Ongoing until July 13th Rina Banerjee and Lordy Rodriguez at Hosfelt Gallery: For her first project at Hosfelt Gallery Tender Mahal – Lifted, Rina Banerjee brings together a monumental, pink, Mughal-inspired sculpture and a group of her delicate and sensuous paintings on paper, in a paean to the potential of 21st century love. Concurrently in the gallery, Lordy Rodriguez presents Code Switch, new works on paper that utilize the map as a framework in which to experiment with unorthodox combinations of familiar visual languages from a variety of sources, including advertising, reality TV, fashion, gift-wrapping, and signature images associated with celebrity artists. With humor, craft, and adept analysis of popular culture, Rodriguez shrewdly subverts the fundamental purpose of design – to create something in the most beautiful and functional way – and the fundamental purpose of maps – to locate and transport ourselves in the world. The opening reception for both exhibits is June 8th, 4-6 pm, 260 Utah Street.
Ongoing until July 12th, Randy Colosky installation at 101 California Street, open M-F, 8am to 6pm: Conceptual artist Randy Colosky recently created new site-specific work for his exhibition at 101 California Street. When developing ideas for his installation, Colosky spent many hours in the lobby of the Philip Johnson designed 101 California Street contemplating how visitors were traveling through the space. The resulting large-scale photographs are loosley based on the concept in quantum physics that all realities exist until a specific reality is observed.
Using the building itself as the subject in Hansei Triptych, Colosky depicts that there are always alternatives and choices unfolding before us, and that we are not necessarily fixed points in one dimension. In the second gallery of the 101 California Street lobby, Colosky continues his practice of using industrial materials, transforming them into beautiful sculptures. Using engineered ceramic blocks to create his sculpture Karesansui, he presents a contemporary interpretation of the contemplative nature of Asian rock gardens. The piece appears solid like a stone, but upon further investigation and interaction is actually full of empty space, to the point that from certain vantage points, parts of the piece disappear into the colorful backdrop behind it. It is truly a mesmerizing and must-see experience.
Wednesday, June 5th, Headland’s Center for the Arts Benefit Auction at Herbst Exhibition Hall, The Presidio: 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. Support their programs by attending their benefit auction featuring works by over 100 artists in a live and silent auction. Purchase advance tickets here.
Friday, June 14th, Southern Exposure’s Monster Drawing Rally at THE NWBLK 1999 Bryant Street, Tickets are $15, 6 – 11 pm: Southern Exposure’s very popular annual Monster Drawing Rally is a live drawing and fundraising event with 120 artists working side by side. The event lets spectators observe artists in the act of creation, providing the opportunity to watch a drawing come to life, and to purchase a work of art minutes after its completion. All of the completed drawings are available for purchase for $60 each, and all proceeds provide direct support to Southern Exposure’s programs and mission of supporting visual artists.