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20140115200854-img_0749 Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Damon Soule at Fecal Face Dot Gallery May 7th, 2009 - June 6th, 2009
Posted 1/15/14

This review originally appeared on ArtSlant San Francisco in May 2009. Since then Damon Soule has shown at Thinkspace Gallery in LA, Joshua Liner Gallery in NY, and most recently at San Francisco's Mirus Gallery in December 2013. You can see more of the artist's work on his website here: http://www.damonsoule.com/ Materializing space into a simple geometry, Damon Soule works in the fissure between pop surrealism, neo cubism and fractalism. Using geometrical elements he creates the illusion of the third dimension, a... [more]

20131030233013-20121206043705-_ Obsessed with Beauty: An Interview with Joshua Petker   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/30/13

This is an oldie but goodie, all the way from 2008! One of our most popular interviews of all time, this interview with Joshua Petker was published originally on ArtSlant San Francisco in April 2008. On March 15, 2008, the Shooting Gallery in the Tenderloin in San Francisco held the opening reception for graffiti-artist-turned-popart-painter, Joshua Petker’s solo show, featuring sexy Sirens and deadly Delilahs. ArtSlant’s Jolene Torr chatted up the emerging artist to talk about his thematic... [more]

20120725213936-eric_staller__citroen_lores__1977 Street Art: Ephemera, Erasure, and Reality of Territory   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Evan Bissell, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Ana Teresa Fernández, Ricardo Richey, Favianna Rodriguez, Eric Staller at Intersection for the Arts/ Intersection 5M June 13th, 2012 - August 25th, 2012
Posted 10/2/13

This article originally appeared on ArtSlant San Francisco in July, 2012. Balmy Alley and Clarion Alley in San Francisco’s Mission District are well-known for their high concentration of murals, for the diversity of color contained in one-block stretches of fences and residences with bustling commercial streets astride. Swoon, Andrew Schoultz, Sirron Norris, among many others, have added their signature styles, commissioned or not, to the famed narrow alleys. But it’s thanks to Intersection... [more]

20120725213936-eric_staller__citroen_lores__1977 Street Art: Ephemera, Erasure, and Reality of Territory   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Evan Bissell, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Ana Teresa Fernández, Ricardo Richey, Favianna Rodriguez, Eric Staller at Intersection for the Arts/ Intersection 5M June 13th, 2012 - August 25th, 2012
Posted 7/25/12

Balmy Alley and Clarion Alley in San Francisco’s Mission District are well-known for their high concentration of murals, for the diversity of color contained in one-block stretches of fences and residences with bustling commercial streets astride. Swoon, Andrew Schoultz, Sirron Norris, among many others, have added their signature styles, commissioned or not, to the famed narrow alleys. But it’s thanks to Intersection for the Arts in the Mid-Market for their exhibition programming that consiste... [more]

Interview with Margaret Harrison  
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3/7/10

San Francisco, Mar. 2010 -- Stylistically, Margaret Harrison’s work is reminiscent of early 20th century comic and pin-up cartoon art— in color theory and line. Her style adheres to many traditional comic conventions, but she holds up a distorted mirror to contemporary society. Recognized as a pioneer of feminist art, her work explores not only the notions of female equality but also gender ambiguity and the arbitrary nature of absolute identity. On view thru March 27, 2010, at Intersection for t... [more]

Walter_robinson_compound_fracture_1365_45 A Candy Coated God and Other Strange Talismans   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Walter Robinson at Catharine Clark Gallery November 5th, 2009 - January 2nd, 2010
Posted 12/13/09

When I see the word “God” in gigantic letters and bathed under the blaze of flood lights, I usually run. But this particular logo is a beacon in the storm, chockfull of glittery resin. It is cheery and promising, beckoning me from the rain outside and constructed with Styrofoam and epoxy, made to look like misshapen doughnuts with sprinkles. It looks delicious, but it is bait. Everything in the gallery is bait. The textures are glossy, highly saturated, sickeningly slick and candy coated. The promise of “God” or some other salvatio... [more]

Dec_front Below the Surface   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Micah LeBrun at 111 Minna Gallery December 3rd, 2009 - January 15th, 2010
Posted 12/13/09

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Taraneh_hemami_carpet Everyday Stories   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Nima Alizadeh, Saba Alizadeh, Mohammad Ghazali, Ghazaleh Hedayat, Abbas Kowsari, Mehran Mohajer, Neda Razavipour, Homayoun Sirizi at Intersection for the Arts/ Intersection 5M November 4th, 2009 - January 23rd, 2010
Posted 11/16/09

Life in Tehran means several different things certainly, and I think in the West, it’s common to polarize the possible meanings based on obvious stereotypes and newswire-fueled assumptions. It’s easy that way. But in approaching this collection of modern art from Tehran, a complex intellectual tension surfaces as the artists are responding, surely, to an aggressively political and religious society but also attempting to reveal another richer layer in the story along with the symbols o... [more]

When_lives_become_form_-_untitled_-_marepe_credit-courtesy_galeria_luisa_strina__low-res_ With Fever, With Velocity   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Lina Bo Bardi, Isabela Capeto, Lygia Clark, Rogério Degaki, Ronaldo Fraga, Os Gemeos, Lucia Koch, André Komatsu, Leonilson, Marepe, Cildo Meireles, Beatriz Milhazes, Vik Muniz, Jum Nakao, Rivane Neuenschwander, Ruy Ohtake, Tomie Ohtake, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape, Mira Schendel Ana Maria Tavares and Erika Verzutti, Assume Vivid Astro Focus at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts November 5th, 2009 - January 31st, 2010
Posted 11/13/09

Everything in Brazil's modern culture it seems is celebrated with an exclamation point. And the current show at YBCA promises just that: "originality of the culture of people who live in the tropics." Here, the Tropicaìlia art movement is loudly explored, portraying a uniquely Brazilian art culture. I was, however, left reeling not from the surprise of innovation but by the bold, dizzying colors and the overwhelming aroma of coconut and suntan oil (actual smells!). More cloying were th... [more]

Store_front The Perish Trust   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/23/09

  The Perish Trust 728 Divisadero Street San Francisco, CA 94117   Because of the steampunky, old timey feel of the “Sea of Love” exhibit and the emphasis on materials at the “Talking to Yourself…” show, I felt a visit to the Perish Trust (finally) made sense (at least for the purposes of making some connection). The Perish Trust is a small business, and I’m not quite sure how it stays open. It is more of a display of antiques staged rather theatrically than an actual selling event. Vintage... [more]

Minna_kefe Waiting for the Siren's Call   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Ferris Plock, Kelly Tunstall at 111 Minna Gallery August 6th, 2009 - August 29th, 2009
Posted 8/23/09

    There’s always something a bit tragic and sensational about sea stories— that passion for the open sea, for the things that drift away. The sea is the place where men choose to be, where the ladies along the way are as fleeting as ever. A life of squandered happiness. In this husband and wife joint show, “Sea of Love,” Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall create men that are wild-eyed, delirious with wanderlust while the women are serene, swan-necked creatures of the sea. The pieces are large-... [more]

Vi_72_rgb Crisis Moments   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Pawel Kruk at David Cunningham Projects August 20th, 2009 - September 19th, 2009
Posted 8/23/09

    Entering artist Pawel Kruk’s exhibit is to bear a tense atmosphere; I’m not sure if each piece really peeled away layers of the artist’s (and spectator’s) personal anxiety or if each piece added to the anxiousness of the one before it. When I walked in, a man was seated at a table under round lights, heavy and clinical like lights in the OR or an interrogation room. There was a TV set with a man reciting contemplations on art, distance, solitude and the material world; the audio for this... [more]

Dsc_1653 Madrone Lounge   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/25/09

Madrone Lounge 500 Divisadero SF, CA 94117     Madrone is about art and infused cocktails. Under new ownership as of January ’09, this art lounge/bar features photography, video installation, design, fashion, spoken word, performance art, and painting. I went in there the day before the Bay to Breakers mess that would take over my street. The bartenders were knowledgeable and crafted refreshing cocktails that were as inventive, colorful and stimulating as the art on the walls. --Jolene To... [more]

N_p-mylove-flyer Their Wild Birdsongs   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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1911, Jill Bliss, Ashley Lande Brown, will bryant, Kate Bingaman Burt, Kime Buzzelli, John Casey, Lisa Congdon, Liam Devowski, Bill Dunlap, Kenn Goodall, Maxwell Loren Holyoke-Hirsch, Know Hope, Olivia Jeffries, Aidan Koch, Jeremiah Maddock, Leslie Martinez, Mike Perry, Shannon Rankin, Terri Olsen Von Schaub, Dan Szymanowski at Needles & Pens May 2nd, 2009 - June 28th, 2009
Posted 5/25/09

The blog I visit the most on a regular basis is "My Love For You Is a Stampede of Horses," and that is not hyperbole. I "stumbled" across it not by happenstance but because one day I was stalking the former editor of the blog I used to contribute to (starts with a J ends with a Z) and rummaged through her personal blog for trusted links to artists I wanted to celebrate and follow. I've loved her taste and credit much of my aesthetic to what I learned from her (J******z was my first writi... [more]

20140115200854-img_0749 Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Damon Soule at Fecal Face Dot Gallery May 7th, 2009 - June 6th, 2009
Posted 5/24/09

Materializing space into a simple geometry, Damon Soule works in the fissure between pop surrealism, neo cubism and fractalism. Using geometrical elements he creates the illusion of the third dimension, and his shapes are allowed to slide, flip, and rotate, all meeting at the same corners. He uses proportions, patterns, and geometry, proving proficiency in spatial understanding and advanced mathematics. He uses a traditional trompe-l'oeil technique, complete with shadow, in much of his wo... [more]

Interview with Eliza Fernand  
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5/2/09

San Francisco, Apr. 2009 - Every now and then you approach a body of work that ignites an uncanny frisson – a symbolic energy just gathers there, a restless ripple in the sea. Eliza Fernand’s hyper-realized world is just that: this bizarre fantasyland, established on dream logic, that hums with a life force all its own. The worlds she creates at first feel alien, but as the shapes reveal themselves (and reveal themselves again and again), they remind us that sometimes we ourselves are the aliens. ... [more]

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Camilla d'Errico, Krista Huot, Mia, Jennifer Tong, Allison Torneros at Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight: San Francisco March 6th, 2009 - March 28th, 2009
Posted 3/16/09

          Sweet Surrender examines the theme of ubiquitous fantasy and fable: a belief in magic, witchcraft, spells and charms, in incantations and the transformations they yield. And, perhaps unintentionally, looks at how pop-surrealism disseminates the archetypes that essentially must follow this theme. There is a comfort in relying on this mythic iconography, both on the spectator's side as well as the artist's. Fairly literal, this type of imagery engages the viewer in an experience that can be summed up as a... [more]

Amnesiabar Amnesia, from What I Remember   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/15/09

Amnesia 853 Valencia Street, San Francisco       Amnesia is a cozy little hotbox of red-lit delight, as it hosts Tuesday karaoke, open-mics, bluegrass Mondays, gypsy jazz on Wednesdays, and Friday night booty-shakin'. They also host bands and the occasional cabaret as well as readings by local talent, perfect, as they're in the same hood as 826 Valencia, the publishing hub for "McSweeney's." I've attended the literary journal Opium's Literary Death Match, in which professional writers pit... [more]

Billlow_ripple A World Beyond   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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eliza fernand at Fort Gallery March 6th, 2009 - March 29th, 2009
Posted 3/14/09

        First: there's this uncanny feeling of the familiar gone strange... Eliza Fernand has designated the first room in The Fort Gallery with the theme of "Precipitation, Evaporation, Condensation" but the forms and textures she displays are not equivalent to the natural world, they are however parallels. On the floor, there is a figure that shares its form with a large rock formation, not smooth like a boulder but fragmented and bulky. It is dressed in cute fabrics Fernand has sewn toge... [more]

3060497832_04797275eb The Language of the Birds   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/9/09

Language of Birdssite-specific installation piece by Brian Goggin and Dorka KeehnNW corner of Broadway @ Grant and ColumbusSan Francisco   Because Essoe was informed by Borges for "Semaphores." Because Hagler relied on the oral tradition of hadith for "72 Virgins to Die For" I bring you to The Language of the Birds, the permanent installation of twenty-three LED-illuminated books in flight like a flock of birds. You can imagine the pages flapping wildly. Ruffled by tourists and passers-by, the fl... [more]

Hagler_golgotha_lg Ever Heard of a Ritual Killing?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Joshua Hagler at Gallery Wendi Norris February 5th, 2009 - March 1st, 2009
Posted 2/9/09

        It's not all blood, guts, and glory. Sometimes: it's just blood and guts. In Joshua Hagler's exhibit at Frey Norris, he explores the myth and fetishization of the unreal purity of the "virgin" through very graphic and sometimes obscene renderings of religious sin. The virgin in history has been the martyr. A human sacrifice to God. They give themselves unto another (in marriage, this other is the flesh and not the deity) and are constantly idolized as pure creatures. If this giving-u... [more]

Jordan_essoe_semaphores_both_galleries_2 The Language of Structure   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jordan Essoe at Ampersand International Arts January 16th, 2009 - February 28th, 2009
Posted 2/9/09

        Visiting Ampersand to view Jordan Essoe's "Semaphores" is a unique appointment-only experience in which the very warm and accommodating gallery director and founder, Bruno Mauro, arranges for me to meet with Essoe, a serene and baby-faced young man who speaks softly with a slight hesitance or lingering over his diphthongs. Essoe brings me first to a relatively literal painting of children playing soccer and explains the context of this piece, "Those Code Systems in Which Not All the Sym... [more]

The_knockout The Knockout   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/20/09

The Knockout3223 Mission StSan Francisco 94110www.theknockoutsf.com     I think the perfect end to a day of celebrating pop art and the mod scene, rock and roll and industrial, hard funk and deep soul, is to spend it shaking booty at The Knockout. Both this week's picks will get you in the mood to grab a drink and shake it out in the darkly red barlight. Photo booth and Pacman and old movies flickering on TV really throw you back. It's the place to keep the energy of the exhibits at Femina Po... [more]

Futurearts Celebrity as Catalyst   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at San Francisco City Hall January 9th, 2009 - April 13th, 2009
Posted 1/19/09

        It's odd to have a photo of Freddie Mercury in all his unitarded splendor in City Hall, am I right? Or a poster of the Dead Kennedys or Marilyn Manson's shockingly lithe body on display as government employees amble by. This is the SF Art Commission's contribution to City Hall: an archive of posters and photographs from Bill Graham's collection of music legends. The low-ceiling, sickeningly fluorescent lighting and eerily sterile and quiet corridors of the windowless below-ground floor... [more]

Circletwiggy Pop Art Revisited   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Katie Gray, erika meriaux, Ehren Reed, Hiroko Sakai, Jenny Wehrt, Audrey Welch at Femina Potens January 10th, 2009 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Posted 1/18/09

        Twiggy's complacent doe-eyed stare is an obvious subject for a pop-art themed show. The iconic aloofness of the model set against bold red and white geometric abstractions feels all too familiar. I've seen this. Like on a t-shirt somewhere. Or a purse in Chinatown. I feel had. The work, done by Jenny Wehrt, is pop-art verbatim, in color scheme, in spatial compression, in subject matter: iconic mod superstars from Britain. Brit-pop-art. With the exception of Winston Churchill throwing... [more]

Ambert Amber in the Castro   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/22/08

Amber in The Castro 718 14th Street(between Belcher St & Church St)San Francisco, CA 94114  After  breathing in all that second-hand smoke your respiratory system can take, the ambiance at Amber is cozy with retro couches and funky vintage TVs and decorations. It feels like sitting in a swinger's basement-turned-hangout in the 70s. And yet, everything is still clouded in a gauzy beauty. Of course, that haze is cigarette smoke, but the amber glow of the lamps keep up this allure of something mys... [more]

Shiftedfocus-webgraphic Like an Iris Opening   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Michael Arcega, Mark Baugh-Sasaki, Kevin B. Chen, Binh Danh, Rajkamal Kahlon, Rebecca Szeto, Kana Tanaka, Weston Teruya, Jennifer Wofford, Christine Wong Yap at Kearny Street Workshop October 25th, 2008 - January 23rd, 2009
Posted 12/22/08

Mini city skylines extend across the bottom inch of large, white paper canvases. Above the fictional city planes: open sky. Up, up, up. It is the view of cities from afar, where the geometry and architecture are compressed, where there is more sky than city: wide and encircling, everlasting. Once inside the city, views of the sky are always obstructed and the space inside deliriously dense. The spatial density from afar exists only in that bottom inch, and from afar, as restrained surfaces of st... [more]

Kate_gilmore_video_still_of_double_dutch_1045_45 Beyond All Endurance   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kate Gilmore at Catharine Clark Gallery November 22nd, 2008 - January 24th, 2009
Posted 12/21/08

I sometimes wish that before we were born, we'd be delivered a message from the universe. It would say: "Daughters, in your life you will struggle. There will be failure. And there will be success. But nothing will be without struggle." We would be prepared. And everlasting. This message would be part of a greater introduction. It would be an orientation, much like a company's orientation for new hires, but it would be to female existence. Kate Gilmore's work would be the video played at the or... [more]

Lonepalm The Lone Palm   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/24/08

To keep with the white trash/fabulous theme I've got going this week, let me take you aside for a moment to talk about the Lone Palm. Because they have white, linen table cloths. Because it's a trashy lounge, an up-scale dive. Because there's a bartender named Ginger. Because it's cozy and intimate but there's no pressure to deliver at night's end. Because it's a cliché. Because it's candlelit. Because it is classy. Because it's divey but never in a holier-than-thou-ironic way. It just is. And it... [more]

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Zoe Crosher at Eleanor Harwood Gallery November 8th, 2008 - December 12th, 2008
Posted 11/23/08

The woman is fabulous. With her 70s Wedge hairdo and campy smile. Her provocative poses and happy hooker disposition make her almost larger than life, like Joan Collins, or a cougar with the secret to eternal youth (or the lie thereof). She called herself Michelle Dubois, an alias as flamboyant as her hair and makeup, and she is the subject of Zoe Crosher's current exhibit at the Eleanor Harwood Gallery. The collection of photographs are a found archive of this sexually liberated and adventurous woman who... [more]

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