Saturday, August 3, 2013

Weekend Picks for August 3 - 4

it's not always about the fog in SF - today is sunny, clear and with a hint of cooling wind. Just the perfect kind of day to be out, about with frequent stops to enjoy art.

My interior decorator was very happy at today's craft show at Ft. Mason while my inner bookkeeper was aghast at the prices. Yup, SF is a pricy place to live and lots of people who live here can afford this stuff. Well, more power to the craft's people who make these unique, beautiful pieces.

 For the August 2013 show, ACC invited nine celebrated Bay Area interior designers and architects to create eight unique room settings -- each inspired by a piece of fine craft. Themed “Make Room: Modern Design Meets Craft,” the showcase celebrates the symbiotic relationship between craft and design while providing show-goers with ideas on incorporating fine craft into home d├ęcor.
The crafts on view and for sale include jewelry, clothing and home decor. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan St. 11 a.m to 5 p.m.

Wangechi Mutu, Kibaba Original (detail), 2012, mixed media

Maps, boundaries and national and ethnic identities are a comment thread through two SF exhibits now on view at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Wendi Norris Gallery.

"Migrating Identities" samples works by eight contemporary artists whose lives and output cut across boundaries, and to some extent histories, of nationality and regional culture. All were born between 1969 and 1981 and received art education in the United States. Their work is inspired by the tension between their native cultures and that of the United States where most now live.

The value of a specific place and its particular history is the basis for these artists to embrace, alter, or interve with the conventions of contemporary art practice to address larger global issues such as colonialism, war, daily life, the vernacular, and history.

Artists like Wangechi Mutu, originally from Kenya, creates work that speaks more of Africa while the other artists, however individually interesting, present work that is more generic 21st century Western. While the show is fascinating, what's most apparent is the power of American culture.

"Migrating Identities:" Video, sculpture, painting, collage and graphic arts. Through Sept. 29. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. (415) 978-2787.

Patrick Jacobs, "Oak Stump with Dead Leaves", 2013, Diorama viewed through 2 3/4 in. (5 cm) window, Styrene, acrylic, cast neoprene, paper, hair, ash, talc, starch, polyurethane foam, acrylite, vinyl film, wood, steel, lighting, BK7 glass.

"Journey Forth:" Landscape seen through the lens of today's technology, deconstructing traditional concepts of the sublime, and what it means to bring the outdoors inside. As the broader culture continues to evaluate humanity’s role in our natural environment, the works in this exhibition demonstrate echoes of the Romantic desire to connect to the world we live in.

"Journey Forth: Contemporary Landscape Between Technology and Tradition:" Through Aug. 31. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Gallery Wendi Norris, 161 Jessie St., S.F.

Opening tonight at ARC Gallery: "Sweet and Subversive" ironically appropriates feminine stereotypes to expand the discourse of contemporary feminism. The exhibition is founded on the subversive craft movement and cupcake feminism, a trend focused on playing with the ideals of the 50’s housewife.

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