Hot off the easel: the latest art buzz & events in the Bay Area. Go get your art on.
You could build a world out of need or you could hold everything black and see. Claudia Rankine, Citizen In 1972, the American jazz saxophonist Joe Henderson released Black Is the Color, one in a series of albums he put out on the Milestone label, including In Pursuit of Blackness (1971), If Youre Not ... More
When I worked as a museum guard, I spent a lot of time looking at the same paintings. A coworker taught me a trick: think about food. Specifically, she told me to think about French fries: their texture, grease, and salt on my tongue. I followed her directions while I shifted my weight from ... More
Homeless, yes, Im homeless, might as well be dead, Oh you know Im homeless, might as well be dead, Hungry and disgusted, no place to lay my head! Wish I was an eagle, but Im a plain old black crow, Wish I was an eagle, but Im a plain old black crow, Im gonna flap ... More
Open Space is based in the Bay Area and were interested in what it means, in this day and age, to speak from a place. This is a line on our About page. Its something I wrote, something I often question.To speak from a place yet be in conversation with the world: to what extent ... More
Submission Friday:Karen Hackenberg Arctic Thirst gouache painting on paper 10.25 x 14.5 inches
Submission Friday:When your minds open
Submission Friday:LIL YACHTY
Submission Friday:Less is more by Ottavio Marino
Submission Friday:NYC Pride Parade 2017
Submission Friday:Enrico Ruggeri The Outer Limit ink and oil paint on paper(31,5x49 cm)
Submission Friday:Entropy, slowed, to a 2 year cycle. Stuart Murdoch, Artist, Picture-maker, Educator http://s2z.tumblr.com
Submission Friday:trophy for tyranny New York Times, vintage dog muzzle, leather belt, paint holly ballard martz
Submission Friday:Re-Pose, oil on acrylic on canvas, 48 x 84 inches, 2006 www.geoffreystein.com
BOSTON A good roasting hasnt caused a meltdown at Bostons new wax museum. Officials at the Dreamland Wax Museum say theyre embracing the extra attention brought by waves of online hecklers who have lampooned some of its less-than-flattering likenesses. Its absolutely been a blessing to have all of that controversy, said Michael Pelletz, the museums vice president of sales. Even if its negative press, its working wonderfully. Photos of the museums life-size wax figures have been circulating online since it opened its doors in July, in some cases inspiring scorching ridicule.
Music, art and incredible views come together for the 65th Sausalito Art Festival. One of the longest-running and most well-oiled events of its type, the annual three-day open-air marketplace draws artists and musicians from across the country to Marinship Park from Saturday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 4. This years music lineup includes throwback acts from the 1970s and 80s such as War, Pablo Cruise, Foghat, the Fixx and the Tubes, playing alongside beloved Bay Area party outfits Tainted Love, Foreverland and the Purple Ones. Aidin Vaziri Sausalito Art Festival: 10 a.m.
This fall, take a trip to the Getty Center in Los Angeles and step into Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is the latest collaborative effort from arts institutions across Southern California. [ more ]
Julie Mehretus HOWL, eon (I, II), 2017 in the Haas Jr. Atrium were the largest paintings we have ever installed. On view (for free) starting this weekend.
It's only Monday of the seven-day affair known as The Burn, and thanks to newly semi-functional cell signal out on the playa, like last year, we're getting some early sneak peeks of the art already. [ more ]
Submission Friday:NJ03:[email protected] Landscape with Eclipse MuNaFo2017 http://munafo-mtw.tumblr.com/post/164576635479/nj0312pm120milliseconds-landscape-with-eclipse
Submission Friday:Marine Artifacts of the Salish Sea:Artifact No. 8 (shotgun wad) oil on canvas,6 x 6 inches, 2016 Karen Hackenberg
Submission Friday:Taraval Street, San Francisco, 8/15/17.
Submission Friday:The Virgins direction and body painted tops by Ashleigh Alexandria @thevirginartiste shot by Sean Greenberg @sean.greenberg
Submission Friday:Alexis in Echo Park Oil on Canvas 12" x 12"
The San Francisco edition of this installation/celebration of ice cream, following hugely popular runs in NY and LA, costs $38 a ticket, and poof, Millennials gobbled them up like so many sprinkles. [ more ]
Submission Friday:Alex Rudin, On Fire 40 x 30 inches
Submission Friday:Artist name : Joshua Quinlon artwork title : Jazz Blackatabque more art by me : hazulfro.tumblr.com
Due to the counterprotest scheduled for the Civic Center Saturday, Aug. 26, the farewell ceremony for the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery at 155 Grove Street has been postponed. The event, a free public performance and procession from 155 Grove Street to the new SFAC Main Gallery in the Veterans building will now be held Sept. 30. The Grove Street gallery has been in operation for 47 years. Its closing exhibit, a site-specific window display by acclaimed graphic designer Martin Venezky will be unveiled Saturday as planned but the goodbye party with performance and procession by Cliff Hengst will not take place until Sept. 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Submission Friday:Jerome Freeman Untitled Emulsion Lift on watercolor paper
Submission Friday:Voices in My Head Mixed media by Ellie Luna Found objects and mirror.
People meet up in San Francisco to discuss almost anything zoning policies, sapiosexuality, nano-brews, vegan co-ops, MSG addiction. But death, the most universal and unavoidable fact of life? It rarely makes the cut. There is something in the underpinnings of traditional Western culture that renders casual conversation about death, something that happens to everyone, unwelcome while the least probable events, such as a winning the Powerball, are embraced with open arms. When death is talked about, its sepulchered away to private rooms, or discussed in whispers. Seven years ago, San Francisco organizer Ned Buskirk decided it was time to call death by its name.
Unknown, Eclipse, Oakland, California, 4-28-30, 1930
Submission Friday: When your minds open
Submission Friday:Maciej Slaski composition II
You've got to use your imagination. [ more ]
Submission Friday:Curled Upoil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 2017 www.geoffreystein.com
Submission Friday:Florence Bataille marchattacks.tumblr.com
Submission Friday:Sketchbook page by Mollie Ong 2017. Mixed Media
Submission Friday:contemporary art, painting, excessivism, la artist,plastic, acrylic
Submission Friday:Painting by Ataru Kozuru, Mixed media on paper, 2017
Homegrown stars shine at Art & Soul Oakland R&B singer-songwriter Goapele, Grammy-nominated duo Los Rakas and up-and-coming rapper Adrian Marcel are all scheduled to perform at the downtown fete over the weekend. Other musical performers include singer-actress Angie Stone, Chant Moore, Sydney Nycole, John Brothers Piano Company, Tony Toni Ton and more. The third annual Oaktown Throwdown barbecue competition will also feature 40 professional pit masters and backyard teams from all over the state.
British artist Richard Deacon prefers to call himself a fabricator rather than a sculptor. He says, material and its manipulation are core areas in what I do. Matter and stuff are the words I tend to use.Happy Birthday toDeacon, born on this day in 1949
A street artist known for sensational, sometimes racist, and politically incorrect poster campaigns ridiculing everything from Black Lives Matter to Lena Dunham is blaming Mark Zuckerberg for being "thin-skinned" after his Facebook fan page was taken down by the social media giant. [ more ]
Submission Friday:The whole palace mourns the king 70 cm x 70 cm - 03/08/2017 Acrylics on canvas. acrylicempire.tumblr.com
Submission Friday:White wind by Milou Krietemeijer-Dirks
Let this be just the psych-up you need if the to-do list that's still undone is keeping you up at night and ruining your August. [ more ]
Submission Friday:Sherman Fleming. INVISIBLE n00se. Philadelphia, PA. 2017. In an ongoing series of function actions I have been engaging the public while wearing a hangmans noose. This function action, begun in 2015, is a public act of resistance to the history and state of terrorism Black people endure. In 2017 I began Invisible n00se, a series of still photographs that chronicle my presence at historic sites along the Underground Railroad in Philadelphia. My objective is to photograph myself at Underground Railroad sites along the east coast as well as document my bearing witness at locations where a hangmans noose has been discovered. For more information: https://shermanperforms.wordpress.com/2015/09/13/n00se/
Submission Friday:Kathleen King Arguing with Success, in three parts 2017 Wood, spray paint
Submission Friday:River, Valley 30"X30" oil paint on wood 2017 Erica Elan Ciganek www.ericaelanciganek.com Instagram: @eeciganek
Submission Friday:Biarritz (Film photography : canon AE1, Kodak Portra 160) Submission by G Encrenaz
Susan Dackerman, a German Renaissance scholar, will be named Friday as the John and Jill Freidenrich Director of the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, as the university museum is formally known. Dackerman, 53, comes from the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, where she has worked for two years, following 10 years as curator of prints at the Harvard Art Museums. I want to figure out ways to connect the museum to the technology community both on campus and in the area, Dackerman said Thursday by phone, while at Harvard to research a book. While studying at Bryn Mawr she secured an internship at Harvard Art Museums, which convinced me I wanted to have a museum career rather than an academic career, she said. Dackerman starts Sept. 18 and plans to commute by bicycle to work from faculty housing at Stanford West on Sand Hill Road, near Stanford Shopping Center.
The Pacific Pinball Museum of Alameda has brought a traveling show to the Chabot Space & Science Center, which includes lessons about physics, engineering, graphic design and dozens of playable pinball machines. Co-curated by Michael Schiess and Melissa Harmon at the pinball museum, The Art & Science of Pinball exhibit is aimed to demystify the way machines work. Pinball machines are broken down to their basic components, including a clear-sided pinball machine designed by Schiess, a former Exploratorium builder. Chabot is hosting several pinball-related events, including an adults-only Nerd Night with a screening of Tommy (Aug. 25), and the Wizard Mode pinball tournament (Sept. 16). Free admission to exhibit with $14-$18 admission, which also includes two planetarium shows.
A member of Detour Dance, dancer, choreographer and artist Melissa Lewis founded her own performance studio in the Tenderloin this year except its not your average studio. Appropriately titled The Sardine, Lewis puts on solo performance events of dance, music and theater for audiences of just one to three people in a 9-by-12-foot space. Staging an interactive performance in the larger dimensions of the Tenderloin Museum, Lewis re-creates the confines of her studio with painters tape while also bringing in physical found art of sardine tins.
In miniature books, enthusiasts find intimacy and art The manuscript came as a sort of bonus that a toy store owner sneaked in along with a first Holy Communion outfit her parents bought for her Shirley Temple doll back when she was 6 or 7. Brandt is pretty sure thats where her collection began, back in the 1930s while she and her parents were living in France. I dont think theres a subject you can mention that I dont have a miniature book in, Brandt says. A comprehensive list of the subjects included in her collection runs four pages long. [...] shes the only member who has been at every single conclave since they began 35 years ago. The conferences, as described by Brandt and this years hosts, Dorothy Yule and Susan Hunt Yule (identical twin sisters who sometimes wear matching outfits, or what Susan likes to call twin drag), are almost what one might expect: group dinners and tours of rare-book collections; two auctions, one silent and one live; a book fair; and a contest for bookmakers. [...] on Friday, conference attendees are invited to join in one workshop in which tiny pressed plants from around the Bay Area may be sketched, stenciled, stamped, and saved in this modular accordion book designed by the instructor. On Saturday, Judith Serebrin will walk the group through the process of stitching together a 2-by-2-inch book with optional sewing on the cover and a calligraphy illustration on the frontispiece. [...] there are also publishers, writers, illustrators, book artists and just plain old people who got interested in miniature books, Brandt says. Yule, a former art director of The Chronicle, falls mostly into the book artist category, though she also writes them.
Art and mortality on the bill for Great American Music Hall event Poetry, Prose, and Everything Goes, started seven years ago in Buskirks Duboce Park living room. Unlike its regular open mikes, this show will be curated with performers tuned toward the beauties and sorrows of mortality.
Submission Friday:procedural error results in failed experiment vintage US flag, glass tube 30" x 4.5" x 4.5" holly ballard martz
Submission Friday:Holly Rowan Hesson, Assembly, 2016, projection(looped series of 147 stills for each of three projectors), chairs, dimensions variable hollyrowanhesson.co.uk
Submission Friday:Circlo High-shrinkage handmade flax paper, bamboo, 2017, 50 in x 48 inches Michelle Wilson
Pedestrian killed, Tesla earnings, and how CCSF went free. [ more ]
San Francisco is now exclusively colorful pop-up interactive art exhibits. [ more ]
How one artist uses Google Street View to escape her agoraphobia and create otherworldly images of the world beyond her London apartment.
How one artist uses Google Street View to escape her agoraphobia and create otherworldly images of the world beyond her London apartment.
Submission Friday:tennis the menace by dax norman. 2017
Submission Friday:New Beginning http://harlimarten.tumblr.com/
Submission Friday:Stardust and Ashes #46 2017 10" x 8" (others from series are 7 x 5) Cyanotype made from ashes of euthanized animals at an open admission animal shelter in NC. Artist Statement STARDUST AND ASHES The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.Carl Sagan, CosmosI made these cyanotypes with the ashes of euthanized homeless animals from an animal shelters crematorium. Although these animals died without anyone mourn their passing, I hope these images serve as memorial. They are no one, yet they are everyone and everything. They have become dust that we will all one day return to.
Submission Friday:I suspect youve noticed that making art can be lonelyby Daniel Osborne, 2017
On Monday, well go dark for our annual August break, a time when we can reassess our various behind-the-scenes ways of working and prepare for the fall season. And, of course, well look back, at a publishing year full of incredible collaborations, a museum-world first, and, as ever, myriad fantastic contributions from artists near and ... More
Sites Unseen activating public art in Yerba Buena alleys The mission of Sites Unseen is to activate the Yerba Buena alleys with permanent public art. The colors alone will make a brilliant unveil, but Sites Unseen always livens things up with side shows this time theyll feature a Crochet Jam hosted by Ramekon OArwister and an art zine being made on-site by Fallen Fruit, an arts duo from Los Angeles.
Four days after the Ghost Ship fire, I was sitting awake at 4 a.m. in front of an empty Word document, crying. I was crying not only from immense fear and feelings of loss, but because I could not bring myself to write. And that made me feel useless. The requests to cover the ... More
Its getting harder to find the worlds unexplored cities, simply because fewer of them exist. But Canada is home to many places that offer elite cultural and culinary experiences, and are still somewhat under the radar at least, for now. [ more ]
Its Thursday. Im home, back from the boxing gym, where the rooms heavy with moisture and the dull thud of meat against the bag. Recently, Ive been telling this joke about how I leveled up in fight school, as though its some dumb video game, but the truth is that sparring classes are hard. Kickboxing ... More
I had lunch with my cousin today. We had arranged to meet at noon at Parque Berro, right in the center of Medelln. She was coming from Santa Elena, a small town located an hour away from the city, past the mountains in the East. I was coming from my hotel in the South, twenty-some ... More
Submission Friday:Maria PiessisWater Works #004mariapiessis.cominstagram.com/mariapiessis
Submission Friday:Lady In Black http://harlimarten.tumblr.com/
Submission Friday:The Architect Digital Print by Andrew Shachat [email protected]
Submission Friday:Knot tied to Stella, 2017 Hand drawn ink on paper, 4 panels, 11"x11" each panel Artist: Steven Vasquez Lopez www.stevenvlopez.com
A few times a season, we like to reach out to a current or former Open Space contributor and find out what theyve been up to. Writer and artist Emily Jain Wilson last published work here in 2013. So, Emily, what have you been up to? The past four years have been filled with tremendous ... More
Submission Friday:Artisanal 16 by Christina Massey Acrylic and Enamel on Paper, Wire, Mesh and Aluminum (re-purposed craft beer cans.)
The shipping container-based piece was here once before, two years ago, but it opens today at Crissy field with a direct Skype line to Mexico City, and an interpreter. [ more ]
Open Space is pleased to present a version of Toward an Empathetic Art in Spanish; it can be found immediately below the English translation. Eds. Open Space se complace en presentar una versin de Hacia un arte emptico en espaol; se encuentra justo debajo la traduccin al ingls. Francisco Papas Fritas, is a self-taught Chilean ... More
The thrill of art in print guides San Franciscos second annual Art Book Fair, opening Friday, July 21, at the Minnesota Street Project. We are looking to provide an event, a venue and a market for the great independent art publishing in the Bay Area, Alexander says. Eager to replicate the success of last years Art Book Fair, the focus is on making this years fair more robust, with more special programming and a heavier international and LGBTQ presence. On that note, whats sure to be one of the weekends biggest highlights is a panel discussion on Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community, a new art book published by Ammo Books. The panelists include John Chaich, co-editor of the book, and four other featured Bay Area artists: Chaich and the artists will discuss the 192-page book, which spotlights 30 contemporary queer artists working in the mediums of fiber art, textiles, and craft traditions such as crochet, knitting, and quilting. Chaichs vision for the book, he says, was to make something that could live as comfortably at an art school library as it could at Urban Outfitters, with broad appeal to academic and non-specialized readers. We really wanted the book design to give you the experience of a studio visit, he says. I think the place of art book fairs in a digital age really speaks to an audiences hunger for the tactile, finely crafted object, he says. OArwisters, whose art explores his identity as a black queer man coming of age in the Jim Crow South, has struggled to find a place in traditional galleries for nearly 25 years. I had to ask myself, What do I really want from these mostly white male museum curators? OArwisters says. This calm, relaxing and peaceful atmosphere was just what a confused little black queer boy needed when the world outside was often negative, hostile and unforgiving, he says in an interview with Danny Orendorff in the book. Carlos Valladares is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Tamara Shopsin will perform Swingin Salami, a performance piece involving salami, sandwiches and other eats. 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 22, in the Media Room.