Friday, June 29, 2012

End of the month picks


Ann Weber at Dolby Chadwick. @the artist. Courtesy of Dolby Chadwick.

How did the month of June zip by so quickly? I was looking at the calendar and realized that this is the last weekend of the month and there are a number of shows that I haven't mentioned.

Of course, there are also dozens more shows that I haven't had time to write about - the current calligraphy exhibit at the SFPL,  "Cardburg 2012" at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek and the WFTWTT show of "Levitated Mass" at LACMA. Ten million dollars worth of rock.

Michael Heizer.  "Levitated Mass" @ LACMA (photo courtesy of LACMA)

This is supposed to be art? At least the Japanese, who love beautiful rocks more than any other culture, put them in gorgeous gardens where the visitor can contemplate nature in serene surroundings. This rock is sort of balanced on top of a big concrete wall and in the summer, that concrete space is bound to be an inferno. So far the comments at the LA Times have not been complimentary.

If recycling is the Bay Area's religion, then Ann Weber at Dolby Chadwick has to be one of the Goddesses. Or, at the very least, the queen of dumpster diving because that's where she gets her materials for the woven organic shapes that she creates.

She started out as a potter but became frustrated by the heavy nature of the medium. She turned to cardboard, drawn by the lightness of the materials, the inexpensive cost and it's ubiquitousness in our culture. Her free form organic shapes are woven, stapled and shellacked from recycled cardboard so that they seem part of a natural life form.

Her puffy sculptural pillows, woven from recycled cardboard, are on view at Dolby Chadwick through July 7th.

 http://www.dolbychadwickgallery.com/

 Interview on Spark: http://kqed02.streamguys.us/anon.kqed/spark/annweber.m4v

Gay Outlaw whose work I saw at the SFSU gallery a couple of years ago, will be having her first show here in three years. Her work is always interesting: Interview at SF Gate: http://www.sfgate.com/art/article/Artist-Gay-Outlaw-to-open-1st-solo-show-in-3-years-3668180.php

 Cosmological painting, approx. 1750–1850. India; Rajasthan. Opaque watercolors on cloth. From the Collection of William K. Ehrenfeld, M.D., 2005.64.54. (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)

The Asian Art Museum blog continues their insightful look into the current show "Phantoms of Asia" with a lecture on Cosmologies

http://www.asianart.org/blog/index.php/2012/06/29/phantoms-of-asia-tour-part-3-asian-cosmologies

The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries’ Art at City Hall program presents Stretch & Expose at City Hall (In the basement).

Why would artists still choose to screen print when the prevalent method for printing has become digital? When the curators posed the question to the participating artists, each answer was different, however there seemed to be common ground rooted in both the desire to control the work through a particular physical process, and also enjoying the random inconsistencies the process produces. Additionally, screen-printing is an economical way to produce duplicates, and it allows for a myriad of experimental possibilities.

Each artist selected for Stretch & Expose approaches the media with unique aesthetic objectives in mind.

http://www.sfartscommission.org/gallery/2012/stretch-and-expose/

Also written up by Mike at his blog: Civic Center, complete with wonderful images:
http://sfciviccenter.blogspot.com/2012/06/stretch-and-expose-at-city-hall.html

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