ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 - SOMArts Cultural Center - October 7th - November 4th Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:35:03 +0000 Zhong Yueying - Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco - September 10th - October 29th <p><strong>Chinese Culture Center.</strong> <em>Episode 2016: Mind Flows With Brush</em>: This exhibition is curated by Professor Qian Zhijian, Assistant Professor of Art History at City University of New York and features the ink-based works of Zhong Yueying, an artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Instead of manipulating the ink, the artist allows the brush to take unpredicted journeys, flowing freely, leaving hand and mind unstrained. The works present a sensational, cartographic experience, mapping the new continent located within one's inner universe. By bringing world class artists to the neighborhood <em>Mind Flows With Brush</em> elevates the community and is a part of the CCC&rsquo;s art movement &ldquo;Building Our Town.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:14:37 +0000 Group Show - 1AM SF - August 25th - September 15th <p style="text-align: justify;">A visual tribute to the most gracefully rebellious souls, &ldquo;Motel Mademoiselle&rdquo; features a body of work that seduces you into an alternate reality where the Queen is King and the Lady is the Law&hellip; Join us Thursday, August 25th, from 6:30-9:30pm for an opening reception. Beats provided by&nbsp;<a href="">B-Side Brujas</a>!<br /><br />Check in and celebrate a collection of women who invite you, through their eyes, into a vibrant and wildly uninhibited universe. Curated by Erin Jacobs, Motel Mademoiselle features multi-faceted works by Deb, Bud Snow, Elrod, Amanda Payne, Franceska Gamez, CHUNEED, Coneja, Nina (Girl Mobb), Yenta, Moe Alvarez &amp; Midnite Maven.<br /><br />Motel Mademoiselle is a nod to noble women: youthful at heart and ageless in spirit, beautiful souls imagining luxurious dreams within the chaotic city scape. A curtsey to both the demure and the daring alike, Motel Mademoiselle is a bubbling toast to the daytime hustlers and renegade artists of the night. The ravishing. The radical.</p> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:37:15 +0000 - SOMArts Cultural Center - September 15th 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Coalition on Homelessness 16th annual</strong><br /><strong>Art Auction Transforms Art into Action</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Coalition on Homelessness is gearing up for the muchanticipated&nbsp;16th annual Art Auction, an event that channels the creative energies of&nbsp;local artists to raise funds to end poverty and homelessness in San Francisco. Under&nbsp;the tag line &ldquo;Transforming Art into Action &bull; A Right to a Roof&rdquo;, the organization will&nbsp;be celebrating another year of successful advocacy that found housing for hundreds&nbsp;of homeless families, kept SFPD from adopting Tasers, supported the livelihood of&nbsp;250 Street Sheet vendors, and pushed San Francisco&rsquo;s criminalization of homeless&nbsp;people into international discourse.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Coalition on Homelessness is a grassroots social justice organization dedicated&nbsp;to the elimination of homelessness and its social, political, and economic causes. Our&nbsp;bottom-up organizing model ensures the voices of some of the most disenfranchised&nbsp;San Franciscans lead the fight against homelessness.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">We will be celebrating and raising money for this very special organization at our&nbsp;16th annual art auction fundraiser held at SOMArts in San Francisco. The event has&nbsp;something to offer everyone! Bid on beautiful work by over 150 local artists in our&nbsp;live and silent auctions, shake your ass to live music by Mission Delirium, enter to&nbsp;win exciting raffle prizes, and enjoy a complimentary dinner. We will also have an&nbsp;open wine and beer bar as well as live tortilla screen-printing by the Great Tortilla&nbsp;Conspiracy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Come support the Coalition on Homelessness and enjoy this wonderful event.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more information visit;or e-mail:;</p> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:10:45 +0000 Emil Alzamora - Sculpturesite Gallery - September 2nd - October 14th <p>September 2 - October 14, 10:30 - 5:30, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon</p> <p>Sculpturesite Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition of new works by Emil Alzamora, along with the release of the latest Sculpturesite video in the series Inside the Sculptor's Studio, featuring the artist at work in his studio in Beacon, New York. Emil Alzamora gave Sculpturesite Gallery an exclusive look into his intriguing creative process. Working as a full time sculptor since 2001, Alzamora has been exploring the human figure in a variety of novel ways. <br /><br />"In Alzamora's work," writes Brienne Walsh in, "viewers can experience strange, fantastic things happening to other bodies, and leave assured that nothing will happen to our own. There's a pleasure in the dark undertones." There is an evident fascination with strange distortions in Alzamora's work; not entirely as a creepy invitation to walk on the wild side, although that is definitely part of it, but as a deep exploration of what it means to be human and show one's emotional makeup and overpowering fears. <br /><br />Emil Alzamora is also intrigued by how social media is changing the way people relate in profound ways. He posits that there is an evolution of the human species that has begun and is inevitable. His asexual human figures that are sometimes physically connected may indicate new Siamese connections: forehead-to-cheek, as in "Swarm", or feet-to-belly as in "Phorphyrian Tree", included in the online exhibition.<br /><br />One cannot describe Emil Alzamora's work without mentioning his love of materials and processes. He considers his studio his private laboratory, where he pushes chemistry and physics to extremes in his mixtures of plaster, resin, clay, glass, wood, metal and stone powders. Although very much steeped in the present from a conceptual point of view, and in the play zone while in his studio, Alzamora is always, in the end, concerned with a profound sense of aesthetics. This is what creates multiple layers of appreciation, and ultimately makes his work so appealing.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:44:29 +0000 Victoria Heilweil - Rayko Photo Center - September 14th - October 14th <p class="Body">Victoria Heilweil has been devoted to a project that is very personal for her. Turning her camera away from her home, she has put her energy into a documentary series that is important not just for her, but for many. For the past 20 years Heilweil has been an educator and she currently has a child in a San Francisco public school.&nbsp; The artist had become angry, frustrated and incredulous at how teachers are portrayed in the media; and that they are blamed and vilified for our mounting issues in education.&nbsp; To quote Heilweil, &ldquo;My first hand experience of being excessively micro managed when I was an instructor at a certain college, and shock at how little funds my daughter&rsquo;s classroom was given for yearly supplies, motivated me to start photographing. &ldquo;</p> <p class="Body">San Francisco is facing a substantial teacher shortage.&nbsp; A few months ago the <a href="" rel="nofollow">Sunday Chronicle</a> featured a cover story about how teachers are being priced out of the Bay Area, and that in nearly all other districts are paid more than in our city.&nbsp; Yet despite this, all the educators Heilweil met were sincere and incredibly committed to their jobs. They really embody the idea of <a href="" rel="nofollow">&ldquo;No Child Left Behind&rdquo;</a> (not just the name of President Bush&rsquo;s legislative act, but also the title of Heilweil&rsquo;s long term project). The teachers were unwilling to let kids slip through the cracks and fought for them to succeed. They love their jobs and are inspiring and inspired.</p> <p class="Body">Victoria Mara Heilweil believes strongly in the importance and power of education.&nbsp; &ldquo;No Child Left Behind&rdquo;celebrates K-12 educators, showing them with compassion and grace in order to pay respect to the selfless people that do such an important and overlooked job. Her project is a love letter to teachers: her heroes.</p> <p class="Body">This work will be on view at Rayko Photo Center from September 14<sup>th</sup> &ndash; October 14<sup>th</sup> with an <a href="" rel="nofollow">opening reception</a> on September 14<sup>th</sup>, from 6-8pm, shortly after school begins this fall. A perfect time to celebrate these educators!</p> <p class="Body">There will also be a screening of &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow">Oyler</a>,&rdquo; a documentary film by Amy Scott about a Cincinnati public school fighting poverty in its Urban Appalachian neighborhood, on October 13<sup>th</sup> at 7pm at RayKo. Not to be missed!</p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 01:38:19 +0000 Mark Citret - Rayko Photo Center - September 14th - October 14th <p>I've been lucky enough to see&nbsp;Mark Citret's work in person at a few different venues. As a platinum printer, it takes a lot for me to be seduced by a print...and not only was I drawn in by the beauty and craft of Citret's prints, but I was so impressed that I bought one: an image of a perfect conical mountain rising above a flat sea with a shadow devouring the peak. Sublime. So when Mark mentioned that he was making a book of the landscape he'd always dreamed of, I had to wonder what that was if it wasn't the print I'd purchased.</p> <p>In fact, the landscape he's always dreamed of is a massive construction site in the southwest corner of San Francisco. Well that got my attention. His title for this series of pictures is "Parallel Landscapes" and his goal of this project finally becoming a book has been realized. His monograph is being released this September with a special book launch and exhibition at RayKo Photo Center on September 14<sup>th</sup>, 6-8pm. Citret has been waiting for more than 20 years for this collection of images to be published as he made these photographs between1990 and 1993. To be specific, he selected 47 photographs, distilled down from the over one hundred finished pieces this project generated. It's his personal feeling that these photographs constitute the finest body of work he's produced in his 50 plus years as a photographer.</p> <p>The artist states that, "Without pride or embarrassment, I can say that I find the rebar and concrete of a construction site every bit as beautiful as fir trees delicately outlined by freshly fallen snow, and the apparent solidity of an office building as lyrical and ephemeral as fog floating over a sunlit ocean. Perhaps that is why photography, (at least in the way I practice it), while irrevocably tied to the way things literally appear, is nonetheless a magical medium of the imagination."</p> <p>The single motivating factor that runs through all of Citret's work is the simple fact that he finds the world to be an endlessly fascinating "visual smorgasbord." The camera is the perfect instrument, and photography the perfect medium, to respond to this stimulation. This artist is still devoted to film and the large format camera. All of the photographs for this book were made with a 4x5 view camera with a variety of lenses (for those of us that want to geek out, they were shot on Kodak T-Max 100 film, developed in Agfa Rodinal and carefully printed in the darkroom).</p> <p>Here is an excerpt from Citret's own introduction to the book, which expresses the nature of the work and the excitement he felt while producing it:</p> <p><em>"With every visit I was treated to new places to stand- places that did not exist the day before, and that could well be gone the next&hellip;The images appeared on the ground glass, that 4x5 inch frame whose edges determined all that would be included, and all that would be excluded. I felt like a miner who was unable to even begin digging, because the gold nuggets were just lying there on the surface, waiting to be gathered like so many fallen apples...</em></p> <p><em>From 1990 to 1993 I chronicled the continuing metamorphosis: excavation to foundations; foundations to walls and columns; walls and columns to enclosed rooms and cavernous chambers.</em></p> <p><em>It was a mythic hydra of steel and stone: growing new heads, sprouting appendages, shedding and regenerating its skin, and constantly revealing itself anew. Sunshine and open sky gave way to what little daylight could find its way through doors or skylights. Powerful halogen lamps illuminated the darkened depths. </em></p> <p><em>It was a mythic hydra of steel and stone: growing new heads, sprouting appendages, shedding and regenerating its skin, and constantly revealing itself anew. Sunshine and open sky gave way to what little daylight could find its way through doors or skylights. Powerful halogen lamps illuminated the darkened depths.&nbsp;As they were completed, entire buildings were backfilled beneath the sand. It was as if it were a massive archeological dig, somehow thrown into reverse. It was the landscape I had always dreamed of.</em>&nbsp;<em>Perhaps that is why photography, (at least in the way I practice it), while irrevocably tied to the way things literally appear, is nonetheless a magical medium of the imagination. This construction site, which when completed was the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant, or in laymen's terms, a sewage treatment plant, was, and remains, the most intriguing landscape I have ever photographed."</em></p> <p>There's nothing I appreciate more than absolute obsession and passion. And gorgeous gelatin silver prints of compelling photographs. Come see for yourself on opening night and grab a copy of Mark Citret&rsquo;s long awaited monograph!</p> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 01:35:35 +0000 Live Auction Gala - San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) - October 22nd 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM <p>The 36<sup>th</sup> Annual Live Auction Gala on October 22nd will feature works by Bay Area-based, national and international artists. The selection of work in the exhibition reflects the ICA&rsquo;s continued commitment to including nationally and internationally recognized artists in its exhibition program. Held in a sophisticated gallery setting with a professional auctioneer, Live Auction guests actively bid on a wide range of work including paintings, photography, works on paper, sculpture, and mixed media pieces by nearly 200 artists. Tickets and information can be found at or by calling 408-283-8155.</p> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:30:05 +0000 Silent Auction and Party - San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) - October 8th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>The 36th Annual Silent Auction and Party on October 8th will feature works by Bay Area-based, national and international artists. The selection of work in the exhibition reflects the ICA&rsquo;s continued commitment to including nationally and internationally recognized artists in its exhibition program. Held in a sophisticated gallery setting, Silent Auction guests bid on a wide range of work including paintings, photography, works on paper, sculpture, and mixed media pieces by nearly 200 artists. Tickets and information can be found at or by calling 408-283-8155.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:25:28 +0000 opening reception - San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) - October 2nd 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM <p>Now in its 36th year, the highly anticipated 2016 Annual Art Exhibition and Auction offers unique opportunities for art enthusiasts and collectors to view and acquire contemporary artwork by rising stars and celebrated artists whose work reflects vibrant, eclectic styles and interests. Admission to the Opening Reception on October 2nd is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs from September 24th through October 22nd. Tickets and information can be found at or by calling 408-283-8155.</p> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:15:58 +0000 Shinichi Iova-Koga, inkBoat - Mills College Art Museum - September 14th - December 11th <p>Mills College Art Museum (MCAM) is pleased to announce <em>The 96<sup>th</sup> Ritual (for Anna Halprin)</em> on view from September 14 to December 11, 2016. Featuring photography, video, scores, and installation, <em>The 96<sup>th</sup> Ritual (for Anna Halprin)</em> documents the performance project <em>95 Rituals</em>, directed by Shinichi Iova-Koga, performed by physical theatre company inkBoat, and presented by Dancers&rsquo; Group in 2015. Dedicated to post modern dance pioneer Anna Halprin&rsquo;s 95<sup>th</sup> birthday, <em>95 Rituals</em> culminated in performances at the Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco.</p> <p>Anna Halprin is a visionary Bay Area artist whose work has radically expanded the purpose, process, and content of dance-making over seven decades. To inform their process, Iova-Koga and inkBoat researched Halprin&rsquo;s intentions and working methods, which emphasize individual, spontaneous movement, and incorporate chance-generated techniques to determine the choreography in the moment.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:00:59 +0000 Patti Smith - Mills College Art Museum - September 14th - December 11th <p>The Mills College Art Museum (MCAM) and the F. W. Olin Library are pleased to announce <strong><em>Root Connection: 20 Years of The Patti Smith Collection,</em></strong>on view from September 14 to December 11, 2016. This expansive exhibition features rare and unique materials&ndash;<strong><em>many never exhibited in public</em></strong>&ndash;from the Special Collections of the Mills F.W. Olin Library. Photographs (both of and by Smith), publications, recordings, and ephemera are showcased together to highlight the breadth of Smith&rsquo;s artistic experimentation across disciplines including (and not limited to) poetry, music, and photography.</p> <p>Co-curated by Mills College Art Museum Director, Dr. Stephanie Hanor, Library Director and Special Collections Curator, Janice Braun, and Smith donor and collector, Robert Byler, this two-location exhibition presents an unusual and intimate examination of Smith&rsquo;s work from multiple perspectives, demonstrating the artist&rsquo;s on-going innovativeness and influence.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:47:00 +0000 Dana Hart-Stone - Brian Gross Fine Art - September 10th - October 29th <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>Dana Hart-Stone</strong></p> <p align="center"><em>A Western Trip</em></p> <p align="center"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p align="center">September 10 &ndash; October 29, 2016</p> <p align="center">Reception for the artist: Saturday, September 10, 4-6pm</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Brian Gross Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of <em>A Western Trip</em>, a solo exhibition of paintings by Bay Area artist Dana Hart-Stone, on September 10, 2016, with a reception from 4-6pm.&nbsp; On view will be six new paintings, including two mural-sized works, created through the artist&rsquo;s continued exploration of vintage imagery, intricate patterning, and nostalgic remembrance.&nbsp; The exhibition will be on view through October 29, 2016.&nbsp;</p> <p>Each painting featured in <em>A Western Trip</em> is created through the appropriation of vintage American vernacular photographs to create vivid, intricate patterns printed onto raw canvas. &nbsp;Hart-Stone&rsquo;s repetitive use of imagery creates the feeling of a cinematic narrative, one whose story and meaning are left deliberately ambiguous.&nbsp; Digitally stitched together into fields of memory, Hart-Stone&rsquo;s paintings pay homage to the personal histories of everyday people, while simultaneously recalling the collective history of the American west.&nbsp;</p> <p>While each of Hart-Stone&rsquo;s works takes a nostalgic view, they are also studies in geometric abstraction and harmonic combinations of color.&nbsp; To create his patterns the artist employs the technique of serial repetition, often using a mirroring effect to amplify his motifs.&nbsp; The patterns are infused with saturated, vibrant color.&nbsp; In the title painting <em>A Western Trip</em>, a 13-foot mural, Hart-Stone has composed elaborately staggered, vertical bands of imagery to create a dynamic backdrop on which he has overlain iconic images of western rural life, including two women wrestling with a mule and a cavalry of hunters on horseback. &nbsp;Hart-Stone&rsquo;s manipulations on canvas achieve the effect of simultaneously imprinting his imagery in the viewer&rsquo;s mind, while also dissolving their pictorial foundations into the realm of abstraction.&nbsp;</p> <p>Born in Billings, Montana, Dana Hart-Stone attended Montana State University in Bozeman, and received his B.A. from San Francisco State University in 1997. His paintings and commissions can be found in numerous private and public collections, including the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA and the Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA.&nbsp; This is his third show with Brian Gross Fine Art.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information or visuals, please contact: Greg Flood, Assistant Director, at (415) 788-1050 or <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Brian Gross Fine Art</strong></p> <p>248 Utah Street</p> <p>San Francisco, CA 94103</p> <p>(415) 788-1050</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11-6 pm</p> <p></p> <p></p> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:17:10 +0000 Afshin Chizari, Arash Fayez, Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, Babak Kazemi, Elham Rokni, Aram Tahmasebi. - fouladi projects - September 9th - October 29th <p>After Party<br />Opening Reception September 9, 6 &ndash; 8pm.<br />Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Video Installation<br />by Afshin Chizari, Arash Fayez, Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, Babak Kazemi, Elham<br />Rokni, Aram Tahmasebi.<br />The title After Party refers to events that transpired after The Iranian Revolution.<br />Artworks in the exhibition were created by artists born in Iran after 1979.<br />The revolution started with a significant amount of excitement. However, many<br />changes in a relatively short period of time have shaped a complex post<br />revolutionary experience. Some of the artists grew up during the eight year-long<br />Iran Iraq war while others have memories of immigration and dislocation. Then<br />there are the hopeful and rebellious new internet generation - the Iranian<br />millennials that the world has yet to see.<br />Fouladi Projects is pleased to present a group exhibition of thoughtful and vibrant<br />artwork influenced by a nation that - because of regime change and sanctions -<br />has been hidden away from the rest of the world for many years.<br />On view September 9 thru Oct 29, 2016</p> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:08:15 +0000