ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Phoebe Osborne - City Limits - June 24th - July 16th <p class="font_8">Solarium is a solo exhibition by New York based artist and choreographer Phoebe Osborne. In a series of videos installed among objects and bodies in performance, Osborne rejects the rigid categorical boundaries between &lsquo;animal&rsquo; | &lsquo;human&rsquo; | &lsquo;machine&rsquo; to investigate the collective psychocultural states of being both dead and alive, human and nonhuman at once. The work, featuring bodies in ultra-white mesh, fluorescent bulbs illuminating fields and beaches at dusk and an all-season sunroom of a modernist coastal home, challenges the anthropocentric, humanist, and capitalist imperatives between civilization and the natural world. A performance choreographed by Osborne during the opening reception will further activate the video and objects displayed in the exhibition. Osborne&rsquo;s practice pushes our notions of dance and the human form while anchoring the body as a point of departure and site of resistance.</p> <p class="font_8">&nbsp;</p> <p class="font_8"><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Phoebe Osborne&nbsp;</a>lives and works in New York City. She is currently an MFA Candidate at Columbia University and received a BA in Dance from University of California San Diego. Her works have been presented across the US and Europe, including performances at Transmediale Berlin, La Caldera Barcelona, SFMoMA and Oakland Museum of California.</p> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:41:05 +0000 Mark Rothko, Ad Reinhardt, Peter Paul Rubens, Francisco Goya, Albrecht Dürer, and many more... - Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive - July 13th - December 11th <p>The University of California, Berkeley began collecting art shortly after its founding in 1868. Bacon Hall Library and Art Museum opened on campus in 1881 and several of the works donated to the University on this occasion form the historic heart of BAMPFA&rsquo;s collection, making it one of the oldest art museums on the West Coast. Although a number of significant works were purchased, most have been acquired as gifts from generous donors, including many prominent artists.</p> <blockquote> <p>Art that activates the senses to stimulate the sixth sense&mdash;the mind.</p> </blockquote> <p>The scope of the collection has always been broad, including works dating back to the Renaissance in the West and&mdash;since we began collecting Asian art in 1919&mdash;to the Neolithic period in China. Currently, BAMPFA holds approximately 19,000 works of art. Through exhibiting these works, BAMPFA aims to provide new perspectives both onto worlds beyond Berkeley and into the interior worlds of individual viewers.</p> <p><strong>Berkeley Eye: Perspectives on the Collection&nbsp;</strong>focuses on art that activates the senses to stimulate the sixth sense&mdash;the mind. The works are presented in eight thematic groupings to be experienced and enjoyed in no particular order, according to the interests of individual viewers: Bible Stories; Nature; Human Nature; Barriers &amp; Walls; Connection &amp; Change; Space, Time, Energy; Black, White, Gray; and Into the Light. The exhibition invites repeat viewings, in part because a number of light-sensitive works will be rotated on November 2.</p> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:03:11 +0000 Group Show - Pro Arts Gallery - January 26th, 2007 - March 11th, 2007 Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:31:12 +0000 Tom Mueske - Haines Gallery - January 3rd, 2008 - February 9th, 2008 <p>Haines Gallery is pleased to open the 2008 season with two concurrent solo exhibitions by artists not seen at the gallery previously, Dustin Yellin in the main gallery and Tom Mueske in the project space.</p> <p>It has rarely been the case that the curatorial premise involves such a strong parallel between exhibitions as in this incidence with the conceptual nature of drawing central to the conversation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <center>DUSTIN YELLIN</center> <p>New York based artist, Dustin Yellin creates visually stunning sculptural objects by pouring many layers of resin each of which receives a meticulously drawn ink or acrylic gesture on its surface. This additive process when viewed in aggregate creates an illusion of dimensional biomorphic forms suspended in transparent blocks.</p> <p>When viewed frontally these drawings organize into shapes reminiscent of specimens or microorganisms in suspension that belay their method of creation. Fully dimensional they mimic carefully preserved specimens collected for some unknown scientific purpose.</p> <p>Viewed from the side however, the frame shifts exposing these organisms to deconstruction as they are once again seen as the delicate strokes of ink they are. The viewers experience of these natural forms is in a stage of suspended animation with no reference to time, yet they are crafted painstakingly by hand layer after layer which is all about time.</p> <p>A material and conceptual conundrum.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <center>TOM MUESKE</center> <p>Tom Mueske on the other hand is very direct that his work is less about effect and all about process.</p> <p>His meticulous and almost obsessive works on paper are made using multi colored markers comprised by individual gestures energetically and whimsically layed down to cover the page. These lines are then systematically and thoroughly damped down, each contained by an outline of oppressive black ink.</p> <p>An internal hierarchy of decision-making and a strong sense of time inherent in the process hold the viewers eye while a sense of release yet containment contribute to the tension and resonance in the work.</p> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 02:37:55 +0000 Group Show - San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) - August 3rd, 2007 - September 22nd, 2007 <p>The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art is proud to present NextNew2007, an annual exhibition featuring work of emerging artists. This year 11 promising MFA graduates throughout the state of California , handpicked by prominent professors, will be on view from August 3 &ndash; September 22, 2007. The opening reception will take place August 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.&nbsp;<br /><br />This year the ICA invited distinguished faculty from MFA programs throughout the state of California to nominate recent graduates to exhibit in NextNew2007. The works in the exhibition reflect the broad perspectives present in the contemporary artistic landscape, showing innovative approaches to new media, installation, photography, painting and sculptural work.&nbsp;<br /><br />Faculty nominators include: John Baldessari, University of California, Los Angeles; Enrique Chagoya, Stanford University; Lewis deSoto, San Francisco State University; Amy Ellingson, San Francisco Art Institute; Johanna Poethig, California State University, Monterey Bay; Maria Porges, California College of the Arts; Lucy Puls, University of California, Davis; Ron Nagle, Mills College; Katherine Sherwood, University of California, Berkeley; Catherine Wagner, Mills College; Stan Welsh, San Jose State University; and Michael Woodcock, Pitzer College.&nbsp;<br /><br />The emerging artists selected by this esteemed group of nominators are Binta Ayofemi, Jennifer Brandon, Ali Dadgar, Ema Harris-Sintamarian, Mary Elisabeth Higgins O&rsquo;Connor, Lauren Lavitt, Tom Mueske, Amy Sampson, Kim Schoenstadt, Susan van der Mellen, and Allison Watkins.</p> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 20:11:22 +0000 Group Show - Southern Exposure - November 4th, 2005 - December 21st, 2005 Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:31:35 +0000 Chris McCaw, Kota Ezawa, Maurizio Anzeri, Allison Smith - Haines Gallery - July 7th - September 3rd <p>This summer, Haines Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition entitled <em>The</em><em> <em>Stand-ins</em></em>, featuring new and recent works by Maurizio Anzeri, Kota Ezawa, Chris McCaw, and Allison Smith. Many of the works included in this exhibition use photographic and digital images not simply to depict persons, things, or phenomena, but to stand in for them&mdash; images becoming objects that act as surrogates for that which has been lost, forgotten, stolen, or otherwise unseen.</p> <p><strong>Maurizio Anzeri</strong> (b. 1969, Italian; lives and works in London) embroiders onto vintage photographs with colored thread, producing unforgettable, otherworldly portraits that are as surreal as they are sublime. Serious-looking children, sophisticated adults, and prim newlyweds are all utterly transformed by Anzeri&rsquo;s vivid, precise filigree of obsessive threadwork. In Anzeri&rsquo;s deft hands, what was once a traditional photo portrait becomes something else entirely: a sculptural, diagrammatic artwork in which long-forgotten faces are recovered from flea market hinterlands and revived, stitch by stich. As Anzeri has remarked on his uncanny artworks, &ldquo;As long as something creates a reaction, it&rsquo;s alive.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Kota Ezawa</strong>&rsquo;s (b. 1969, German-Japanese-American; lives and works in Berlin and San Francisco) latest body of work examines the infamous 1990 theft at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Extant only in photographs, two of the stolen artworks&mdash;Manet&rsquo;s <em>Chez Tortoni</em> and Vermeer&rsquo;s <em>The Concert</em>&mdash;reappear here in Ezawa&rsquo;s reductive style as custom-made light boxes precisely sized to mimic the scale of the missing originals. Reflecting on his new body of work, he states, &ldquo;Painters working before 1850, like Rembrandt and Vermeer, were essentially the photographers of their time. The new series extends my project <em>The History of Photography Remix</em> into the pre-photographic age of images. I feel compelled to produce an exhibition dealing with &lsquo;stolen art works&rsquo; because my own process of appropriation could be regarded as a form of image theft. One could say I&rsquo;m hoping to steal these images back and give them a new life.&rdquo; Also on view is Ezawa&rsquo;s newest multimedia work, <em>TV Buddha Garden</em> (2016), which fuses the artist&rsquo;s take on two of Nam June Paik&rsquo;s well-known installations, <em>TV Buddha</em> and <em>TV Garden</em>.</p> <p><strong>Chris McCaw</strong>&rsquo;s (b. 1971, American; lives and works in Pacifica, CA) artistic practice is firmly rooted in the history of photography, even as the artist pushes the medium in new directions. In his <em>Sunburn</em> series, the lenses in the artist&rsquo;s handmade cameras function as magnifying glasses, allowing the sun to literally burn its path across light-sensitive negatives that are often solarized, creating a natural reversal of tonality through over-exposure&mdash;process. In <em>Sunburned GSP #704 (Pacific Ocean, sunset in 11 frames)</em>, 2013, the remarkable eleven-panel piece included in this exhibition, the subject of the photograph (the sun) disrupts the idea that a photograph is simply a representation of reality&mdash;instead becoming a physical embodiment of the earth&rsquo;s movement and the passage of time.</p> <p>Open-air and living history museums have long interested <strong>Allison Smith</strong> (b. 1972, American; lives and works in Oakland, CA), whose multidisciplinary practice often repurposes the material culture associated with early American life and its reenactment. Smith&rsquo;s <em>Itinerant Bedding, Connor Prairie, Indiana</em> (2013) begins with such a site:&nbsp; Prairietown, a &ldquo;historic&rdquo; but fictional 1836 pioneer community populated with &ldquo;Interpreters&rdquo; (actors) dressed in period clothing who play various roles (town blacksmith, potter, etc.). In this installation, photographs of a modest Prairietown bed (essentially a stage prop) have been printed onto fabric and transformed into a soft sculpture&mdash;thus becoming a surrogate version of the object they depict. Rather than feeling lost in the <em>mise-en-abyme</em> viewers will recognize something very contemporary in this makeshift sleeping place, which brings to mind the familiar urgencies of homelessness and the struggles of refugees around the world.</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 21:55:00 +0000 Taha Heydari - Haines Gallery - July 7th - September 3rd <p>Haines Gallery is pleased to present <em>Corrupted</em>, an exhibition of recent paintings by Taha Heydari (b. 1986, Tehran, Iran; lives and works in Baltimore, MD). The exhibition marks the first time this promising artist&rsquo;s work has been exhibited on the West Coast.</p> <p>Taha Heydari&rsquo;s striking, large-scale canvases reflect the artist&rsquo;s ongoing interest in the power of images and the role of the spectator in the stagecraft of both politics and terror. Throughout the work, there is an emphasis on historic moments and current events that highlight the complex relationships between observer and image, viewer and viewed.</p> <p>Heydari begins each new painting by culling from his growing archive of source material, gleaned from research in libraries and on the Internet, but these images are fragmented and combined until they evoke a mood, rather than a narrative. The beauty of Heydari&rsquo;s paintings invites closer inspection, which yields an array of ominous associations. <em>Dark Chamber</em> (2015), utilizes a well-known photograph of German POWs being forced by American troops to watch film footage of the concentration camps. The Holocaust returns in Heydari&rsquo;s <em>Minister of Public Enlightenment </em>(2016), which is based on a famous image of Joseph Goebbels called <em>The Eyes of Hate</em>&mdash;so named for the facial expression offered by the Nazi propagandist upon discovering that the photographer before him, Alfred Eisenstaedt, was Jewish. A glowing cruciform seen in the painting comes from an image of a Klu Klux Klan rally, as the artist fuses two iconic moments of malevolence. Elsewhere, the recent crises of the Middle East appear in works such as <em>Page 39</em> (2016), which fractures two lines in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran that address freedom of speech&mdash;distorted to mirror the perversions of law that have resulted in the imprisonment of journalists and artists in Heydari&rsquo;s home country.</p> <p>While these works may resemble digitalized images, they are achieved though Heydari&rsquo;s skilled usage of painterly techniques, rather than computer manipulation. Alternating between variously sized rollers and an airbrush, Heydari compiles layer upon layer of contrasting paint applications to carefully produce visual effects that approximate pixelization, glitch-like repetitions, and flashes of gradient color, &ldquo;questioning the relationship between an actual event and its representation online, or through a screen,&rdquo; the artist explains. The exhibition&rsquo;s title comes from this dual nature of Heydari&rsquo;s practice: through a set of formal devices, the artist produces works that suggest corrupted image files, while the underlying photographic sources of his paintings reverberate with corruption of other kinds: political and ethical corrosion, but also the cruel and corrupting impact of certain images themselves. </p> <p>Taha Heydari&rsquo;s work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, NY (2015) and the Azad Art Gallery, Tehran, IR (2011 and 2010), and has been featured in group exhibitions at venues that include the Touch Gallery, Cambridge, MA (2014); Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam, NL (2013); the Mah Mehr Art Gallery, Tehran, IR (2012); the De Winkelhaak Gallery, Antwerp, BE (2012); the 1x1 Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2012); Frameless Gallery, London, UK (2011); the Freies Museum, Berlin, DE (2011); and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran (2009). Heydari received his BFA from the Art University of Tehran and an MFA from Maryland Institute of <br /> Contemporary Art.</p> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 21:50:43 +0000 Claude Roux - Sculpturesite Gallery - May 29th - July 9th <p><strong>Sculpturesite Gallery</strong> is pleased to introduce the work of French artist <strong>Claude Roux. La Vie</strong> is <strong>Roux</strong>&rsquo;s first exhibition in the US. She is foremost a creator of drawings and ceramic sculpture, but she is also an author of complex human characters who live full lives. Her depiction of men, women and children, nude or clothed, is profoundly humanist. <strong>Roux</strong> has no patience for unrealistically slim figures. Her &ldquo;people&rdquo; are of the earth, undeniably alive and formed by tangible life experiences that we can each personally recognize or project as we please. As an artist, she has created her own &ldquo;beautiful&rdquo;. She continues her practice and shows in various galleries, chapels and chateaux in France.</p> <p>For a quick glance inside the artist&rsquo;s studio, <strong>Sculpturesite</strong> visited the artist <strong>Claude Roux</strong> at her atelier in the south of France and produced an introductory film as part of <strong>Sculpturesite</strong>&rsquo;s video series &ldquo;Inside the Sculptor&rsquo;s Studio.&rdquo; To see what inspires this artist&rsquo;s work go here: <a title="Claude Roux: La Vie" href="" target="_self" rel="nofollow"><strong>Claude Roux: La Vie</strong></a></p> Sat, 18 Jun 2016 17:26:08 +0000