Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mid Month Recommendations (better late than...)

 @ Masami Teraoka/Catherine Clark

Masami Teraoka at Catherine Clark - where Teraoka's love of gold, glitter and pseudo-Renaissance imagery are demonstrated in over-the-top triptychs demonstrating a contemporary version of horror vacui. In the work of the last decade, he's criticizing the Catholic Church for their sexual peccadilloes. All of the clergy in the paintings have faces right out of an Ensor nightmare but the women portrayed are right out of some bizarre version of Penthouse with gorgeous bodies, perky breasts, trimmed pubes and leather boots. His skillful technique never falters but walks a fine line between parody and critique - and sometimes goes over the line into kink for kink's sake. If you want to be kinky that's OK by me but then, don't pretend it's anything else. My friend Mike Strickland of Civic Center blogging fame, asked the artist if he wanted to be provocative. Apparently Teraoka laughed and said that he just wanted to avoid boredom. So, it's not so much a politically focused critique of the Catholic Church but one artist's remedy against ennui.

Masami Teraoka. Thirty One Flavors. (@ the artist)

His older work, often done in ukiyo-e style ranged from AIDS to computers, environmental degradation, and drive-by shootings, all handled with humor and exquisite skill. The gallery has a small, but beautifully chosen samples of that work.

 Ms. Lasky Gross (@the artist/Cartoon Art Museum)
Cartoon Art Museum: While the history of women in comics is well-documented, and the Jewish contribution to the art form widely acknowledged, Graphic Details:  Confessional Comics by Jewish Women will be the first museum exhibit to showcase the singular voices of female Jewish artists whose revealing diaristic and confessional work has influenced the world of comics over the last four decades.

Some bare their bodies.  Some expose their psyches.  All are fearless about sex, romance, politics, body functions, experiences, emotions, and desires.

On October 21, the Cartoon Art Museum will host a panel on autobiography in comics featuring several of the featured artists, experts, and the curators.  Graphic Details is co-curated by Michael Kaminer, a New York journalist and collector whose December 2008 story on confessional comics in the Forward provided the impetus for the show.  His co-curator, Sarah Lightman, is an award-winning fine artist, curator and arts journalist based in London who is researching a PhD at The University of Glasgow in Autobiography in Comics.

The Cartoon Art Museum is located at 655 Mission Street (between New Montgomery-3rd Streets) in San Francisco. Telephone:  415-CARTOON.

Open Studios:  Next weekend is the third weekend of Open Studios where the focus in on the Richmond, Sunset and Ft. Mason. Although may of the galleries are far apart, there is a lot of work that's well worth going out of the way to see.

Buena Vista, Diamond Heights, Fort Mason, Haight, Hayes Valley, Marina, Mount Davidson, Ocean Beach, Pacific Heights, Richmond, Sunset, Twin Peaks, & West Portal

Marianne Kolb at Hespe. I have been following Ms. Kolb's work since I first saw it at Hang. Even then, her complex and emotional work pulled me in and it's just gotten better over time.

Triangle Gallery celebrates its 49th anniversary

Hackett Mill has reincarnated as as art dealers and advisors with a current show on Manuel Neri. Collage 1958 - 1960

George Krevsky - Helen Berggruen. Itinerant regionalist.

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