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20140308120935-12910607184_17c7a2e7b0_o The Vitality of the Unknown: The Possible at the Berkeley Art Museum   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive January 29th - May 30th
Posted 3/8/14

On a large circular rug in the yawning atrium of the brutalist Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, they are playing a game. A sign welcomes you on the carpet though it requests you take off your shoes. It’s not too hard to figure out, but the MC pads across the carpet with bare feet and whispers to you the rules. Most but all wear white sleeveless sheets belted over their clothes, but not all. Echoing sounds of a couple playing music on a laptop and synths, they stand and lay and be... [more]

20140111125419-l A Startling and Shifty Beauty   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jonah Susskind at City Limits December 13th, 2013 - January 18th
Posted 1/11/14

Beginning with its titular linguistic play, Jonah Suskind’s SEEMless inquires into the realm of the handmade and the transformative possibilities of the tangible. Rendering unassuming everyday objects from unassuming everyday materials, Susskind conflates the basic makeup of the urban world and presents an almost chilling, alchemic mastery of materialistic potential. Susskind’s work is a fitting point of entry to examine questions surrounding modes of production in daily life. Desp... [more]

20140103082650-o Favorite Words by Favorite Writers: SF in 2013   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/3/14

2013, that futuristic date, has already been replaced by another and so far it appears that no apocalypse accompanied it. (Thirteen years after Y2K do survivalists and world-enders still clutch their rifles and check their supplies every December 31st? Probably.) Though the world is not over, the year certainly is. To properly bury 2013, we need an epitaph, a eulogy, a blurb. So we’ve plucked a few of our favorite words from our two favorite Bay Area writers, Christina Catherine Martinez... [more]

20131116085101-dean_smith Material Ascension   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Randy Colosky, Chris Fraser, Sandra Ono, Dean Smith at Incline Gallery October 11th, 2013 - November 22nd, 2013
Posted 11/16/13

The best part about science fiction: seeing how far folks can un-imagine the familiar. In the future, the curious life of humans after Earth, what will phones look like? forks? mops? How can artists reenvision the mundane and embrace the unknown? Should they re-invent the mop? Simply ascend the first ramp… In a gallery weirdly made up mostly of ramps, four artists have installed work grouped together under Space: 1999, the title nabbed from a short-lived science fiction show in which earthlin... [more]

20131103181632-20130712194910-05_alexiscourtney_exhaustion ArtSlant Prize 2013: Alexis Courtney - Self and Belonging   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/3/13

Alexis Courtney - Honorable Mention, ArtSlant Prize 2013 Working across media, Alexis Courtney delicately exposes vulnerable sensitivities in both the artist and the viewer. Be it pleasure and frustration, or intimacy and rupture, Courtney’s pieces oscillate between affectabilities with an effortless honesty. Untitled, a series of photographs created over the last couple years, most prominently features the artist herself as subject. In Shorts (2013), Courtney sits topless, in a pair of... [more]

20131009072736-martin_boyce_installation_view Rupturing the Familiar   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Michel Auder, Martin Boyce, Slater Bradley, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, John Menick, Enrique Metinides, Yelena Popova, AMIE SIEGEL, Kelley Walker at CCA Wattis Institute September 10th, 2013 - December 14th, 2013
Posted 10/7/13

Enter City of Disappearances slowly; it will take a moment, but your eyes will begin to adjust to the dimness of your new environment and you’ll likely find yourself quizzically wandering toward Martin Boyce’s sculptures. In Our Love Is Like the Flowers, the Rain, the Sea, and the Hours, 2002, branching neons delicately tower over a bench one could not physically sit on, astride a misshapen trashcan through this park-like installation. Or so those are the associations I immediately ma... [more]

20130819153530-2_laura_kim Cool Media   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Michael Barrett, Keith Boadwee, Nick Cope, Chris Corrente, Dean Dempsey, Laura Hyunjhee Kim, Jasmine Moorhead, Chris Silva, Tim Sullivan at Krowswork August 2nd, 2013 - August 31st, 2013
Posted 8/19/13

I wake up and mindlessly hold my iphone over my face and click through instagram, tumblr, facebook. I always feel so displeased. What am I searching for? Social media is now an extension of my brain – an involuntary impulse, a robotic motion. Each of us grapples with the push and pull of media in our lives: causing anxiety, soothing our worries, suspending us in space, critiquing our world, making us feel somehow productive. Artists negotiate new media landscapes with a power to conceptual... [more]

20130715124915-x Heavy Lies the (Cartoon) Crown   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Joel Dean, Adrianne Rubenstein at Et al. June 21st, 2013 - July 19th, 2013
Posted 7/15/13

The meandering flute of Gioachino Rossini’s the Call to the Cows gently teases the sunrise out from behind the skyline. A few stray notes waft in through the bedroom window, followed by the tinny crow of a rooster, prompting the little door of the cuckoo clock over the bed to slowly creak open. A large mechanical arm wearing a white glove emerges, holding a mallet nearly twice as large as the clock itself. It pounds on the sleeping figure under the covers. Once, twice, thrice, until a trio of blu... [more]

20130612154342-o Leisure Class   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Legion of Honor June 1st, 2013 - October 13th, 2013
Posted 6/12/13

On any given Saturday, the perimeter of Oakland’s newly revived and landscaped Lake Merritt gushes leisure and its minions: weekend bohemians with shiny banjos, eager-eyed GreenPeace solicitors in stiff vests, joggers, bicyclists, casual tight-rope walkers (this is not a joke), girls selling vintage clothes out of a car, smoking barbeques, children squealing and zipping by on all manner of wheeled contraptions, couples on blankets in flagrante, and a farmer’s market covering the gamut from fair-tra... [more]

Special Edition: SF   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/20/13

READY, SET, ART FAIR! Highlights from artMRKT and ArtPadSF, by Christina Catherine Martinez This week, San Francisco will be treated to not one, but two contemporary art fairs. ArtMRKT San Francisco and ArtPadSF will both take place May 16 - 19th, and it behooves an art lover to visit both if they want to get a compressed but authentic feel for the art scene in the Bay Area. A good rule of thumb is to take in artMRKT during the day and party down with ArtPadSF at night. This will... [more]

20130515182555-laura_kim What is tumblr Art?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Rachelle Beaudoin, Claire Alexandra Burke, Jon Chambers, Oscar David, Laura Dekker, Jordan Gray, Brian James Griffith, Lucia Grossberger Morales, Wei-Ming Ho, Heejin JANG, Laura Hyunjhee Kim, Lawrence Lek, A. Bill Miller, Jonathan Monaghan, Robert Warren Parker, Katherine Parsons, Patr1ck qu1nn, Fay Ray, Nicholas Sassoon, Chase Starr, Joe Winograd, I-YEH WU, Sarah Zucker at ArtPadSF Art Fair May 17th, 2013 9:06 PM - 10:30 PM
Posted 5/15/13

On Friday, May 17th at ArtPadSF, tumblr is hosting the TUMBLR ARTS SUMMIT. Moderated by Annie Werner, the panel is meant to discuss tumblr as a platform for the arts. Kara Q. Smith of ArtSlant SF, Open Space and Art Practical; Aditya Julka, Co-founder of Paddle8; Jennifer Yin of the Asian Art Museum; Liz Glass of CCA Wattis Institute; Ken Harman of Spoke Art; artist Eric Dyer and I will be present on the panel. The focus seems to be more practical: how does your organization leverage tumblr within... [more]

20130515221330-6 Ready, Set, Art Fair!   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at artMRKT San Francisco May 16th, 2013 - May 19th, 2013
Posted 5/15/13

This week, San Francisco will be treated to not one, but two contemporary art fairs. ArtMRKT San Francisco and ArtPadSF will both take place May 16 - 19th, and it behooves an art lover to visit both if they want to get a compressed but authentic feel for the art scene in the Bay Area. A good rule of thumb is to take in artMRKT during the day and party down with ArtPadSF at night. This will be artMRKT’s first year at Fort Mason Center in the Marina, a beautiful but unfortunately less-accessible venue than last year’s... [more]

Special Edition: SF   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/15/13

READY, SET, ART FAIR! Highlights from artMRKT and ArtPadSF, by Christina Catherine Martinez This week, San Francisco will be treated to not one, but two contemporary art fairs. ArtMRKT San Francisco and ArtPadSF will both take place May 16 - 19th, and it behooves an art lover to visit both if they want to get a compressed but authentic feel for the art scene in the Bay Area. A good rule of thumb is to take in artMRKT during the day and party down with ArtPadSF at night. This will... [more]

20130430103000-othesleepingshow5 O the sleeping bag contains the body but not the dreaming head   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Alice Channer, Aaron Flint Jamison, Anicka Yi at Altman Siegel Gallery April 18th, 2013 - June 1st, 2013
Posted 4/30/13

In an intriguing gesture of enticement, the information provided on Altman Siegel’s sparse four-part installation is limited to the poem by Matthea Harvey, from which the exhibition borrows its title.   Everything Must Go Today’s class 3-Deifying:Godgrass, godtrees, godroad. A sheet of geese bisects the rainstorm.The water tower is ten times full. We practice drawing cubes—That’s the house squared away & the incubator with Baby.The dead are in their grid. Oh the sleeping bag contains th... [more]

20130425221611-gf1991-084-untitled-location-1 Sheets   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/24/13

It all ends in sex or death, usually. Both even. I think I've been writing about shadows on bedroom walls and tangled sheets all of my life. These will, with some likelihood, be my last thoughts as well. The sheets, the crisp unloving whites of a hospital bed, the shadows dancing on the eggshell walls of an antiseptic ward. But there have been other walls and other sheets. I think it comes from the stillness of being awake in bed. If you immediately roll out, bare feet scraping on hardwood, the... [more]

20130412044238-sheeler Don't Let 'em See You Sweat: Notes on Work   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/12/13

In the mind’s eye hangs a poster of a discomfitingly adorable orange-and-white kitten clinging perilously to a tree branch by a single paw. In thick bubbly script are the words "Hang in there, baby!” I don’t know much about what my friends have accomplished this year, but we are all exceedingly familiar with what we’re in the middle of doing, and more obliquely, what we intend to do. We know exactly how hard we’re working. *** Eight undergraduate students nurse Monday morning coffees, shuffle... [more]


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