ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 WIGband - Berkeley Art Center - August 10th, 2014 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">*Berkeley Art Center Annual Picnic featuring live performance by <em>Soapbox </em>artists WIGband! Join us for&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: small;">a closing party for </span><em style="font-size: small;">Soapbox </em><span style="font-size: small;">and an annual picnic that celebrates our neighborhood, community and&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: small;">artists in our exhibition. Food, drinks, special deals for members and much more! Join us and stayed&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: small;">tuned for more information!</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:32:06 +0000 - Southern Exposure - August 11th, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Interested in applying for an Alternative Exposure grant? Attend an information session in San Francisco or Oakland to learn more about all aspects of the application process. For additional information, including guidelines and a link to the online application, visit:</p> <p><strong>Note:</strong> Attending an information session is encouraged but not required to apply for an Alternative Exposure grant. Information sessions are free and open to the public. No RSVP required!&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Generous lead support for Alternative Exposure is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support is provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:33:08 +0000 - Pro Arts Gallery - August 13th, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Pro Arts is now accepting applications from curators for 2 x 2 Solos, an exhibition series commissioning new work from four accomplished emerging artists based in the Oakland/Bay Area.</p> <p>2 x 2 Solos serves as a significant platform for the production of, and engagement with, art in Oakland. Supported, in part, by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and East Bay Community Foundation, the program establishes important professional opportunities, networks and critical visibility for emerging artists, while supporting artists who assume risk and pose challenges through their work. Participation in the program is based on nomination by the top art professionals in the region. From over 100 nominations, four artists are selected based on reviews by a curatorial panel and studio visits with independent curators.</p> <p>Four curators will be selected for the project. Curators will, in collaboration with Pro Arts independent curatorial committee, finalize artist selections based on studio visits held in late October 2014. Selected curators will then produce a solo exhibition in Pro Arts' downtown Oakland gallery space. This includes overseeing the production of new work, coordinating installation and layout of work, writing a curatorial statement, and finding a regional arts writer to produce an essay for the exhibition catalogue.</p> <p>Final exhibitions will take place at Pro Arts in August - October, 2015. An $500 honorarium is provided.</p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:23:10 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - August 14th, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>How do artists use food, sex, physicality and clothing to seduce and deceive the viewer? Tina Takemoto explores how race and sexuality are deployed in artworks presented in <em>Gorgeous</em> that engage with cross-dressing, masquerade, embodiment and ethnic drag.</p> <p>Gorgeous Idea events are informal, impromptu in-gallery conversations facilitated by scholars, artists, filmmakers and writers who explore ideas arising from the artwork on view in the exhibition <em>Gorgeous</em>. Each facilitator will present an idea that piques his or her curiosity and host a session to investigate it through two or three artworks.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:14:45 +0000 Natalie Arnoldi - Modernism Inc. - August 14th, 2014 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:53:05 +0000 Naomie Kremer - Modernism Inc. - August 14th, 2014 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:54:42 +0000 Michael Furman - Monterey Museum of Art - August 14th, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p>Book signing with artist Michael Furman and co-author Nicholas Dawes of <em>Antiques Road Show</em>.</p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:13:58 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - August 15th, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">As an important feature of the history of religious traditions, the history of Iranian religious beliefs and its influences are presented from pre-historic times to the advent of Islam. Included are Zoroastrianism, Mithraism, Manicheism, and Mazdakism. Highlighted will be the trajectory of some universal concepts first introduced in Iranian religious thought and its genetic and historical relations with other major religions of the world.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This lecture will be a good pre-cursor to the Arts of Asia Fall Series on Arts of the Islamic World. Dr. Mitra Ara is Professor and Founding Director of the Persian Studies Program at San Francisco State University.</p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 18:09:44 +0000 Jeremy Fish - Fecal Face Dot Gallery - August 15th, 2014 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">FFDG is pleased to present San Francisco based artist Jeremy Fish in his second solo show with the gallery entitled &ldquo;Yesterdays and Tomorrows&rdquo; featuring over 100 black and white drawings spanning Fish&rsquo;s 20 years creating artworks and living in San Francisco. Of the 100 drawings, 30 new works will be for sale. An opening reception is scheduled for&nbsp;Friday, August 15th&nbsp;(6-9pm). Beer and wine will be available. Jeremy Fish will be present.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In 2014 Jeremy Fish will celebrate living and working in San Francisco for the last 20 years. This exhibition will display 100 selected drawings he created over the last two decades. Yesterdays and Tomorrows investigates Fish's personal history and progression through a massive wall of narrative line drawings. Exploring the artists past and present imagery, as the artwork transitions in to the future. Adobe and Juxtapoz Magazine have sponsored a project to animate this collection of drawings, and to project these animations around SF for people to enjoy. FFDG was the perfect location for this celebratory show, as Fish and Fecal Face have been great friends for most of these 20 years.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, Jeremy Fish (b. 1974, Albany, NY) received his BFA in 1998, and has exhibited in Mexico City, San Francisco, New York, Laguna Beach, Milan, Zurich, Tokyo, Munich, and Los Angeles. He has shown in collectives and group shows throughout the world, including Switzerland, Japan and Germany, and self-produced a number of international "Mobile Art Tours." His work is featured in the permanent collection of the Laguna Art Museum (CA).</p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:27:43 +0000 Dennis McNett - FIFTY24SF Gallery - August 16th, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Upper Playground artist Dennis McNett who made his way to San Francisco this month will be opening a show at Fifty24SF Gallery in conjunction to his installation at Outside Lands this weekend.&nbsp; His solo show titled, &lsquo;WOLFBAT&rsquo; will feature prints and small original works hard to access on the west coast. Opening is Saturday, August 16th, 6PM.</p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:12:15 +0000 Daniel Blomquist - Intersection for the Arts/ Intersection 5M - August 16th, 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM <h1 style="text-align: justify;" dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: small;">Powerful sonic performances by Daniel Blomquist, Voicehandler, and Chuck Johnson with a string ensemble</span></h1> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>Flooded</em> showcases the overpowering nature of water and our natural environment out-of-our-control and by our own design. San Francisco artist Daniel Blomquist investigates floods and flood victims in connection to our sonic memories with a special performance using sounds, memories and music from flooded audio and videotapes exposed to water. These partially lost recordings are composed to let water find a new nostalgia within the sound. Musician and composer Chuck Johnson creates a meditative performance with a string ensemble and analog instruments to explore to our attempts to mediate and harness water by constructing large dams on rivers and the significant ecological and social implications, such as flooding, destruction of watersheds, species extinction, and displaced populations.</span></p> <h3 style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Tickets: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></span></h3> <p><span style="font-size: small;">Doors 7:30pm, Performance&nbsp;8:00pm</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:16:26 +0000 Poesia - Shooting Gallery - August 16th, 2014 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;" dir="ltr">Shooting Gallery is pleased to present the new work of Poesia in his latest exhibition titled, Reflexive, featuring large-scale works on canvas and collage. The opening reception will be Saturday, August 16 from 7 pm to 11 pm. The exhibit will be on view through September 6, &nbsp;2014 and is free and open to the public.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" dir="ltr">San Francisco-based and self taught &ldquo;graffuturist&rdquo; artist, Poesia, was born in 1975 and has been making his mark on wall and canvas for the past 25 years. Whether he is mirroring the work of old masters, composing collages, or creating gestural abstract paintings, Poesia&rsquo;s work consistently carries the same sense of immediacy as seen in contemporary street art. With this concept in mind, Poesia created &ldquo;Graffuturism,&rdquo; a league of street artists that value the urgency and directness of graffiti, as well as fast paced and physical aspects involved with street art, but have evolved beyond their initial roots.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" dir="ltr">Poesia&rsquo;s work is always eye catching. Whether it&rsquo;s a sense of urgency or excitement found within his expressive paintings, his work continually directs an instant involvement with the members of his audience. These crucial qualities are seen in graffiti, and are also what Graffuturism was founded on.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:11:06 +0000 Mr Jago - White Walls Gallery - August 16th, 2014 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;" dir="ltr">White Walls is pleased to present the new work of Bristol based artist, Mr Jago, in his latest exhibition titled New Coordinates. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, August 16 from 7 pm to 11 pm. The exhibit will be on view through September 6, 2014 and is free and open to the public.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" dir="ltr">The work of Mr Jago cannot be simply described or categorized. His work is dynamic and full of movement. Paintings by the artist are free flowing and organic, yet can also be described as robotic. In his latest collection, Mr Jago explores these abstracted versions of the robotic figures that defined his early career and explains that by keeping in mind the robotic species, as well as our own, &ldquo;this body of work is populated by a species of sorts - a species deployed to new coordinates.&rdquo; Mr Jago&rsquo;s process is a mix of both fantasy and nightmare and &ldquo;a journey to an unknown place and time.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" dir="ltr">With a collection of 25 pieces, both on canvas and on paper, and the inclusion of a special 10-foot work on canvas, Mr Jago continues his exploration of new concepts, while revisiting those past.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 08:13:29 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - August 19th, 2014 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>Highlighting 22 works by 20 artists, this exhibition celebrates selected Japanese contemporary works from the Paul and Kathy Bissinger Collection of San Francisco.</p> <p>The works demonstrate how contemporary Japanese potters appreciate and continue the long tradition of ceramics, but at the same time depart from convention in search of the new. <em>Organized by the Asian Art Museum.</em></p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:53:33 +0000 - Asian Art Museum - August 21st, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>What is so powerful about the erotic image? How does the erotic inspire, transform and politicize the viewer? From an ancient phallic sculpture and sexualized deities in <em>Gorgeous</em> to vintage physique photography and modern fetish websites, journalist and documentary filmmaker Michael Stabile will discuss the unique ability of the erotic to challenge cultural assumptions.</p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:57:37 +0000 - San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design - August 21st, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM <p>Join us for an interactive talk with artist Joe Brubaker and some members of his Exquisite Gardeners team. Brubaker has described the Exquisite Garden team experience as "similar to jazz, where we riff off of each other's energy and notions, and fold our individual creative licks into the larger whole of the installation." Brubaker and team will discuss the many facets of creative collaboration within the context of The Exquisite Garden Project, and the aesthetic challenges and freedoms that accompany working with the reuse of materials. Join Joe Brubaker after the talk for a signing of his book, "Somnambulists." The Exquisite Gardeners: A Visible Transparency Project is open to the public during installation. Museum visitors will enjoy watching the Exquisite Gardeners work within an atmosphere of unstructured time, aesthetic free play, and radical creativity. At the end of the week-long installation, everyone will admire a heroically scaled, unstructured work of art that sparkles, shines and exists for its own sake, like a three-dimensional poem.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 18:21:58 +0000