Sunday, March 6, 2011

One-stop Gallery Hopping at Arc



On Saturday night, I finally made it out to Arc Studios and Gallery, a two-story gallery and studio complex that opened in SOMA last year. In the large gallery downstairs, a national juried photography exhibit was on display, featuring a number of local artists. 


From left: Pep Ventosa, George Kaplan, and Hye ryun Son

From left: Lisa Knoop, Sharon Beals
 Upstairs in the "skylight" gallery is another photography exhibit, featuring works from the Bay Area Photography Collective. Both gallery shows will be on display through March 26.


From left: Irene Imfeld, Erin Malone

What was interesting about how the Arc space is set up, is that during the opening reception for the gallery shows, resident artists have also opened their studios and filled in additional wall space with their works. The result is an opening event that is one part gallery exhibition and one part open studios, with lots of varied work on display. 


Resident artist William Salit

Resident artist Pricilla Otani


Resident artist Mike Kimball has taken this a step further, operating MKSF Gallery out of his studio. Focused on works on paper, the MKSF show on display during the opening was a selection of linocuts from Mr. Kimball's private collection, including works by Noah Dasho, Sarah Newton, and Katie Gilmartin. His next exhibit will be industrial scenes by himself and Eric Rewitzer, "Panamax", on Saturday, March 19 from 6-10pm.


Top row from left: Eric Rewitzer, Sarah Newton,  Dormain (Geyer) Drewitz
Bottom from left: Thierry Rosett, Noah Dash (x2), Katie Gilmartin (x2), Peter Mann (x2)



Given the additional works on display and artist studio access, opening events at Arc pack a great deal of  art-per-visit and is well worth a visit. Follow the gallery's twitter feed at @ARCSF to stay informed of events. Also, for artists, the gallery is taking submissions for it's next juried exhibition, "Flow", until March 15.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Artists as Curators: Two Shows, Lots of Black and White

Saturday saw two openings in non-traditional venues, curated by artists once featured here on Arteaser. Freya Prowe's pop-up Slingshot Gallery (890 Valencia) features five artists, including Freya herself. As a set, the collection is heavy on symbolic imagery, figurative and otherwise, with stark black and white imagery casting a pensive tone. Although opening a week after Halloween, the show could have easily tied into the holiday's "scary" and "creepy" themes, from Angela Simione's haunting imagery and Kimberlee Koym's biogenous-looking installations and Meagan Donegan's floating sheep. In an upstairs apartment, Launa Bacon has created a "haunted house" of installations, playing with the domestic settings in her reflections on femininity, which also break with the achromatic theme of the downstairs show. 


The gallery is open through January 2011, Thursday through Sunday 12pm-5pm, and by appointment.


Kimberlee Koym's installation greets guests in the large space on Valencia
Freya Prowe's figurative works favor more land creatures than her "Black Water" show of 2009
Angela Simione's quiet scenes hint at the unseen
Kimberlee Koym's installation, reminiscent of I.V. bags 
Launa Bacon's "Battle Wounds" series invites visitors upstairs
Launa Bacon's installation upstairs plays with the domestic space
Launa Bacon
Heading over to Bar Basic, I caught up with Cindy Shih who has organized "Nevermind", a show about 90's pop culture nostalgia. Mike Kimball happened to be there, too. Here, Cindy deliberately curated a set of black and white (or sepia-toned) set of images to force a dated aesthetic to time that may still be vividly colorful in many minds. The hip-hop and pop culture references, from Nick Beery's rappers to Moo Tsungwei's surfing Yoda, feel at home in the understated contemporary bar, where appropriate musical accompaniment was on hand for the opening. "Nevermind" will be up through January 2011; Bar Basic is open evenings, Monday through Saturday.

Nick Beery's rappers greet bar visitors

Works by Cindy Shih (left) and Anthony Tablizo (right) in the comfortable bar environment





Friday, November 5, 2010

States of Kinesis show at Nieto Fine Art

So, I know things have been lying fallow around here, but I just stopped buy the new Nieto Fine Art gallery to get a preview of the new States of Kinesis show opening tonight (565 Sutter from 6:30-8:30pm). I heard about the show months ago when discussing Fernando Reyes' work with Sharon Reaves out in New York. Fernando has several awesome paintings in the show, along with paintings from Eric Bailey and Peggy Gyulai. 


Fernando's work, of course, I know and love. This show focuses on his paintings and it's great to get to see his large works in the setting Nieto has launched in. In my view, his figurative nudes drive the "kinesis" of the show. Non-representational abstract work can be difficult to discuss, but a couple of Peggy Gyulai's pieces had that incalculable mix of color, texture, and balance that hit the spot. Eric Bailey's series was a joy to discover: at first, the formal composition of many of his works gives you the immediate impression of a Renaissance painting. The details, however, piece together a story of the sugary-sweet modern world juxtaposed against natural elements. I love how the notion of high/low culture permeates the collection, but without being vulgar.


The show will be up until December 11. Here are a couple pictures to give you the visual flavor:

Nieto Fine Art's grand new space on Sutter

This painting by Eric Bailey greets gallery visitors


Paintings by Fernando Reyes (left) and Eric Bailey (right)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Weekend Guide 7.8.10

"If I weren’t a Jew (in the sense in which I use the word) then I wouldn’t be an artist, or at least not the one I am now. " - Marc Chagall

Openings and Events  

Ongoing Shows 




As usual, for more shows featuring artists profiled on Arteaser, check out the Arteaser Calendar. Also, get updates when new shows are added to the calendar by following the Arteaser Twitter feed of becoming a fan on Facebook!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Weekend Guide 7.1.10



 
"The duty or beauty of a painting is that there is no reason to do it nor any reason not to" - Robert Rauschenberg
 
Openings and Events 


Ongoing Shows 


As usual, for more shows featuring artists profiled on Arteaser, check out the Arteaser Calendar. Also, get updates when new shows are added to the calendar by following the Arteaser Twitter feed of becoming a fan on Facebook!
 

Friday, June 25, 2010

Weekend Guide 6.25.10



"There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them." -

Pierre-Auguste Renoir


Ongoing Shows 


As usual, for more shows featuring artists profiled on Arteaser, check out the Arteaser Calendar. Also, get updates when new shows are added to the calendar by following the Arteaser Twitter feed of becoming a fan on Facebook!
 
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