ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Maiko Sugano - Kala Art Institute - March 3rd 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Join us on Tues, March 3 at 7PM for an evening artist talk and performance by 2014-15 fellowship artist Maiko Sugano. In her performance Maiko will present new work that she created in residency at Kala in the form of a tea ceremony. Kala Residency Fellowship Program includes an annual series of artist talks, workshops, and performances presented by current Fellows during their studio residencies. This series is free of charge and open to the public.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></p> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:44:25 +0000 Lewis Hyde - San Francisco Art Institute - March 3rd 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Lewis Hyde</strong></a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Lewis Hyde</a>&rsquo;s landmark cultural criticism celebrates the public life of the imagination. His grandly influential 1983 book, <em>The Gift</em>, illuminates and defends artistic practices that lie beyond the market. <em>Trickster Makes this World</em> (1998) argues for disruptive figures as the primary catalyst of lively and fearless cultures. His most recent book, <em>Common as Air</em>, outlines the unquantifiable value of the &ldquo;cultural commons,&rdquo; which is increasingly threatened by the privatization of knowledge. A MacArthur Fellow and former director of creative writing at Harvard, Hyde is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College.&nbsp;<br /><br />RSVP TODAY via Eventbrite &raquo;&nbsp;<a href=";h=qAQF_o90X&amp;enc=AZPa41HFIpcRx40ffF9yy5KPyhJTFgWXRHG2-L23UlqOU9AeQ2B_1Tnz4wlzOCVe4tY&amp;s=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:31:23 +0000 Chris Fraser, Monique Deschaines - SF Camerawork - March 3rd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Please join us on Tuesday, March 3rd from 6 - 8 PM with exhibiting artist Chris Fraser as he speaks with curator and artist Monique Deschaines about his current installation,<a href="" target="_blank"><em>Revolving Doors</em></a>.</p> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:47:56 +0000 Annah Anti-Palindrome, Aja Archuleta, Beast Nest, Lisa Ganser, Peter Max Lawrence, Sofia Moreno, Julie Thi Underhil - SOMArts Cultural Center - March 3rd 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM <p class="p1"><strong>Title</strong>: Periwinkle Cinema Guest Curates The News<br /><strong>Date</strong>: Tuesday, March 3, 7:30&ndash;9pm<br /><strong>Admission</strong>: $5, NOTAFLOF<br /><strong>More Info</strong>: <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">A cabaret style evening that spotlights 10-minute or less performance pieces, experiments, and works in progress by pre-selected queer solo artists, groups, or troupes, of new, queer performance, this month&rsquo;s episode of The News is guest curated by Periwinkle Cinema and will feature short movies with live soundtracks performed by Annah Anti-Palindrome, Aja Archuleta, Beast Nest (Sharmi Basu), Lisa Ganser, Peter Max Lawrence with Chainsaw Jane, Sofia Moreno, and Julie Thi Underhill.</p> <p class="p1">For more information about the artists, Periwinkle Cinema, and The News, visit&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>.</p> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 20:59:34 +0000 Nate Boyce - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - March 3rd 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Artist Nate Boyce will curate a screening of short films that have influenced his practice, ranging from the structuralist film of Paul Sharits to experimental animation by Robert Breer, and many others. The artist will provide an introduction and context to the works screened. This event is a co-production with San Francisco Cinematheque.</p> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 15:59:46 +0000 Trevor Paglen - Altman Siegel Gallery - March 5th 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:16:34 +0000 Ann Weber - Dolby Chadwick Gallery - March 5th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>Dolby Chadwick Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Ann Weber. Weber has drawn praise for her ability to commute the everyday into the extraordinary, utilizing found cardboard to create poignant, sensuous, and often anthropomorphic forms.</p> <p>For her large-scale &ldquo;Personages&rdquo; works, Weber first constructs an internal, three-dimensional armature in cardboard that she then wraps with strips of cardboard measuring no more than a couple of inches wide. The resulting surface textures shift from alternating waves that overlap at a steady cadence to tightly woven crosshatchings to a &ldquo;coiling&rdquo; that recalls her earlier work as a potter and training under Viola Frey. These tall, upright pieces bear striking resemblance to the human body, an effect that is amplified by the artist&rsquo;s proclivity for grouping multiple sculptures into a single work, thereby alluding to our natural sociality and desire to find connection&mdash;within a clan, a family, or a relationship.</p> <p>This attention to human bonds and belonging is evident in a work like Personages (We Three) (2013), for example. Here, two sculptures with ample waists that taper off at the top and base hug a central sculpture that grows lean around its middle, echoing the female form. Their negative and positive spaces complete one another, generating a coherence that would collapse with the removal of any one of the individual parts. Indeed, the very creation of each part is contingent on the others, since the material leftover from one structure&rsquo;s armature serves as the armature for the next. These works, which Weber made during a &ldquo;period of obstacles&rdquo; in her life, serve as an homage to the legions of people that looked after her. Weber explains that &ldquo;illustrating relationships&mdash;belaboring how important they are&mdash;is central to my work.&rdquo;</p> <p>Weber&rsquo;s wall sculptures, on view in this exhibition, develop out of and utilize a process similar to that of her &ldquo;Personages.&rdquo; The first group of reliefs was inspired by stays in Italy, most recently as Visiting Artist at the American Academy of Rome. Weber points to her fascination with Bernini and his unique facility for articulating in marble the folds of fabric. Works such as Pluto (2014) and After Bernini (Charity) (2014) show Weber capturing the abstract details of this drapery without losing sight of the larger picture: the way in which the fabric falls is necessarily determined by the curve of the human form&mdash;or forms&mdash;that the fabric cloaks. In an interesting twist, Weber has looked to the high academic style of the seventeenth-century Italian Baroque to create work that is rooted in Arte Povera, an industrious Italian art movement of the 1960s and &rsquo;70s led by Michelangelo Pistoletto that advocated simple forms, everyday materials, and the breakdown of stringent art world hierarchies. Weber explains how &ldquo;the absurdity of using cardboard comes from Art Povera. Marble is really rough looking in its natural form, and I like this idea of creating beauty from such a rough material. Similarly, with cardboard, I like tempting beauty with such a mundane material.&rdquo;</p> <p>Two works&mdash;titled After Ellsworth (Yellow) (2014) and After Ellsworth (Green) (2014)&mdash;bear similarities to Weber&rsquo;s Roman wall reliefs but were informed by Ellsworth Kelly&rsquo;s Spectrum V (1969), thirteen large paintings-cum-sculptures that each represent a single hue along the color spectrum.&nbsp;</p> <div class="page" title="Page 2"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>Weber was inspired by Kelly&rsquo;s use of color and insistence that &ldquo;presence&rdquo; is just as important as mark-making. In Weber&rsquo;s work we see this emphasis on presence via the arresting relationships she creates through form and color but also through her choice of material, which asserts itself in ways that are often more memorable than the traditional marbles or precious bronzes of old masterworks.</p> <p>Ann Weber was born in 1950 in Jackson, Michigan, and earned her BA in art history from Purdue University in 1972. After living in New York, Weber moved to California to pursue her MFA at the College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, where she studied with Viola Frey. Weber has shown at the San Jose Museum of Art; the Oakland Museum of California; the Boise Art Museum, Idaho; and the Evansville Art Museum, Indiana, among others. She was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles and has held residencies at the de Young, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; the American Academy in Rome; and the Lux Art Institute outside of San Diego. Her cardboard sculptures have been cast in bronze and fiberglass for public art projects in Phoenix, Denver, and Sacramento.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 02 Jan 2015 22:57:56 +0000 Matt Gonzalez - Dolby Chadwick Gallery - March 5th 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Dolby Chadwick Gallery is excited to announce an exhibition of new work by Matt Gonzalez, scheduled to open on Thursday, March 5, 2014. Gonzalez&rsquo;s work is collage-based, utilizing bits of discarded paper products&mdash;from advertisements to cardboard containers&mdash;that he finds while walking around the city. Most of his compositions feature a highly layered, rectilinear aesthetic that recalls the gridded city streets he traverses and architectural matrixes he passes through. Recent works tend to focus on a single hue, such as red or blue, allowing Gonzalez to explore the nuances of a given color&rsquo;s range&mdash;which is amplified when a work draws on an extensive array of sources&mdash;and attend more closely to a work&rsquo;s sculptural and formal elements.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Gonzalez grew up in South Texas and was first introduced to abstract art when he moved to New York City to attend Columbia University. The conditions of his introduction were freeing, he explains, as they allowed him to explore abstraction without any preconceptions about its formal or institutional histories. The German artist Kurt Schwitters, with his iconic use of assemblage and found objects, exerts a primary influence on Gonzalez&rsquo;s practice. So too do the Situationists, an avant-garde, humanist art movement from the mid-twentieth century whose origins are partly rooted in Dadaism, a movement Schwitters is often associated with. Gonzalez explains that the Situationists &ldquo;loved geography, they loved the accidental. They would play games, like walking out the door, looking for the color red, and letting that process unfold as a largely unplanned journey. These walks, or d&eacute;rives, are not unlike what I&rsquo;m doing, which is drifting in and out of encounters that wouldn&rsquo;t otherwise occur.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Situationists were also a socially conscious, civic-minded group. Though Gonzalez&rsquo;s work is by no means purposively political&mdash;nor, for that matter, is it crafted with any kind of message in mind&mdash;by contextualizing it within a particular historical moment and analyzing its component parts, it is only human to try to read into its possible communicative angles. (Viewers, of course, bring this interpretative impulse to all abstract art, which by definition lacks an explicit message and thus resists assignations of intentionality.) In Gonzalez&rsquo;s case, the works may be seen to examine forces structuring city geography, since cities are political just in terms of how they are laid out, who lives where, and where the streets get cleaned and where they don&rsquo;t. The works also play around with consumerism, as the found materials were either used to promote or package products. &ldquo;Ultimately, the economic relationships that are embedded in all these paper strips have an undeniable political component,&rdquo; Gonzalez notes.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Matt Gonzalez was born in 1965 in McAllen, Texas, and received his BA from Columbia University and JD from Stanford Law School. He is current Chief Attorney at the San Francisco Public Defender&rsquo;s Office and a practicing artist. Since 2006, he has exhibited across the Bay Area, including at Adobe Books, Johansson Projects, Meridian Gallery, Park Life, and Smith Anderson Editions among others. This will be his first solo show with the Dolby Chadwick Gallery.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:56:29 +0000 Group Show - Robert Koch Gallery - March 5th 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <p>Robert Koch Gallery presents <em>Words Matter</em>, an exhibition that highlights a wide spectrum of work by twelve artists who incorporate text or spoken words with images.&nbsp; The dynamic engagement of words with images results in augmented meaning and impact for both the words as well as the images.<br /> <br /> The diverse works of art include WWII anti-Nazi mixed media photo-collages by Russian artist Alexander Zhitomirsky, Robert Heinecken's groundbreaking <em>Are You Rea</em> portfolio, and TR Ericsson&rsquo;s haunting dubplate audio recordings of his mother. Also featured in the exhibition are Michael Wolf's Real Fake Art photographs that examine the interplay between the Chinese tradition of copying master artists and notions of authenticity; dry wit images by Elliott Erwitt, Bill Owens, Hugh Brown and Jan Lukas; social-cultural commentary works by Brian Ulrich and Shai Kremer; and American roadside photographs by Jeff Brouws and Steve Fitch.</p> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 01:14:15 +0000 - Scott Richards Contemporary Art - March 5th 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <p><strong>Scott Richards Contemporary Art</strong> presents <strong>TELEMETRY</strong> a new series of textural abstract paintings by <strong>PETER FOX</strong>.&nbsp; An opening cocktail reception for the artist will take place on <strong>Thursday,</strong> <strong>March 5, 5:30-7:30 pm</strong>.&nbsp; The exhibition continues through <strong>March 28.</strong><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p>At first glance, the heavily textured surfaces of Peter Fox&rsquo;s paintings take on the appearance of something beyond paint.&nbsp; Variously compared to glazed porcelain, marbled paper, cake frosting, or even flattened rubber balloons, they speak to us on an evocative visual level.</p> <p>&nbsp;The paint is applied with a custom-made applicator that dispenses small quantities of mixed colors onto an inclined canvas, allowing gravity to cause the paint to slide in multiple controlled drips.&nbsp; Despite the methodical technique, accidental variation is encouraged, and plays a central role in the outcome.&nbsp; The resulting rythmic color compositions are mesmerizing.&nbsp; In a review in <em>Hyperallergic</em> (July, 2012), Brendan S. Carroll wrote, &ldquo;From afar, the droplets form a shimmering field of light and color.&nbsp; On closer inspection, each buttery droplet feels like a universe unto itself.&rdquo;</p> <p>Fox is obsessed with language, both the language of words and the language of color.&nbsp; The artist is known for his text paintings, consisting of partially hidden, disembodied words embedded in fields of color (he recently created a monumental-scale billboard using the words GO HOME, which was displayed at the Museu de Arte Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil).&nbsp; In his current series, the text is translated into pure abstraction: the language of words has been disassembled and reconstructed into an alternate language of of interrelated colors.</p> <p>As illustrated by the series titled <strong>Disruptive Theologies</strong>, in which thick ropes of paint ropes of paint engulf the surface of photos printed on canvas, Fox&rsquo;s new paintings aim to &ldquo;subvert the pixelated order of reality.&rdquo; In the artist&rsquo;s words, the paintings incorporate &ldquo;aspects of figuration, surrealism, optical and psychedelic art, while staying firmly located in process-based abstraction. The tension between what it seems to be and what it seems to suggest is a primary emotive driver of the work; a developed Rorschach test, of sorts.&rdquo;</p> <p>Peter Fox earned an MFA degree from Tyler School of Art, studying in Philadelphia and Rome.&nbsp; Since then, he has shown extensively throughout the United States and received many positive critical reviews.&nbsp; He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.&nbsp; This is Fox&rsquo;s inaugural solo exhibition with Scott Richards Contemporary Art.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </em></strong></p> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 00:00:13 +0000 Diedrick Brackens - Johansson Projects - March 6th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p align="center">JOHANSSON PROJECTS&nbsp;|&nbsp;DIEDRICK BRACKENS&nbsp;| MARCH 5 - APRIL 23&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><img src="" alt="" /></p> <p align="center"><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong style="text-align: left;">This Is Real Life</strong></p> <p align="center">Featuring: Diedrick Brackens<br /> Show Runs March 5 - April 23<br /> Reception Friday March 6, 5-8pm</p> <p align="center"><strong>Frenetic textiles combine painting and sculpture, West African weaving and European tapestry, blunder and intention,&nbsp;domesticity and&nbsp;the wilderness of the imagination.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;<strong>Diedrick Brackens</strong>&nbsp;conjures the spirit of a homemaker and a myth-maker. In his exhibition at Johansson Projects, "This is Real Life," Brackens weaves colorful textiles that align domestic spaces with the infinite expanse of the imagination, though perhaps not quite immaculately. His category-jamming works rest on both wall and floor, with his weavings balancing the pictorial properties of painting and the textural elements of sculpture. Each woven thing evidences traces of European tapestry, West African weavings, and Southern quilting techniques, though through the course of its creation each work begins to speak its own language.&nbsp;Some of Bracken's colors in the weavings are derived from commonly found commercially dyed yarn while others, made from tea, wine, and bleach allude to gay vernacular, bodily fluids, cleansing and domesticity.&nbsp;Focusing on the intersection of blunder and intention, dye and stain, whole and broken, Brackens evokes a feeling but invites the viewer to fill in the blanks.</p> <p>Diedrick Brackens earned his Masters of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts where he was the recipient of the Barclay Simpson Award. His work has been featured at the Berkeley Art Museum and the 3rd Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 2013, and he is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at the&nbsp;University&nbsp;of Oregon.</p> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:58:34 +0000 - San Francisco Art Institute - March 6th 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Shaun Leonardo</strong></a></p> <p>Shaun Leonardo (MFA Painting, 2005) probes conventions of portraiture to reveal complexities of masculinity and manhood. Through self-conscious and physically demanding performances, as well as cutout paintings, drawings, and sculptures, his work negotiates ideals of worth, achievement, and maleness. Leonardo is the recipient of awards from Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, New York Studio School, NYFA, and The Jerome Foundation. His work was recently exhibited in <em>Crossing Brooklyn</em> at the Brooklyn Museum.</p> <p>RSVP TODAY via Eventbrite &raquo; <a href="&ldquo;;" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>Image: Shaun Leonardo, <em>One-on-Ones</em>, 2014; performance still: Memorial Hall Lawn, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, Massachusetts; courtesy of the artist; photographed by Kami Nzeribe</p> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 19:35:39 +0000 - Kadist Art Foundation - March 7th 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Please join us in addressing Wikipedia&rsquo;s gender gap by attending our satellite edit-a-thon during International Women&rsquo;s Day weekend on March 7th, 2015. We will spend the afternoon participating in a communal update session as we work together to improve and add Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism.&nbsp;This will be one of many satellite edit-a-thons&nbsp;taking place over the same weekend in conjunction with the primary event at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Wikipedia's gender trouble is well documented. In a 2011 survey, Wikimedia found that less than 13% of its contributors are female.[1] The reasons for the gender gap are up for debate: suggestions include leisure inequality, how gender socialization shapes public comportment, and the contentious nature of Wikipedia's talk pages. The practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. Many articles on notable women in history and art are absent on Wikipedia. This represents an alarming aporia in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Join us and help address this disparity at the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Saturday, March 7, 2015, from noon to 6 pm at Kadist Art Foundation, 3295 20th Street, San Francisco.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Please <strong>sign up</strong> in advance here: <a href=""></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>What to bring:</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">a laptop (no computers will be provided)</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">power cord</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">ideas for entries that need updating/creation &amp; any pertinent resource material</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>What&rsquo;s provided:</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">tutorials/guidance for the beginner Wikipedian</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">reference materials</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">light refreshments</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Remote participation:&nbsp;</strong>We also encourage remote participation if you can&rsquo;t be here in person. Sign up <a href=";action=edit&amp;section=4">here</a> so we can count your contributions. <a href="" target="_blank">Training materials</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">other resources</a> and you can share your thoughts on the editing process on Art+Feminism&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">tumblr</a>. For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by to show your support.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>More on the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon:&nbsp;</strong><a href="" target="_blank">Art+Feminism</a> is a campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia, and to encourage female editorship.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Satellite Events:&nbsp;</strong>The Stedelijk Musuem in Amsterdam, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum are among the 55-plus satellite locations that will participate across the world, teaching volunteers how to add and edit Wikipedia pages for female artists, feminist art scholarship, and feminist art movements. See <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> for the most current list of locations and participants.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">#artandfeminism</p> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:57:03 +0000 - Richmond Art Center - March 7th 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p dir="ltr">This one-day art fair and gallery sale is a unique opportunity to meet The Art of Living Black artists and purchase their work. View works by sculptors, painters, jewelry makers, mixed media artists, photographers, ceramic artists and so much more.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:25:48 +0000 Olivia Mole - CCA Wattis Institute - March 9th 7:15 PM - 8:00 PM <div class="listContainer times" style="text-align: justify;"><a href="" target="_blank">Olivia Mole</a> performs an epilogue to YOGAFLOGOGO, and invites the audience to enter the set for an exchange between interiority and televisual representation. The work is formed around the co-creative relationship between language, the material world, and the physical body. <br /> <br /> This event is organized by <a href="" target="_blank">Jacqueline Francis</a> and This event is organized by <a href="" target="_blank">Ranu Mukherjee</a>, and is the sixth of a year-long series of events about and around the work of <a href="" target="_blank">Joan Jonas</a>.</div> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:24:54 +0000 - San Francisco Art Institute - March 10th 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Jon Rubin</strong></a></p> <p>Jon Rubin&rsquo;s interdisciplinary projects include launching a radio station in an abandoned neighborhood that only plays the sound of an extinct bird; founding a barter-based nomadic art school; lending pigeons to museum-goers, who train them to fly &ldquo;home&rdquo; to the museum; and co-directing Conflict Kitchen, which solely serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. Rubin is an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University and head of the Contextual Practice area.<br /><br />RSVP TODAY via Eventbrite &raquo;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:04:48 +0000