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20130819153530-2_laura_kim Cool Media   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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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-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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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 b... [more]

20130612154342-o Leisure Class   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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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-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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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 be artMRKT’s first year at Fort Mason Center in the Marina, a beautif... [more]

20130515182555-laura_kim What is tumblr Art?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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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 the a... [more]

20130515221330-6 Ready, Set, Art Fair!   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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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... [more]

Special Edition: SF   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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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 be artMRKT’s first year at Fort Mason Center in the Marina, a beautif... [more]

20130430103000-othesleepingshow5 O the sleeping bag contains the body but not the dreaming head   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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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 the... [more]

20130425221611-gf1991-084-untitled-location-1 Sheets   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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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 n... [more]

20130412044238-sheeler Don't Let 'em See You Sweat: Notes on Work   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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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, shuf... [more]

20130406064145-sheeler Don't Let 'em See You Sweat: Notes on Work   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 4/6/13

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, shuf... [more]

20130325195140-05_sfmoma_winogrand_losangeles1980_83 Light on a Surface   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Garry Winogrand at SFMOMA - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art March 9th, 2013 - June 2nd, 2013
Posted 3/24/13

It’s hard to clear one’s head of all the preconceived notions and packaged analyses about an artist before going to meet their work for the first time. I made the mistake of reading other reviews before seeing Garry Winogrand’s photographs at SFMOMA (where I’m counting the days until it shutters for redevelopment, and I’ll be left a few old friends shy). One included a particularly barfy comparison of his New York period in the 1960s to the popular television program Mad Men. On the first pass, they... [more]

20130309175410-biernoff Look out for the unicorn   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Elisheva Biernoff at Eli Ridgway Gallery February 2nd, 2013 - March 9th, 2013
Posted 3/9/13

After going to this show, I spent the next two days holed up reading Rebecca West’s Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia. In around 1200 pages, West details her journey with her husband to Yugoslavia after World War One. Indistinguishable between fiction and non-fiction, she tells stories of past and present lives and experiences, bridging the distance between the reader and the experience. The story opens on a train: I could not have gone on to justify my certainty that this trai... [more]

20130215212138-20130105130651-willbrown1 Meet Will Brown: Meta-Curating   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 2/15/13

Although “meta” is often misused as dismissive shorthand for the self-referential, it is, in its most fruitful sense, a tool for critical distance. Will Brown’s second exhibition was a history of black monochrome painting that included requisite, museum-quality copy and literature, but the paintings themselves were merely signified by chalk outlines on black gallery walls. The shapes creeped over moldings and ceiling space, overlapping in ways that made it clear that even if the proprietors of the m... [more]

20130128122037-untitled INSTITUTIONAL HASHTAG   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Taryn Simon at John Berggruen Gallery January 16th, 2013 - March 30th, 2013
Posted 1/28/13

If the New York Public Library’s circulating picture library were constructed according to the popular tastes of the denizens of Instagram, then there would only be three folders: Food   —> (subcategory) macaroons Dogs / Cats Cleavage   —> (subcategory) “duck face” The NYPL’s library—a mere 1.2 million mainly photographic images culled from books, magazines, adverts, and grouped according to some 12,000 subject headings—seems quaint compared to the amount of visual information an online search... [more]

20130131093855-1-regrets-only2 Adult Books: Meet Matthew Brannon   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 1/28/13

It’s like looking into your parents' liquor cabinet, all mysterious bottles, unknown quantities and unbounded possibilities. Happy new year? I’ll still drink it. Post-party, what good fortune: to find a single cigarette, golden filtered, stashed on a ledge. Adult books, interiors, pleasures. Displaced from their habitual twilights, Matthew Brannon relocates the murky signifiers of cosmopolitan debauchery to the spare matte tableau of letterpressed sheets and precise sculptures. Everything is taken in isolat... [more]


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