Hot off the easel: the latest art buzz & events in the Bay Area. Go get your art on.
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.
Chronicle art critic Charles Desmarais wins major national award San Francisco Chronicle Art Critic Charles Desmarais has been named a winner of the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Prize for outstanding performance in visual arts journalism. This is an extraordinary honor for a man who has spent his career in visual arts administration before joining The Chronicle as our visual art critic a year and a half ago, said David Wiegand, assistant managing editor, features. Charles has brought a keen eye, a wealth of experience and, most of all, an appreciation for the importance of art in our world to his job as the Chronicle art critic. The Rabkin Prize is funded by the estate of abstract painter, folk art collector and Manhattan real estate investor Leo Rabkin, who died in 2015. Entries were judged solely upon their submission, by a three-person jury comprising readers of the arts press.
Way back in 1993, Robert Downey Jr. was nominated for his first Oscar for his touching and at times mesmerizing performance as Charlie Chaplin in Richard Attenboroughs Chaplin. Kamin, a respected theatrical comic and Chaplin expert, coached Downeys moves in trying to capture the silent film comedians phenomenally gifted physical performances (he also appeared in the film as a Keystone Kop). [...] Kamin, who also coached Johnny Depp in Benny and Joon, will personally demonstrate Chaplins genius at a special program at the Smith Rafael Film Center on Thursday, July 20. Kamin is slated to introduce and screen Chaplins 1916 short The Pawnshop, then will break down Chaplins visual approach to comedy and body language through live performance.
The more I think about art that has captivated me and stayed in my mind, the more I find it difficult to talk about. The problem, so to speak, is that what usually compels me in an artwork is not only its content but its ability to stretch, transpass, bend, or reinvent its own margins, ... More
Over the pastfifty years,the Poetry Project has been a place whereprogressive new works find a home among friends and fellow travelers. This whos who of American writers and performers has included a number of California poets, from Joanne Kyger andDiane di Prima to Lyn Hejinian,Cedar Sigo,Robin Coste Lewis, and David Antin. Oftentimes, writers visiting the ... More
Submission Friday:Kelly McGovernBlueCollage Kelly-mcgovern.com
Submission Friday:FLASHS AVEUGLES By Margaux Peron (Chez Gomar) chezgomar.tumblr.com https://www.facebook.com/chezgomar/
Submission Friday:Alonso Cisneros Time Machine Parking Ticket https://www.instagram.com/alonsoecisneros/
Submission Friday:Summertime Photo by Maximilian Moschetti www.tumblr.com/blog/maximilianmoschetti
Submission Friday:Recto Verso 9, 59,4 x 42,0 cm, inket print, Lonneke de Groot, 2016 http://www.lonnekedegroot.nl/
Submission Friday:ZAP, 11 x 14", acrylic on wood panel Dan Huston (2017) danhuston.com
Submission Friday:My brother by Milou Krietemeijer-Dirks
Well this is amusing. [ more ]
It's got a new look and feel, a new $10 value menu, and a new bar manager who wants to help make space for artists to create. [ more ]
As confirmation of the zeitgeist, the low-brow beverage is now the subject of a high-brow art show by San Francisco-based artist fnnch. The Friday night opening of "9 Cans of LaCroix" at The SUB, an artist collective in the Mission District, sold out within 24 hours. Event organizers have added a second viewing on Sunday (tickets are available with a $15-$30 donation here).
[...] she knows it when she sees it a neon sign burning late at a liquor store or a motel, in Chinatown, the Mission, and through the fog in the Outer Sunset where she lives. From that image, she creates a vibrant painting, a process that involves five colors at most, to create the effect of a vintage cartoon or comic book. Im trying to create a style that evokes a sense of nostalgia and familiarity, says the 25-year-old artist. Liquor stores and corner stores, motels things like that are a facet of every city and town, she says. The liquor stores and corner stores there are in strip malls, but she loved them just the same. In the crush of humanity, she started taking pictures and later combined them into a painting of a man eating a hot dog in front of a liquor store. Above the liquor is an apartment building with clothes drying on a fire escape. The pieces in the 111 Minna Gallery show are as large as 5 feet square, which means more signs, more people and more streetscape.
In February of this year I found myself in need of a new lens for my camera. Its a Nikon FM10, an old one. I take it into the photo equipment store and the man at the counter tells me that they have precisely that lens, likely identical to the one that came with my ... More
Open Space is pleased to present Alan Bernheimers Younger Than Yesterday. Much of the material in Younger Than Yesterday is culled from notebooks kept by Bernheimer in the early 70s, when he first lived in San Francisco; a more recently composed pair of essays further reflect on that and earlier periods in his life. It ... More
There are 34,678 pieces of artwork in SFMOMA's collection, with only about 5% on view at any given time. To get more eyes on the art, they've just created a brand new way to discover some of it. Their highly addictive "Send Me" feature allows you to text them what you want to see, and they'll send you back an image of a piece of art depicting that thing, along with some information on the piece. [ more ]
Jos Luis Cuevas, whose rebellious personality and dark delineation of human suffering made him one of the most celebrated Mexican artists of the 1950s and 60s, died Monday in Mexico City. President Enrique Pea Nieto announced his death, posting on Twitter that Mr. Cuevas will always be remembered as a synonym of universality, freedom, creation. Working almost exclusively in ink drawings, Mr. Cuevas depicted the wretched of the earth the infirm, the deformed, the mad in an unblinking expressionist manner that reflected the influence of artists like Goya, Breughel and Grosz as well as the forms of pre-Columbian art. Countering the warm humanism and leftist politics of the muralists, Mr. Cuevas offered an existentialists view of the human condition, with hopelessness a given. Surely there is not a more refined craftsman at work today than Ms. Cuevas, no artist who draws a line with more delicate calculation, who more firmly rejects the impulsive stab or the quick, suggestive squiggle, the New York Times art critic John Canaday wrote in 1965, adding, No artist, not even Hieronymus Bosch, has managed to make horror more elegant. Before his illness, he had spent one term studying at the National School of Painting and Sculpture, but he was otherwise self-taught. Shows followed in New York and Paris, where Pablo Picasso bought two of Mr. Cuevas drawings, as well as invitations to art festivals around the world, including the 1959 Biennale in So Paulo, where a special room was set aside for his drawings. In the mid-1960s, Cuevas spent two years at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, where he produced a series of prints on a favorite subject, the Marquis de Sade. Despite the accolades heaped upon him, including a retrospective in 2009 at the Museum of the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City, Cuevas never quite shed his image as the bad boy of Mexican art. In 2001, to greet visitors entering the coastal city of Colima, he created Obscene Figure, a quasi-human beast in a kneeling position, but with one of its four legs lifted, like a dog by a fire hydrant.
Cultivating a personal approach to reporting is an ongoing process that, for me, involves both close introspection and researching across discourses and disciplines. The following is a short list of materials culled from that process snippets that have stuck with meas I work to identify the ways in which assumptions about what it takes ... More
Thanks for nothing, Nelson Rockefeller. [ more ]
The trajectory of any artistic project is always unstable and treacherous, subject to the various failures of its delicate internal mechanisms, of course, but also uniquely sensitive to external conditions as well. For every work that achieves escape velocity from its creators mind to find its realization in the world, there are innumerable others whose ... More
Nobody loved the draft, and while national news photographers were looking for hippies with flowers their hair on Haight Street, Berkeley documentarian Nacio Jan Brown was shooting a protest against the Vietnam War at the Oakland Induction Center. The exhibit of 63 images covers just about every protest, from antiwar rallies at San Francisco State through the Black Panthers, Peoples Park, the United Farmworkers March, Greenpeace, AIDS activism, Chinatown rent strikes, Black Lives Matter and through to the Womens March last winter. For every gathering of resistance, there seemed to be at least one photographer, and the 33 photographers in the show amount to the ones who we could find their negatives or their digital files, says Ken Light, professor of photojournalism at UC Berkeley, who curated the show along with his wife Melanie Light, a photography appraiser and archivist. When word got around about the project, photographers started sending the Lights digital files, hundreds of them. The Lights turned a home office into a Resistors Room, and papered the walls with thumbnail prints attached by pushpins. We had too many pictures of policemen beating up people and protesters holding signs, which were kind of boring, Light says. Sam Whiting is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Resistors: 50 Years of Social Movement Photography in the Bay Area:
The very first time I met Larrys parents was inside a South Lake Tahoe casino. It must have been about 2:30 in the afternoon when Larry and I walked in. We had driven from Greenbrae to spend the weekend in their Tahoe Keys condo. Irv stood near the slot machines dressed in a full Cleveland: ... More
Submission Friday:Inside art By Cristina Coral @celine dress
Submission Friday:Deon | Jackson Heights, Queens, New York
Since its creation by Rhodessa Jones in the late 1980s, the simple yet profound aim of the Medea Project has been to enable incarcerated women to articulate and perform their experiences of trauma; more recently, the Medea Project has expanded its focus to include women diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Even as it has evolved over the ... More
When I write poems I am usually, at the same time, making videos, themselves usually unrelated to the poems and vice versa. What follows is an excerpt from a longer text concerned with the image of Kwanzaa in the media, among other things, and a video about Cicely Tyson that is both about Cicely Tyson ... More
You've probably seen traces of Jeremy Fish around the city. There's the ship in North Beach, the walruses above Upper Playground and, of course, the "silly pink bunny" on Haight Street.Fish has left an indelible mark on San Francisco after two decades of creating art around and inspired by the city. When San Francisco City Hall's centennial rolled around in 2015, the artist picked up his pens and set up shop inside the landmark, with support of the San Francisco Arts Commission.
Submission Friday:www.davidmohrstudio.com David Mohr, A Sight Between (2), Acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 2016
Submission Friday:Morten Rockford Ravn,Phantom, 2017
Submission Friday:Outre Mers XLVIII - 2017 Oil, acrylic, metallic spray paint, posca on canvas. 92x73cm. www.felixhemme.com
Submission Friday:Anahit Model: Anahit
Submission Friday:All Eyez On Me by Daniela Lencioni of Apt.208 digital illustration
Among the things I miss most about Larry Sultan and there are many are the talks that we used to have. Often highly speculative, these could take place almost anywhere, ranging from a quick encounter at a party to a more sustained conversation over lunch or in a classroom with students. I found ... More