i will have new work in the upcoming group show MFA Never from february 10th – 27th at Root Division gallery in san francisco. “This juried exhibition creates visibility for artists who have found a life and practice in the visual arts outside of the academic machine.” click here for more information.
the 2015 Southern Exposure Monster Drawing Rally is happening this friday night from 6-11 pm at the Verdi Club in san francisco. there will be around 120 artist working side by side creating drawings on the spot that will be immediately available for purchase. all proceeds directly support SOEX programs and artists throughout the bay area.
well emeryville to be exact, at the 28th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition. there you can view the work of over 100 bay area artist including the drawing above, (Somewhere, 2014, Pencil on Illustration Board, 30 x 40 inches), by yours truly. Opening night is this friday, october 10th from 6-9 pm. see you there!
San Francisco Arts Quarterly issue 17 is out now and always free to read. be sure not to miss WHO’S AFRAID OF THE NEW ABSTRACTION? Alex Bacon in conversation with Jarrett Earnest which argues Jerry Saltz & Co. cynical and shallow stance of “everything looks the same because that’s what sells“, and is the best damn piece of art criticism i have read in years.
Art Everywhere is a cool little project we stole from the brits, and i gotta say, besides the piss-poor choices and circa 1990’s website, it sure has turned out great. perhaps most importantly, instead of the commercial propaganda and social refuse typically displayed, art really is everywhere! please feel free to share your images in the comments section below.
if your in the bay area, come stop by and say hi!
Mauve? Office of Exhibition celebrates 3rd anniversary with “Out To Lunch,” a month-long art exhibition.
Mauve? Office of Exhibition, an unconventional art gallery that occupies two office cubicles in downtown Berkeley, is celebrating its birthday by transplanting its cubicle sensibility to the Wire+Nail Gallery on 3150 18th Street (at Treat). Mauve? founders Sabina Nieto and Tarak Shah are curating a 4-week retrospective entitled “Out to Lunch” at Wire+Nail from March 17th to April 15th, with an opening reception on Saturday, March 24th, from 7 to 9pm.
Featuring local artists who have shown at Mauve? in the past year, working in a variety of media including photography, installation, performance, beaded embroidery, drawing, writing, screen prints, and digital prints, the show looks to suggest the playful elements of the office work day: daydreams, small escapes, vacations, vices, snacks, reappropriation of office supplies.
The full list of participating artists: Neil Berrett, Mic D’Bernardo, Katie Hoffman, Maggie Lawson, Alexis Lopez, Jackie Hancock, Michael Ifland, Bridget May, Matt McKenzie, Natalia Melikova, Jenny Odell, Alissa Polan, Eduardo Valadez, Chelsea Ryoko Wong, Amber Jean Young, and Daniel Yovino.
Mauve? was founded in March of 2009 by Sabina Nieto and Tarak Shah, and has housed art exhibitions continuously since then, with each show running for four weeks. While trying to re-imagine what a cubicle can be, Mauve? also endeavors to construct a distinct relationship of audience to art and artist, whereby office employees get to meet artists and engage withnew art in the course of their working day, outside the constraints of traditional gallery or museum walls.
i kept waiting for this poster to be made available again before i shared it with all of you, but it looks like it’s just not going to happen any time soon… in any case, this amazingly accurate/amusing poster was created by a girl named Tor, (18 x 24 inches in size), and depicts the neighborhoods of San Francisco using only the silhouettes of various bicycles. not only is it absolutely brilliant in both concept and design, (one of those “gee, i wish i had thought of that” ideas), but it serves as a handy guide to
understanding the city itself.
available here (at some point?) for only $30
you know those old polaroids that you keep hidden away in that cigar box of yours? the ones you take out and thumb through every now and again after your fourth or fifth whisky? you know what i’m talking about… there are photographs that you keep, and then there are photographs that keep you. they may haunt, they may heal, they may be used against you in a court of law. or, they may just be the work of bay area photographer Hannah Olivia Nelson. much like that last drink, Hannah‘s narrative work plays upon our memory of people and places possibly forgotten. her photos possess a feeling of unsettling familiarity, a sense that we have been there, we have felt that, and now its time to move on… (if only we could). in short, Hannah Nelson’s work reminds us of a past as fleeting as the present. and no matter how much we may drink and/or try to forget, (or try to remember for that matter), these moments are worth a long and languid look, even if it is three in the morning. cheers!
after the tragically disappointing valentine’s day i was forced to endure, i decided it was time to find a new love in my life, someone who knows exactly what i want and is more than willing to give it to me. enter Laurel Nakadate, (pronounced na-kah-dah-tee, unless used in the form of a double entendre, (see above)), a video artist and photographer who is known for a series of works in which she seduces and then records her encounters with sad and lonely middle-aged men. there’s a lot going on in these shots… obviously issues of sex/sexuality, power, voyeurism and control overwhelm these scenes, but its the questions and concerns of much more meaningful topics such as honesty, trust and vulnerability that rise to the surface with somewhat uncomfortable, if not unsettling results. of course as with most women, there’s more to Laurel Nakadate than sexual manipulation and questions of control… Read the rest of this entry »
stop whatever you’re doing and go buy yourself an Armalite AR-10, carbine gas-powered, semi-automatic weapon. why, you ask? because by the looks of this video its only a matter of time now before we humans become enslaved by the mighty robot empire. the footage above was recently made available by one of our covert spies based out of Silicon Valley, (of course!), and clearly depicts a robot of some sort ordering a scone at the Red Rock cafe in Mountain View, (that’s right in our own backyard people!) for now it appears as though the robots master is still in control, (via the internets actually), but we all know that it’s only a matter of time before some twisted fuck straps a fleshlight on and the next thing you know it gives birth to monster cyborg hybrids that lead every other robot on earth towards independence and eventual world-wide domination. the time to act is now, but we need volunteers… so if your ready to fight, (and you’re female), i’m having an emergency meeting this friday, at my mom’s house, in the basement, at seven o’clock sharp. be there!
according to this rather large, orange poster featuring sonar/lazer dice and clumsy, block-like typography, it appears the San Francisco Independent Film Festival/Winter Music Fest is back, (and ready to gamble?) this years selection of films will be screened at the Roxie Theatre in the mission, while CELLspace will be playing host to the music end of the festivities. all in all, it looks to be like a lot of fun, (especially the Big Lebowski Party going down on the 5th), which is more than i can say for their poster here… yikes! tickets are already available with passes ranging from $40 – $180, available here.