ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Amy M. Ho, Kana Tanaka - Chandra Cerrito Contemporary - August 1st - September 18th <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">Threshold</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span style="font-size: small;"></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Immensity is within ourselves. It is attached to a sort of expansion of being&hellip;. As soon as we become motionless, we are elsewhere; we are dreaming in a world that is immense. Indeed, immensity is the movement of motionless man.&rdquo; <sup>1.</sup></p> <p><em>Threshold</em> opens August 1, 2014 at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary.&nbsp; In this exhibition, space and light are amplified and perfectly balanced in the sensibilities of artists Amy M. Ho and Kana Tanaka. Building on the experiential work of such artists as James Turrell and Robert Irwin, both Ho and Tanaka push at the boundaries of physical and psychological space within the limited scale of the gallery.</p> <p>Ho&rsquo;s installation in the front gallery space is a departure from her usual process of projecting enlarged images of the small maquettes that she builds. The resulting effect might illuminate a wall or ceiling with the illusion of stairways, doors and similar architectural structures that do not otherwise exist, and the experience is one of being physically present within a chimera, inhabiting the imaginary.&nbsp;</p> <p>In this installation, the original design for the maquette is built to life-size. Rectangular frames recede inside one another in alternating black and white, generating an optical effect of infinite space visible from both the exterior and interior of the gallery simultaneously.</p> <p>In a second installation by Ho, a projected piece in an adjoining room sends the viewer through a door to the unknown. In her exaggeration of architecture, Ho is interested in the subtle effects of a given space on the psyche and how re-imagined spaces might bring the viewer into a deeper awareness of this relationship.&nbsp;</p> <p>Tanaka has created installations in galleries as well as numerous public art works that suspend crystalline glass forms and reflect ambient and natural light. Echoing phenomena such as rain, snow, ice, condensation, and falling or floating leaves, her installations bring the soothing, meditative quality of being outside, inside.</p> <p>Opposite Ho&rsquo;s work, Tanaka&rsquo;s installation of suspended glass droplets and orbs cascade gently from the other side of the gallery.&nbsp; The fragility and close proximity of glass objects in a state of frozen free fall generate a sensation the artist calls a &lsquo;trigger moment&rsquo;, a heightened awareness of the body moving through space.&nbsp;</p> <p>Tanaka is drawn to working with glass because it is a very challenging medium. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s important to make mistakes as you work with it&hellip;the material often leads to something unexpected,&rdquo; she says. Though a given piece may have a repetitive form, individually each element is embedded with the folds and scars of an organic process.</p> <p><sup>1.</sup> Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space</p> <p>-Essay by Claudia Tennyson</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:29:29 +0000 Nancy Ivanhoe, Randy Dixon, Tressa Pack, erik parra, Dimitra Skandali - Berkeley Art Center - August 23rd - October 5th <p>Berkeley Art Center is thrilled to present <em>Make Space, </em>a group exhibition featuring new and existing work by, <strong>Randy Dixon, Nancy Ivanhoe, Tressa Pack, Erik Parra, Dimitra Skandali</strong>. This show challenges artists to re-contextualize their art practice within the walls of the Berkeley Art Center; an art space like no other in the Bay Area.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>During a time of dramatic economic and cultural shifts in the Bay Area, art spaces are closing, moving and utterly transforming in order to adapt to the changing financial and social changes of the region. However the Berkeley Art Center is a site fixed within Live Oak Park in North Berkeley. What relationship does the site of the Center, situated in a beautiful city park, have to the artwork within it? How can we consider what this art space means and how it functions within the great arts community?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Randy Dixon&rsquo;s</strong> sculptures of unrealized and unrealizable houses and buildings use the language of architecture to lure us into considering how the space around us is constructed. <strong>Dimitra Skandali</strong> and <strong>Nancy Ivanhoe</strong>, in addition to showing their own singular sculptures and installations, will be collaborating on a series of line drawings, drawn directly onto the walls, grounds and floors of BAC, that will follow the lines and shadows created by the trees in Live Oak Park beginning at the front entrance of the building and moving throughout the gallery and out to the sculpture garden. <strong>Tressa Pack&rsquo;s </strong>photographs of photography equipment set up to light and frame an empty space creates an eerie value system for the &lsquo;spacelessness&rsquo; filling up the rest of her compositions. <strong>Erik Parra</strong> will show new paintings of landscape and domestic interiors situated inside an installation of a room that could easily exist inside his paintings.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>BAC executive director, Aimee Le Duc notes, &ldquo;The artists in <em>Make Space</em> are confronting architecture as both subject and object. They will incorporate Berkeley Art Center into their installations and work &ndash; including both the interior and exterior spaces of the gallery. The exhibition is an experiment to test how physical space informs art practice.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Conversation with Christian Frock and Megan Wilson</strong></p> <p>Saturday, September 20, 4-6 PM</p> <p>Christian Frock and Megan Wilson will come together to talk about the recent and rapid changes happening in the Bay Area&rsquo;s cultural community and how it is effecting housing, work spaces and art making as a whole. Moderated by Aimee Le Duc</p> <p><strong>Christian L. Frock</strong> is an independent writer and curator based in the Bay Area. Frock's practice interrogates the intersection of art, daily life and popular culture through a consideration of art in public spaces. Invisible Venue, the curatorial enterprise founded and directed by Frock since 2005, collaborates with artists to present art in unexpected settings. <strong>Megan Wilson</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong>is a visual artist based out of San Francisco. Wilson&rsquo;s large-scale installations and public projects utilize a broad range of pop culture methodologies and aesthetics as a point of entry and engagement for the issues she addresses conceptually.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:14:19 +0000 - Southern Exposure - August 11th 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Interested in applying for an Alternative Exposure grant? Attend an information session in San Francisco or Oakland to learn more about all aspects of the application process. For additional information, including guidelines and a link to the online application, visit:</p> <p><strong>Note:</strong> Attending an information session is encouraged but not required to apply for an Alternative Exposure grant. Information sessions are free and open to the public. No RSVP required!&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Generous lead support for Alternative Exposure is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support is provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:33:08 +0000 - Kala Art Institute - July 26th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><em><a href=";c=T7UC1aGy3Ex4Pk11ijaVPSJ4-NTRboizJr4a0rTMPqDPJH0wgr2KUw==&amp;ch=zwM1GafVOYKH0PgqjyXiEnuHiYzEUDoUGoG98KzM5UyMcq4wbD9O0g==" shape="rect" target="_blank">Kala Art Institute in partnership with the San Francisco Cinematheque present Gravity Spells: Bay Area New Music and Expanded Cinema Art.</a></em></div> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div> <p>This series is curated and organized by Kala Fellowship Artist John Davis</p> <p>This is the third in a four part series taking place every&nbsp;Saturday&nbsp;evening in July. This unique performance series celebrates the release of a limited edition hand-made gatefold double LP of music paired with four DVD's of original film featuring collaborations by: Craig Baldwin with Maggi Payne; Paul Clipson with Tashi Wada; Lawrence Jordan with John Davis and Kerry Laitala with Ashley Bellouin &amp; Ben Bracken. The publication includes a 50-page booklet of writing and images bound in a hand-made letterpress cover.</p> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>July 26, 7-9pm:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Chris Duncan<br />Beige<br />Tooth with Collin McKelvey<br />Craig Baldwin with Maggi Payne</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Copies of the edition of 100 publication release will be available for purchase at the four shows, or can be purchased online&nbsp;<a href=";c=T7UC1aGy3Ex4Pk11ijaVPSJ4-NTRboizJr4a0rTMPqDPJH0wgr2KUw==&amp;ch=zwM1GafVOYKH0PgqjyXiEnuHiYzEUDoUGoG98KzM5UyMcq4wbD9O0g==" shape="rect" target="_blank">here</a>. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:54:03 +0000 Kamea, Defer - 1AM Gallery - August 7th - August 29th <p>We are stoked to welcome POW! WOW! Hawaii rep, Kamea Hadar, and LA graffiti pioneer, Alex Kizu aka DEFER to 1AM Gallery for their upcoming dual show &ldquo;Paradise Lost&rdquo; opening Thursday, August 7th. The collection focuses on how the modern world of urbanization has transformed the idyllic oasis of Hawaii. There will be illustrative hyper-realistic oil paintings along with complex multi-layered typographic works. For now, we&rsquo;ve got these lovely sneak peek photos! - See more at:</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:12:01 +0000 Group Show - Stephen Wirtz Gallery - February 12th, 2013 - July 12th, 2013 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I was invited to Conduct studio visit with SF finalists and to select artwork for the finalist exhibition. The artists where selected by Artadia's 2013 Jurors.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:13:46 +0000 Group Show - CCA Wattis Institute - April 19th, 2012 - May 19th, 2012 <p>The opening night performances will be&nbsp;<em>Sound performance concerning the apology</em>&nbsp;by Emily Lacy and&nbsp;<em>BURY ME DEEP in LOVE</em>&nbsp;by Kevin Killian.</p> <p><em>On Apology</em>&nbsp;is an exhibition produced by the graduating class of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts with the support of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.</p> <p>The public apology has in recent times become a widely prevalent phenomenon. Politicians, corporate and pop-culture figures, from Bill Clinton to Toyota&rsquo;s chief executives, have openly expressed remorse for everything from minor private indiscretions to major corporate wrongdoings. The mechanisms for &ldquo;saying sorry&rdquo; are crafted for broad public consumption and conveyed through the mass media, and are accordingly all-pervasive. The effectiveness of the broadcast apology is complicated by public expectations for reconciliation or recompense, and the unlikelihood of these expectations being met. Despite the fact that overuse has arguably rendered the apology a bankrupt form of meaningful expression, it persists as a means of damage control, and, ironically perhaps, of enshrining a kind of idealism.</p> <p><em>On Apology</em>, references Jacques Derrida&rsquo;s 2001 essay &ldquo;On Forgiveness,&rdquo; which provides an insight into views on the act of forgiving, and the possibility of genuine forgiveness versus the complexities of amnesty, apology, and contrition. Similarly, the show itself seeks to outline the multifaceted perspectives and exchanges of power that are central to the formulation of apologies, with the works navigating the integrity of sincere regret, fraught apologies or even the absence of contrition. It intends to question, under what circumstances are apologies warranted? Can one person apologize on behalf of another? Is the value of the apology contingent upon written or spoken language, or do symbolic, performative gestures speak louder than words?&nbsp;<em>On Apology</em>&nbsp;investigates public and private iterations of the apology, examining how apologies are formed, their subtlety or lack thereof, and their potential, if any, to accomplish real change.</p> <p>more info:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:21:25 +0000 Group Show - ArtPadSF Art Fair - May 16th, 2013 - May 19th, 2013 <p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:06:33 +0000 Rachel E. Foster - Needles & Pens - October 11th, 2013 - October 28th, 2013 <p>Needles &amp; Pens is pleased to present an exhibition of the work and collection of Chicago based artist Rachel E. Foster.&nbsp;<em>Treasury&nbsp;</em>will be on view from October 11 &ndash; 28 with an opening reception and zine launch on October 12 from 7-9:30pm.</p> <p>When Howard Carter first peered into Tutankhamen&rsquo;s undisturbed tomb he could not imagine the wonders that awaited him. That moment! &ndash; the moment of discovery propels&nbsp;<em>everything&nbsp;</em>forward. It is how we advance culturally, scientifically, and personally. It is what motivates artists to search and create and search again. Artists are constantly discovering and collecting information. For Foster, the internet and books act as the greatest repositories for information. She harvests all of her source material from these places. This allows her to have the same experience as Howard Carter &ndash; repeated moments of discovery</p> <p><em>Treasury&nbsp;</em>is to be a series of collaborative exhibitions taking place between the artist and an invited curator. The first iteration works with curator, Amanda Roscoe Mayo. Physically, the treasury is a large box and inside the box is a personal, individualized collection. The contents that make up each collection are handmade artworks created by Foster, found objects, antiques, books, as well as instructions for wall drawings. Each box will act as a book; it will have a vague narrative and all objects will convey a similar tone.</p> <p>Amanda Roscoe Mayo will blindly greet the box at the exhibition space and unveil the treasures inside. The curator has been invited to create the exhibition with no instruction, guidance, or parameters. The artist bows out of any exhibition decisions entrusting the curator entirely.&nbsp; The framework of the show is one of repetition, the artist makes a discovery, the curator unveils that discovery, and finally the viewer is invited to participate in making their own connections between the works and the information presented.</p> <p>The goal of the show is to create a learning space between artist, curator, and viewer; where all parties get to participate in the artistic process of researching and the act of &ldquo;taking in&rdquo;.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<em>Treasury</em>&nbsp;aims to blur the lines between original artwork, source material, and the simple presentation of data.&nbsp; The artist and curator hope that all visitors will gain an insight into the act of collecting and creating.</p> <p>Needles &amp; Pens is an emporium of zines, books, handmade goods, and an art gallery. Located in San Francisco's Mission District since 2003, the space aims to provide an affordable place where like-minded people from the community can display and sell their own homemade goods, home-published zines, and artwork. The shop and gallery is open daily noon &ndash; 7pm and is located at 3235 16th street. For more information visit</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:13:52 +0000 Lee Hunter, Pachi Giustinian, Erik Shane Swanson, Andrew Chapman, Clayton Colvin, Andrea Bacigalupo - Needles & Pens - November 1st, 2013 - November 15th, 2013 <p>Needles &amp; Pens announces its final exhibition curated by Amanda Roscoe Mayo.&nbsp;<em>(Untitiled) Formalisms</em>&nbsp;opens on November 1, with a reception and zine launch from 7-9:00pm and performance by Benjamin Vilmain at 8:00pm. The exhibition will be on view at Needles &amp; Pens through November 15th and features the work of Andrea Bacigalupo , Andrew Chapman, Clayton Colvin, Lee Hunter &amp; Pachi Giustinian, and Erik Swanson.</p> <p>Formalism reaches far into the depths of history and art history alike. In painting the qualities are identified as line, value, color, and texture. These elements are compositional ones that the artist may use as a tool to complete a work that is balanced and aesthetically readable. These compositional qualities separate content and technique from the work and are applied to other art practices such as drawing and sculpture. The pedagogy of formalism, however, is long ingrained into an artist&rsquo;s training. These artists based throughout the country in Oakland, New York, Austin, and Birmingham both resist its foundation and utilize its characteristics.</p> <p>True Formalism is rarely explored in contemporary art to the degree it once was. This exhibition looks to the artists who sit on the edge of a practice surrounding formalist ideas and tendencies. The notions of formalism are taught both classically and contemporaneously and often artists forgo or rebel the theory as it relates to art. This group of artists is reacting to the rules of this model, but is doing so in a way that challenges the end product.&nbsp;<strong>Andrea Bacigalupo</strong>&nbsp;has embraced the literal form. Using concrete she captures a complicated and intricate surface relying heavily on chance and the knowledge that the outcome will reference certain aspects of landscape composition.&nbsp;<strong>Andrew Chapman</strong>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<strong>Erik Swanson</strong>&nbsp;deconstruct the practice of painting in order to allow for a more holistic approach to the medium. Their treatment of the plane harbors enormous depth and control of the abstract visual.&nbsp;<strong>Clayton Colvin</strong>&nbsp;employs formalist ideologies to control the spatial plane presenting the viewer with a specific experience of the image. Through careful study of process and material&nbsp;<strong>Lee hunter&rsquo;s</strong>&nbsp;work is based in the roots of formalist design creating sustained small sculptures that speak both to their construction and their visual image. In collaboration,&nbsp;<strong>Pachi Giustinian</strong>&nbsp;painted the interchangeable pieces allowing the objects to reach autonomy among themselves.&nbsp;</p> <p>Needles &amp; Pens is an emporium of zines, books, handmade goods, and an art gallery. Located in San Francisco's Mission District since 2003, the space aims to provide an affordable place where like-minded people from the community can display and sell their own homemade goods, home-published zines, and artwork. The shop and gallery is open daily noon &ndash; 7pm and is located at 3235 16th street. For more information visit&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:47:02 +0000 - White Walls Gallery - September 13th - October 4th Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:04:34 +0000 Matt Ritchie - Spoke Art - August 2nd - August 30th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Spoke Art is pleased to present the latest solo show by Bay Area artist Matt Ritchie aka Matt136. Titled &ldquo;Confero&rdquo; the show is a collection of small hand cut wood pieces individually painted and assembled to create larger inclusive combinations. Matt&rsquo;s new body of work pays homage to a plethora of cultural interests and subjects from the artist&rsquo;s past. A child of the 1970s, Matt&rsquo;s work surveys an eclectic array of different sub-cultures, including everything from Battle Star Galactica and The Micronauts to classic comic books, video games and cartoons. His range of interests are only matched by his encyclopedic expertise on each subject. Matt&rsquo;s childhood memories serve as an endless catalogue for all-things-cool, listening to him explain his work is like having an docent into a limitless underground world.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Working in his signature style, Matt&rsquo;s wood-cut paintings are distinct in both their small scale and crisp aesthetic. Drawing from the bold graphic artistry of comic books and tattoo illustration, Matt&rsquo;s work remains steadfastly clean and minimal. Being that each piece is composed on cut wood, the work borders on sculptural, all while retaining the bold illustrative aesthetic that Matt cultivates. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Once a handful of themed works are completed, the artist encases the collection in a larger hand designed frame, contextually emblematic of its contents. The title of the show, &ldquo;Confero&rdquo;, in Latin translates: &ldquo;to bring together, put together, collect.&rdquo; Acting as a cultural anthropologist, Ritchie seeks to accumulate and document the world that he admires so dearly, archiving every facet of his creative mind and energy. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> For &ldquo;Confero&rdquo; the artist also explores notions of design and utility in everyday life. Expanding on his already popular wood works, Matt designed and organized different bodies of objects within color coded frames. Each frame holds an assemblage of commonplace objects and items, all uniquely tied together with one universal color. Examining how we interact with design on a daily basis, Matt&rsquo;s work attempts to reveal the deeper psychology behind form and functionality. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> A man of many skills, Matt&rsquo;s new body of work utilizes his talents as an illustrator, craftsman, and all around cultural archaeologist. Working alongside the artist group, Zerofriends, has also had an immense influence on him. Interacting with a group of supportive and prolific artists, including such luminaries as Alex Pardee and Dave Correia, has provided Ritchie with the continual influence and support needed to refine his craft and explore new ways of art making. The opening reception for &ldquo;Confero&rdquo; will take place Saturday August 2nd at Spoke Art in San Francisco. The artist will be in attendance.</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:47:55 +0000 Pakpoom Silaphan - Shooting Gallery - September 13th - October 4th Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:37:20 +0000 Jeremy Fish - Fecal Face Dot Gallery - August 15th - September 6th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">*Jeremy Fish celebrates 20 years in San Francisco with his upcoming solo show featuring both new and old works spanning his fine art and illustrative career.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Opening:&nbsp;August 15&nbsp;(6-9pm)&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Preview inquires: info(at)<a href="" target="_blank"></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">"At first glance, Fish's images seem to be rooted in an alternate world -- a world where gnomes travel via saddled dachshund-back and birds of all nations hatch adorned with the heads and hairstyles of every human stereotype imaginable. The bold, precise outlines give his ideas an immediate impact, but it's the aftertaste that really cuts deep. Everything comes with a story. -Aesop Rock.</span></div> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:41:33 +0000 - THE THING Quarterly - July 24th - August 29th <p style="text-align: justify;">This summer marks the 40th anniversary of Evel Knievel's famous attempt to jump Idaho's Snake River Canyon.&nbsp; We were blown away when we discovered that Gallery 16 owner, artist, and racountour&nbsp;Griff Williams&nbsp;was a cousin of the 1970's Motorcycle Daredevil.&nbsp; Our minds were even further blown when he revealed his collection of Evel ephemera, some of which was given to young Griff by his cousin Evel.&nbsp; The collection includes home movies of the Snake River jump, hospital x-rays of Evel's injuries, and the original blueprints of Evel's famous Skycycle.&nbsp;We immediately knew that this information must be shared with a larger public... which is to say, you. And so we have brought it to our&nbsp;Bookshelf Collection Series.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Also of equal interest and excitment are the two 8mm home movies shot by Griff's mom and dad.&nbsp; The filmic time capsule is comprised of moments from Griff's life as a young boy growing up in 1970's Montana.&nbsp; The home movie also contains footage of Evil's failed jump of the Snake River and other moments with young Griff and Evel.&nbsp; These two 9 min. films will be be scored and played with live synth and electronic accompanyment by the Bay Area's astounding&nbsp;Kelley Stoltz&nbsp;and&nbsp;Justin Frahm.&nbsp; An evening not to be missed...unless you are on vacation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About The Bookshelf Collection Series:&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;The series began a few years ago when&nbsp;Luke Bartels&nbsp;of&nbsp;Woodshop&nbsp;built some shelves for our office.&nbsp; We liked them so much that we decided to use them mainly to put other people's collections on them.&nbsp; Past collection contributors have included Dave Eggers, Jonathan Lethem, Nathan Lynch, Allison Smith, David Korty, No Age, and the Kronos Quartet.</p> <h2 class="heading"><span style="font-size: small;">RECEPTION &amp; SHORT FILM SCREENING JULY 24, 5-8:30PM</span></h2> <p><span style="font-size: small;">FEATURING LIVE SCORE BY KELLEY STOLTZ &amp; JUSTIN FRAHM</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:39:00 +0000 - Intersection for the Arts/ Intersection 5M - July 25th 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Come join us for a night of casual conversation with the&nbsp;great artstech brains from, Keezy, and making amazing things for music and visualization lovers everywhere!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>RSVP:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:49:58 +0000