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Terry Berlier: Giving up a fantasy is harder than giving up a reality \;brings together newly commissioned works\, includi ng kinetic sculpture and sound installation\, to explore the terrain where ecology and queerness meet.

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Terry Berlier borrows the title for her exhibition &ndash\; \;Giving up a fantasy is harder than giving up a reality \;&ndash\; from theorist Timothy Morton's essay Queer E cology. Morton views ecology and queer theory as &lsquo\;strange friends&rs quo\; that confound boundaries\, reject sameness and imagine new ways for l ife. Berlier uses Morton&rsquo\;s text as a prompt to bring together two ke y elements in her work: environmental concerns and queer practice.

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In Giving up a fantasy is harder than giving up a reality\, Berlie r adopts a playful childlike sensibility to address larger concerns of our time (e.g. climate change). A symphony of talking toy birds reads an Adrien ne Rich poem to the trees\; wooden balls trace the new trade route through the once frozen Bering Strait\; the live sound of trees drinking water fill s the room. It's a sensory mesh of distinct\, yet overlapping\, works.

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Giving up a fantasy is harder than giving up a reality is on view from March 17 to April 17\, 2015. An Artists&rsquo\; Reception will be held on F irst Friday\, April 3\, 6-8pm. This event will feature a special performanc e by Terry Berlier\, Luciano Chessa and Jessie Marino at 7pm. An Artists&rs quo\; Talk will be held on Saturday\, April 11 at 11am. Exhibition and even ts are free to the public.

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About the Artist: \ ;Terry Berlier is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily with sculpt ure and expanded media. Her work is often kinetic\, interactive and/or soun d-based\, and focuses on everyday objects\; the environment\; ideas of nonp lace/place\; and queer practice. Berlier has exhibited in both solo and gro up shows in national and international venues\, including the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco\, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art\, T homas Welton Stanford Art Gallery at Stanford University\, and Babel Galler y in Norway. She received a Masters in Fine Arts in Studio Art from Univers ity of California\, Davis and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Miami Universit y in Oxford\, Ohio. Berlier is currently an Associate Professor and Directo r of the Sculpture Lab in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University.

DTEND:20150417 DTSTAMP:20150306T161058 DTSTART:20150317 GEO:37.805116;-122.27111 LOCATION:Pro Arts Gallery\,150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza \nOakland\, CA 94612 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Giving up a fantasy is harder than giving up a reality.\,  Terry Be rlier UID:376217 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20150403T200000 DTSTAMP:20150306T161058 DTSTART:20150403T180000 GEO:37.805116;-122.27111 LOCATION:Pro Arts Gallery\,150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza \nOakland\, CA 94612 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Giving up a fantasy is harder than giving up a reality.\,  Terry Be rlier UID:376218 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

This exhibition will highlight the figure in Richard Misrach&rsquo\;s photographs from 1975 to the presen t. Coinciding with this presentation will be the release of a new book of M israch&rsquo\;s photographs\, \;The Mysterious Opacity of Other Bei ngs\, published by Aperture.

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The opening reception for the exhibition will be on Thursday\, April 9\, 2015\ , from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

DTEND:20150530 DTSTAMP:20150306T161058 DTSTART:20150409 GEO:37.7877888;-122.40434 LOCATION:Fraenkel Gallery\,49 Geary Street 4th floor\nSan Francisco\, CA 94 108 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Being(s) 1975-2015\, Richard Misrach UID:376166 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20150409T193000 DTSTAMP:20150306T161058 DTSTART:20150409T173000 GEO:37.7877888;-122.40434 LOCATION:Fraenkel Gallery\,49 Geary Street 4th floor\nSan Francisco\, CA 94 108 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Being(s) 1975-2015\, Richard Misrach UID:376167 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

The Contemporary Jewish Museum asked 38 West Coast fine arti sts and contemporary craftspeople to reimagine the tzedakah box\, and the thought-provoking results are on view in a new exhibition this spri ng. \;

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The tzedakah box is a traditionally humble cont ainer found in synagogues\, Jewish homes\, and institutions in which charit able donations are deposited. This ritual object relates to one of the most important obligations in Judaism&mdash\;the obligation to give to those in need regardless of your own. \;

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Participating artists were enc ouraged to interpret this unique object from a contemporary perspective\, e xploring its ongoing relevance and universality. Working in a wide range of media\, from wood to glass to paint and graphite\, participating artists i nclude Gale Antokal\, Anzfer Farms\, John Bankston\, Terry Berlier\, Harrie te Estel Berman\, Beth Grossman\, Mildred Howard\, Zachary Royer Scholz\, R ichard Shaw\, and more. \;

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All works on display are available f or purchase in an ongoing silent auction during the run of the exhibition.< /p>\n

Started in 1984 and now in its tenth iteration\, The Dorothy Saxe I nvitational is an important component of The Museum&rsquo\;s long-standing tradition of inviting artists from a variety of backgrounds to explore a Je wish ceremonial object\, holiday\, or concept within the context of their o wn medium and artistic philosophy.

DTEND:20150517 DTSTAMP:20150306T161058 DTSTART:20150409 GEO:37.7837687;-122.4033289 LOCATION:The Contemporary Jewish Museum\,736 Mission Street (between 3rd a nd 4th st.)\nSan Francisco\, CA 94103 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:The 2015 Dorothy Saxe Invitational: Tzedakah Box\, Gale Antokal\, A nzfer Farms\, John Bankston\, Terry Berlier\, Harriete Estel Berman\, Beth Grossman\, Mildred Howard\, Zachary Royer Scholz\, Richard Shaw UID:376086 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

This exhibition of Santa Cruz based artist\, Miri am Hitchcock\, will showcase paintings she refers to as &ldquo\;Assembled L andscapes\,&rdquo\; to go along with stop-animation films. Her works encoun ter the contemporary landscape\, which she describes as &ldquo\;a place at once gorgeous and anxious\, shaped by human longing and expectation.&rdquo\ ;

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&ldquo\;Viewing Hitchcock&r squo\;s works evokes the tension between believability and slippage in drea ms\,&rdquo\; writes Eleanor Eichenbaum\, a writer and independent curator b ased in St. Petersburg\, Fl.\, in her essay featured in the accompanying ca talog. &ldquo\;Subtleties in gesture\, compositional shifts in scale\, care ful attention to line quality\, elements of texture and collage\, and a con sistently luminous but muted palette\, all underscore the artist&rsquo\;s m aterial awareness and serve to heighten the gossamer atmosphere.&rdquo\;

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Hitchcock received her MFA from Yale University. She has taught painting and drawing at institutions such as Brown University\, Rhode Island School of Design\, Cornell University\, and University of California at Santa Cruz. Her stop-animation films are vi ewable online at MiriamHitchcock.com.

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A 16-page catalog with ten color reproductions will be produced fo r the exhibition.

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The artist will give a talk about her work at the opening reception. The Fundraiser Br unch will precede the opening reception on March 22nd and will b enefit the Wiegand Gallery Endowment Fund.

DTEND:20150425 DTSTAMP:20150306T161058 DTSTART:20150318 GEO:37.5175306;-122.2847256 LOCATION:Wiegand Gallery\, Notre Dame de Namur University\,1500 Ralston Ave . \nBelmont\, CA 94002 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Close to Home\, Miriam Hitchcock\, Miriam Hitchcock UID:376051 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20150322T160000 DTSTAMP:20150306T161058 DTSTART:20150322T140000 GEO:37.5175306;-122.2847256 LOCATION:Wiegand Gallery\, Notre Dame de Namur University\,1500 Ralston Ave . \nBelmont\, CA 94002 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Close to Home\, Miriam Hitchcock\, Miriam Hitchcock UID:376052 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

The Contemporary Jewish Museum presents a solo exhibition of the work of San Francisco-based Jewish conceptual artist Josh Greene. The exhibition extends Greene&rsquo\;s career-long interest in instigating soci al interaction between people. His projects\, often funny and provocative p ublic actions\, have included a rented storefront from which he conducted w hat he advertised as Unlicensed Therapy to an artist talk that took place i n the backseat of a German police car.

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Bound to be Held: A Book Show is a new project in two parts that examines the social meaning o f books as objects\, bookstores\, private collections\, libraries\, museums \, celebrity\, and literature. The first installation\, Read by Famous< /em>\, is a display of a selection of books that Greene solicited from well -known individuals who each affirm that they have personally read that copy and who provide accompanying notes about why the book was important to the m. Book donors have included Jon Stewart (Why Soccer Matters by Pe lé\; with Brian Winters)\, Philip Seymour Hoffman (Death Be Not P roud by John Gunther)\, Alice Waters (The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono)\, and many others. The books will eventually be offered f or sale with proceeds supporting literacy projects.

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The second part of the project is called The Library of Particular Experience\, c onsisting of approximately one thousand books donated by the general public and available for borrowing. A variety of reading events will take place i n The Library during the run of the show.

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Josh Greene has exhibited widely including at the Hammer Museum at UCLA\, the Nelson Galler y at UC Davis\, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery\, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts\, and more.

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Bound to be Held: A Book Show is organized by The Contemporary Jewish Museum\, San Francisco.

DTEND:20150705 DTSTAMP:20150306T161058 DTSTART:20150402 GEO:37.7837687;-122.4033289 LOCATION:The Contemporary Jewish Museum\,736 Mission Street (between 3rd a nd 4th st.)\nSan Francisco\, CA 94103 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Bound to be Held: A Book Show\, Josh Greene UID:376043 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20150402T200000 DTSTAMP:20150306T161058 DTSTART:20150402T180000 GEO:37.7837687;-122.4033289 LOCATION:The Contemporary Jewish Museum\,736 Mission Street (between 3rd a nd 4th st.)\nSan Francisco\, CA 94103 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Bound to be Held: A Book Show\, Josh Greene UID:376044 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

City life has fascinated artists for hundreds of years. Earl y twentieth-century artists in the United States often depicted the physica l and social realities\, as well as the potential emotional disconnect\, th at can accompany urban density. In recent decades\, artistic focus shifted to the ramifications of climate change\, localism\, and globalization.  \;City Limits\, City Life \;encourages audiences to think abou t urbanism in a larger context and coincides with collective efforts to enl iven and transform downtown San Jose. It will feature works by Chester Arno ld\, Karen Carson\, John Gutmann\, Lordy Rodriguez\, Walker Evans\, Rolfe H orn\, Richard Shaw\, and Weegee among others.

DTEND:20151213 DTSTAMP:20150306T161058 DTSTART:20151213 GEO:37.3332706;-121.890218 LOCATION:San Jose Museum of Art\,110 South Market St. \nSan Jose\, CA 95113 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:City Limits\, City Life \, Chester Arnold\, Karen Carson\, John Gut mann\, Lordy Rodriguez\, Richard Shaw\, Walker Evans\, Rolfe Horn\, Weegee UID:375910 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

Two generations after the exultation of Independence and the concurrent horrors of Partition\, contemporary Indian photographers reclai m and reappraise the history of colonialism in their country. These artists look closely and critically at historical Indian photography and draw on d iverse sources of inspiration. They take matters of history into their own hands\, redefining the iconic historical images of India and investigating the complex relationship between traditions of representation and contempor ary image-making.

DTEND:20150802 DTSTAMP:20150306T161058 DTSTART:20150205 GEO:37.3332706;-121.890218 LOCATION:San Jose Museum of Art\,110 South Market St. \nSan Jose\, CA 95113 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Postdate: Photography and Inherited History in India\, Pushpamala N .\, Nandan Ghiya\, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew\, Jitish Kallat\, Raqs Media C ollective\, Vivan Sundaram UID:375908 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20150312T220000 DTSTAMP:20150306T161058 DTSTART:20150312T190000 GEO:37.3332706;-121.890218 LOCATION:San Jose Museum of Art\,110 South Market St. \nSan Jose\, CA 95113 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Postdate: Photography and Inherited History in India\, Raqs Media C ollective\, Nandan Ghiya\, Jitish Kallat\, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew\, Push pamala N.\, Vivan Sundaram UID:375909 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

On the Line

works by Lisa Espenmiller &\; Sabine Reckewell

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April 3 - May 28\, 2015

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Opening Reception: Frid ay\, April 3\, 2015\, 6 - 8 PM

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Open First Friday\, May 1\, 6 - 8 PM

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Artist Reception and Talk: \;Thursday\, April 23\, 6 &ndash\; 7:30 P M

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< strong>Led by SJICA Executive Director and Chief Curator Cathy Kimball \;

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Oakland\, CA Chandra Cerrito Cont emporary presents the work of Lisa Espenmiller and Sabine Reckewell\, two a rtists who use line\, movement\, and space with similar intentions. Both fo cus on material and repetition of pattern\, and view their process as a med itative one. Espenmiller has a controlled technique akin to writing on a sc roll\, while Reckewell fills and redefines an architectural context. Their work mimics one another&rsquo\;s\, while complimenting and transforming the gallery space.

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Espenmiller draws horizontal ink lines\, one after the other\, until the entire surface of canvas or paper becomes a field of meditative resonance. She states that\, &ldquo\;making art is a way of deep ening my Zen practice and furthering my understanding of The Tao in the sam e way that my practice of sitting zazen twice a day is\, or writing haiku\, or tending our garden.&rdquo\;

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The lines and washes of color in he r paintings are visual descriptions of the chi or breath-energy that flows through all things. In her series (the groundless ground) she depi cts the ever-changing inner and outer landscape in a quest to sober and qui et the mind. The (chant) drawings are densely woven tapestries of meditative quotes from The Tao methodically repeated and imbued wi th talismanic power. A mystical form and structure mystically surprisingly emerge from the written patterns.

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Similarly\, Recke well&rsquo\;s practice is disciplined and repetitious. After carefully cons idering the dimensions of her installation\, she creates simple geometric s hapes by stretching ribbons\, rope\, or tape between walls\, ceilings\, and columns to make drawings in three dimensions. Manipulating the shapes by c hanging the spacing between the lines\, she then allows gravity to curve th e lines and alter the installation&rsquo\;s &ldquo\;personality&rdquo\;. Ha rd lines are softened and movement is created by the flow of air in the roo m.

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Reckewell comes from a background in design and fiber art. Her w ork is informed by minimalism and conceptual art of the 60&rsquo\;s and 70& rsquo\;s. She earned her MFA in textile art from the famed Fiberworks Cente r in Berkeley. In 2011 she revisited and recreated several early installati ons from the late 70&rsquo\;s. She has since created new work in public spa ces in collaboration with Pro Arts in Oakland\, the San Francisco Arts Comm ission and the San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art. In 2014 she created site-specific permanent installations for Zoo Labs in Oakland and The Summ it in Austin. Earlier this year\, her work was selected for &ldquo\;HERE Pa rt II&rdquo\;\, a 5-person show at the Berkeley Art Center\, curated by Aim ee Friberg\, director of CULT Exhibitions.

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Lisa Espenmiller is a po et and writer as well as a painter. Her drawings are in a sense another for m of written language&mdash\;a visual haiku offered as objects of reflectio n. Lisa studied at UC Berkeley and California College of the Arts after rec eiving her BA in political science from California Polytechnic State Univer sity in 1985. She has exhibited throughout California including at the Davi d Brower Center in Berkeley\, the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek\, San Jos e Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose\, and the Berkeley Art Center.< /p>\n

About Chandra Cerrito Contemporary: Established in 2007 as a curatorial project space\, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary features exhibitions and site-specific installations that highlight exceptional reg ional and national artists\, with an emphasis on conceptual strength\, refi ned craftsmanship\, contemporary vision and art historical relevance.

DTEND:20150528 DTSTAMP:20150306T161058 DTSTART:20150403 GEO:37.812543;-122.2682623 LOCATION:Chandra Cerrito Contemporary\,480 23rd Street \nOakland\, CA 94612 -2322 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:On the Line: works by Lisa Espenmiller & Sabine Reckewell\, Lisa Es penmiller\, Sabine Reckewell UID:375618 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20150403T200000 DTSTAMP:20150306T161058 DTSTART:20150403T180000 GEO:37.812543;-122.2682623 LOCATION:Chandra Cerrito Contemporary\,480 23rd Street \nOakland\, CA 94612 -2322 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:On the Line: works by Lisa Espenmiller & Sabine Reckewell\, Lisa Es penmiller\, Sabine Reckewell UID:375619 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:
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Sandy Kim
How's the Weather Down There?

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March 13th &ndash\; April 25th

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Opening Reception: F riday\, March 13th\, 7-10pm

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&ldquo\;I often think about my photogra phy and what makes it special\, what it is that connects my photos\, what I do that makes my photos apart of me\, what I do that makes me apart of my photos\, and one thing kept coming up: I'm short. Height is one of the most important physical traits that shape who we are and how we shape the world . It's something we're born with\, something that doesn't change\, somethin g we have no control over\, yet it will forever define view of the world.&r dquo\;

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Ever Gold Gallery is pleased to announce its 3rd solo exhibi tion with contemporary photographer Sandy Kim. How's The Weather Down There ? is a body of new work presented in large scale photographic prints create d over the last two years of the artist&rsquo\;s travels through dark\, pla yful\, sensual and emotionally charged personal situations of herself and h er subjects. This new body of work stays true to her roots\, that being inf luenced by Nan Goldin and Diane Arbus\, yet moves towards a dream like stat e of an unique aesthetic of a jaded youth.

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Immersed in San Francisc o&rsquo\;s vibrant music scene\, Kim gained international exposure for her intimate portraits of the band Girls. Her work has since been featured in publications such as Artforum\, Purple Fashion\, FADER\, New Yorker\, New York Times\, Vogue Italia\, Pitchfork\, Nylon\, Guardian\, Elle\,Wired\ , and Rolling Stone\, among many others. She has exhibited at Salon 94\, Th e Hole\, Ever Gold Gallery\, Mudd Guts\, and New Image Art. Kim&rsquo\;s wo rk has also been the subject for multiple books and zines. In 2014 she lect ured

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DTEND:20150418 DTSTAMP:20150306T161058 DTSTART:20150313 GEO:37.7858571;-122.4120286 LOCATION:Ever Gold Gallery\, 441 O'Farrell\nSan Francisco\, CA 94102 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Sandy Kim "How's the Weather Down There?"\, Sandy Kim UID:375567 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20150313T220000 DTSTAMP:20150306T161058 DTSTART:20150313T190000 GEO:37.7858571;-122.4120286 LOCATION:Ever Gold Gallery\, 441 O'Farrell\nSan Francisco\, CA 94102 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Sandy Kim "How's the Weather Down There?"\, Sandy Kim UID:375568 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

Join us on Tues\, March 3 at 7PM for an evening artist talk and performance by 2014-15 fellowship artist Maiko Sugano. In her performan ce Maiko will present new work that she created in residency at Kala in the form of a tea ceremony. Kala Residency Fellowship Program includes an annu al series of artist talks\, workshops\, and performances presented by curre nt Fellows during their studio residencies. This series is free of charge a nd open to the public.

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http://www.kala.org/artwork/ artist-talk-performance-by-maiko-sugano/

DTEND:20150303T200000 DTSTAMP:20150306T161058 DTSTART:20150303T190000 GEO:37.8523369;-122.2868193 LOCATION:Kala Art Institute\,2990 San Pablo Avenue \nBerkeley\, CA 94702 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Kala Artist Talk & Performance by Maiko Sugano\, Maiko Sugano UID:375533 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:
A Common Thread OAKLAND\, curated by Fernando Reyes and Ruth Tabancay\ , offered a mission to a group of artists: Feel this city...macro/micro\; f iltered/raw\; spectrum/monochrome\; people/place...show us.
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Through sculptural installation\, video\, photograp hy\, and painting\, eighteen Mercury 20 artists and thirteen guest artists beckon us down various paths of thought and feeling inspired by this fascin ating city.Found objects and images are manipulated by some artists. For ot hers\, physical structure or space serve as guide for exploring themes. Som e artists ask us to embrace big issues of social reform\, while others invi te us to feel the need for it in a very personal way. An example of the lat ter is an interactive installation in which PK Frizzell and Josh Garlick co llaborate to pull us in emotionally\, using two-way mirror and video portra its of diverse Oaklanders...visitors will first only see themselves in the mirror\, but then gradually see their face overlaid with others.
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PARTICIPATING ARTISTS \; Julie Alvarado with Madelyn Covey  \; Jo Ann Biagini \ ; \; Eric Bohr with Amy Sass  \; Nick Dong with Corrie Messinger &n bsp\; Carlo Fantin with Felipe Vazquez  \; PK Frizzell with Josh Garlic k  \; Peter Honig \; Kathleen King  \; Leah Markos  \; Jill McLennan with Alison McLennan \; \; Charlie Milgrim with Tim West& nbsp\; \; Jann Nunn \; Mary Curtis Ratcliff  \; Fernando Reyes with Terry Furry  \; KC Rosenberg with Modesto Covarrubias  \; Joan na Salska with Michael Snyder and Robin Thomas  \; Ruth Tabancay with D inah Shapiro  \; Kerry Vander Meer with Robert Strati and Valerie Garry
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SPECIAL EVENTS
Opening Reception
Saturday\, Feb 28th 4 - 6pm
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Artist Talk
Thursday\, March 19th 6 - 8pm
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Oakland Art Murmur First Fridays
Friday\, March 6th 6 - 9pm
Friday\, April 3rd 6 - 9 pm
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Third Thur sdays on 25th Street
Thursday\, March 19th \; 6 - 8pm
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RayKo Photography Exhibition

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Features the best images from the worst cam eras:

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RayKo&rsquo\;s 8th Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show< /em>

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Opening Reception: Wednesday\, March 11th\, 6- 8pm

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Exhibition dates: March 11 th &ndash\; May 3rd\, 2015

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 \; \; \; \; \; \; \; \;&nbs p\; \; \; RayKo&rsquo\;s 8th Annual Plastic Camera Show in cludes stunning and sometimes surprising images made by the crappy camera-t oting winners of this competition. Photographers from all over the Bay Area as well as national and international artists are featured in this dynamic exhibit. Each year we receive thousands of entries and this year was anoth er challenge to select only a fraction of these images.  \;Why does the plastic camera continue to be so popular? Is it because the toy camera is a backlash to this digital age of photography? It could be nostalgia for th e soft\, square pictures with vignetted edges. It could just be nostalgia f or film and the latent image- you actually have to wait to see what you sho t! Or it could be love of the creak of the cheap plastic dial as you wind i t\, wondering if it will break off. (Forget Instagram and the rest of them\ , this is the real deal). It could be too that we all missed the simple fre edom of making pictures that aren&rsquo\;t perfect\, that don&rsquo\;t have to be sharp or real or saturated or taken with a camera that costs hundred s of dollars or more. All you need is $35 (or less) and a roll of film\, an d you&rsquo\;re in business. After seeing the exhibit\, you may be inspired to start shooting one of these beauties yourself. Luckily RayKo is offerin g a class where you can reconnect with the simple joys of photography and h ave the ultimate plastic experience. Christine Zona will be teaching a 2-we ek class on Plastic Cameras starting March 22nd\, in the midst of this exhi bition.

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 \; \; \; \; \; \; \; \;&nb sp\; \; \; Also highlighted in this year&rsquo\;s plastic camera ex hibit is the work of Arizona-based artist\, Ernie Button and New Orleans-ba sed photographer\, Jennifer Shaw. Two very different featured artists could n&rsquo\;t be found in this plastic camera world. Ernie Button&rsquo\;s col or images were made in China with a few exceptions of images taken in Scotl and\, Italy and the States. \; Many different destinations interest him but China fascinates Ernie\, from the Monumental to the Mundane. It is mas sive\; both in size of land mass and sheer number of people. China is chang ing rapidly. The rush to embrace capitalism as well as opening up its borde rs to tourism has impacted and dramatically changed the landscape of China. Ernie travels with a Holga camera for several reasons. That camera was dev eloped and made in China during the early 1980&rsquo\;s to provide an inexp ensive way for the citizens in China to have a camera and take pictures. Th e overall image of a Holga is a little fuzzy\, kind of like the whirlwind e vents of travel creating memories that are a little more difficult to recal l. Certain parts of a memory will be clear and others will be a little less so\, kind of like the image from a Holga.

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And then there are Jenni fer Shaw&rsquo\;s exquisite silver gelatin prints from her series\, &ldquo\ ;The Space Between.&rdquo\; She is photographing her life. It is as simple and complex as that. Presently\, her life is overrun by exquisite little cr eatures known as children. As they explore the elements with carefree aband on\, she observes with camera poised\, balanced between protection and perm ission.  \;Shaw works from a place of intuition\, capturing the action as it unfolds\, meanwhile stealing sidelong glances at the details of our e nvironments. The images are juxtaposed to create an introspective narrative \, mining the richly ambiguous state of parenthood\, akin to the murky real m between a river&rsquo\;s glittering surface and its hidden undercurrents. Through the camera&rsquo\;s lens she is transported\, traversing the space between shadow and light\, dreams and reality\, delight and disquiet.

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Come see the power of Shaw&rsquo\;s and Button&rsquo\;s pictures and all the images of the winners of this year&rsquo\;s plastic c amera competition and experience nostalgia on more than one level. You can fall in love with Holga and Diana* and a world of other lo-tech cameras\, l ike my new favorite\, the Bluebird. Film isn&rsquo\;t dead\, so rejoice and come down to RayKo on the night of March 11th \;to experien ce the magic with the rest of us fans of the latent image.

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*The Holga and the Diana are plastic medium format cameras that have limited controls\, a fixed focal length lens\, and\, luc kily for artists everywhere\, each one is unique&hellip\;

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About RayKo

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\n< p>About RayKo

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RayKo Photo Center &\; Ga llery \;is a comprehensive photographic facility\, located nea r the Yerba Buena Arts District\, with resources for anyone with a passion for photography. Established in the early 1990&rsquo\;s\, RayKo Photo Cente r has grown to become one of San Francisco&rsquo\;s most beloved photograph y darkroom spaces\; it includes traditional b&\;w\, color and alternativ e process labs as well as a state-of-the-art digital department\, a profess ional rental studio\, galleries\, and the Photographer&rsquo\;s Marketplace &ndash\; a retail space promoting the work of regional artists. RayKo also has San Francisco&rsquo\;s 1st \;Art*O*Mat vending machine and a vintage 1947 black &\; white Auto-Photo Booth and a retail store t hat sells all types of used film cameras\, from view cameras to Leicas to a build-your-own Nikon station. Everything you need to make any type of phot ograph!

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RayKo Gallery \;serves to advance public appreciation of photography and create opportunities for regional\, national and international artists to create and present their work. RayKo Gallery offers 1600 square feet of exhibition space and the Pho tographer&rsquo\;s Marketplace\, which encourages the collection of artwork by making it accessible to collectors of all levels. \;RayKo also has an artist-in-residence program to further support artists in the developmen t of their photographic projects and ideas.

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RayKo Photo Center &\; Gallery

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428 Third Street

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San Francisco\, CA 94107

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415-495-3773 (ph)

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www.raykophoto.com

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Tuesda y-Thursday: 10-10 pm\, Friday-Sunday: 10-8 pm\, Monday: closed

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