laurie halsey brown

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After visits at Sculpturesite and The de Young Museum, go by the Asian Art Museum and spend a few minutes contemplating the works in the exhibition while in the Meditation Alcove. Pamina Traylor’s insight into the integration of nature and culture is clearly apparent in the early Japanese work in the museum’s collection. especially, which uses basketry to reveal an icon in Japanese art. --laurie halsey brown (*Images, from top to bottom: Izumi Masatoshi (Japanese, born 1939. Japan.),... [more]
Nature and Culture 2; Chihuly at the de Young   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Dale Chihuly at de Young Museum June 14th, 2008 - September 28th, 2008
Posted 8/27/08
In a much less subtle exhibition, contemporary glass works by Chihuly are on display at the De Young Museum. His works emphasize the drama of light and form that are inherent in the medium. His focus seems to be on how to conform the glass to his vision, with an interest in having the viewer ‘wowed'. The intensity and complexity of his process in relation to the sheer scale does have power, but few works resonate beyond that. The best work in the exhibition is an installation work of... [more]
Nature and Culture: 'Pamina Traylor: Reflections'   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Pamina Traylor at Sculpturesite Gallery August 21st, 2008 - October 18th, 2008
Posted 8/27/08
  Pamina Taylor's exhibition at Sculpturesite Gallery, uses the medium of glass to respond to an experience of living temporarily in Japan. Her reflections intertwine nature and culture very deftly--the organic forms of her sculptures subsisting of glass with a decided naturalness,  put through a cultural process. Her works reflect both the inherent qualities of the medium, as well as an inherent focus of Japanese culture: nature.   "I was impressed by the integral role that nature and... [more]
There are working artists within the studios surrounding the Root Division / 1375 Gallery space, all working in a myriad of disciplines. Check out the found-art designed doors of each of the studios – they reflect the art inside, as well as fostering a sense of connection between each artist/studio in this working arts community.  - laurie halsey brown (*Image from Root Division studios, courtesy of Root Division) [more]
Another View Inside   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Lucienne Bloch at Scott Nichols Gallery July 3rd, 2008 - August 30th, 2008
Posted 7/17/08
Photography is the medium of focus at Scott Nichols Gallery. Until August 30th, the gallery has two exhibitions which share common themes to the exhibition @ Root Division, and more apparently to the Frida Kahlo retrospective presently at SFMOMA. Lucienne Bloch was born in 1909 in Switzerland. She was an encouraged and accomplished artist, always interested in trying new forms. When she met Diego Rivera in New York in the 1930’s, she began working with him to learn about mural making. This... [more]
Looking Inside   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Seza Bali, Youmna Chlala, Aditya Dhawan, John Yoyogi Fortes, Diana Guerrero, Jennifer Maria Harris, Hoyeon Olivia Im, Stephanie Inagaki, Christina Mazza, Noritaka Minami, Ming Mur-Ray, Adriana Oyarzun, Juan Carlos Quintana, Ari Salomon, Bijan Yashar, David Yun at Root Division July 9th, 2008 - July 29th, 2008
Posted 7/17/08
The exhibition is an art experience reflecting how the desire to assimilate manifests itself through the art-making process. All of the artists in the exhibition are first or second-generation immigrants and use adroit creative processes to understand themselves in relation to their new culture. Juan Carlos Quintana has created a series of acrylic works on paper that he describes as a form of “ambivalent nostalgia." These exquisite works evoke a dark cloud hovering over the memories of... [more]
After seeing the exhibitions at CCA Wattis, park it at Parkside to continue contemplation surrounding high and low art. Thee Parkside is a premier dive venue—just lowly enough but with a high-minded viewpoint. Anyone is welcome for a beer served by a beautiful tattooed bartender. High/Low food also available. Menu til 10PM · Located within walking distance from CCA Wattis: 1600 17th Street @ Wisconsin · 415.252.1330 --laurie halsey brown (*Image: Thee Parkside, photo courtesy of laurie halsey... [more]
Inside Information   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Roman Ondák at CCA Wattis Institute May 27th, 2008 - June 28th, 2008
Posted 5/30/08
is a fluid exhibition in which viewers can witness a continuous movement of contemporary art. The exhibition began in July, 2007 with 12 revolving artists and is presently on Round 2 with 12 more. One artist is featured, and then removed and replaced by another artist. Therefore, each few weeks, the exhibition is altered. Roman Ondák is the featured artist until June 28. His work [not shown here] references Gordon Matta-Clark in relation... [more]
I can do that!   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Johanna Billing, Jennifer Bornstein, Andrea Bowers, Phil Collins, Jeremy Deller, Harrell Fletcher, Josh Greene, Cameron Jamie, Alan Kane, Michele O'Marah, Yoshua Okon, Hirsch Perlman, Long March Project, Jim Shaw, Simon Starling, Javier Téllez, Jeffrey Vallance, Eric Wesley at CCA Wattis Institute April 23rd, 2008 - August 9th, 2008
Posted 5/30/08
The exhibition begins with a statement by the exhibition curator Ralph Rugoff where he explains that the exhibition seeks to "[depart] from the hyperprofessionalization characterizing so much cultural production today." Amateurs marks a shift in the discussion of high-art versus low-art. Previous exhibitions that included works by Jim Shaw, for instance, always had the inherent hint of irony. Irony is less in the forefront here and therefore this exhibition informs the dialogue surrounding... [more]
Meadering through the SOMA area, you can find secreted locations which host art galleries with bars: a perfect blending. Near to SF Camerawork are two alleys called Natoma and Minna, named in remembrance of local prostitutes that walked those alleys. At 77 Natoma @ 2nd st. is Varnish Fine Art which provides a wine bar, art library, and gallery with an emphasis on cast metal sculpture. Open Tues-Fri 11am-11pm-ish [wine bar opens at 5pm] and Saturdays 1pm-5pm. Next opening reception is their... [more]
Reconstructing Time   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Pablo Pijnappel, Liz Steketee, Melanie Willhide at SF Camerawork April 3rd, 2008 - May 24th, 2008
Posted 4/19/08
is a group exhibition curated by Chuck Mobley and Emma Tramposch. It is presently at SF Camerawork until May 24th. A reflection on the ability of photography to "reconstruct" time is not a new area of inquiry, but this exhibition considers this in a particularly relevant and insightful way. Each of the three artists in Past is an image we form in the present re-contextualizes photographic media in order to reveal another layer of meaning. Using found imagery; the artists tap into deeper level... [more]
Text versus Language   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Alejandro Cesarco at New Langton Arts March 28th, 2008 - May 31st, 2008
Posted 4/19/08
A new multi-discipline installation titled by Alejandro Cesarco, presently at New Langton Arts until May 31st, generates a non-linear narrative, which develops as you move from one element to the other. The physicality of the experience within the installation subverts a traditional reading, which opens up a space for another understanding of the words. It is the artist’s intention to create “emotional ready-mades”, remnants or props that allude to the experience of memory versus the memory... [more]
Preemptive Media is an interdisciplinary team of three artists, each based in different parts of the U.S.: Brooke Singer is based in New York; Beatriz da Costa is based in Los Angeles; Jamie Schulte is based in San Francisco. They are a group of artists, activists and technologists who are making their own style of beta tests, trial runs and impact assessments based on independent research.  Preemptive Media (PM) are especially focused on creating practical applications in response to social... [more]
After seeing the exhibition “Fluid”, you may need to quench your thirst. Walk a block up from 2199 where the Femina Potens Gallery is situated, and you can find amazing libations. Ask for the ‘St. Germain’ made with Elderberry liqueur at the bit up-scale 2233 Market. The Bagdad Café at 2295 Market is open 24-7 daily and is famous for their after-libations, i.e. their coffee. It’s especially good after hitting the Castro clubs. On Sunday, visit Lime at 2247 Market which has a brunch with... [more]
Taking Cover from Working Life   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Matt Gordon at Cafe Royale February 3rd, 2008 - March 1st, 2008
Posted 2/10/08
The setting for Matt Gordon’s first one-person exhibition in San Francisco could be seen as an appropriate venue in which to present his concerns with the individual ‘taking cover’ from working life. Located in the Tenderloin, Café Royale is a kind of upscale dive bar whose atmosphere as well as its monthly art exhibitions, inspire not only drinking, but some thoughts on larger concepts as well. Gordon’s interest in workers and containment has a slight comical edge, similar to Norm and... [more]
Fluidity   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Sophie de Lignerolles, Dana Hemenway, Kimberlee Koym, Jana Rumberger, Jamie Spinello at Femina Potens February 2nd, 2008 - February 24th, 2008
Posted 2/10/08
“Fluid” reveals multi-varied connotations of the concept of fluidity via five artists, each with a distinct approach. Femina Potens Gallery has a 7 year history as a non-profit art gallery and performance space dedicated to the advancement of women and transgendered artists. Located in the Castro, it has produced over 300 art and cultural events for the LGBTQ, women, trans, queer and kink communities. Based on their background, you may expect that a visual art exhibition titled “Fluid” to have... [more]
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