ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Alexis Anne Makenzie - Eleanor Harwood Gallery - November 5th - December 17th <p>Eleanor Harwood Gallery is pleased to present <em>Never Odd or Even,</em> a solo exhibition by Alexis Anne Mackenzie.</p> <p>Using un-retouched found images which have been enlarged, or are pages taken directly from vintage books, Mackenzie physically reworks, interweaves, and overlays images, resulting in her own highly personalized interpretations. In contrast to the imagery of composed floral arrangements used in previous work, the content in <em>Never Odd or Even</em> turns to the wild and un-staged.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In <em>Set to Rise</em>, the interweaving of a nude woman in a single split gesture and waves at sunset creates an image of a woman simultaneously bowing to the thrashing tides while absorbing the power of the sun and fire in her belly. Mackenzie&rsquo;s image represents both her subjects vulnerability to and the harnessing of larger forces. Using photographs of the human body and nature which, in their original contexts, were intended to simply illustrate places and things, Mackenzie seeks to instill the images with a heightened degree of emotional response for the viewer. She prompts this response by creating an intersection of a person and a place; a state of being. Similarly, she also manipulates single images within themselves as a commentary on the malleability and fallibility of perception and the ways in which our minds can distort and filter reality through our own personal lens.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Working within strict, self-imposed guidelines, Mackenzie attempts to push the limits of reinterpretation, distortion, and mirroring, using only overlaid imagery or reworking a single image, without digital intervention or duplication of a single image. The images are purposefully un-retouched, an extension of her own personal beliefs about the acceptance of things we cannot change. And yet, each image has been carefully manipulated&mdash; an allegory for working with what one is given in life and conviction that life&rsquo;s imperfections contribute to beauty and growth in all things.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:38:30 +0000 Shinichi Iova-Koga, Jimi Nakagawa - Mills College Art Museum - November 2nd 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Taiko drummer Jimi Nakagawa and dancer Shinichi Iova-Koga will perform a duet to&nbsp;celebrate the release of the "95 Rituals" book which documents the process and&nbsp;performance of the 2015 project &ldquo;95 Rituals&rdquo; in honor of Anna Halprin. Jimi, a former&nbsp;member of San Francisco Taiko Dojo, incorporates improvisational jazz music. Shinichi, an&nbsp;improviser and creator of experimental theater works, incorporates Japanese traditional&nbsp;dances. The two fire information back and forth, colluding and colliding.</p> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:32:18 +0000 Monir Farmanfarmaian - Haines Gallery - October 27th - December 24th <p>Haines Gallery is pleased to present <em>Convertibles</em>, our third solo exhibition of recent work by internationally acclaimed Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian (b. 1924, Qazvin, Iran; lives and works in Tehran). &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Monir Farmanfarmaian has spent over half a century articulating her singular vision through mirrored mosaics, reverse-glass painting, and works on paper that recall both the sacred geometry of Persian art and architecture and the reductive abstraction of the 20th century. Her artistic evolution has been shaped at once by cataclysmic geopolitical upheavals, ancient Persian traditions, and the New York art scene of the 1950s. The arc of Farmanfarmaian&rsquo;s creative development is one of the great stories of contemporary art.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The works in Monir&rsquo;s <em>Convertible</em> series are jewel-like, multipart reliefs comprised of nearly-identical, interlocking elements; these can be arranged in a variety of configurations, each designed by the artist. With their intricate mirrored surfaces and bursts of colorful reverse-glass painting, these kaleidoscopic pieces offer an array of possibilities for viewing.&nbsp; As with the whole of Monir&rsquo;s practice, the <em>Convertibles</em> combine the artist&rsquo;s maverick creativity with forms and materials specific to her native Iran. The result is a dazzling, unprecedented body of work that reflects an artistic perspective that has only become more refined with time.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Several of the <em>Convertible</em> works included in this exhibition are named for the months of the Persian solar calendar currently used in Iran. This observation-based timekeeping system begins each year on the vernal equinox, as determined by astronomical observations from Tehran. The complex geometry traced by the movements of the heavens is echoed in the dynamic nature of these artworks: as the curve of the circle is cut into arcs and the various angles are conjoined, mathematical precision gives way to wonder. In its origins, the word &ldquo;geometry&rdquo; literally means &ldquo;to measure the earth.&rdquo; But for the Sufi mathematicians and theologians whose geometry has so inspired Monir, the task was less to measure the earth than to identify, within the earthly realm, manifestations of a divine natural order.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Convertibles</em> also includes an extraordinary example from the artist&rsquo;s <em>Muqarnas</em> series, named for the ornamental vaulting customarily found within the domes and cornices of the famed mirrored shrines of Iran. Such sites have served as a source of inspiration for Monir&rsquo;s artwork since the mid-1960s, when she visited the 14th Shrine of Shah Cheragh in Shiraz with artists Marcia Hafif and Robert Morris. It was, as Monir has described it, &ldquo;architecture transformed into performance, all movement and fluid light, all solids fractured and dissolved in brilliance.&rdquo; She could just as easily be describing the impact of her own work.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>An analogous experience of Monir&rsquo;s works unfolds within one of the gallery&rsquo;s more intimate spaces, where visitors are enveloped in the elaborately patterned shadows and reflections cast by Monir&rsquo;s mirrored spheres and wall panels, both inscribed with a lapidary reverse-glass painting in shades of sapphire. One of Monir&rsquo;s signature artistic forms since the 1970s, the spheres conjure a host of associations&mdash;one famously sat atop Andy Warhol&rsquo;s personal desk until his death in 1987; here, they reflect one another and the viewer within the more intimately scaled space.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As the artist Shirin Neshat has observed, &ldquo;Monir&rsquo;s enduring appeal stems from her ability to navigate and find a balance between traditionalism and the avant-garde, past and present, the rooted and the nomadic. Her art, wisdom, strength, humility, and vigorous energy have earned her a legacy that will continue to prevail over time.&rdquo; The curator Hans Ulrich Obrist has called Farmanfarmaian, &ldquo;A role model for the artist of the twenty-first century.&rdquo;</p> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:36:23 +0000 Darcy Padilla - de Young Museum - November 17th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>ArtPoint presents a discussion between Darcy Padilla, award-winning photojournalist and documentary photographer, and Julian Cox, chief curator and founding curator of photography, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.</p> <p>Guests will enjoy a wine and cheese reception, and after-hours viewing of the exhibition Danny Lyon: Message to the Future. Described as &ldquo;quietly brilliant&rdquo; by Art News and &ldquo;unexpectedly moving&rdquo; by The New York Times, this exhibition was curated by Cox and developed in collaboration with the artist.</p> <p>Guests must be 21+ with a valid ID. Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable.</p> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:54:26 +0000 Danny Lyon - de Young Museum - November 4th 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM <p>Tonight's program includes a screening of Soc. Sci. 127 (1969, 21 min.) and Leesburg (2015&ndash;2016, 8 min.) by Danny Lyon, followed by a discussion between the artist and Julian Cox, chief curator and founding curator of photography, FAMSF. Lyon will be signing the exhibition catalogue, Danny Lyon: Message to the Future.</p> <p>For more information and tickets:&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:05:20 +0000 - Legion of Honor - October 22nd 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p>Throughout history, many artists have approached the book as a particular kind of challenge: an invitation to imagine its form and its future in their own terms. The merging of narrative and image has a rich history that spans thousands of years&mdash;from cave drawings to illuminated manuscripts, the visions of William Blake, and contemporary books&mdash;but the artist&rsquo;s book only came into its own as a recognized genre in the twentieth century. Join prominent historians, artists, curators, and scholars as we explore the past, present, and future of this vital, engaging art form.</p> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:55:27 +0000