ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/show en-us 40 multiple artists - San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) - September 27th - October 25th <p>Now in its 34<sup>th</sup> year, the <em>2014 Annual Auction Exhibition</em> provides unique opportunities for art enthusiasts and collectors to view and purchase artwork by rising stars and celebrated artists whose work reflects the scope of the artworld&rsquo;s vibrant and eclectic styles and interests. The exhibition will feature works by national and internationally acclaimed contemporary artists including paintings, photography, and works on paper, sculpture, mixed media and installation pieces. Among the more than 100 artists on view will be <strong>Val Britton, Ligorano/Reese, Frank Lobdell, Chris McCaw, Manuel Neri </strong>and <strong>Gustavo Ramos Rivera.</strong> New artists included this year for the first time: <strong>Charlotta Haukdottir, Victoria Heilweil, Meghann Riepenhoff</strong> and Barcelona-based photographer <strong>Max de Esteban. </strong>For information on how to attend the auction, call 408-283-8155.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:12:38 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Group Show - Vessel Gallery - July 22nd - August 16th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">&ldquo;Shades of Summer&rdquo; opens doors July 22nd for previewing this group show.</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">OPENS<strong>&nbsp;AUG 1, 6-9PM&nbsp;</strong>during Oakland Art Murmur.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Vessel Gallery brings together paintings by William Harsh, Mari Marks, Walter James Mansfield, Sanjay Vora, Beili Liu, Tim Rice, Thekla Hammond, and Cheryl Calleri, and sculptures by Donald Fortescue, Cyrus Tilton, and Gordon Glasgow! A summer showcase of our stable of artist's works.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">NOTE Vessel Gallery is hosting its&rsquo; &ldquo;Catch Us If You Can&rdquo; summer hours through August.&nbsp; If you are planning to visit our gallery, please phone&nbsp;<a href="tel:510%20893%208800" target="_blank">510 893 8800</a>&nbsp;us so we can be sure not to miss you!&nbsp; In September we will resume our regular hours&nbsp;Tuesdaythrough&nbsp;Saturday 11AM-6PM.</span></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:49:55 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - August 23rd 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM <p><br /> Explore the extraordinary traditions and world-wide influence of Persian art through this new four-part lecture series highlighting current research happening in the field. David Stronach, University of California at Berkeley professor emeritus of Near Eastern art and archaeology, kicks off the museum&rsquo;s new Perspectives on Persian Art series with a lively talk about the influence of traditional Persian gardens in Asia and Europe.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:19:21 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - August 15th 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM <p>As an important feature of the history of religious traditions, the history of Iranian religious beliefs and its influences are presented from pre-historic times to the advent of Islam. Included are Zoroastrianism, Mithraism, Manicheism, and Mazdakism. Highlighted will be the trajectory of some universal concepts first introduced in Iranian religious thought and its genetic and historical relations with other major religions of the world.</p> <p>This lecture will be a good pre-cursor to the Arts of Asia Fall Series on Arts of the Islamic World. Dr. Mitra Ara is Professor and Founding Director of the Persian Studies Program at San Francisco State University.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:17:09 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - August 14th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>How do artists use food, sex, physicality and clothing to seduce and deceive the viewer? Tina Takemoto explores how race and sexuality are deployed in artworks presented in <em>Gorgeous</em> that engage with cross-dressing, masquerade, embodiment and ethnic drag.</p> <p>Gorgeous Idea events are informal, impromptu in-gallery conversations facilitated by scholars, artists, filmmakers and writers who explore ideas arising from the artwork on view in the exhibition <em>Gorgeous</em>. Each facilitator will present an idea that piques his or her curiosity and host a session to investigate it through two or three artworks.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:14:45 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - August 2nd 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM <p>Mugwumpin, a risk-taking, award-winning theater and performance ensemble in San Francisco, joins forces with acclaimed photographer Pak Han to bring visions of lush beauty to life.</p> <p>Through a series of interactions with Mugwumpin, audiences are invited to delve into an appetite for the ravishing and sublime. The performance will result in a presentation of photographic images that becomes part of an ever-growing mosaic of beauty and grit.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:10:13 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - August 30th 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM <p>Enjoy the museum's collections and drink a bowl of whisked green tea with traditional Japanese sweets while learning about the art of seasonality and display from local tea school Chado Urasenke Tankokai San Francisco Association. Seating is limited and first come, first served.</p> <p>Tea Room, second floor, Japan Gallery</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:50:32 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Jung Ran Bae - Asian Art Museum - August 28th 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM <p>How do you fill an empty space with a sensory experience? Artist Jung Ran Bae takes this question as a source of inspiration to create an experience where touch, sight and sound help to shift perceptions of Samsung Hall, on the second floor, into a more sensual and sensorial space.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:44:56 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - August 24th 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM <p>Enjoy the art and culture of Korea in this annual <em>Hanguk</em>-style (Korean-style) celebration! View the special exhibition <em>Gorgeous</em>, and experience provocative artworks through a variety of programs and presentations by Korean artists.</p> <p>Fuelled by the success of Korean dramas and K-pop music, interest in Korea continues to grow, encompassing other aspects of Korean culture, such as <em>Hangul</em> (Korean alphabet), <em>hansik</em> (Korean food) and <em>hanbok</em> (traditional Korean clothing). Korea Day focuses on fresh directions inspired by Korea&rsquo;s traditional culture and features visual and performing artists who showcase the depth and breadth of Korean arts and culture.</p> <p>&nbsp;This program is presented in conjunction with the special exhibition <em>Gorgeous </em>andis co-organized with and made possible by the Korea Foundation.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:29:26 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - July 29th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p><br /> Get wrapped up in the performance artwork<em> Evoco</em>, artist Midori's contribution to <em>My Gorgeous Fetish</em>, a night exploring the meanings and possibilities of the word &ldquo;fetish.&rdquo; Midori&rsquo;s performance will erode and generate boundaries in equal measure, combining flowers, Japanese rope bondage, flesh and sumi ink to transform a moving body into a series of restrained sculptures and residual prints.</p> <p><em>My Gorgeous Fetish </em>will include a gallery talk by Jeff Durham, assistant curator of Himalayan art at the Asian Art Museum, titled <em>Gold Rush: The Aura of an Ore</em> as a part of the Gorgeous Idea talk series.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:21:13 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - August 3rd - August 3rd <p>Explore art and ideas through immersive storytelling, fun gallery activities, creative art making and more during Family Fun Day, designed for preschool and kinder families. Themes and projects change regularly.</p> <p>July through September, make the ordinary extraordinary with projects inspired by the special exhibition <em>Gorgeous</em>. Explore elements of art through texture books, mixed-media portrait boxes and reusable pattern bags.</p> <p>First and Third Sundays, August 3, 17</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:16:53 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - June 20th - September 14th <p>A selection of 72 stunning artworks drawn from the collections of the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), <em>Gorgeous</em> challenges visitors to confront the extremes and the ambiguities of beauty.</p> <p>On view at the Asian Art Museum, this special exhibition features an extraordinary mix of objects, spanning more than 2,200 years and dozens of cultures to bring together artworks that, in a variety of ways, extend beyond conventional notions of beauty. Presenting these paintings, sculptures, photographs, design objects and drawings in new and unexpected contexts using an experimental approach, the exhibition aims to stimulate viewers to examine their ideas of what it means for something to be gorgeous.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:09:14 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list William Schwob, Ron Weil - Vessel Gallery - September 13th 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM <p>Meet the artists and tour the exhibited artworks with curator director Lonnie Lee.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:40:20 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list William Schwob, Ron Weil - Vessel Gallery - August 21st - September 27th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Creative process can take humans on a journey into the unknown.&nbsp; This show reveals the human desire for discovery, in search of exploration, in search of a new place, being taken by that feeling of exhilaration at seeing something for the first time; uncovering, unearthing.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">[Ron Weil's work is improvisational and full of risks, truly in search of that moment when chance meets discovery. Ron is focused, passionate, and adept at setting up limitations, working well under constraints.&nbsp; I marvel at how prolific this artist is with simple materials: charcoal and paper.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">William Schwob is a practiced professional photographer and formally trained as a painter and conceptual site-specific photographer. Most recently he has expanded his mediums to include clay, dedicating time towards making life-size figurative ceramic sculpture. This artist relinquishes control over his belabored clay sculptures by placing them in a Japanese wood fired anagama kiln. His approach towards his converging subjects of landscape and figure, are&nbsp; compelling to me.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Both artists have a thirst for discovery of themselves in the act of making life-changing work. Both artists have become transformed from their previous callings; both demonstrate a high level of discipline with their passion of their art practice. Each in their own way is an interpreter, a recorder of this experience.&nbsp; Bringing the two together seemed the most natural fit because they share a brightening of spirit and a renewed outburst of invention. I see these works as metaphors for possibility; these artists and their works balance maturity and wisdom of life with an unquenchable thirst and drive for development of insight, helped by the accumulation of experience that only comes through time spent living. I see exceptional creativity in Ron and Bill. They are proof that aging can make people more liberal, more free, more lenient, and more radical in espousing progressive ideas and causes than during their middle years. Viewpoint continues to inspire and express regardless of society's awed focus on youth. Above all, maintaining the thrill of discovery is essential as we age. Picasso observed, &ldquo;It is enthusiasm of which we have the most need, we (the mature) and the young.&rdquo; ]</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;&mdash;<strong>&nbsp;<em>Lonnie Lee</em></strong><em>, curator</em></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">"The medium of my drawings is powdered charcoal. I like its immediacy, simplicity, and intimacy. I push the charcoal into coherent marks on paper with air, water, and alcohol.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">I began using charcoal shortly after my wife died, but my choice of this grey medium had less to do with my grief than with the discovery of a new love: paper. I began to use drawing to fill the hole created by the absence of intimate daily communication. Now it's this new love that consumes me, and letting a day go by without putting charcoal to paper has become nearly impossible.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">My drawing process is improvisational, even dance-like; it is the visual equivalent of call-and-response singing. Starting from the first lines or forms I place on the paper, I react to what I see. I draw some more, respond, draw, repeat. I look for certain qualities: textural complexity within images of apparent simplicity; multiple possible focal points where shifts of attention lead to unexpected transformations of meaning; potentially jolting variations in scale; surfaces that arouse sensations like the feel of silk or sand or rock; depth that implies hidden space. It is unavoidable that elements occasionally appear to have figurative meaning, but this is not my objective. I prefer the hunt for the visually fresh and unfamiliar, the difficult to name; visual mystery and its concurrent tension.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">While my drawing process consists of paying attention to the immediate, evolving visual experience before me, I think my finished drawings address the concerns of my interior life: time, transformation, death, love, relationships, separation and isolation, beauty and discord. Drawing is how I engage in a daily conversation with the universe. The end product turns out to speak to my questions about life."&nbsp; &mdash;<em><strong>Ron Weil</strong></em></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>&nbsp;</em></span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em><br /></em><strong>RON WEIL</strong>&nbsp;was born in New York and grew up in Detroit. He studied economics at the University of Michigan followed by graduate work at Berkeley in both economics and a self-developed interdisciplinary study in urban geography. He has been a teacher at the high school and college levels as well as a real estate developer, urban planner, and community worker. He has made a living as a laborer, cab driver, and poker player.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Weil has been drawing since childhood, and his creative impulses have frequently caused his career plans to jump the track. While studying economics in grad school at Berkeley he took a year off to devote himself exclusively to black-and-white photography (he&rsquo;s always trying to figure out where his love of gray came from). He experimented with double exposure and printing techniques like solarization. After finishing school he spent a few years using silkscreen to make political posters (some of these got favorable notice in Mother Jones). &ldquo;Art kept popping up like a mushroom in the woods,&rdquo; he says.</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">In 2011, after the death of his wife, he dropped other pursuits and gave his full attention to art. His first effort was an enormous drawing on paper, a phantasmagoria expressing his feelings at the time. He created pieces that made use of the materials of his wife&rsquo;s sickroom. He took up pastels again, as he had often done in the past; but as had also happened before, he found himself lured away from color by the challenge of monochrome&mdash;gray, black, and white.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">One day, while shopping for charcoal sticks, Weil discovered powdered charcoal and powdered graphite. He experimented with both but dropped graphite because it was too easy to make something pretty: &ldquo;Graphite has its own inherent beauty that has nothing to do with me, only the material&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;It felt like cheating, a way to create beautiful stuff without soul.&rdquo;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">So he opted to work with the more challenging powdered charcoal. He developed a set of tools and discovered for himself a repertoire of techniques using natural forces (air and water) to produce images that, though produced rapidly, seem the result of slow natural processes. He works outdoors and has even tried to use the rain to assist in image-making. He says, &ldquo;I like the patterned randomness created by natural forces, but what really thrills me is the magic of discovery and surprise that comes from making work with this medium.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: small;">"My most recent work involves wood fired clay, one of the most basic of all materials, combined with a process that matches the medium perfectly and resonates with the subject material of the human form.&nbsp; In my exploration of the human form I expose the anatomy and combine invented architectural structure in a way that suggests both the fragility and strength of the human condition.&nbsp; My interest in wood firing began with my travels to Japan in the early 90&prime;s to the ceramic centers of Bizen and Shigaraki where I first encountered their beautiful ceramic works with their amazing surfaces and patinas of earth colors created by wood firing in large anagama kilns.&nbsp; The process is a collaboration between conscious intent and the unpredictable nature of wood firing.&nbsp; Initially, I model the clay directly, working with its specific characteristics and limitations. Once a form is completed, the clay is allowed to dry and is then bisque fired.&nbsp; I use no glazes on these works. The wood firing takes anywhere from 8 to 12 days and reaches temperatures of 2500 degrees.&nbsp; During this extended firing process the wood ash, minerals and salts, which are not combustible, begin to adhere to the red hot sticky surface of the clay and builds up into an amazing natural patina and finish that is usually more than I could have hoped for and in the process transforms them."&nbsp;&nbsp; &mdash;<em><strong>&nbsp;William Schwob</strong></em></span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>WILLIAM SCHWOB</strong>&nbsp;was born and raised in Mishawaka, a small town in Northern Indiana. He developed an early interest in fine art through his father, a painter.&nbsp; At a young age he was drawn to both music and art. He attended Herron School of Art in Indianapolis in the early 70&prime;s. Schwob spent his life painting, drawing, photographing, sculpting and also working with sound to create sound paintings or sound collages using synthesis of found sounds.&nbsp; His sculptural work covers a broad range of approaches from site specific conceptual pieces that document with a camera to more traditional approaches using clay and wood firing.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">He began his university studies as a painter but midway though art school he developed a keen interest in conceptual art, earth works and other similar ideas that were coming of age at that time during the early 70&prime;s. It was at this time he began experimenting with site specific works and turned to B&amp;W photography as a means to document his comprehensive installation artworks. While assisting his wife, a ceramics artist, he came to realize his strength of vision could be expressed in clay. Vessel Gallery is proud to support an established artist's foray into a new medium.</span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">"My most recent work involves wood fired clay, one of the most basic of all materials, combined with a process that matches the medium perfectly and resonates with the subject material of the human form.&nbsp; In my exploration of the human form I expose the anatomy and combine invented architectural structure in a way that suggests both the fragility and strength of the human condition.&nbsp; My interest in wood firing began with my travels to Japan in the early 90&prime;s to the ceramic centers of Bizen and Shigaraki where I first encountered their beautiful ceramic works with their amazing surfaces and patinas of earth colors created by wood firing in large anagama kilns.&nbsp; The process is a collaboration between conscious intent and the unpredictable nature of wood firing.&nbsp; Initially, I model the clay directly, working with its specific characteristics and limitations. Once a form is completed, the clay is allowed to dry and is then bisque fired.&nbsp; I use no glazes on these works. The wood firing takes anywhere from 8 to 12 days and reaches temperatures of 2500 degrees.&nbsp; During this extended firing process the wood ash, minerals and salts, which are not combustible, begin to adhere to the red hot sticky surface of the clay and builds up into an amazing natural patina and finish that is usually more than I could have hoped for and in the process transforms them."&nbsp;&nbsp; &mdash;<em><strong>&nbsp;William Schwob</strong></em></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br /><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>August 21</strong>,<strong>&nbsp;6-8PM&nbsp;"Discovering Uncharted Territories" OPENING&nbsp;</strong>Coincides with 3rd&nbsp;Thursday&nbsp;Art Walk on 25th Street</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">7:00 PM&nbsp;&nbsp;Musical Performance by The Haydn Enthusiasts</span></p> </div> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:38:01 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Gregory Lind Gallery - August 5th - August 30th Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:35:18 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Zero Cents - Anno Domini - August 1st - September 13th <p style="text-align: justify;">A.D. presents Zero Cents solo exhibit "A Human Race"</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Zero Cents (b.1986) is an American-born Israeli-based artist living and working in Tel Aviv. For the past 9 years,the artist has been working both in studio and on thestreets, painting murals and creating site-specific installations.<br /> <br /> The artist&rsquo;s work deals with observations on people surrounding him: the lovers and fighters, the party-ers, the thinkers, the dancers and the damned.Through his work, the artist documents the energy the human race creates, the wisdom, morals, values (or the lack of them) that they pass on. While conducting this research, he communicates the subjects&rsquo; movement and energy on a variety of surfaces&ndash;from found wood to city walls&ndash;using various mediums and techniques without judgment. Using these components as a metaphor for forgiveness, Zero Cents shows the human race as it is, in the most authentic and honest way he feels possible.<br /> <br /> Zero Cents has exhibited in group shows around the world<br /> and solo exhibitions in Tel Aviv. A Human Race at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/galleryAD" target="_blank" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=21511014168">Anno Domini</a> is his first solo exhibition abroad.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Artist reception: First Friday August 1st, 7&ndash;11pm<br /> part of the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ArtWalkSJ" target="_blank" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=46066000735">South FIRST FRIDAYS</a> Art Walk + Street Mrkt</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:32:26 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list