Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tuesday Tidbits - the week ahead

Call for Entries: ArtSpan Art Auction
Deadline: February 28, 2014
Click for Prospectus: http://guide.artspan.org/auction2014.html

ArtSpan's curated Art Auction will take place on March 29, 2014 at SOMArts Cultural Center. This is our most popular fundraiser of the year. In 2013, over 300 avid art collectors were in attendance! It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your artwork to prominent jurors in the art and design field, new potential collectors, and a vast range of art enthusiasts! Thank you, in advance, for your support!

In a new exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, 18 artists interpret the notion that less is more in very unconventional ways.

"Obsessive Reduction," on view through March 31, focuses on the meticulous reductive process of removing material by hand to create a form.

"Probably one of the first artists that impressed me for this exhibit was Brian Dettmer," said curator Marc D'Estout. "He cuts into encyclopedias and vintage books and turns them into something very complex and surreal." Through March 31. Admission $8. San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third St., San Francisco, (415) 773-0303. www.sfmcd.org.

Chinese Cultural Center: Between Modern and Contemporary: Fong Chung-ray (馮鐘睿). Fong, now into his eighties and still a prolific painter, has set the stage for abstract Chinese art throughout his career. As curator Manni Liu points out, “Fong Chung-ray’s importance in the history of Chinese modernism lies in his relentless pursuit of a new visual language that combines Chinese and Western sensibilities.” While many artists in the 1950s and 1960s were content with perfecting brush and ink techniques, Fong instead explored new realms. Currently, his work can be found “in many younger Chinese artists, [and a] noticeable influence from Fong, whether they like to admit it or not.”

Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley is putting on an exhibit that plays with color in a spectrum of ways, bringing to light the uncertain nature of perception and memory via the relationships between color, light, and other natural phenomena. In an exhibit called “Back to Kansas,” Spencer Finch explores how the red in the ruby slippers, the yellow of the brick road, and the green of the Emerald City in the movie, "The Wizard of Oz," all work together to create a technicolor masterpiece with the help of viewer interaction. Runs through March 2, Wednesday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 242 State Street, Los Altos, CA 94022

 'Lordy Rodriguez: Strangerhood' The latest installment in the San Francisco Arts Commission's Art on Market Street Kiosk Poster Series features six maps of six San Francisco neighborhoods - Chinatown, North Beach, the Mission, the Castro, Haight-Ashbury and Fisherman's Wharf - and reimagines them as independent countries. Through April 11. Market Street, from the Embarcadero to Eighth Street, S.F. www.sfartscommission.org.

All Possible Futures: A product of SOMArts' Commons Curatorial Residency, spearheaded by Jon Sueda, this show combines projects, proposals and interactive installations by designers and design teams from the Bay Area and elsewhere. All probe the outer limits of graphic design and communication technology. Through Feb. 13. Noon-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday. SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., S.F. (415) 863-1414. www.somarts.org.

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