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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]

20140204073101-lip Mosswood Exhibit of Michael Wilson's Art Assemblage  
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Susan Spencer, Michael Wilson at Mosswood Cafe and Bakery February 1st - April 30th
Posted 2/4/14

THIS IS A MUST DO NOT MISS THIS !!!!! If you love the beats then love this [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]

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]

20120328213146-02small DiviNation: Superpowers, the physical form and the process of forging national identity  
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Jaime Cortez at Martina }{ Johnston February 18th, 2012 - April 22nd, 2012
Posted 3/28/12

Jaime Cortez's solo exhibition, "DiviNation" is comprised of a series of charcoal drawings that adroitly merge imagery from two disparate sources —anatomical scanning electron photographs and iconic, nationalistic paintings. Through the drawings, we examine the historic relationship between artist, patron, and propaganda; a familiar artistic practice in which painters and sculptors immortalize fallen soldiers and other epic conquests, thereby aiding empires, churches, and nations in memoriali... [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]

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]

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]

Travis_somerville_the_new_land_of_lincoln_1341_45 Provocative Exhibits on Race: Catharine Clark Gallery & Lawrence Hall of Science  
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Travis Somerville at Catharine Clark Gallery February 20th, 2010 - April 3rd, 2010
Posted 3/2/10

Provocative Exhibits on Race: Catharine Clark Gallery & Lawrence Hall of Science I visited Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco for Travis Somerville exhibit. Established in 1991, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco presents the work of local, national and international contemporary artists.According to the bio on Catharine Clark Gallery's website, "Travis Somerville was born in 1963 in Atlanta, GA. Growing up in towns throughout the southern United States and along the eastern sea board, h... [more]

30 Master Class in painting, but Surreal?  
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Todd Schorr at San Jose Museum of Art June 20th, 2009 - September 16th, 2009
Posted 8/14/09

The Todd Schorr show at the San Jose Museum of Art is an assault. The artist grabs you and wrings you out, then you stagger away, dazed. Mr. Schorr is important, a fact nicely recognized by the SJMA in this very large solo show, which gathers paintings from a myriad of collections, such as that of Leonardo DeCaprio. This retrospective features works as far back as the mid-80s, I seem to recall, with a brief stop in the early 1990s with some mid-size pieces, before dashing forward at breakneck spe... [more]

Sherrymiller9075web love the art there!  
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Mari Aaronsouth, Chris Adessa, Susan Aulik, Raquel Baldocchi, Jack Beck, Deborah Bertola, Judy Calder, Emily Dvorin, Stephen Ehret, Mirian Ellingson, Frances Galli, Elaine Gentile, Rhoda Grossman, The Artist Hines, carol Jacobsen, Susan Jansen, Gloria Johnson, Christine Kelly, John Kunzweiler, Linda Larsen, Laura Lengyel, Ellen Levine-Dodd, Sherry Miller, Cindy Miracle, Cheryl Rabin, Dani Roach, Sandra Schoenberg, Fine Art Services, Gail Sterling at ICB Artists September 5th, 2009 - September 7th, 2009
Posted 8/5/09

I have meet some of these artists at a previous event, what a super experience! Lots of good art to see and friendly artists to meet! Some of the artists even give lessons! [more]

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at Kala Art Institute June 25th, 2009 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Posted 6/4/09

Kala hosts the best events! There is always a great mix of professionals and arts. Great wine! Great Music! Great Art! Great people! [more]

Kurdish_exhibit An intimate look at an ancient culture in modern times  
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Jon Vidar at Badè Museum May 14th, 2009 - December 17th, 2009
Posted 5/18/09

  Unless you’re an aficionado of middle-eastern culture or world politics, you have probably heard little about the Kurds, a historically nomadic ethnic group that inhabits the mountains that edge Turkey, Syria Iraq and Iran. Photographer Jon Vidar’s first public exhibition offers an intimate look at this culture that has thrived since the Mesopotamian era but has garnered little consideration in modern times. Vidar’s short series of photographs, which focuses on Kurds in both southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq,... [more]

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Michael Elsden at Rayko Photo Center April 9th, 2009 - May 20th, 2009
Posted 4/21/09

  It always feels good to idenrtify greatness before others,  Attention to lighting is important to me.  The captured detail of facial expression  can say much.  Follow this guy.  alfonzo [more]

Process Oriented: "Time Lapse" Group Show at HangART Annex  
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at HANG ART April 1st, 2009 - April 30th, 2009
Posted 4/7/09

(Author's note: The following is an excerpt from a longer piece on my blog, Arteaser)   My next stop was the busy HangART Annex, for "Time Lapse," which is through the month of April: The show focused on the artistic process of four local artists: For Anthony May, the gallery had installed a collection of small sketches (above) as well as two large canvases (below): Lea Feinstein's paintings reflect the artist's use of gravity to distribute paint onto moisture resistant Tyvek (think FedEx pac... [more]


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