ArtSlant - Openings & events http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/show en-us 40 - Asian Art Museum - November 23rd 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM <p>The political enlightenment of the West articulated ideals that had no substantial counterpart in the spiritual traditions of Asia according to this event&rsquo;s featured speaker, Akeel Bilgrami, a leading philosopher and political and cultural commentator. Yet Gandhi, appealing precisely to those traditions, managed to construct a radical political philosophy. In what ways was Gandhi modern despite his explicit opposition to modernity? Is Gandhi relevant to our own time and politics? Dr. <strong>Bilgrami</strong> presents Gandhi's political philosophy to explore these questions and other contemporary concerns of religion, politics and culture. Immediately following the talk, University of California, Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks leads Dr. Bilgrami in a conversation about his work. Public reception to follow program.</p> <p><strong>Akeel Bilgrami</strong> currently holds the Sidney Morgenbesser Chair of Philosophy at Columbia University, where he is also a founding member of the Committee on Global Thought and the Director of the South Asian Institute. Bilgrami&nbsp;is a widely published author and public intellectual, writing on philosophy, politics, religion and culture with a special interest in Indian politics and history as well as the politics of the Islamic world.</p> <p class="t">&nbsp;<strong>Nicholas Dirks</strong> became the 10th chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. A renowned historian and anthropologist, he is a leader in higher education and well-known for his advocacy for accessible, high-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, to the globalization of the university, and innovation across disciplines.</p> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:11:47 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Margaretta Lovell, David Henkin - Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive - November 23rd 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p>BAM/PFA Galleries. Included with gallery admission<br /><br />Art historian Margaretta Lovell and social historian David Henkin, both professors at UC Berkeley, offer a rich context for the artwork on view in&nbsp;<strong>American Wonder</strong>. They will discuss pre-Civil War American society and culture, touching on such issues as individual and community identity, rituals of mourning, schoolgirl skills, professional penmanship, and the role of domestic animals.<br /><br />Margaretta Lovell, the Jay D. McEvoy Professor of Art History at UC Berkeley, received her PhD from Yale and specializes in American and British art, architecture, design, and literature. Her books include the prizewinners&nbsp;<em>Art in a Season of Revolution: Painters, Artisans, and Patrons in Early America</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>A Visitable Past: Views of Venice by American Artists and Writers</em>. Her current project is a book on the antebellum landscape painter Fitz H. Lane.&nbsp;<br /><br />David Henkin, who holds a PhD from UC Berkeley, specializes in American society and culture of the nineteenth century. He is a professor in the Department of History at UC Berkeley and is the author of&nbsp;<em>City Reading: Written Words and Public Space in Antebellum New York</em>,&nbsp;<em>The Postal Age: The Emergence of Mass Communications in Nineteenth-Century America</em>, and&nbsp;<em>Becoming America: A History for the 21st Century</em>. His current project is a study of seven-day rhythms in nineteenth-century America.</p> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:47:21 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Vanessa MatthewsJessica Skloven - Rayko Photo Center - December 3rd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>RayKo Photo Center&rsquo;s Residence Program was developed to continue our support and education of fine art photographers.&nbsp;Selected artists receive unlimited access to RayKo&rsquo;s facilities for a six-month time period, with each artist's residency culminating in an exhibition in our gallery. Past residents have included Eric William Carroll, Klea McKenna, and Meghann Riepenhoff. This fall&rsquo;s residents continue on the path less taken. Both Vanessa Marsh and Jessica Skloven have spent countless hours in our color darkrooms making chromogenic prints, a process and a skill that many have forsaken in this digital age of photography.</p> <p>Vanessa Marsh actually goes so far as to make her own negatives&hellip;painting and drawing on layers of acetate and paper and film and combining them all in the darkroom to create large nighttime landscapes inspired by an amateur interest in cosmology and physics. These dark skies with saturated celestial patterns of invented galaxies and nebula speak to our mediated experience of the night sky and nature in general. Colors, assigned to gasses and light waves that the naked eye cannot see, are presented and consumed as truth. Giant mural c-prints of these invented scenes build on Vanessa&rsquo;s interest in translating drawings and paintings into photographic form.</p> <p>Jessica Skloven is exposing 4x5 sheets of color film&hellip;but not in any traditional manner. She slips the sheets of film under the covers, under pillows, in between sheets&hellip;these images are created without the confines of a camera, without control and without the essential aspect of what makes a correct photograph &ndash; focused light. They are made sometimes over long periods of time, buried deep under layers, being exposed with tiny light from dark windows and ambient spills from careless LCD screens. In many cases, they are failures, images built up too densely to view or left for too little time without enough light to imprint them. The process is one embedded in ritual. Perhaps an exercise in anti-documenting, these are photographs as uncertain objects, records of instability in an attempt to pin down a constant.</p> <p>They are just slow light leaking onto plastic.</p> <p>Jessica&rsquo;s work centers around the material relationship between the illusions that occur in the natural world and those that are produced&mdash;both in the act of photographing and in the re-constitution of those images when they are transferred to paper. Using photographic process, she imagines the simultaneous impossibility of the abstract and the familiarity of the real, precariously combining to counter photography&rsquo;s often-presumed objectivity. The resulting c-prints are sublime and sensual, drawing the viewer into their mysteries.</p> <p>Come view these two dynamic artists&rsquo; images and question the future and the direction of photography all over again.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Also, 2013 Artist-in-Residence McNair Evans will be at RayKo during the reception on December 3<sup>rd</sup> signing copies of his new monograph, &ldquo;Confessions for a Son.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>About RayKo</strong></p> <p><strong>RayKo Photo Center &amp; Gallery</strong>&nbsp;is a comprehensive photographic facility, located near the Yerba Buena Arts District, with resources for anyone with a passion for photography. Established in the early 1990&rsquo;s, RayKo Photo Center has grown to become one of San Francisco&rsquo;s most beloved photography darkroom spaces; it includes traditional b&amp;w, color and alternative process labs as well as a state-of-the-art digital department, a professional rental studio, galleries, and the Photographer&rsquo;s Marketplace &ndash; a retail space promoting the work of regional artists. RayKo also has San Francisco&rsquo;s 1<sup>st&nbsp;</sup>Art*O*Mat vending machine and a vintage 1947 black &amp; white Auto-Photo Booth and a retail store that sells all types of used film cameras, from view cameras to Leicas to a build-your-own Nikon station. Everything you need to make any type of photograph!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>RayKo Gallery</strong>&nbsp;serves to advance public appreciation of photography and create opportunities for regional, national and international artists to create and present their work. RayKo Gallery offers 1600 square feet of exhibition space and the Photographer&rsquo;s Marketplace, which encourages the collection of artwork by making it accessible to collectors of all levels.&nbsp;RayKo also has an artist-in-residence program to further support artists in the development of their photographic projects and ideas.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>RayKo Photo Center &amp; Gallery</strong></p> <p>428 Third Street</p> <p>San Francisco, CA 94107</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">415-495-3773</span>&nbsp;(ph)</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">www.raykophoto.com</span></p> <p>Tuesday-Thursday: 10-10 pm</p> <p>Friday-Sunday: 10-8 pm</p> <p>Monday: closed</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>*RayKo is&nbsp;located in the SOMA arts district of San Francisco&nbsp;within walking distance of SFMOMA, the Moscone Center, Yerba Buena Gardens, as well as AT&amp;T Ballpark.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:25:27 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Rasmus Røhling - CCA Wattis Institute - December 4th 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Rasmus R&oslash;hling gives a presentation about the ever-strengthening field of artistic research,&nbsp;its secret desire to be casual,&nbsp;and the "annoying interruption" of exhibition-making.&nbsp;<br /><br />Rasmus R&oslash;hling is an artist based in Copenhagen.</p> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:55:55 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Debra Bloomfield - Robert Koch Gallery - December 4th 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Wed, 05 Nov 2014 11:29:59 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Debra Bloomfield - Robert Koch Gallery - December 4th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p>Robert Koch Gallery is pleased to present <em>Wilderness</em>, an exhibition of works by Debra Bloomfield, coinciding with the release of her monograph of the same title, published by the University of New Mexico Press. Featuring works selected from an intensive photographic project spanning five years, <em>Wilderness</em> showcases Bloomfield&rsquo;s immersive approach to her subject matter. In addition, we are proud to announce that one of Bloomfield's works featured in the exhibition, <em>Wilderness 02082-8-07,</em>&nbsp;was selected by Giorgio Armani as the cover image of this year's Paris Photo ACQUA Exhibition, which will be on view at Paris Photo in mid-November.</p> <p>The images in this exhibition range between minimalist gradient work and dream-like landscapes. While the natural spaces and moments Bloomfield depicts in her photographs are located in the coastal areas of southeastern Alaska, the images are meant to prompt discussion regarding the value of environmental conservation as well as to express a sensibility of wilderness which is atemporal, and not rooted in one place; rather an evocation of the universal qualities of wilderness. With <em>Wilderness</em> Bloomfield invites viewers to investigate these natural spaces, not only for their environmental and conservation meanings, but also their formal beauty, and for their meditative qualities. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Bloomfield is an artist and educator based in the Bay Area. Her photographic works are represented in numerous museum collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the George Eastman House; the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum; the Phoenix Art Museum; and the Honolulu Museum of Art among others.</p> <p>In addition to <em>Wilderness</em>, other monographs on the subject of&nbsp;Bloomfield's work include&nbsp;<em>Still: Oceanscapes by Debra Bloomfield</em>&nbsp;(Chronicle Books, 2008) and <em>Four Corners</em>&nbsp;(University of New Mexico Press, 2004). An educator in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1977, Bloomfield currently teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute.</p> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 21:50:33 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Kerry Mansfield - SF Camerawork - December 4th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">SF Camerawork is proud to present two concurrent exhibitions addressing breast cancer and the power of photography as a tool for understanding and supporting those battling the disease.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In the award-winning series&nbsp;<em>Aftermath</em>,&nbsp;San Francisco-based photographer Kerry Mansfield courageously documents her two-year journey through breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and reconstructive surgery.&nbsp;&nbsp;The honesty and artistry of&nbsp;<em>Aftermath</em>&nbsp;have earned Mansfield several awards including a Lucie International Photography Award, LensCulture's Single Image Grand Prize, and the Worldwide Photography Gala Award.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Supporting women in the fight against breast cancer is the focus of a collaborative project between photographer Michael Shindler and the social venture Help Each Other Out.&nbsp;This exhibition will feature Shindler's original tintypes, the collaborative posters, and an interactive installation titled "Share What Works" to encourage community engagement. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:01:14 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Michael Shindler - SF Camerawork - December 4th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>A collaboration in tintype with Michael Schindler and Help Each Other Out</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">SF Camerawork is proud to present two concurrent exhibitions addressing breast cancer and the power of photography as a tool for understanding and supporting those battling the disease.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In the award-winning series&nbsp;<em>Aftermath</em>,&nbsp;San Francisco-based photographer Kerry Mansfield courageously documents her two-year journey through breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and reconstructive surgery.&nbsp;&nbsp;The honesty and artistry of&nbsp;<em>Aftermath</em>&nbsp;have earned Mansfield several awards including a Lucie International Photography Award, LensCulture's Single Image Grand Prize, and the Worldwide Photography Gala Award.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Supporting women in the fight against breast cancer is the focus of a collaborative project between photographer Michael Shindler and the social venture Help Each Other Out.&nbsp;This exhibition will feature Shindler's original tintypes, the collaborative posters, and an interactive installation titled "Share What Works" to encourage community engagement. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 09:04:59 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Ales "Bask" Hostomsky, Tes One - 1AM Gallery - December 5th 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">1AM Gallery is pleased to present, &ldquo;<strong>Side By Side</strong>&rdquo;, showcasing Florida based artists, Bask and Tes One. This exhibition signifies much more than the arrangement of their works; it also marks a 20-year friendship founded on graffiti art, comic books and intemperate creativity. From a small crew of writers (SBS), grew unique and signature artistic styles that propelled their works around the world, inside galleries and outside of conventions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Bask</strong>&nbsp;is the moniker of one, Ales Bask Hostomsky (@knownasbask), who along with his parents emigrated from Czechoslovakia to Florida and began to soak up America&rsquo;s popular iconic imagery along with the sun. The artist&rsquo;s richly textural work imbue his &ldquo;anti-iconic,&rdquo; sometimes satirical worldview with an undercurrent of dark emotion. Combining his graphic skill with his trademark of multi-layered applications, Bask builds up the surface only to break down the image.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Combining traditional and non-traditional techniques, Leon &ldquo;<strong>Tes One</strong>&rdquo; Bedore (@tesone) creates works of art that contrast nature with technology, grime with grace. Allowing himself to find beauty in the mundane, he is able to juxtapose rejected landscapes with figurative illustrations, all the while identifying what is common between the conversing elements. These opposing forces coexist to create paintings that are both symbolic and metaphorical. Tes One&rsquo;s conceptual paintings are assembled from the foundation up; color and cast blanket organic substrates. Incorporating movement within his work brings his energy and message to the viewer, emotions envelope and hold focus.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more information, visit www.1AMGallery.com. If you have any questions or would like to request media related material, please email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:anu@1amsf.com?subject=" rel="nofollow">ANU@1AMSF.com</a>.</p> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:02:43 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Terry Riley - Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive - December 5th 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM <p>Five years ago, Terry Riley played at our very first L@TE event, and we are elated to have him return to close out the series. Pioneer of the minimalist aesthetic, seminal influence on the Velvet Underground and Sonic Youth, devotee of Hindustani classical music as well as jazz, Riley remains one of the most dynamic compositional voices of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He will joined by his son, guitarist and composer Gyan Riley. Don&rsquo;t miss your last chance to hear his sublime music reverberate through our vast architecture.<br /><br />Galleries will remain open until 10:30 p.m. for this special event. A limited number of chairs will be available; please bring a pillow to make yourself comfortable on the gallery floor, or listen from the upper gallery balconies during the performance.</p> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:16:02 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Lewis deSoto, Sonja Hinrichsen - Chandra Cerrito Contemporary - December 5th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Chandra Cerrito Contemporary is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by artists Lewis deSoto and Sonja Hinrichsen. Both artists are featuring photographic series that involve impermanent manipulations of the landscape and reflect their deep reverence for nature.</p> <p>Lewis deSoto is a multimedia artist whose installations are often about the human quest to reconcile our inner and outer worlds. His Native American ancestry infused his Southern California upbringing with both a respect for the land and a critical view of cultural imperialism. DeSoto&rsquo;s <em>Site Projects </em>(1980-1986) were a reaction against the disruptive impact of certain &ldquo;earthworks&rdquo; of the 1970s. The <em>Site Projects</em> were created during long camera exposures at night--leaving a minimal trace. They &ldquo;compared the scale of the human against the overarching embrace of the world, the stars and the galaxies,&rdquo; states deSoto.</p> <p>German-born Sonja Hinrichsen examines urban and natural environments through immersive video installations, performances, or rituals that result in ephemeral art pieces. Hinrichsen&rsquo;s <em>Snow Drawings are </em>large designs created during public art events, where community takes an active part in the creative process. These works correspond with and accentuate the landscape and its local and historical significance. Sonja writes, &ldquo;Despite an overall documentary character, these projects have a very personal focus, as they draw from my experiences and perceptions. I hope that they help arouse appreciation and consciousness for the natural world&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>About the Artists:</p> <p class="FreeForm">Lewis deSoto was born in San Bernardino, California and earned his Master of Fine Arts at Claremont Graduate School. He has exhibited widely across the United States, Europe, and Japan. In 1996, deSoto received an Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His work <em>Paranirvana</em> has been exhibited in numerous major museums worldwide since 2006 as part of the <em>Missing Peace</em> exhibition. He taught at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, served as the Director of Graduate Studies at California College of Arts and Crafts and as is currently a Professor of Art at San Francisco State University. His work is in the collections of the Seattle Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles as well as many private collections.</p> <p class="FreeForm">Sonja Hinrichsen graduated from the Academy of Art in Stuttgart, Germany and received her Masters degree in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001.&nbsp; Sonja has won numerous artist residency awards, such as the Bemis Center in Omaha, Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, PlatteForum in Denver, Djerassi in California, Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, Valparaiso in Spain, Fiskars in Finland, and the Taipei Artist Village in Taiwan. Sonja&rsquo;s ongoing community arts project <em>Snow Drawings</em> has received significant attention and has been featured on numerous art, design and culture websites, and featured on NPR, MSNBC, The Discovery Channel, and public TV Tokyo. Photographic prints and video have been shown in exhibitions in California, Colorado and in Europe.</p> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 01:46:15 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Berkeley Art Center - December 6th 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1416686735127_278"><strong id="yui_3_17_2_1_1416686735127_291"><em id="yui_3_17_2_1_1416686735127_290">HERE&nbsp;</em></strong><strong id="yui_3_17_2_1_1416686735127_277">Holiday Art Sale and Open House</strong></p> <p><strong><em>HERE Part II</em></strong><strong>&nbsp;artists will be announced!<br />The Mobile Mill will be at BAC!</strong></p> <p><br /><strong>Open House Hours:&nbsp;</strong><strong>Saturday, December 6, 11-5 p.m.&nbsp;</strong><strong>&nbsp;<br /><a href="http://themobilemill.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow">Mobile Mill</a></strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>Workshop:</strong><strong>&nbsp;1-3 p.m.</strong><br /><strong>Free and open to the public!</strong></p> <p><br />Sip on cider, hot chocolate and sample other holiday treats as you preview works from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.berkeleyartcenter.org/here-1" rel="nofollow">top Bay Area artists</a>&nbsp;at&nbsp;HERE. Bring home one (or more) of the 250 pieces in the show for special holiday gifts, available for very affordable prices.&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>Part II Revealed!</strong><br />Be the first to learn which of the hundreds of outstanding artists will be selected to be a part of&nbsp;HERE, Part II. Aimee Friberg, esteemed Bay Area artist and director of CULT Exhibitions in San Francisco, will curate the works for the second portion of this exhibit, selecting from the many diverse artists and communities that make up Berkeley Art Center.&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>Make the Paper!</strong><br /><a href="http://themobilemill.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow">The Mobile Mill</a>, a &ldquo;pop-up&rdquo; traveling paper studio offering an alternative art-making space where new learners and practicing artists can collaborate.&nbsp;The Mobile Mill&nbsp;is essentially an automobile with incorporated machinery to make it possible for users to experiment in papermaking, while also learning how to repurpose paper waste. A hands-on workshop will be offered from&nbsp;1-3 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;More information of The Mobile Mill can be found<a href="http://themobilemill.tumbler.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">&nbsp;here.&nbsp;</a></p> <p><br /><a href="http://www.berkeleyartcenter.org/here-1" rel="nofollow"><strong><em>Here: The 2014 BAC Artists Annual&nbsp;Part I&nbsp;</em></strong></a><br />Opening Reception: Saturday, November 15, 5-8pm&nbsp;<br />Exhibition Dates:&nbsp;November 15- December 14&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.berkeleyartcenter.org/here-1" rel="nofollow"><strong><em>Here: The 2014 BAC Artists Annual&nbsp;Part II</em></strong></a><br />Opening Reception:&nbsp;Saturday, January 10, 5-8pm&nbsp;<br />Exhibition Dates:&nbsp;January 10-February 8, 2015</p> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:13:28 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Sherie' Franssen - Dolby Chadwick Gallery - December 11th 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <p>Dolby Chadwick Gallery is pleased to announce&nbsp;The Gorgeous Nothings, an exhibition of new paintings by southern California artist Sherie&rsquo; Franssen.&nbsp;Franssen has long been preoccupied by abstraction&rsquo;s power to interrogate the contours of our world, fragmenting and reordering them so as to distill&nbsp;something essential about that world and our experiences within it. This body of work pushes Franssen&rsquo;s interest in fragmentation&mdash;both as an&nbsp;aesthetic and emotional condition&mdash;to a new level. Empty spaces and larger areas of color &ldquo;evoke a little resting space&rdquo; and allow for moments of&nbsp;pause and reflection that are hinted at but not always evident in earlier works.<br /><br />These moments are presented in different ways in different paintings. The broader, heavier, slower-moving gestures that curl around and over fields of&nbsp;color in&nbsp;Turn Blue&nbsp;(2014)&mdash;which is itself largely coded in shades of indigo, violet, and lilac&mdash;conjure a sense of melancholy, even loss. &nbsp;But it&rsquo;s a soft&nbsp;melancholy that unexpectedly works to hearten, soothe, and lift the viewer up, as evidenced by&nbsp;A Catch in the Breath&nbsp;(2014), which begins to the jostle&nbsp;the pieces back into place, creating an experience that Franssen likens to emerging from a fog. These pieces, however, always remain slightly askew;&nbsp;this is done not to frustrate but to inspire and preserve a sense of infinite possibility. In these works, Franssen is like a poet jotting down brief&nbsp;observations on random fragments of paper&mdash;gorgeous nothings of the Dickinsonian variety&mdash;about our world and our lives, which are themselves&nbsp;inescapably fragmented.<br /><br />Moments of pause also structure forms that allude, though very subtly, to the human figure in paintings such as&nbsp;The Summer Went&nbsp;(2014). This and&nbsp;other works, which can be thought of as &ldquo;bather paintings,&rdquo; reflect an interest in &ldquo;the evocative, mutable, and transformational nature&rdquo; that inhabits the&nbsp;blue paintings. Inspired by Max Beckmann&rsquo;s, Joan Brown&rsquo;s, David Park&rsquo;s, Paul C&eacute;zanne&rsquo;s, and Ernst Kirchner&rsquo;s bathers, Franssen&rsquo;s own bathers are&nbsp;imbricated within shifting compositional forms and exuberant splashes of color, which produce vivid allusions to the vibrancy of nature. Such&nbsp;fragmentation facilitates the melding of body and environment, opening up new ways of understanding fullness, presence, and being.<br /><br />Born in Torrance, California, in 1952, Sherie&rsquo; Franssen earned her BFA in Drawing and Painting from California State University, Long Beach, in 1999.&nbsp;Her work has been exhibited in museums across the country and was selected by Peter Selz for inclusion in the 2011 show HEADS at the Dolby&nbsp;Chadwick Gallery. Franssen has been reviewed in The San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Art Ltd., and New American Paintings. This will be&nbsp;Franssen&rsquo;s fifth solo show at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery.</p> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:25:56 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Group Show - Southern Exposure - December 11th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p>The Fall 2014 Youth Advisory Board artists work to answer the question: What role does memory play in the construction of identity? The youth artists approach both memory and identity as malleable and ever changing. They will not only recall the past, but also intervene and then alter it. Sculptural works and tableau photography capture and recollect personal narratives in an interdisciplinary exhibition that highlights both process and product.</p> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:49:10 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Opulent Temple, Flaming Lotus Girls, Ambient Mafia - SOMArts Cultural Center - December 12th 6:00 PM - 2:00 AM <p dir="ltr">Flaming Lotus Girls Host &ldquo;In the Red&rdquo; Art Gallery Benefit</p> <p dir="ltr">Illustrious fire art sculpture mavens ignite the holiday season with an incandescent evening of affordable art, merrymaking and dancing to a soundtrack by local DJs to help fund their next large-scale Burning Man project</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">The world-renowned Flaming Lotus Girls are wildly popular for their most recent installation on the waterfront of SF. "Soma", a stainless steel sculpture illuminated with interactive LEDS, was installed on Pier 14 in May and will remain for the year. This San Francisco-based female-driven art collective, is hosting a gallery party to help raise funds to cover the debt accrued in maintaining SOMA and support future projects. The event will be held Friday, December 12th, from 6pm-2am at SOMArts, 934 Brannan St., San Francisco.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">The show will feature over 70 high-quality pieces, including framed photographic prints, metal transfers, and small-scale metal sculptures from various FLG artists. The art will be sold during a silent auction and music for the benefit will be provided by long-time FLG supporters, Opulent Temple. Drinks will be available all night and guests are encouraged to pick up holidays gifts at the FLG/ Opulent Temple merchandise table.. A $20 minimum donation is recommended upon entry of the event. The first 50 guests to purchase a ticket will receive a free drink ticket: <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-the-red-tickets-14231792675" rel="nofollow">https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-the-red-tickets-14231792675</a>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">If you are unable to attend In the Red, you can still donate here: <a href="http://flaminglotus.com/donate/" rel="nofollow">http://flaminglotus.com/donate/</a></p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">About Flaming Lotus Girls:</p> <p dir="ltr">The Flaming Lotus Girls are a female-driven, volunteer-based group of artists who have been making kinetic, mechanical fire art since 2000. Flaming Lotus Girls&rsquo; work is a collaborative process through an open and supportive cultural environment, promoting creativity, education, volunteer contribution and leadership opportunities. <a href="http://www.flaminglotus.com/" rel="nofollow">http://www.flaminglotus.com/</a></p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">About SOMArts:</p> <p dir="ltr">In The Red is supported by the SOMArts Cultural Center&rsquo;s Affordable Space Program, which provides subsidized, large-scale affordable space and technical assistance to nonprofits. SOMArts receives support from the San Francisco Arts Commission&rsquo;s Community Arts and Education Program with funding from Grants for the Arts/The Hotel Tax Fund.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:45:37 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Southern Exposure - December 13th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>Southern Exposure is pleased to announce <em>More Than One Way</em>, the organization&rsquo;s Annual Entry-Fee-Free Juried Exhibition and Screening of New Works by Northern California Artists. This annual event is the premier showcase of contemporary artwork by promising local talent. With a different open-ended theme each year, artists are encouraged to pursue a broad range of artistic expression across media.</p> <p>The juried exhibition and screening features Northern California artists living north of King City and south of Red Bluff. Jurors Aandrea Stang and Kevin McGarry select the works by blind process, choosing pieces across media that exemplify Southern Exposure&rsquo;s commitment to supporting new, innovative, risk-taking contemporary visual art practices.</p> <p>For many of the artists selected, this is their first major exhibition and a vital step forward in their art careers.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About the Jurors</strong></p> <p><strong>Aandrea Stang</strong> is the director of OxyArts at Occidental College.&nbsp;She serves as the director of the college&rsquo;s Weingart Gallery and its Wanlass Artist in Residence program. From 2002 until 2012 Stang was Senior Education Program Manager at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) where she developed and produced the museum&rsquo;s public programming. While there she developed special programming for exhibitions such as <em>Allan Kaprow &mdash; Art as Life </em>(2008); <em>William Leavitt: Theater Objects </em>(2011) and <em>Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981 </em>(2011).&nbsp; From 2008 to 2012 she oversaw MOCA&rsquo;s Engagement Party, a program that offered residencies to artists exploring socially engaged artwork.</p> <p><strong>Kevin</strong><strong> McGarry</strong> is a writer and curator based in Los Angeles. He writes about art and culture for publications like ArtForum, New York Times Style Magazine, e-flux Art Agenda, Modern Weekly China, and several others. He co-organizes Migrating Forms film festival at BAMcin&eacute;matek in Brooklyn.</p> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 23:08:35 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list