ArtSlant - Current exhibits en-us 40 N8 Van Dyke, Jonathan Way$hak - 111 Minna Gallery - March 1st, 2013 - March 30th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">On display in the 2ND ST. GALLERY through MARCH 30th, 2013</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>N8 Van Dyke</strong> | Bio:</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">N8 Van Dyke is an artist living and working in San Francisco. Ever since the age of two he has been making messes on paper. A 4th generation artist on his Mother’s side it seems that art was in his blood and he simply had to nurture it. Being self-taught his entire childhood and young adulthood he decided to pass on prestigious art school scholarships after completing high school and continue down the self-taught path. Though it’s been rough at times it’s worked out fairly well. A list of clients he’s done illustrations for include the likes of Activision, Sega, Converse, EMI Records, Island/Def Jam Records, MSN, Scion, Wired Magazine, Heavy Metal Magazine, Image Comics, Burton, Slayer, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Upper Playground.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">On top of doing his freelance work, N8 has worked as a video game concept artist and has been showing his work in galleries all over the country for the past 14 years as well as a solo show in London. Though N8 Van Dyke is capable of working comfortably in a variety of mediums the one he is best know for and enjoys the most is pen and ink on paper. Oftentimes his ink work is heavily detailed in an almost robotic application and repetition, yet the works still maintain a fluidity and sense of motion. Subject can range from a powerful beast and dark imagery to a delicate still life or elegant animal. He continues to expand on what he is known for creating while still expanding and seeing where else his art may take him.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Jonathan Way$hak</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">So this is the deal. Like every other jackass in the so-called “art scene”, I started drawing as a kid. I wanted to be an animator, primarily a character designer. I was all about the giant robot cartoons like Robotech and Manzinger. I wore out my VHS of “Transformers: The Movie” running it back and forth in slow motion trying to learn how to draw. If you look super close, that bad Saturday Morning Cartoon styles is still prevalent in my work. That and Todd McFarlane. And Sam Kieth. Can’t forget the turn of the century pen and ink artists, like JC Coll and Heinrich Kley. Tons of Tex Avery, Jack Davis, Bob Peak, Ralph Steadman, and all of those other amazing 60′s/70′s illustrators. Did I mention Francis Bacon, Edward Munch, and Egon Schiele? Billie the Sink? Of course Barron Storey.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">I know those names and artwork because of a kind anonymous soul that donated a collection of art books to my local library. They blew the mind of a 10yr old kid, and the impact is still felt today. That influence is a part of my work. A part of my life. If it was a good influence, I don’t know. I hope to return the favor someday. I do know that I never want to be one of those guys that forgets where he comes from. You know how it goes, those who forget where they come from will never know where they’re going. Blah, blah, blah. They’ll be lost, usually with loads of cash. Maybe that’s not so bad.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">What’s the point of this? Is there a point? Isn’t this whole world bullshit? I know art bios are.</span></p> <p></p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:25:13 +0000 Ben Walker, Emily Burns, Jaxon Northon, Nicomi Nix Turner, Monty Guy, Josh Thurman - 111 Minna Gallery - March 1st, 2013 - March 30th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">On display in the <a href="">ZAPPA ROOM GALLERY</a> through MARCH 30th, 2013 |</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Ben Walker | Artist Statement / Bio</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Ben Walker is a San Francisco based illustrator.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Up to the age of five, Ben Walker was raised on a California ranch not unlike the famed Ponderosa, complete with a dirty main street, jailhouse, bell tower and saloon. Walker spent his early years with these empty structures serving as his playground. His family left the ranch and Walker grew up in suburban Santa Rosa and later on, Sacramento. Not concerned with schoolwork, he spent his time drawing and inventing flying machines. He watched movies about barbarians, read Spiderman comics, and drew comics about his stupid friends.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">After graduating high school Ben spent his days drawing indie comic books and supported himself by making balloon animals at night. He eventually got a job as a graphic artist and found himself riding the <a href=""></a> boom. By the time the bubble burst he realized he had forgotten his true loves, drawing and painting. He enrolled at the Academy of Art in San Francisco where he received a BFA in Traditional Animation.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Now the American West serves as Walker’s playground once more. By combining comic book aesthetics with his deep love for Americana, the Old West and his own family history, Ben Walker explores the themes of adventure, action, loneliness, love, travel and innovation, always with a wink and a nod.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Emily Burns | Artist Statement</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong></strong>Emily’s recent work investigates the inner complexities of women through intimate glimpses of parallel environments. She is interested in the vulnerability of beauty, and the ‘eternalization’ of my subjects through the process of painting. Texture, pixilation, color and sensuality invite the viewer to acknowledge the arousing quality of the images.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Jaxon Northon | Bio</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Jaxon Northon is a self-taught oil painter that resides between San Francisco, California and his hometown of Reno, Nevada.  He has exhibited his work at The Chapterhouse Gallery, Record Street, The Holland Project, The Lincoln Lounge, The Amber Lounge, The Wonderland Gallery, and Modern Eden Gallery.  For the last seven years Northon has made his living off of commissioned portraiture.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Nicomi Nix Turner | Bio / Artist Statement</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Nicomi Nix Turner was raised on a ranch in Southern Oregon. The Pacific Northwest upbringing kindled an affinity for the botanical and entomological. Her hyper-detailed illustrations invoke a surreal understanding of the perfection in nature.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The pieces I create reflect subject matters pertaining to biological deconstructionism, nature’s legacy, alchemy, fables and counter-religious belief. In an orchestra of hyper-textured saturation, each piece is a cacophony of silent movement and erratic soliloquies. I work with a pencil in attempt to “paint” with the graphite; and with paper because of the unforgiving quality it possesses.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Monty Guy | Artist Statement / Bio </strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Born in 1983 in Southern California, Monty’s fascination for art began shortly thereafter. One of his earliest memories was drawing in the entry way of his parents home. Growing up, his interest in the art world grew as he painted and drew more and more. Upon completing high school he enrolled at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. Monty was always drawn to the city and its influential culture, which seemingly appeared to have a flourishing artistic community. Unfortunately his time at the Academy was short lived after being expelled after the first semester. He then fled to Hawaii…</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">As he viewed the Academy as his, ‘dream school’ being expelled seemed a harsh dose of reality. While in Hawaii, he was in search of himself and a deeper understanding of this experience. Wandering around the islands and realizing more of who he wanted to become, he was led back to the states after several months and moved to L.A. where he began creating illustrations influenced by 1960′s Bill Graham posters for a few local clothing companies there. His immense distaste for Los Angeles lead him astray yet again. In addition to his life long dream, San Francisco still lingered in his mind. As a way to raise funds so that he could relocate to San Francisco, Monty worked for a short time in Bakersfield, California as a digital artist for a screen-printing company.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">A true artist, Monty is constantly compelled to create, seeing beauty and inspiration in everything around him. He has always been very passionate about what he creates and remains attentive to every precise detail. Sometimes this may hinder his process a bit, but he feels that this maintains a dedication towards creating pieces that people appreciate. Monty continues to grow as he learns and masters his craft as an artisan.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Josh Thurman | Artist Statement</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Josh Thurman grew up in the East Bay. He is currently an Illustration major at the Academy of Art University, working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  Josh has always admired the work of old Illustration masters such as Rockwell and Leyendecker and more recently has turned his eye to caricature.  Two years ago he fell in love with oil painting and decided to combine two passions to create hyper realistic caricature based oil paintings.  As an artist he has strived to warp reality with his caricatures and he does just that. His goal is for people to be entertained by his caricatures as well as recognize the obvious ability he possesses within the technique in which he paints. Through his unique and realistic style, Josh aims to bridge the gap between caricature based painting and contemporary art while gaining recognition and notoriety through successfully accomplishing this.</span></p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:25:13 +0000 Christopher De Leon and Eric “Emagn1” Nodora - 1AM SF - February 15th, 2013 - March 16th, 2013 <p>1AM is pleased to present, “<b>Street Dreams</b>”, opening February 15th, 6:30-9:30pm, and featuring new works by local artists Christopher De Leon and Eric “Emagn1” Nodora. Inspired by the city’s numerous addicts, vagrants, and homeless, “<b>Street Dreams</b>” will showcase a variety of mixed media paintings, hand-wood engravings, drawings and installation.</p> <p>“<b>Street Dreams</b>” is a conceptual show that sheds commentary on our willful ignorance of looking past those who reside in the street as though they are commonplace items such as dented garbage cans or fire hydrants. Many of them are empty shells, some in worse decay than others but inside them a human spirit still seeks to live. Emagn1 and Christopher De Leon aim to capture this “energy”, or life force, that either once drove the people or continues to allow them to survive. Expect to see moody, dark and dismal works with splashes of color that resemble the hope and light still alive in the street community.</p> <p>After being classically trained at the Art Institute of San Francisco and the Academy of Art University, Christopher De Leon burst into the art scene with live painting at clubs. His passion and talent was soon recognized, granting him the opportunity to demo at the de Young Museum and the Museum of Asian Art. For Street Dreams, De Leon returns for a collaborative exhibition with artist Eric “Emagn1” Nodora, who’s love for painting also led him to study drawing and fine arts at the Academy of Art University. With two educations, one from the streets and one from the academy, Nodora has a uniquely strong background that continues to further his creative style.</p> <p>Join us February 15th, 6:30-9:30pm for the opening of “<b>Street Dreams</b>”! If you have any questions or would like to request media related material, please email <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>.</p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:35:31 +0000 Will Rogan - Altman Siegel Gallery - February 21st, 2013 - April 13th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Altman Siegel</strong> is pleased to present Blanking Out, the second exhibition at the gallery for <strong>Will Rogan</strong>.  This exhibition, which opens on February 21st, will include new photographs, drawings and sculptures by the San Francisco based artist.  </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Will Rogan's practice reflects the poignant, ironic, disastrous and beautiful in the urban and domestic landscapes around him.  Rogan uses this material for artistic interventions, which often highlight the profound and analytical in everyday life.  Taking a playful stance on mundane situations and structures, Rogan's work merges the critical with the poetic.  Obliquely referencing themes of Memento Mori and Vanitas, Rogan investigates the arc of time, yet avoids nostalgia by focusing on the humor and warmth imbued in the objects and situations he tackles.  With this new body of work, Rogan addresses the theme of balance, both in terms of its formal and physical propositions. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">This exhibition centers around a new, very large, and labor-intensive sculpture called Mediums (recent ruins).  The piece depicts 60 artists whose photographs have been culled from a catalogue that was de-accessioned from the library of the San Francisco Art Institute.  This fragile sculpture memorializes artists whose careers have faded into obscurity with the passage of time and frames a metaphor for the fragility of the artistic career and practice as a whole. The off cuttings and extra material produced in the process of making Mediums (recent ruins) were repurposed to create the other sculptures in the show.  Rogan will also show several new photographs that, along with the sculptures, explore themes of balance and the passage of time.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Will Rogan has an extensive exhibition history.  Recent shows include a solo show at Objectif Exhibitions, curated by Chris Fitzpatrick, Antwerp; "When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes" curated by Jens Hoffmann, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, SF; The Shanghai Biennial; The Orange County Biennial, and past exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Museum; SFMOMA; the Oakland Museum; Mercer Union, Toronto; ON, BE-PART Platform voor actuele kunst, Waregem, Belgium; Laurel Gitlen, NY; Misako and Rosen, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Jack Hanley Gallery, Southern Exposure, SF; and Gasworks Gallery, London.  In 2002 Will Rogan was the recipient of SFMOMA's SECA award.  Will Rogan is also the co-editor and founder of the journal of editions, The Thing Quarterly.</span></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 06:12:24 +0000 John Belingheri - Andrea Schwartz Gallery - February 6th, 2013 - March 15th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<br /></b>Contact: Jennifer Draughon<br />Andrea Schwartz Gallery<br />545 4<sup>th</sup> Street, San Francisco, CA 94107<br />415.495.2090 – Phone<br />415.495.2094 – Fax<br /><br /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>John Belingheri</b></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>February 6 – March 15, 2013</b></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 5:30 - 7:30 PM </b></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b><strong>Please note the gallery will be closed 2/16 – 2/18.</strong></b></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><i>“My paintings are bounded surfaces that connect to something larger and their potentially infinite interplay of pattern gives the work energy providing an evocative surprise.”                                                                                    </i></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><i>                                                                                                                         </i>– John Belingheri</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">                                   </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Andrea Schwartz Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition for John Belingheri opening Wednesday, February 6, 2013. John Belingheri’s oil and mixed media paintings on canvas express an interrelationship of form and pattern that creates energy on the surface.  Rather than starting from a plan, the paintings evolve from starts and stops and missteps.  The lines are static and unpredictable, with worn surfaces of marks and edits. Each painting pulls the viewer closer to a repetitive chant of linear lines and rich colors. Belingheri’s paintings are an abstraction with pattern, which pushes up to the square edges of the canvas to be included in the formalistic demands of the painting. The work is a conscious dialog with a range of collected language from other abstract art.  The paintings are minimal and postmodern.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">John Belingheri is a Bay Area artist who has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad.  His work is included in both public and private collections throughout the world. He received his MFA and his BFA from Brigham Young University in 1981 and 1976 respectively.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Andrea Schwartz Gallery was established in 1982 and is located in the South of Market district of San Francisco in our new gallery space located at 545 – 4<sup>th</sup> Street. ASG exhibits contemporary work of mid-career artists from the Bay Area and across the country.  ASG is a member of SFADA.  Gallery Hours are Monday - Friday 9 - 5, Saturday 1 – 5. The gallery will be closed 2/16 – 2/18.  For further information and materials please contact Jennifer Draughon at 415-495-2090 or  Additional information may also be found on our website, Thank you!</p> <p> </p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:36:52 +0000 Frances Stark - Anglim Gilbert Gallery - February 5th, 2013 - March 9th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Gallery Paule Anglim is pleased to announce <em>MEMENTO MORI: towards a compendium of disseminations</em>, the third solo exhibition of works by <b>Frances Stark</b>.</span><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Frances Stark (American, b. 1967) is a Los Angeles based artist and writer whose work explores image-making and the written word. Widely known for her work on paper, she also employs video, sculpture and live performance in her repertoire, often using words or phrases as visual motifs or graphic backdrops in her compositions. Drawing from various sources including popular culture, literature, and her own personal life, she explores expectations and assumptions about gender and the social constructs of communication. A graphic line of text borrowed from literature or even a pop song becomes an abstraction that lends itself to a new interpretation in the greater context of the overall work. </span><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">For this exhibition, Stark references personal history and connections with San Francisco, an homage to literary and art scenes experienced. The elements: works on paper, ephemera and paper collage will be arranged and installed directly on the gallery walls. </span><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Frances Stark has achieved broad recognition through many one-person gallery presentations in San Francisco, New York, London, Cologne and Los Angeles, and through numerous group shows mounted internationally. Stark was the subject of a solo show at the Hammer Museum in 2002 and was included in the museum's invitational, "All of this and nothing," in 2011. She made her curatorial debut at the Hammer in 2010, with "Houseguest: Frances Stark Selects From the Grunwald Collection." She is a professor at USC, and has published two books, one of collected writings (2003) and the other, "The Architect and the Housewife" (1999), composed of personal essays examining gender-inflected domestic and professional roles.</span></p> Sat, 02 Feb 2013 08:55:09 +0000 Colter Jacobsen - Anglim Gilbert Gallery - February 5th, 2013 - March 9th, 2013 <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Gallery Paule Anglim is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition by San Francisco-based artist <strong>Colter Jacobsen</strong> (American, b. 1975), entitled <i>Scanning the long sleeves of the shore</i>.</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"></span><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Jacobsen uses a distinctive collection of found source material to create meticulous drawings, watercolors, and installations that often incorporate found ephemera to explore memory and reflection that is activated by his fascination with finding, or creating, matched pairs of objects.</span><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">For this exhibition, Jacobsen will show a series of collages made from varied found elements such as envelopes, posters, and candy wrappers. The materials are carefully cut and assembled in the shape of a man's button-down shirt, some include a delicately drawn hanger. The shirt appears empty as if hanging and suspended in wait of a body to give it form. The repetition of the shirt outline echoing throughout this collection of work becomes it's own rhythm, beating in time like waves that meet the shore.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Having earned his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, his work has been included in several exhibitions throughout the United States and in London. In 2010, Jacobsen received the 2010 SECA Art Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.</span></p> <div> </div> Sat, 02 Feb 2013 08:56:24 +0000 Klone - Anno Domini - February 1st, 2013 - March 15th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;"><span style="color: black;" color="black" face="Times New Roman,Georgia,Times"><b>Anno Domini <i>presents...</i></b></span> <span style="color: black;" color="black" face="Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif"><i><b>The Moment (when the world stopped turning)</b></i><br /> Solo Exhibition of KLONE (Tel Aviv, Israel)<br /> </span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: black; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;" color="black" face="Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif"><span style="color: black;" color="black" face="Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif" size="2">A collection of glimpses from our world, snapshot like documentation of possible/impossible moments. Each of those moments is represented through a visual vocabulary, loaded with symbolism that is derived from various experiences from not so far away childhood and through not so clear adulthood. This is visual documentation of life , no matter where you're from, which part of the globe and which side of the ocean. The dreams we have, the days we live, the politics, the unnecessary battles, the necessary struggles, the poor and the rich, the tired and the restless. There's place for everybody and place for no one. This is daydreaming of what could be and what won't ever return. The chase that never ends.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: black; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: small;" color="black" face="Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif"><span style="color: black;" color="black" face="Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif" size="2">Klone was born in Harkov , Ukraine (former USSR) and currently resides in Tel-Aviv , Israel. "My work is dealing with memories, my own and the ones I manage to collect in everyday life from surroundings, if it's my childhood in USSR or the coming to Israel, if it's the layers of the city, walls crumbling apart and graffiti covering and being covered, people getting old and the new generations appearing every moment, the search is endless thus my work of documenting it is still long, I learn a new language that invents itself along the way."</span></span></p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:34:05 +0000 Joseph Loughborough - Anno Domini - March 1st, 2013 - April 13th, 2013 <div> <p align="left" style="text-align: center;"><span color="black" face="Times New Roman,Georgia,Times" style="color: black; font-family: 'Times New Roman', Georgia, Times;"><b>Anno Domini <i>presents...</i></b></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <div></div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><span color="black" face="Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif" style="color: black; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif;"><em><b>Deciphering the Ash of Effigies</b></em><br /><strong>Joseph Loughborough</strong> (UK) solo exhibition</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; text-align: justify;">Honesty, expressionism and possibly exorcism can be read from Loughborough’s impulsive and intuitive rapid-fire mark making, which strive to grasp a comprehension of the human condition.</span></p> <p align="left" style="text-align: justify;"><span size="2" color="black" face="Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif" style="color: black; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Drawing inspiration from various themes concerned with Camus/Kierkegaard's notion of ‘Absurdity.” Each drawing becomes story pursuing a standing point within the concept.</span></p> <p align="left" style="text-align: justify;"><span size="2" color="black" face="Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif" style="color: black; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Lonely human forms seem to struggle and ponder the sporadically lit space they occupy without reaching the point of a dramatic emotional encounter. Couples and groups of people cling together searching for an antidote to the revelations of their existence.</span></p> <p align="left" style="text-align: justify;"><span size="2" color="black" face="Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif" style="color: black; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Personifications of latent hopes and emotions wait in vain to be realized. No specific conclusions can be made to the meaning of the individual works aside from the acknowledgement and indulgence of image, expression and technique. This reflects absurdity’s philosophical model of observing our potentially meaningless existence without the sterilization of Nihilism. The irony of religious motifs act to enhance the awkward balance between secularism and religious hope that the characters depicted seem to grapple with.</span></p> <p align="left" style="text-align: justify;"><span size="2" color="black" face="Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif" style="color: black; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Questions are frequently asked of the viewer about how we interpret our oft-untold fears and desires.</span></p> <p align="left" style="text-align: justify;"><span size="2" color="black" face="Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif" style="color: black; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Joseph Loughborough (b. 1981) spent his formative years exploring the derelict boatyards and creeks of Portsmouth, on the south coast of the UK. After graduating from Portsmouth University he pursued interests in art, philosophy and skateboarding culture, living in London, Paris and currently Berlin.</span></p> </div> <div class="byline"> <div class="byline"> <p align="left" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><span size="2" color="black" face="Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif" style="color: black;"><b>Artist's Reception:</b> Friday, March 1, 2013 from 7–11pm RSVP</span><span size="2" color="black" face="Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif" style="color: black;"><br /><strong>Music:</strong> Basura<br /><strong><br /></strong></span></span></p> <p align="left" style="text-align: justify;"><span size="2" color="black" face="Trebuchet MS, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, SunSans-Regular, sans-serif" style="color: black; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><b>Opening Reception is part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS monthly art walk, March 1, 2013.</b></span></p> </div> </div> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 18:18:53 +0000 Roy McMakin - Anthony Meier Fine Arts - February 22nd, 2013 - March 29th, 2013 Tue, 12 Mar 2013 06:12:32 +0000 Kay Russell, Patricia Ancona, Claudia Tarantino - art works downtown - January 25th, 2013 - March 22nd, 2013 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 18:17:06 +0000 Beri Ketema - art works downtown - January 30th, 2013 - March 2nd, 2013 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 18:19:05 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - October 20th, 2012 - August 3rd, 2014 <p style="text-align: justify;">Our bodies are moving canvases; the orna&shy;ments we wear are seen from different angles, in bright sun and evening shadows, at simple gatherings and fancy events. While jewelry often proclaims the wealth and status of its owner, each object can also tell other stories. These are stories of the cycle of life&mdash;engagements, weddings, births, deaths. Jewelry can function as a talisman, encapsulating our wishes for protection or hopes for prosperity.<br /><br />On view in gallery 11 of the Southeast Asian galleries (October 20, 2012&ndash;August 3, 2014) is a remarkable selection of jewelry from the James and Elaine Connell Collection. After donating their collection of Thai ceramics to the Asian Art Museum in 1989, the Connells began collect&shy;ing jewelry, selecting rare objects from a wide range of Southeast Asian cultures. The forty-one pieces of jewelry on display, which were recently donated to the museum, come primarily from Indonesia but also include examples from the Philippines, Malaysia, and Burma.<br /><br />Ancient Indian texts describe a region called&nbsp;<em>Suvarnadvipa&nbsp;</em>(&ldquo;Golden Island&rdquo; or &ldquo;Golden Peninsula&rdquo;), a term thought by many to des&shy;ignate the Indonesian islands, particularly Sumatra. Sumatra is rich in gold deposits that were exported throughout the archipelago. Gold has long been treasured for its luster, malleabil&shy;ity, and resistance to corrosion. In many of these island cultures, gold was associated with the sun and with the ancestral deities.<br /><br />While many of the objects on display are gold, other materials were also used for ornamentation. Bells, beads, bones, beaks&mdash;Southeast Asians made jewelry from a vast array of materials, both imported and local. Traditions of jewelry making are especially rich among the peoples of Mindanao Island and the Luzon highlands of the Philippines and a case in the display exhibits objects from these regions.<br /><br />The jewelry of neighboring regions (or even within an area) can be dramatically varied, including both strikingly bold forms and objects finely crafted with intricate detail. Certain shapes, like the omega-shape &Omega;, spread across thousands of miles and are linked to notions of female fertility. Other forms, like the huge plate-shaped gold chest ornaments called&nbsp;<em>piring mas&nbsp;</em>(gold plates), are found only in a small number of eastern Indonesian islands.<br /><br />Most of the objects on display most likely date from 1800-1900, but it is possible some are much older. Jewelry of these types is no longer made in many of these regions, although heirlooms are still kept, treasured, and worn on ceremonial occasions. As a group these objects illustrate the great diversity of techniques, materials and functions of jewelry made by some of the many distinct cultural societies of Southeast Asia.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:11:19 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - November 2nd, 2012 - May 5th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The tools are simple. The technique is complicated. The results are extraordinary. Batik is a famous artistic tradition of the Indonesian island of Java, where the process of creating patterned cloth with hot wax has reached the highest level of complexity. In this exhibition you will see some of the finest batik textiles, whose remarkable diversity draws inspiration from a wide range of cultures and religions.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">This exhibition was organized by the Asian Art Museum</span></p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 10:32:10 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - February 22nd, 2013 - May 27th, 2013 <div style="text-align: justify;" class="summary editor_content"><em>Imperial leader. Fearsome tyrant. Military genius. Avid anti-intellectual. Obsessive star-gazer. Enduring mystery.</em></div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The First Emperor, Qin Shihuang (259-210 BCE) was all these things and more. His storied legacy is rich with enduring achievements, including the unification of China under centralized imperial rule, brilliant military systems and advanced engineering and assembly production. He is also remembered for burning scores of books, burying scholars alive and achieving widespread domination through devastating bloodshed.<br /><br />The First Emperor conquered much in this life, but his driving purpose was even greater: He sought to conquer death. In order to achieve immortality, he built himself a tomb—a vast underground city guarded by a full-size terracotta army including warriors, infantrymen, horses, chariots and all their attendant armor and weaponry.<br /><br />First unearthed in 1974, the underground tomb of the First Emperor is a revelation for the ages, an astonishing discovery on par with Egypt’s mummies and elaborate tombs. Contemporary observers continue to be enthralled by his legacy, and it is through this ongoing interest that the First Emperor did indeed achieve immortality. This exhibition includes ten figures—only a representative sample of the actual army, which (to date) includes over 8,000 excavated life-sized figures and over 10,000 weapons.<br /></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"></span></p> <header> <h1 style="text-align: justify;" itemprop="name"><span style="font-size: small;">Opening Party with Special Guest CHERYL</span></h1> </header> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <div style="text-align: justify;" id="evernote"> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>San Franciscooooo! Come out to play-aayyy!</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: small;">We're unveiling <em>China's Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor's Legacy</em> with an ultra-high-energy event that's sure to shake the generals, cavalrymen, and archers in the Terracotta Army out of their 2,000 year slumber. How? With CHERYL, a zany artist collective that throws "the Big Apple's most outrageous party" (<em>Time Out London</em>). They've earned a worldwide cult following for their video art, museum installations, and "...massive, sweaty, costumed affairs..." (<em>Paper Magazine</em>).</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Inspired by the Terracotta Warriors and '70s cult gang film <em>The Warriors</em>, CHERYL will lead revelers in turf war antics and a dance rumble. Come with your posse and claim your territory with insane moves until no one's left standing on the dance floor. Roll deep with the Extra Action Marching Band, drinks, bites, a photo booth, and more. DJ Hakobo (owner of SOM Bar) will hold court and spin the best jams. Take a breather from the party euphoria and step into the galleries to be the first to see <em>China's Terracotta Warriors</em>. We're the only West Coast venue to present this exhibition of astonishing archaeological wonders.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> The First Emperor never saw this coming. <a href=";pid=9002575&amp;eid=9002616&amp;evd=2%2f21%2f2013&amp;evt=19%3a00%3a00&amp;pvt=aam" target="_blank">Get your tickets now</a>.</span></p> </div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"></span></p> <h2 style="text-align: justify;" class="date"><span style="font-size: small;">Thursday, February 21, 2013</span></h2> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><time itemprop="startDate" content="2013-02-21T07:00:00.0-08:00">07:00 PM - 11:00 PM</time><br /></span></p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:45:37 +0000 - Badè Museum - September 21st, 2012 - April 5th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;" align="justify"><span style="font-size: small;">Archaeological evidence from houses and households provides detailed insight into everyday life of families in the biblical world. A basic Israelite house consisted of only three or four rooms, providing a family with limited space for performing the many daily tasks necessary for survival. Families thus came to depend on accessing the resources of their neighbors, sharing courtyards, storage rooms, roof tops, and ovens to complete daily activities. These dwelling compounds often shared interiors walls, fostering close living arrangements. Archaeological remains from Tell en-Nasbeh provide evidence of linked residential structures that were inhabited by extended families of ancient Israel.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">These shared living and activity spaces within residential complexes supported participation in communal production and subsistence practices among extended families and neighbors. Male and female residents of all ages cooperated in activities, such as textile production and food preparation, in multifunctional, open-access rooms and courtyards. This type of communal setting allowed for different practices and crafts to intersect, and encouraged interaction, learning, and multi-tasking among household members on a daily and seasonal basis.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The specific types of activities taking place around the home varied depending on the seasons. While weaving and spinning were mainly conducted inside during rainy winter months, ceramic and mudbrick production were usually practiced outside in the arid spring and summer because they required large, dry, open spaces. In contrast, some spaces were reserved for specific uses that remained consistent throughout the year; for example, ritual spaces and storage areas, though changes in family size and resources might alter their size and placement.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">We can access these types of social interactions and family activities in domestic space through studying the architectural and material remains of ancient houses. Such cooperative family dynamics contributed significantly to the health and livelihood of a settlement’s community, as is evidenced by the remains from Tell en-Nasbeh, and were the foundation of ancient Israelite society.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="justify"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em><strong>~This exhibit is dedicated to the memory of William G. Badè, son of W. F. Badè, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at UC Berkeley, and long-serving Advisory Board Member of the Museum (1924 –2012)</strong></em></span></p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 14:27:13 +0000