ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Jay Nelson + Rachel Kaye - Johansson Projects - September 4th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Johansson Projects presents&nbsp;<em>In Concert,&nbsp;</em>an exhibition of new work by Rachel Kaye and Jay Nelson. Exploring an instinctive synthesis of their individual practices, the exhibition features a series of paintings made in dialogue between the artist couple. Kaye and Nelson have exhibited numerous times together in group formats, but remarkably this is their first artistic collaboration.&nbsp;</p> <p>Across the Bay from the Telegraph Avenue gallery, Rachel Kaye and Jay Nelson live in the outer reaches of the San Francisco surfing community, where their personal and artistic lives are inseparably intertwined. Developed in the context of living and working side by side in a hand-built studio attached to their house, the merging of art and life provide the departure point for understanding their work.&nbsp;</p> <p>Kaye&rsquo;s paintings and drawings are known for their panache; their intense patterns, swirling lines and graphic layering convey a sense of freedom and joy. Nelson, an accomplished craftsman of treehouses and mobile dwellings, makes paintings that mine his subconscious and use the canvas to explore light and space. Although their styles are uniquely different in texture, brushwork, and content, both artists construct paintings through gesture, color and drawing-based methods.&nbsp;</p> <p>Hung on custom-built lattice, platforms and other housing structures, Kaye&rsquo;s and Nelson&rsquo;s new work allows them to engage in a physical thinking process as well as reflect on their surroundings, blurring the boundary between art and life.</p> Sat, 15 Aug 2015 23:43:00 +0000 Sofia Córdova - Pro Arts Gallery - September 4th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <h2>Bilongo Esmeralda (Let The Devil Take Style)</h2> <h3><strong>2 x 2 Solos: Sofia C&oacute;rdova</strong></h3> <h3><strong>Curated by Suzanne L&rsquo;Heureux</strong></h3> <h3>August 18 - September 18, 2015</h3> <h3>Artist's Reception: Friday, September 4, 6-8pm</h3> <h3>Artist's Talk: Saturday, September 12, 11am</h3> <h3>Echoes of A Tumbling Throne (Odas Al Fin De Los Tiempos) Performance: Friday, September 18, 6pm</h3> <p><strong>2 x 2 Solos</strong>&nbsp;is a series of solo exhibitions featuring new work commissioned from four accomplished emerging artists based in the Oakland/Bay Area.</p> <p>Sofia C&oacute;rdova&rsquo;s work in&nbsp;<em>Bilongo Esmeralda</em>&nbsp;is an extension of her operatic video and performance series that imagines a dystopian future; the world is overtaken by water and we have become migrants, adrift, seeking refuge and trying to make meaning of bizarre artifacts of our current present. C&oacute;rdova&rsquo;s newly commissioned installation literally brings the viewer aboard this science fiction with ship-like elements, including a tattered sail, onto which a feature video is projected. Cordova, who is Puerto-Rican, began this project as an exploration of Caribbean diaspora and the immigrant experience, but opens it up to explore a broader, more universal experience of not belonging.</p> <p>An outdoor screening of the entirety of her video suite,&nbsp;<em>Echoes of A Tumbling Throne (Odas Al Fin De Los Tiempos)</em>, accompanied by a live, experimental score performed by Cordova and Matt Kirkland (collectively known as XUXA SANTAMARIA) will take place on Friday, September 18, 6pm in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.</p> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 23:25:53 +0000 Samuel Levi Jones - Pro Arts Gallery - September 4th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <h2>Talk to Me</h2> <h3><strong>2 x 2 Solos: Samuel Levi Jones</strong></h3> <h3><strong style="font-size: 1.17em;">Curated by Patricia Cari&ntilde;o</strong></h3> <h3>August 18 - September 18, 2015</h3> <h3>Artist's Reception: Friday, September 4, 6-8pm</h3> <h3>Artist's Talk: Saturday, September 12, 11am</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2 x 2 Solos</strong>&nbsp;is a series of solo exhibitions featuring new work commissioned from four accomplished emerging artists based in the Oakland/Bay Area.</p> <p>For 2 x 2 Solos, Samuel Levi Jones creates a large site-specific installation of deconstructed law books. These texts&mdash;usually found neatly organized in law firms or law school libraries&mdash;archive federal and state laws that are applied and interpreted by the courts. Talk to Me interrogates the limits of our legal system by rendering these books exposed and unbound. At its essence, Talk to Me is an invitation for dialogue about the structure that governs our bodies and lives.</p> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 23:29:56 +0000 Niki Ulehla - San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) - September 4th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>On Friday, September 4,&nbsp;ICA Live!&nbsp;will present two showings, <em>7:00pm and 8:00pm<strong>,</strong></em>&nbsp;of Niki Ulehla&rsquo;s marionette performance piece&nbsp;<em>George Travels to the Afterlife.&nbsp;</em>Presented with minimal staging to experimental music, the performance follows the story of America&rsquo;s Founding Father as he crosses the River Styx and confronts the various beasts and creatures that inhabit the underworld. The work is a loose interpretation of the story of Orpheus, the&nbsp;musician and poet who traveled to the underworld in an attempt to reunite with his love Eurydice. In the&nbsp;<em>ICA Live!&nbsp;</em>performance, Ulehla replaces the Greek protagonist with a recognizable American hero.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information visit:</p> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 22:04:03 +0000 Robert Motherwell - de Young Museum - September 5th 9:30 AM - 5:15 PM <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-body"> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mounted in celebration of the centennial of the artist&rsquo;s birth, this one-room exhibition presents thirteen works by the pioneering Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell (1915&ndash;1991) from his seminal series <em>Elegies to the Spanish Republic</em>. The exhibition features the Fine Arts Museums&rsquo; painting <a href="" target="_blank"><em>At Five in the Afternoon</em></a> (1950), one of the earliest works in the series, as well as prints from the artist&rsquo;s books in the Achenbach collections. Additional works from the series are drawn from other local private and public collections.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In San Francisco in 1937, Motherwell heard the novelist and art theorist Andr&eacute; Malraux speak at a rally concerning the Spanish Civil War (1936&ndash;1939), provoking his interest in a moral issue that would provide the subject and inspiration for his work for the rest of his life. He ultimately produced more than 250 paintings and works on paper exploring the topic, allowing him to express in visual form what he described as a &ldquo;funeral song for something one cared about.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This focused exhibition is an opportunity to better understand and appreciate an important painting in the Museums&rsquo; collection and its relationship to one of Motherwell&rsquo;s most significant bodies of work. Reflecting the chaos, turmoil, suffering, and moral uncertainties of the mid-twentieth century, the series is a testament to the timeless and transcendent aspects of the human condition, such as the co-existence of joy and pain, of hope and suffering, and of life and death.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Sun, 02 Aug 2015 18:12:54 +0000 Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell, Veretski Pass, Meredith Leichnew - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - September 6th 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: 115%; text-align: justify;">Combining diverse strains of traditional Jewish and African American music, vocalist Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell collaborates with acclaimed klezmer consort Veretski Pass. The repertoire of musical works explores exile, spirituality, hope, and redemption and is enhanced by visual artist Meredith Leichnew's animation.</p> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:00:51 +0000 Shannon Finley - Jessica Silverman Gallery - September 9th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Tue, 11 Aug 2015 10:32:16 +0000 Group Show - Southern Exposure - September 9th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Directions by:</strong> Sita Bhaumik, Jose Figueroa, Arash Fayez</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>directions given &ndash; directions taken</em> invites 24 people to design instructions or parameters for the creation of new artworks. Each participant writes a prompt and receives a prompt, to be interpreted and enacted at one of six evening performances. The series creates a daisy chain of directions given and directions taken, with the first person to issue instructions returning on the final evening to read or perform those of another participant, thereby closing the circle.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>directions given &ndash; directions taken</em> is instigated by Michael Swaine. Based on Jim Melchert&rsquo;s techniques for generating work and inspired by a Bay Area community of makers and thinkers, the project follows a lineage of instructional artwork from artists like Allan Kaprow, Yoko Ono and Sol LeWitt. All the directions will be published online and in a printed volume at the end of the cycle.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Participants include Binta Ayofemi, Paul Benney, Sita Bhaumik, Brandon Brown, Kevin Chen, Ishan Clemenco, Brett Cook, Sof&iacute;a C&oacute;rdova, Stephanie Ellis, Arash Fayez, Bean Gilsdorf, Vernon Keeve, Jim Melchert, Christian Nagler, Yasi Pereira, Kate Rhoades, Mike Shoun, Laetitia Sonami, Heather Smith, Anne Walsh, Jenifer Wofford, Sherri Lynn Wood and artists from Southern Exposure's Mentorship Program.</p> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 10:44:24 +0000 Clare Rojas - Anglim Gilbert Gallery - September 10th 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <div style="text-align: justify;">Anglim Gilbert Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by&nbsp;<strong>Clare Rojas</strong>.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Rojas' new paintings feature abstract forms at play in space.&nbsp; Her new forms and distilled color palette of strong slightly-off-primary hues with black are at rest against a soft pale ground, contained but energized.&nbsp; Rojas has moved further toward precision and reduction, and her refined shapes appear linked, practically animated with their own properties-- of character or personality? &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">The artist's interest in history and story-telling invites the viewer to read the compositions as a narrative stripped down to its symbols, in an abstracted pictorial shorthand.&nbsp; Taking a different path toward the destination of formal abstraction, Rojas' practice engages the optic energies of blocked color that almost meet, frame other shapes, group together or pull away into the painted illusory space.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Clare Rojas studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Chicago Art Institute before moving to the Bay Area where she lives and maintains her studio.&nbsp; She has exhibited internationally, including solo shows at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, the Museo De Arte Contemporaneo de Castillo y Leon in Spain and the Museum Het Doemien in the Netherlands. She received awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Artadia and the Fleishhacker Foundation's Eureka Fellowship.&nbsp; Also an accomplished musician and performer, she has several books and music CD's published.</div> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:32:59 +0000 Bruno Fazzolari - Anglim Gilbert Gallery - September 10th 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM <p>Anglim Gilbert Gallery is pleased to announce Seyrig, an exhibition of new work by Bruno Fazzolari, his third exhibition with the gallery.<br /><br />The exhibition will include paintings and a perfume, as well as the first sculptures he has shown in 14 years. Fazzolari&rsquo;s work explores perception and the senses, and engages his own experience of synesthesia and abstraction. He also is inspired by the visual culture and history of perfume. His work as a perfumer has garnered strong acclaim and numerous awards. His last perfume shown with the gallery earned four stars from the eminent (and notoriously feisty) perfume critic, Luca Turin.</p> <p>Bruno Fazzolari has also exhibited with Feature, Inc., (NYC), Michael Kohn Gallery, and Jancar Jones Gallery (LA). His work has been included in shows at the M.H. de Young Museum and the Katonah Museum of Art and is in the permanent collection of the Berkeley Art Museum. Fazzolari has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, the New Yorker, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the New York Times. He has been a resident at the Headlands Center for the Arts and received awards from Artadia and the International Artisan Fragrance Salon. He was a finalist for the 2010 SECA award and for the 2014 Artisan Art and Olfaction Award. Fazzolari teaches in the graduate program at the California College of the Arts (CCA).&nbsp; His writing has appeared at and, more recently, in Art in America. He earned an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute after graduating from U.C. Berkeley.</p> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:26:06 +0000 Joseph Havel - Anthony Meier Fine Arts - September 10th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:12:36 +0000 Amanda Hughen, Jennifer Starkweather - Asian Art Museum - September 10th 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM <p>Join artist collaborative Hughen/Starkweather (Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather) as they discuss their installation <em>Re:depiction</em>, part of the exhibition <em>First Look</em>. Originally commissioned for the Artists Drawing Club series in 2014, <em>Re:depiction</em> invited museum staff to describe an artwork from the museum&rsquo;s collection from memory. Without having seen these artworks, the artists created abstract works based only on the recordings of those interviews. Join the artists as well as interview participants&mdash;including curator Qamar Adamjee, storyteller Miriam Mills and museum librarian John Stucky&mdash;as they describe the experience, reflect on the process and discuss the original artworks in the collection galleries.</p> Thu, 06 Aug 2015 20:05:14 +0000 Mark von Schlegell, Frances Scholz - CCA Wattis Institute - September 10th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Frances Scholz and Mark von Schlegell premiere <em>Amboy</em>, a new horror film project that interlaces passages of genuine documentary (for instance with Lydia van Vogt, widow of the celebrated sci-fi writer A.E. van Vogt) with carefully scripted and acted sequences that serve the loose narrative arc of the film. The film charts the journey of an artist-filmmaker who is led astray from her attempts to make a documentary in Los Angeles by the mysterious history of a deceased male artist named Amboy. <em>Amboy</em>&rsquo;s storyline is expressed with a disorienting array of cinematic strategies taken from feature films, documentaries, B-movies, and home-video style recordings. The conflation of these approaches takes place in an exhibition environment: one that includes photographic prints and readymade objects taken from the actual site of Amboy, a ghost town in the Mojave desert that serves as the central location of the film. <br /> <br /> Scholz, a painter and filmmaker, edited, shot and directed the film in a number of semi-improvised sequences cowritten and coproduced with von Schlegell, art theorist and science fiction author, encorporating an expansive cast of actors and collaborators from the worlds of art, film, music, and literature. Scholz and von Schlegell invited a number of musicians &ndash;including Stephen Malkmus, Holy Shit, and Kath Bloom&ndash; to provide <em>Amboy</em>&rsquo;s soundtrack, which at times is performed in-camera, in proximity to the film&rsquo;s narrative action. Actors in <em>Amboy</em> include Paul Giamatti, Eleanor Antin, Penny Arcade, Chris Kraus, Andrea Fraser, Marjorie Perloff and Colm T&oacute;ib&iacute;n.</p> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 10:02:51 +0000 Sam Lewitt - CCA Wattis Institute - September 10th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">For now, a simple description: ten specially designed and manufactured flexible heaters are attached to the gallery&rsquo;s track lighting. Long extension cords connect the heaters on the ground to their source of electricity up above. Some heaters lie on the concrete floor, others are draped over old car engines, and digital sensors provide temperature read-outs. A thermal camera records everything and streams it in real time. <br /> <br /> Flipping the gallery&rsquo;s light switch turns the heaters on, and the institution&rsquo;s energy consumption is transferred from light to heat. <br />&nbsp; <br /> <br /> <em>More Heat Than Light</em> is curated by Anthony Huberman and is co-organized with Kunsthalle Basel.</p> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 10:04:57 +0000 Chitra Ganesh - Gallery Wendi Norris - September 10th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p><em>Protest Fantasies</em> marks Brooklyn-based artist Chitra Ganesh's second solo exhibition at Gallery Wendi Norris. The show features a series of new mixed media works on canvas that address issues central to the artist's practice, including mythologies and gender politics. Ganesh enhances the vivid hues and color saturation characteristic of her work by integrating materials like fake fur, silk flower petals, sequins, and more. The works in <em>Protest Fantasies</em> act as poetic meditations on images of protest, aligning them with performative actions in contemporary cultures across the globe.</p> <p>The exhibition will open on Thursday, September 10 with a public reception from 6&ndash;8PM, and will be on view through October 31.</p> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:01:51 +0000 Chris Fraser - Gallery Wendi Norris - September 10th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Oakland-based artist Chris Fraser, who recently joined the gallery&rsquo;s roster, debuts two new bodies of work in <em>Animated</em>, his first solo exhibition at Gallery Wendi Norris. The show features a group of light-activated sculptures composed of layered arrangements of perforated metal bordered by luminous glass tubes containing five compressed noble gases that create different colors when electricity passes through them, inviting shifts in sensory and spatial perception in the viewer. <em>Animated</em> also showcases a complementary series of intricate black-and-white photograms produced by the artist in the darkroom using the same sculptural materials.</p> <p>The exhibition will open on Thursday, September 10 with a public reception from 6&ndash;8PM, and will be on view through October 31.</p> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:58:28 +0000