ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/show en-us 40 Gail Wight - Cantor Arts Center - May 5th 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM <p>Gail Wight, Associate Professor of Art Practice in Stanford's Department of Art &amp; Art History, discusses the role of process in her work. This is part of a series of studio art faculty talks at the Cantor to welcome the Department of Art &amp; Art History to their new home, the McMurtry Building. http://events.stanford.edu/events/561/56177/</p> Mon, 02 May 2016 20:59:29 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Southern Exposure - May 19th - May 28th <p style="text-align: justify;">Encompassing the many collaborative and individual projects created by the young artists in our Artists in Education programs, <em>Reel Feels and Rollercoasters</em> will take you on a journey through the complicated, compassionate and funny lives of those around you. Join us for the culminating presentation of their work!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">2015&ndash;2016 One-on-One Mentorship Program</span><br /> Pairs passionate young artists with professional artist mentors who provide valuable individual guidance, develop goals, and share skills, knowledge and expertise with their mentees.<br /><strong>Mentees:</strong> Axel, Cameron, Grace, Karla, KiKi, Nora, Radha and Taylor<br /><strong>Mentors:</strong> Matt Goldberg, Eliza Gregory, YeRin Kim, Maggie King, Jennifer Klecker, Nina Menconi, Nina Reys Rosenberg, Kate Rhoades and Sofia Sharpe<br /><strong>Intern:</strong> Althea James</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Spring 2016 Community Arts Internship Program</span><br /> Offers young artists and activists the opportunity to exercise leadership skills and engage with their community by exploring relevant social and personal issues through the visual arts.<br /><strong>Youth Interns:</strong> Alma, Cami, Hridam, Mateo, Nia, Qiqi and Vanesa<br /><strong>Teaching Artist:</strong> Eliza Gregory<br /><strong>Intern:</strong> Erina Alejo</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Spring 2016 Youth Advisory Board</span><br /> A small cohort of passionate AIE youth artists who help to promote and facilitate youth involvement in SoEx and advise the organization on the needs of Bay Area youth.<br /><strong>Youth Advisory Board Members:</strong> Cameron, Giselle, Serena and Taylor</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Contemporary Classrooms</span><br /> An ongoing series of classroom workshops formulated in collaboration with an exhibiting SoEx artist or project &ndash; this spring, Robby Herbst and his upcoming <em>New New Games</em> project. Partner high schools and organizations include: Brightworks, First Exposures, Galileo High School, Gateway High School, Ida B. Wells High School, Leadership High School, MetWest High School, Sterne School and SOTA.<br /><strong>Teaching Artist:</strong> Claire Rabkin</p> Mon, 02 May 2016 18:24:17 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list John Preus - Rena Bransten Gallery - May 13th - June 25th <p style="text-align: justify;">Rena&nbsp; Bransten&nbsp; Gallery&nbsp; is&nbsp; pleased&nbsp; to&nbsp; present&nbsp; an&nbsp; exhibition&nbsp; of&nbsp; new&nbsp; works&nbsp; by&nbsp; Chicago&nbsp; based&nbsp; artist,&nbsp;&nbsp; craftsman,&nbsp; and&nbsp; builder&nbsp; John&nbsp; Preus.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Utilizing&nbsp; salvaged&nbsp; materials&nbsp; from&nbsp; recently&nbsp; closed&nbsp; Chicago&nbsp; Public&nbsp;&nbsp; Schools, Preus has constructed&nbsp; functional sculptural works which&nbsp; revel in&nbsp; the histories&nbsp; embedded&nbsp; in their&nbsp; component parts.&nbsp; Whether these histories are implied, or as literal as a student&rsquo; s writing on an old desk,&nbsp; Preus&rsquo; s process of transforming old to new is&nbsp; both cathartic and political.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A&nbsp; large&nbsp; swing&nbsp; set&nbsp; made&nbsp; of&nbsp; discarded&nbsp; desks&nbsp; and&nbsp; chairs&nbsp; stands&nbsp; as&nbsp; monolithic&nbsp; and&nbsp; unmovable&nbsp;&nbsp; as&nbsp; the&nbsp;&nbsp; bureaucracy of the public school system itself -&nbsp; the whimsies of youth implied in the double seated swing&nbsp; all&nbsp; but&nbsp; engulfed&nbsp; in&nbsp; its&nbsp; struct ures.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A&nbsp; long,&nbsp; fracture&nbsp; shaped&nbsp; bench&nbsp; carves&nbsp; through&nbsp; the&nbsp; middle&nbsp; of&nbsp; the&nbsp;&nbsp; exhibition&nbsp; space,&nbsp; while&nbsp; s everal&nbsp; wall&nbsp; pieces&nbsp; of&nbsp; reframed&nbsp; and&nbsp;&nbsp; hand&nbsp; altered&nbsp; blue&nbsp; prints&nbsp; from&nbsp; some&nbsp; of&nbsp; the&nbsp;&nbsp; closed&nbsp; schools serve as one bookend&nbsp; to&nbsp; their&nbsp; lifespan .&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">John&nbsp; Preus&nbsp; is&nbsp; an&nbsp; artist,&nbsp; builder,&nbsp; fabricator,&nbsp; amateur&nbsp; wri ter,&nbsp; musician,&nbsp; and&nbsp; collaborator .&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He&nbsp; founded&nbsp; Dilettante&nbsp; Studios&nbsp; in&nbsp; 2010,&nbsp; a&nbsp; design/build&nbsp; studio&nbsp; which&nbsp; relies&nbsp; almost&nbsp; exclusively&nbsp; on&nbsp; second- hand&nbsp; materials.&nbsp; He worked with Theaster Gates as the Creative Director of the Rebuild Foundation, an d as the&nbsp; lead fabricator in Gates &rsquo; studio.&nbsp; In 2012, Preus led a crew of builders from Chicago, Sweden, Egypt and&nbsp; Germany to rehab the vacant Huguenot House in Kassel, Germany for Theaster Gates&rsquo; dOCUMENTA 13&nbsp; piece, 12 Ballads for Huguenot House.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Preus&nbsp; holds&nbsp; an&nbsp; MFA&nbsp; from&nbsp; the&nbsp; University&nbsp; of&nbsp;&nbsp; Chicago.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; His&nbsp; work&nbsp; has&nbsp; been&nbsp; exhibited&nbsp; at&nbsp;&nbsp; the&nbsp; Museum&nbsp; of&nbsp;&nbsp; Contemporary Art, Chi cago, the Heilbronn Kunstverein, Germany, the Portland Museum of Contemporary&nbsp; Craft, the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, the Smart Museum of Art, Chicago,&nbsp; and&nbsp; the Devos Museum of&nbsp; Art,&nbsp; Marquette,&nbsp; Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Preus&nbsp; was&nbsp; the&nbsp; 2013-14&nbsp; Jackman- Goldwasser&nbsp; fellow&nbsp; at&nbsp; the&nbsp; Hyde&nbsp; Park&nbsp; Art&nbsp;&nbsp; Center,&nbsp; and&nbsp; received&nbsp; the&nbsp; first&nbsp; place&nbsp; MAKER&nbsp; grant&nbsp; and&nbsp; the&nbsp; Efroymson&nbsp; Fellowship&nbsp; in&nbsp; 2014.&nbsp;&nbsp; He&nbsp; lives&nbsp; and&nbsp;&nbsp; works in Chigaco, IL.</p> Mon, 02 May 2016 18:21:51 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Kirk Stoller - Romer Young Gallery - May 20th - June 18th Mon, 02 May 2016 18:07:22 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Matt Paweski - Ratio 3 - May 20th - July 2nd Mon, 02 May 2016 18:02:25 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Legion of Honor - May 14th - August 18th, 2018 <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-body"> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Ancient Egypt meets modern medicine in this exhibition that makes use of state-of-the-art scientific techniques to explore two of the Fine Arts Museums&rsquo; mummies. An interdisciplinary team of scientists, Egyptologists, physicians, and museum curators and conservators has learned more about how these embalmed individuals lived, died, and were prepared for eternity.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Rebecca Fahrig and Kerstin M&uuml;ller of Stanford University Medical School&rsquo;s department of radiology have conducted high-resolution, three-dimensional computed tomography (CT) scans of the mummies, revealing long-held secrets. The resulting data have been studied by Jonathan Elias of the Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortium, who offered much of the interpretation seen in the exhibition.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">One of the mummies investigated is that of Irethorrou, a priest from an important family living in Akhmim in middle Egypt about 2,600 years ago. <em>The Future of the Past</em> includes information that has been gleaned about Irethorrou&rsquo;s lifestyle, the society in which he lived, his religion, and the funerary beliefs of his time. The second mummy, perhaps 500 years older, is that of a woman traditionally known as &ldquo;Hatason.&rdquo; Neither her mummy nor her coffin has fared as well as those of Irethorrou, and they present a stark contrast to Irethorrou&rsquo;s perfectly preserved body.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Visitors can examine both mummies by means of an interactive virtual dissection table supplied by Anatomage, a San Jose medical solutions company. Hauntingly beautiful amulets and tomb furnishings are also displayed.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 02 May 2016 18:00:41 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Group Show - Legion of Honor - June 18th - September 11th <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-body"> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mined from the wide-ranging collections of the Fine Arts Museums, <em>Wild West</em> explores artistic responses to the natural and cultivated landscapes of the western United States from the frontier era to the present. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, historical artifacts, and ephemera in a thematic presentation that celebrates the abundance and diversity within the region&rsquo;s physical environment. This is a companion exhibition to <a href="http://deyoung.famsf.org/exhibitions/ed-ruscha-and-great-american-west" target="_blank"><em>Ed Ruscha and the Great American West</em></a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The American frontier has long existed in the popular imagination as a land of unlimited promise and potential. As the landscape has been reshaped throughout history by prospectors, loggers, farmers, and urban developers, generations of artists have also invented and re-envisioned it in their works to fit the preoccupations of their times. Images of the land&rsquo;s exploitation contrast with those that document the natural beauty and unique geological features of the region, including depictions of the Western national parks.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Included in <em>Wild West</em> are works by Albert Bierstadt, Maynard Dixon, William Keith, Thomas Moran, Eadweard Muybridge, Chiura Obata, Bill Owens, Frederic Remington, Ed Ruscha, Fritz Scholder, Michael Schwab, Wayne Thiebaud, Carleton Watkins, and other artists, whose diverse range of approaches to the theme contribute to a multifaceted picture of the American West.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 02 May 2016 17:58:14 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - Legion of Honor - May 7th - October 16th <div class="panel-pane pane-entity-field pane-node-body"> <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"> <p style="text-align: justify;">From its natural splendors to its sprawling suburbs and congested cities, California presents myriad realities. Long considered a site of new opportunities and unlimited potential, the Golden State also contends with a complicated and constantly changing identity.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The modern and contemporary artists&rsquo; books and portfolios on view in <em>California BookWorks</em> feature California subjects and provide visitors with the opportunity to see views of the state through the eyes of a range of artists. Some works reflect the historical promise of California as a land of plenty, while others foreground the experience of living in some of its largest cities. Most of the books selected for the exhibition were made in California-based print workshops and are testaments to the vitality here of this engaging art form.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 02 May 2016 17:55:05 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Kenneth Josephson - Robert Koch Gallery - April 28th - July 2nd <p style="text-align: justify;">Robert Koch Gallery is pleased to announce <em>Kenneth Josephson: The Light of Coincidence</em> in conjunction with the recent release of his latest monograph of the same title. Josephson has long been recognized as one of the early and most influential American practitioners of conceptual photography. The exhibition will showcase Josephson&rsquo;s ground breaking and highly experimental black and white photographs spanning more than six decades. For this third exhibition at the gallery the work will be presented by the following genres in keeping with the monograph: Nature/Landscape, Man-Made/Urban, Self-Portrait, Studio/Objects, Women, and Family.<br /><br /> Kenneth Josephson is known for his conceptual photographs that famously layer pictures within pictures, focusing on the act of picture making and offering playful commentary on photographic truth and illusion. His experiments require the viewer to consider the act of photography and convey the artist&rsquo;s desire to question the medium and reject the illusion of realism. As an example, through the use of hand-held measuring devices, Josephson constructs parodies of pseudo-scientific inquiry, ultimately challenging the use of photography as the ultimate measuring device of &ldquo;reality.&rdquo; In Josephson&rsquo;s photographs it is the photograph itself that assures us that we should question the veracity of photography.<br /><br /> Kenneth Josephson was born on July 1, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan. He earned a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1957, where he studied under Minor White. In 1960, he earned an MS from the Institute of Design of the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, where he studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. Josephson was a professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1967 to 1997, and a founding member of the Society for Photographic Education. He is the recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship (1972) and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships (1975 and 1979). His work is in the collections of numerous institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Art Institute of Chicago; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C; Biblioth&egrave;que National de France, Paris; and Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm, among others. Monographs include, <em>Kenneth Josephson: A Retrospective</em> (Art Institute of Chicago), <em>Kenneth Josephson: Selected Photographs</em> (Only Photographs), and <em>Kenneth Josephson: The Light of Coincidence</em> (University of Texas Press).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Artist Reception and Book Signing: <br /> Thursday, April 28, 2016 <br /> 5:30 - 7:30 pm</p> Mon, 02 May 2016 17:42:01 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Yin-Ju Chen - Kadist Art Foundation - May 11th - June 25th <p style="text-align: justify;">I Adama</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Greetings humans.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">I High Priest of survivor civilization.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lemuria alive beneath Mount Shasta California.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mother land observe.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Geometry language.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Past learn, present see, future review.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Come.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Adama</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ndash; translated with the help of Lucia.</p> Mon, 02 May 2016 17:38:26 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list June Culp, Bruno Fazzolari, Adam Novak - City Limits - May 20th - June 18th Mon, 02 May 2016 17:35:17 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - City Limits - May 13th 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM <p style="text-align: justify;">arc refers to a process rather than an author. a curvature within a void which makes something momentarily visible. a form through which something moves but within which it neither originates nor terminates, nor is contained. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">in this process, material elements are used to investigate immaterial states. framing the space of encounter as a site of unfixed ritual and sensory research - the cinema, gallery, studio, home, stairwell, street, etc.; countless iterations of the the open field or the enclosure. a coded and symbolic and language is used to trace lines between seemingly disparate paths of knowledge held in recurrent forms, manifesting in oscillating relationships between microcosm and macrocosm. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">throughout the next five weeks City Limits will be the site of this sensory research. Quadratura Circuli, an ongoing cycle of arc works incorporating 16mm film, painting, texts, sculptures and various other objects and instruments to be made in this closed environment, will be activated by a series of 4 performances open to the public.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br />arc is usually initiated by tooth, an artist living in Oakland who has operated the microcinema/archive black hole cinematheque since 2009. their work has been presented locally and internationally at Other Cinema, ATA, San Francisco Cinematheque, The Lab, Shapeshifters Cinema, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Nightingale (Chicago), Massart Film Society (Boston), NDSM Treehouse (Amsterdam), and the Ann Arbor Film Festival, among others.</p> <p>Open hours through May 13 <br />Tuesday, April 26, 6-9pm <br />Sunday, May 8, 6-9pm (performance) <br />Friday, May 13, 7pm-midnight (closing reception and performance)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 May 2016 17:34:29 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list - City Limits - April 4th - May 13th <p style="text-align: justify;">arc refers to a process rather than an author. a curvature within a void which makes something momentarily visible. a form through which something moves but within which it neither originates nor terminates, nor is contained. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">in this process, material elements are used to investigate immaterial states. framing the space of encounter as a site of unfixed ritual and sensory research - the cinema, gallery, studio, home, stairwell, street, etc.; countless iterations of the the open field or the enclosure. a coded and symbolic and language is used to trace lines between seemingly disparate paths of knowledge held in recurrent forms, manifesting in oscillating relationships between microcosm and macrocosm. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">throughout the next five weeks City Limits will be the site of this sensory research. Quadratura Circuli, an ongoing cycle of arc works incorporating 16mm film, painting, texts, sculptures and various other objects and instruments to be made in this closed environment, will be activated by a series of 4 performances open to the public.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br />arc is usually initiated by tooth, an artist living in Oakland who has operated the microcinema/archive black hole cinematheque since 2009. their work has been presented locally and internationally at Other Cinema, ATA, San Francisco Cinematheque, The Lab, Shapeshifters Cinema, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Nightingale (Chicago), Massart Film Society (Boston), NDSM Treehouse (Amsterdam), and the Ann Arbor Film Festival, among others.</p> <p>Open hours through May 13 <br />Tuesday, April 26, 6-9pm <br />Sunday, May 8, 6-9pm (performance) <br />Friday, May 13, 7pm-midnight (closing reception and performance)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 May 2016 17:32:50 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Jessica Dickinson - Altman Siegel Gallery - April 28th - July 2nd <p style="text-align: justify;">Altman Siegel is pleased to present Jessica Dickinson&rsquo;s second solo exhibition with the gallery titled <em>Are:</em>. Featuring new paintings and drawings, <em>Are: </em>continues the artist&rsquo;s investigation into themes of time and matter, exploring the sensation of thought and its engagement with the peripheral and minor.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>"Making this body of work was anchored by this sentence: 'A light here required a shadow there.'* Each of these three paintings went through extreme darkness, shadow, or obstruction to reach different levels of clarity and demarcation. Incorporating loss as a form of structure, the residue of these actions suggest that the present time&mdash;or one's perception of it&mdash;is framed by that which came before. <br /></em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>The mixed media works on paper present more chromatic intensities, and are counterpoints to the paintings as they settle into more radiant or defiant tones. The exhibition title 'Are:' proposes a framework of investigation, in which multiple states of being and time unfold in relation to each other."</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>-</em>Jessica Dickinson<em>, 2016</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Dickinson works on three to four paintings concurrently, building and modulating their fresco-like surfaces over the course of a year. Each piece develops anew through the artist's rich material engagement, shifting consideration of form, and philosophical reflection. Stages of repeated marking, scraping, covering, cutting into and revealing become latent dimensions of touch. The paintings suggest a range of time signatures, from the radically slow to the luminous present. The dense and atmospheric paintings offer an embodied viewing experience, pursuing abstraction as a space of intimacy through multiple encounters and exchanges while resisting hierarchical notions of the sublime. The mixed media works on paper expand upon the fields and delineations within the paintings, reflecting a similar working process.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Also included in the exhibition are Dickinson's notebook drawings. Works in this ongoing series, exhibited here for the first time, are made of modest colored pencil drawings torn out of their books and re-joined with linen tape. Reductive and direct, these daily drawings give notational roots for the paintings, charting fleeting perceptions and sensations. Here, each set corresponds to a painting, and is presented stacked as Dickinson arranges them in the studio to order the strata of actions in her paintings.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For several years, Dickinson has continued to make what she calls <em>remainders</em>, graphite rubbings of the surface of the paintings as they go through significant changes. These pieces give sequential visibility to the subtle topography that is compressed within each work. Monumental in scale, the full sets are rarely exhibited. A small self-published artist book will accompany the exhibition that includes reproductions of these <em>remainders</em>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jessica Dickinson (b. 1975) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include James Fuentes, New York; David Peterson Gallery, Minneapolis and Maisterravalbuena Galeria, Madrid. Numerous group exhibitions include Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens; Asad Raza's <em>The Home Show</em>, New York; Sikkema Jenkins &amp; Co, New York; The Kitchen, New York; The Warehouse, Dallas and The Zabludowicz Collection, London. In 2015, the first monograph dedicated to Dickinson's work was published by Inventory Press, which includes an essay by Debra Singer and an interview with Patricia Treib. Her work has been reviewed and included in <em>Artforum</em>, <em>Art in America</em>, <em>The Brooklyn Rail</em>, and <em>The New Yorker</em>, among others.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more information please contact the gallery at 415 576 9300 or info@altmansiegel.com.</p> Mon, 02 May 2016 17:31:31 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Bridget Riley - John Berggruen Gallery - April 27th - June 30th <p style="text-align: justify;">John Berggruen Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Bridget Riley, the artist&rsquo;s first exhibition in San Francisco.&nbsp;<em>Bridget Riley: The Interactive Character of Color, 1970-2014</em>&nbsp;will feature a contemporary and historical selection of Riley&rsquo;s seminal color paintings, which shed light on her experimentation with color, form, light, and tone. Through her careful geometric studies and close pairings of color and forms, Riley explores the precarious nature of balance, looking at the way in which the slightest compositional shift can dramatically transform the tone and nature of a work, and how the pairing of disparate colors can alter the viewer&rsquo;s perception of the true nature of the color itself. This exhibition will explore her various uses of color to address her belief that &ldquo;everything that would constitute a viable art form had to be found, discovered, re-invented or recreated."&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Riley began her career creating figurative works that tended towards Impressionism and experimenting with Pointillism. In 1959 she painted a copy of George Seurat&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Bridge of Courbevoie</em>&nbsp;to better understand his use of perception and color, a process that was transformative to her practice. Riley ultimately came to prominence through her pioneering experimentation with optics and perception, and today is considered one of the foremost members of the Op Art movement. Initially taking black and white geometric forms as her starting point, Riley created disorienting patterns that drew on the repetitive use of a single form to distort the viewer&rsquo;s visual field and evoke the feeling of constant movement within the painting&mdash;what she described as the disruption of stable elements. She eventual began experimenting with tonalities of gray as well, before eventually moving on to incorporate color into her works.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition at Berggruen Gallery, at 228 Grant Avenue in San Francisco, will explore the formal themes that run through her color works, drawing attention to the way these careful studies of color and form converge in her mature works, which at once elicit tremendous vibrancy and, at the same time, great restraint. Of this practice she once said, &ldquo;At the core of color lies a paradox. It is simultaneously one thing and several things &ndash; you can never see color by itself, it is always affected by other colors&hellip;Color relationships in painting depend on the interactive character of color; this is its essential nature.&rdquo; Limiting her palette in each work to a select handful of colors, Riley creates works that show the dynamism of color through contrast, repetition, and juxtaposition, looking at the way colors fuse by being placed next to each other, and how those pairings alter our perception of that color.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In these works, Riley uses color as a form itself, changing the way it is positioned on the canvas in relation to other color forms to achieve the same sense of lifelike activity and movement that she had previously achieved with geometric forms, demonstrating that color perception is not static, but relative and contingent upon context. With works from 1970 to 2014 on view, this survey exhibition will highlight Riley&rsquo;s ongoing fascination with unexpected color palettes and her thought-provoking use of space on a canvas, looking at the way her earliest exploration of color has carried through to a dynamic contemporary practice.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Bridget Riley was born in 1931 in London, where she lives and works today. She spent much of her childhood in Cornwall, which she credits as forming &ldquo;the basis for [her] visual life,&rdquo; and attended both Goldsmiths College and the Royal College of Art. Riley participated in Documenta IV and VI and, along with Phillip King, represented Great Britain in the 1968 Venice Biennale. She was awarded the International Prize for Painting at the Venice Biennale, making her the first woman ever to win the award. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions at numerous institutions including: The Art Institute of Chicago; National Gallery, London; Mus&eacute;e d&rsquo;Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Tate Britain, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and National Gallery, Prague. Her work is included in the permanent collections of numerous institutions including: Dia Art Foundation, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.</p> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:38:10 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list Leo Bersamina, Chris Duncan, Kristin Farr, Jenny Sharaf, Victoria Wagner, Amber Jean Young - Berkeley Art Center - May 21st - July 17th <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>BAC Agility Projects presents:&nbsp;<br />I Look for Clues in Your Dreams<br />curated by Heather Marx<br />Opening Reception:&nbsp;Saturday, May 21&nbsp;6 - 8 pm</strong><br />with a special acapella performance by Victoria Wagner and members of the CCA community</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This vibrant exhibition will feature new and existing work by&nbsp;<a href="http://berkeleyartcenter.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e4957215eb0d4ceffae687218&amp;id=04a6accc2b&amp;e=629f990150" target="_blank">Leo Bersamina</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://berkeleyartcenter.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e4957215eb0d4ceffae687218&amp;id=5767bd2704&amp;e=629f990150" target="_blank">Chris Duncan</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://berkeleyartcenter.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e4957215eb0d4ceffae687218&amp;id=39f451a830&amp;e=629f990150" target="_blank">Kristin Farr</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://berkeleyartcenter.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e4957215eb0d4ceffae687218&amp;id=8660d7b8be&amp;e=629f990150" target="_blank">Jenny Sharaf</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://berkeleyartcenter.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e4957215eb0d4ceffae687218&amp;id=a2cd5c53e3&amp;e=629f990150" target="_blank">Victoria Wagner</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://berkeleyartcenter.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e4957215eb0d4ceffae687218&amp;id=447cf9da18&amp;e=629f990150" target="_blank">Amber Jean Young</a>. It explores Northern California as both a physical place and a mythological concept that has drawn people in for decades.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The landscape, history of psychedelia, transformative powers and utopian dreams of the area have inspired generations of artists. Ripe with myth, Northern California has been a place where people go in search of something bigger and better than themselves. These artists all share an aesthetic directly linked to the mythology of the American West and how this history has affected the imagination and art of the Bay Area.&nbsp;Through site-specific installations, sculpture, painting, and mixed media assemblages, the artists will reflect the area&rsquo;s elemental spirit and force.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br />On display at the Berkeley Art Center from&nbsp;May 21 &ndash; July 17, 2016<br /><strong><a href="http://berkeleyartcenter.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e4957215eb0d4ceffae687218&amp;id=3c8bfceb03&amp;e=629f990150" target="_blank">Follow it on Instagram #ilookforclues</a></strong></p> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:00:48 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sf/Events/list