Michelle Y. Hyun

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Dina Rončević and the Sexual Mechanics of Auto Repair   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Dina Roncevic at Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic June 11th, 2010 - June 16th, 2010
Posted 6/28/10
    Suck, Squeeze, Bang, and Blow – are the tacitly vulgar words that mouthily make up the mechanic's patois for the functioning of a car's internal combustion engine (a four-stroke to be precise). For artist and mechanic Dina Rončević in her solo exhibition at Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic, Suck Squeeze Bang Blow becomes a phrase of sexual/mechanical import, a series of words holding  a host of gendered meanings (as well as the title of her show). A wall of glass covered documents were... [more]
Is it art?   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 7/10/09
A curious amassing of objects occupies a storefront window near 22nd and Guerrero Streets in San Francisco. Within, a green glass lamp fixture, a random light bulb, colorful Pez candy dispensers, upside down hand painted pottery, and household objects are periodically shifted and rotated in and out, serving as guest stars to an ever-present painting of an orange tiger, standing against a bright red and blue background. The painting remains propped up against the right wall and the... [more]
Temporarily Full   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Torreya Cummings, Nina Elder, Alicia Escott, Chris Fitzpatrick, Julia Goodman, Justin Hurty, Cameron Kelly, Elyse Mallouk, Raphael Noz, Brandon Walls Olsen, Weston Teruya, Jessica Tully, Imin Yeh at Big White Truck Gallery June 21st, 2009 - December 31st, 2009
Posted 7/10/09
Interim Infills—a 3.5 hour public intervention featuring site-specific work by thirteen artists—took place in what co-curators Sally Szwed and Dan Phelan described as an “underused and underappreciated urban matrix.” Taking the form of a walking tour, the exhibition spanned a complex tangle of roads, ramps, pedestrian walkways, bridges, and meridians above and below the freeway interchange at Cesar Chavez Street and Potrero Avenue in San Francisco. Each work had a fairly ephemeral and... [more]
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Kate Cooper, Johan Hjerpe, Richard John Jones, K.D., Seth Lower, Société Réaliste, Goldin + Senneby at Mission 17 June 5th, 2009 - July 18th, 2009
Posted 7/10/09
“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, for I am the great and powerful OZ!” yelled the wizard in L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz.” The Great Oz or the man behind the curtain turns out to be a humbug – a hoax or a jest, or as Dorothy says, “a very bad man,” in the classic movie. Curated by Mission 17 assistant director and curator, Laura Mott, the works in The Man Behind the Curtain traverse the liminal space in between truth and deceit, commerce and theft, as well as... [more]
Up From Darkness, 1075 FillmorePearl Misha Salon, 1065 Fillmore         In a neighborhood once dubbed the “Harlem of the West” on Fillmore between Golden Gate and McAllister, are two hand-painted storefront signs that stand as their own public art works, as well as a testament to the influence of sign-painting to contemporary art. Walking south on Fillmore, on the west side of the street, it is hard not to notice the two storefronts next to each other. The first window, belonging to... [more]
Expanding Space & Time   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Bill Fontana at San Francisco City Hall February 12th, 2009 - August 14th, 2009
Posted 5/30/09
Standing at the base of the grand staircase in the Rotunda of City Hall, one will immediately hear the echo of birds chirping, warbling, and wings fluttering in different directions.  Upon this, a category of horns and bells – belonging to cable cars, fog horns, buoys, and nearby elevators – clang and ring about the vast space below the fifth largest dome in the world. Once in a while, the whisper of water lapping against an invisible surface or the strains of garbled speech drifts... [more]
Artist as Subject, Curator, and Author   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Alice Shaw at Gallery 16 May 21st, 2009 - July 3rd, 2009
Posted 5/30/09
Artist-curated exhibitions are a particularly interesting site of information and disinformation about the artist. Alice Shaw creates a prescribed path of viewing around the gallery in a trajectory that begins with what at first may appear to be a very self-indulgent series of work. It begins with a self-portrait, shot in a style similar to her previous identity-based work, and moves on to non-photographic work and documents created by others. Auto Portrait (2003) is followed by an exhibition... [more]
The Big Step(s)   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 4/17/09
If one ever gets lost trying to ride a bicycle to Walter and McBean galleries from downtown, one might end up at the intersection of Filbert Street and Sansome Street.  One might think that going west on Filbert would take one directly into North Beach and eventually up to Russian Hill, where the San Francisco Art Institute is located.  However, one might find instead a dead end, with an entrance to the set of 384 wooden and concrete steps that run up the length of three city blocks and a steep... [more]
The Big Picture   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Liu Gang, Wang Jianwei at SF Camerawork April 2nd, 2009 - May 23rd, 2009
Posted 4/17/09
        Like most of the world, there has been more “Chinese” art appearing in San Francisco as of late. Despite the obvious commonality of each including the work of Chinese-born artists, these exhibitions are all very different in premise and exhibit artists from various generations. Yet, they end up sharing many of the same themes. After viewing these many exhibitions, such as at Mark Wolfe Contemporary, imPOSSIBLE! at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and Mission 17, Yan... [more]
The Big Portrait   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Yan Pei-Ming at San Francisco Art Institute - Walter and McBean Galleries February 20th, 2009 - May 23rd, 2009
Posted 4/16/09
        Entering the Walter and McBean Galleries at the San Francisco Art Institute, one is greeted by Yan Pei-Ming’s (2009), a small, semi-precious looking charcoal drawing of investment scandal celebrity Bernie Madoff. It is an unexpected introduction to an exhibition of monumental paintings by a world-renown artist. Soon enough, Life Souvenir (2008), a series of four giant grayscale oil paintings (98.5 x 78.75 inches) appear, each portraying a member of the United States armed forces.... [more]
St. Ignatius Church650 Parker Ave @ FultonSan Francisco, 94118       New audiences to contemporary art and new experiences to parishioners converge at the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass at St. Ignatius.  Inside the “Jesuit Baroque” cathedral, built 1910-1914, the drama of art and religion come alive during the Penitential Rite, in hearing “Gloria in excelsis”, or during the Great Amen in the later half of the service.  Curious voyeurs and Catholics alike will find... [more]
Reliquaries Inside and Out   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Guillermo Galindo, Jun Jalbuena, Christian Karl Janssen, Lynn Marie Kirby at Manresa Gallery September 18th, 2008 - March 1st, 2009
Posted 1/31/09
        As defined by the Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English, a “reliquary” is defined as “a container for holy relics”.  The “container”, in the case of St. Ignatius Church is the new Manresa Gallery, showing an installation of panel mirrors by Jun Jalbuena, a video by Lynn Marie Kirby, and archival photographs and documents of the history of St. Ignatius and its parishioners.  The “holiness” or “relic” qualities of these works can be interpreted on various levels or denied... [more]
Other Reliquaries: Inside and Out   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Al Farrow at de Young Museum November 8th, 2008 - February 15th, 2009
Posted 1/31/09
        A different sort of reliquary is shown in various forms at at the de Young Museum. Also linking past and present, Farrow presents contemporary artifacts and ironic reliquaries, alongside their imitable predecessors. An earthenware bowl made by an unidentified Mimbre artist (ca. 1000-1150) sits cracked yet restored in a plexi-glass display case alongside a Farrow’s own bowl bearing the painted symbol of a tribal American flag carried with gun by an unidentified soldier. Another... [more]
The following contains excerpts from an interview between Cora H. via Michelle Y. Hyun and Kamau Patton, on October 28, 2008 at Southern Exposure, San Francisco, originally published in the Spiritualist monthly gazette, “The Medium of Light.” Hyun, an art medium, compiled this condensed version of the original hour and a half long interview. Kamau Patton, , 2008, digital file;  Courtesy of the Artist Cora H.:  Hello, Kamau.  My name is Cora.  I’m an American Spiritualist from the 19th... [more]