Friday, August 5, 2016

August Guide: Art and Events - SF & Bay Area

New ceramic work by Kate Klingbeil in the Second Annual 4%ers Group Show curated by Rachel Ralph, opens August 13 at Athen B. Gallery in Oakland. 
Image courtesy of Athen B. Gallery and the artist.

View our picks to upcoming art shows and events in August.

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Impossible Project Pop-Up Shop at Rare Device

600 Divisadero Street
San Francisco CA 94117
July 15-25, 2016

Drop-In / Free and All Ages
Saturday July 16, 12pm-6pm

Divisadero shop, Rare Device, will host THE IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT for a Pop-Up Shop from July 15-25. Rare Device will have a full range of 600 SERIES Polaroid cameras on display, as well as the newly released fantastic I-1 which captures your mobile phone pics and outputs to instant film! Cameras, film and accessories will be for purchase. 

On Saturday, July 16 from 12pm-6pm, come by for a drop-in EMULSION LIFT WORKSHOP. There will be demos of the I-1, Instant Lab and all films available, and the opportunity to transfer images from the print to paper too. Come by to try the creative techniques available with analog film, and the capabilities of the Polaroid range and the new Impossible line up.

The Impossible Project Pop-Up Shop at Rare Device runs from Friday, July 15 through Monday, July 25 at Rare Device on Divisadero Street. This pop-up shop will be available in-store only. We will not be selling Impossible Project items online. 
Read more below.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Courtney Sparks: Studio Visit & Interview

SF based artist Courtney Sparks is one of those talented local artists and good people you may not be familiar with. But now you'll know. I'm not sure when I first became aware of Courtney Sparks' paintings, but I remember seeing her work in the One Year Anniversary show of projects by Little Paper Press (now, Mūnbeibī Studio) at Little Lodge

Courtney's portraits are minimal, yet detailed. Typically without a background, you focus on the face and gaze. Especially the eyes. Up close they are texturally soft, and at times you see rough hard strokes, lines, and pops of color. 

I recently met with Courtney to talk about her work and how she came to making her portraits. Read below for the interview and more photos.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Not a Lemon - Scott Ellsworth Gallery at the Alite Outpost

A perfect summer show, Not a Lemon, curated by Alicia Dornadic, opens Thursday July 7, 6-9pm at the Scott Ellsworth Gallery at The Alite Outpost in the Mission. 

Lemon is California backyards and balconies. It's lemonade, sunshine, a twist. It's bitter. Sour.
It's NOT a lemon is about the distance between representation and reality. It's also about the show being not one lemon but many lemons, made by many artists.
This ode to the lemon focuses on painting, illustration, and printmaking (& zines!) Fifty Bay Area (and Bay Area at heart) artists were invited to each submit their take on a lemon. Come celebrate all the lemons and meet the artists:

Yoshiko Abe, Sarah Adams, Liana Allday, Christine Aria, Mandy Behrens, David Benzler, Sebastian Caceres, Courtney Cerruti, Eunice Chan, Gina M. Contreras, Sara Myrup Diamond, Christina Diaz, Alicia Dornadic, T. Garrett Eaton, Shawn Eisenach, Lisa Ekstrom, Falconette (Natalie Cartwright & Kiera Lofgreen), Melissa Garden, Lauren Goeser, Mary Harden, Heather Hardison, Tony Hoang, Rich Jacobs, Mariko Jesse, Rachelle Kaldani, Allison May Kiphuth, Lawrence Krauser, Jenny Lemons, Ajuan Mance, Frances Marin, Alicia McCarthy, Michael McConnell, Lindsay McMinn, Molly Margaret Meyer, Tomas Moniz, Seana Murphy, Cathleen O’Brien, Kermit Patton, Hannah Louise Schuster, Erika Lee Sears, Lisa Solomon, Alphonzo Solorzano, Fleur Spolidor, Max Stadnik, Taravat Talepasand, David Tim, Roan Victor, Chelsea R. Wong

photo credit: Roan Victor

Friday, July 1, 2016

July Guide: Art Shows and Events - SF & Bay Area

Image Courtesy of SF Art Book Fair

View our picks up of upcoming events this month.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hilary Pecis Solo show and Group Show at Guerrero Gallery

Lemons and Cookbooks, Hilary Pecis

In June we saw the opening of Guerrero Gallery's new operating space, with a solo show by Hilary Pecis titled El Verano. The gallery also exhibited an inaugural group show in their project room. 
Photos and more below.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Exotify Elsewhere at Hands Down Gallery

Image Courtesy of Hand Down Gallery.

Hands Down Gallery is a new gallery art space in the Bayview district that opened this Spring. I've attended past openings and I am excited to see this new show. 

Hands Down Gallery's upcoming group exhibition Exotify Elsewhere features an all female lineup, who's work stems from intersectional feminism and their personal histories.

Exotify can mean to render someone different or foreign from oneself, where the one viewing becomes the norm and the one looked upon becomes other. Exotify Elsewhere is not only a project that continues to challenge the historic sexualization of women's bodies, but goes on further to disrupt the exotification of cultures and skin colors not rooted in whiteness. The Artists in EE deconstruct the idea of whiteness as the standard of womanhood that WOC must hold themselves to. In this, they simultaneously reject the racist and sexist systems that we live under today.
By defining ourselves for ourselves we rise from the oppressivelimitations of the male gaze and the violent exclusions of white-washed womanhood. This show serves as a platform for WOC to freely question and combat these conditions, and works toward a liberated woman of color whose struggles are seriously considered in the fight for social, sexual and economic justice. - Hands Down Gallery

Exotify Elsewhere, curared by Grace Sanabria and Taylor Davis, features work by 
Dominique Carella
Leah Labrador
Haleigh Nickerson
Samera Paz
Cecilia Pena-Govea
Kayla Quan
Grace Sanabria
Anacani Serrato
Joon Yasue

Reception June 24, 6-10pm 4343 3rd St, Bldg B. 
Exotify Elsewhere is on view through June 30, with viewing by appointment. Contact for appointment or inquiries.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

El Niño by Tuesday Tattoo at Great Highway Gallery

Paintings by Jesse Tuesday at Great Highway Gallery.

A few weeks back The Great Highway Gallery in the Sunset District held a reception for El Niño, a group show by the Tuesday Tattoo crew, also in the Sunset. This work shows how the artists' styles from tattoo translates to painting with various mediums and how this type of work comes back into their tattooing styles. You're able to see the relationship of working on paper and making images through tattoo. See more work from the show below. 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

June Guide: Art Shows and Events - SF & Bay Area

Courtesy of the artist and Fraenkel Gallery.
 Richard T. Walker, an is that isn't always, 2015 (video still)
video projection, 9 min., 16 sec.

View our list of upcoming events this month.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Jay Nelson & Rachel Kaye: Studio Visit & Interview

Portrait by Erin Ng

A few weeks ago Jay Nelson and Rachel Kaye opened up their Sunset home to us and we got to chat with them about their art practices and what they've been up to. At the moment they are in France for a few weeks, while Jay builds a custom camper and then will road trip with it. In San Francisco, they are showing work together in Paring #2 at Chandran Gallery, which is on view through July 2. 

If you've ever been to Mollusk Surf Shop or Outerlands in the Sunset, then you've seen the wooden treehouse loft and geometric light fixtures Jay is recognized for, along with the custom campers he builds.

Rachel Kaye's work I was less familiar with, but then realized she and Jay are married. Rachel has been showing her paintings throughout the Bay Area at spaces like Needles & Pens, Mollusk,  Paule Anglim Gallery, Johansson Projects, Berkeley Art Museum, and other galleries across the country and internationally. 

Read the interview and see more photos below.