ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Group Show - CCA Wattis Institute - April 19th, 2012 - May 19th, 2012 <p>The opening night performances will be&nbsp;<em>Sound performance concerning the apology</em>&nbsp;by Emily Lacy and&nbsp;<em>BURY ME DEEP in LOVE</em>&nbsp;by Kevin Killian.</p> <p><em>On Apology</em>&nbsp;is an exhibition produced by the graduating class of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts with the support of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.</p> <p>The public apology has in recent times become a widely prevalent phenomenon. Politicians, corporate and pop-culture figures, from Bill Clinton to Toyota&rsquo;s chief executives, have openly expressed remorse for everything from minor private indiscretions to major corporate wrongdoings. The mechanisms for &ldquo;saying sorry&rdquo; are crafted for broad public consumption and conveyed through the mass media, and are accordingly all-pervasive. The effectiveness of the broadcast apology is complicated by public expectations for reconciliation or recompense, and the unlikelihood of these expectations being met. Despite the fact that overuse has arguably rendered the apology a bankrupt form of meaningful expression, it persists as a means of damage control, and, ironically perhaps, of enshrining a kind of idealism.</p> <p><em>On Apology</em>, references Jacques Derrida&rsquo;s 2001 essay &ldquo;On Forgiveness,&rdquo; which provides an insight into views on the act of forgiving, and the possibility of genuine forgiveness versus the complexities of amnesty, apology, and contrition. Similarly, the show itself seeks to outline the multifaceted perspectives and exchanges of power that are central to the formulation of apologies, with the works navigating the integrity of sincere regret, fraught apologies or even the absence of contrition. It intends to question, under what circumstances are apologies warranted? Can one person apologize on behalf of another? Is the value of the apology contingent upon written or spoken language, or do symbolic, performative gestures speak louder than words?&nbsp;<em>On Apology</em>&nbsp;investigates public and private iterations of the apology, examining how apologies are formed, their subtlety or lack thereof, and their potential, if any, to accomplish real change.</p> <p>more info:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:21:25 +0000 Group Show - ArtPadSF Art Fair - May 16th, 2013 - May 19th, 2013 <p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:06:33 +0000 Rachel E. Foster - Needles & Pens - October 11th, 2013 - October 28th, 2013 <p>Needles &amp; Pens is pleased to present an exhibition of the work and collection of Chicago based artist Rachel E. Foster.&nbsp;<em>Treasury&nbsp;</em>will be on view from October 11 &ndash; 28 with an opening reception and zine launch on October 12 from 7-9:30pm.</p> <p>When Howard Carter first peered into Tutankhamen&rsquo;s undisturbed tomb he could not imagine the wonders that awaited him. That moment! &ndash; the moment of discovery propels&nbsp;<em>everything&nbsp;</em>forward. It is how we advance culturally, scientifically, and personally. It is what motivates artists to search and create and search again. Artists are constantly discovering and collecting information. For Foster, the internet and books act as the greatest repositories for information. She harvests all of her source material from these places. This allows her to have the same experience as Howard Carter &ndash; repeated moments of discovery</p> <p><em>Treasury&nbsp;</em>is to be a series of collaborative exhibitions taking place between the artist and an invited curator. The first iteration works with curator, Amanda Roscoe Mayo. Physically, the treasury is a large box and inside the box is a personal, individualized collection. The contents that make up each collection are handmade artworks created by Foster, found objects, antiques, books, as well as instructions for wall drawings. Each box will act as a book; it will have a vague narrative and all objects will convey a similar tone.</p> <p>Amanda Roscoe Mayo will blindly greet the box at the exhibition space and unveil the treasures inside. The curator has been invited to create the exhibition with no instruction, guidance, or parameters. The artist bows out of any exhibition decisions entrusting the curator entirely.&nbsp; The framework of the show is one of repetition, the artist makes a discovery, the curator unveils that discovery, and finally the viewer is invited to participate in making their own connections between the works and the information presented.</p> <p>The goal of the show is to create a learning space between artist, curator, and viewer; where all parties get to participate in the artistic process of researching and the act of &ldquo;taking in&rdquo;.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<em>Treasury</em>&nbsp;aims to blur the lines between original artwork, source material, and the simple presentation of data.&nbsp; The artist and curator hope that all visitors will gain an insight into the act of collecting and creating.</p> <p>Needles &amp; Pens is an emporium of zines, books, handmade goods, and an art gallery. Located in San Francisco's Mission District since 2003, the space aims to provide an affordable place where like-minded people from the community can display and sell their own homemade goods, home-published zines, and artwork. The shop and gallery is open daily noon &ndash; 7pm and is located at 3235 16th street. For more information visit</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:13:52 +0000 Lee Hunter, Pachi Giustinian, Erik Shane Swanson, Andrew Chapman, Clayton Colvin, Andrea Bacigalupo - Needles & Pens - November 1st, 2013 - November 15th, 2013 <p>Needles &amp; Pens announces its final exhibition curated by Amanda Roscoe Mayo.&nbsp;<em>(Untitiled) Formalisms</em>&nbsp;opens on November 1, with a reception and zine launch from 7-9:00pm and performance by Benjamin Vilmain at 8:00pm. The exhibition will be on view at Needles &amp; Pens through November 15th and features the work of Andrea Bacigalupo , Andrew Chapman, Clayton Colvin, Lee Hunter &amp; Pachi Giustinian, and Erik Swanson.</p> <p>Formalism reaches far into the depths of history and art history alike. In painting the qualities are identified as line, value, color, and texture. These elements are compositional ones that the artist may use as a tool to complete a work that is balanced and aesthetically readable. These compositional qualities separate content and technique from the work and are applied to other art practices such as drawing and sculpture. The pedagogy of formalism, however, is long ingrained into an artist&rsquo;s training. These artists based throughout the country in Oakland, New York, Austin, and Birmingham both resist its foundation and utilize its characteristics.</p> <p>True Formalism is rarely explored in contemporary art to the degree it once was. This exhibition looks to the artists who sit on the edge of a practice surrounding formalist ideas and tendencies. The notions of formalism are taught both classically and contemporaneously and often artists forgo or rebel the theory as it relates to art. This group of artists is reacting to the rules of this model, but is doing so in a way that challenges the end product.&nbsp;<strong>Andrea Bacigalupo</strong>&nbsp;has embraced the literal form. Using concrete she captures a complicated and intricate surface relying heavily on chance and the knowledge that the outcome will reference certain aspects of landscape composition.&nbsp;<strong>Andrew Chapman</strong>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<strong>Erik Swanson</strong>&nbsp;deconstruct the practice of painting in order to allow for a more holistic approach to the medium. Their treatment of the plane harbors enormous depth and control of the abstract visual.&nbsp;<strong>Clayton Colvin</strong>&nbsp;employs formalist ideologies to control the spatial plane presenting the viewer with a specific experience of the image. Through careful study of process and material&nbsp;<strong>Lee hunter&rsquo;s</strong>&nbsp;work is based in the roots of formalist design creating sustained small sculptures that speak both to their construction and their visual image. In collaboration,&nbsp;<strong>Pachi Giustinian</strong>&nbsp;painted the interchangeable pieces allowing the objects to reach autonomy among themselves.&nbsp;</p> <p>Needles &amp; Pens is an emporium of zines, books, handmade goods, and an art gallery. Located in San Francisco's Mission District since 2003, the space aims to provide an affordable place where like-minded people from the community can display and sell their own homemade goods, home-published zines, and artwork. The shop and gallery is open daily noon &ndash; 7pm and is located at 3235 16th street. For more information visit&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:47:02 +0000 - White Walls Gallery - September 13th - October 4th Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:04:34 +0000 Matt Ritchie - Spoke Art - August 2nd - August 30th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Spoke Art is pleased to present the latest solo show by Bay Area artist Matt Ritchie aka Matt136. Titled &ldquo;Confero&rdquo; the show is a collection of small hand cut wood pieces individually painted and assembled to create larger inclusive combinations. Matt&rsquo;s new body of work pays homage to a plethora of cultural interests and subjects from the artist&rsquo;s past. A child of the 1970s, Matt&rsquo;s work surveys an eclectic array of different sub-cultures, including everything from Battle Star Galactica and The Micronauts to classic comic books, video games and cartoons. His range of interests are only matched by his encyclopedic expertise on each subject. Matt&rsquo;s childhood memories serve as an endless catalogue for all-things-cool, listening to him explain his work is like having an docent into a limitless underground world.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Working in his signature style, Matt&rsquo;s wood-cut paintings are distinct in both their small scale and crisp aesthetic. Drawing from the bold graphic artistry of comic books and tattoo illustration, Matt&rsquo;s work remains steadfastly clean and minimal. Being that each piece is composed on cut wood, the work borders on sculptural, all while retaining the bold illustrative aesthetic that Matt cultivates. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Once a handful of themed works are completed, the artist encases the collection in a larger hand designed frame, contextually emblematic of its contents. The title of the show, &ldquo;Confero&rdquo;, in Latin translates: &ldquo;to bring together, put together, collect.&rdquo; Acting as a cultural anthropologist, Ritchie seeks to accumulate and document the world that he admires so dearly, archiving every facet of his creative mind and energy. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> For &ldquo;Confero&rdquo; the artist also explores notions of design and utility in everyday life. Expanding on his already popular wood works, Matt designed and organized different bodies of objects within color coded frames. Each frame holds an assemblage of commonplace objects and items, all uniquely tied together with one universal color. Examining how we interact with design on a daily basis, Matt&rsquo;s work attempts to reveal the deeper psychology behind form and functionality. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> A man of many skills, Matt&rsquo;s new body of work utilizes his talents as an illustrator, craftsman, and all around cultural archaeologist. Working alongside the artist group, Zerofriends, has also had an immense influence on him. Interacting with a group of supportive and prolific artists, including such luminaries as Alex Pardee and Dave Correia, has provided Ritchie with the continual influence and support needed to refine his craft and explore new ways of art making. The opening reception for &ldquo;Confero&rdquo; will take place Saturday August 2nd at Spoke Art in San Francisco. The artist will be in attendance.</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:47:55 +0000 Pakpoom Silaphan - Shooting Gallery - September 13th - October 4th Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:37:20 +0000 Jeremy Fish - Fecal Face Dot Gallery - August 15th - September 6th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">*Jeremy Fish celebrates 20 years in San Francisco with his upcoming solo show featuring both new and old works spanning his fine art and illustrative career.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Opening:&nbsp;August 15&nbsp;(6-9pm)&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Preview inquires: info(at)<a href="" target="_blank"></a></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">"At first glance, Fish's images seem to be rooted in an alternate world -- a world where gnomes travel via saddled dachshund-back and birds of all nations hatch adorned with the heads and hairstyles of every human stereotype imaginable. The bold, precise outlines give his ideas an immediate impact, but it's the aftertaste that really cuts deep. Everything comes with a story. -Aesop Rock.</span></div> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:41:33 +0000 - THE THING Quarterly - July 24th - August 29th <p style="text-align: justify;">This summer marks the 40th anniversary of Evel Knievel's famous attempt to jump Idaho's Snake River Canyon.&nbsp; We were blown away when we discovered that Gallery 16 owner, artist, and racountour&nbsp;Griff Williams&nbsp;was a cousin of the 1970's Motorcycle Daredevil.&nbsp; Our minds were even further blown when he revealed his collection of Evel ephemera, some of which was given to young Griff by his cousin Evel.&nbsp; The collection includes home movies of the Snake River jump, hospital x-rays of Evel's injuries, and the original blueprints of Evel's famous Skycycle.&nbsp;We immediately knew that this information must be shared with a larger public... which is to say, you. And so we have brought it to our&nbsp;Bookshelf Collection Series.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Also of equal interest and excitment are the two 8mm home movies shot by Griff's mom and dad.&nbsp; The filmic time capsule is comprised of moments from Griff's life as a young boy growing up in 1970's Montana.&nbsp; The home movie also contains footage of Evil's failed jump of the Snake River and other moments with young Griff and Evel.&nbsp; These two 9 min. films will be be scored and played with live synth and electronic accompanyment by the Bay Area's astounding&nbsp;Kelley Stoltz&nbsp;and&nbsp;Justin Frahm.&nbsp; An evening not to be missed...unless you are on vacation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>About The Bookshelf Collection Series:&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;The series began a few years ago when&nbsp;Luke Bartels&nbsp;of&nbsp;Woodshop&nbsp;built some shelves for our office.&nbsp; We liked them so much that we decided to use them mainly to put other people's collections on them.&nbsp; Past collection contributors have included Dave Eggers, Jonathan Lethem, Nathan Lynch, Allison Smith, David Korty, No Age, and the Kronos Quartet.</p> <h2 class="heading"><span style="font-size: small;">RECEPTION &amp; SHORT FILM SCREENING JULY 24, 5-8:30PM</span></h2> <p><span style="font-size: small;">FEATURING LIVE SCORE BY KELLEY STOLTZ &amp; JUSTIN FRAHM</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:39:00 +0000 - Intersection for the Arts/ Intersection 5M - July 25th 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Come join us for a night of casual conversation with the&nbsp;great artstech brains from, Keezy, and making amazing things for music and visualization lovers everywhere!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>RSVP:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:49:58 +0000 - Hespe Gallery - September 4th - September 27th Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:44:41 +0000 Gustavo Mora - Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts - July 31st - August 30th <p style="text-align: justify;">Gustavo Mora was born in Mexico and studied Studio Arts at the Institute of Visual Arts in Puebla Mexico where he was influenced by Expressionism, Mexican Graphic Arts, as well as, literary and cinematic works. Mora&rsquo;s work is based on his drawing practice and is applied to different techniques in intaglio, relief printmaking and lithography. He has participated in exhibits and art events in Mexico, Argentina, Cuba, Costa Rica, France, Romania, Greece, the United States and Japan. Mora has been member of the California Society of Printmakers since 2008 and is currently teaching relief printmaking at Mission Grafica.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:41:57 +0000 Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro - Gallery Wendi Norris - September 4th - November 1st <div class="artist-exhibition-landing-text" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healy&rsquo;s second solo show at Gallery Wendi Norris, <em>Architects of Destruction,</em> is a multimedia exhibition that provides viewers a window into the artists&rsquo; nuanced understanding of human progress&rsquo;s inherent costs.</span></div> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:34:28 +0000 Michael Delucia - Anthony Meier Fine Arts - September 12th - October 17th Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:27:58 +0000 Shannon Ebner - Altman Siegel Gallery - September 11th - November 1st Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:27:20 +0000 Anna Halldin Maule - Scott Richards Contemporary Art - August 7th - August 30th <p>In her in debut solo exhibition at <strong>Scott Richards Contemporary Art</strong>,<strong> Anna Halldin Maule</strong> will present a series of hyper-realistic, illusionary figure paintings.&nbsp; A reception for the artist will be held on <strong>August 7, 5:30-7:30 pm</strong>.&nbsp; The opening reception is presented concurrently with the <strong>Union Square Food + Art </strong>event, which is free and open to the public. The exhibition continues through <strong>August 30</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;The dictionary definition of &ldquo;glamour&rdquo; reads: magic spell; an exciting and often illusory romantic attractiveness; alluring or fascinating attraction.&nbsp; The word &ldquo;glamour&rdquo; is often used to describe women&rsquo;s fashion, but in its fuller sense, it is an apt description of the exquisite beauty and psychology behind the paintings of <strong>Anna Halldin Maule</strong>. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;Using a restrained approach to composition and tonality, Halldin Maule explores subject matter that is anything but restrained, and actually verges on the surreal.&nbsp; Her lovely, youthful models are adorned in strange costumes: a headdress of cut-paper flowers, masses of cotton wool, or a birdcage releasing a cloud of gilded butterflies. She attributes her choice of a muted color palette to growing up in Sweden under the influence of the Scandinavian minimalist aesthetic.&nbsp; Though balanced and harmonious, the female figures are larger than life (the artist cites Chuck Close as one of her influences) and painted in hyper-realistic perfection, magnifying the focus on every element of the composition.</p> <p>&nbsp;On one level, the paintings are specifically about women and their conflicted relationship with appearance; on another, they are about our helpless shared obsession with artifice, and our tendency to disregard underlying substance. &nbsp;By reminding us of the lure and potential danger of our desire for youth and physical appeal, the works are keenly relevant to how we navigate the world we live in.</p> <p>&nbsp;Although Halldin Maule uses professional models as subjects, each painting can be read as a psychological self-portrait.&nbsp; She admits that she succumbs to the temptation of glamour along with the rest of us, stating, &ldquo;Women of today are assaulted by a continuous stream of media bytes dictating how we should look, think, and purchase. My latest paintings are part of my &lsquo;Persona&rsquo; series and through them I explore the &lsquo;masks&rsquo; women wear in their quest to discover their true selves.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;Halldin Maule is an exceptionally talented painter who is receiving an increasing amount of deserved attention. This will be her first solo exhibition in San Francisco; however she has already exhibited internationally and is held in many private collections.&nbsp; Born and raised in Sweden, she now makes her home in Hawaii.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:24:21 +0000