Monday, June 5, 2017

Rachael Sterner / Many Mothers: Gallery Visit & Interview


Ceramic sculptures and quilt by Rachael Sterner at her show, Many Mothers, at Glass Rice. 

I tend to forget how I am introduced to the work of artists, because I usually find out about an artists/their work and then it's after some time that I have a more personal connection with them and think about them more. But with Rachael Sterner and her work, I was introduced to her quilt work through our previous interviewed artist, Laura Rokas. Laura and Rachael went to SFAI together. Laura was in the MFA program and Rachael was there for her BFA, and they would work side by side in the studios and became friends, supporters, and fans of each other's work.

Rachael Sterner received her BFA from SFAI in Spring 2016. And about a year after she was beginning to organize for her solo show at Glass Rice gallery in the Design district of San Francisco. 

Rachael's work with quilts is visually graphic, incorporating screen printing, creating untraditional patterns via printing, and personal. Rachael's imagery in her quilts include text and figures that she associates with her past, growing up, and other nostalgic pieces of her personal narrative. 

Her show at Glass Rice, titled Many Mothers, opened on March 24. On the day Rachael de-installed the show, on April 10th, I met Rachael at Glass Rice to see the show one more time and talk about her work and process behind the show.
Read the full interview and see more photos below.


Friday, June 2, 2017

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

GUMMIES by Ari Bird and Allegra Rush open at Naming Gallery on June 2, 2017.
6-9pm, 335 15th St, Oakland, CA.
Closing reception on 7/7.
Image Courtesy of Ari Bird.

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Week 1 -
6/2: Gummies by Ari Bird and Allegra Rush at Naming Gallery.
6-9pm, 335 15th St, Oakland, CA.

6/2: ESL dimension by Isaac Vazquez Avila at Lago Projects (Closing Reception).
7-10pm,1215 2nd Ave, Oakland, CA.

6/3: You Are Enough group exhibition at SOMArts. Featuring work by The Lady Miss Vagina Jenkins, Tricia Jameson-Tutwiler, and Sophie Spinelle.
1-4pm, 934 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA.
*On view 6/4, 11am-3pm.

6/3: Death Valley covered in flowers by Tosha Stimage at City Limits
7-11pm, 300 Jefferson St, Oakland, CA.

6/3: Remote Ancestors by Kaori Yamashita at Bass and Reiner. 
5-8pm,1275 Minnesota St, San Francisco, CA.


6/4: RELAY at CTRL+ SHFT Collective (Closing Reception). 
Featuring work by Megan Reed, Sarah Thibault, Courtney Johnson
Maria A. Guzmán Capron, Laura Rokas, Maryam Yousif
Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Rachel Stallings, Nancy Sayavong
Sophie Lourdes Knight, Tosha Stimage, Sasha Kelley
Hannah Perrine Mode, Jacqueline Sherlock Norheim, and Sidney Russell.
3-5pm, 1430 34th St, Oakland, CA.

6/4: Book Release with Aaron Jupin and C.W. Moss at the Growlery.
3-6pm, 235 Broderick St, San Francisco, CA.

Week 2 -
6/5-6/11: STREETFOTO SF Festival. Panels, workshops, exhibitions. 
*6/6: Daniel Arnold, Aaron Berger, Troy Holden exhibition at Photoworks SF.
2279 Market St, San Francisco, CA.

6/8: Free Trade group exhibition at Chinese Cultural Center Design Store, curated by Alice Wu. Featuring work by 
Miriam Dym, Joyce Hsu , Jimin Lee, Cathy Lu, Louise Leong, Gabby Miller, Johanna Poethig, Chelsea Wong, Leland Wong, and Christine Wong Yap.
5-8pm, CCC Design Store, 750 Kearny Street, 3rd Fl., San Francisco, CA.

6/10: ONE group exhibition at Open Coffee, curated by Azha Ayanna & Richard Lomibao. Featuring work by Rewina Beshue, Cinque, Jjaahz, Azha Luckman, and Richard Lomibao.
5-10pm,406 15th St, Oakland, CA

6/10: Two Year Anniversary at Athen B. Gallery. Featuring work by Never250, Cannon Dill, Otto Erik, Kyle Lypka, Martina Merlini, Meryl Pataky, Muzae Sesay, Nicomi Nix Turner, and more. 
7-11pm, 1525 Webster St, Oakland, CA.

6/10: Harness by Lauren Quin, Rebekah Goldstein and May Wilson at Guerrero Gallery. 
6-9pm, 1465 Custer Ave, San Francisco, CA.

6/10: Wonder: A Conversation With Wimmin at Root Division, curated by Craig Campbell. Featuring work by Alexis Amann, Craig Calderwood, Robin Birdd, Kat Geng, Veronica Graham, Yuki Maruyama, and more.
7-10pm, 1131 Mission St, San Francisco, CA.

6/10: Baeviews by Ellie Andrews at the Growlery.
7-10pm,  235 Broderick St, San Francisco, CA.

Week 3 -
6/17: BAY AREA QUEER ZINE FEST 2017 at East Bay Community Space.
11am-6pm, 507 55th St, Oakland, CA.

6/17: Silhouette group exhibition at Et Al etc, curate by Kevin Krueger and Aaron Harbor. Featuring work by Loney Abrams & Johnny Stanish, Nico Colon & Grant Gutierrez, Gracie DeVito, Fox Hysen, Brian Longe, Ruby Sky Stiler, and Christine Wang.
5-8pm, 1275 Minnesota St, San Francisco, CA.

Friday, May 5, 2017

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


Fruits of Our Labor by Andres Guerrero at Land and Sea opens May 5, 2017.
6-9pm, 5428 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA.
On view also May 6, 2-7pm.
Image Courtesy of Andres Guerrero.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

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

Studies by Jennifer Shear at Low Rence opens April 7, 2017.
6-9pm, 716 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA.
Image courtesy of Low Rence SF.
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Guide: Shows and Events - SF & Bay Area


For The Mamis art and music show at Noman Coffee Co. on March 4, 2017.
6-10pm, 55 Duboce Ave, SF/CA.
Image courtesy of Rio Garcia.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

February Guide: Shows and Events - SF & Bay Area


Confessions opens Friday February 3rd at Little Lodge. Image courtesy of Kayla Quan.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Feminine Architecture: Photo show by Nora Lowinsky and Haley Golden



The upcoming exhibition, Feminine Architecture, by Nora Lowinsky and Haley Golden opens this Friday, January 20, 5-7pm at the Alchemy Bottle Shop - 3256 Grand Ave in Oakland. 

The collaboration photo exhibition by the California-based self taught artists is more a celebration of their friendship and woman/sisterhood through their perspectives and visions of their work.

Haley's subjects are her physical environments and structures, in nature and urban settings - the architecture around her. Haley's images reveal a sensitivity to the spontaneous drama of her surroundings. They are both unpredictable and inevitable. 

Complimenting Haley's work, Nora's subjects are female figures, their bodies, and spirit. Using analog color and black and white film, her improvised compositions with her subjects in open environments perform an act of surrender to the elements and universe. 

The artists consider their mission of supporting female creativity and comradery especially relevant in the dawn of Trumpism, a time marked by uncertainty and disturbing misogyny. Although the opening reception was scheduled months ago when the reality of the election results was unthinkable, its coincidence with the inauguration weekend is powerful. Feminine Architecture urges us to acknowledge the female artists's prescient instinctual voice and vision.



Spire by Haley Golden.


Suspended Chain by Haley Golden.




I Dream of Miki by Nora Lowinsky.


Infinity by Nora Lowinsky.


For more updates and to keep up with Haley and Nora visit their sites and follow them on Instragram. 

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.