ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Jason Adkins, David Avery, Corinne Whitaker - Sandra Lee Gallery - July 1st - July 31st <p>Opening Reception: 5:30-7:30, July 9th, 2015, Exhibition July 1st - July 31st</p> <p>Sandra Lee Gallery is proud to present 'Ethereal Visions': Works by Jason Adkins, David Avery, and Corinne Whitaker. This exhibitions brings together the three recipients of the Honorable Mention prize in 2014's 'Real/Surreal' show. In 'Ethereal Visions,' each artist guides viewers past the veil of the familiar, and into lush and sometimes frightening landscapes pulled forth from their imaginations. By juxtaposing their work, audiences are allowed a view into the collision between harsh and jagged digital-scapes, tumultuous apocalyptic events, and dreamlike scenes of the future.<br /><br />Jason Adkins' work includes large-scale paintings and drawings that respond in part to excess of modern visual gluttony; a churning cauldron of organic form and vibrant color that threatens to swamp the viewer. <br /><br />Davide Avery's art explores the obfuscated meaning behind images, words, and objects. His etching recall both the imaginative woodcuts of Durer and Victorian illustration, but frequently include familiar contemporary details, to an unsettling effect. <br /><br />Corinne Whitaker, aka the Digital Giraffe, has been a pioneer in the field of digital art, bringing digital imagery into the tangible world through her prints and sculptures. Whitaker's art is filled with fragmented ephemera, bones and feathers, quills and clouds, which come together to create new beings and digital "terrae incognitae." <br /><br />Opening Reception: 5:30-7:30, July 9th, 2015</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 20:01:06 +0000 Mark McCloud - FIFTY24SF Gallery - June 26th - July 26th <p style="text-align: justify;"><a href="" target="_blank" data-reload="">FIFTY24SF GALLERY</a>&nbsp;in association with&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" data-reload="">Upper Playground</a>&nbsp;presents Mark McCloud&rsquo;s &ldquo;Take It Acid Is&rdquo; exhibition opening Friday, June 26th at 7pm. The show features key examples of actual blotter paper from &ldquo;The Institute of Illegal Images&rdquo;, the largest private collection of blotter art in the world and a selection of forensic photographic prints from</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Take It Acid Is&rdquo; coincides with Grateful Dead&rsquo;s &ldquo;Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead&rdquo; concerts June 27th and 28th at Levi&rsquo;s Stadium in Santa Clara.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;This show focuses on the blotter art that I obtained or created through my 50 years of love for The Grateful Dead .&rdquo; &ndash; Mark McCloud</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Recognized worldwide as the preeminent collector of LSD art and holding a Masters of Fine Art from UC Davis and two-time National Endowment for the Arts recipient, McCloud has been celebrated, vilified, indicted, acquitted and ultimately conscripted to the annals of psychedelic art history. Mark and his collection have been featured in Vice, National Geographic, Juxtapoz, Beautiful Decay, Cabinet, Salon, SF Weekly, SFAQ and The Bold Italic among others. He continues to acquire and preserve pristine examples of this, both global and Bay Area-centric cultural history to this day from his home in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco. The&nbsp;<a href="" data-reload="">Golden Road Gallery</a>&nbsp;will also be on hand the night of the opening with an extensive collection of Vanity Blotter for collectors to purchase.</p> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:06:00 +0000 Zarouhie Abdalian, Johnny Bicos, Liam Everett, Laeh Glenn - Altman Siegel Gallery - July 2nd - September 4th <p style="text-align: justify;">Heil'ge Nacht, du sinkest nieder;<br />Nieder wallen auch die Tr&auml;ume<br />Wie dein Mondlicht durch die R&auml;ume,<br />Durch der Menschen stille Brust.<br />Die belauschen sie mit Lust;<br />Rufen, wenn der Tag erwacht:<br />Kehre wieder, heil'ge Nacht!<br />Holde Tr&auml;ume, kehret wieder!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Holy night, you sink down;<br />The dreams flow down, too,<br />Like your moonlight through the rooms,<br />Through the people's silent chests.<br />They listen softly with desire;<br />They call, when day awakens:<br />Come back, holy night!<br />Sweet dreams, come back!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Nacht und Tr&auml;ume</em>&nbsp;(Night and Dreams) is a lied for voice and piano by Franz Schubert, from a text by Matth&auml;us von Collin, published in 1825.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Zarouhie Abdalian (b. 1982, New Orleans, LA) lives and works in Oakland, CA. She was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley in 2013. Recent exhibitions include Prospect.3, New Orleans; David Winton Bell Gallery, Providence; 8th Berlin Biennale; Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne; CAFAM Biennale, Beijing; The Shanghai Biennial; The Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco; Moscow International Biennale for Young Art; South African National Gallery, Cape Town; and the Istanbul Biennial.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Johnny Bicos (b. 1993, Arcadia, CA) lives and works in San Francisco. He received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2014. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at 1038, and group exhibitions at Will Brown, Cell Space, and The Lab. In 2014 Bicos was featured in the Pacific Coast issue of New American Painting.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Liam Everett (b. 1973 Rochester, NY) currently lives and works in San Francisco. Recent solo exhibitions include Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens; On Stellar Rays, New York; and a forthcoming exhibition at Office Baroque, Brussels. Recent group shows include Arndt, Singapore; di Rosa, Napa; The Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley; Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna; and The Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco. Everett was the recipient of the 2013 Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship at the San Francisco Art Institute and a 2013 Artadia San Francisco Council Awardee.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Laeh Glenn (b. 1979, California) lives and works in Los Angeles.&nbsp; Recent exhibitions include Tanya Leighton, Berlin; Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York; Ratio 3, San Francisco; Nicelle Beauchene, New York; Night Gallery, Los Angeles; and Richard Telles, Los Angeles. She received her MFA from UCLA in 2012.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:52:33 +0000 Simon Dvorak and Charlie Schneider - Crocker Art Museum - July 9th - July 9th <p>Artists Simon Dvorak and Charlie Schneider will be presenting an original interactive art piece at the Crocker Art Museum for the Quench Art Mixer this Thursday, July 9<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;from 5-9:00pm&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Accumulation + Assemblage (Digital Diversion #6) Sacramento, CA&rdquo;&nbsp;Is a&nbsp;collaborative project that speaks to the transformation of the physical world into digital system of organization, use, and display. The artists&rsquo; accumulation of data, using random sampling processes for video and text feeds, presents a positive spin to the data mining and information gathering by more powerful interests: the work is fundamentally about human relationships and ties to place. It is about parts that make the whole.&nbsp;</p> <p>For the &ldquo;Quench&rdquo; Art Mixer, one camera will be placed so as to view the Sacramento River, and the other will be in the courtyard of the Crocker.&nbsp;In this way, the colors from the river will contrast with the colored text of the local twitter feed, creating a sense of the similarities and differences between the flow of the river, the flow of tweets and the flow of museum visitors.</p> <p>Simon Dvorak graduated with a degree in Art Studio from U.C. Davis in 2000.&nbsp; His work is concerned spacial interactions both physical and digital, and data visualization. He currently works and lives in Davis with his family. Information about the artist and his latest work can be found at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Charlie Schneider is a California-based artist.&nbsp; He recently completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was awarded the prestigious Trustee Scholarship more information about his work can be found&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">For more information&nbsp;about the Crocker Art Mix can be found at &nbsp;</span><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>.</p> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:48:53 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - August 1st 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM <p>Well-known Taiwanese film director Mei-Juin Chen will screen her film about the life and times of Li XiangLan, who in her lifetime was known by many different names, among them Shirley or Yoshiko Yamaguchi. She was an opera singer, film actress in both Chinese and Japanese films, pop idol, accused of being a traitor in China, wife of artist Noguchi Isamu. She was a prominent movie star and singer from the late 1930's to 1958 when she married a Japanese diplomat and retired from a successful but controversial career. She served as a goodwill ambassador and was active in the Women's Fund to compensate comfort women. Her most famous song &ldquo;Ye Lai Xiang&rdquo; (The Tuberose)is still hummed by Chinese around the world. The hour-long movie will be followed by a Q&amp;A session with the award-winning movie director.</p> <p>&nbsp;Mei-Juin Chen has an MA in Visual Anthropology from USC. In 1993 she founded Lotus Films and embarked on a career as a documentary film maker. Her work has appeared in major film festivals around the world. In her work she continually seeks to explore how culture, nationality, and society shapes our sense of who we are and how it leads us to embrace multiple identities.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong><em>Co-presented by the SAA, Asian Art Museum, Center for Asian American Media and the Japan Society </em></p> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:02:17 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - August 2nd 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM <p>Discover and play as a family at the Asian Art Museum. On Family Fun Days, our fun gallery activities, immersive storytelling and creative art making opportunities will encourage you and your family to look more closely at the art and have some fun while doing so. Themes and projects change regularly.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;On Aug. 2, Alphabet Rockers will host a special Family Fun Day filled with art, music and dance, including a special performance from 1&ndash;2 PM. Make art, learn to beat box and blast off with Alphabet Rockers through hip hop grooves, rhymes and &ldquo;super-positive messages for kids.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:00:16 +0000 - The Contemporary Jewish Museum - July 23rd - November 1st <p><span style="font-size: medium;">The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) presents the US premiere of </span><em><span style="font-size: medium;">Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait</span></em><span style="font-size: medium;">, a personal and intimate exhibition about Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse (1983&ndash;2011). Co-curated by the Jewish Museum, London and Winehouse&rsquo;s brother Alex and sister-in-law Riva, the family gave the Jewish Museum unprecedented access to Winehouse&rsquo;s belongings, including her guitar, record collection, and iconic outfits, which will be on view. The exhibition celebrates her passion for music, fashion, London, and her family. Many unseen photographs of Winehouse&rsquo;s family life will also be on display, revealing her strong Jewish roots and heritage as well as her close family relationships. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">Additionally, an exhibition of contemporary art organized by The CJM&mdash;titled </span><em><span style="font-size: medium;">You Know I&rsquo;m No Good</span></em><span style="font-size: medium;"> after a track on Winehouse&rsquo;s album </span><em><span style="font-size: medium;">Back to Black</span></em><span style="font-size: medium;"> (2006)&mdash;created in response to the Amy Winehouse phenomenon will be on view in an adjoining gallery. The exhibition includes work by Rachel Harrison, and new commissions by Jennie Ottinger, and Jason J&auml;gel.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">July 23&ndash;November 1, 2015</span></p> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:15:34 +0000 Jann Nunn - Mercury 20 Gallery - July 2nd - August 8th <p><em><strong>Jann Nunn: Cadence and Rhythm</strong></em>, features two large-scale sculptural installations, <em>Rachidial Digression </em>and <em>Don't Stop</em> along with new works-on-paper from the <em>Heartbeat</em> series and <em>O,</em> a diminutive stone sculpture.</p> <p><em>Rachidial Digression</em>, a rarely exhibited 64-foot long serpentine sculpture, is composed of over 1100 slivers cut from a continuous piece of discarded railroad track, material donated by Union Pacific for Nunn's Erna and Arthur Salm Holocaust and Genocide Memorial, and <em>Don't Stop</em>, a four-piece installation made of steel and 7000 individual cork stoppers.<br /> <br /> Although distinct in material and intent--hardness and heaviness of railroad track, used to transport people and goods, versus the buoyancy of cork, a sustainably harvested product traditionally used by the wine industry--the unifying factor is repetition. Nunn says that the repetitive process she experienced while creating the work for <em>Cadence and Rhythm</em> felt akin to the energy that drives passion and sustains life.<br /> <br /> Jann Nunn, a conceptualist particularly drawn to repurposed materials, imbues her work with a strong sense of aesthetics. Research and gut instinct--a marriage of head and heart--inform the decisions in each of her site-related, site-specific, situation-responsive projects. Not unlike words in a poem, material selection along with scale and presentation become greater than the sum of their often-unrelated parts. Her self-proclaimed "maniacal obsession" with materials and attention to detail makes this exhibition one not to miss. <a href=";c=qyMQCYt-ZLjRkQ6U0ENqONkNJZSN5Vb8hhqevxYMmGtyB4cfse012g==&amp;ch=Yk68aj_Yk90YcNCVimW6tgAaCKbYF8USK4P4ikpYhKp9gd5LpDj6mg==" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Jann Nunn, who grew up an "Army Brat," considered herself a vagabond until moving to the Bay Area from London in 1990 to attend San Francisco Art Institute. She also studied art at University of Alaska Anchorage and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Nunn began her professional career in Louisiana while still in high school. She has participated in exhibitions and residencies internationally and throughout the United States since 1987, including Germany, South Korea, England, Cuba, and Australia. <br /> <br /> Jann Nunn has created large-scale works for Paradise Ridge, Burning Man, and Portland Clifftop Sculpture Quarry. Her 2009 <em>Holocaust and Genocide Memorial</em> is on the campus of Sonoma State University where she is Professor of Sculpture. Nunn's studio is located at American Steel Studios in West Oakland. <br /> <br /> <em>Cadence and Rhythm</em> is dedicated to the memory and spirit of sculptor Richard Berger (1944-2015,) sculpture professor at San Francisco Art Institute, whose unwavering support and generosity will never be forgotten.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>EVENTS: &nbsp;</p> <p>- Reception, Saturday July 11, 4-7 pm &nbsp;</p> <p>- Third Thursdays on 25th Street: July 16, 6-8pm, with Artist Talk at 7pm&nbsp;</p> <p>- Art Murmur First Fridays: July 3 and Aug 7, 6-9pm&nbsp;</p> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:51:09 +0000 Chris Komater - Mercury 20 Gallery - July 2nd - August 8th <p><em>Scylla &amp; Charybdis</em>, by Chris Komater, is a large-scale photographic installation based on the mythological sea creatures that the Homeric hero Odysseus was forced to choose between and sail past in his wanderings. The phrase "choosing between Scylla and Charybdis" has come to mean choosing between two equally unpleasant options.</p> <p>Komater is interested in challenging received ideas of beauty and masculinity, frequently looking at subject matter given little prior aesthetic attention. Inspired by the eroticization and fetishization of large hairy men within the gay community, his work grapples with an ideal of beauty quite outside of the mainstream. His photo projects invite the viewer to contemplate new ideas about beauty through a visual engagement with our subliminal and overt anxieties about the body.</p> <p>At the center of the installation, black and white closeups of a hirsute male body comprise two large photographic grids, each composed of the same 12 images, but arranged in different ways to evoke abstracted versions of the two mythic creatures, Scylla and Charybdis. A third grid, called <em>Swell</em> is composed of closeup photos of a man's long white beard and furry shoulders, the images arranged to echo a tumultuous seascape, and bringing to mind Poseidon, the god of the sea.</p> <p>Flanking the three grids are large color images of spider webs. The webs are blurry, set against a lurid red background, creating a kind of psychologically charged space. Insects wander into spider webs, only to be trapped and devoured. The installation can be seen as a sort of aesthetic trap, the viewer lured into Komater's world.</p> <p>Chris Komater's photographs and installations have been shown at Cheryl Haines Gallery, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Mark Wolfe Contemporary Arts, Meridian Gallery, and the LAB Gallery in San Francisco; Jan Kesner Gallery in Los Angeles; Bernard Toale Gallery in Boston, and many other venues.&nbsp; He is the recipient of a WESTAF-NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship, a Market Street Art-in-Transit grant, and was the founding director and curator of Secession Gallery, a non-profit gallery without walls in San Francisco, and the online arts venue, Marjorie Wood Gallery.&nbsp; This is Chris' second solo show at the Mercury Twenty Gallery. <a href=";c=qyMQCYt-ZLjRkQ6U0ENqONkNJZSN5Vb8hhqevxYMmGtyB4cfse012g==&amp;ch=Yk68aj_Yk90YcNCVimW6tgAaCKbYF8USK4P4ikpYhKp9gd5LpDj6mg==" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>EVENTS: &nbsp;</p> <p>- Reception, Saturday July 11, 4-7 pm &nbsp;</p> <p>- Third Thursdays on 25th Street: July 16, 6-8pm, with Artist Talk at 7pm&nbsp;</p> <p>- Art Murmur First Fridays: July 3 and Aug 7, 6-9pm&nbsp;</p> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:52:44 +0000 Emma Spertus - City Limits - July 11th - August 15th <p>Imperial Deluxe showcases new, large-scale sculptures by Emma Spertus. The exhibition is inspired by the entry signs to corporate business parks, the droll offices often found on the periphery of cities and suburbs. Jargonistic titles like "Promise Technology" and "Sonnet" are incorporated into the sculptures' surfaces, the text appropriated by the artist from an audio-visual supply catalog.<br /><br />Spertus satirizes corporate branding and architecture, highlighting the most overlooked and subtle manifestations of capitalist culture. Using common building materials to fabricate the works themselves, Spertus recontextualizes the objects and spaces we so casually interact with while exposing the cultural scaffolding from which they spring.</p> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:10:02 +0000 Michael Arcega - Johansson Projects - July 11th - August 22nd <p><strong><em>ESPYLACOPA: a place</em></strong> is Michael Arcega&rsquo;s recent probe into the parallel lives of the Nacirema people of North America. The exhibition features numerous objects and artifacts from the Nacirema- a people that were the subject of Horace Miner&rsquo;s influential paper, <em>The Body Ritual Among The Nacirema</em>, published in 1956. Arcega&rsquo;s first exhibition at Johansson Projects is a continuum of his previous work on the Nacirema&rsquo;s material culture. It is widely agreed upon that this group has colonized a great swath of North America and continues to aggressively expand its influence across the globe. This exhibition is but a small fraction of their material life.</p> <p>Espylacopa is a Nacireman creation. While little is still known about this place, we can attempt to reconstruct it through the objects on display. On exhibit is a map known as the <em>Prih-Sohn stick chart</em>. This map gives us a clear layout of the Nacirema&rsquo;s main thoroughfares. The bamboo chart is punctuated by quartz crystals signifying the location of isolation chambers. The diorama of the <em>Prih-Sohn Dancer&rsquo;s Dream</em> further illustrates the spaces within these isolation chambers. Our interpretation reveals the complex and often conflicting psychological conditions that the Prih-Sohn Dancer might endure.</p> <p>Many of these objects describe a wide range of Nacireman ideologies. Because the facts are not well established, viewers may interpret them as poetic devices that get at the truth of a people. For instance, implements like the Beisbol Clubs have been used in a variety of social circumstances such as personal vendetta, civil unrest, and ceremonial competition. They reveal how the Nacirema settle disputes through physical means, sometimes in ceremonies and other times in riotous events. The rest of the objects can only hint at their purpose and suggest their cultural significance, yet they are emblematic of these peoples&rsquo; truths.</p> <p>Current studies reveal that the Nacirema are a significant contributor to the ongoing 6<sup>th</sup> extinction event. There is a darker undertone to the collection at Johansson Projects. Unlike the Hollywood depiction of extinction events, this exhibition suggests that their decline will be slow and boring.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As an interdisciplinary artist, Michael Arcega works across media to create art that is informed by language, history, and geography. In his most recent work he has adopted methodologies used in the anthropological study that often emphasize &ldquo;otherness,&rdquo; but Arcega turns the tables, positioning North America as &ldquo;the other&rdquo; whose symbols and rituals must be studied and understood. Though a socio-political critique, Arcega&rsquo;s work also has a playful element, providing familiar entry points to alternative ways of thinking about the people who colonize the landscape.</p> <p>Arcega is&nbsp;an&nbsp;Assistant Professor of Art at San Francisco State University. He received an MFA from Stanford University and a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2012, he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has been exhibited at venues including the Asian Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Orange County Museum of Art, The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Cue Arts Foundation, and the Asia Society in NY among many others.</p> <p>Arcega&rsquo;s work has been discussed in publications including Art Forum, the New York Times, Art Practical, Art News, X-TRA, SF Chronicle, Artweek, Art Papers, and Flash Art among others. He is a recipient of an Artadia grant, Joan Mitchell MFA Award, Murphy Cadogan Fine Arts Fellowship, among others. He has been an Artist in Residence at the 18<sup>th</sup> Street Art Center, Montalvo Arts Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, the Fountainhead Residency, Artadia Residency at ISCP, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Al Riwak Art Space in Bahrain, and most recently at the SF Recology Artist Residency Program.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Michael Argeca will be giving an Artist Talk at 1:30 during the July 11th opening.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 21:36:18 +0000