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Monday July 6, 2015

To Do List: July/August

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Robert Minervini, “William McKinley Monument (with Artist’s Rendition of Barrier Fence)” 2014, acrylic on paper. Image courtesy of Rena Bransten Projects

July 10 – August 22, Robert Minervini: Invisible Reflections at Rena Bransten Projects:  Robert Minervini’s work is grounded in the structures of reality, but ultimately invites us in to a dreamlike, surreal space. Part utopia and part dystopia, these spaces are brimming with hyper-real color, and are rendered in vivid detail. This exhibition features a series of acrylic paintings on paper, that survey six monuments in Golden Gate Park. Minervini’s interest in culture and landscape, and how the two coincide, inspired the series which was recently installed on MUNI bus kiosk as part of the Art on Market Street project, a collaboration with SFAC. The opening reception is Friday, July 17, 5-7 pm.  Rena Bransten Projects is located at 1639 Market Street in San Francisco.

 

 

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Images from the 2014 Monster Drawing Rally, courtesy of www.soex.org

Friday, July 10th, 6 – 11 pm, Southern Exposure’s Monster Drawing Rally at The Verdi Club:  It’s time for the famous annual Monster Drawing Rally, a live drawing even and fundraiser where over 120 artists work side by side.  As spectators spy on the creative process, sketches morph into full-fledged artworks – immediately available for just $75 a piece.  This event is an integral part of Southern Exposure’s mission to make art and artists more accessible.  This gathering is a fantastic way to view new talent, interact with the Bay Area’s artistic community and support Southern Exposure’s programming all at once.  Tickets are $20 (purchase at door), The Verdi Club is located at 2424 Mariposa Street in San Francisco.

 

 

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Michael Arcega, mixed media works in progress.  Image courtesy of Johansson Projects.

July 11 – August 22nd, Michael Arcega ESPYLACOPA: A place at Johansson Projects:  Michael Arcega works across media to create art that is informed by language, history and geography.  This exhibition features numerous objects and artifacts from the Nacirema – a people that were the subject of Horace Miner’s influential paper The Body Ritual Among the Nacirema, published in 1956.  The opening reception is Saturday, July 11th from 1-4pm, with an artist talk at 1:30 pm.  Johansson Projects is located at 2300 Telegraph Avenue in Oakland.

 

 

Artist studios from past open house events at Headlands Center for the Arts.

Artist studios from past open house events at Headlands Center for the Arts.

Sunday, July 26th, 12-5pm, Summer Open House at Headlands Center for the Arts: Headlands Center for the Arts provides an unparalleled environment  for the creative process and the development of new work and ideas. Through a range of programs for artists and the public, they offer opportunities for reflection, dialogue, and exchange that build understanding and appreciation for the role of art in society.  Twice a year they open all the various buildings of the campus for visitors to engage with artists in their studios, experience new work and works in progress. Headlands Center for the Arts is located in Fort Barry in the Marin Headlands, 944 Simmonds Road, Sausalito.

 

 

Lauren Gasso

Laurent Gasso ‘View of Vesuvius’ video installation.  Image courtesy of the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Ongoing to September 20th, Night Begins the Day:  Rethinking Space, Time, and Beauty at the Contemporary Jewish Museum:  This exhibition features the work of twenty-seven artists, scientists, and creative thinkers that, in this current moment of expansion through scientific development, look at three aspects of contemporary art that can be seen as emerging from the historic precedent of the sublime: technological innovation; new understandings of time; and new expressions of awe and fear that have emerged from contemporary irony and cultural critique.  A lecture with curators Renny Pritikin and Lily Siegel will be on Thursday, July 9th, 6:30 – 8pm.  The Contemporary Jewish Museum is located at 736 Mission Street in San Francisco.

 

 

Monday June 1, 2015

To Do List: June

Zhang Huan, 'To Raise the Water Level in a Fishpond (Distant), 1997, C-print on fuji archival paper.  Image courtesy of Rubell Family Colletion, Miami.

Zhang Huan, ‘To Raise the Water Level in a Fishpond (Distant)’, 1997, C-print on fuji archival paper. Image courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami.

June 5th – August 16th – 28 Chinese at the Asian Art Museum: This exhibition, organized by the Rubell Collection in Miami, presents 48 artworks from 28 contemporary Chinese artists.  Featuring painting, installation, photography and new media, 28 Chinese brings together a multiplicity of practices and perspectives.  While the exhibition offers only a sample of the dynamic contemporary art scene in China, it represents some of the most notable Chinese artists working today.  The Museum is located at 200 Larkin Street.

 

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Ajit Chauhan, ‘Untitled (Talking Away)’, ‘Knock, Knock, Knock’ and ‘Nessus Shirt’, all typewriter ink, pencil on paper.  Images courtesy of 2291 3rd Street.

June 5th – July 11th – Ajit Chauhan: Concrete is not Always Hard at 2291 3rd Street, presented by the Minnesota Street Project:  For their inaugural project, 2291 3rd Street presents an exhibit of recent works on paper by San Francisco based artist Ajit Chauhan.  Chauhan uses a typewriter to investigate the visual or plastic potential of language.  Chauhan’s typewriter drawings use the repetition of single letters to form a sequence of fields and shapes.  The opening reception is on Friday, June 5th 6-9 pm.

 

 

Bernie Lubell

Bernie Lubell’s wood machines and the Avitor airship from 1869.  Images courtesy of Southern Exposure.

June 13th – June 27th – Bernie Lubell:  Up in the Air at Southern Exposure:  Bernie Lubell creates unlikely wood mechanical metaphors for the human condition. Gears, pulleys, bellows, valves, levers, human force and sophisticated engineering power his interactive wooden machines. As an artist who has lived and worked in the Bay Area for 40 years, his influence is felt in the work of many local artists. Collaborate with Bernie as he sets out to build an airship in the gallery at Southern Exposure. In two workshops and ongoing studio hours, visitors and Bernie will work together to create an air powered flying machine inspired by Frederick Marriott’s 1869 airship Avitor, expanding on Bernie’s ongoing research into breath and the force of air.  The closing party for Up In The Air is Saturday, June 27th, 6 – 8pm.  Southern Exposure is located at 3030 20th Street.

 

 

Tammy Rae Garland 'Smoke Screen' 2013, C-print.

Tammy Rae Garland ‘Smoke Screen’ 2013, C-print.  Image courtesy of Jessica Silverman Gallery.

Through July 19th, Tongue-in-Cheek in the Gatehouse Gallery at the di Rosa Preserve: This exhibition explores the continuing legacy of humor and absurdity in Bay Area art through the lens of a new generation of artists. In an increasingly fraught social and political context—both locally and abroad—many artists have turned to comedy to reflect upon and illuminate the absurdities of daily life. Tongue-in-Cheek presents a selection of these works in painting, photography, sculpture, video, text, and performance by artists Tammy Rae Carland, Jonn Herschend, Bessma Khalaf, Jennie Ottinger, Kate Rhoades, Chris Sollars, Lindsey White, and Wonderment Consortium. Known for its oft irreverent collection, di Rosa provides an apt context to examine this powerful approach to art making that favors laughter as a critical tool.  On Saturday, June 20th from 2-4 pm there will be a free-form open mic event with the Wonderment Consortium.  The di Rosa Preserve is located at 5200 Sonoma Highway in Napa.

 

Tuesday May 26, 2015

New York Art Fairs and Galleries

Our trip to New York last week focused on Frieze New York and NADA art fairs, as well as visiting gallery and museum exhibits.  Here’s an overview of what we saw and liked:

Frieze New York Art Fair

Outside view of the Frieze New York art fair on Randall Island.  Photo courtesy of Marco Scozzaro/Frieze.

Outside view of the Frieze New York art fair on Randall Island. Photo courtesy of Marco Scozzaro/Frieze.

Interior view of Frieze New York art fair.

Interior view of Frieze New York art fair.

 

Victoria Morton at The Modern Institute

Victoria Morton ‘Paper Pages’ and ‘Reading’, oil on canvas paintings at The Modern Institute.

 

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David Schnell at Galerie EIGEN + ART.

 

Anna Bjerge at Galerie Magnus

Anna Bjerger at Galeri Magnus Karlsson.

Anna Bjerge at G alerie Magnus

Anna Bjerger at Galeri Magnus Karlsson.

 

Sasha Pierce, 'Starry Night', oil on canvas plus detail at Jessica Bradley Gallery.

Sasha Pierce, oil on linen plus detail at Jessica Bradley Gallery.

 

Public Art by Creative Time

Creative Time’s, Drifting in Daylight:  Art in Central Park is an exhibition of eight site-specific artworks throughout the north end of Central Park.  We strolled through and visited a few, and were able to speak with some of the artists.

Ragnar Kjartansson 'S.S. Hangover' boat that sails in the Harlem Meer with a brass sextet.

Ragnar Kjartansson ‘S.S. Hangover’ boat that sails in the Harlem Meer with a brass sextet from Metropolis Ensemble playing a composition by Kjartan Sveinsson.

 

Karyn Oliver 'Here and Now/Glacier, Shar, Rock is a sculptural lenticular billboard adjacent to the Harlem Meer that invokes and blends contrasting topographuc and anthropological histories of Central Park through shifting images of a glacier, a Seneca Village pottery shard, and rocks.

Karyn Olivier ‘Here and Now/Glacier, Shar, Rock’ is a sculptural lenticular billboard adjacent to the Harlem Meer that invokes and blends contrasting topographic and anthropological histories of Central Park through shifting images of a glacier, a Seneca Village pottery shard, and rocks.

Alternate view, including the artist Karyn Olivier.

Alternate view, including the artist Karyn Olivier.

 

Spencer Finch 'Sunset (Central Park)' converts the heat of the sun into the cool of ice cream, distilling the colors of the Central Park sky into free cones offered from a custom solar-powered ice cream truck.

Spencer Finch ‘Sunset (Central Park)’ converts the heat of the sun into the cool of ice cream, distilling the colors of the Central Park sky into free cones offered from a custom solar-powered ice cream truck.

 

Alicia Framis' participatory sculpture 'Cartas al Cielo' invites passersby to send missives to those with no earthly address via a sculptural globe that reflects the earth and sky.

Alicia Framis’ participatory sculpture ‘Cartas al Cielo’ invites passersby to send missives to those with no earthly address via a sculptural globe that reflects the earth and sky.

 

Chelsea Galleries

Elena del Rivero 'Letter from Home: a Rendez-Vous' exhibit at Josee Bienvenu Gallery

Elena del Rivero ‘Letter from Home: a Rendez-Vous’ exhibit at Josee Bienvenu Gallery

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Elena del Rivero ‘Letter from Home, Red 3’ graphite, thread and ink on Japanese Nishinouchi (Tossa Washi)

Elena del Rivero shows us her series of collage works called 'Memory' that feature elements of works destroyed in two previous

Elena del Rivero shows us her series of collage works called ‘Memory’ that feature elements of works previously destroyed. 

 

Erin Sherriff at Sikkema Jenkins

Erin Sherriff at Sikkema Jenkins

Erin Shirreff 'Drop (No. 14)' hot rolled, cold-rolled and corten steel

Erin Shirreff ‘Drop (No. 14)’ hot rolled, cold-rolled and corten steel

Erin Shirreff 'Relief  (no. 1)' archival pigment print

Erin Shirreff ‘Relief (no. 1)’ archival pigment print

 

 

Airan Kang  at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Airan Kang ‘Scrolled Book 4’  LEDs, custom electronics, plastic and wood at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

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Airan Kang installation detail.

installation 'The Luminous Poem'.  Image courtesy of Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery.

Airan Kang installation ‘The Luminous Poem’. Image courtesy of Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery.

 

Rina Banerjee at Jacob Lewis Gallery

Rina Banerjee ‘Tropical Urban’ exhibit at Jacob Lewis Gallery.

Rina Banerjee

Rina Banerjee ‘Tropical Urban’ exhibit at Jacob Lewis Gallery.

 

 

NADA Art Fair

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Elham Rokni ‘Space Mosque’ mixed media on paper at Shulamit Gallery.

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Shulamit Nazarian and artist Elham Rokni at Shulamit Gallery.

 

Mika Tajima at Eleven Rivington

Mika Tajima, woven cotton, wood and acoustic baffling flet at Eleven Rivington

 

Hannah Whitaker

Hannah Whitaker archival pigment prints at M + B Gallery.

 

The New Museum Triennial:

This exhibit, ‘Surround Audience’ features early career artists from around the world.

at the New Museum Triennial

Nidjeka Akunylili Crosby ‘And We Begin to Let Go’  acrylic, pastel, charcoal, collage and xerox transfer on paper.

 

 

Avery Singer 'Untitled' acrylic on canvas.

Avery Singer ‘Untitled’ acrylic on canvas.

 

Eloise Hawser '17/03/2014' found lithographic plate.

Eloise Hawser ’17/03/2014′ found lithographic plate.

 

Ane Graff, oil on marble sculptures

Ane Graff, oil on marble sculptures

Thursday April 30, 2015

To Do List: May

Ben Venom, All the Aces, hand-made quilt with recycled fabric.

Ben Venom, “All the Aces”, hand-made quilt with recycled fabric. Image courtesy of the de Young Museum.

May 6th – May 31st, Ben Venom: Thrill of It All, The Artist Studio program at the de Young Museum: Ben Venom’s residency at the de Young Museum will expand on his current body of work by completing 9′ x 11′ handmade quilts constructed in part from donated/repurposed material (i.e. band shirts, jeans, etc.). This material, donated by friends, family, and community members, will become the foundation for the quilts. By stitching used clothing into a unified piece, the quilts display a multitude of personal histories. Everyone’s unexplained stains, tears, or rips will be included and when displayed, visitors will be able to see a piece of themselves sewn into a functional quilt. The designs will draw from research in the fields of mythology, the occult, folklore, and motorcycle gang logos. Visit The Artist Studio program Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm in the de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio. There will be an artist reception at the end of his residency Friday, May 29th 6 – 8:30 pm. 

 

San Francisco Camerawork

Detail of David Vera, “Sweetbook”, 2014 and installation view of SF Camerawork. Images courtesy of Benjamin Hoffman and SF Camerawork.

Ongoing to May 23rd, Existe Lo Que Tiene Nombre: Contemporary Photography in Mexico at SF Camerawork: A two part exhibit organized by San Francisco-based curator Sergio De La Torre and Tijuana-based curator Javier Ramírez Limón, in conjuction with Galeria de la Raza. The title of the exhibition, Existe lo que tiene nombre, comes from a conversation with the artist Jazzibe Santos, whose photographic project documents her grandmother’s household of labeled objects. Ranging from humorous to disturbing, personal to ambiguous, Santos’ photographs, along with those of the 22 artists featured in this exhibition, are indicative of the current state of contemporary photographic practices in Mexico. SF Camerawork is located at 1011 Market Street, 2nd floor. 

 

 

Recology

Works by Mike Arcega, Eden V. Evans and Ma Li at Recology San Francisco.  Images courtesy of Recology SF.

Friday May 22nd – Tuesday May 26th, Recology San Francisco Artist in Residence Exhibitions: Michael Arcega, Ma Li and Eden V. Evans: The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco is a unique art and education program that provides Bay Area artists with access to discarded materials, a stipend, and a large studio space at the Recology Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Center. By supporting artists who work with recycled materials, Recology hopes to encourage people to conserve natural resources and promote new ways of thinking about art and the environment. During their residencies, artists have scavenging privileges and 24-hour access to the company’s well-equipped art studio.  At the conclusion of their residency, Recology hosts a two-day public exhibition and reception for the artists featuring the artwork made during their residency. The current exhibit opens with viewing times on Friday, May 22, 5-9 pm and Saturday, May 23, 1-3 pm.  Additional viewing hours are Tuesday, May 26, 5-7 pm with a gallery walk-through with the artists at 6:30 pm at 503 Tunnel Avenue.

 

 

 

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San Francisco Art Institute MFA student Dio Chen “Depende”, still from a film, 8 mins 51 seconds.  Image courtesy of SFAI.

Bay Area MFA Thesis Exhibitions:

San Francisco State University – Ongoing – May 16th, MFA Thesis Exhibition, 1600 Holloway Avenue: Emerging, prolific artists present new work in photography, sculpture, new practices, painting, conceptual and information arts and printmaking. Showcasing the creativity and diversity in the Art Department’s rigorous, competitive three-year Master of Fine Arts program, these artists all exhibit their works actively throughout Northern California and beyond. Gallery hours: Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11am to 4pm.

Mills College – May 3rd – May 31st, Terra Incognita, 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland: Terra Incognita features work in a wide range of media—painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, and performance—created by the emerging artists of the Mills College MFA in Studio Art Program. Opening reception is Saturday, May 2nd 6 – 8pm.

California College of the Arts – May 14th – May 23rd, 2015 MFA Thesis Show, 1111 8th Street: The CCA graduate MFA program has an interdisciplinary orientation that supports both the crossing and merging of mediums as well as the investigation and use of content from diverse areas of thought.

San Francisco Art Institute – May 14th – May 17th, Edge Effect, Pier 2 Fort Mason Center:  100 artists from San Francisco Art Institute’s graduate program present eclectic visions at the leading edge of contemporary art. Installations, painting, photography, video, sculpture, printmaking, performances, and hybrid forms come together for an exclusive four-day-only exhibition.  Open daily 11 am – 6pm.  Opening reception is Friday, May 15th 7 – 9 pm.

University of California at Berkeley – May 15th – June 14th, MFA 2015, 1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley: For the past forty-four years, BAM/PFA has teamed with the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice to present the work of its graduating MFA students. Because of the closure of the BAM/PFA Galleries in 2015, this year’s MFA presentation will be held at the Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley.

Tuesday April 7, 2015

Afternoon In Oakland

A brief visit to Oakland recently yielded some interesting emerging work. Starting with Diedrick Brackens and Blaise Rosenthal at Johansson Projects.

Diedrick Brackens, disconnected, drown, drench, 2015 Hand woven and sewn fabric, cotton dyed with tea and wine, nylon, commercially dyes cotton, and polyester yarns

Diedrick Brackens, disconnected, drown, drench,
2015
Hand woven and sewn fabric, cotton dyed with tea and wine, nylon, commercially dyes cotton, and polyester yarns

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.

Diedrick Brackens, and see what happens 2015 Hand woven fabric, cotton dyed with tea, acrylic yarn, and nylon

Diedrick Brackens, and see what happens, 2015
Hand woven fabric, cotton dyed with tea, acrylic yarn, and nylon  (image: Johansson Projects)

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.

Blaise Rosenthal, A Farewell, 2014, charcoal an dacrylic on canvas  (image: Johansson Projects)

Blaise Rosenthal, A Farewell, 2014, charcoal and acrylic on canvas (image: Johansson Projects)

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Blaise Rosenthal, detail

 

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.

Lisa Espinmiller, Chant Drawing, ink on paper

Lisa Espenmiller, Chant Drawing, ink on paper

Lisa Espenmiller, (chant drawing detail), ink on paper

Lisa Espenmiller, (chant drawing detail), ink on paper

 

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.

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Detail of the installation by Sahar Khoury and Francesco Deiana

Oakland based artist, Sahar Khoury works mostly in paper-mache to make sculptures which lay somewhere between sculpture and furniture.

The scene at Friday Nights at OMCA

The scene at Friday Nights at OMCA

Tuesday March 31, 2015

To Do List: April

 

Bruce Conner

Bruce Conner, ‘Tracery in the Sky (detail)’, 2002, archival pigmented inkjet with graphite.  Image courtesy of Magnolia Editions.

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.

 

 

Tanja Geis 'Littoral Daemon I' 2014, mud from San Francisco Bay on paper.

Tanja Geis ‘Littoral Daemon I’ 2014, mud from San Francisco Bay on paper.  Image courtesy of Embark Gallery.

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.

 

Welcome to Headlands Center for the Arts from Headlands Center for the Arts on Vimeo.

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.

 

Art Auctions:

Christina Marie Fong 'King African Statue' metallic ink on paper.  Image courtesy of Creativity Explored.

Christina Marie Fong ‘King African Statue’ metallic ink on paper. Image courtesy of Creativity Explored.

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.  

 

Val Britton  'Northwest Territory' 2010, ink, graphite and collage on paper.  Image courtesy of KALA Art Institute.

Val Britton ‘Northwest Territory’ 2010, ink, graphite and collage on paper. Image courtesy of KALA Art Institute.

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.

 

Art Fairs

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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.

 

StartUp

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

Notes from New York this Month

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….

Jay Heikes, 'Music for Minor Planets (Piccard), 2015, graphite and pigment on dyed and bleached paper

Jay Heikes, ‘Music for Minor Planets (Piccard)’, 2015, graphite and pigment on dyed and bleached paper. Courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery

 

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.

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Evan Nesbit ‘Trans-pleasant’, 2015 acrylic dye and burlap.

 

 

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:

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Erica Baum ‘Enclosing’ 2010, archival pigment print

 

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Erica Baum ‘Sonny’ 2012, archival pigment print.

 

 

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.

Rubens Ghenov 'The Ridden Hour, Selected Dreams in Chuck D' 2013, acrylic on linen

Rubens Ghenov ‘The Ridden Hour, Selected Dreams in Chuck D’ 2013, acrylic on linen.

 

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.

Rubens Ghenov "Ob Verse, Dusk1' 2014, acrylic on linen

Rubens Ghenov “Ob Verse, Dusk1′ 2014, acrylic on linen.

 

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.

Marsha Cottrell 'Old Museum (Interior 5)' 2015, laser toner on paper, unique

Marsha Cottrell ‘Old Museum (Interior 5)’ 2015, laser toner on paper, unique.  Image courtesy of Eleven Rivington Gallery.

Installation view at Eleven Rivington Gallery.

Installation view at Eleven Rivington Gallery.

 

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.

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Reinhard Voss, In the woods, 2011, mixed media on wood.   Image courtesy Galerie L’Inlassable

 

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.

Marcel Odenbach '08.08.08 (China Collage)' 2008, acrylic on canvas.

Marcel Odenbach ‘08.08.08 (China Collage)’ 2008, acrylic on canvas.

Detail

Detail

 

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.

David Korty 'Blue Shelf #36'

David Korty ‘Blue Shelf #36’ 2015 ink, paper, pencil, silkscreen and paint on canvas.  Image courtesy of Wallspace in Chelsea.

And below is a shot from Wallspace’s stand at The Independent fair featuring David Korty’s ceramics and Daniel Gordon’s photographs.

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A selection of David Korty ‘Untitled Vases’ 2015, high fire ceramics with glaze.

 

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.

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Daniel Gordon ‘Orange Vase’ 2015, chromogenic print. Image courtesy of Wallspace Gallery.

Friday February 27, 2015

To Do List: March

 

Libby Black painting, sculpture and installation work.

Libby Black ‘Self Help’, ‘Andy Warhol Book’ and ‘Workout Room’ installation.  Images courtesy of Libby Black.

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.

 

 

Lu Chuntao, 'Hawthorn'  2014, ink painting.  Courtesy of

Lu Chuntao, ‘Lotus Pond’ 2014, ink on handmade paper. Courtesy of The Visual Art Center at The Chinese Culture Foundation.

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.

 

 

 

Images from last year's auction, courtesy of Southern Exposure.

Images from last year’s art auction, courtesy of Southern Exposure.

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.

 

 

Doug Hall

Doug Hall, installation view of ‘The Terrible Uncertainty of the Thing Described’.  Image courtesy of Doug Hall.

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

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

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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:

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The scene on opening night.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.