Thursday, January 5, 2017

January Guide: Shows and Events - SF & Bay Area

Closer, Jeffrey Cheung's solo show opens at Hashimoto January 7, 6-9pm.
Image courtesy of Hashimoto Contemporary.

Happy New Year!
From the San Francisco Art & Culture Channel, we wish you and your family the best.
We are excited to continue supporting artists and art spaces by sharing their stories through our studio visits and interview programming, as well as attending show receptions, and meeting artists, colleagues, and supporters in person. 
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Laura Rokas / Tears of Rage: Gallery Visit & Interview

A painting of cardboard sculptured hands painting on grass by Laura Rokas. On view now, in her solo exhibition Tears of Rage at Guerrero Gallery.

I'm not sure when I first saw work by Laura Rokas, but it may have been online. Then, I would occasionally bump into her at a local coffee shop in the dogpatch, where her studio is located and near where I previously worked. 

I'd see her sitting and embroidering small patches. Laura has been painting for years, introducing ceramic sculptures and hand embroidered patches recently of the same visual subjects. 

In her current solo show, Tears of Rage, at Guerrero Gallery, Laura includes paintings, hand embroidered patch paintings, and ceramic sculptures. Laura pulls from her personal life, experiences, and interests to create the narratives in work. The resulting pieces are colorful, using recurring imagery taking form in each of the mediums she uses. Her subjects transcend material, fabricating several realities where they can exist.

Laura Rokas is a Canadian artist born in a small town in the french province of Québec. She has been living in the Bay Area since 2014 and has recently completed her MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute. 

I recently met with Laura at Guerrero Gallery to talk about her work and show Tears of Rage. Check out the full interview and photos below

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Recap: Kansas City & ¿Que Pasa, USA?

Group photo of ¿Qué Pasa, USA? artists and participants. Photo by Megan Mantia

About a month ago I was in Kansas City, MO for the reception of the ¿Qué Pasa, USA? exhibition at La Esquina Gallery. This was the first exhibition by Charlotte Street Foundation's current Curator in Residence, Lynnette Miranda

¿Qué Pasa, USA? is a group exhibition that considers a broad spectrum of experiences reflecting and responding to what it means to be a citizen in this country today. Informed by their lived experience, the artists present a different approach to addressing and deepening identity. Through abstracting and translating cultural symbols they reflect on “The Other” in a society that values and privileges Whiteness above all. The exhibition expands on the notion that American identity today is based on plurality and through a critically conscious approach each artist presents work that broadens our definitions of that identity.

I first met Lynnette, when she was in San Francisco to give a talk art the end of her residency with Little Paper Planes' AIR program last year. Since then we've kept in touch.

Along with the exhibition Lynnette organized and facilitated other programing and events, including a POC Arts Alliance meeting and Visibility / Invisibility for POC. 

The exhibition also had several writing components including artists interviews and essays about the artists work. I wrote an essay about the work of Kayla Quan (SF), Michelle Lee (PA), and Carlos Gallo-Ortiz (MO) - read the essay here.

While in KC I was able to connect with many artists from QPU and other local artists. 

Read more for the full KC Recap.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

EBABZ 2016

The East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest (EBABZ) took place this past Saturday in Berkeley at the David Brower Center. Despite rain, attendance kept the fair at full capacity. It was great to see familiar faces and be inspired by other creative artists we met for the first time. With the Oakland fire fresh on our minds, there was so much support in the air. There were many tributes to EBABZ organizer, Ara Jo, who was at Ghost Ship. 

View below for more photos from the fair.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Luggage Store + Adobe Books Gallery Auction Preview

Jenny Sharaf (center) at Luggage Store Gallery.

Thursday night was the VIP Preview of the Luggage Store Gallery and Adobe Books Gallery Auction fundraiser, held at Luggage Store Gallery on Market St. The sale and auction of work from local artists, who've shown with Luggage Store and Adobe books in the past, go toward sustaining both galleries and mark for a good time to come together. 

Tonight will be a public reception 6-10pm for the event with a sliding scale donation at the door ($25). Drinks, snacks, and sound will be provided.
See photos below from the preview.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Guide: Art and Evetns - SF & Bay Area

Stabbed in the back, let your rage guide the way, Hand embroidered patches on felt on acid washed denim, 2016 by Laura Rokas.
Laura Rokas' show with Linda Geary and Sofie Ramos at Guerrero Gallery opens December 12.
Image courtesy of Guerrero Gallery.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Kayla Quan: Studio Visit & Interview

I was first introduced to the work of SF-based artist Kayla Quan from her participation in the Exotify Elsewhere group show in the Bayview earlier this year. Kayla was showing original pieces she made that were included in her zine, Jaded, Jaded, Jaded. In that zine she shares anecdotes from her experiences on an extended backpacking trip in Asia last year. 

Kayla Quan was born in South San Francisco and grew up between San Diego and SF. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz last year she spent five months in Asia before coming back to San Francisco to live and work. 

Kayla's work comes from her own experience - being Asian American and a woman. She has self published multiple zines with a spectrum of content, from being Asian American, public sexual harassment, and text as tool to empower people she identifies with. 
Her work includes as much writing as they do illustrations. With her printmaking background, Kayla creates work in collage, painting, and various print methods.

I recently met with Kayla to talk about her work and traveling Asia. Read the interview and view more photos below.

Friday, November 4, 2016

November Guide: Arts and Events - SF & Bay Area

Deedee Cheriel and Frohawk Two Feathers's upcoming exhibition at Campfire Gallery opens November 12. 
Image courtesy of Campfire Gallery

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

October Guide: Art and Events - SF & Bay Area

In The Same River Twice by Erik Parra at State, opens 10/15.
Image courtesy of State.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Ricki Dwyer: Interview

I was recently introduced to the summer activities of artist Ricki Dwyer, including their time as weaving faculty for the Black Mountain School, printmaking faculty for The Oxbow School, a residency at Front/Space in Kansas City, and the tour for their embroidery project Tim Kerr Made Me Do It

Ricki Dwyer grew up in the Bay Area, has lived in various regions, graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in Fiber Arts. And has now been living in Chinatown for three years working as a teacher, bar tender and artist. Ricki is finishing the tour of their embroidery project Tim Kerr Made Me Do It with a San Francisco performance at Artist Television Access this Friday night 9/23 -with music and video by Shea Cote and Ian Vanek.

I met with Ricki to talk about their recently project and summer experience. See the interview and photos below.