birds and plants that are icons for nations with records of violating human rights and civil liberties.



Kerri discusses the binder of detained individuals featured in ‘Trace’.  Each portrait is made up of about 10,000 LEGO bricks.  Photo courtesy of Janin Shiota.

Trace gives the global phenomenon of political detainment a human face – or many faces. In portraits constructed from LEGO bricks, Ai represents more than 175 people from around the world who have been detained because of their beliefs or affiliations. The artist collaborated with Amnesty International and spent 7 months compiling the list of detainees. The people represented here are the same prisoners that you can write a postcard to later in the exhibit. In contrast to the ‘worst of the worst’ famous Alcatraz prisoners, the prisoners here are non-violent people who have lost their freedom for expressing ideas.



Detail view of ‘Refraction’ made with solar cookers from Tibet.

Refraction is based on the structure of a bird’s wing, expanded to imposing scale. The wing’s feathers are reflective panels used as solar cookers in Tibet, a region that has long struggled under Chinese rule. Like With Wind, this piece uses imagery of flight to evoke the tension between freedom and confinement. The sculpture’s enormous bulk and weight (more than 5 tons), along with it being installed on the lower level, emphasizes it as earthbound. Viewing it from the narrow gun gallery gives the visitor a position of authority, further illustrating it’s caged restriction. Also interspersed throughout the sculpture are pots and tea kettles, symbols of self preservation and basic human rights.



Tessa and Jody with members of the China Live team.  Photo courtesy of Janine Shiota.



‘Stay Tuned’ is installed in Cell Block A which was originally used for Conscientious Objectors during WWI.  Photo courtesy of Janine Shiota.

Stay Tuned is a sound installation featuring music, poetry, and spoken words by people who have been detained for the expression of their beliefs. Inside the cell the sounds of speech and singing create a powerful contrast to the isolation and enforced silence of imprisonment. From 1933-1937 Alcatraz was a silent prison and inmates would try to communicate through pipes and by leaving notes in library books. Ai has said ‘The most terrible thing about jail is not the treatment you receive, but the isolation.’



Porcelain flowers were custom made to fit, bathtubs, sinks and toilets in the installation ‘Blossom’.

Blossom transforms the utilitarian fixtures in several hospital ward cells and medical offices with fantastical, fragile porcelain bouquets. Like With Wind, this work draws on and transforms natural imagery as well as traditional Chinese arts. For Ai, flowers are a universal symbol for both freedom and remembrance. In 1956 during the Hundred Flowers Campaign the Communist Party of China encouraged citizens to openly express their opinions (let a hundred flowers bloom) which became a means of entrapment for ‘enemies of state’. Ai created the #aiflowers Twitter hashtag and invited people everywhere to make paper flowers memorializing children killed in the 2008 earthquake. Beginning in 2013, Ai puts fresh flowers everyday in his bike basket outside his Beijing studio until he gets his passport back. Fitting the bouquets into the sinks, tubs, and toilets references self-preservation, cleanliness and basic human rights. Also of note is when Ai’s family was in exile, his father was forced to scrub toilets.



Pre-addressed postcards to prisoners featuring flora or fauna of their homeland are available for visitors.  Photo courtesy of Janine Shiota.

Yours Truly aims to encourage a global conversation, letting prisoners of conscience know that they are not forgotten. You are invited to choose a postcard addressed to an individual prisoner and write any message you wish. The postcards are addressed to the same prisoners featured in Trace, there is a binder with their stories on the table. Every evening @Large volunteers collect the postcards and mail them. With this piece Ai further promotes communication. Ai says that this piece, along with Stay Tuned, are most closely related to his experience of being incarcerated and his isolation from communication.


Discussion continues on our ferry ride back to San Francisco.

Discussion continues on our ferry ride back to San Francisco.  Photo courtesy of Janine Shiota.


Wednesday October 1, 2014

To Do List: October


‘Shoebox Orchestra’ installation view. Courtesy of Ampersand International Gallery.

Ongoing through November 14th – Shoebox Orchestra at Ampersand International Gallery: Shoebox Orchestra marks the reopening of the Ampersand International Gallery under the direction of  Theodora Mauro. The exhibition looks at the lasting impact Ampersand has had in the Bay Area arts community through the work of artists who were included in past shows including Lauren Davies, Lori Gordon, Amanda Hughen, Jeff Morris, Sarah Smith, Andy Vogt, and Arngunnur Yr. The gallery is open Thursdays and Fridays from 12 pm to 5 pm and by appointment. Ampersand International Arts is located at 1001 Tennessee St, San Francisco.


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William Swanson, ‘Sunburst Radiant’, 2014, acrylic on panel. Courtesy of Eleanor Harwood Gallery.

Ongoing through November 1st – William Swanson: Subsurface Continuum at Eleanor Harwood GalleryWilliam Swanson’s new paintings use a variety of methods of mark making to depict manipulations of terrain and architecture. The work explores the collapse of time on a geologic scale through forms and shapes generated by his discoveries in the topography of the paint. The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from 1 pm to 6 pm and by appointment.  Eleanor Harwood Gallery is located at 1295 Alabama St, San Francisco.



Ying Zhu, ‘No strings attached’, 2012

Ongoing through November 21st – Yinghua Zhu at Headlands Center for the Arts Project Space: As part of the Headlands Center’s Artists in Residence Program, Project Space features artists whose work is designed to be socially engaging. Yinghua Zhu  seeks to evoke a sense of “searching” by creating site-specific installations in which she alters commonly understood space and objects, causing viewers to question physical functions that are often taken for granted. Project Space is open Sunday through Thursday from 12 pm to 5 pm. The Headlands Center for the Arts is located at 944 Simmonds Rd, Sausalito.




Clockwise from top left: Amy Ellingson, ‘Apparent Reflectional Symmetry, Study #2′, 2014, oil and encaustic on panel. Mari Andrews, ‘Pnutnut’, 2005, wire, gampi paper, and pod. Lisa Soloman, ‘doily dots [yellow and grey]’, 2014, hard colored (watercolor) letterpress print and thread. Kara Maria, ‘Palette Painting #134′, 2010, acrylic on paper. Courtesy of the San Jose ICA.

Saturday October 11th – San Jose ICA 34th Annual Art Auction Silent Auction Party, 6PM: The 2014 ICA Auction Exhibition will be on view at the museum from September 27th to October 25th and includes a variety of events featuring work by over 200 contemporary artists from throughout the country and around the world. The Silent Auction Party is a great opportunity to view and purchase available work, proceeds go to help support the museum. Admission to the auction party is free, find a full list of events here and a preview of art work that will be for sale can be found here.  The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art is located at 560 South First Street, San Jose.



Scenes from past Root Division Auctions. Courtesy of Root Division.

Thursday, October 23rd – Root Division’s 13th Annual Art Auction, 7PM:  This year’s Root Division Art Auction will feature work from over 100 established and emerging Bay Area artists. Root Division is a community arts and education organization and proceeds from the event directly benefit local artists, free art classes for Bay Area youth, and the continuation of Root Division’s unique model for keeping artists in San Francisco. A VIP Preview will be held at 6:00 PM followed by a silent and live auction later in the evening, tickets and more information can be found hereRoot Division’s Pop-UP is located at 1059 Market St, San Francisco.



Selections from Kalassal 2013. Courtesy of Kala Institute of Art.

Thursday, October 23rd – Kalassal, Kala’s Annual Half-Off Art Sale & Fall Fundraiser, 6 PM: For the first time ever Kala Art Institute’s annual half-off fundraiser KALASSAL and the Artists’ Annual Exhibition will open on the same night. Proceeds from the fundraiser allow Kala to help artists sustain their creative work over time through its Artist-in-Residence and Fellowship Programs, and to engage the community through exhibitions, public programs, and education. A Members Preview will be held at 5:00 PM followed by an opening party, admission to the event is free.  There will be additional viewing times on Friday and Saturday as well as a free Family Art Making Day on Saturday. Kala is located at 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley.