ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Ratur - 1AM Gallery - September 4th - October 3rd <p>1AM is pleased to present, &ldquo;<strong>Becoming Lucid</strong>&rdquo;, opening on <strong>September 4<sup>th</sup></strong>, 6:30 &ndash; 9:30pm. The exhibit will showcase oil paintings on canvas by French street artist and graphic designer, Arthur Maslard a.k.a. RATUR.&nbsp;</p> <p>Each painting in &ldquo;Becoming Lucid&rdquo; based off a computer-edited photo, usually of the artist himself. He then uses the photo as a guide to manipulate depth of field, carefully rendering the foreground while allowing the mid and background to slip away into less contrasted illustrations. As a result, each painting contains in itself a sense of unreality; a dreaminess that seems to push forward out of the painting. The hands of his figures in particular seem to reach out of the canvas. Allying digital work and technical virtuosity, the series questions the painter&rsquo;s place in our overwhelmingly digital society and challenges the relationship between street art and a more classical, academic current.</p> <p>Born in 1983 in Le Havre, France, RATUR took after his father who was a graphic designer and photographer. After high school, he began studying visual communication with focuses in illustration and design. He quickly gravitated toward graffiti art after a chance meeting with a graffiti artist from the nearby town Rouen, Madkow. They later formed the MV3 crew along with RATUR&rsquo;s brother Sckaro, touring France to paint at various festivals and alongside other prominent graffiti crews. He has become known for his many illustrations and murals for playgrounds and skate parks throughout France as well as his designs for vinyl records, logos, and other digital forms of visual communication. He also works with Burning Man, creating digital designs for the yearly festival in Black Rock City, Nevada.</p> <p>The exhibit will be on display until October 3rd. If you would like to preview the show, please contact</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:26:10 +0000 - art works downtown - September 27th 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Now in its 18<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;year of operation in downtown San Rafael, Art Works Downtown will host a unique soir&eacute;e to raise funds for AWD's arts programing. The theme of the event is inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's&nbsp;<em>Starry Night</em>. The party will be in AWD's main gallery&mdash;located at 1337 Fourth Street (between C and D)&mdash;and in our pop-up parklet outside the gallery. Join art lovers from around the Bay Area to enjoy gourmet appetizers, wine, and live music. The event will also include an exclusive silent art auction. Creative attire encouraged.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Purchase tickets&nbsp;<a href=";msgid=1170169&amp;act=GVUD&amp;c=292265&amp;" target="_blank"></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Limited Tables Available.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Silent online auction starts August 18</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:18:31 +0000 Chris Doyle - Catharine Clark Gallery - September 13th - November 1st <p>Artist reception Saturday, Sept 13, 4-6pm, Exhibit September 13 - November 1, 2014</p> <p>Catharine Clark Gallery presents The Fluid, a multi-media, immersive exhibition of new work by Chris Doyle. The exhibit will consist of new watercolors as well as a site-specific, multi-channel video and audio installation in our main gallery space. In addition, Doyle's video Bright Canyon, which debuted in Times Square in New York City earlier this year, will be presented in our dedicated media room. Inspired by the environs of the Hudson River, Doyle draws on water as a point of departure to explore the intimate implications of fluidity in our ideas, our bodies and the physical landscape around us.<br /><br />Water-in process, medium and thematic inspiration-permeates Doyle's new body of work. This is the artist's fourth exhibit based on The Course of Empire series, Thomas Cole's canonical depiction of the cyclical bloom and decay of human civilization and the natural world. Doyle's work pushes this idea further-suggesting erasure of the distinction between man and nature and proposing instead a continuum along which we flow. This idea is embodied in an immersive audio-visual installation entitled The Fluid : equal parts multi-media artistry and visceral/emotional experience. The project draws on the profound environmental anxiety around water, and in turn, on the way that tension might be encoded into representations of contemporary landscape. Projected geometric abstractions embodying various forms of water, combined with sound composed by musician Jeremy Turner, envelop the viewer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:44:14 +0000 - fouladi projects - September 5th - October 18th <p>Opening reception for the artist Friday, September 5th, 6 to 8pm; Show on view until October 18th</p> <p>Fouladi Projects is very pleased to present another exciting solo exhibition of new multimedia works by the Italian artist extraordinaire, Laurina Paperina. For this show, she continues her irreverent parodies of celebrity, now zeroing in on super heroes and pop culture icons. The subjects of her drawings, animations and installations are most often merrily maimed and killed in a myriad of ridiculous ways, executed in an earnest effort to remind us that not only are we all ultimately humans made of the same basic flesh and blood, but also that life goes down much better with an ample helping of humor.<br /><br />Laurina Paperina (which translates from Italian to English as "Little Laura Little Duck") grew up in a small town in Italy and immersed herself from a young age in an alternate universe filled with comic books, cartoons and goofy characters. She hungrily gobbled these fantastical media forms up like food and they have since become an intrinsic part of her. Laurina's alter ego, often indistinguishable from her "regular" self, is, in her own words, a "strange mutant with a human body and duck feet." She has exhibited extensively throughout Europe, the USA and beyond. Her super power is her ability to create art that ameliorates the abundance of seriousness in the world and makes us smile.<br /><br />For more information and/or images contact</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:38:02 +0000 Group Show - SFMOMA - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - February 26th, 1999 - June 1st, 1999 <p>On view simultaneously at <a href="" rel="nofollow">SFMOMA</a> and the <a href="" rel="nofollow">Asian Art Museum</a>,&nbsp;<em>Inside Out</em>&nbsp;is the first exhibition in the United States exclusively dedicated to presenting works created since 1985 by artists from Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and by artists who emigrated from China within the last decade. The exhibition was jointly organized by SFMOMA and the Asia Society, New York, working with guest curator Gao Minglu of Harvard University. Gary Garrels, SFMOMA Elise S. Haas chief curator and curator of painting and sculpture, and Colin Mackenzie, assistant director and curator of galleries at the Asia Society, New York, served as advisory curators to Mr. Gao.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow"><em>Inside Out: New Chinese Art</em></a>&nbsp;is organized by the Asia Society, New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; presented in San Francisco at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Asian Art Museum.</p> <p>The&nbsp;<em>Inside Out: New Chinese Art</em>&nbsp;exhibition and related programs are funded with major grants from The Starr Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Rockefeller Foundation, The W. L. S. Spencer Foundation, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Taiwan portion of this project is supported in part by the Council for Cultural Affairs (ROC).</p> <p>The presentation at SFMOMA has been made possible by The Logan Family Foundation, the Madeleine H. Russell Fund of the Columbia Foundation, Dennis and Shannon Wong, Carolina Woo, and Ann and Robert S. Fisher. Additional support for related education programs at SFMOMA has been provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.</p> <p>The presentation at the Asian Art Museum has been made possible by Lew and Suzie Coleman, Frederick L. Gordon, Sally and Bill Hambrecht, Vickie and Bill Johnston, and Maura and Robert Morey. Additional support for related education and cultural programs at the Asian Art Museum has been provided by a grant from the Blakemore Foundation.</p> <p>Additional support for the education programs at SFMOMA and the Asian Art Museum has been provided by the Information Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco and by International Audio-Visual Communication, Inc.</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:38:53 +0000 Javier Téllez - San Francisco Art Institute - Walter and McBean Galleries - November 20th 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">In conjunction with his solo exhibition&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth</a></em><em>, </em>artist Javier T&eacute;llez has selected two historic films that connect to issues of confinement and dislocation present within the exhibition.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Titicut Follies </em>(1967) is an American documentary film directed by Frederick Wiseman about the patient-inmates of Bridgewater State Hospital for the criminally insane, a correctional institution located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Les ma&icirc;tres fous</em> (<em>The Mad Masters</em>) (1955) is a short film directed by French director and ethnologist Jean Rouch about the&nbsp;Hauka&nbsp;movement, a religious movement rooted in French Colonial Africa in which individuals performed the military ceremonies of their occupiers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth&nbsp;</em>is on view in the Walter and McBean Galleries at SFAI September 9&ndash;December 13, 2014.</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:41:16 +0000 Javier Téllez - San Francisco Art Institute - Walter and McBean Galleries - September 9th 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Javier T&eacute;llez will be in conversation with Joseph del Pesco (<a href="" target="_blank">Kadist Art Foundation</a>) and Hesse McGraw (SFAI) in conjunction with his solo exhibition, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth</em></a>, in the Walter and McBean Galleries. Their conversation will unravel issues of psychiatric confinement, surveillance, and power in relation to the exhibition. <em>Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth</em>is on view at SFAI September 9&ndash;December 13, 2014.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="Eventbrite - Artist Talk: Javier T&eacute;llez" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Javier T&eacute;llez was born in 1969 in Valencia, Venezuela. T&eacute;llez&rsquo;s work has been shown nationally and internationally in major exhibitions including dOCUMENTA (13) (2012); Whitney Biennial, New York (2008); and Venice Biennale (2003 and 2001). A retrospective of his work opens at Kunsthaus Z&uuml;rich in October 2014. He currently lives and works in New York.</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:40:13 +0000 Javier Téllez - San Francisco Art Institute - Walter and McBean Galleries - September 9th - December 13th <div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth</em> explores psychiatric confinement, surveillance architecture, and the game of chess as strategically interrelated systems. The exhibition&rsquo;s two major works, <em>D&uuml;rer&rsquo;s Rhinoceros</em> (2010), and <em>Chess</em> (2014), dislocate perception through reenactments of delirium.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Venezuelan-born artist Javier T&eacute;llez staged his film <em>D&uuml;rer&rsquo;s Rhinoceros</em> within the panopticon of Hospital Miguel Bombarda in Lisbon, and collaborated with psychiatric outpatients who form the film&rsquo;s cast. Following Jeremy Bentham&rsquo;s original architectural plans for a panoptic institution, the prison housed the criminally insane, and operated continuously from 1896 until its conversion in 2000 into a museum.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Bombarda was the world&rsquo;s only panopticon prison to surround an open courtyard, and its small cells encircled a central surveillance tower. T&eacute;llez conducted workshops with the patients to develop fictional everyday scenarios they enacted within the cells. These fragmented tableaux contrast with voiceovers quoting Plato&rsquo;s Cave, Jeremy Bentham&rsquo;s letter on the panopticon, Kafka&rsquo;s short story &ldquo;The Burrow,&rdquo; and a patient&rsquo;s imagined account of life inside the institution.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A taxidermy rhinoceros adds absorbing rhythm to the narrative&mdash;during interludes between the diorama-like actions within the cells, prisoners pull the animal around the courtyard perimeter. This melancholic motion refers to Albrecht D&uuml;rer&rsquo;s famous sixteenth-century engraving of Ganda, the first rhinoceros to visit Europe. Ganda landed in Portugal in 1515 as a gift to King Manuel I, yet was re-gifted to Pope Leo X, only to perish in a shipwreck en route from Portugal to Italy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In <em>Chess</em>, T&eacute;llez deposes traditional chess pieces with psychiatric implements&mdash;intricate anatomical assemblages resting on sample miniature beds&mdash;to form an uncertain playing field of expectant theatricality. The giant game combines disparate references to psychiatry, art history, literature, and mass culture, such as Lewis Carroll, Bruegel the elder, Hieronymus Bosch, electroconvulsive treatment, the Rorschach test, the Michelin man, and the Sharon Tate murders. Throughout the exhibition, <em>Chess</em> will be activated with historic games and real-time performances.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For nearly two decades, mental illness has served as a primary locus of Téllezʼs practice. Working in collaboration with psychiatric patients, T&eacute;llez&rsquo;s films and installations diminish stereotypes associated with mental illness&mdash;as critic Mich&egrave;le Faguet stated, &ldquo;[they] engage in an ethical manner with communities of individuals who live outside the models of normative behavior that define the parameters of a ʻsaneʼ society, but that are constantly shifting in relation to the ideological structures that determine this social order.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth</em> opens new spaces for play across formerly closed systems, and inverts the power dynamics between surveillance tower and cell.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About the Artist</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Javier T&eacute;llez was born in 1969 in Valencia, Venezuela. T&eacute;llez&rsquo;s work has been shown nationally and internationally in venues such as MoMA PS1, New York; ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; The Power Plant, Toronto; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; S.M.A.K., Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent; and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. His work was included in dOCUMENTA (13) (2012); TRACK, Ghent (2012); Lyon Biennale (2011); Whitney Biennial, New York (2008); Manifesta, Trento, Italy (2008); Sydney Biennale (2008 and 2004); Yokohama Triennale, Japan (2001); and Venice Biennale (2003 and 2001). T&eacute;llez is a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow (1999) and was a guest of the DAAD Artists-in-Residence Programme in Berlin 2010 to 2011. A retrospective of his work opens at Kunsthaus Z&uuml;rich in October 2014. He currently lives and works in New York.</p> </div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth</em> will be accompanied by a catalogue published by <a href="" target="_newwin">Roma Publications</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth</em> at San Francisco Art Institute is co-presented with <a href="" target="_newwin">Kadist Art Foundation</a>. <em>Chess</em> was jointly commissioned by <a href="" target="_newwin">REDCAT</a>, Los Angeles, and Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco.</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:37:51 +0000 - Warehouse 416 - September 27th 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Come celebrate the end of our September exhibit during the weekly Saturday Stroll:<br /> <br /> Pieces of Oakland<br /> <br /> People. Places. Plans.<br /> Past. Present. Future.<br /> Photography. Cartography.<br /> <br /> Featuring archival images &amp; maps &amp; the contemporary photography of:<br /> Anna Quichocho Davis &bull; Suzanne Olmos<br /> Anne-Marie Ross &bull; Linnea Zulch<br /> Pendarvis Harshaw... &amp; other artists ...<br /> <br /> Exhibit Directed &amp; Curated By Chelsea Wurms</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:36:22 +0000 Anna Quichocho Davis, Suzanne Olmos, Anne-Marie Ross, Linnea Zulch, Pendarvis Harshaw - Warehouse 416 - September 5th - September 27th <p style="text-align: justify;">This past summer, the City of Oakland advanced its Specific Plans to guide future development around West Oakland and Lake Merritt Station&mdash;neighborhoods as old as the city itself.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Pieces of Oakland</em> explores the changing face of these historic neighborhoods through the eyes of photographers, writers, planners, and neighbors.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Over seventy original photographs, maps, and stories represent diverse perspectives and locations found in both areas.</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:20:10 +0000 - Scott Nichols Gallery - September 4th - November 29th Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:11:15 +0000 Alexander Cheves - San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery (Window Site) - August 29th 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Join us for the closing sidewalk gathering of<em><a href="" target="_blank"> I wouldn't have called anyhow</a>,</em> and installation by <a href="" target="_blank">Alexander Cheves</a>. Cheves&rsquo;s installation engenders a sense of foreboding as a pair of rounded sculptures tries to make their way through the space where lankly, saw-toothed objects and their prominent shadows dominate the terrain. No resolution is implied. It is merely a snapshot of a moment inviting interpretation. Here is your chance to hear the audience's interpretation of the piece&nbsp;by bring together &nbsp;visual arts and creative writing. We are thrilled to engage the general public in this dual-form exploration. With an opportunity to meet the artist and enjoy&nbsp;listening to the winners of the<a href="" target="_blank"> Storytelling Contest</a>&nbsp;read their submissions!</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:08:08 +0000 Josh Begley, Douglas Coupland, Doug Rickard, Joachim Schmid, Penelope Umbrico, Michael Wolf - Robert Koch Gallery - September 11th - November 15th <p style="text-align: justify;">Robert Koch Gallery is pleased to present <strong><em>Web on the Wall</em></strong>. This exhibition presents a wide array of aesthetic points of view by artists who source images from the internet. The digital era provides artists with vast visual repositories such as Google, Flickr, eBay, Youtube, and Craigslist. The artists featured in this exhibition express their distinct creative perspectives while exploring how selection and context are transformative to their internet accessed images.<br /><br /> For his two series Prison Map and, <strong>Josh Begley</strong> wrote a software program that captured from the web extremely high-resolution images of 4,916 prison facilities and close to 625 military bases. Begley&rsquo;s satellite views are at once painterly and abstract while dense with photographic information. Begley's work stimulates discussion and exposes our prison and military systems, entities that are largely visually hidden.<br /><br /> At first glance <strong>Douglas Coupland's</strong> Bogey Man portraits and Drone Attack appear to be abstract, Op Art paintings. These pieces question our desire to see or not see portraits of Osama bin Laden and vehicles of war. Viewed through the technology of our cell phones, Bogey Man becomes a bit more distinctly Osama bin Laden and the drones more recognizable. Coupland's use of numerous googly eyes in these works are at once playful and also symbolic of the pervasive surveillance in our society. Well-known as an author of several novels including Generation X, Coupland currently has a major survey of his visual work on exhibit at the Vancouver Gallery of Art.<br /><br /> <strong>Doug Rickard's</strong> series A New American Picture presents fresh possibilities for street photography that is created without leaving the studio. Capturing images from Google Street Views of several different cities and states, Rickard offers a penetrating view of indigence in the United States. Rickard's low-resolution images are imbued with a surreal dreamlike undercurrent that emphasizes the psychological component of his imagery.<br /><br /> Berlin based artist <strong>Joachim Schmid's</strong> Zwolf Frauen is a series of portraits of twelve women who all have received the Nobel Prize for literature. This body of work was inspired in response to Gerhard Richter's 48 Portraits which only included men. Schmid examines the phenomenon of recognizability of famous people by pixalating the portraits so that only a minimum of visual information remains, yet the women are recognizable.<br /><br /> Conceptual artist <strong>Penelope Umbrico's</strong> appropriated imagery work draws from a variety of web sources including Flickr, eBay, and Craigslist. Umbrico's brightly hued geometric abstractions of her series Broken Sets were cropped from images culled from eBay posted by sellers of broken, powered on LCD television sets. The resulting abstractions are visual intersections of modernist formalism and commentary on the failure of technology<br /><br /> <strong>Michael Wolf's</strong> internet appropriations explore concepts of public and private space, anonymity and individuality, history and the contemporary human condition. Eschewing classic views of Paris, Wolf photographed the city through explorations using Google's Street Views. By incorporating in his images, the Google interface arrows and geometric shapes, Michael moves the Paris of past centuries into the 21st century. Working much like a street photographer, Wolf maneuvered through Google Street views, selecting his vantage points, cropping, and enlarging the images, to create new works that capture the grittiness and psyche of modern day urban life.</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:59:27 +0000 Barbara Takenaga - Gregory Lind Gallery - September 4th - October 18th Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:54:14 +0000 Mike Davis - 111 Minna Gallery - October 3rd - November 1st <p style="text-align: justify;">Mike Davis is a modern surrealist painter, who currently lives and works in San Francisco, California.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Possessing a multi-faceted set of interests, Davis began painting in 1997, and attributes much of his inspiration to watching his mother pursue craft projects during his childhood, and immersing himself in art history throughout his career. From helping his mother with activities ranging from woodworking, hand-tooling leather, and remodeling the family&rsquo;s home, to engaging with ancient art and Netherlandish painting from the Northern Renaissance, Davis is a self-taught painter, who continues to render complex paintings of surrealist life, embedded with symbols of mortality, folly, and hubris, fixated within whimsical compositions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In addition to painting, Mike Davis is a musician and woodworker as well the owner of a internationally-renowned tattoo shop, Everlasting Tattoo.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">His paintings and tattoo art have been featured in many publications, such as Juxtapoz Magazine, Art Ltd, Pop Surrealism: The Rise of Underground Art, Tatt Book: Visionaries of Tattoo and several high traffic art blogs. Davis has tattooed an extensive list of international and celebrity clientele, and is featured in a number of prestigious private art collections located throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, and much of Europe.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">MIKE DAVIS Solo Show and Book Release published by LAST GASP</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:36:22 +0000 John Wentz - 111 Minna Gallery - October 3rd - November 1st <p style="text-align: justify;">With, &ldquo;Passages&rdquo; Wentz continues to expand on his ever developing painterly style with human subjects appearing center stage as they wander throughout his imaginative environments as willing recipients of the masterful techniques that have brought them into existence through the artists brush.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">JOHN WENTZ | Bio</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">John Wentz&nbsp;was born and raised in the San Francisco the Bay Area. His interest in art began at the age of 6 when he first discovered Batman and Spiderman comic books. After years of copying comics panel by panel he worked in the commercial arts as a muralist, billboard creator and freelance illustrator. After learning to paint by doing airbrushed billboards, John decided to pursue Fine Art and work in oils. Since then, he has had 3 solo exhibitions in San Francisco and numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. His works have appeared in many publications and have won multiple awards. John now paints full time in his studio in Vallejo, CA.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:33:30 +0000