Chris Fitzpatrick

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Showcased   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Zarouhie Abdalian, Bill Albertini,, Emanuele Becheri, Taha Belal, Carlos Bevilacqua, Elisheva Biernoff, David Buuck, Gintaras Didžiapetris, Brandon Walls Olsen, Nicolas  Boulard, Malak  Helmy, Jason  Kalogiros,   Cameron  Kelly,   Juozas  Laivys,   Michelle  Lopez,   George  Maciunas,   Benoît  Maire,   Lauren  Marsden,   Joshua  Martinez,   Nicolas  Matranga,   Giovanni  Oberti,   Mauro  Vignando at SC13 at the San Francisco Antique & Design Mall August 1st, 2010 - December 31st, 2010
Posted 11/16/10
      Entering San Francisco Antique & Design Mall is like stepping out of the wardrobe into a land full of haphazardly placed objects and wares, trinkets, tchotchkes, and worlds upon worlds of aged interiors, all of which manage to simultaneously disorient and excite the savvy adventurer. Located a little past Industrial Street and the just-built Lowe’s that is sure to threaten the extant home-building depots and emporiums en route, SFADM is (at best) unconsidered by devotees... [more]
              The pipe organ in its way feels like a curious anomaly, an anachronism of effects in the age of amplifiers. Today’s concert halls and churches are constructed from modern materials (think the plywood and brushed aluminum of the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles), yet in every case, much ado is made about the construction of the organ. The pipe organ is a relevant relic. It is anything but contemporary sounding, but its intricacy and expansive sonority are dependent upon... [more]
Surface Value   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Dave Muller at Anthony Meier Fine Arts July 9th, 2010 - August 13th, 2010
Posted 8/17/10
        Just what is it about mirrors? They have been subjected to exhaustive inquiry by an army of thinkers and artists without resolution: Jacques Lacan, Michel Foucault, Lewis Carroll, Sylvia Plath, Trisha Donnelly, Robert A. Heinlein, Dexter Sinister, Robert Smithson, and many, many others who were drawn to the strange physical, psychological, phenomenological, political, temporal, metaphysical, and transcendent properties of these allusive surfaces. And yet mirrors continue to elude... [more]
    The elongated ornamental façade of green match-booked granite adorning a large building in downtown San Francisco stands today as an incidental monument to bi-lateral symmetry. The many strips of horizontally repeating patterns it comprises run along O’Farrell Street from the corner of Stockton Street for almost the full block, before terminating just before Powell Street at 180 O’Farrell. Of course, it doesn’t actually terminate. Rather, the bi-lateral composition shifts back towards the... [more]
They Knew What They Wanted From What Was Available   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Lutz Bacher, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Robert Bechtle, E.J. Bellocq, Alighiero e Boetti, Miriam Bohm, Los Carpinteros, Vija Celmins, Gregory Crewdson, Jim Dine, Lee Friedlander, Maureen Gallace, Katy Grannan, Charlie Harper, Peter Hujar, Jordan Kantor, Matt Keegan, Henri Matisse, Barry McGee, Tom McKinley, Richard McLean, Richard Misrach, Manuel Neri, Nathan Oliveira, Mitzi Pederson, Trevor Plagen, Robert Rauschenberg, Linda Ridgway, Will Rogan, Ed Ruscha, Iran do Espírito Santo, Sara VanDerBeek, Garth Weiser, Henry Wesset, Rachel Whiteread, William Wiley, Garry Winogrand, Steve Wolfe at Fraenkel Gallery July 1st, 2010 - August 21st, 2010
Posted 7/12/10
      “They Knew What They Wanted” invokes something in-between a hit-man’s overture and a ‘50s girl-group’s jukebox breakup. But instead the phrase serves as the title of an exhibition that spans four commercial galleries in San Francisco: Altman Siegel, John Berggruen, Fraenkel, and Ratio 3. Each gallery asked a different artist from their roster to select the works from the backrooms, storage shelves, and flat files of all four spaces, yet the results are posited as a single exhibition.... [more]
Kamau Amu Patton(s) and/or "Kamau Amu Patton"(s)   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Kamau Amu Patton at Alphonse Berber Projects June 4th, 2010 - August 6th, 2010
Posted 6/14/10
                Commercial galleries often present solo exhibitions simply titled after the exhibiting artist’s name, but the title Kamau Amu Patton—the inaugural opening at Alphonse Berber Gallery in San Francisco—seems an appropriate reintroduction. To be sure, Kamau Amu Patton is an alien. Of course, he is by now a rather familiar figure in the Bay Area, and has presented projects in group and solo exhibitions at galleries and museums, as well as on public billboards and kiosks,... [more]
“I didn’t see Exercises in Seeing. Perhaps…. the ideal audience is … some sort of impossible leper mutants able to interchange noses for eyes, ears for feet, or fingers for sensory whiskers, at will.” EXERCISES IN SEEING Queen's Nails Projects December 5, 2009 - December 6, 2009   “Whether annoyed by the way it sticks in your craw or enraptured to find it still crawling through your hypothalamus, Jigsawmentallama is something of a kaleidoscopic flashbulb itself. Bring... [more]
      Fabricated in both stainless and structural carbon steel, fiber-reinforced plastic, cast epoxy, polyvinyl chloride foam, and painted with polyester gelcoat, Claus Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s Cupid’s Span is an enormous, permanent outdoor sculpture. It’s fashioned after a massive outstretched gold bow with a red-feathered arrow pointing into the ground. Cupid’s Span is located in Rincon Park on the Embarcadero. Standing 64-feet-tall, sprawling over 143 feet in length, and... [more]
“I’LL FIND IT IF YOU STOP TALKING”   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jesse Ash, Gediminas Atskinas, Olivier Babin, Nina Beier, Liudvikas Buklys, David Buuck, Deric Carner, Etienne Chambaud, Brian Clifton, Torreya Cummings, Dina Danish, Gintaras Didžiapetris, Rosie Farrell, Daniel Oates Kuhn, Seth Lower, Benoit Maire, Francesca Bennett & Nicolas Matranga, Darius Mikšys, Tegan Moore, Elena Narbutaitė, Isola & Norzi, Kamau Amu Patton, Raymond Boisjoly & Ryan Peter, Mandla Reuter, Snowden Snowden, Gareth Spor, David Stein, Daniel Turner, Freek Wambacq, Jen Weih, Christine Wong Yap at Queen's Nails December 5th, 2009 - December 6th, 2009
Posted 12/28/09
    I didn’t see Exercises in Seeing, partially because I wasn’t there. In most cases, not having seen an exhibition should make writing its review rather difficult, if not utterly pointless (see: re+view). While what follows can only be a speculative reconstruction, perhaps conjecture is the only appropriate tool for reviewing an exhibition of contemporary art held completely in the dark. After all, no one saw the show. More than thirty primarily visual projects were shipped to San... [more]
Our Best Machines are Not Seen   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jacqueline Gordon at Queen's Nails October 23rd, 2009 - November 20th, 2009
Posted 11/23/09
By title alone, Jacqueline Gordon’s solo exhibition Our Best Machines are Made of Sunshine may sound like warm and flowery new age kitsch, but actually, it feels quite cool, almost chilling. In fact, the title is lifted from Donna Haraway’s A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century. The floors, walls and ceiling at Queen’s Nails Projects have been painted snow white, which Gordon has outfitted with three-dimensional wall panels, an... [more]
Goodbye Horses   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Kenneth Anger, Keith Boadwee, Craig Goodman, Scott Hewicker, Harry Dodge & Stanya Kahn, Kalup Linzy, Anne McGuire, Austin McQuinn, Toban Nichols, SONJA NILSSON, Jack Smith, Margaret Tedesco, Skye Thorstenson, Ryan Trecartin, Grant Worth at David Cunningham Projects November 12th, 2009 - December 19th, 2009
Posted 11/23/09
Jigsawmentallama is titled after an instrumental composition by the Virgin Prunes. And while different versions of the song exist, each alternate is defined by the same haunting atmospheric melody, which isn’t quite echoed in the works on display at DCP. Maybe the title is just homage, but the majority of works seem cut from a much brighter cloth. Still, if a bit confusing, Jigsawmentallama is a highly intriguing group exhibition, featuring works by an array of local favorites,... [more]
587 Words on a Man and his Basement   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Steven Leiber Basement October 19th, 2009 - October 26th, 2009
Posted 10/19/09
Sporting no signage and oddly situated in a quiet residential neighborhood, Steven Leiber Basement is not unlike a time capsule hidden in plain view. From outside, one would never guess that it houses a parallel art history, or that it would be told through an expansive collection of materials that were never intended to last—announcements, event scores, performance relics, flyers, labels, brochures, Xeroxes, buttons, business cards, and other art miscellany. Ephemeral by nature, this... [more]
I’m the antenna catching vibration / You’re the transmitter give information   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
A.C.Way, Nate Archer, Nate Boyce, Joshua Churchill, Peter Coffin, Chris Fallon, Michael Guidetti, Noel V. Harmonson, Dana Hemenway, Daniel Hipolito, Hana Lee, Jasmin Lim, Corinne Mastesich, Sean McFarland, Keegan McHargue, Zane Morris, Paul Schiek, Sunny Walker, Lindsey White at Painted Bird September 18th, 2009 - October 25th, 2009
Posted 10/19/09
        I’m told that Air Waves is a transmission. And this ambitious, fun and intriguing group exhibition broadcast is received at Painted Bird, a vintage clothing shop that curator Jasmin Lim (also an exhibiting artist) describes as the “antenna.” Confronted by Lim’s mysterious announcement card, or the press release, which consists of two lines from the Kraftwerk song “Antenna,” (which is also the title of this review) one might find the curatorial conceit behind Air Waves to be the... [more]
The Shape of Things to Come   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Makoto Aida, Edgar Arceneaux, Chris Finley, Tillman Kaiser, Odili Donald Odita, Amanda Ross-Ho, Yehudit Sasportas, Leslie Shows at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts July 18th, 2009 - October 25th, 2009
Posted 9/8/09
Wallworks is just that. For her first exhibition as the new Director of Visual Arts at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Betti-Sue Hertz chose to highlight the architecture of the galleries by commissioning artists to create new works on its walls. Designed by Fumihiko Maki in 1993, the building was intended to facilitate social engagement and be some sort of community haven downtown. The artists were invited to create their works in response to Maki’s vision as well as to two thematic... [more]
Schizophrenic Sheep-Man   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Pawel Kruk at David Cunningham Projects August 20th, 2009 - September 19th, 2009
Posted 9/8/09
Talking to yourself is very important proves an apt title for the seemingly schizophrenic experience that is Pawel Kruk’s first solo exhibition at David Cunningham Projects. One kind of conversation provokes another. Indeed, one may feel the need to talk to oneself while ambling through Kruk’s cryptic exhibition, viewing the series of interrelated works, coercing some mumbled reading to try and comprehend their disparate associative logic. To enter into the gallery is like eavesdropping on... [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 7/11/09
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]
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