Blue Velvet Beta, 2016, Crayon on Glass, Pigment Print, Acrylic Sheeting and Aluminum Frame, 22 x 17 inches.
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.
Birth of a Book… born of traditional, time-honored techniques. shot/directed/edited by Glen Milner.
beautifully brilliant… WIM•BLE•DON, wimbledon championships, 122nd edition, men’s final (final set), Federer vs. Nadal. by BRYANKU.
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
here’s a piece i recently finished for the
second third time, (yeah, i had a bad case of art fever…) it’s entitled Félix-Remix and it was made by “remixing” into a collage a print from the oeuvre of the late, great Félix González-Torres. for those of you who are unfamiliar with the artist and his work, a lot of his efforts and interests were based around the idea of democratizing art and making it more available to the public… quite literally in fact. included in the majority of his shows before his untimely death, as well as every retrospective that’s followed, there has always been an item or two offered free to the public, be it a small piece of candy or a black and white print/poster. i was lucky enough to grab (more than) a few at the SFMOMA 75th anniversary exhibition earlier this year, (a crammed, overcrowded, poorly curated show as they so often are there). anyway, i was feeling really special and all for getting this poster, until i took a peek on the internet and saw just how many other (stupid) people had one hanging in their (stupid) office or in their (stupid) bedroom or in their (stupid) den/rec room. so i decided to make mine special, (no, not by illegibly writing all over it, but) by recreating the image using two posters in an arrangement from black to white in what i felt to be something of a collaborative process. in other words, here is my new collage. i hope you like it.
you can view a larger image of this, as well as my complete portfolio here.
Carissa Potter is a nicely dressed young lady who recently received her masters of fine art in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute, (not to be confused with the Art Institute of San Francisco, or heaven forbid the Academy of Art, San Francisco). her work is all about… hmmm, no. she makes things that are, uhm, wait.
she does drawings? i got it(!) Carissa creates emotionally based printed works of affection, longing, and sentimentality, all of which she cleverly serves with a side of casual humor and a bit of whipped cream to sweeten the (or)deal. (see above). but perhaps what makes her work so sweet and so special is the personal nature and tone in which her cards, prints and installations typically take on. a perfect example of this effort is her new exhibition at mauve? gallery entitled From Here to There, on view from november 9th to december 5th. here, (or there), with the help of co-creator and collaborator Luca Antonucci, she has created a number of delights that deal with the troubles of transmission, translation and troubled love as openly and honestly as ever. never failing to illustrate the brighter side of a bad situation, Carissa continues to examine her own hopes and fears before us all, allowing the pieces to fall where they may. with that being said, i strongly encourage all of you to take a closer look at your own heart, and possibly her’s, here.
i suppose printmaking has always seemed like something of a magic trick to me, probably because i haven’t done much of it myself. but beyond that there’s also something amazing about having the power to pop-out and reproduce multiples of the same image at will. this act seems even more unbelievable to me as an artist, a very lonely artist who spends countless hours indoors, in solitude, driving myself crazy over whether a scribble, a literal fucking scribble, looks right or wrong, (not to mention the madness of trying to figure out if that’s even possible, and just what is right, and what is wrong anyway?) getting back to the point, printmaking is magic. and letterpress is super magic. so imagine my glee when i came across the video above. produced by the good people over at Gestalten, this feature focuses on the amazing talent to be found at Studio on Fire, a design, art and craft house based out of minneapolis, minnesota. sof design director ben levitz goes out of his way to explain both the limitations and advantages of his practice, as well as express what it takes to press on. (c’mon you knew there would be at least one horrible pun in here).