ArtSlant - Openings & events http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/show en-us 40 Tammy Rae Carland - Jessica Silverman Gallery - May 27th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Jessica Silverman Gallery South</strong> is a small temporary project space across the street from the main gallery, which hosts&nbsp;potent shows of diverse kinds. Please visit the main gallery first for&nbsp;access to&nbsp;<strong>South.</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The space opens&nbsp;with a mini-retrospective of work made between 1996 and 2013 by Tammy Rae Carland. &ldquo;The relatively consistent thread in all of my work,&rdquo; says Carland, &ldquo;is an interest in personal and political disappearance and the desire to re-perform marginal histories and bodies.&rdquo; Carland is influenced by Roland Barthes&rsquo;s assertion that photography as a practice is born out of the theater as much as its siblings in the visual arts. She interrogates the act of appropriation, treating the original as if it were a script that can be re-performed much like a play.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Tammy Rae Carland </strong>(b. 1965, Portland, ME) received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine, and was a fellow in the Whitney Independent Studies Program in New York. Carland&rsquo;s work has been exhibited in public institutions and biennials in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin and Sydney, and Istanbul. Her work is currently included in &ldquo;Collected&rdquo; at Pier 24. Carland is the provost of the California College of the Arts.</p> Fri, 20 May 2016 17:07:23 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - June 2nd 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>The Full Trilogy marks the culmination of <em>Extracted: A Trilogy</em> by Ranu Mukherjee with a panel discussion about the legacy of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and performance by the Del Sol String Quartet. The panel includes the artist as well as independent historian Connie Yu, who participated in Mukherjee&rsquo;s final final video among others. The performance of &ldquo;Calligraffiti,&rdquo; a quartet composition by Huang Ruo, provides a new soundtrack for Mukherjee&rsquo;s films, which explore the California Gold Rush, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and Daoist mythology.</p> <p>&nbsp;7 PM &ndash; Panel discussion<a href="file:///S:/PR/Monthly%20Program%20Calendars/2729_16_June_Sept_Public_Programming_Calendar_v3%20(1).docx#_msocom_1" rel="nofollow">[BT1]</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>8 PM &ndash; Screening with live musical performance</p> <div><hr align="left" size="1" width="33%" /> <div> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> Thu, 12 May 2016 19:22:04 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Peter & Madeline Powell - Scott Richards Contemporary Art - June 2nd 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <p>Husband and wife team Peter and Madeline Powell will present All Piled Up, their debut exhibition of photorealistic still life paintings at Scott Richards Contemporary Art, during the month of June 2016.&nbsp; A cocktail reception for the artists will be held on Thursday, June 2, and the exhibition continues through June 30.<br /><br />In what they describe as a &ldquo;creative alliance&rdquo;, Peter and Madeline Powell combine their talents, jointly sharing the artistic process from conception to the final brushstroke.&nbsp; They also share an amazing photorealistic technique, with every reflection, shadow and texture carefully reproduced. <br /><br />Together they assemble elaborate piles of objects that have been selected not just for their bright colors and playful shapes, but also for their equally important evocative meaning. These are photographed by the Powells, who then choose a final composition from dozens of potential shots. Favorite subjects include jumbled mounds of candy, toys, or other nostalgic objects from childhood, which are densely massed together in detailed, close-up views. <br /><br />In the Pop Art tradition, the everyday, playful objects are blown out of proportion on the canvas, directing our attention to their status as American icons and worthy cultural subjects. Meticulously painted in detail, including the minute text on the printed wrappers, the magnified objects engulf the viewer in exuberant color and dynamic movement. At the same time, the artists appreciate the good humor of their subject matter, inviting us to dive straight into the bounty for the sheer joy of it.<br /><br />While other still life painters might downplay the text on the labels, the Powells prefer to place it front and center.&nbsp; Brands such as Milky Way, Bazooka, Red Hots, M&amp;Ms and Hershey&rsquo;s Kisses are easily recognizable and summon up fond memories of summer vacation and Halloween trick-or-treating. We are likewise reminded of the strong temptation in these familiar brand names and how we unconsciously respond, wanting to unwrap the goodies on the spot.<br /><br />Peter and Madeline Powell have exhibited across the United States and their work is included in many private and public art collections including A&amp;M Records, Los Angeles, CA; BMW North America, Atlanta, GA; OPI, Beverly Hills, CA; COSBAR, Aspen, CO; and Robert McKay Corporate Collection, San Diego, CA.&nbsp; The couple resides in Hawaii.<br /><br /></p> Thu, 19 May 2016 22:38:51 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Mari Andrews, sarah hinckley, Esther Traugot - Chandra Cerrito Contemporary - June 3rd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p><strong>Chandra Cerrito Contemporary</strong> is pleased to present <strong><em>Excerpts from the Natural World</em>,</strong> featuring artists who use nature in imaginative ways as source material. Mari Andrews and Esther Traugot combine natural and fabricated objects to create delicate sculptures and installations, and Sarah Hinckley combines images from landscapes to create meditative drawings and paintings. The exhibition will be on view beginning June 3 through July 28, 2016.</p> <p><strong>Mari Andrews</strong> gathers and interweaves elements from both the natural and manmade worlds to skillfully create three-dimensional pieces that focus on the theme of interconnectedness. In the installation titled <em>The Very Small Array</em>, a galactic network of wires is punctuated by several &ldquo;dishes&rdquo; made of lead, each holding a natural object such as a stone or pod.&nbsp; Andrews took inspiration for the piece from the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array, also known as VLA located in New Mexico. VLA is the most advanced radio telescope array on earth (measuring 25 meters in diameter), designed to listen for radio waves from outer space. Andrews&rsquo;s sculptural arrangement resembles the receivers in VLA&rsquo;s giant telescopes, absorbing information like a network of neurons in the human brain, and symbolically reaching outward to a vast scale much like man&rsquo;s need to connect to a&nbsp; universal source of existence.</p> <p>Also included in the exhibition will be Andrews&rsquo;s lead &ldquo;paintings,&rdquo; symbolizing the artist&rsquo;s personal alphabet of images which she made using materials from the earth, such as coal dust, rust, soil, pigments, silver, gold and copper. The artist has been sourcing found objects for nearly thirty years, breathing new life into often overlooked and humble materials.</p> <p><strong>Sarah Hinckley</strong> grew up surrounded by the marsh, water, beach&nbsp;and sky of Cape Cod and now lives amid the metropolitan sights of New York City. The expansive scenery from both the natural and urban landscapes inspire shapes, colors and the composition in Hinckley&rsquo;s paintings and drawings.</p> <p>The artist begins with visual fragments of her surroundings, often taking sections of botanical forms and using specific hues found in sunsets, concrete sidewalks, fashions worn by people on the street, etc. She then combines various shapes and colors to create a single, layered image.</p> <p>In some pieces, the artist stacks bold, graphic forms above minimal fields of muted colors, appearing as individual vignettes from a larger landscape. Other pieces resemble an arrangement much like that from a game of Exquisite Corpse. Played by many Surrealist artists, the game consists of different players contributing to a sequence of images that result in a single drawing. Hinckley&rsquo;s segmented scenes fall into a random but harmonious whole.</p> <p>Hinckley takes artistic inspiration from the works of Mark Rothko,&nbsp;Agnes Martin, Claude Monet's late paintings, and&nbsp;from 1960's formalist color field painting.</p> <p>With work comprised of found objects from insects to pods, <strong>Esther Traugot</strong> will present a collection of small sculptures arranged on the wall like scientific specimens, along with a carefully displayed, expansive installation.</p> <p>Traugot uses seemingly incongruent materials as she &ldquo;gilds&rdquo; natural objects with manufactured thread which she has hand-dyed and then crocheted. The golden fiber is wrapped very snugly around portions of the object, giving the appearance that it is an integral and naturally occurring part of the organic form.</p> <p>The artist&rsquo;s&nbsp;laborious act of crocheting is one of both protection and veneration, a way of preserving the objects once alive, beyond the evolutionary stage when seeds have fallen, and insects become extinct. The resulting work simultaneously evokes a sense of fragility, vulnerability and comfort.</p> <p>Included in the exhibition will be works that incorporate honeybees, which the artist collected from local hives. The work calls attention to the phenomena of colonies of bees dying off at an alarming rate, potentially disrupting the earth&rsquo;s ecosystem. It encourages a dialogue not only about the natural world and its survival, but also more pointedly, about man&rsquo;s instinctual and competing tendencies to both nurture and control nature.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>About the Artists</p> <p><strong>Mari Andrews</strong> earned her MFA at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, California. Her work has been widely exhibited&nbsp;nationally, including at the Tucson Museum of Art, San Jose&nbsp;Museum of Art, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Kala Institute in Berkeley, de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara, and San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. She has also shown her work in Japan,&nbsp;Israel, and England. Andrews is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. The San Francisco Bay Area-based artist has participated in artist residencies at Lucid Art Foundation and Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and she was recently selected for the 2015-16 Creative Ecology Art &amp; Science Residency at the Palo Alto Art Center.</p> <p><strong>Sarah Hickley </strong>was born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and now lives and works in New York City. She has exhibited her work predominately throughout the East Coast, and in San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. Her paintings are included in numerous corporate and private collections. Hinckley earned&nbsp;an MFA from Columbia University in New York, and has studied at California College of Arts &amp; Crafts, Oakland; Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts; and School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.</p> <p><strong>Esther Traugot</strong> lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. She&nbsp;earned her BFA in painting from UC Berkeley and her MFA in studio art at Mills College in Oakland. Traugot has exhibited her work throughout California, and in New York and Pennsylvania, including Sonoma Valley Museum of Art;&nbsp;Palo Alto Art Center; Berkeley Art Center; Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek; Samek Art Museum at Bucknell University, Lewisberg, PA; and Begovich Gallery, Cal State University, Fullerton.</p> Thu, 12 May 2016 23:09:16 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Stephanie Syjuco - Catharine Clark Gallery - June 4th 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">Catharine Clark Gallery presents <em>Neutral Calibration Studies (Ornament + Crime)</em>, a solo exhibition of new work by Stephanie Syjuco. On view June 4 &ndash; August 27, 2016, the exhibit features works across a wide swath of media that touch on the legacy of historical colonialism, fictional fabrications, and perceptual studies of photographic &ldquo;neutrality.&rdquo; Syjuco employs unlikely materials with ingenious vision&mdash;found 3-D models, publicly-sourced audio files, &ldquo;ethnic&rdquo; carpets downloaded from eBay, photo shoots staged with mass-produced fashion garments, and a large-scale &ldquo;still life&rdquo; installation&mdash;to create a perceptual clash that bridges historical representation with contemporary forms. Syjuco will be present for an opening reception on Saturday, June 4, from 3 &ndash; 5 pm, with an artist talk at 2:30 pm.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">Syjuco splits the exhibition into two sections: the front gallery focuses on a stark black and white palette, while the back gallery contains a physical collage of colorful images and objects that attempts to &ldquo;color calibrate&rdquo; itself against a giant neutral gray backdrop. In the black and white area, framed photographic images from the artist&rsquo;s <em>Cargo Cults </em>series revisit historical ethnographic studio portraiture via fictional display. Syjuco used mass-manufactured goods purchased from American shopping malls and restyled them to highlight the popular fantasies associated with the current craze for ethnic patterns. Purchased on credit cards and returned for full refund after the photoshoots, the items hail from the distant lands of Forever21, H&amp;M, American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, Target, The Gap, and more. The graphic patterning creates a disruptive outline, shifting the viewer&rsquo;s attention from foreground to background in an attempt to &ldquo;find&rdquo; the subject. Syjuco&rsquo;s digitally printed fabric works, <em>Lossy Artifacts (RIPs)</em>, exploit the &ldquo;problem&rdquo; of digital degradation of compressed computer files (referred to as &lsquo;lossy&rsquo; in computer speak). The fabric features images of Turkish, Afghan, and Pakistani woven rugs, downloaded mostly from eBay. Blown up and heavily pixelated, the vertigo produced by the works destabilize the original digital image files and bring to physical form cultural items squeezed through internet channels and global trading routes.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Our dedicated media room features Syjuco&rsquo;s <em>Ornament + Crime (Redux)</em>, (2013), a 22-minute video from the artist's <em>Dazzle Camouflage </em>series. This project positions the WWI military tactic of wrapping battleships in a graphic black-and-white pattern in a contemporary framework to consider globalization, migration, historical trauma and colonialism. Using anonymously-sourced digital files from the 3-D modeling program SketchUp, Syjuco&rsquo;s video takes as its starting point architect Le Corbusier's 1931 iconic building, Villa Savoye, located outside of Paris. The haunting, animated walk-through of the Modernist structure is overtaken with disruptive black-and-white graphics of folk patterns culled from France's prior colonial era: Moroccan, Algerian and Vietnamese textiles. Found sound files recorded from the streets of the ex-colonies provide a dislocated, invisible audio backdrop. As a historical mash-up of publicly sourced files, this new version of Villa Savoye attempts to transcribe the colonial and cultural history of a Western icon back upon itself as if it were a body to be read and re-read.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">STEPHANIE SYJUCO creates large-scale spectacles of collected cultural objects, cumulative archives, and temporary vending installations, often with an active public component that invites viewers to directly participate as producers or distributors. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, her projects leverage open-source systems, shareware logic, and flows of capital, in order to investigate issues of economies and empire. Recent projects include a collaboration with the FLACC Workplace for Visual Artists in Belgium on a body of works utilizing 3-D scanning of Belgian and Congolese antiquities to produce hybrid ceramic objects addressing the legacy of colonialism, empire, and trade routes. She is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and is currently developing a two-year project commission for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art under the topic of &ldquo;Public Knowledge,&rdquo; excavating and amplifying hidden bodies of knowledge.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Born in the Philippines, she received her MFA from Stanford University and BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has shown extensively nationally and internationally, and her work has been included in exhibitions at MoMA/P.S.1, the Whitney Museum of American Art, SFMOMA, ZKM Center for Art and Technology, Germany; Z33 Space for Contemporary Art, Belgium; the Havana Biennial, The Asian Art Biennial, and The California Biennial, among others. She is represented by Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco and Ryan Lee Gallery in New York. Syjuco is an Assistant Professor in Sculpture at the University of California, Berkeley and lives and works in Oakland.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> Sat, 07 May 2016 06:36:53 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list ROGER WEIK - Crocker Art Museum - June 4th 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Sat, 09 Apr 2016 17:22:06 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (Marin MOCA) - June 4th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p id="docs-internal-guid-92325d2e-c4d6-845c-e168-298a53d34b84" style="line-height: 1.44; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr">The Seventh Annual Altered Book/Book Arts Exhibition and Fundraiser displays the work of 150 Bay Area artists who re-construct and re-work books to produce a highly entertaining and remarkably varied exhibition. Attendees are invited to bring their friends and walk around the galleries to bid on their favorite book art.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.44; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 1.44; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr">The silent auction is posted for bidding during the exhibit from April 23 - June 4. It will culminate in the live closing auction on June 4th, where the auctioneer will auction off a selected group of altered books. Wine, tasty hors d'oeuvres and desserts will be served.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.44; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr">This event supports the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art&rsquo;s ongoing exhibitions and community programs.</p> <p style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr">FB event</p> <p style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;" dir="ltr"><a style="text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1569735226674974/" rel="nofollow">https://www.facebook.com/events/1569735226674974/</a></p> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:06:42 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - June 5th 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM <p>Discover and play as a family at the Asian Art Museum. On Family Fun Days, our gallery activities, creative art projects and immersive storytelling make art appreciation into a lively, family-friendly event. Themes and projects change regularly, so visit again and again.</p> <p>&nbsp;In June, explore rare masterpieces from imperial China and create artwork inspired by the special exhibition <em>Emperors&rsquo; Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum</em>, <em>Taipei</em>. All Family Fun Day art projects are developed and led by the museum&rsquo;s teen Art Speak interns.</p> <p>Please note: Street parking is free on Sundays, making a visit to the museum both fun and affordable.</p> <p>&nbsp;Target First Free Sundays &mdash; free admission on the first Sunday of every month and the family programs offered on that day &mdash; are made possible by Target. Due to capacity restrictions, admission is not guaranteed.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 May 2016 19:25:39 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - June 5th 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM <p>Come build a cardboard world with us!</p> <p>On Jun. 5, the Box Project returns to the Asian Art Museum. Developed by artist Eliza Gregory, this workshop invites parents and children to alter and play with reused cardboard boxes as they would at home, but on an unusually grand scale. Be sure to stick around for the Moment of Destruction &mdash; a chance to summon your inner beast&nbsp;and destroy the projects that were built during the day.</p> <p>&nbsp;Professional parenting educator Nancy Gapasin Gnass curates information about parenting and creativity for participants to take home, and, along with Gregory, is on hand to answer questions and provide an intellectual framework for the experience.</p> <p>&nbsp;The Box Project celebrates acts of creativity that take place in the home by temporarily placing them in a museum context to catalyze a conversation about creativity, parenting and the gallery space as a creative hub. The project asks: Can we teach creativity? What does that look like? When is parenting itself fundamentally about creativity? How can we become better parents by acknowledging those times? And how can the museum support families in this endeavor? For more information, visit www.theboxproject.org.</p> <div><hr align="left" size="1" width="33%" /> <div> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> Thu, 12 May 2016 19:32:47 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - June 5th 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM <p>Explore movement and meditation with yogini Lorna Reed on the first Sunday of every month. Each session offers an opportunity to participate in practices that balance energy, align your body and prompt you to go inward. Please bring mats and wear comfortable clothing. These mixed-level classes can accommodate visitors age 13 and up.</p> <p>&nbsp;Target First Free Sundays &mdash; free admission on the first Sunday of every month and the family programs offered on that day &mdash; are made possible by Target. Due to capacity restrictions, admission is not guaranteed.</p> <div><hr align="left" size="1" width="33%" /></div> Thu, 12 May 2016 19:34:20 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Group Show - San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) - June 5th 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM <div><strong>NextNewPaper, June 5 - September 18</strong></div> <div><strong>&nbsp;</strong></div> <div><strong>Reception June 5, 2-4pm</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>NextNewPaper continues the ICA&rsquo;s recurring series of exhibitions dedicated to exploring emerging artists and art practices. In this iteration, 17 Bay Area artists use paper as their medium, creating works that highlight the endless ways in which this ubiquitous and seemingly innocuous material can be manipulated.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Artists:&nbsp;Javier Arce,&nbsp;Michael Buscemi,&nbsp;Peter Foucault,&nbsp;Julia Anne Goodman,&nbsp;Taro Hattori,&nbsp;Carolynn Haydu,&nbsp;Cynthia On a Innis,&nbsp;Loren King,&nbsp;Kyong Ae Kim,&nbsp;Jacqueline Rush Lee,&nbsp;Monica Lundy,&nbsp;Kirk Maxson,&nbsp;Joyce Nojima,&nbsp;Jann Nunn,&nbsp;Amy Oates,&nbsp;Michael Sell,&nbsp;Weston Teruya,&nbsp;Annie Vought,&nbsp;Imin Yeh</div> Fri, 13 May 2016 22:54:48 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Group Show - San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) - June 5th 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM <p class="large"><strong>This is Not a Book: Chapter 2, June 5-September 11</strong></p> <p class="large"><strong>Reception June 5, 2-4pm</strong></p> <p class="large">In collaboration with Seager Gray Gallery, the ICA will present This is Not a Book: Chapter 2 in the Focus Gallery.</p> <p>For the past decade, Seager Gray has taken the lead in presenting art related to books and recently celebrated the 10<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;anniversary of their now widely acclaimed&nbsp;<em>Art of the Book</em>exhibition, which takes place each May at the Mill Valley gallery. The ICA&rsquo;s presentation culls from that rich history and continues where the ICA&rsquo;s 2001 exhibition&nbsp;<em>This is Not A Book&nbsp;</em>left off.</p> <p>Artists:&nbsp;Guston Abright,&nbsp;James Allen,&nbsp;Doug Beube,&nbsp;Sarah Brown,&nbsp;Kim Henigman Bruce,&nbsp;Valerie Buess,&nbsp;Julie Chen,&nbsp;Marie Dern &amp; Danielle Giudici Wallis,&nbsp;Brian Dettmer,&nbsp;Lauren DiCioccio,&nbsp;Jessica Drenk,&nbsp;Arian Dylan,&nbsp;Andrew Hayes,&nbsp;Helen Hiebert,&nbsp;Meg Hitchcock,&nbsp;Airan Kang,&nbsp;Lisa Kokin,&nbsp;Vince Koloski,&nbsp;Emily Payne,&nbsp;Maria Porges,&nbsp;Jacqueline Rush Lee,&nbsp;Sandi Miot,&nbsp;Mike Stilkey,&nbsp;Vita Wells,&nbsp;Barbara Wildenboer</p> Fri, 13 May 2016 23:16:39 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Mary Ellen Bartley - San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) - June 5th 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM <p class="large"><em><strong>Mary Ellen Bartley: Looking Between the Covers, June 5-September 4</strong></em></p> <p class="large"><strong>Reception June 5, 2-4pm</strong></p> <p class="large">Mary Ellen Bartley&rsquo;s photographs explore the materiality of the printed book &ndash; the formal qualities of the paper, the binding, the spine, the cover and the color.</p> <p>Bartley has always had an affinity for books. They have served as an important way for her to learn and think about art. Inspired by the 2008 retrospective of Morandi, the Italian painter and printmaker known for the tonal subtlety of his still lifes, Bartley was moved to find a still life project that she could work on for an extended period of time.</p> <p><em>Looking Between the Covers&nbsp;</em>includes work from three still life series made between 2009 and 2012. The muted colors and delicate use of light in her&nbsp;<em>Paperbacks&nbsp;</em>series reflect Bartley&rsquo;s minimalist sensibility. She has purposefully chosen not to title the images so that the subject of the book does not distract the viewer. She has used a wide palette of "whites," from light grey to pale blue, in order to create &ldquo;something quiet.&rdquo; The dark and ominous colors of her&nbsp;<em>Blue Book</em>&nbsp;series create a sense of mystery and sadness. As the painter Ross Bleckner commented, these images reflect both presence and absence. They are beautifully enigmatic and foreboding. The works in&nbsp;<em>Standing Open</em>&nbsp;mark a departure from the minimalist tendencies in Bartley&rsquo;s earlier work.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 May 2016 23:44:05 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Eliza Gregory - Asian Art Museum - June 9th 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM <p>Testimony, an ongoing project by artist Eliza Gregory, explores the landscape and stories of contemporary immigration to San Francisco. Working with local nonprofits, service providers, students and communities, the project illuminates individual stories about what's happening in this city right now while simultaneously intervening in the tropes we use to describe immigration.&nbsp;</p> <p>For this, the second event in the Testimony project to take place at the Asian Art Museum, the artist and the museum will host a conversation about cultural education in the city. Highlighting initiatives by parents of public school children as well as the audience's own experiences with cultural exchange, the event will introduce participants to each other and delve into family anecdotes.&nbsp;</p> <p>We will also be launching a booklet that documents the first Testimony event, presenting interviews with service providers who serve &nbsp;immigrants in different parts of the city alongside audience perspectives and portraits.&nbsp;</p> <div><hr align="left" size="1" width="33%" /> <div> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> Thu, 12 May 2016 19:38:32 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Group Show - 1AM SF - June 10th 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM <p dir="ltr">First Amendment Gallery is pleased to present &ldquo;LEGENDARY: Celebrating 30 Years of Legends of Rare Design&rdquo;, a group exhibition featuring a diverse body of work from 12 members of world renown LORDS crew. Join us for the opening reception Friday, June 10th, 2016, from 6:30-9:30PM. This event is free and open to the public.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Founded in the heart of San Jose in 1986, LORDS crew has continuously played an integral role in the evolution of the art and history of graffiti. With exponential membership growth over the years, LORDS have imprinted their presence as one of the largest and oldest international crews in the game.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">In honor of their 30th anniversary, LEGENDARY showcases the versatility of multi-generational LORDS artists, hand selected and curated by Pastime and Sworne. Celebrated domestic and international exhibition artists will include, Chris Jehly, John Dozier, Robert Bowen, Ernest Doty, Nychos, Griffin One, Pawn, Axis, Haste, Mesngr, Ryno &amp; Kopsky.</p> <p><br />For artist information and catalog inquiries, please contact artsales@1amgallery.com.</p> Thu, 26 May 2016 23:04:55 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Peter Combe - Andrea Schwartz Gallery - June 15th 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <p><strong>Peter Combe&nbsp;</strong><em>&mdash;&nbsp;</em><strong><em>Stars &amp; Stripes</em></strong></p> <p><strong>June 15 &ndash; July 22, 2016</strong></p> <p><strong>Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 15, 5:30 - 7:30</strong></p> <p>Andrea Schwartz Gallery is pleased to announce our first solo exhibition of recent works by&nbsp;<strong>Peter Combe.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;There is an alchemy that occurs, a trick of the eye, where color seems to occupy space&mdash;a void&mdash;at once ethereal, yet seen from another angle the whole appears as a recognizable image, veiled in gossamer.&rdquo; &mdash;</em>Peter Combe</p> <p><strong>Peter Combe</strong>&nbsp;employs appropriated, hand-punched paint swatches as his singular medium.&nbsp; In his newest body of work, Combe creates star-studded portraits alongside abstracted, striped pieces. Inserting circular paint swatches into perforated backings, Combe creates three dimensional works that experiment with the interplay of light, color, and movement<em>&mdash;</em>all placed into custom frames.&nbsp; His process can be characterized as neo-pointillist: taking a mathematical approach based in color theory.&nbsp;</p> <p>For the artist, the optical effect is important, but the imagery depicted is also of equal significance to him.&nbsp; As a Canadian who was recently granted permanent residence in the United States, Combe celebrates American culture in this newest body of work, which to him is embodied by the Pantheon of Hollywood&rsquo;s Golden Age.&nbsp; His haunting portraits feature iconic stars such as Rock Hudson, Grace Kelly, Tyrone Power, and Elizabeth Taylor.&nbsp; In keeping with the artist&rsquo;s propensity for word-play, several portraits include text in the form of double enetendres. Combe&rsquo;s abstract, striped works seem to invoke malfunctioning pre-digital age television screens.&nbsp; These works include a combination of jewel-toned, transparent, and opaque paillettes.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 May 2016 19:44:40 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list