ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 - Richmond Art Center - June 14th - August 22nd <p dir="ltr">Sculptures, drawings and illustrations showcasing the playful sensibilities and creative antics of noted UC Berkeley artists and professors Joseph Slusky and Chip Sullivan. This duo has &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;co-taught for nearly a decade, produced a book and inspired countless students and artists. Slusky&rsquo;s sculpture embraces the more ephemeral human qualities of flesh and fluid through the hardness of metal, while Sullivan's illustrative drawings provide commentary on the delicate balance between humans and nature.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:07:29 +0000 - Richmond Art Center - June 14th - August 22nd <p dir="ltr">Juried exhibition celebrating works in a vast array of artistic styles and media by members of the Pacific Rim Sculptors Group. Formed by six Bay Area artists in 1988, this group promotes artistic excellence and fosters the development of emerging sculptors. Juried by John Toki, an internationally known sculptor, public artist, teacher, curator and author.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:06:23 +0000 Ruth Braunstein - Richmond Art Center - June 14th - August 22nd <p dir="ltr">Exhibition of works from Bay Area art icon Ruth Braunstein&rsquo;s private collection of clay objects with works by Peter Voulkos, Robert Brady, Richard Shaw, Win Ng, Robert Arneson and others, many shown publicly for the first time. This exhibition celebrates her role in transforming Bay Area art over the last several decades through her work as a long-time gallerist and supporter of the arts. Ruth Braunstein, now 91 years of age, is expected at the opening reception.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:04:27 +0000 - Richmond Art Center - June 14th - August 22nd <p dir="ltr">Come see the array of talent and imagination of the Richmond Art Center&rsquo;s dynamic and creative community in this exhibition that features more than 100 works in a range of media, including screen-printing, ceramics, metals, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, weaving and more. A showcase gallery will feature works by the 2013 award winners: Gene Erickson, Virginia Jourdan, Jeremy Nuttall, Joseph Rogers and Saadi Shapiro.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:02:01 +0000 - Richmond Art Center - June 14th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p dir="ltr">Enjoy the work of emerging and established Bay Area artists at this reception of four exhibitions at the Richmond Art Center. &ldquo;Ruth Braunstein: Focus on Clay,&rdquo; featuring works from Bay Area art icon Ruth Braunstein&rsquo;s private collection of clay objects with works by Peter Voulkos, Robert Brady, Richard Shaw, Win Ng and Robert Arneson; &ldquo;Sculpture!;&rdquo; &ldquo;Slusky and Sullivan: Sculptures, Drawings and Related Antics;&rdquo; and the &ldquo;Annual Members Show.&rdquo; Plus live music by Yolanda Alicia.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:59:45 +0000 Pauletta Chanco - SFMOMA Artists Gallery - July 19th - August 21st <p><span style="color: #0d0226;">Shifting Sands</span><br /><br /><span style="color: #0d0226;">Living with a terminal diagnosis has taught me that I can never</span><br /><span style="color: #0d0226;">make plans with any certitude. Chemo treatments interrupt and </span><br /><span style="color: #0d0226;">interfere with life and when these stop, death will come, seeking </span><br /><span style="color: #0d0226;">me out with his firm agenda in hand.</span><br /><br /><span style="color: #0d0226;">All I can do is live in the moment, appreciating each one as it arises. </span><br /><span style="color: #0d0226;">I choose to spend moments creating beauty and breathing life into what </span><br /><span style="color: #0d0226;">was never there before. The poignancy of these creative moments is the </span><br /><span style="color: #0d0226;">most amazing gift of all.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="color: #0d0226;"></span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:00:25 +0000 - White Walls Gallery - May 10th - June 7th Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:37:28 +0000 Serge Gay Jr. - Spoke Art - April 5th - April 26th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Spoke Art</strong> is pleased to present<strong><em> GOLD</em></strong>, a solo show of new paintings by San Francisco based artist <strong>Serge Gay Jr.</strong> Following his successful solo exhibition last year at Spoke Art, Serge braves a new series of work that explores music and it&rsquo;s effect on him as an artist and it&rsquo;s larger toll on culture as a whole.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Each painting from GOLD individually addresses a different band or musical artist. Spanning across multiple genres and styles, Serge depicts musical icons who have either influenced him artistically or had some sort of personal impact on his life. From Bowie to Jay Z, Serge&rsquo;s new body of work has a flowing melodic feel to it, indicative of whatever music influenced each painting&rsquo;s creation. The trademark feverish surrealism still remains however each work has a poignant composition and style incredibly emblematic of whatever musical genre it stems from. Themes of lost love, identity and hope are depicted through the energetic brush strokes and eccentric whimsey rendered in his work.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">On a more personal note, this new series emotionally time-travels through different periods in Serge&rsquo;s life. Epochs of growth, happiness and heartache are all represented through the different musical stylings that carried him through developmental stages not only as an artist but as an individual. From the artist, &ldquo;The inspiration for this show is music and why it&rsquo;s played a role in my life as an artist. I&rsquo;ve always wanted to make a series depicting musicians who, at some point made a big impact on my personality and my craft. Music was one of my escapes from reality and it motivated me to be creative during moments in my life when I&rsquo;ve felt the highest high or my lowest low. Therefore I want to pay homage to those musicians who were the inspiration for a large portion of my work and have helped me to tell my own stories.&rdquo; GOLD not only examines music and pop culture,but also it&rsquo;s overwhelming effect on culture and artistic progress.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">About the artist: Serge Gay Jr. was born in Port-Au Prince, Haiti and has lived in New York, Miami, and Detroit before settling in San Francisco. Serge attended New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL and later graduated from The College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. He has shown with Medicine Agency Gallery, The Barber Lounge, Gallery Bottle Rocket, 111 Minna Gallery, and was nominated for a Grammy for his collaboration with director Matt Stawski for Cee Lo Green&rsquo;s music videos &ldquo;F*ck You&rdquo; and &ldquo;It&rsquo;s Ok&rdquo;. Serge is a graphic designer, fine artist and illustrator but he most identifies himself as a painter. As a third generation artist, art is in his blood.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:24:58 +0000 Peter Gronquist - Shooting Gallery - April 12th - May 3rd <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Shooting Gallery</strong> is pleased to announce <em><strong>Make Stuff</strong></em>, a solo show from artist <strong>Peter</strong></span> <span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Gronquist</strong>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Featuring new paintings, sculptures and taxidermy assemblages.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:21:20 +0000 - Nathan Cummings Art Building - May 1st 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">With wooden fragments pressed close to the picture plane and set in shallow, cloistered spaces, Giorgio de Chirico&rsquo;s so-called &ldquo;Metaphysical Interiors&rdquo; from Ferrara (1915-18) seem to will their own confinement. A close reading of the paintings and their philosophical sympathies tells a different story. &nbsp;It is a story, in fact, of willful claustro</span><em style="font-family: Arial;">philia</em><span style="font-family: Arial;">. Building upon an intellectual apprenticeship to Friedrich Nietzsche, de Chirico insists in both word and image upon the liberation</span><em style="font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</em><span style="font-family: Arial;">of finitude. What Nietzsche calls &ldquo;the prison-house of language&rdquo; forms not a hampering limitation, but rather &ndash; for a select few initiates &ndash; a means to boundless exploration.</span></span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">Ara H. Merjian is Assistant Professor of Italian Studies at New York University, where he is an affiliate of the Institute of Fine Arts and the Department of Art History. He is the author of&nbsp;<em>Giorgio de Chirico and the Metaphysical City</em>, published by Yale University Press, April 2014, and teaches the Italian and French avant-gardes, the modernist legacies of Nietzschean philosophy, European film theory, and the cultural politics of fascism and anti-fascism. &nbsp;He is currently at work on two new manuscripts:&nbsp;<em>Heretical Aesthetics: Pier Paolo Pasolini against the Avant-garde</em>examines Pasolini&rsquo;s fraught position between Neorealism and the Neo-Avant-garde in postwar Italy, and&nbsp;<em>Blueprints and Ruins</em>, which<em>&nbsp;</em>considers the wide-ranging and often inimical echoes of de Chirico&rsquo;s painting in European art and architecture of the early and mid-twentieth century. &nbsp;</span></p> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">Before joining the faculty at NYU, he taught at Stanford and Harvard Universities, and is a contributing critic to<em>Artforum&nbsp;</em>and&nbsp;<em>frieze</em>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;"><strong>Sponsored by:</strong>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">Department of Art &amp; Art History</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">Department of French and Italian</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">Philosophy &amp; Literature</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">Mediterranean Studies Forum</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> </div> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:02:15 +0000 LOL McFiercen, Mica Sigourney - SOMArts Cultural Center - April 24th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p dir="ltr"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Mingle with the artists during the final opportunity to view Work More! #6, which pairs drag performers with non-drag fine artists for an exhibition of collaborative installations and performances.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hosted by LOL McFiercen, the free-to-attend closing event for Work MORE! #6 features &ldquo;Fake Docent Tours&rdquo; in which the artists provide you, the audience, with (completely made up) insights into the artwork you see before you.</p> <p dir="ltr">Work MORE! #6 situates San Francisco&rsquo;s avant-garde and traditional drag practices within a gallery space, re-contextualizing the artistry, aesthetics and forms that are ever-present and continually evolving in San Francisco&rsquo;s nightlife venues.</p> <p>The exhibition is the third Spring 2014 Commons Curatorial Residency exhibition at SOMArts, organized by residency recipient and Work MORE! creator and artistic director Mica Sigourney (VivvyAnne ForeverMORE!).</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:25:10 +0000 Alexander Cheves - San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery (Window Site) - May 9th - August 30th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>I wouldn&rsquo;t have called anyhow,&nbsp;</em>consists of large-scale painted wood constructions that form a cast of abstract characters referencing iconic man-made and natural shapes such as swimming pools, farm houses, corner stores, empty fields and open skies. The forms are positioned to tell a story, which as the artist describes, &ldquo;is a scene from a dream. It is a simple but personal narrative&mdash;an allegorical exercise in understanding fear.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">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. According to Shiffler, &ldquo;The almost-recognizable sculptural forms in this new installation are powerful and imposing, but also loaded with his signature dark sense of humor that allows an entry point for anyone to be drawn into the work.&rdquo;</span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:49:22 +0000 Catherine Maize - Paul Thiebaud Gallery (SF) - April 15th - May 31st Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:45:57 +0000 Yuh-Shioh Wong - Anthony Meier Fine Arts - May 16th - June 20th Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:34:53 +0000 Bruce Davidson - Robert Koch Gallery - May 1st - June 28th Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:31:09 +0000 Group Show - Mills College Art Museum - May 4th - May 25th <p class="hilite margin-top30" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">This exhibition showcases works by students created for their graduate degrees in the Mills College MFA Studio Arts program.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Featuring work by 12 MFA candidates, this annual exhibition is the culmination of the two-year Mills College MFA program in Studio Art.</span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:27:01 +0000