ArtSlant - Current exhibits http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/show en-us 40 Michael Garlington - 111 Minna Gallery - April 5th, 2013 - April 26th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The work of photographer Michael Garlington has been described as <em>“David Lynch meets Leave it to Beaver.” </em></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Michael Garlington is an internationally renowned photographer, artist and sculptor who resides and works in his hometown of Petaluma, California. For inspiration and his love of discovery, exploration and the simple treasures of the unknown, Garlington has spent many of his creative years on the road. Roads traveled on, over and beyond in his beloved, Photo Car, a vehicular visual diary on wheels created fittingly on the exterior of his Volkswagan van. From this mobile portfolio, Michael chronicled what he saw as the underbelly of America melding with the common people of society, which he photographically documented as his own dream like fairy tales.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Recently while in Europe, he spent an entire year shooting and printing portraits with another Photo Car that he built in Germany. Michael’s earliest introduction to photography came from his parents who operated a black and white photo lab in San Francisco. After many years of taking photographs, Michael learned to print in his parent’s lab. With his inspiration and experience solidified, Michael expressed a longing to communicate the visions he felt were locked in his mind to people in the outside world. Through his understanding and utilization of portraiture, he feels that he’s finally allowed the world to see his visions freely.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">As he continued working, he refined his signature style while building and showcasing an impressive body of work comprised of portraiture, which then gave way to his sculptural practices in the creation of hand made frames, unique to each portrait, that serve as individual doorways into each photograph.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">In his main promotional image for the exhibition at 111 Minna Gallery, “Play Boy Bunny On Balloon Horse” Garlington places a woman on a horse made entirely of balloons as if she’s floating up to the sky, while the look in her eye harkens to a timeless longing that tantalizes the viewers imagination.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">For his approaching exhibition at 111 Minna Gallery, Michael Garlington has created a site specific sculptural installation inspired by the gates of hell called, “The Gates of Minna.” This twelve-foot archway made up of hundreds of plaster relics will fittingly be erected around the interior of the galleries iconic red entry door.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Michael Garlington is an acclaimed Northern California photographer and master printer. He began shooting his own images while working at Spindler Photography, a high-end lab in San Francisco that caters to the finest photographers working today. His work has been purchased by Yale, Dartmouth and countless private collectors.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:25:13 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Jonny Hirschmugl - 111 Minna Gallery - April 5th, 2013 - April 26th, 2013 <p><strong>WHO IS JONNY???</strong></p> <p>A strutter of the streets. A suitcase-seller of stories. ‘Most stories are told in black and white; good, evil. I think it helps the viewer see clear distinctions. We all want to relate to something. In a world of color, black and white kinda stand out.</p> <p>He paints like a tree exploding through all of its seasons, in the blink of a camera shutter. If you’ve ever burped and whistled at the same time, you may begin to understand a bit of his personality.</p> <p><em>“I try to work out the chaos of my communication, with a scientific approach… blind-folded in the dark.”</em></p> <p>Nostalgic, a romantic and delusional, Jonny’s latest works encompass all of these qualities and more.</p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:25:13 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - 1AM Gallery - March 22nd, 2013 - April 20th, 2013 <p>1AM is pleased to present, “GAME ON”, opening March 22nd, 6:30-9:30pm, and<br />featuring new works inspired by the video game characters that molded us in our formative years through today. Each artist will submit a piece(s) showcasing their chosen character whether its Luigi, Mario, Blanka, Pac Man, Zelda, Bowser, Contra, Dig Dug, Metroid or more!<br /><br />It’s time to give these characters a reboot- whether its Mega Man with spray can arms doing a burner, or Pac Man eating a trail of the bubble letter alphabet, or Bowser having a beer with Princess! Expect to see your favorite character recreated in paintings, spray can art and vinyl toys by the best: Vogue TDK, Frank Kozik, Jesse Hernandez, Robert Bowen, Sam Rodriguez, Toro, Pemex, Satyr, Nate1, Christopher de Leon, Goser, Tim Diet, Mike “BAM” Tyau, Estria, Ardabus Rubber, JC Rivera, Igor Ventura, Carson Catlin, Grimsheep, Gomi, RsinArt, Clark R, Chris Moore, Timbone, and Sekure D.<br /><br />“GAME ON” will be carrying the theme of this month’s Game Developer’s Conference at the Moscone Center into the gallery as our artists recreate the world of video games onto the walls of our space. Don’t miss the reunion of the 1AM artists and their favorite characters here at the gallery!<br /><br />Join us March 22nd, 6:30-9:30pm for the opening of “GAME ON”!<br />For more information, visit www.1AMGallery.com. If you have any questions or would like to request media related material, please email <span style="color: #000000;"><a href="mailto:maya@1AMSF.com" rel="nofollow"><span style="color: #000000;">maya@1AMSF.com</span></a>.</span></p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:35:31 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Jane Burton, Tyler Burton - a new leaf gallery | sculpturesite - January 26th, 2013 - April 28th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">SONOMA, CA. – Renowned figurative ceramic sculptors <strong>Jane Burton </strong>and<strong> Tyler Burton</strong> will debut their first collaborative exhibition titled “<em><strong>Sisters</strong></em>” on Saturday, January 26 at <strong>A New Leaf Gallery l Sculpturesite</strong> located at Cornerstone in Sonoma, California. A reception for the artists will be held on Sunday, January 27 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the gallery. The show will remain at A New Leaf Gallery l Sculpturesite until April 21, 2013.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Working in collaboration for the first time, sisters Jane and Tyler Burton have created an installation titled “Selective Memory,” comprised of more than 1,200 hanging white porcelain rocks layered over scores of ancestral faces. The 12’H x 7’L x 3’D piece reflects on family ties, perceived family memories, as well as a realization that we are each a fragment of a larger whole. Both artists’ works are significantly influenced by the countless patterns, textures and colors of nature and reveal their reverence for the power and quietude found there. In addition to the one major collaborative piece, both Jane and Tyler will exhibit several solo works each.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Jane Burton has been represented by A New Leaf Gallery l Sculpturesite owner Brigitte Micmacker for more than eight years. “I am thrilled that Jane and her sister Tyler are collaborating on their first show which will take place at our gallery in Sonoma. The idea for ‘Sisters’ grew out of a two-month residency the Burton sisters participated in at the Banff Art Centre in Banff, Alberta Canada,” says Brigitte Micmacker.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">“We have always talked about doing some kind of suspended work, and porcelain rocks are a natural for us since we both work in clay and love to collect rocks,” says Jane Burton. “We created each piece and feel like we imbued our DNA, a common gene, on each rock. Our original intention was to create a hanging figure within the rocks, but as it progressed, we loved the simplicity of a suspended box.”</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Both Jane and Tyler cite their residency at Banff as extremely productive and inspirational. Not only were they in their element as far as pristine mountains, glacial lakes and great hikes, they had 24 hour access to a fully equipped ceramic workspace, great work study assistants, as well as private studios.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">“Working with family or close friends can be challenging, and since we are sisters, you would think it would be extremely challenging, but Jane and I have a dynamic that works really well together,” said </span><span style="font-size: small;">Tyler Burton. “First of all, we have the same sense of humor and when together, we laugh a lot. We </span><span style="font-size: small;">also have close to the same esthetic and an appreciation for each other’s eye. We can anticipate what each other will think about certain things and often we don’t even have to verbalize a thought. I believe this gives us a communication edge.”</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Comments Jane Burton on the Banff experience: “One of the goals of the Centre and my residency was certainly met in that I was exposed to international talent from many disciplines outside of visual arts, including dance, music, theatre, performance art and even stand-up comedy.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">“I experimented with concepts, techniques and styles new to me,” continues Jane, “shale-like layering, working from molds, dangling layered, hole-filled cones on wire, and while most of the prototypes were left behind in the dumpster, I expect their influences will impact my future work.”</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Jane Burton graduated from U.C. Davis in the early ‘70s with a BFA, and continued on with graduate school and a career in Graphic Design. It was 20 years later that her passion for ceramics and pit firing ignited, inspired by a trip to Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico where she took a Native American pottery class. Burton is currently creating large ceramic sculptures ranging in height from two to 20 feet, and exploring the relationships between vessels and the energy they contain. The forms are reminiscent of the feminine connection to the ancient representations of the goddess; a shape starting small and rising into the fullness of her power and strength.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Jane Burton’s work incorporates techniques such as multiple firings, stains, oxides and slips that create a timeless and aged look. Much of her work achieves the depth of texture and color through a fusion of clay slips and washes, layers of organic and inorganic materials, copper markers and tape and non-ceramic finishes such as gold leaf. Some of her recent works introduces the use of Terra Sigillata (fine clay particles immersed in water) that results in a soft glow. She scratches through the layers with intense journal writing – words that once committed to the work are no longer meant to be read.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">In just the past year, Jane Burton’s work has been exhibited in Miami, Florida; Portland, Oregon; Bridgehampton, New York; Healdsburg, California; and two shows in Los Angeles, California. As one of the top gallery artists, Jane’s work is on continuous view at A New Leaf Gallery l Sculpturesite.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The concept of Tyler Burton’s recent work is about belief systems and how they affect all of us. “Our lives are constantly regulated by belief systems ingrained in us since birth or imposed on us by the societies in which we live,” says Tyler Burton, “and our whole existence is built upon what we believe.”</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Her current series, titled “Bound by Beliefs,” looks at how cultures throughout the world are bound and limited by beliefs passed down through tradition. Using clay and wood as primary materials, Tyler adds binding metals to express the concept. In her haunting work “A Thousand Reasons,” hundreds of copper nails pounded into the wood express hundreds of beliefs.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Tyler Burton grew up in California and has a strong love of the outdoors, the ocean, the mountains and</span> <span style="font-size: small;">deserts, all of which has inspired and permeated her work. She enjoys spending hours on a beach looking at rocks, as well as taking alley walks in Los Angeles collecting industrial castaways. She is inspired by hiking, cycling and yoga as well as African tribal art, simplified figures of early Mediterranean culture and the poets Rumi and Mary Oliver. Tyler lives in Southern California with her husband, two children, a wolfhound and a hedgehog. Her works have been exhibited throughout the west coast from Seattle to San Diego.</span></p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 14:24:26 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list 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 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Cara Barer, Mike Stilkey, Melinda Tidwell - Andrea Schwartz Gallery - March 20th, 2013 - April 26th, 2013 <p><b> </b></p> <p><b>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE</b></p> <p>Contact: Jennifer Draughon</p> <p>Andrea Schwartz Gallery</p> <p>545 4<sup>th</sup> Street, San Francisco, CA 94107</p> <p>415.495.2090 – Phone</p> <p>415.495.2094 – Fax</p> <p>jennifer@asgallery.com</p> <p>www.asgallery.com</p> <p>                                                                                               </p> <p><b><i>Between the Lines</i></b></p> <p><b>Cara Barer, Mike Stilkey, and Melinda Tidwell</b></p> <p><b>March 20 – April 26, 2013</b></p> <p><b>Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 5:30 - 7:30 PM </b></p> <p>                                   </p> <p>Andrea Schwartz Gallery is pleased to announce a three-person exhibition, <i>Between the Lines,</i> featuring new work by Cara Barer, Mike Stilkey, and Melinda Tidwell opening Wednesday, March 20, 2013.</p> <p> </p> <p><i>“In the 21st century, the book has also become a metaphor for a time that has passed.”</i></p> <p>                                                                                                --Cara Barer</p> <p> </p> <p>Fusing found books with the mediums of sculpture, painting, and photography, Cara Barer gives books new forms and enduring life, expressing her love of words on paper.  Bare’s photographs capture her transmutations of printed materials in an ever increasing digital era.</p> <p> </p> <p><i>“I am inspired by vintage or used objects: records, books, furniture, anything that has a history.”                                                                                    </i>--Mike Stilkey</p> <p> </p> <p>Mike Stilkey draws inspiration from the histories of everyday objects. Imagining their back-stories, Stilkey incorporates the stories behind the everyday object into his painted book sculptures.  His whimsical cast of characters inhabit the ambiguous spaces and narratives of fantasy and fairy tales painted on hard bound books.</p> <p> </p> <p><i>“I like working with words, pieces of text, the odd string of numbers.”</i></p> <p><i>                                                                                                </i>--Melinda Tidwell</p> <p> </p> <p>Using discarded books as her primary material, Melinda Tidwell constructs abstract collages from the text, fabric and spines of old books. Tidwell cuts away the materials from their original context, creating texture, shape and nostalgia.</p> <p> </p> <p>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. For further information and materials please contact Jennifer Draughon at 415-495-2090 or jennifer@asgallery.com.  Additional information may also be found on our website, www.asgallery.com. Thank you!</p> <p> </p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:41:33 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list 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 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Mike Egan - Anno Domini - April 5th, 2013 - May 11th, 2013 <div class="byline"> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="left">Death can find us in many forms through our lives. Whether it's the death of a friendship, a marriage, a relationship or the physical death of someone close to us. Death can come to us as a skeleton, a devil or even a blood thirsty wolf. In his newest body of work, Egan shares his story about these characters who may be heart broken, filled with rage, spitting out lies or happy to have friends nearby for support. He has seen the many faces of death and has found the strength to come back to life.<br /><br />Mike Egan received his BFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Shortly after he went on to receive a diploma in funeral directing and embalming from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. While working in funeral homes for five years, Egan developed his own style of painting. Although he is no longer working in funeral homes, his time spent working as a funeral director/embalmer still greatly influence his paintings today.<br /><br /><strong>Artist's Reception:</strong> Friday, April 5, 2013 from 7–11pm <a href="http://galleryad.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8741fea0a900e51469c92b9da&amp;id=30569bd54b&amp;e=bebc62c4ef" title="Mike Egan's Opening Reception" target="_blank">RSVP</a><br /><strong>Music:</strong> <a href="http://galleryad.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8741fea0a900e51469c92b9da&amp;id=67fb227451&amp;e=bebc62c4ef" title="Comfort Slacks" target="_blank">Comfort Slacks</a></p> </div> <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" size="2"><b>Opening Reception is part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS monthly art walk, April 5, 2013. </b></span></p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 08:01:29 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Foad Satterfield - art works downtown - March 29th, 2013 - May 17th, 2013 <h4 style="text-align: justify;">This collection presents recent work from a master of fine art painting who deftly blends impressionism and abstract expressionism into a fresh dynamic that continues to grow on you. Don’t miss this opportunity to emerse yourself in this wonderful art work. Exhibit includes large format paintings and mixed media work.</h4> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Foad Satterfield studies and observes nature to better understands its relationships.  He is inspired by how everything seems to fit together, and how even diverse elements find harmony. Satterfield's artist statement reads, "As a painter, I define Nature as a complex of interrelated systems working in a dynamic process to support life in all its infinite possibilities. Nature fascinates me. I study it with awe and curiosity. This inquiry stimulates me emotionally, spiritually and intellectually, and I often see particular combinations of things in Nature that present me with concepts and a highly personalized vocabulary of visual associations that inspire my paintings."</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 07:37:12 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Asian Art Museum - October 20th, 2012 - August 3rd <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 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - 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 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - 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="http://www.museumtix.com/ticket/ord_eventcat.aspx?vid=822&amp;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 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Peter Voulkos, Harold Paris, Stephen De Staebler - Berkeley Art Center - October 24th, 2012 - October 24th <p>Berkeley Art Center debuts its new Sculpture Patio, featuring the work of seminal Bay Area ceramic sculptors: Harold Paris, Peter Voulkos and Stephen De Staebler. Come view three exceptional works that mark a historic transformation in the medium of clay. This exhibition is on-going and admission is free, donations appreciated.</p> <p>For more information and details on membership please visit www.berkeleyartcenter.org or call 510-644-6893.</p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 18:35:00 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Group Show - Berkeley Art Center - April 6th, 2013 - June 8th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Co-curated by Suzanne Tan and Ann Weber, this exhibition explores the primal and evolutionary impulses of shape, form, and figure as expressed through distinct works from an accomplished and diverse group of sculptors. The work selected for this exhibition hovers between figuration and  abstraction and explores the limits of that ambiguous territory.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:30:32 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive - January 15th, 2012 - December 21st <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>The Reading Room</strong> is a temporary project dedicated to poetry and experimental fiction offering visitors the chance to take home a free book drawn from the overstock collections of several noted East Bay small presses, including Kelsey Street Press, Atelos Books, and Tuumba Press. Books and catalogs from Small Press Distribution will also be available. In turn, visitors are asked to replace that book with one from their own library. We look forward to seeing how the character of the works on the shelves evolves over the course of the project!</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Stop by <strong>The Reading Room</strong> during gallery hours to enjoy a comfortable reading area, listen to recordings of selected poets published by these presses, and view silk-screen prints and original works on paper created by George Schneeman in collaboration with poets Ron Padgett, Bill Berkson, and Lewis MacAdams.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">As part of selected Friday night <strong>L@TE</strong> programs throughout winter and spring, <strong>The Reading Room</strong> will be the site of literary readings (<strong>RE@DS</strong>) co-curated by poet/author David Brazil and Suzanne Stein, poet, publisher, and community producer at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Guided and inspired by arts writer and poet Ramsay Bell Breslin and poet and UC Berkeley Professor of English Lyn Hejinian, BAM/PFA&rsquo;s new literary project invites visitors to look, listen, share, and read in <strong>The Reading Room.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>RE@DS</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Programmed by Suzanne Stein and David Brazil</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Friday / 1.27.12 @ 5:30</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Jackqueline Frost</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;Friday / 2.10.12 @ 5:30</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Tom Comitta</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Friday / 2.24.12 @ 5:30</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Monica Peck</span></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/exhibition/</p> Sat, 21 Sep 2013 15:57:48 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive - December 5th, 2012 - May 26th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The third and final rotation of <b>Himalayan Pilgrimage </b>explores the theme of <b>Sacred Space</b> with a pair of magnificent large mandala paintings, two-dimensional representations of a three-dimensional architectural space where a specific deity resides. Dating to the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries, these paintings represent, in vivid colors, a cosmology of the deity Hevajra. Several other paintings on view depict historic teachers of various Tibetan orders.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">A continuation of <i><a href="http://www.artslant.com/sf/events/show/112083-himalayan-pilgrimage-journey-to-the-land-of-snows">Himalayan Pilgrimage: Journey to the Land of Snows</a></i>, which explored the journey of Buddhism across several centuries and from India into Tibet, and of <i><a href="http://www.artslant.com/sf/events/show/225924-himalayan-pilgrimage-liberation-through-sight">Himalayan Pilgrimage: Liberation Through Sight</a></i>, which focused on artworks created as vehicles to enlightenment. </span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">The works in this exhibition are on long-term loan from a single private collection. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"><b>Himalayan Pilgrimage</b> is organized by Senior Curator for Asian Art Julia M. White.</span></p> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 15:59:17 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list