ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Claire Colette and Rhonda Holberton - Berkeley Art Center - March 28th - May 3rd <p style="font-family: proxima-nova; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.4000015258789px; text-transform: none; text-decoration: none; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #777777; font-variant: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #fcfcfc;"><span style="font-family: helvetica;">Berkeley Art Center is proud to present two concurrent solo exhibitions of new work by Claire Colette and Rhonda Holberton as the inaugural exhibitions for&nbsp;<strong style="font-weight: bold;">Agility Projects</strong>.</span></p> <p style="font-family: proxima-nova; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.4000015258789px; text-transform: none; text-decoration: none; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #777777; font-variant: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #fcfcfc;"><span style="font-family: helvetica;">The Agility Projects is a series of exhibitions and public programs that seeks to engage diverse audiences with new and commissioned art by outstanding emerging artists from the Bay Area. The program provides artists with time and support to create new bodies of work that will push their own artistic practices in new directions.</span></p> <p style="font-family: proxima-nova; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.4000015258789px; text-transform: none; text-decoration: none; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #777777; font-variant: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #fcfcfc;"><span style="font-family: helvetica;">These exhibitions are supported by, the City of Berkeley, Elizabeth Sher and Phil Shnayerson.</span></p> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1425672993965_332" style="font-family: proxima-nova; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.4000015258789px; text-transform: none; text-decoration: none; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #777777; font-variant: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #fcfcfc;"><span style="font-family: helvetica;"><strong style="font-weight: bold;"><a style="color: #ce2222; text-decoration: none; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: solid; border-color: rgba(206, 34, 34, 0.2);" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Claire Colette&rsquo;s</a></strong><a style="color: #ce2222; text-decoration: none; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: solid; border-color: rgba(206, 34, 34, 0.2);" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong style="font-weight: bold;">&nbsp;</strong></a>series of drawings and sculpture that make up&nbsp;<strong id="yui_3_17_2_1_1425672993965_331" style="font-weight: bold;"><em>Ever/After&nbsp;</em></strong>are both striking and contemplative. The abstract imagery functions as poetry or music lyrics &ndash; or studies into how we discover and reflect upon our relationship to the movement in and throughout time. According to the artist, the body of work is a result of an interest in the idea of the infinite.&nbsp;</span></p> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1425672993965_334" style="font-family: proxima-nova; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.4000015258789px; text-transform: none; text-decoration: none; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: #777777; font-variant: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; white-space: normal; widows: 1; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #fcfcfc;"><span style="font-family: helvetica;">Continuing her ongoing investigations into the aesthetics of technologically enhanced human forms,&nbsp;<strong id="yui_3_17_2_1_1425672993965_338" style="font-weight: bold;"><a style="color: #ce2222; text-decoration: none; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: solid; border-color: rgba(206, 34, 34, 0.2);" href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Rhonda Holberton&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;</strong>new series,&nbsp;<strong id="yui_3_17_2_1_1425672993965_441" style="font-weight: bold;"><em>You Are Something the Whole World&nbsp;is Doing</em></strong><em>,</em>&nbsp;imagines the limitations of the physical body in digital space.&nbsp;The bodies represented in Holberton&rsquo;s sculptures and videos are not like the bodies we see in&nbsp;movies, advertising, and video games that effortlessly navigate through groundless space.&nbsp;Instead, cast silicone&nbsp;sculptures in various states of completion stand in for and represent these limitations.</span></p> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 20:41:01 +0000  Terry Berlier - Pro Arts Gallery - March 17th - April 17th <p><em>Terry Berlier: Giving up a fantasy is harder than giving up a reality</em>&nbsp;brings together newly commissioned works, including kinetic sculpture and sound installation, to explore the terrain where ecology and queerness meet.</p> <p>Terry Berlier borrows the title for her exhibition &ndash;&nbsp;<em>Giving up a fantasy is harder than giving up a reality</em>&nbsp;&ndash; from theorist Timothy Morton's essay Queer Ecology. Morton views ecology and queer theory as &lsquo;strange friends&rsquo; that confound boundaries, reject sameness and imagine new ways for life. Berlier uses Morton&rsquo;s text as a prompt to bring together two key elements in her work: environmental concerns and queer practice.</p> <p><em>In Giving up a fantasy is harder than giving up a reality</em>, Berlier adopts a playful childlike sensibility to address larger concerns of our time (e.g. climate change). A symphony of talking toy birds reads an Adrienne Rich poem to the trees; wooden balls trace the new trade route through the once frozen Bering Strait; the live sound of trees drinking water fills the room. It's a sensory mesh of distinct, yet overlapping, works.</p> <p>Giving up a fantasy is harder than giving up a reality is on view from March 17 to April 17, 2015. An Artists&rsquo; Reception will be held on First Friday, April 3, 6-8pm. This event will feature a special performance by Terry Berlier, Luciano Chessa and Jessie Marino at 7pm. An Artists&rsquo; Talk will be held on Saturday, April 11 at 11am. Exhibition and events are free to the public.</p> <p><strong>About the Artist:</strong>&nbsp;Terry Berlier is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily with sculpture and expanded media. Her work is often kinetic, interactive and/or sound-based, and focuses on everyday objects; the environment; ideas of nonplace/place; and queer practice. Berlier has exhibited in both solo and group shows in national and international venues, including the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery at Stanford University, and Babel Gallery in Norway. She received a Masters in Fine Arts in Studio Art from University of California, Davis and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Berlier is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the Sculpture Lab in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University.</p> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 04:35:25 +0000 Richard Misrach - Fraenkel Gallery - April 9th - May 30th <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition will highlight the figure in Richard Misrach&rsquo;s photographs from 1975 to the present. Coinciding with this presentation will be the release of a new book of Misrach&rsquo;s photographs,&nbsp;<em>The Mysterious Opacity of Other Beings</em>, published by Aperture.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The opening reception for the exhibition will be on Thursday, April 9, 2015, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.</p> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:52:13 +0000 Gale Antokal, Anzfer Farms, John Bankston, Terry Berlier, Harriete Estel Berman, Beth Grossman, Mildred Howard, Zachary Royer Scholz, Richard Shaw - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - April 9th - May 17th <p>The Contemporary Jewish Museum asked 38 West Coast fine artists and contemporary craftspeople to reimagine the <em>tzedakah </em>box, and the thought-provoking results are on view in a new exhibition this spring.&nbsp;</p> <p>The <em>tzedakah</em> box is a traditionally humble container found in synagogues, Jewish homes, and institutions in which charitable donations are deposited. This ritual object relates to one of the most important obligations in Judaism&mdash;the obligation to give to those in need regardless of your own.&nbsp;</p> <p>Participating artists were encouraged to interpret this unique object from a contemporary perspective, exploring its ongoing relevance and universality. Working in a wide range of media, from wood to glass to paint and graphite, participating artists include Gale Antokal, Anzfer Farms, John Bankston, Terry Berlier, Harriete Estel Berman, Beth Grossman, Mildred Howard, Zachary Royer Scholz, Richard Shaw, and more.&nbsp;</p> <p>All works on display are available for purchase in an ongoing silent auction during the run of the exhibition.</p> <p>Started in 1984 and now in its tenth iteration, The Dorothy Saxe Invitational is an important component of The Museum&rsquo;s long-standing tradition of inviting artists from a variety of backgrounds to explore a Jewish ceremonial object, holiday, or concept within the context of their own medium and artistic philosophy.</p> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:23:40 +0000 Miriam Hitchcock - Wiegand Gallery, Notre Dame de Namur University - March 18th - April 25th <p class="p1">This exhibition of Santa Cruz based artist, Miriam Hitchcock, will showcase paintings she refers to as &ldquo;Assembled Landscapes,&rdquo; to go along with stop-animation films. Her works encounter the contemporary landscape, which she describes as &ldquo;a place at once gorgeous and anxious, shaped by human longing and expectation.&rdquo;</p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">&ldquo;Viewing Hitchcock&rsquo;s works evokes the tension between believability and slippage in dreams,&rdquo; writes Eleanor Eichenbaum, a writer and independent curator based in St. Petersburg, Fl., in her essay featured in the accompanying catalog. &ldquo;Subtleties in gesture, compositional shifts in scale, careful attention to line quality, elements of texture and collage, and a consistently luminous but muted palette, all underscore the artist&rsquo;s material awareness and serve to heighten the gossamer atmosphere.&rdquo;</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Hitchcock received her MFA from Yale University. She has taught painting and drawing at institutions such as Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Cornell University, and University of California at Santa Cruz. Her stop-animation films are viewable online at</p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">A 16-page catalog with ten color reproductions will be produced for the exhibition.</p> <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">The artist will give a talk about her work at the opening reception. The Fundraiser Brunch will precede the opening reception on March 22<sup>nd</sup> and will benefit the Wiegand Gallery Endowment Fund.</p> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:43:02 +0000 Josh Greene - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - April 2nd - July 5th <p>The Contemporary Jewish Museum presents a solo exhibition of the work of San Francisco-based Jewish conceptual artist Josh Greene. The exhibition extends Greene&rsquo;s career-long interest in instigating social interaction between people. His projects, often funny and provocative public actions, have included a rented storefront from which he conducted what he advertised as Unlicensed Therapy to an artist talk that took place in the backseat of a German police car.</p> <p><em>Bound to be Held: A Book Show</em> is a new project in two parts that examines the social meaning of books as objects, bookstores, private collections, libraries, museums, celebrity, and literature. The first installation, <em>Read by Famous</em>, is a display of a selection of books that Greene solicited from well-known individuals who each affirm that they have personally read that copy and who provide accompanying notes about why the book was important to them. Book donors have included Jon Stewart (<em>Why Soccer Matters</em> by Pel&eacute; with Brian Winters), Philip Seymour Hoffman (<em>Death Be Not Proud</em> by John Gunther), Alice Waters (<em>The Man Who Planted Trees</em> by Jean Giono), and many others. The books will eventually be offered for sale with proceeds supporting literacy projects.</p> <p>The second part of the project is called <em>The Library of Particular Experience</em>, consisting of approximately one thousand books donated by the general public and available for borrowing. A variety of reading events will take place in <em>The Library</em> during the run of the show.</p> <p>Josh Greene has exhibited widely including at the Hammer Museum at UCLA, the Nelson Gallery at UC Davis, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and more.</p> <p><em>Bound to be Held: A Book Show</em> is organized by The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco.</p> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:28:48 +0000 Chester Arnold, Karen Carson, John Gutmann, Lordy Rodriguez, Richard Shaw, Walker Evans, Rolfe Horn, Weegee - San Jose Museum of Art - December 13th - December 13th <p>City life has fascinated artists for hundreds of years. Early twentieth-century artists in the United States often depicted the physical and social realities, as well as the potential emotional disconnect, that can accompany urban density. In recent decades, artistic focus shifted to the ramifications of climate change, localism, and globalization.&nbsp;<em>City Limits, City Life</em>&nbsp;encourages audiences to think about urbanism in a larger context and coincides with collective efforts to enliven and transform downtown San Jose. It will feature works by Chester Arnold, Karen Carson, John Gutmann, Lordy Rodriguez, Walker Evans, Rolfe Horn, Richard Shaw, and Weegee among others.</p> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:32:53 +0000 Pushpamala N., Nandan Ghiya, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Jitish Kallat, Raqs Media Collective, Vivan Sundaram - San Jose Museum of Art - February 5th - August 2nd <p>Two generations after the exultation of Independence and the concurrent horrors of Partition, contemporary Indian photographers reclaim and reappraise the history of colonialism in their country. These artists look closely and critically at historical Indian photography and draw on diverse sources of inspiration. They take matters of history into their own hands, redefining the iconic historical images of India and investigating the complex relationship between traditions of representation and contemporary image-making.</p> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:18:16 +0000 Lisa Espenmiller, Sabine Reckewell - Chandra Cerrito Contemporary - April 3rd - May 28th <p align="center"><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>On the Line</strong></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: medium;"><strong><span style="text-align: left;">works by Lisa Espenmiller &amp; Sabine Reckewell</span></strong></span></p> <p align="center"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>April 3 - May 28, 2015</strong></span></p> <p align="center"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Opening Reception: Friday, April 3, 2015, 6 - 8 PM</strong></span></p> <p align="center"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Open First Friday, May 1, 6 - 8 PM</strong></span></p> <p align="center"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Artist Reception and Talk:&nbsp;Thursday, April 23, 6 &ndash; 7:30 PM</strong></span></p> <p align="center"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Led by SJICA Executive Director and Chief Curator Cathy Kimball</strong><span style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Oakland, CA</strong> Chandra Cerrito Contemporary presents the work of Lisa Espenmiller and Sabine Reckewell, two artists who use line, movement, and space with similar intentions. Both focus on material and repetition of pattern, and view their process as a meditative one. Espenmiller has a controlled technique akin to writing on a scroll, while Reckewell fills and redefines an architectural context. Their work mimics one another&rsquo;s, while complimenting and transforming the gallery space.</p> <p>Espenmiller draws horizontal ink lines, one after the other, until the entire surface of canvas or paper becomes a field of meditative resonance. She states that, &ldquo;making art is a way of deepening my Zen practice and furthering my understanding of The Tao in the same way that my practice of sitting zazen twice a day is, or writing haiku, or tending our garden.&rdquo;</p> <p>The lines and washes of color in her paintings are visual descriptions of the chi or breath-energy that flows through all things. In her series <em>(the groundless ground)</em> she depicts the ever-changing inner and outer landscape in a quest to sober and quiet the mind. The <em>(chant)</em> drawings are densely woven tapestries of meditative quotes from <em>The Tao </em>methodically repeated and imbued with talismanic power. A mystical form and structure mystically surprisingly emerge from the written patterns.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Similarly, Reckewell&rsquo;s practice is disciplined and repetitious. After carefully considering the dimensions of her installation, she creates simple geometric shapes by stretching ribbons, rope, or tape between walls, ceilings, and columns to make drawings in three dimensions. Manipulating the shapes by changing the spacing between the lines, she then allows gravity to curve the lines and alter the installation&rsquo;s &ldquo;personality&rdquo;. Hard lines are softened and movement is created by the flow of air in the room.</p> <p>Reckewell comes from a background in design and fiber art. Her work is informed by minimalism and conceptual art of the 60&rsquo;s and 70&rsquo;s. She earned her MFA in textile art from the famed Fiberworks Center in Berkeley. In 2011 she revisited and recreated several early installations from the late 70&rsquo;s. She has since created new work in public spaces in collaboration with Pro Arts in Oakland, the San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art. In 2014 she created site-specific permanent installations for Zoo Labs in Oakland and The Summit in Austin. Earlier this year, her work was selected for &ldquo;HERE Part II&rdquo;, a 5-person show at the Berkeley Art Center, curated by Aimee Friberg, director of CULT Exhibitions.</p> <p>Lisa Espenmiller is a poet and writer as well as a painter. Her drawings are in a sense another form of written language&mdash;a visual haiku offered as objects of reflection. Lisa studied at UC Berkeley and California College of the Arts after receiving her BA in political science from California Polytechnic State University in 1985. She has exhibited throughout California including at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose, and the Berkeley Art Center.</p> <p><strong>About Chandra Cerrito Contemporary:</strong> Established in 2007 as a curatorial project space, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary features exhibitions and site-specific installations that highlight exceptional regional and national artists, with an emphasis on conceptual strength, refined craftsmanship, contemporary vision and art historical relevance.</p> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:42:37 +0000 Sandy Kim - Ever Gold Gallery - March 13th - April 18th <div class="column"> <p>Sandy Kim<br /> How's the Weather Down There?</p> <p>March 13th &ndash; April 25th</p> <p>Opening Reception: Friday, March 13th, 7-10pm</p> <p>&ldquo;I often think about my photography and what makes it special, what it is that connects my photos, what I do that makes my photos apart of me, what I do that makes me apart of my photos, and one thing kept coming up: I'm short. Height is one of the most important physical traits that shape who we are and how we shape the world. It's something we're born with, something that doesn't change, something we have no control over, yet it will forever define view of the world.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ever Gold Gallery is pleased to announce its 3rd solo exhibition with contemporary photographer Sandy Kim. How's The Weather Down There? is a body of new work presented in large scale photographic prints created over the last two years of the artist&rsquo;s travels through dark, playful, sensual and emotionally charged personal situations of herself and her subjects. This new body of work stays true to her roots, that being influenced by Nan Goldin and Diane Arbus, yet moves towards a dream like state of an unique aesthetic of a jaded youth.</p> <p>Immersed in San Francisco&rsquo;s vibrant music scene, Kim gained international exposure for her intimate portraits of the band Girls. Her work has since been featured in<br /> publications such as Artforum, Purple Fashion, FADER, New Yorker, New York Times, Vogue Italia, Pitchfork, Nylon, Guardian, Elle,Wired, and Rolling Stone, among many others. She has exhibited at Salon 94, The Hole, Ever Gold Gallery, Mudd Guts, and New Image Art. Kim&rsquo;s work has also been the subject for multiple books and zines. In 2014 she lectured</p> <p>at the Aperture Foundation, New York.&nbsp;</p> </div> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:15:08 +0000 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 Group Show - Mercury 20 Gallery - February 26th - April 4th <div id="yui_3_16_0_1_1425010393368_9836"><strong><em>A Common Thread</em> OAKLAND</strong>, curated by Fernando Reyes and Ruth Tabancay, offered a mission to a group of artists: Feel this city...macro/micro; filtered/raw; spectrum/monochrome; people/ us.</div> <div>+</div> <div align="left">Through sculptural installation, video, photography, and painting, eighteen Mercury 20 artists and thirteen guest artists beckon us down various paths of thought and feeling inspired by this fascinating city.Found objects and images are manipulated by some artists. For others, physical structure or space serve as guide for exploring themes. Some artists ask us to embrace big issues of social reform, while others invite us to feel the need for it in a very personal way. An example of the latter is an interactive installation in which PK Frizzell and Josh Garlick collaborate to pull us in emotionally, using two-way mirror and video portraits of diverse Oaklanders...visitors will first only see themselves in the mirror, but then gradually see their face overlaid with others.</div> <div align="left">+</div> <div align="left"><strong>PARTICIPATING ARTISTS</strong>&nbsp; Julie Alvarado with Madelyn Covey &nbsp; Jo Ann Biagini&nbsp;&nbsp; Eric Bohr with Amy Sass &nbsp; Nick Dong with Corrie Messinger &nbsp; Carlo Fantin with Felipe Vazquez &nbsp; PK Frizzell with Josh Garlick &nbsp; Peter Honig&nbsp; Kathleen King &nbsp; Leah Markos &nbsp; Jill McLennan with Alison McLennan&nbsp;&nbsp; Charlie Milgrim with Tim West&nbsp;&nbsp; Jann Nunn&nbsp; Mary Curtis Ratcliff &nbsp; Fernando Reyes with Terry Furry &nbsp; KC Rosenberg with Modesto Covarrubias &nbsp; Joanna Salska with Michael Snyder and Robin Thomas &nbsp; Ruth Tabancay with Dinah Shapiro &nbsp; Kerry Vander Meer with Robert Strati and Valerie Garry</div> <div align="left">+ <div align="left"><strong>SPECIAL EVENTS</strong><br /> Opening Reception<br /> Saturday, Feb 28th 4 - 6pm<br /> +<br /> Artist Talk<br /> Thursday, March 19th 6 - 8pm<br /> +<br /> Oakland Art Murmur First Fridays<br /> Friday, March 6th 6 - 9pm<br /> Friday, April 3rd 6 - 9 pm</div> <div align="left">+</div> <div align="left">Third Thursdays on 25th Street<br /> Thursday, March 19th&nbsp; 6 - 8pm</div> </div> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:37:56 +0000 Ernie Button, Jennifer Shaw, Thomas Alleman, others - Rayko Photo Center - March 11th - May 3rd <p align="center"><strong>RayKo Photography Exhibition</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>Features the best images from the worst cameras:</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong><em>RayKo&rsquo;s 8th Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show</em></strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 11<sup>th</sup>, 6-8pm</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>Exhibition dates: March 11<sup>th</sup> &ndash; May 3<sup>rd</sup>, 2015</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; RayKo&rsquo;s 8th Annual Plastic Camera Show</strong> includes stunning and sometimes surprising images made by the crappy camera-toting winners of this competition. Photographers from all over the Bay Area as well as national and international artists are featured in this dynamic exhibit. Each year we receive thousands of entries and this year was another challenge to select only a fraction of these images. &nbsp;Why does the plastic camera continue to be so popular? Is it because the toy camera is a backlash to this digital age of photography? It could be nostalgia for the soft, square pictures with vignetted edges. It could just be nostalgia for film and the latent image- you actually have to wait to see what you shot! Or it could be love of the creak of the cheap plastic dial as you wind it, wondering if it will break off. (Forget Instagram and the rest of them, this is the real deal). It could be too that we all missed the simple freedom of making pictures that aren&rsquo;t perfect, that don&rsquo;t have to be sharp or real or saturated or taken with a camera that costs hundreds of dollars or more. All you need is $35 (or less) and a roll of film, and you&rsquo;re in business. After seeing the exhibit, you may be inspired to start shooting one of these beauties yourself. Luckily RayKo is offering a class where you can reconnect with the simple joys of photography and have the ultimate plastic experience. Christine Zona will be teaching a 2-week class on Plastic Cameras starting March 22nd, in the midst of this exhibition.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Also highlighted in this year&rsquo;s plastic camera exhibit is the work of Arizona-based artist, Ernie Button and New Orleans-based photographer, Jennifer Shaw. Two very different featured artists couldn&rsquo;t be found in this plastic camera world. Ernie Button&rsquo;s color images were made in China with a few exceptions of images taken in Scotland, Italy and the States.&nbsp; Many different destinations interest him but China fascinates Ernie, from the Monumental to the Mundane. It is massive; both in size of land mass and sheer number of people. China is changing rapidly. The rush to embrace capitalism as well as opening up its borders to tourism has impacted and dramatically changed the landscape of China. Ernie travels with a Holga camera for several reasons. That camera was developed and made in China during the early 1980&rsquo;s to provide an inexpensive way for the citizens in China to have a camera and take pictures. The overall image of a Holga is a little fuzzy, kind of like the whirlwind events of travel creating memories that are a little more difficult to recall. Certain parts of a memory will be clear and others will be a little less so, kind of like the image from a Holga.</p> <p>And then there are Jennifer Shaw&rsquo;s exquisite silver gelatin prints from her series, &ldquo;The Space Between.&rdquo; She is photographing her life. It is as simple and complex as that. Presently, her life is overrun by exquisite little creatures known as children. As they explore the elements with carefree abandon, she observes with camera poised, balanced between protection and permission. &nbsp;Shaw works from a place of intuition, capturing the action as it unfolds, meanwhile stealing sidelong glances at the details of our environments. The images are juxtaposed to create an introspective narrative, mining the richly ambiguous state of parenthood, akin to the murky realm between a river&rsquo;s glittering surface and its hidden undercurrents. Through the camera&rsquo;s lens she is transported, traversing the space between shadow and light, dreams and reality, delight and disquiet.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Come see the power of Shaw&rsquo;s and Button&rsquo;s pictures and all the images of the winners of this year&rsquo;s plastic camera competition and experience nostalgia on more than one level. You can fall in love with Holga and Diana* and a world of other lo-tech cameras, like my new favorite, the Bluebird. Film isn&rsquo;t dead, so rejoice and come down to RayKo on the night of March 11<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;to experience the magic with the rest of us fans of the latent image.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>*The Holga and the Diana are plastic medium format cameras that have limited controls, a fixed focal length lens, and, luckily for artists everywhere, each one is unique&hellip;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>About RayKo</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About RayKo</strong></p> <p><strong>RayKo Photo Center &amp; Gallery</strong>&nbsp;is a comprehensive photographic facility, located near the Yerba Buena Arts District, with resources for anyone with a passion for photography. Established in the early 1990&rsquo;s, RayKo Photo Center has grown to become one of San Francisco&rsquo;s most beloved photography darkroom spaces; it includes traditional b&amp;w, color and alternative process labs as well as a state-of-the-art digital department, a professional rental studio, galleries, and the Photographer&rsquo;s Marketplace &ndash; a retail space promoting the work of regional artists. RayKo also has San Francisco&rsquo;s 1<sup>st&nbsp;</sup>Art*O*Mat vending machine and a vintage 1947 black &amp; white Auto-Photo Booth and a retail store that sells all types of used film cameras, from view cameras to Leicas to a build-your-own Nikon station. Everything you need to make any type of photograph!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>RayKo Gallery</strong>&nbsp;serves to advance public appreciation of photography and create opportunities for regional, national and international artists to create and present their work. RayKo Gallery offers 1600 square feet of exhibition space and the Photographer&rsquo;s Marketplace, which encourages the collection of artwork by making it accessible to collectors of all levels.&nbsp;RayKo also has an artist-in-residence program to further support artists in the development of their photographic projects and ideas.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>RayKo Photo Center &amp; Gallery </strong></p> <p>428 Third Street</p> <p>San Francisco, CA 94107</p> <p>415-495-3773 (ph)</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>Tuesday-Thursday: 10-10 pm, Friday-Sunday: 10-8 pm, Monday: closed</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:56:14 +0000