ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 - Oakland Museum of California - October 26th 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM <p>Join us as OMCA marks two decades of the annual Days of the Dead Community Celebration. Craft activities, tasty food, dance and music groups, colorful ofrendas, and ceremonia bring the community together for this healing tradition. Watch demonstrations of traditional Mesoamerican arts and cooking, and browse Days of the Dead merchandise by local artisans for your home altar from our mercado. Visit the special exhibition Songs and Sorrows: Dias de los Muertos 20th Anniversary, and revisit highlights from the past two decades the OMCA exhibition, as well as new works by local artists, on view in the Gallery of California Art.<br /><br />Visitors will enjoy:<br /><br />* Performances from Mariachi Los Halcones de Oakland (Traditional Mariachi), Los Cenzontles Juvenil (Balet Folklorico), Marimba Ixim Tinamit (Marimba Ensemble), and La Misa Negra (Cumbia)<br />* Family-friendly calavera (skull) face painting and Mexican tin art<br />* Tortilla and sugar skull-making demonstrations<br />* Festive chalk art from Clinica de la Raza's Youth Brigade on the sidewalks around the Museum<br />* Artisanal mercado in Museum garden featuring local arts and crafts vendors<br />* A gourmet food truck market from Off the Grid highlighting the best in local Latin and fusion cuisine (stay tuned for the full list)<br />* Free valet bicycle parking, provided courtesy of Bike East Bay (formerly known as East Bay Bike Coalition)<br /><br />Skip the line! This year, get a discount on advance ticket purchases for the Days of the Dead Community Celebration when you buy tickets before Friday, October 24. Discounts include $5 off regular adult admission, and $2 off Senior, Student, and Youth tickets (ID required at will call). <br /><br />Tickets include admission to OMCA galleries, including the special exhibition Songs and Sorrows: Dias de los Muertos 20th Anniversary. Admission for Members is always free.<br /><br />OMCA is located one block from the Lake Merritt BART Station. Parking in the Museum Garage is $1 per hour with Museum validation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:53:58 +0000 - Berkeley Art Center - October 25th 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>Preview Reception Saturday, October 18, 5-8 pm, Fundraiser Saturday, October 25, 5-9 pm; Exhibition October 18-25, 2014</p> <p>The Berkeley Art Center invites the Bay Area community to join in the celebration of its largest annual event - Collect! Held on Saturday, October 25 from 5-9 p.m., Collect! is a stunning exhibition and silent auction from some of the most exciting artists in the Bay Area today, including works by Katherine Westerhout, Claire Colette, Rhonda Holberton, Rupert Garcia, Squeak Carnwath, Lava Thomas, Richard Whittaker, Enrique Chagoya, and more.<br /><br />In addition to the works in the silent auction, guests can enjoy food and drinks from local vendors and get ahead of the holiday shopping season at the pop-up shop, including pieces from students of the California College of the Arts. Fans of the 1970s Shrinky Dinks will be treated to an exhibition of the classic arts and crafts toy, presented by the Session Space Collective. <br /><br />The VIP reception features bites from award-winning Boulevard Restaurant, wine from Narsai David Estates, one-on-one mingling with the donor artists, and the chance to place first bids on all items in Collect!<br /><br />In advance of the auction, a special preview reception will be held on Saturday, October 18 from 5-8 p.m., allowing guests to get an early preview of the donated artwork and scout out potential pieces to purchase prior to the main event.<br /><br />All proceeds will support the Berkeley Art Center's exhibitions and public programs. Funds from this year's event directly support year-round programming, including Programs for Young Artists at BAC. Sponsors for this year's event include Boulevard, Flying Noir Art + Chocolate, Freshly Cut Florist, Hugh Groman Catering, Narsai David Estates, Phil's Sliders, and The Cheese Board Collective.<br /><br />The 2014 Honorary Host Committee: Paule Anglim, Kim Anno, Mayor Tom Bates, Libby Black, Rena Bransten, Ruth Braunstein, Squeak Carnwath, Marna Clark, Narsai David, Ed Gilbert, Senator Loni Hancock, Jenn Lovvorn, Richard Nagler, Steve Oliver, Marilyn Rinzler, Peter Selz, and Lava Thomas.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:53:24 +0000 Leo D. Stillwell, Students - San Francisco State University Fine Arts Gallery - November 12th - December 4th <p>Juried by peers, this annual exhibition features new student works in video, photography, textiles, metal arts, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and more. The exhibit also displays works by second-year M.F.A. students and Leo D. Stillwell Jr., a watercolor and oil painter who died at age 22 in 1948.</p> <p><br />(Note: closed for Thanksgiving break Nov. 26&ndash;29)</p> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:12:12 +0000 Christopher Benson - Paul Thiebaud Gallery (SF) - November 4th - December 20th Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:07:12 +0000 Binh Danh, Kota Ezawa - Haines Gallery - November 6th - December 20th <p class="noparagraphstyle" style="text-align: center;"><strong>Haines Gallery is pleased to present two concurrent solo exhibitions featuring new works by artists Binh Danh and Kota Ezawa.</strong></p> <p class="noparagraphstyle" style="text-align: center;"><strong>Binh Danh | This, Then, is San Francisco</strong></p> <p class="noparagraphstyle" style="text-align: center;">Binh Danh&rsquo;s latest series of daguerreotypes focuses on the San Francisco cityscape&mdash;rendering scenic vistas, sites of civic engagement, and familiar street scenes all with the exquisite detail that only his chosen medium can capture. This body of work is many things at once: an homage to a place the artist loves; a nod to the daguerreotype albums by pioneering photographers like Carleton Watkins and Eadweard Muybridge, who focused on the developing San Francisco metropolis during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; and a politically charged effort to freeze an important moment in San Francisco&rsquo;s history&mdash;a dynamic time of economic growth, disparity and displacement. For Danh, the work brings together his photographic practice and lived experience, as he revisits many sites from his formative years and bears witness to the city during a time of significant transformation. The exhibition takes its name from a 1901 poem by William Vaughn Moody called <em>The Daguerreotype</em>.</p> <p class="noparagraphstyle" style="text-align: center;"><strong>Kota Ezawa | The Aesthetics of Silence</strong></p> <p class="noparagraphstyle" style="text-align: center;">Kota Ezawa&rsquo;s latest body of related works&mdash;which includes silver gelatin prints, light boxes and a new video installation&mdash;focus on the protagonists of American modern art, as well as the European artists who helped lay the groundwork for abstract painting. Translating historical photographic portraits of artists such as Kazmir Malevich,&nbsp; Agnes Martin and Ad Reinhardt into his singularly flat, pared-down style, Ezawa enacts a surprising reversal, printing in gelatin silver on fiber-based paper, a process that highlights the obdurate materiality of the photograph and transforms well-circulated images into unique editions. Similarly, his newest light boxes operate as freestanding objects, alluding to the minimalist objects of the depicted artists. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a new video installation entitled <em>The Aesthetics of Silence</em>. Named for an eponymous 1967 Susan Sontag essay, the work draws footage from the 1972 documentary <em>Painters Painting</em>, which surveys American art movements from the 1940s to 1970s through conversations with artists, dealers, critics and collectors of the period, including Barnett Newman, Helen Frankenthaler and Leo Castelli. Rather than giving us words, the only audio accompanying Ezawa&rsquo;s video is ambient sound &ndash; deep breaths, rustling jackets and sipped water&ndash;heightening the work&rsquo;s visual impact and amplifying Sontag&rsquo;s claim that &ldquo;silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech&hellip;and an element in a dialogue.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:54:22 +0000 Sherie' Franssen - Dolby Chadwick Gallery - December 11th - January 31st, 2015 <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 16:25:54 +0000 Hiroshi Sato - Hespe Gallery - November 4th - November 29th Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:10:49 +0000 - San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) - January 22nd, 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>Talking Art</p> <p>Future Shock: The Consequences of Technology Consumption</p> <p>Join us for a Talking Art in association with our group exhibition <em>Relics</em>. From GPS navigation systems to the abundance of social media sites, advancements in technology over the past decade have dramatically changed the world. They affect how we live, how we do business, how we acquire information and how we communicate. Dozens of devices and formats that were once considered cutting-edge technology are now regarded as obsolete. Many common items that were once ubiquitous have vanished from our lives. Typewriters, pagers, 8-track tapes, walkmans, answering machines, slides and slide projectors are true relics of the past. How does our society dispose of these antiquated objects of recent history? What is the effect of society&rsquo;s desire to &ldquo;upgrade&rdquo; at every time a new technological advancement is announced?</p> <p><br />For more information about this exhibition, visit our website;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:31:28 +0000 Todd Lanam - Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art - November 7th - December 20th <p class="FreeFormA">Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art is pleased to present &ldquo;Back to Isla Vista,&rdquo; a suite of new oil paintings by <strong>Todd Lanam</strong>, in his second solo exhibition at the gallery.</p> <p class="FreeFormA">&nbsp;</p> <p class="FreeFormA">With &ldquo;Back to Isla Vista,&rdquo; Lanam continues to explore the process of painting as it relates to the cognitive process of memory formation and recall.&nbsp; The nominal subjects are interior and exterior spaces that remain prominent in the artist&rsquo;s memory. The ren&shy;derings of these spaces, however, reflect the constant shifting, omission, distortion, and re-creation of visual memories within the broader context of consciousness. They strive to highlight the inherently transient nature not only of actual places in the physical realm, but of our personal experiences of them that exist within us only in constantly morphing memory.</p> <p class="FreeFormACxSpMiddle">&nbsp;</p> <p class="FreeFormACxSpLast">Lanam received his BFA from the California College of the Arts in 2007 and MFA in Painting from San Francisco State University in 2011.&nbsp; In addition to solo shows at Wolfe Contemporary, his work has been exhibited at art fairs in Miami, New York, and San Francisco, and in a recent group show at Gallery Henoch in New York.</p> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:23:46 +0000