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SFAQ Pick: Hard Weather, Carson Fisk-Vittori and Anna Sagström at Et al., San Francisco.

Hard Weather
Carson Fisk-Vittori and Anna Sagström

Et. al

620 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

Reception: Thursday, October 30, 7-10 pm

October 30 – December 5, 2014

 

Thursday, October 30, Et. al opens Hard Weather, a new exhibition of work by Carson Fisk-Vittori and Anna Sagström. From Fisk-Vittori, an Oakland-based artist, and Sagström, who lives and works in Berlin, comes a cryptic press release quoting Matilda Tjäder in a rumination evoking a curious blend of sensory, mechanical, and digital experiences. No promises, but based on the previous engagements of Fisk-Vittori and Sagström, one can expect an impressive array of sculptural mixed-media work, featuring unfamiliar material unions and dramatic, engaging methods of display.

 

Et al. hosts an opening reception Thursday, October 30, from 7 – 10 pm.

 

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The exhibition remains on view through December 5.

For more information, please visit the gallery’s website.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ PICK: House of Yes, solo exhibition by Reed Anderson at Gallery 16, San Francisco.

-SFAQ Pick: Book signing party for THE THING THE BOOK at THE THING Quarterly, San Francisco.

-SFAQ Pick: Judy Pfaff at Loretta Howard and Pavel Zoubok, New York.

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SFAQ PICK: House of Yes, solo exhibition by Reed Anderson at Gallery 16, San Francisco.

Reed Anderson

House of Yes

Gallery 16

501 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

Reception: October 24, 6-9 pm

October 24 – December 31, 2014

 

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Friday, October 24, Gallery 16 opens an exhibition of new work by New York-based artist Reed Anderson. Anderson presents two series, including over 40 large-scale works total. The artist’s intricately cut and collaged paintings comprise one body of work; also on view are paintings from his “Papa Object” series, works in which Anderson incorporates photographic images of objects from auction catalogs. These objects, rejuvenated by Anderson’s application of paint and collage, are then mailed to particular places to be photographed; destinations include a Chinese sweatshop, a research vessel in Antarctica, and an office cubicle at MOMA.

 

The opening reception takes place Friday, October 24, from 6 – 9 pm.

 

Reed Anderson, Tuesday's Lady, 2014. Acrylic and collage on paper, 42 x 44 inches. Courtesy of Gallery 16.

Reed Anderson, Tuesday’s Lady, 2014. Acrylic and collage on paper, 42 x 44 inches. Courtesy of Gallery 16.

 

Reed Anderson, Santiago, Chile, 2013. Acrylic and collage on paper, 48 x 36 inches. Courtesy of Gallery 16.

Reed Anderson, Santiago, Chile, 2013. Acrylic and collage on paper, 48 x 36 inches. Courtesy of Gallery 16.

 

The exhibition remains on view through December 31.

For more information, please visit the gallery’s website.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ Pick: Book signing party for THE THING THE BOOK at THE THING Quarterly, San Francisco.

-SFAQ Pick: Judy Pfaff at Loretta Howard and Pavel Zoubok, New York.

-SFAQ Pick: Root Division’s 13th Annual Art Auction, San Francisco.

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SFAQ Pick: Book signing party for THE THING THE BOOK at THE THING Quarterly, San Francisco.

THE THING Quarterly HQ

447 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102

October 23, 6-8:30 pm

 

In conjunction with the San Francisco launch of THE THING THE BOOK, THE THING Quarterly and Chronicle Books host a book signing party at THE THING Quarterly HQ with karaoke, Jell-O shots, and atmospheric interventions by artist collective Bonanza. MacFadden & Thorpe, Kota Ezawa, Anthony Discenza, Tucker Nichols, and Gwen Allen will be present to sign copies of the newly released project.

 

THE THING Quarterly is a periodical publication of artist-designed objects, produced by Jonn Herschend and Will Rogan. For THE THING THE BOOK, Herschend and Rogan assigned each traditional feature of a book to a different artist or writer to reinterpret and treat as exhibition space. With contributions from John Baldessari, Martin Creed, Miranda July, Laurel Nakadate, Trevor Paglen, Leslie Shows, David Shrigley, Lawrence Weiner, and many more, the result is a beautiful and surprising object.

 

The signing at THE THING takes place Thursday, October 23, from 6-7 pm, with karaoke and Jell-O shot related activities continuing through 8:30 pm.

 

 

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For more information, please visit the website of THE THING Quarterly.

 

Ever Gold Gallery, located next door to THE THING Quarterly at 441 O’Farrell, will stay open late—until 8 pm—the night of the party. It’s Nice Outside, an exhibition of new paintings by Mark Mulroney, opened at Ever Gold just a few days ago.

 

Mark Mulroney, Centerfold, 2014. Painted paper on panel, 25.5 x 37 inches. Courtesy of Ever Gold Gallery.

Mark Mulroney, Centerfold, 2014. Painted paper on panel, 25.5 x 37 inches. Courtesy of Ever Gold Gallery.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ Pick: Judy Pfaff at Loretta Howard and Pavel Zoubok, New York.

-SFAQ Pick: Root Division’s 13th Annual Art Auction, San Francisco.

-SFAQ Pick: Bonanza VI: Eighteencharacters, exhibition by Bonanza at Interface Gallery, Oakland.

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SFAQ Pick: Judy Pfaff at Loretta Howard and Pavel Zoubok, New York.

Judy Pfaff

Run Amok / Second Nature

Loretta Howard Gallery / Pavel Zoubok Gallery

525-531 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001

September 18 – November 15, 2014

 

Loretta Howard and Pavel Zoubok have just opened concurrent exhibitions by artist Judy Pfaff at their next-door Chelsea galleries. Pfaff, perhaps best known for large, dense, mixed media constructions and installations, presents two exhibitions exemplifying distinctly different longterm pursuits and directions in her work.

 

For Run Amok, installed at Loretta Howard Gallery, included works play off of the gallery’s history with color field painting and geometric abstraction. A few large installations—like the hanging metal frames and sculptural masses that make up There is a Field, I Will Meet You There (Rumi)—are accompanied by an assortment of wall-mounted sculptures.

 

Judy Pfaff, There is a Field, I Will Meet You There (Rumi), 2014. Installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy of Loretta Howard Gallery.

Judy Pfaff, There is a Field, I Will Meet You There (Rumi), 2014. Installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy of Loretta Howard Gallery.

 

Second Nature, at Pavel Zoubok Gallery, exemplifies Pfaff’s exploration of the visual representation of nature and landscape. In works like Belle Starr/Blue Duck—a massive, gleaming construction with all the beauty and grime of real natural forms, but with the added beauty and grime of highly processed, industrial materials—Pfaff presents delightfully contemporary depictions of natural materials and systems. Also on view at Pavel Zoubok, the monumental Let Sixteen Cowboys Sing Me a Song—a sculptural installation seemingly emerged from unfamiliar waters, perhaps with some tinkering by an aquatic Robert Rauschenberg on the way up—is truly not to be missed.

 

 

Judy Pfaff, Belle Starr/Blue Duck, 2014.
 Paper, pigmented expanded foam, acrylic, resin, honeycomb, 118 x 132 x 24 inches. Courtesy of Pavel Zoubok Gallery.

Judy Pfaff, Belle Starr/Blue Duck, 2014.
 Paper, pigmented expanded foam, acrylic, resin, honeycomb, 118 x 132 x 24 inches. Courtesy of Pavel Zoubok Gallery.

 

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Judy Pfaff, Let Sixteen Cowboys Sing Me a Song, 2014.
 Mixed media, 112 x 290 x 48 inches. Courtesy of Pavel Zoubok Gallery.

 

The exhibitions remain on view through November 15.

For more information, please visit the websites of Pavel Zoubok and Loretta Howard.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ Pick: Root Division’s 13th Annual Art Auction, San Francisco.

-SFAQ Pick: Bonanza VI: Eighteencharacters, exhibition by Bonanza at Interface Gallery, Oakland.

-SFAQ Pick: Llyn Foulkes and Tamar Halpern, screening and conversation at SFAI, San Francisco.

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SFAQ Pick: Root Division’s 13th Annual Art Auction, San Francisco.

Root Division’s 13th Annual Art Auction
Root Division’s Pop-Up location
1059 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
October 23, 7-10 pm

 

Thursday, October 23, Root Division hosts their thirteenth annual art auction, a fundraiser that directly benefits local artists, provides art classes for Bay Area youth, and supports the future of Root Division’s unique programming. Available at auction are over 100 artworks from Bay Area artists, including contributions by Claire Colette, Randy Colosky, Lauren DiCioccio, Casey Gray, Jeremiah Jenkins, Todd Lavine, Whitney Lynn, and Tamra Seal. A full list of participating artists can be found online here. The silent auction also features gift certificates and other contributions from over 50 local businesses.

 

The event begins with a VIP cocktail hour, from 6-7 pm, with the silent auction beginning at 7 pm. The live auction starts at 8 pm.

 

For tickets, please call (415) 863-7668 or visit the Root Division website.

 

 

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For more information, please visit the Root Division website.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:
-SFAQ Pick: Bonanza VI: Eighteencharacters, exhibition by Bonanza at Interface Gallery, Oakland.
-SFAQ Pick: Llyn Foulkes and Tamar Halpern, screening and conversation at SFAI, San Francisco.
-SFAQ Pick: Yerba Buena Night Art Walk, San Francisco.

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SFAQ Pick: Bonanza VI: Eighteencharacters, exhibition by Bonanza at Interface Gallery, Oakland.

Bonanza

Bonanza VI: Eighteencharacters

Interface Gallery

486 49th Street, Oakland, CA 94609

October 1 – October 31, 2014

 

Now on view at Oakland’s Interface Gallery, Bonanza VI: Eighteencharacters is an exhibition of work by artists Conrad Guevara, Lindsay Tully, and Lana Williams, working collaboratively under the moniker Bonanza. Drawing their inspiration from the show names given to race horses, the horse races at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley, and the gallery space’s former life as a horse stable, the artists of Bonanza experiment with practices of naming, the connection of names to real entities and objects, and the possibilities of an alter ego. The exhibition takes its name from a technicality; a race horse’s show name—California Chrome, I’ll Have Another, Brangelina, etc.—may not exceed eighteen characters, including spaces, so the name Eighteencharacters is viable while Eighteen Characters is not. Playing with common conceptions of artistic ownership and the solitary creative genius, the artists of Bonanza combine forces and identities to create an immersive installation with what seems to be a singular vision, however alien.

 

Bonanza, Bonanza VI: Eighteencharacters, installation view, 2014, Interface Gallery, Oakland. Courtesy of Interface Gallery.

Bonanza, Bonanza VI: Eighteencharacters, installation view, 2014, Interface Gallery, Oakland. Courtesy of Interface Gallery.

 

Bonanza, Bonanza VI: Eighteencharacters, installation view, 2014, Interface Gallery, Oakland. Courtesy of Interface Gallery.

Bonanza, Bonanza VI: Eighteencharacters, installation view, 2014, Interface Gallery, Oakland. Courtesy of Interface Gallery.

 

Bonanza, Bonanza VI: Eighteencharacters, installation view, 2014, Interface Gallery, Oakland. Courtesy of Interface Gallery.

Bonanza, Bonanza VI: Eighteencharacters, installation view, 2014, Interface Gallery, Oakland. Courtesy of Interface Gallery.

 

The exhibition remains on view through October 31.

For more information, please visit the gallery’s website.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ Pick: Llyn Foulkes and Tamar Halpern, screening and conversation at SFAI, San Francisco.

-SFAQ Pick: Yerba Buena Night Art Walk, San Francisco.

-SFAQ Pick: ENFOLDING, solo exhibition by Allison Somers at Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn.

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SFAQ Pick: Llyn Foulkes and Tamar Halpern, screening and conversation at SFAI, San Francisco.

Llyn Foulkes and Tamar Halpern

Llyn Foulkes: One Man Band (2013)

San Francisco Art Institute, Lecture Hall

800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

October 13, 7:30 pm

 

Monday, October 13, the San Francisco Art Institute hosts a screening of Llyn Foulkes: One Man Band (2013), followed by a conversation between the Los Angeles-based painter and musician and the film’s writer and director, Tamar Halpern. Llyn Foulkes: One Man Band documents seven years of Foulkes’ life and work, from the age of 70 to 77, with a focus on formal particularities of the artist’s work and its evolution, as well as on his engagements with external entities—galleries, museums, and collectors—and the effects of these external influences on his practice. With commentary by Dennis Hopper and George Herms, the film explores Foulkes’ artistic practice through an intimate look at his processes, public engagements, and personal relationships.

 

The screening begins Monday, October 13, at 7:30 pm.

RSVP online here.

 

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For more information, please visit the SFAI website.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ Pick: Yerba Buena Night Art Walk, San Francisco.

-SFAQ Pick: ENFOLDING, solo exhibition by Allison Somers at Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn.

-SFAQ Pick: Joan Jonas, lecture at CCA, San Francisco.

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SFAQ Pick: Yerba Buena Night Art Walk, San Francisco.

Yerba Buena Night Art Walk

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Pre-event reception: October 11, 3-4 pm (California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street)

Art walk: October 11, 4-7 pm (various locations)

After-party: October 11, 7-8 pm (MaSo at the Westin Hotel)

 

Saturday, October 11, the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District presents Art Walk, an evening of events and free access to various San Francisco galleries and art institutions. Part of Yerba Buena night, which one can read more about here, the festivities begin at 3 pm with a pre-event champagne reception at the California Historical Society.

 

From 4 to 7 pm, galleries and art institutions in the neighborhood open their doors to Art Walk visitors; participating institutions include the California Historical Society, Chandler Fine Art, Crown Point Press, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Museum of Performance + Design, the RayKo Photo Center, the UC Berkeley Extension Art Gallery, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and more.

 

From 7 to 8, Art Walk participants gather at MaSo at the Westin Hotel for an after-party and prize drawing; the grand prize is a UC Berkeley Extension course, valued at $500. For  a full list of participants and events, visit the Yerba Buena Night website, or pick up a Yerba Buena Night Program at the information booth at Yerba Buena Lane and Mission Street from 4-10 pm this Saturday.

 

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For more information, please visit the Yerba Buena Night website.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ Pick: ENFOLDING, solo exhibition by Allison Somers at Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn.

-SFAQ Pick: Joan Jonas, lecture at CCA, San Francisco.

-SFAQ Online: Real Estate: Creating Land Value & Dispossession, conversation and dinner at Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito.

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SFAQ Pick: ENFOLDING, solo exhibition by Allison Somers at Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn.

Allison Somers

ENFOLDING

Microscope Gallery

1329 Willoughby Avenue #2B, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Reception: October 10, 6-9 pm

October 10 – November 17, 2014

 

Friday, October 10, Microscope Gallery opens ENFOLDING, an exhibition of new work by Allison Somers. Somers, once based in Brooklyn and now working in Paris, experiments with image-making and printing processes, employing photographic tools and chemicals as well as dyeing techniques and other textile treatments to produce dynamic visual effects. Producing subtle, meditative objects through precise physical and chemical processes, Somers creates visual representations of nature through which an occasional, distinctly contemporary reference surfaces. These depictions are precarious, as they closely and delicately describe the natural environment while clearly being the products of manmade processes and materials. For the exhibition at Microscope Gallery, Somers presents textiles treated with photosensitive dyes, cyanotypes on birch bark, and photograms of dissolving salt.

 

The gallery hosts an opening reception Friday, October 10, from 6 – 9 pm.

 

 

Allison Somers, “approaching the horizon”, 2014, dye on linen, 38 x 16. Courtesy of the artist and Microscope Gallery.

Allison Somers, approaching the horizon, 2014, dye on linen, 38 x 16 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Microscope Gallery.

 

Allison Somers, Untitled, 2014, b&w photogram, 16 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Microscope Gallery.

Allison Somers, untitled, 2014, b&w photogram, 16 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Microscope Gallery.

 

Allison Somers, "Blueprint VI," 2011, archival print from cyanotype, 27 x 36 inches, edition of 4 + 2 APs. Courtesy of the artist and Microscope Gallery.

Allison Somers, Blueprint VI, 2011, archival print from cyanotype, 27 x 36 inches, edition of 4 + 2 APs. Courtesy of the artist and Microscope Gallery.

 

Allison Somers, Ijen series, 2011, photographs taken in a sulfur mine, unique solarized silver gelatin prints in custom welded angle-iron frames, 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches each. Courtesy of the artist and Microscope Gallery.

Allison Somers, Ijen series, 2011, photographs taken in a sulfur mine, unique solarized silver gelatin prints in custom welded angle-iron frames, 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches each. Courtesy of the artist and Microscope Gallery.

 

The exhibition remains on view through November 17.

For more information, please visit the gallery’s website.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ Pick: Joan Jonas, lecture at CCA, San Francisco.

-SFAQ Online: Real Estate: Creating Land Value & Dispossession, conversation and dinner at Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito.

-SFAQ Pick: WHIRL, exhibition by Katsuhiro Saiki and Jennifer Williams at Gallery HO, New York.

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SFAQ Pick: Joan Jonas, lecture at CCA, San Francisco.

Joan Jonas

California College of the Arts

1111 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

October 9, 7 pm

 

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Thursday, October 9, the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts presents a lecture by Joan Jonas, whose work with performance and video in the 1960s and 1970s has proved to be incredibly influential in each discipline. Jonas, originally working in sculpture, began her exploration of performance with Mirror Pieces, a series of works inspired by the writings of Jorge Luis Borges. Jonas created visualizations based on Borges’ descriptions of mirrors, like her 1969 Mirror Piece, for which performers carried full-length mirrors past their audience, reflecting their surroundings, reflecting their onlookers, and concealing and revealing themselves. In the 1970s, Jonas created Organic Honey, an alter ego for herself, exploring her character through the representational tropes and technical features of television and film in works like her 1972 Vertical Roll. Jonas has since expanded her practice exponentially, participating in films as an actor, developing sculptural installations to host her video work, and continuing to integrate performance and video in new formats without losing the particular impact of either.

 

The lecture takes place Thursday, October 9 at CCA’s Timken Lecture Hall.

Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the lecture begins at 7 pm.

 

Joan Jonas, "Reading Dante," 2008. Courtesy of CCA.

Joan Jonas, “Reading Dante,” 2008. Courtesy of California College of the Arts.

 

Read Jorge Luis Borges’s 1960 “Mirrors” online here.

Watch Vertical Roll, and a number of other works by Joan Jonas online here.

 

For more information, please visit the CCA website.

 

Recent SFAQ Picks:

-SFAQ Online: Real Estate: Creating Land Value & Dispossession, conversation and dinner at Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito.

-SFAQ Pick: WHIRL, exhibition by Katsuhiro Saiki and Jennifer Williams at Gallery HO, New York.

-SFAQ Pick: Lecture by Katrín Sigurdardóttir at SFAI, San Francisco.

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