ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 David Fought, Danielle Lawrence, Linn Meyers, Jessica Snow - Traywick Contemporary - January 25th, 2015 - March 21st, 2015 <p>Traywick Contemporary is pleased to announce <em>New Abstraction</em>, an exhibition exploring the varied approaches of four artists in creating non-figurative work. For some of these artists abstraction is a means by which to translate observed reality, while for others it is a pure investigation of the formal aspects of art. Ranging from distinct lines and sharp forms to more organic visual effects, these artists use sculpture, painting, and mark making to create work in which color, texture, surface, line, and form are the primary subjects.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>David Fought&rsquo;s </strong>sculpture thoughtfully explores both the limits and possibilities of object making combined with drawing. Wire is burned, cooled and bent into various shapes, providing a physical framework that references the elemental lines of a drawing. Delicate layers of plaster fill negative spaces, simultaneously emphasizing mass and planar two-dimensionality. Using the form of the Mobius, Fought examines the tension between surface and void, stating, &ldquo;the Mobius has only one side, and to see this side means following the surface around and back to the beginning.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Danielle Lawrence </strong>blurs the lines between the two- and three-dimensional, abstracting the boundaries of painting and sculpture. The artist pours brightly colored enamel paint onto a flat surface, creating a record of her process that she then removes and drapes over freestanding and wall-mounted pedestals. Found items from the artist&rsquo;s studio such as plastic bags, Styrofoam, and bubble wrap add unexpected texture. By transforming paint into a sculptural entity that extends beyond its physical supports, Lawrence examines the notion of the frame as a structure and explores what can exist within and outside of it.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Linn Meyers&rsquo; </strong>undulating waves and pulsating patterns, comprised of individually-drawn lines, amplify the artist&rsquo;s own singular gestures. Each subsequent line echoes the subtle imperfections of the last, creating a visual document of Meyers&rsquo; artistic practice over the course of time. Neither a reference to nor a translation of imagery drawn from the natural world, Meyers&rsquo; non-figurative work depicts the artist&rsquo;s own internal experiences.</p> <p><strong>Jessica Snow</strong> uses a visual vocabulary of symbols to compose rhythmic abstractions. The artist arranges elemental forms including circles, lines, and triangles, or more fluid shapes resembling punctuation marks such as commas, apostrophes, or thought bubbles, to form interrelated combinations; a process the artist likens to playing with language or composing a song. Similarly Snow builds up layers of paint to erase any evidence of her brushstrokes, creating paintings and works on paper that are at once systematic and spontaneous.</p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:03:44 +0000 Bruce Connor - San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) - February 7th, 2015 - May 16th, 2015 <p><em>Bruce Conner: Somebody Else's Prints</em> spans nearly 60 years of work, from the first etchings and lithographs that Conner made while a student in Kansas in 1944 to his 2003 inkjet prints made with Photoshop at Magnolia Editions, Oakland, CA. Based in San Francisco, Conner is an internationally recognized artist who worked in numerous media, including found-object assemblage, for which he is best known. This exhibition is the first in-depth examination of his work as a printmaker and features rarely seen examples from the Conner Family Trust and private collections. <em>Bruce Conner: Somebody Else&rsquo;s Prints</em> is organized by the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University.</p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:27:20 +0000 Chris Fraser - SF Camerawork - February 5th, 2015 - March 21st, 2015 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:10:57 +0000 Mona Kuhn - SF Camerawork - December 19th 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:10:10 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - January 24th, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM <p>The spread of Buddhism from India throughout Asia has left a legacy of truly great art. This new film by the award-winning Mark Stewart Productions tells the story of that fragile inheritance through the treasures of Bhutan and Ladakh in the Himalayas and the Dunhuang Grottoes on the Silk Road in China. Efforts to save vulnerable wall paintings in these regions are contrasted with imminent threats of fire, flood, tourists and devotional practice.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The screening is followed by a Q&amp;A with David Park, director of the <a href="" rel="nofollow">Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Art and Conservation</a>.</p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:08:17 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - January 10th, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM <p>Celebrate the Japanese New Year with Kagami Kai, an acclaimed mochi group, as it presents the colorful and exciting New Year tradition of mochi pounding to make delectably sweet rice cakes, with lively music, energetic dance and traditional costumes.</p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:02:58 +0000 Chris Kallmyer - Southern Exposure - February 14th, 2015 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM <p><ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-06T16:13">The LADWM&rsquo;s annual Valentine&rsquo;s Day celebration articulates a love letter from precipitation to the people of San Francisco. Thunder needs you and wants you back. Bring an umbrella and a friend.&nbsp;</ins>This event is part of <em>Sets, </em>three two-week projects of process-based, video and performance work by Bay Area artists Christy Chan, Chris Kallmyer and Olivia Mole.<ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-10T18:02"></ins></p> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:09:13 +0000 Chris Kallmyer - Southern Exposure - February 12th, 2015 - February 12th, 2015 <p>A weather expert <ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-06T16:11">discusses weather modification in California and the </ins><ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-06T16:12">LADWM</ins><ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-11T12:36">, featuring Andrew Tholl and Archie Carey,</ins><ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-06T16:12"> </ins>perform the <ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-06T16:12">autotuned </ins>story of Charles Hatfield, <ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-06T16:12">an early experimental rainmaker.</ins><ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-11T12:30"> </ins></p> <p>This event is part of <em>Sets, </em>three two-week projects of process-based, video and performance work by Bay Area artists Christy Chan, Chris Kallmyer and Olivia Mole.</p> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:08:09 +0000 Chris Kallmyer - Southern Exposure - February 5th, 2015 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM <p><ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-11T15:14">In North India, music regularly ushers in the monsoon season. </ins><ins cite="mailto:Sarah%20Hotchkiss" datetime="2014-12-11T15:36">Join the </ins><ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-11T15:14">LADWM </ins><ins cite="mailto:Sarah%20Hotchkiss" datetime="2014-12-11T15:36">for a </ins><ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-11T15:14">concert of traditional and experimental ragas on sarode and tabla. Alam Khan, sarode player and son of Ali Akbar Khan, encourages precipitation with these rain-inspiring ragas.</ins></p> <p>This event is part of <em>Sets, </em>three two-week projects of process-based, video and performance work by Bay Area artists Christy Chan, Chris Kallmyer and Olivia Mole.<ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-11T15:14"></ins></p> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:06:28 +0000 Chris Kallmyer - Southern Exposure - January 31st, 2015 - January 31st, 2015 <p><ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-06T16:04">Join Kallmyer and guests for an </ins>afternoon performance of fog-inspired <ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-06T16:10">music, with distant horns, slow moving sound and white-out conditions</ins><ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-06T16:10">,</ins> tak<ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-06T16:04">ing</ins> us back to <ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-06T16:06">a </ins><ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-06T16:05">pre-global warming </ins>San Francisco<ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-06T16:10"> </ins>summer.</p> <p>This event is part of <em>Sets, </em>three two-week projects of process-based, video and performance work by Bay Area artists Christy Chan, Chris Kallmyer and Olivia Mole.</p> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:05:34 +0000 Chris Kallmyer - Southern Exposure - January 29th, 2015 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM <p><ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-11T15:14">The California drought comes to an end as we dance it out and perform long-trusted drought-ending rituals, including an ancient Roman stone dragging ceremony, the tossing of water from a high place by a village elder and a gathering of twins.</ins></p> <p>This event is part of <em>Sets, </em>three two-week projects of process-based, video and performance work by Bay Area artists Christy Chan, Chris Kallmyer and Olivia Mole.</p> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:03:31 +0000 Chris Kallmyer - Southern Exposure - January 29th, 2015 - February 14th, 2015 <p>Sound artist Chris Kallmyer and the Los Angeles Department of Weather Modification establish an office space and Northern Bureau headquarters at Southern Exposure. <ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-11T12:23">With five live programs and </ins><ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-11T12:24">a gallery installation,</ins><ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-11T12:23"> </ins><ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-11T12:24">the LADWM continue </ins>their sonic explorations into our experience of weather<ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-11T12:26"> and the cultural history of weather modification practices. Kallmyer and other musicians from the LADWM </ins>use immersive sound, ritual and radical environmental experiments to end <ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-06T12:41">the California </ins>drought<ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-11T12:16"> </ins>and create weather.</p> <p>This installation is part of <em>Sets, </em>three two-week projects of process-based, video and performance work by Bay Area artists Christy Chan, Chris Kallmyer and Olivia Mole.<ins cite="mailto:Valerie%20Imus" datetime="2014-12-06T16:34"></ins></p> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:02:28 +0000 Andrea Way - Brian Gross Fine Art - January 8th, 2015 - February 28th, 2015 <p>Brian Gross Fine Art is pleased to announce an exhibition of works on paper by Andrea Way, on January 8, 2015. On view will be eight mixed media drawings that explore the concepts of development and evolution through systematic map making and linear patterns. Through intricate layers of abstract networks, Way builds dazzling arrangements that perfectly balance structure and beauty. Off the Grid will be on view through February 28, 2015.<br />&nbsp;<br />Continuing to explore rule-based drawings of interconnecting marks and configurations, Way now turns her attention exclusively to black and white. Removing the complication and distraction of color, Way is free to focus on the foundation and reduction of her incredibly complex formations. Way begins each drawing with a distinct pattern, letting the boundaries of the paper dictate the direction of her lines, eventually building upon itself, both revealing and sometimes concealing the record of her activity. Small circles and subtle contours echo the exquisite complexities of a cellular network or elaborate maze. This unfurling of unforeseen shapes and elaborate rhythms create a delicate harmony of methodical intent and spontaneous discovery. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br />The natural world inspires and informs Way&rsquo;s intuitive compositions, like the rings on a tree or the veins in a leaf, each interaction of a line or shape assembles to form a complex and unique entity. And much like flourishing organic systems found in nature, Way&rsquo;s drawings exemplify the elegant interplay between precision and fortuity. Way states, &ldquo;I enjoy working in a way that relates to how life evolves, and how nature works. The combination of a plan or code or formula, on the one hand, with accidents or unplanned activities, on the other, is a natural way of having an ebb and flow.&rdquo; <br />&nbsp;<br />Andrea Way received her B.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN in 1971.&nbsp; Way, who divides her time between Washington D.C. and the Bay Area, has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. She is represented in the public collections of the Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI; Achenbach Foundation, Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, CA; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., among others. This is Andrea Way&rsquo;s fourth solo exhibition at Brian Gross Fine Art.<br /><br /></p> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:13:52 +0000 Todd Lanam - Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art - December 19th 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM <div style="text-align: justify;">Please join Wolfe Contemporary for some holiday cheer as we bid farewell to "Back to Isla Vista," a suite of new oil paintings by San Francisco Bay Area-based<strong>&nbsp;Todd Lanam</strong>&nbsp;in his second solo exhibition at the gallery.</div> <div> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With "Back to Isla Vista," Lanam continues to explore the process of painting as it relates to the cognitive process of memory formation and recall. The nominal subjects are interior and exterior spaces that remain prominent in the artist's memory. The ren&shy;derings of these spaces, however, reflect the constant shifting, omission, distortion, and re-creation of visual memories within the broader context of consciousness. They strive to highlight the inherently transient nature not only of actual places in the physical realm, but of our personal experiences of them that exist within us only in constantly morphing memory.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: justify;">Lanam received his BFA from the California College of the Arts in 2007 and MFA in Painting from San Francisco State University in 2011. In addition to solo shows at Wolfe Contemporary, his work has been exhibited at art fairs in Miami, New York, and San Francisco, and in a recent group show at Gallery Henoch in New York.</div> </div> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:26:56 +0000