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Open Studio   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 4/8/12
The idea of the artist’s studio still smolders with mystery and allure. In reality—and often the harsh lights of a fluorescent panel—most artists' studios splay out on kitchen tables or better resemble banged-up versions of the crisp white cubes that will later (maybe) showcase their labors. Owing in part to the long-standing mythology that surrounds the idea of “the artist,” and the re-orientation of the conceptual turn in post-War art that concentrated on the process of art and not its end... [more]
Home Makers   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jeremiah Barber, Randy Colosky, Chris Fraser, Christine M. Peterson, Yulia Pinkusevich, Jonathan Runcio, Jesse Schlesinger, Gareth Spor, Andy Vogt at HIGHLIGHT PROJECT SPACE January 28th, 2012 - February 28th, 2012
Posted 2/15/12
We each have our routines—in our daily lives, and in our art consumption as well. We may bounce around on the hipster-lined streets of Oakland’s Art Murmur on first Fridays, fighting the crowds at Johansson Projects, trading endless text messages with friends we lost in the crowd. We may lurk on 16th Street drinking beers outside of Adobe Books during openings in the Back Room Gallery, pushing our way through for only minutes to try to glimpse actual works of art behind clusters of art-loving... [more]
Mining, Minerals, and the Ore of the Earth   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Leslie Shows at Haines Gallery November 3rd, 2011 - December 24th, 2011
Posted 11/28/11
I have been a fan of Leslie Shows since hearing her speak about her work at the now-defunct program at Idyllwild Arts in the San Jacinto Mountains. At that time, Shows was still making expansive paintings of somewhat abstracted landscapes; cast in the color palette of Sigmar Polke’s gentler works, the size of these paintings belied the intricately detailed portions of the piece. While the sweeping totality of Shows’ works like The Arrangement of Salt and Minerals by Property, 2005, depict... [more]
Radios to Space-Aged Blow Dryers   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Dieter Rams at SFMOMA - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art August 27th, 2011 - February 20th, 2012
Posted 11/28/11
Though I suppose that I should have been contemplating the politics of mass-production, the shifting cultural priorities of form and function, or the symbolic value of mid-century design in our contemporary market, but instead, I was just thinking: wow, I wish I owned that record-player.SFMOMA’s Architecture and Design department has brought the exhibition to us to prove, seemingly, that yes, Dieter Rams is the reigning zen master of design. A collection of objects—many designed by Rams for... [more]
First the Words   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Laylah Ali, Michaël Borremans, Marcel Dzama, Cecilia Edefalk, Jordan Kantor, Laura Owens, Clare Rojas, Wilhelm Sasnal, Maaike Schoorel, Norbert Schwontkowski, Raqib Shaw, Fred Tomaselli, Michael van Ofen, Jakub Julian Ziolkowski at CCA Wattis Institute October 4th, 2011 - December 17th, 2011
Posted 10/17/11
Intersecting at familiar angles that recall the pages of a book left open, the walls of the upstairs gallery of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts act as meticulous displays for the intermedia exhibition Painting Between the Lines. Reading these spaces the way we would read a book—from top to bottom, left to right—viewers encounter, first, the names of authors and the foundational texts that they penned, including Marcel Proust and Swann’s Way, Milan Kundera and The Unbearable Lightness... [more]
Kurt Schwitters   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Kurt Schwitters at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive August 3rd, 2011 - November 27th, 2011
Posted 10/17/11
The exhibition Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage at the Berkeley Art Museum has a lot of collages. In a lot of colors. And it’s all about Schwitter’s idea of merz and stuff, and oh that one belongs to Ellsworth Kelly, and doesn’t that make sense as it’s minimal and simple and clean. Great. That is my basic reaction to the main portion of Color and Collage. Lovely. But let’s be honest, I didn’t really come to see the collages. Even though they’re great. And colorful. And influential and... [more]
The Lure of Disaster   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 9/20/11
Regular Wednesday lectures and events at the Kadist have recommenced, and this past week on September 14th, Kadist director Joseph del Pesco welcomed Tony Labat and a full house of onlookers to LIVINGROOM 2.0. In this openly-structured event, Labat and del Pesco shared videos and writing contributed (curated?) by a group of artists that Labat had approached—from historical Conceptualist Howard Fried to emerging artists like Chris Sollars and Anthony Discenza. Rather than sending in artworks,... [more]
Landscape and Literature   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Brice Bischoff, Ellen Black at Johansson Projects August 25th, 2011 - October 15th, 2011
Posted 9/19/11
Continuing my exploration of Oakland’s contemporary galleries, I visited Johansson Projects at 23rd and Telegraph. It was images of Brice Bischoff’s enigmatic photographs from his Bronson Cave series from 2009 that drew me into the gallery this month. Part of a three-person group show, minimally titled , Bischoff’s photographs are the conceptual and aesthetic anchor for Johansson Project’s rumination on landscape and construct. I went in for a closer look at Bischoff’s images, which set swirls... [more]
The Flow of Fluxus   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 8/15/11
Most of the time, we seek out art; it does not come to us. Boarding buses and trains, standing in line, paying admissions, folding our hands quietly behind our backs—we go to it. We see, we watch, we enjoy (or hate, as the case may be); but rarely are we a part of it except in the most basic terms of spectatorship. Some art experiences, however, break this routine, by leaving their own space, by travelling outwards to us, by immersing us in them. I recently joined Twitter. And in my frenzy of... [more]
Call-and-Response   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8

Joel Dean, Dana Hemenway, Sasha Krieger at MacArthur B Arthur August 5th, 2011 - August 28th, 2011
Posted 8/15/11
“Is anyone there?” People call out over the wide empty spaces, endlessly unanswered. “Is anyone there?” Echoed through this montage of borrowed clips, the characters in Sasha Krieger’s Soliloquy (all works 2011) are all seeking, asking— Krieger’s lonely hollers encapsulate the motif of First-Person Plural, currently on view at MacArthur B Arthur in Oakland. Including work by three emerging Bay area artists, the exhibition places a dozen or so objects in a call-and-response conversation that... [more]
San Francisco’s Market Street meets me, on most occasions, with pandemonium. Swarmed by aggressive shoppers and lackadaisical tourists, every inch of greasy pavement is vied for by street vendors hawking wares that no one needs; the entire experience would not be complete without the occasional eccentric, laden with tattered shopping bags, yelling at no one in particular, a friendly reminder to San Franciscans that we’re home. A few weeks ago however, while braving the cacophony of the downtown... [more]
So, This is Us...   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Mauricio Ancalmo, Amy Balkin, Tammy Rae Carland, Chris Fraser, David Huffman, Suzanne Husky, Tony Labat, Sean McFarland, Robert Minervini, Ranu Mukherjee, Rio Babe International, Brion Nuda Rosch, Allison Smith, Chris Sollars, Weston Teruya, ben venom, Richard T. Walker at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts July 9th, 2011 - September 25th, 2011
Posted 7/18/11
People generally love to hate these kinds of shows. The periodic survey, named everything from biennial to triennial to quadrennial, often includes the word “Now” somewhere in the title (as this one does), but they're generally more contentious than beloved. There’s always something about these shows that reveal both the strengths and the weaknesses of a place and the art being made there (whether it's the Whitney Museum and its environs or Venice with its glut of national pavilions). This... [more]
The Ring Cycle   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 6/20/11
Exiting the Muni Station at the UN Plaza, it’s always easy to spot the crowd streaming to the San Francisco symphony, or, like tonight, the opera. While SF’s civic center remains as shiny and demure as ever on the outside, dotted with ladies clad in black outfits and colorful scarves, bespeckled gentlemen everywhere you turn, and the grandiose architecture of “culture,” inside the War Memorial Opera House, something much more epic is happening. Richard Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung is being... [more]
Polar Sky. Winter Moon.   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Victor Landweber at Steven Wolf Fine Arts May 28th, 2011 - July 9th, 2011
Posted 6/20/11
Polar Sky 29-9M. Winter Moon 1-19P. Iceberg 26-19P. Snow White 12-7P. Silver Shadow 43-19P. Layered one on top of the other like strata-layers of the earth are clean squares of color that make up Victor Landweber’s “Winter Scene.” Part of the photgrapher’s Treasure Tone series now on view at Steven Wolfe Fine Arts in San Francisco, this work seems like a minimalist meditations. Bold blocks of color—carefully chosen paint swatches that might litter your dining table during a remodeling... [more]
On the “Attempt”   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
SOON 3, Eleanor Antin, Rea Baldridge, Olaf Breuning, Chris Burden, Peter d'Agostino, Jaime Davidovich, Douglas Davis, T. R. Uthco & Ant Farm, Paul Forte, Terry Fox, Chip Lord & Phil Garner, Luis Felipe Ortega & Daniel Guzman, Lynn Hershman, Christian Jankowski, Martin Kersels, Paul & Marlene Kos, Noah Krell, Joel Kyack, Stephen Laub, Whitney Lynn, Tom Marioni, Raul Marroquin, Ricardo Rivera, Bonnie Sherk, Barbara Smith, Pierrick Sorin, Mario Garcia Torres, Bill Viola at CCA Wattis Institute April 21st, 2011 - July 2nd, 2011
Posted 5/2/11
I’ve been ruminating about the “attempt.” I’ve been rolling the word and a few of its meanings over in my mind these last days. (Some joke could be inserted here about “attempts to understand attempt,” I’ll let you come up with your own.) In all this cogitation, the word thankfully did not dissolve into meaninglessness (as some words do when you repeat them too many times—spoon… spoon… spoon… spoon… spoon?), instead it gained a new kind of significance for me. The impetus for this rumination... [more]
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