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Tuesday April 7, 2015
A brief visit to Oakland recently yielded some interesting emerging work. Starting with Diedrick Brackens and Blaise Rosenthal at Johansson Projects.
Brackens recently completed his MFA in Textiles at CCA. His work conjures up Kente and Ewe cloth in its strip construction. Brackens is interested in the human connection to cloth and often considers his work portraits. The works below he refers to as Bandaids…incorporating yarn dyed with tea commenting on domesticity, the things we make and what we do with them. Fresh and thoughtful work.
In the project room at Johansson Projects is work by Blaise Rosenthal. We were surprised at the level of resolve and maturity by such a young artist. Obsessive mark-making is central to Rosenthal’s process.
And on the subject of repetition…Lisa Espenmiller’s new work at Chandra Cerrito Gallery references the artist’s meditative practice. The (chant) drawings appear almost as woven tapestries, but are in fact quotes from The Tao, written over and over in different directions.
Friday nights at the Oakland Museum are great fun…music, food trucks, drinks, activities for kids and time in the Museum without a crowd. The outdoor installations curated by Ruby Neri as part of the Fertile Ground exhibition are great additions to the show and an excellent use of the outdoor space.
Oakland based artist, Sahar Khoury works mostly in paper-mache to make sculptures which lay somewhere between sculpture and furniture.
Tuesday March 31, 2015
Ongoing to May 16th – Bruce Conner: Somebody Else’s Prints at The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA): A fixture in the San Francisco Beat-era art scene in the 1950s and 1960s, Conner was renowned for his groundbreaking work in assemblage, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and experimental film. The Wichita, Kansas native never worked with one medium for long, and infamously shifted personas, often attributing his artwork to celebrities, such as actor and friend Dennis Hopper, and fake personas alike. Printmaking is one medium that spans Conner’s entire career. This exhibit features around 100 works, from the first etchings and lithographs the artist made while still a young student in Kansas in 1944 to his last inkjet prints made with Photoshop at Magnolia Editions, Oakland, California, in 2003. The ICA is hosting an art talk featuring in-depth discussions of Bruce Conner’s work and the cultural landscape that influenced him. The public is invited on Thursday, April 16 at 7pm. Admission is $10. The ICA is located at 560 South First Street in San Jose.
Friday April 10, 6-8pm – What Grows Here, at Embark Gallery: In February 2015, Embark Gallery opened at Fort Mason Center. A non-profit art space that provides exhibition opportunities to graduate students in Fine Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area, Embark Gallery fosters an environment for an engaged community of artists, curators and scholars, and expands the audience for up and coming contemporary art. The gallery represents the diversity of the talented artists studying at seven local art institutions including California College of the Arts, Mills College, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, Stanford University, and University of California, Berkeley. Opening on April 10th, What Grows Here, will be on view until May 25, 2015. For this exhibition, artists were asked to submit works that engage with the exhibition Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California (on view through April 12) at the Oakland Museum—artwork as diverse as California itself. Topics include local or personal histories, California style, past or current political issues, and art that engages with contemporary California culture. Embark Gallery is located at Fort Mason Center, Building B, Suite 300.
Sunday April 19th, 12-5pm – Spring Open House at the Headlands Center for the Arts: Headlands Center for the Arts is a multidisciplinary, international arts center dedicated to supporting artists; the creative process; and the development of new, innovative ideas and artwork. Located in a cluster of artist-rehabilitated military buildings, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge they open up all of the artist studios twice a year for an open house. Visitors can roam the various buildings of the campus, engage with artists in their studios, experience new work and works in progress, see performances and hear readings. On top of all that The Mess Hall cafe will be open serving lunch. Headlands Center for the Arts is located at Fort Barry in the Marin Headlands.
Thursday April 23rd, 6 – 10pm – Art Changes Lives annual celebration to benefit Creativity Explored: Creativity Explored provides artists with developmental disabilities the means to create, exhibit, and sell their art in studios and a gallery, and around the world. This event will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market Street, click here to purchase tickets.
Saturday April 25th, 6:30 – 10pm – Fresh & Local, Kala Art Institute’s Spring Auction: Kala Art Institute’s mission is 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. This year their auction features artworks by over 100 talented artists, and unique art-related items, local treasures, and experiences offered through both live and silent auctions. Fresh & Local will be held at Meyer Sound Laboratories in Berkeley. To purchase tickets click here.
April 29 – May 3rd, Art Market San Francisco: This is the fifth edition of this modern and contemporary art fair. Featuring approximately 70 galleries from around the country, innovative programming, performances and installations. The VIP Preview party benefits the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco comprised of the de Young and the Legion of Honor Museums. Art Market San Francisco is located to Fort Mason Center. To purchase tickets click here.
May 1st – 3rd, Start Up Art Fair: This is the inaugural year of this independent art fair for unrepresented artists. Located in Hotel Del Sol in the Marina District, over 40 artists will present solo exhibitions in hotel rooms. Collectors can acquire great works of art directly from the artists, making real connections in an intimate setting. To purchase tickets click here.
Thursday March 19, 2015
A full week in New York even during two storms yields such richness in the art world. In between working with clients, we saw some exciting work by artists new to us as well as work by artists who we continue to place and follow.
More often than not, when we see new work that really grabs our attention, the artist has completed his or her MFA at Yale….this happens a lot. At a recent event, we asked Robert Storr (Dean, Yale School of Art) why this is so often the case. He told us that Yale looks for the best young artists; those with unusual talent and a certain kind of drive that makes them capable of handling intense rigor of the program. Yale MFAs kept popping up all week starting with Jay Heikes and Evan Nesbit at The Armory….
We are seeing a lot of work these days about materiality. Evan Nesbit stands out. He tie dyes burlap, stretches it and paints the back side of the canvas. He’s really interested in optical phenomenon.
The poetic works by Erica Baum will be in the Photo Poetics show at the Guggenheim this summer. There are several bodies of work….some very minimal and reminiscent of great modernists, and others playing with text and imagery. We popped into Bureau Gallery on the LES to get an overview:
And on the subject of where artists got their MFAs….Tyler School of Art was where Rubens Ghenov and Marsha Cottrell got theirs….we’re not necessarily drawing any conclusions here, but the rigor, process and thinking that these two young artists express is impressive.
For the past two years, Ghenov has been making work based on a poet of his own creation whom he has named Angelico Morandà. With an adept hand and a passion for storytelling, Ghenov’s work sits somewhere between fact and fiction. His work was featured at VOLTA by Morgan Lehman.
Marsha Cottrell at Eleven Rivington …. This is gorgeous work which blends new technology with a an art historical sensibility. Using the keyboard, computer and laser printer as her tools, Cottrell creates drawings that float somewhere between abstraction and pictorial space. Drawings that start on luminous mulberry paper are painstakingly and repeatedly laser printed with geometric shapes. There is no actual digital file that exists for the images as they are literally created with the printer.
First time seeing the work of German artist, Reinhard Voss featured at Pulse fair by Galerie L’Inlassable from Paris. Employing a lengthy process of joining wood fragments, dying, carving and painting, Voss explores the familiarness and foreignness of his subjects. The work feels contemporary and ancient at the same time.
Marcel Odenbach at Anton Kern….This was the most exciting work at the ADAA fair. This monumental collage depicts Tiananmen Square the day before the opening of the Beijing Olympics. A closer look into the collaged layers reveals a more politically complex work made of images from the artists own archive of the beautiful flower market and the 1989 Tiananman Square massacre. Smaller works have similar dichotomies.
New work from LA artist David Korty was featured at Wallspace in Chelsea. We’ve always loved David Korty’s ceramics and paintings. For this show entitled Blue Shelf, drawing from his background as a printmaker, Korty selects his own hand-drawn or printed images and collages them onto a saturated blue ground that defies any sense of depth. Really thoughtful compositions that seem to be saying something about domestic space, collections and formal compositions.
And below is a shot from Wallspace’s stand at The Independent fair featuring David Korty’s ceramics and Daniel Gordon’s photographs.
And with regard to Daniel Gordon’s photographs…this is really fresh and exciting work. Gordon, a photographer/sculptor mines the internet for images of the individual objects that make up his still life compositions. Using scissors and glue he actually creates the objects from the printed image, composes the still life in his studio and ultimately captures it photographically. It’s a multilayered process that results in rich, textured, and lively works of art.
and by the way….yes, Daniel Gordon got his MFA at Yale.
Friday February 27, 2015
Wednesday, March 11th, 7:00 pm – Artist Lecture Series: Libby Black, at Mills College: Libby Black, a dedicated adjunct professor at California College of the Arts, is a prolific painter and installation artist. Her work is based on imagery culled from disparate sources like fashion magazines, snapshots, newspapers, pop culture websites, television, movies and still lifes that she has staged. She is interested in having the work chart a path through her personal history and a broader cultural context to explore themes of impermanence and identity. Black received a BFA in Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA in Painting from the California College of the Arts. Located in the Danforth Lecture Hall, 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland. This lecture is free and open to the public.
Saturday March 7th, 1-3pm – Mind Traveling: Ink Art of Lu Chuntao, at The Chinese Culture Foundation’s Visual Art Center: Curated by University of California, San Diego Professor of Asian Art History, Theory and Criticism, Kuiyi Shen, this is the first US solo exhibition for artist Lu Chuntao. The exhibition of nearly 30 works features new ink on handmade paper paintings, in addition to several past works representative of Lu’s distinctive style, and is the first in a series of activities celebrating the Chinese Culture Foundation’s 50 year anniversary and annual Spring Festival. The exhibition also launches the Visual Art Center’s 2015 program series, Without Walls, aimed at engaging the broader community in the arts, both at the Center and in public spaces. The Visual Art Center, located at 750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor, will host an opening reception for the artist on March 7th, from 1:00-3:00 PM. The exhibit is open through April 11, 2015.
Saturday, March 21, 6:00 pm – EQUILUX, Southern Exposure’s Art Auction Fundraiser: Southern Exposure (SoEx) is an artist-centered non-profit organization committed to supporting visual artists. Through extensive and innovative programming, SoEx strives to experiment, collaborate and further educate. Their annual art auction fundraiser features work by over 100 incredible artists, food and cocktails and artist-led experiences. One day after the vernal equinox, this event is equal parts night and day, a celebration of celestial alignment and the beginning of a new season. VIP and main event tickets are available here.
Saturday, March 28th, 6:00 pm – Doug Hall: The Terrible Uncertainty of the Thing Described at the San Francisco Art Institute: SFAI and SFMOMA are pleased to jointly present Doug Hall’s seminal large-scale installation The Terrible Uncertainty of the Thing Described (1987), which conjoins industrial imagery with documentary scenes of nature in turmoil. Its three channels of video, displayed on six monitors and a projection, are accompanied by the sculptural presence of a functioning Tesla coil, two large steel chairs, and a tilted, commanding steel-mesh barricade. Bringing together the immediacy of sculpture with powerful moving images, and startling jolts extending from the coil, the installation is a potent reminder that we are subject to the forces of nature and the influence of media. The opening reception is at 6:00 pm in the Walter and McBean Galleries, 800 Chestnut Street.
Friday February 13, 2015
Art Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair:
Kristin Baker at ACME Gallery
Zach Harris at David Kordansky
Roman Liska at Duve Berlin
Anthony Pearson at Shane Campbell Gallery
Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair at The Geffen Contemporary:
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.
Also at CB1 Gallery, Emily Davis Adams who creates very refined watercolor paintings focusing on the sidewalk near her Brooklyn home.
Mira Darcy Is She Is She Psychic exhibit at Night Gallery
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.
Eric Wesley at 356 S. Mission Road – We loved his stained glass burrito window installations.
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!
Culver City Galleries:
Ryan Wallace at Mark Moore Gallery
Molly Larkey at Luis de Jesus Gallery – Breaking down elements of language and meaning through sculpture and painting.
Monique Prieto at LAM Gallery – Fresh new work by Monique Prieto based on forbidden Mexican Hat dances.
Paramount Ranch Art Fair:
This artist-centered fair had lots of experimentation and installation based work, some interesting discoveries here.
Friday January 30, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 Mukherjee, and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Project Art Fair
View of the fair
Heather Watkins at PDX Contemporary
Oliver Herring at Robischon Gallery
Claire Sherman at DC Moore Gallery
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
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
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