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Thursday April 17, 2014
We had great visit with our friends at Paulson Bott Press this week to take a look at new work by Bay Area artist Liam Everett. Paulson Bott is an innovative print making shop specializing in limited edition intaglio prints. We got into a detailed conversation about how Everett attained some of the rich and varied texture and patterning in his new prints….that led to a conversation with Renee about the finer details of printmaking methods.
Rarely does an experience provide an opportunity for innovation, collaboration and exploration for an artist quite like working with expert print makers. The printmaking process opens the door for a dialogue between artists and professional printers who are masters in the techniques of their field.
Everett’s new work incorporates flat bite, a means of ‘biting’ areas of the printing plate with acid instead of inserting tooth or texture with more traditional tools. This method causes ink to accumulate at the edges of the image, leaving its center holding the ink retained by the grain of the metal after the plate is wiped. Further experiments involved using asphaltum, a sticky tar-like substance that creates a highly textured pattern.
These types of inventive printing techniques involve specialty knowledge that only master printers hold, allowing artists to execute their concepts and discover new possibilities in their own work. The new prints created by Everett reflect his traditional paintings where he uses a labor-intensive process of layering paint and then stripping these layers away by sanding them down. Like his paintings, these prints succeed in evoking the rich, layered feel that is indicative of the artist’s style while using a completely different medium.
Everett said of the print making process: “I went in thinking we’d make one or two editions and we ended up making several. What’s amazing about Renee and Pam [of Paulson Bott Press] is that they came out a few times to the studio – they tried to get a sense of the way I work – and basically we set up the same system at the press, an environment where everything is moving and there is a constant state of flux and possibilities. That was the atmosphere we created at Paulson.”
Thursday April 10, 2014
Last night Artsource and James Harris Gallery had the pleasure of co-hosting ‘An Evening with Gary Hill’. This artist talk begins Artsource’s new art education series, which coincides with our 20th anniversary and the opening of our new space.
Artists, curators, architects and collectors all gathered to view Isolation Tank, listen to the artist discuss the concept behind the piece and discuss Hill’s greater body of work and the role of ‘media art’ in the art world. The lively discussion and varied perspectives at this event were an example of how we promote dialogue and serve as the bridge between different communities of people around the subject of art and its meaning in our daily lives.
Gary Hill (b. 1951, Santa Monica, CA) works with a wide range of media including sculpture, video, performance, sound and installation. Although he is often heralded as a foundational ‘new media’ artist integral to the creation of that medium, he is hesitant to identify himself as a ‘new media’ or a ‘video’ artist.
Isolation Tank depicts a lone surfboard on the open water, disturbed by a rogue wave which capsizes the board. The work is completely computer generated but feels realistic, playing with perspective and leaving the viewer questioning the origins of the board and the whereabouts of its owner. The board is adorned with a decal of Mahakala, a protector of Dharma in Tibetan Buddhism, which morphs into a visage of the artist’s face. Originally this work was shown as part of a series of five videos entitled ‘of surf, death, tropes and tableaux: The Psychedelic Gedankenexperiment’. View the piece in its entirely here.
This series of work was developed in response to Hill’s experience with psychotropic drugs, specifically Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). For the artist, LSD projects a feeling of interconnectivity onto the world, allowing him to see relationships and attachments more clearly.
While discussing this work at Artsource, Hill noted that it is meant to mirror a moment where “the rug is pulled out from your mind. [The viewer contemplates] what you think you are, what you think you were and what you think you will be.”
Monday March 31, 2014
Thursday, April 3 – Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle Talk at San Francisco Art Institute 7:30 PM: Multi-media artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle will be speaking as part of SFAI’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture series. Known for his conceptual and activist-inspired public works, Manglano-Ovalle uses technology to convey and challenge the complexity of politics and culture. A VAS social hour will be held before the event from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM, register here to attend. The San Francisco Art Institute is located at 800 Chestnut Street San Francisco.
Sunday, April 13 – Spring Open House at Headlands Center for the Art 12:00 – 5:00 PM: The Headlands Center for Arts includes various programs supporting artists of all disciplines—from visual artists to performers, musicians, writers, and videographers—to create both independent and collaborative creative work. For their Open House, the center invites visitors to engage with artists and experience the art making progress, performances and readings. Participating artists include Dru Anderson, LeRoy Bach, Andrea Bacigalupo, Teresa Baker, Laurel Braitman, Alex Cecchett, Lauren DiCioccio, Liam Everett, Pieter Hugo, Graham Gremore, David Janesko, Ryan Jones, Marya Krogstad, Emily Hanako Momohara, Christian Nagler, Samin Nosrat, A. Laurie Palmer, Sasha Petrenko, Nora Pierce, Simon Pyle, Meghann Riepenhoff, Dario Robleto, Steve Rood, James Sansing, Danielle Schlunegger, Floris Schönfeld, Christina Seely, Erin Wilson, Michael Wilson & Natalie Zimmerman, and Nyssa Zinn. Admission to the Spring Open House is free, find out more information about their arts programing here. The Headlands Center for the Arts is located at 944 Simmonds Road, Sausalito.
Saturday, April 5 – Win Win 2 NIAD Art Center Fundraiser 4:00 PM: more than 200 national and local artists, including all of the artists at NIAD’s studio art program to produce work (paintings, photographs, sculptures and drawings) in a standard 6 x 6” format. everyone with an admission ticket takes home a randomly chosen piece of art. Win Win 2 also features live music from Quinticism, light refreshments including local urban craft beers, a photo booth where the proud new owner and their work of art can be captured together, a special film screening and a whole lot more. Admission is $25 per person for a randomly chosen piece of art. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here. Win Win 2 will be held at Clif Bar & Company, 1451 66th Street in Emeryville.
Friday, April 25 – The Changemaker Social 2014 at Intersection for the Arts 6:00 PM: The Changemaker Social celebrates those on the leading edge of positive social change, raising funds to support and bring awareness to the great diversity of artists, educators, and activists that make San Francisco the unique city that it is. This event will feature fare from local chefs, signature cocktails, a silent auction and limited edition prints by established and emerging contemporary Bay Area artists. Every year, Intersection for the Arts serves more than 200 artists and organizations, and touches the lives of more than 25,000 individuals. The Changemaker Social brings together this vital community to cultivate a new vision for change in the years to come. Tickets begin at $30 and can be purchased here. The Changemaker Social will be held at 925 Mission Street, San Francisco.
Saturday, April 26 – Kala 40th Anniversary Auction and Gala 6:30 PM: Celebrating Kala’s 40th anniversary, this spring event will be a highly publicized exhibition and auction gala featuring outstanding artwork from prominent California artists. Along with the high quality original artworks will be unique art-related items offered through both live and silent auctions. This spring event combines a 10-day exhibition of works by the best and brightest artists currently working in California and culminates in the dynamic Gala Auction. A preview party for the gala will be held Thursday, April 17 from 6:00- 8:00 PM. Tickets begin at $75 and can be purchased here. Kala 40 will be held at 2990 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley.
April 19 – July 27 – SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot and Vinyl: The Sound of Culture and Records at the Oakland Museum of California: The Oakland Museum of California is connecting two upcoming museum shows are part of its exploration of how communities are bridged through shared popular culture. SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot celebrates the 20th anniversary of Giant Robot, an alternative arts and culture magazine. Featuring work by Ako Castuera, Sean Chao, David Choe, Luke Chueh, Hamburger Eyes, Andrew Hem, James Jean, kozyndan, Masakatsu Sashie, Shizu Saldamando, Rob Sato, Amy Sol, Deth P Sun, and Adrian Tomine the exhibition celebrates the history of the iconic magazine and its role in supporting emerging artists. Vinyl: The Sound of Culture creates an experiemental listening enviornment for visitors to explore the history of vinyl records. Featuring useable turntables, varying record sets curated by influential members of the record community, listening stations and social gathering areas, Vinyl presents a new and interactive take on the museum experience. Museum hours are Wednesday – Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Friday until 9:00 PM, admission is $15. The Oakland Museum of California is located at 1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street, Oakland.
April 23 – August 17 - Carleton Watkins: The Stanford Albums at the Cantor Arts Center: The Cantor presents the work of Carleton Watkins from the Stanford Library’s Special Collections and Archives. Known as one of the greatest landscape photographers of the 19th century, Watkins work played an instrumental role in convincing the 38th U.S. Congress and President Lincoln to pass the Yosemite Act of 1864, the first official step toward preserving the Sierra Nevada valley for public use. As part of the 150th Anniversary of this historic act the Cantor will have on view iconic and rarely-seen images of Yosemite, the area around San Francisco, and of the Columbia River and Oregon. Museum hours are Wednesday–Sunday, 11: AM – 5 PM and Thursday until 8 PM., admission is free. The Cantor Arts Center is located at 328 Lomita Dr, Stanford.
Friday March 14, 2014
We made a quick trip to New York for the opening of the Whitney Biennial, art fairs, and gallery visits. Some of our highlights…
The Armory Show
New York Galleries
Friday February 28, 2014
Ongoing to April 5, 2014 - Approaching Zero – At the Frontier of Contemporary Printmaking at Kala Art Institute: Curated by Mayumi Hamanaka, Approaching Zero celebrates artists who are each uniquely utilizing print-making in new and exciting ways. The show features work by artists Miguel A. Aragón, Stella Ebner, Zarina Hashmi, Walter Jule, Koseki Ono and Katsutoshi Yuasa. The gallery is open Tuesday – Friday, 12:00 – 5:00 PM; Sat, 12:00 – 4:30 PM, admission is free. Kala Art Institute is located at 2990 San Pablo Avenue Berkeley, CA.
Thursday, March 13 – Above and Below the Surface Panel Discussion at John Berggruen Gallery 6:00PM: McArthur Binion, Thomas Eggerer, and Josh Tonsfeldt will be discussing their work featured in the gallery’s group show. Above and Beyond the Surface explores varying techniques and approaches to the painted surface. In addition to the three panel artists, the show features work by Tauba Auerbach, Troy Brauntuch, Charline von Heyl, Suzanne McClelland, and Sarah Morris. Please RSVP by March 10th by emailing email@example.com. John Berggruen Gallery is located at 228 Grant Ave.
McArthur Binion does beautiful cross-hatched, multi-media surfaces that read as paintings. Decidedly minimal, Binion’s work embodies a strong intellect rooted in the expressive capabilities of color and abstraction. He cites his work’s narrative in the use of his hands to make his paintings, and his choice of child-like materials – wax crayons – which he presses onto shaped panels. The use of the crayon as medium renders a critique to the history of painting the ability to transform the ordinary “child’s medium” into a tool that can render complex studies of color and light.
Thomas Eggerer blends abstract and figurative imagery in vivid, dreamlike fields of color. His new canvases, all of them large-scale, build on his signature approach with figures rendered within otherworldly realms, absorbed in their actions that remain rather mysterious. His figures, with undefined faces and broadly applied forms, are more anonymous than individual, cast in candied colored planes of abstraction.
Josh Tonsfeldt has a storyteller- meets- archeologist’s sensibility. They are part of a series that relate to his visiting his Grandparents farm as the family ceased to own it, and then collecting fragments and notes and photos that are then incorporated into beautiful crusty “paintings” on paper with these remnants, bits of memory and sometimes script, included in, or hidden below, the surface. He has also cast partial architectural elements of the now deserted buildings.
Saturday, March 22 – Annual Fundraiser and Art Auction Smoke and Mirrors at Southern Exposure: Southern Exposure’s annual event features both live and silent auctions of work by over 100 artists and a variety of artist-led experiences. The annual fundraiser provides support for Southern Exposure’s programs and enables SoEx to continue supporting artists, presenting groundbreaking programs and serving as a center of visual arts activity in the Bay Area. Southern Exposure is located at 3030 20th Street.
VIP Reception 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Main Event 7:30 – 11:00 PM
Live Auction 8:30 – 9:30 PM
Silent Auction Lots begin to close at 10:00 PM
Ongoing to March 23 – ArtComplex Pop up Exhibition in Oakland: Twelve East Bay artists are making site-specific work in twelve rooms of a two-story former medical office including video, installation, 2D and 3D art. Artists include Nyame O. Brown, Lisa Carroll, Modesto Covarrubias, Amy M. Ho, Amanda Klimek, Chelsea Pegram, Matthew Scheatzle, Karen Seneferu, Malik Seneferu, Brett Snyder, and Tiulescu & Neyman. Works are on view on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 – 4:00 PM. Artcomplex is located at 560 29th Street (between Telegraph Avenue and the 29th Street freeway underpass).
Monday February 3, 2014
February 1 – March 1 - Mauricio Ancalmo at Ever Gold Gallery: Mauricio Ancalmo’s new exhibition Krap Etag Nedlog Reve pays homage to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The show is inspired by the expansive nature of the park and the transformation from the naturally existing wilderness to a more contrived and industrial outdoor space. The artist will transform the gallery with elements such as sand and grass to create an artificially ‘natural’ setting, complete with video projects of the moon and the sounds of the ocean. An opening reception will be held at the gallery Saturday, February 1st from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Ever Gold Gallery, 441 O’Farrell St., San Francisco.
February 19 – Leslie Shows Artist Talk at Mills College 7:00 PM: Mixed media landscape artist Leslie Shows will give a talk this month as part of the Mills College lecture series. Shows’ work incorporates ink, poured paint, and collage materials like scraps, found images, and snapshots to create abstract landscapes. Find more information about the Mills College Artist Lecture series here, all lectures are free and open to the public. Danforth Lecture Hall at Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland.
February 7 – March 31 - Jason Jägel at Gallery 16: Jason Jägel presents From the Sky Rivers Look Like Snakes, a show combining large oil paintings, works on paper, smaller mixed media pieces, and sculpture. Jägel says of the show- “as a jumping off point, these new paintings reference the immediacy of my daily brush-pen drawings made in pocket sketchbooks. Currently entering my 20th year of exhibiting, I am driven to loop back over my earliest impulses as a means to push forward.” An opening reception will be held at the gallery on February 7th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Gallery 16, 501 3rd St, San Francisco.
Public Art Out and About:
January 14 – April 11, 2014- Lordy Rodriguez for the Art on Market Street Kiosk: In Strangerhood, Bay Area artist Lordy Rodriquez reimagines some of San Francisco’s iconic neighborhoods for the Art on Market Street Poster series. Focusing on Chinatown, North Beach, The Mission, The Castro, Haight-Ashbury, and Fisherman’s Wharf, the project explores the identities of familiar spaces. Read more about the Art on Market Street project here. The posters were commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission for its ongoing Market Street Kiosk Poster Series. Market Street between the Embarcadero and 8th Street.
On-going – Kota Ezawa Public Art on Stockton Street: Kota Ezawa’s Horizons is an 150 ft. wide and 4 feet tall mural print, composed of depictions of horizon lines. The construction barrier mural was commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission, to beautify the construction sites for the city’s new Chinatown Subway Station on Stockton Street. This piece is part of the effort to beautify the construction sites for the city’s new Central Subway. Look out for more public art popping up around the city, such as Randy Colosky’s upcoming work at Moscone Center. On view on Stockton St. at Washington St., San Francisco.
Thursday January 2, 2014
January 8 – February 8 – James Sterling Pitt at Gallery Paule Anglim: San Francisco based artist James Sterling Pitt’s visualizations of memory will be on display at Gallery Paule Anglim. Pitt combines object based ‘journal’ drawings with abstract sculpture to juxtapose the recognizable with the conceptual. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on January 9th from 5:30 – 7:30. Gallery Paule Anglim, 14 Geary St, San Francisco.
January 15– 19 – FOG Design + Art at Fort Mason Festival Pavilion: San Francisco hosts the best of international art and design at the inaugural FOG Design + Art fair. Featuring more than 40 designers and dealers from the Bay Area and across the country, including local galleries and artists, lectures and pop up exhibitions, the fair is a one stop shop. See the FOG website for tickets, locations and a schedule of events.
January 27- SFMOMA Artist Talk – Chris Johanson, Mike Mills, Kateřina Šedá at SF JAZZ Center 7:00 PM: Three of the featured artist from SFMOMA’s Project Los Altos will discuss their local projects and their greater bodies of work. Featuring both indoor and outdoor pieces, commissioned works included in Project Los Altos can be seen throughout the downtown area and online here. Tickets are $10 general; $7 SFMOMA members, students, and seniors, available at sfjazz.org. SF Jazz Canter, 201 Franklin Street, San Francico.
Chris Johanson, known for his deceptively simple paintings and works characterized by humor and vibrant color, created five site-specific sculptures for outdoor locations throughout downtown Los Altos.
Mike Mills is the director of Thumbsucker and Beginners, and has created album covers for popular bands such as the Beastie Boys, Beck, and Sonic Youth. His new work for Project Los Altos, A Mind Forever Voyaging Through Strange Seas of Thought Alone: Silicon Valley Project, looks at the city’s past, present, and future.
Kateřina Šedá‘s commission, Everything Is Perfect, invited residents of Los Altos to submit their talents for a compilation of the ordinary and unique. Johanson, Mills, and Šedá will speak about their intimate and extensive exploration of social life in Los Altos, as well as many other projects.
January 29 – May 25 – The Possible at the Berkeley Art Museum (BAM): The Possible aims to create an experimental exhibition combining many spheres of creative space from gallery and studio to classroom and library. Featuring work by over 100 artists who collaborate as artists and with viewers, the exhibition will both seen and created simultaneously. Tickets to BAM are $10 for adults and $7 for Non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled persons, and young adults (13-17). View visitor information and buy tickets here.
Monday December 9, 2013
Our last day in Miami was filled with Art Basel Miami Beach, here are a few highlights:
Friday December 6, 2013
Nina Katchadourian from the Lavoratory Portraits in the Flemish Style series
Leandro Erlich video installation