ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/show en-us 40 Jann Nunn - Mercury 20 Gallery - July 2nd - August 8th <p><em><strong>Jann Nunn: Cadence and Rhythm</strong></em>, features two large-scale sculptural installations, <em>Rachidial Digression </em>and <em>Don't Stop</em> along with new works-on-paper from the <em>Heartbeat</em> series and <em>O,</em> a diminutive stone sculpture.</p> <p><em>Rachidial Digression</em>, a rarely exhibited 64-foot long serpentine sculpture, is composed of over 1100 slivers cut from a continuous piece of discarded railroad track, material donated by Union Pacific for Nunn's Erna and Arthur Salm Holocaust and Genocide Memorial, and <em>Don't Stop</em>, a four-piece installation made of steel and 7000 individual cork stoppers.<br /> <br /> Although distinct in material and intent--hardness and heaviness of railroad track, used to transport people and goods, versus the buoyancy of cork, a sustainably harvested product traditionally used by the wine industry--the unifying factor is repetition. Nunn says that the repetitive process she experienced while creating the work for <em>Cadence and Rhythm</em> felt akin to the energy that drives passion and sustains life.<br /> <br /> Jann Nunn, a conceptualist particularly drawn to repurposed materials, imbues her work with a strong sense of aesthetics. Research and gut instinct--a marriage of head and heart--inform the decisions in each of her site-related, site-specific, situation-responsive projects. Not unlike words in a poem, material selection along with scale and presentation become greater than the sum of their often-unrelated parts. Her self-proclaimed "maniacal obsession" with materials and attention to detail makes this exhibition one not to miss. <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001ON8xnUPFsla2MmTCOSpizWSzP-4TDKin6ezDPTE7HcKWM36FnsF1ZZPz-Ht7gg0oFPka4bvzHzzrqYJzxAqySc9zdWXKoiIQfsohMOz6yAxBwxhN2djaU3iA0eb3ELnVAf3gqsKv91YLBDu_liqjFS8aH3QZ74BZLrLMwWuzPXQ=&amp;c=qyMQCYt-ZLjRkQ6U0ENqONkNJZSN5Vb8hhqevxYMmGtyB4cfse012g==&amp;ch=Yk68aj_Yk90YcNCVimW6tgAaCKbYF8USK4P4ikpYhKp9gd5LpDj6mg==" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.jann-nunn.com</a></p> <p>Jann Nunn, who grew up an "Army Brat," considered herself a vagabond until moving to the Bay Area from London in 1990 to attend San Francisco Art Institute. She also studied art at University of Alaska Anchorage and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Nunn began her professional career in Louisiana while still in high school. She has participated in exhibitions and residencies internationally and throughout the United States since 1987, including Germany, South Korea, England, Cuba, and Australia. <br /> <br /> Jann Nunn has created large-scale works for Paradise Ridge, Burning Man, and Portland Clifftop Sculpture Quarry. Her 2009 <em>Holocaust and Genocide Memorial</em> is on the campus of Sonoma State University where she is Professor of Sculpture. Nunn's studio is located at American Steel Studios in West Oakland. <br /> <br /> <em>Cadence and Rhythm</em> is dedicated to the memory and spirit of sculptor Richard Berger (1944-2015,) sculpture professor at San Francisco Art Institute, whose unwavering support and generosity will never be forgotten.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>EVENTS: &nbsp;</p> <p>- Reception, Saturday July 11, 4-7 pm &nbsp;</p> <p>- Third Thursdays on 25th Street: July 16, 6-8pm, with Artist Talk at 7pm&nbsp;</p> <p>- Art Murmur First Fridays: July 3 and Aug 7, 6-9pm&nbsp;</p> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:51:09 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Chris Komater - Mercury 20 Gallery - July 2nd - August 8th <p><em>Scylla &amp; Charybdis</em>, by Chris Komater, is a large-scale photographic installation based on the mythological sea creatures that the Homeric hero Odysseus was forced to choose between and sail past in his wanderings. The phrase "choosing between Scylla and Charybdis" has come to mean choosing between two equally unpleasant options.</p> <p>Komater is interested in challenging received ideas of beauty and masculinity, frequently looking at subject matter given little prior aesthetic attention. Inspired by the eroticization and fetishization of large hairy men within the gay community, his work grapples with an ideal of beauty quite outside of the mainstream. His photo projects invite the viewer to contemplate new ideas about beauty through a visual engagement with our subliminal and overt anxieties about the body.</p> <p>At the center of the installation, black and white closeups of a hirsute male body comprise two large photographic grids, each composed of the same 12 images, but arranged in different ways to evoke abstracted versions of the two mythic creatures, Scylla and Charybdis. A third grid, called <em>Swell</em> is composed of closeup photos of a man's long white beard and furry shoulders, the images arranged to echo a tumultuous seascape, and bringing to mind Poseidon, the god of the sea.</p> <p>Flanking the three grids are large color images of spider webs. The webs are blurry, set against a lurid red background, creating a kind of psychologically charged space. Insects wander into spider webs, only to be trapped and devoured. The installation can be seen as a sort of aesthetic trap, the viewer lured into Komater's world.</p> <p>Chris Komater's photographs and installations have been shown at Cheryl Haines Gallery, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Mark Wolfe Contemporary Arts, Meridian Gallery, and the LAB Gallery in San Francisco; Jan Kesner Gallery in Los Angeles; Bernard Toale Gallery in Boston, and many other venues.&nbsp; He is the recipient of a WESTAF-NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship, a Market Street Art-in-Transit grant, and was the founding director and curator of Secession Gallery, a non-profit gallery without walls in San Francisco, and the online arts venue, Marjorie Wood Gallery.&nbsp; This is Chris' second solo show at the Mercury Twenty Gallery. <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001ON8xnUPFsla2MmTCOSpizWSzP-4TDKin6ezDPTE7HcKWM36FnsF1Za73bo47hkEyvZzPXzWLF0qVEr5YtbW0_vdEjeiirmrwEavrRSi9imapQ3-pMi-hKx4tvAqC8Lqc5G6iGgN_pC3V6pmuVoFAsYFzWsob6Jtx4g5VFYxz75g=&amp;c=qyMQCYt-ZLjRkQ6U0ENqONkNJZSN5Vb8hhqevxYMmGtyB4cfse012g==&amp;ch=Yk68aj_Yk90YcNCVimW6tgAaCKbYF8USK4P4ikpYhKp9gd5LpDj6mg==" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.chriskomater.com</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>EVENTS: &nbsp;</p> <p>- Reception, Saturday July 11, 4-7 pm &nbsp;</p> <p>- Third Thursdays on 25th Street: July 16, 6-8pm, with Artist Talk at 7pm&nbsp;</p> <p>- Art Murmur First Fridays: July 3 and Aug 7, 6-9pm&nbsp;</p> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:52:44 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Emma Spertus - City Limits - July 11th - August 15th <p>Imperial Deluxe showcases new, large-scale sculptures by Emma Spertus. The exhibition is inspired by the entry signs to corporate business parks, the droll offices often found on the periphery of cities and suburbs. Jargonistic titles like "Promise Technology" and "Sonnet" are incorporated into the sculptures' surfaces, the text appropriated by the artist from an audio-visual supply catalog.<br /><br />Spertus satirizes corporate branding and architecture, highlighting the most overlooked and subtle manifestations of capitalist culture. Using common building materials to fabricate the works themselves, Spertus recontextualizes the objects and spaces we so casually interact with while exposing the cultural scaffolding from which they spring.</p> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:10:02 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Michael Arcega - Johansson Projects - July 11th - August 22nd <p><strong><em>ESPYLACOPA: a place</em></strong> is Michael Arcega&rsquo;s recent probe into the parallel lives of the Nacirema people of North America. The exhibition features numerous objects and artifacts from the Nacirema- a people that were the subject of Horace Miner&rsquo;s influential paper, <em>The Body Ritual Among The Nacirema</em>, published in 1956. Arcega&rsquo;s first exhibition at Johansson Projects is a continuum of his previous work on the Nacirema&rsquo;s material culture. It is widely agreed upon that this group has colonized a great swath of North America and continues to aggressively expand its influence across the globe. This exhibition is but a small fraction of their material life.</p> <p>Espylacopa is a Nacireman creation. While little is still known about this place, we can attempt to reconstruct it through the objects on display. On exhibit is a map known as the <em>Prih-Sohn stick chart</em>. This map gives us a clear layout of the Nacirema&rsquo;s main thoroughfares. The bamboo chart is punctuated by quartz crystals signifying the location of isolation chambers. The diorama of the <em>Prih-Sohn Dancer&rsquo;s Dream</em> further illustrates the spaces within these isolation chambers. Our interpretation reveals the complex and often conflicting psychological conditions that the Prih-Sohn Dancer might endure.</p> <p>Many of these objects describe a wide range of Nacireman ideologies. Because the facts are not well established, viewers may interpret them as poetic devices that get at the truth of a people. For instance, implements like the Beisbol Clubs have been used in a variety of social circumstances such as personal vendetta, civil unrest, and ceremonial competition. They reveal how the Nacirema settle disputes through physical means, sometimes in ceremonies and other times in riotous events. The rest of the objects can only hint at their purpose and suggest their cultural significance, yet they are emblematic of these peoples&rsquo; truths.</p> <p>Current studies reveal that the Nacirema are a significant contributor to the ongoing 6<sup>th</sup> extinction event. There is a darker undertone to the collection at Johansson Projects. Unlike the Hollywood depiction of extinction events, this exhibition suggests that their decline will be slow and boring.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As an interdisciplinary artist, Michael Arcega works across media to create art that is informed by language, history, and geography. In his most recent work he has adopted methodologies used in the anthropological study that often emphasize &ldquo;otherness,&rdquo; but Arcega turns the tables, positioning North America as &ldquo;the other&rdquo; whose symbols and rituals must be studied and understood. Though a socio-political critique, Arcega&rsquo;s work also has a playful element, providing familiar entry points to alternative ways of thinking about the people who colonize the landscape.</p> <p>Arcega is&nbsp;an&nbsp;Assistant Professor of Art at San Francisco State University. He received an MFA from Stanford University and a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2012, he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has been exhibited at venues including the Asian Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Orange County Museum of Art, The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Cue Arts Foundation, and the Asia Society in NY among many others.</p> <p>Arcega&rsquo;s work has been discussed in publications including Art Forum, the New York Times, Art Practical, Art News, X-TRA, SF Chronicle, Artweek, Art Papers, and Flash Art among others. He is a recipient of an Artadia grant, Joan Mitchell MFA Award, Murphy Cadogan Fine Arts Fellowship, among others. He has been an Artist in Residence at the 18<sup>th</sup> Street Art Center, Montalvo Arts Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, the Fountainhead Residency, Artadia Residency at ISCP, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Al Riwak Art Space in Bahrain, and most recently at the SF Recology Artist Residency Program.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Michael Argeca will be giving an Artist Talk at 1:30 during the July 11th opening.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 21:36:18 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Berkeley Art Center - September 12th - September 26th <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong><em>Collect!</em> Exhibition Opening Reception and Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser</strong></span><br /><br />Exhibition Dates: September 12 - 26, 2015<br /><br />Opening Reception: Saturday, September 26, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.<br />&nbsp;<br />Raise a glass to the burgeoning local artist community at Berkeley Art Center&rsquo;s Collect!, the organization&rsquo;s largest annual event. Works from the Bay Area&rsquo;s most exciting artists will be exhibited and up for auction, enjoyed with a glass of wine and delicious food. Bring home your favorite piece and support artists in the community!<br /><br />The event is free and open to the public. A ticketed Auction Fundraiser will be held Saturday, September 26 from 5 - 9 p.m., including a VIP Reception from 5 - 6 p.m.<br /><br />All proceeds from Collect! will support Berkeley Art Center&rsquo;s exhibitions and public programs. Funds from this year&rsquo;s event directly support year-round programming, including Programs for Young Artists at BAC.<br /><br />Collect! Ticket Information:<br />$40 in advance, $45 at the door<br />VIP Tickets: $70 in advance, $75 at the door<br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">For more information go to <a href="Collect!%20Exhibition%20Opening%20Reception%20and%20Annual%20Silent%20Auction%20Fundraiser%20%20Exhibition%20Dates:%20September%2012%20-%2026,%202015%20%20Opening%20Reception:%20Saturday,%20September%2026,%205%20p.m.%20-%209%20p.m.%20%20%20Raise%20a%20glass%20to%20the%20burgeoning%20local%20artist%20community%20at%20Berkeley%20Art%20Center&rsquo;s%20Collect!,%20the%20organization&rsquo;s%20largest%20annual%20event.%20Works%20from%20the%20Bay%20Area&rsquo;s%20most%20exciting%20artists%20will%20be%20exhibited%20and%20up%20for%20auction,%20enjoyed%20with%20a%20glass%20of%20wine%20and%20delicious%20food.%20Bring%20home%20your%20favorite%20piece%20and%20support%20artists%20in%20the%20community!%20%20The%20event%20is%20free%20and%20open%20to%20the%20public.%20A%20ticketed%20Auction%20Fundraiser%20will%20be%20held%20Saturday,%20September%2026%20from%205%20-%209%20p.m.,%20including%20a%20VIP%20Reception%20from%205%20-%206%20p.m.%20%20All%20proceeds%20from%20Collect!%20will%20support%20Berkeley%20Art%20Center&rsquo;s%20exhibitions%20and%20public%20programs.%20Funds%20from%20this%20year&rsquo;s%20event%20directly%20support%20year-round%20programming,%20including%20Programs%20for%20Young%20Artists%20at%20BAC.%20%20Collect!%20Ticket%20Information:%20$40%20in%20advance,%20$45%20at%20the%20door%20VIP%20Tickets:%20$70%20in%20advance,%20$75%20at%20the%20door%20%20For%20more%20information%20go%20to%20www.berkeleyartcenter.org/collect-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.berkeleyartcenter.org/collect-2015</a>.</span></p> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 22:24:33 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Homeless and at-risk Youth - Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (Marin MOCA) - July 11th - August 16th <p>MarinMOCA will display a four panel mural created by youth from Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity. Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity (AHO) is a 501 (c) (3) organization designed for youth, by youth, for the future of youth who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Their vision is to eliminate youth homelessness in suburban and rural communities nationwide by providing a trained life coach, the essential resources and leadership opportunities to become financially self-sufficient contributing adults. For more information go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ahoproject.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.ahoproject.org</a>.</p> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 22:01:53 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (Marin MOCA) - July 11th - August 16th <p>Each of the works in this exhibition is a collaboration between a MarinMOCA member and one or more other artists. Lori Austin and Barbra Fortier will also work together to collaborate as jurors for this exhibition.</p> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 21:47:05 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - July 11th 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM <p>Join tea teachers from Urasenke Foundation San Francisco for a bowl of whisked green tea with traditional sweets. Seating is limited. First come, first served.</p> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 22:01:44 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - July 11th 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM <p>Join tea teachers from Urasenke Foundation San Francisco for a bowl of whisked green tea with traditional sweets. Seating is limited. First come, first served.</p> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:58:43 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - July 5th 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM <p>We&rsquo;ve created greater access to the practice of yoga by expanding our Yoga Flow program to include an additional class. Explore movement and meditation with yogini Lorna Reed on the first Sunday of every month. Each session offers an opportunity to participate in practices that balance energy, align your body and prompt you to go inward. Please bring mats and wear comfortable clothing. This is a mixed-level class for visitors age 13 and up.</p> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:56:25 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - July 5th 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM <p>We&rsquo;ve created greater access to the practice of yoga by expanding our Yoga Flow program to include an additional class. Explore movement and meditation with yogini Lorna Reed on the first Sunday of every month. Each session offers an opportunity to participate in practices that balance energy, align your body and prompt you to go inward. Please bring mats and wear comfortable clothing. This is a mixed-level class for visitors age 13 and up.</p> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:54:05 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - July 19th 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM <p>Discover and play as a family at the Asian Art Museum. On Family Fun Days, our fun gallery activities, immersive storytelling and creative art making opportunities, encourage you and your family to look more closely at the art and have some fun while doing so. Themes and projects change regularly.</p> <p>&nbsp;What can you do with a box full of stuff? This summer, make a found object sculpture using materials headed for the trash and explore themes of reusing, repurposing and recycling in the special exhibition <em>28 Chinese</em>.</p> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:51:19 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - July 5th 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM <p>Discover and play as a family at the Asian Art Museum. On Family Fun Days, our fun gallery activities, immersive storytelling and creative art making opportunities, encourage you and your family to look more closely at the art and have some fun while doing so. Themes and projects change regularly.</p> <p>&nbsp;What can you do with a box full of stuff? This summer, make a found object sculpture using materials headed for the trash and explore themes of reusing, repurposing and recycling in the special exhibition <em>28 Chinese</em>.</p> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:45:52 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - July 2nd 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>Writer, critic, artist and technologist An Xiao Mina has designed an interactive program that will explore the visual culture of the Chinese Internet. First, she will lead a panel of artists and researchers in the exploration of Chinese digital culture with a focus on creative forms of expression through words and images. Then attendees will participate in a calligraphy workshop meant to offer a hands-on exploration of Chinese-language Internet puns, sourced by Beijing-based artist Ma Yongfeng.</p> <p>&nbsp;Organized in conjunction with the museum&rsquo;s current exhibition, <em>28 Chinese</em>, the program aims to provide insight into Chinese digital culture, which influences and inspires many creative professionals today, as well as the broader public.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">About the organizer:</span></p> <p>An &ldquo;An Xiao&rdquo; Mina is co-founder of The Civic Beat, a creative collective and online magazine looking at issues of global justice, creativity and technology. In the tech sector, Mina works at Meedan, where they are building a platform for social translation of social media.</p> <p>&nbsp;Mina has spoken at venues like the Personal Democracy Forum, Creative Mornings and the Aspen Institute, and she has contributed writing to publications like the <em>Atlantic</em>, the<em> Los Angeles Review of Books</em> and the <em>Journal of Visual Culture</em>. She was a 2013 fellow at the USC Annenberg / Getty Arts Journalism Program and serves as contributing editor to Hyperallergic and the Civicist. Having recently served as a section editor for <em>Ai Weiwei: Spatial Matters</em> (published by MIT Press and Tate Publishing), she is currently working on a book about Internet memes and global social movements.</p> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:41:47 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - SOMArts Cultural Center - July 9th - August 20th <p class="p1"><em>Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces</em>, which received critical support from the National Endowment of the Arts, spotlights a rich history of Bay Area artist-run, independent and alternative spaces, as well as the pioneers and contemporary trailblazers of social justice who utilized these spaces as a catalyst and megaphone. Archival material from more than 20 individuals and spaces, and art and installations by more than 30 current and historic Bay Area artists, unite the featured spaces&rsquo; disparate, yet overlapping and contingent histories of cultural engagement, community development and social justice. &nbsp;</p> <p class="p4">The opening reception features a 7-monitor&nbsp;&ldquo;Pollination Pod,&rdquo; a mobile museum of alternative sexual identity, and a special performance by Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens.</p> <p class="p4">For more&nbsp;information about the exhibit and the reception, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://somarts.org/makingasceneopens" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">somarts.org/makingasceneopens</a>.</p> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 21:36:21 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list