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.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

September: Art and Events - SF & Bay Area

Image courtesy of Sofie Ramos.

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Friday, September 2, 2016

The Book Was Better Film Festival by Book/Shop

If you've ever walked into Oakland-based Book/Shop, then you know it is a gem for art books and literature lovers, offering a range of vintage and harder to find printed materials. Book/Shop engages their community and organizes public programs through their blog, printed newsletters, and public talks. Last year they put on their first annual film festival, called The Book Was Better Film Festival, where short film submissions  were based on a chapter or section of a book.

For their second annual The Book Was Better Film Festival, Book/Shop has partnered with VSCO, who will host screenings of the submission finalists in their East Coast/West Coast offices - at VSCO NYC on October 15, and at VSCO HQ in Oakland, CA on October 22. Book/Shop will hold events during the days leading up to the screening, and prizes will be awarded in several categories, including best use of dialogue, best animation, and others.


Submit one short film based on one chapter from a book. Anyone from anywhere in the world can enter a film, but your entry must be AN ORIGINAL WORK, must be UNDER 6 MINUTES, and must be based on ONE CHAPTER OF A BOOK (or one section, one poem, one scene, etc.). It can be any kind of book (a novel, cookbook, encyclopedia, anything!), but the book should be a published work, available for someone to find in a library or for purchase (the idea of the festival is to use film to lead people to good books!). 

Book/Shop welcomes submissions from anywhere in the world, but any spoken or written words be presented in English or include English subtitles. Films must be submitted DIGITALLY to You can submit larger files via Dropbox, WeSendIt or other services of your choice. Submissions must be received by midnight PST,  SEPTEMBER 30th, 2016. So start shooting your film!

View a trailer featuring clips from last year's entries. 

Any questions about TBWBFF should be directed to Book/Shop. 
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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.

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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.