ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Leigh Barbier Michail Berens Paper Buck Natalya Burd Nuala Creed Arthur Comings Diane Dine Jessica Eastburn Joel Frudden Danielle Gherardi Rebekah Goldstein Adrienne Heloise Dana Hemenway Joshua Higher Edith Hilinger Kelly Inouye Becky J - Berkeley Art Center - June 29th, 2013 - August 25th, 2013 <p>All good art begins with a risk. Many of the ones in <em>Risk</em>, now at the Berkeley Art Center, pay off. Works like Cathy Lu&rsquo;s &ldquo;Girls Playing,&rdquo; which portrays a disembodied scalp and gouged-out eyeballs serving as maypole to a horde of tiny pig-tailed girl-creatures, and Nuala Creed&rsquo;s &ldquo;Mea Culpa,&rdquo; a sculpture of a bare-bottomed nun kneeling in prayer. These, too, certainly raise eyebrows, but ultimately succeed by pointing back to the compelling specificities and eccentricities of their creators. Expect plenty more of the good, the bad, and the ugly in this unusual show. -Alex Bigman</p> Sat, 23 May 2015 06:06:25 +0000 Antonio Prieto, Eunice Prieto, Esteban Prieto, Mark Prieto, Paco Prieto, Laurel Prieto, Thea Prieto and Nori Obata - fouladi projects - June 12th - July 10th <p>&ldquo;The Prieto Family Show: A Growing Tradition of Artistry&rdquo;</p> <p>Fouladi Projects is thrilled to present &ldquo;The Prieto Family Show: A Growing Tradition of Artistry.&rdquo; On view will be new and historical work spanning three generations of Prieto family artists. The exhibit will feature ceramics by Antonio Prieto, Eunice Prieto Damron, and Mark Prieto, as well as hand-blown glass by Esteban Prieto, wood and stone pieces by Paco Prieto, porcelain ware by Nori Obata, screen prints and zines by Laurel Prieto with written contributions by Thea Prieto.</p> <p>Opening reception for the artists: Friday, June 12<sup>th</sup>, 6 to 8pm.</p> <p>Exhibition will be on view through July 10<sup>th</sup>, 2015.</p> <p>&nbsp;Antonio Prieto and Eunice Adams met while studying ceramics at Alfred University in the 1940s. After graduating, they married and moved to Oakland, California when Tony joined the faculty at the California College of Arts and Crafts. In 1958, Tony became the Chair of the Art Department at Mills College, where he taught until his untimely death in 1967. &nbsp;As ceramics teachers and collaborators, Tony and Eunice raised their four sons &ndash; Esteban, Mark, Peter, and Paco &ndash; on the Mills College campus where their home was a center for a community of artists. In the 1970s, Eunice and her sons relocated to West Oakland where they established Prieto Studios, which is still active today.</p> <p>&nbsp;Antonio Prieto (1912-1967) was born in Spain but immigrated to the United States with his family as a baby.&nbsp; He established an important position for himself within the history of American ceramics, which has been documented by the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. He exhibited widely around the United States and Europe and played an influential role in the national and international dialogue about ceramic art.&nbsp; He was beloved by his students and his colleagues.</p> <p>&nbsp;Eunice Prieto Damron taught ceramics at the Walnut Creek Civic Center and at Mills College, where she also curated the Prieto Gallery and the Antonio Prieto Collection. She lives and works in the high basin range of western Nevada, and makes ceramics in the warmer months and watercolors in the winter. She turned 91 this year.</p> <p>&nbsp;Esteban Prieto, the eldest son of Tony and Eunice, is a master glass blower and is known for his functional blown glass tumblers. He lives and works in Saint Louis, Missouri with his wife, Nori Obata, porcelain ceramicist and a glass bead maker.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;Mark Prieto, the second son, graduated in ceramics in 1973 from the Rhode Island School of Design.&nbsp; He creates distinctive ceramics in his home studio in Portland, Oregon and has also enjoyed many years of teaching ceramics. &nbsp;He frequently collaborates with his wife, theatre director and writer Stephanie Arnold Prieto, notably in the area of set design and ceramic properties for theatre productions.</p> <p>&nbsp;Peter Prieto was the third born son. His craft manifested through various methods of welding, construction, farming, and storytelling. At the age of twenty-six, he purchased a stretch of coastal land on the Fort Ross Ridge, where he built his house and welding shop with his wife, Lynne Prieto. They raised three children, Thea, Laurel, and Clayton. He passed away in 2012.</p> <p>&nbsp;Paco Prieto, the youngest son, is a multi-constructionist, known and well respected for his thoughtful craftsmanship in working with wood and metal. He has built many custom architectural fixtures for museums and public spaces around the Bay Area and beyond. He lives and works at Prieto Studios in West Oakland.</p> <p>&nbsp;Thea Prieto is the firstborn daughter of Peter Prieto. She earned her BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently pursuing her MFA in creative writing at Portland State University.</p> <p>&nbsp;Laurel Prieto is the younger daughter of Peter Prieto. She received her BFA from the California College of the Arts (formally the California College of Arts and Crafts) and her MFA in printmaking from San Francisco State. She lives on the Fort Ross Ridge where she has established Prieto Screenprinting.</p> <p>&nbsp;Fouladi Projects Gallery&nbsp;</p> <p>1803 Market St. SF, CA 94103</p> <p>415-621-2535&nbsp; <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>For images or more information, please email</p> Fri, 22 May 2015 23:19:54 +0000 Scott Greene, Kevin Cooley - Catharine Clark Gallery - June 6th - August 22nd <p>Reception June 6, 3-5; exhibition June 6- August 22, 2015</p> <p>Catharine Clark Gallery presents Deep State, featuring new paintings and prints by Scott Greene in which the notion of power appears as a deep and abiding thread. Greene's latest work reflects a crossroads where both past and present meet, and a vision of a dystopian future where popular culture collides with politics, technology and the environment with tragic results. Greene's post-apocalyptic visions, however, are both sensuous and beautiful, as well as entertaining and humorous. The work seems to suggest that although life as we know it may radically shift, we can learn to adapt and make the best of a bad situation with whatever remains. Greene continues his exploration of the natural world punctuated by artificial constructs, but with a new emphasis on imagery of the American West. In Siren (2015), a tower of outdated speakers and woofers elevate an antique air raid siren. A tumbleweed, so large as to possess its own gravity, is suspended in the sky like a lunar body. This modern day Tower of Babel, balanced against the irrational symbol of a romanticized bygone Americana, suggests the futility of technological innovations to actually improve communication, and an inevitable path towards nostalgia, waste and obsolescence. <br /> <br />Exhibiting concurrently in our dedicated media room is Fallen Water, a multi-channel video installation by the photographer and media artist Kevin Cooley. Fallen Water explores questions about why humans are drawn to waterfalls and flowing water as a source for renewal. Waterfalls imbue subconscious associations with pristine and healthy drinking water, but what happens when when the fountain can no longer renew itself? Is the water no longer pure? Cooley's choice of subject matter strikes a deep chord with current social consciousness and anxieties about contemporary water usage and the drought crisis faced by the American West.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 May 2015 03:53:10 +0000 Daniel Phill - Sandra Lee Gallery - June 2nd - June 27th <p>Opening Reception June 4, 5:30-7:30pm, Exhibition June 2-June 27, 2015</p> <p>Sandra Lee Gallery is proud to present new paintings by Bay Area artist Daniel Phill, entitled Rhythm &amp; Flux. In this show, Mr. Phill interprets nature through the use of sophisticated colors, vigorous brushwork, and emphatic facture. As the show's title implies, his works vacillate between contrasting ideas - abstract and representational, deliberate and spontaneous, serene and wild - engaging the viewer to discover Phill's unique visual language. <br /><br />A fluid application of paint, using non-traditional painting tools, contributes to achieve results that are intensely colorful and often sensuous. In each painting, Phill's use of color dramatizes the illusion of space and light to produce an ambiance of both energy and serenity. He seems to deconstruct the natural environment, to then reconstruct it - using an improvised painterly expressionism. "The excitement for me is referencing an object by using loose gestures and seemingly very little information," Phill says.<br /><br />Daniel Phill can be seen as the spontaneous sower of seeds, who casts them into a space with abandon, prepared to work with nature, cultivating whatever takes root. Although he identifies with many of the principles and techniques of Abstract Expressionism, he relishes the ambiguity between abstraction, figuration and the illusion of space in his paintings.<br /><br />Born in Washington State. Mr. Phill received his MFA from Stanford University and his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Phill has exhibited widely and his work is in diverse public and private collections, including: Achenbach Foundation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Citigroup; Clear Channel; de Saisset Museum, CA; First USA Bank; GTE; Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, WI; Morgan Stanley; Nordstrom; Santa Clara Valley Medical Center; SAP America; Sharper Image; Sprint; Stanford University;Tucson Museum of Art; and The US Department of State, among others. <br /><br />Opening Reception: Thursday, June 4th, 5:30 - 7:30pm</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 May 2015 03:48:25 +0000 Alex Katz, Donald Sultan, Bernar Venet - Meyerovich Gallery - June 1st - July 31st Thu, 21 May 2015 22:30:33 +0000 Donald Baechler - Meyerovich Gallery - June 1st - July 31st Thu, 21 May 2015 22:02:32 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - June 21st 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM <p>&nbsp;Discover and play as a family at the Asian Art Museum. On Family Fun Days, our fun gallery activities, immersive storytelling and creative art making opportunities, encourage you and your family to look more closely at the art and have some fun while doing so. Themes and projects change regularly.</p> <p>What can you do with a box full of stuff? This summer, make a found object sculpture using materials headed for the trash and explore themes of reusing, repurposing and recycling in the special exhibition <em>28 Chinese</em>.</p> Thu, 21 May 2015 19:19:10 +0000 Fang Lu - Asian Art Museum - June 18th 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM <p>Join us for a screening of&nbsp;Fang Lu&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>No World</em>&nbsp;(2014,&nbsp;single-channel video, sound, 17&rsquo;52&rdquo;), followed by a conversation with the artist and&nbsp;Herb Tam, curator and director of exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America. This program is presented as part of <em>28 Chinese</em>.</p> <p>&nbsp;Fang Lu&rsquo;s practice raises questions about the process of image making, blurring the line between&nbsp;performance&nbsp;and reality. In her latest work,&nbsp;<em>No World</em>, six young protagonists reside in an empty house. Their daily activity is to rehearse the act of protest and to perform violent behavior without actual conflict. The image of&nbsp;struggle seamlessly transforms into an image of youth: free,&nbsp;rebellious&nbsp;and beautiful. The question remains&mdash;what is an image? How is it produced, mediated and consumed?</p> <p>&nbsp;This event is organized in collaboration with the Chinese Cultural Center. On June 20, in conjunction with their exhibition <em>Present Tense 2015</em>, the Chinese Cultural Center will host a conversation between artist Fang Lu and current MFA students of Asian descent to discuss her experience after art school.</p> Thu, 21 May 2015 19:15:45 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - June 11th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Allison Harding, guest curator of <em>28 Chinese</em>, will moderate a panel discussion featuring scholars, writers and artists in conversation about the exhibitionand the contemporary art scene in China. Panelists include curator and art historian Abby Chen, artist Yan Xing and curator Barbara Pollack. Also, enjoy a gallery walkthrough with Allison Harding before the panel&nbsp;discussion (space is limited, RSVP required).</p> Thu, 21 May 2015 19:10:00 +0000 Eliza Gregory - Asian Art Museum - June 25th 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM <p><em>Testimony</em> is a long-term project&nbsp;that explores&nbsp;the experiences of recently arrived refugees or immigrants to San Francisco.&nbsp;It will search for innovative ways to raise awareness without re-enacting&nbsp;storytelling tropes and&nbsp;social norms that continue to marginalize vulnerable communities.</p> <p>The kickoff event will highlight service providers and professionals who work with immigrants and refugees. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and gather information about the contemporary experience for newcomers to this city. The professionals participating will represent a diverse array of services and perspectives on the issue, ranging from a doctor in the pediatric clinic at&nbsp;SF General Hospital to an immigration lawyer with recent experience in a detention center in Dilley, TX, where Central American refugees are being held.</p> <p>Keeping in mind San Francisco's complex immigration history, we will try to paint an accurate picture of what's happening in the city right now, while exploring new questions raised in the context of our city's history and collective identity.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">About the artist:</span>&nbsp;<br /> Eliza Gregory&nbsp;is an artist and educator. Using images, relationships, interactions, interviews, events and other media, her work illuminates diverse experiences in a given community. She uses art to ask questions about contributing to community health, the role of cultural adaptation in contemporary society and how family relationships shape our lives. Trained as a fine art photographer, a creative writer and a social practice artist, Eliza lives and works in San Francisco.</p> Thu, 21 May 2015 19:05:13 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - June 7th 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM <p>Discover and play as a family at the Asian Art Museum. On Family Fun Days, our fun gallery activities, immersive storytelling and creative art making opportunities, encourage you and your family to look more closely at the art and have some fun while doing so. Themes and projects change regularly.</p> <p>&nbsp;What can you do with a box full of stuff? This summer, make a found object sculpture using materials headed for the trash and explore themes of reusing, repurposing and recycling in the special exhibition <em>28 Chinese</em>.</p> Thu, 21 May 2015 19:00:25 +0000 Yan Xing - Asian Art Museum - June 4th 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM <p><em>Lessons on the Far East</em>&nbsp;is a new project by artist Yan Xing presented in conjunction with the exhibition&nbsp;<em>28 Chinese</em>. In the hopes of opening up a new mode of debate, Yan Xing has staged a compelling academic lecture that blurs the lines of reality and performance.</p> <p>&nbsp;<em>Lessons on the Far East</em>&nbsp;will take place under the auspices of the Honourable East India Institute (HEII). This&nbsp;institution is a new organization created by the artist, designed to explore ways of researching and reexamining&nbsp;various subjects in the field of East Asian Studies.&nbsp;In this unique and site-specific performance the artist will&nbsp;collaborate with two participating academics from leading institutions. He hopes that <em>Lessons on the Far East</em> will&nbsp;provide new avenues for deciphering and framing an emerging regionalism, and for presenting the insights thus&nbsp;gained to a global audience.</p> Thu, 21 May 2015 18:57:00 +0000 James Kennedy - Dolby Chadwick Gallery - July 9th - August 29th <p class="p1">Dolby Chadwick Gallery is pleased to announce &ldquo;C O N T I N U U M,&rdquo; an exhibition of new work by New York&ndash;based artist James Kennedy. Kennedy&rsquo;s abstract paintings feature intricate, completely knitted surfaces that rely structurally on a buoyant tension of line, form, texture, and tonality. Working on eucalyptus masonite, which Kennedy describes as &ldquo;drinking up the medium beautifully,&rdquo; the artist builds up his signature layers of dilution, taping off areas before adding further layers of dilution and creating incisions that produce not only texture but dynamic lines for the eye to follow. &ldquo;I have to solve an equation in my compositions,&rdquo; Kennedy explains, &ldquo;it&rsquo;s very much about the line. As I work, I connect&mdash;from one line to another and from one gesture to another. Everything can change with just one incision.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">In each work, Kennedy leaves an aperture of space in which to allow &ldquo;the momentum of the painting to fall through.&rdquo; This momentum is generated by the coursing lines and the constant negotiation between foreground and background&mdash;between the grounding substructure and those ancillary structures that are raised from there.&nbsp; But color, too, plays an equally critical role.&nbsp;<em>SEQUENTIAL</em>&nbsp;(2014) is exemplary of many of Kennedy&rsquo;s paintings in its emphasis on shades of gray&mdash;from warm to cool, deep to light, muddy to crystalline. The subtle variations between the hues are heightened when isolated from the rest of the color spectrum, save for accents of brown&mdash;here produced by the masonite itself&mdash;or, in a painting like&nbsp;<em>CONSTUCTIVE VARIANT</em>&nbsp;(2014), blue. These accents galvanize a painting&rsquo;s rhythm through their punctuating presence.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Despite the precision of his works, which contributes to their measured and harmonious gestalt, Kennedy&rsquo;s process is unpremeditated; he does not create preliminary drawings, nor does he make use of referential material. Such artistic automatism calls to mind the methods of the Surrealists or those &ldquo;action painters&rdquo; among the Abstract Expressionists, yet, visually, Kennedy&rsquo;s paintings feel more closely aligned with the modulating style of Post-Impressionists such as Paul C&eacute;zanne, which the Cubists and Futurists further exaggerated. While Kennedy does not attempt to break down reality into its component parts in the same way these artists did, he nonetheless plays with these elements, moving them around and finding a balance and dynamism that satisfies the eye. In this way, it is possible to &ldquo;see&rdquo; bits of reality where they might not exist: a landscape, a bridge, a building, a blueprint, even the visual equivalent of music.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">James Kennedy was born in County Down, Northern Ireland, and earned degrees from the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Rhode Academy of Design, Brighton, England. His work has been exhibited across the United States and acquired by Saatchi + Saatchi and the St. Regis Hotel, among other prestigious collections. This will be his first exhibition at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 May 2015 00:38:28 +0000 Jenifer Kent - Dolby Chadwick Gallery - July 9th - August 29th <p class="p1">Dolby Chadwick Gallery is honored to announce an exhibition of new works by the artist Jenifer Kent. Kent draws on a wide range of inspiration for her drawings, which creatively merge aspects of Minimalism, Conceptualism, and Expressionism. The myriad small markings she makes in black ink on white clayboard coalesce into networked, radial forms reminiscent of organic and biological structures, while also moving well beyond such references. They cull from scientific drawings, the almost infinitesimal textural variances in master etchings, the mirrored unfolding of interrelated micro and macro processes. They render the invisible visible, articulating three-dimensional space in unexpected, meditative ways and revealing the passage of time and space through the evidence of their exacting, iterative process. &nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Kent&rsquo;s works are firmly rooted within the Minimalist tradition, and strong parallels can be observed, in particular, with Agnes Martin&rsquo;s interest in monochromy, pattern, precision, and systemicity. Also at play are ties to artists who straddle Minimalism and Conceptual Art, such as Agnes Denes, who explores the shifting matrices of space, and Mel Bochner, who experiments with texture and accumulation. Kent, in light of this emphasis on space and accumulation, often thinks of her works as sculptural and looks to sculptors like Ruth Asawa, Lee Bontecou, and Eva Hesse for inspiration. The depth of the clayboard augments these affinities to sculpture by allowing the works to sit away from the wall, both hovering and projecting in ways drawing typically cannot.</p> <p class="p1">All of the works are visually highly expressive, as the markings erupt from a central source of energy, and, occasionally, from multiple nuclei scattered across the clayboard&rsquo;s matte surface. While previous works exhibit an ardent solidity of form, newer works, such&nbsp;<em>Flashpoint&nbsp;</em>(2014) and&nbsp;<em>Vanishing Point</em>&nbsp;(2014), introduce moments of pause&mdash;manifested as empty space&mdash;that disrupt the centrifugal motion.<em>&nbsp;Intersection</em>&nbsp;(2014) pushes this aesthetic even farther by galvanizing a different type of energy altogether. Within the bounds of a circular shape, lines ping pong back and forth between the form&rsquo;s circumference, occasionally dematerializing when they intersect vacuums of what can be thought of as &ldquo;paused time,&rdquo; which also manifest as circular forms. Interestingly, it is the negative space of the converging lines themselves that gives these moments their shape. &ldquo;Surrounded by such speed and violence,&rdquo; Kent explains, alluding in part to today&rsquo;s hyper-technological, fast-moving world, &ldquo;these drawings are my way to slow it all down and see things a mark at a time.&rdquo;</p> <p class="p1">Jenifer Kent earned her BFA from Rutgers University in 1994 followed by her MFA from Mills College, Oakland, in 1999. Having exhibited extensively across the West Coast of the United States, Kent has also been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and residencies. This will be her first solo exhibition at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery.</p> Thu, 21 May 2015 00:35:47 +0000 Johnna Arnold, Rachel Davis, Samantha Fields, Portia Hein, Andre Yi - Traywick Contemporary - June 7th - August 15th <p>Traywick Contemporary is pleased to announce <em>Inherent Nature</em>: a group exhibition featuring five West Coast artists who respond to and engage with the physical world through distinct practices.&nbsp; Each artist constructs meaning in their work directly from the societal, cultural and environmental issues that shape our time, and their work comments on the push and pull of nature versus culture through the artistic process, dialogue and play of forms.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>Andre Yi</strong> (Los Angeles) looks to the neighborhood surrounding his studio in the fashion district of LA for inspiration in his recent series of sculptures.&nbsp; His complex and elaborate structures or &ldquo;habitats&rdquo; are built from materials, both natural and man-made, that are readily found inside and outside of his studio.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>Johnna Arnold</strong> (San Francisco Bay Area) debuts images from a new series of photo-based works meticulously created in the isolation of the darkroom.&nbsp; Her work confronts our consumer-based society by transforming everyday, insignificant objects (cigarette filters, food waste) into mesmerizing, abstracted pictures that are at once beautiful and inscrutable.</p> <p>&nbsp;In her detailed watercolors, <strong>Rachel Davis</strong> (Portland) addresses the precarious relationship between humans and the environment in our contemporary world.&nbsp; Specifically referencing the over-crowded and culturally significant backdrop of modern day China, the natural world competes for space and importance within her hybridized landscapes.</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong>Samantha Fields&rsquo;</strong> (Los Angeles) paintings explore the experiential nature of light and it&rsquo;s ability to both describe and conceal the reality of a particular place and time.&nbsp; Whether seen through veiled fog, sheets of rain or urban smog, her light-infused scenes of moments from everyday life defy the medium in which they are created.</p> <p>&nbsp;The densely layered oil paintings of <strong>Portia Hein </strong>(Los Angeles) focus on singular elements in nature (a vase of flowers, tree trunks, rays of light), imbuing each with a life-force and visual power that reaches beyond the canvas.&nbsp; Both Hein&rsquo;s and Fields&rsquo; work emphasizes the singularity of the moment and an immediacy of experience that is becoming rare in our fast-paced, digital world.</p> Wed, 20 May 2015 20:21:09 +0000 Weston Teruya, Zarouhie Abdalian, Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon - Mills College Art Museum - June 24th - August 30th <p class="hilite margin-top30" style="text-align: justify;">In January 2015, the Mills College Art Department in partnership with the Mills College Art Museum launched the new artist-in-residence program Art + Process + Ideas (A+P+I).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This six-month residency fosters interdisciplinary collaboration across departments and seeks to expand the dialog around art and art making on campus and throughout the Bay Area.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Art + Process + Ideas exhibition features new work created while in residence by the inaugural group of artists, Zarouhie Abdalian, Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, and Weston Teruya.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Working with sound, installation, and sculpture, these artists explore questions around site and materiality through diverse artistic approaches. Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon&rsquo;s work is devised around audio and spatial feedback systems that manipulate the visitor&rsquo;s awareness of sound and space. Zarouhie Abdalian creates subtle interventions into everyday perception through minimal installations that engage with the specifics of a particular location. Weston Teruya&rsquo;s paper sculptures examine the hidden social histories of a site to creatively reimagine how urban landscapes are shaped.</p> Wed, 20 May 2015 10:42:49 +0000