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20140509173121-bess_spider Middlesex  
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Forrest Bess at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive June 11th - September 14th
Posted 9/4/14

Among the giants (Rothko, Still, and Pollock) represented by the Betty Parsons gallery in the 50’s and 60’s, there roamed the small but potent work of an artist named Forrest Bess. He hailed from Bay City, Texas, a bait fisherman and oil rig roughneck by day, and a conduit for the visualization of eternal truths by night. Parsons heard his name through the grapevine, and when she came to Texas, she ate him up with her silver spoon. Parsons mounted no less than six solo exhibits of B... [more]

20131023130947-me-invisible_grief__68x84__oil Cheryl Callery / Thekla Hammond at Vessel Gallery  
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Cheryl Calleri, Thekla Hammond at Vessel Gallery October 2nd, 2013 - October 26th, 2013
Posted 10/23/13

http://www.visualartsource.com/index.php?page=editorial&pcID=26&aID=1920 Author: DeWitt Cheng Curator: Lonnie Lee The mixed-media works of Cheryl Calleri and the oil paintings of Thekla Hammond, together exhibited under the unifying title "Coalesce," complement each other well enough. But the two artists went beyond that level of dialogue and coalesced — or, more prosaically, collaborated — on a joint project, a video installation, "Co-Motion," with music by Armando Mafu... [more]

20130730205757-header The Dream Vortex: a hand-crafted technological drawing  
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Meredith Tromble at Studio 110 Projects: An Experimental Art Space July 17th, 2013 - July 24th, 2013
Posted 7/30/13

Dream Vortex Visualization, mixed media on paper, 9 x 12 inches, 2012. (image courtesy of Studio 110 Projects) Imagine… You stand at the center of a vortex. Images swirl around and around, familiar shapes beginning to take form. A solitary buffalo whirls past followed by a group of football players, a humanoid monster stomping on an unsuspecting male figure, another figure appears to be talking to huge flowers. The images appear to be hand drawn, but three-dimensional simultaneously. Y... [more]

20130430103000-othesleepingshow5 containment and escape  
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Alice Channer, Aaron Flint Jamison, Anicka Yi at Altman Siegel Gallery April 18th, 2013 - June 1st, 2013
Posted 4/23/13

O the sleeping bag contains the body but not the dreaming head on show at the Altman Siegel Gallery from April 18th to June 1st, features work by three artists; Alice Channer, Aaron Flint Jamison and Anicke Yi. The title is taken from a poem by Matthea Harvey, a dark meditation on containment, or it’s failure. This is the theme that unites the three artists, whose work at first seems unconnected in medium and subject. Alice Channer’s Body Fluids is the first to confront me as I enter the gallery- a large digital print that is draped over a steel bar hung near... [more]

20120911103157-188163_166778263459503_608025063_n Claire Bishop, Participatory art, Artificial Hells and fauxtopias.  
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Claire Bishop at Kadist Art Foundation September 15th, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Posted 4/1/13

Today, during Claire Bishop’s discussion of her much talked about new book “Artificial Hells”, at the San Francisco art space Kadist, I asked her a question that went something like the following: “What aesthetic void does the colloquialism “Social practice” fill ?, And by the way, what the hell does “Social Practice” mean? Where does this word come from? Resembling the word “social work” it seems at best irrelevant and at worst offensive. The efficacy of it’s impact? What does this “social practi... [more]

20120322234007-westcoastartassemblagepc2 The Art Assemblage Traditions carried forward  
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Chris Bales, Spencer Brewer, Hans Bruhner, Leslie Caldera, Victoria Roberts, Susan Spencer, Michael Wilson at The Beat Art Gallery May 1st, 2012 - May 31st, 2012
Posted 4/13/12

West Coast Art Assemblage Show, May 1-31 Ukiah, CA As the art form of assemblage continues to captivate viewers and allure perspective designers, the discussion of art and meaning is alive and well under this seemingly random collection of parts and objects. During the month of May, seven influential artists, both established and newly discovered, will be represented at Ukiah’s innovative and alluring Beat Gallery on Perkins Street. This collection of recent works by Chris Bales,... [more]

20111110182337-mcdonalds To show or not to show  
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Ernest Doty at Sticks + Stones Gallery December 2nd, 2011 - December 2nd, 2011
Posted 1/13/12

Though the recent showing of Ernest Doty seemed to correlate with the end of the occupy movement here in Oakland, I, like my fellow art patrons, was kind of hoping that Doty's art would stand on it's own-without the need to justify the art with the movement. It seemed, however, that because Doty was so involved and distracted with the movement that it inhibited the material he showed. That is not to say that the pieces he selected were half-assed, they were simply lacking: lacking in the quantity... [more]

20110327083435-morethingschange_aurbach Parable through parabola: other sides of postmodern design  
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at SFMOMA - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art February 25th, 2011 - July 24th, 2011
Posted 10/7/11

An explanatory placard before the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s “ParaDesign” exhibition, penned by curator Henry Urbach, decodes “para” using the terms “beyond” and “abnormal” to describe pieces which fall outside the scope of conventional design.  But while Urbach alludes to the prefix’s multiple significations, he does not name them: alternate meanings include “at or to one side of, beside, side by side.” These are arguably more relevant interpretations, as “ParaDesign” functions as a... [more]

20110129112743-ronsaunders_web Karen Seneferu  
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Ron Moultrie Saunders, karen seneferu at Krowswork January 29th, 2011 - March 11th, 2011
Posted 3/1/11

Karen Seneferu transformed a small room for "Passage" at Krowswork in Oakland (Jan. 29 - March 11).  Carefully-placed handmade sculptures and relics stand on the ground and are arrayed on the partially exposed wooden walls. White drawings made directly on the bare floor seem to be remnants from a ritual. Video of large round rising suns and moons projects on the largest wall. This space feels charged. Three sculptures resembling human figures (approx. 4' - 5'... [more]

SFMOMA’s expansion and collections campaign  
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2/10/11 Posted 2/10/11

(Excerpt from 'San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Launches Collections Campaign' posted on Museum Publicity, Feb. 2011. Found on http://museumpublicity.com/2011/02/04/san-francisco-museum-of-modern-art-sfmoma-launches-collections-campaign/) Strategic Additions to SFMOMA’s Collection Support Plans to Expand the Museum and Transform the Visitor Experience. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announced that it has received an unprecedented 195 promised gifts of art from... [more]

20110207151126-eric_morgan_pr_jpeg Looking forward to taking a walk on the Morgan Side....  
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ERIC MORGAN at Arts & Consciousness Gallery February 17th, 2011 - March 12th, 2011
Posted 2/7/11

I have really enjoyed seeing pieces of Eric's work over the last two years - drawings, paintings and videos. I can't wait to see an installation of his work in one room! [more]

20110130105332-evahesse Eva Hesse and James Abbott McNeill Whistler in Berkeley Art Museum  
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Eva Hesse at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive March 13th, 2011 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Posted 1/28/11

Originally postd on matthewfelixsun.blogspot.com Berkeley Art Museum is exhibiting two small but fascinating shows - Eva Hesse's Studiowork and James McNeill  Whistler's graphic works. Though I am not a sculptor and have no affinity to conceptual art, I cannot deny that installations usually hold public's attention better than others nowadays, for better or for worse.  Eva Hesse's work falls into that category.  The two room exhibit Eva Hesse: Studiowork, which runs from January 26 through April... [more]

20100817113141-may3 Ending Saturday, quiet subversion: Victoria May at Don Soker  
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Victoria May at Don Soker Contemporary Art August 17th, 2010 - September 25th, 2010
Posted 9/22/10

NOTE: This review was first printed yesterday on my blog at KUSP.org/exhibitionist... The 14th floor windows on three sides of the huge, nearly achromatic Don Soker Contemporary Art bring the fog-licked architecture of San Francisco into the gallery space. The space itself is so enchantingly full of itself that at first it seems otherwise empty, though the art of Victoria May hugs the walls, as if camouflaged, or occupies the vast open floor with whispery transparency. Hers is a quiet subversio... [more]

Henna_front World of Hennagami  
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Kyle Kim and Kali Snowden at Basement Gallery Oakland August 6th, 2010 - August 6th, 2010
Posted 8/11/10

Do you remember that feeling of being five years old and your mom told you to go play so you’re running around in the backyard and to the adults drinking brandy in the kitchen it just looks like What is that kid DOING?, but in your world you’re hunting dragons and wresting jungle cats and having tea with a T-Rex? Or that time in high school you dropped acid and saw some of the coolest shit you’ve ever seen? Well combine those two and it might come close to the feeling of walking into World of He... [more]

Tpoint_01 Artifacts discovered go on display March 10  
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d'Arci Bruno, Pons Maar, Marc Ribaud at K Gallery @ Rhythmix Cultural Works March 10th, 2010 - April 2nd, 2010
Posted 3/3/10

Written by ERICJ.KOS    Published: THURSDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 2010 Alameda resident and famed wealthy industrialist Mr. Tommy recently pooled his resources with fellow eccentrics and explorers d'Arci Bruno and Marc Ribaud to reach beyond the "Civilized Pale" and discover what lies out of conceivable reach for many Alamedans. Indeed, the indomitable Mr. Tommy made his fortune in the distilling, tobacco, vanilla and film industries, amassing the unbelievable wealth required to organize an expediti... [more]

As X Approaches Infinity  
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Usuna & Kristie Alshaibi, Nate Boyce, Torsten Zenas Burns, Paula Catao, Animal Charm, Walker Dukes, Volkan Ergen, Gigi Gatewood, Sabine Gruffat, Kaliptus, Jason Livingston, Austin Muller, and Aaron Oldenburg, Lauren Orchowsk, RKDB, Adam Wier at Krowswork December 12th, 2009 - January 11th, 2010
Posted 2/5/10

Krowswork The “hyper aliveness,” as my former painting instructor liked to call it, that artists, from time to time, are privileged enough to experience in the pursuit of a vision, rarely survives in the work itself, let alone in the re-contextualization that occurs in the dubious function of the group exhibition.  Perhaps because I was unprepared for the experience, that such caprice occurred during the opening of the group show, “As X Approaches Infinity,” the debut curatorial effort at Krowsw... [more]


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