This course will train students in using Blogs, Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and guided crowdsourcing to develop concise concepts without compromising free-form ideation. The goal is to aid developing artists and mature thinkers alike to use the features of common blog software and free CAD technology to organize their thoughts as they go through their artistic process.
De-Mobbing is an exhibition on post-military space curated by Brian Karl, program director at The Headlands Center for the Arts. I’ll be showing images from my series West Mountain Exposure: shot near the Idaho National Labs facilities last November.
I’m happy to be included in this year’s juried exhibition at Southern Exposure in San Francisco. I’ll be showing the first print from my new series of optical arrangements shot in rural Sweden: a cropped version of the the untitled piece is seen above. The juror this year is Denise Markonish, a curator at MASS MoCA.
The cool of the terminal in contrast with the warmth of the artworks is enhanced in Walter Kitundu’s Bay Area Bird Encounters. This wall piece largely consists of images printed onto wood with the shading and grain of the wood panel outlining the rest of the shapes in this landscape piece. In front of the wall stands two low crescent shaped benches in the shape of birds’ wings.
Soapy water is pumped onto a small acrylic platform in small tear-like amounts. By lighting the liquid drops from behind and providing a mirror at the right distance, users can reflect on their own reflection, now with tears streaming down their faces. For many, this induces a powerful empathy response, and their mood can quickly swing to a state of sadness and alarm.
“Despite the sublime aspect of the photographed scenes and the preciousness of the prints which, beyond black and white, allow us to imagine a range of colours in the dazzling light, their images also refer back to the naivety and intrinsic nostalgia of souvenir photographs. The actual viewer is placed in a specular perception, being led to look at a woman posing in a natural expanse”
The mundane shapes and muted colors appear to recall an institutional building: one of those so many of us work in, study in, are sent to in order carry on our affairs.
So bland on the surface these structures, forever shaded by cheap blinds, bear silent witness to oceans of human experience: all without ever being remembered themselves.
My public art proposal piece “Things Are Looking Up” is included in the new publication from Chronicle Books: “Everything is Going to be OK”.
This pocket-sized volume is filled with artwork bearing mottos of encouragement and affirmation. Featuring work from a diverse roster of indie artists, designers, and crafters.
Tuttofuoco is mostly known for his play with architectural devices, but his exhibition at Peres Projects showed him engaging with a compelling version of the human form. These glittery shrouds are just large enough to look like children on (faux) marble pedestals, their neon-rimmed mouths open to let out a soundless cry, or a laugh.
Given the theme and the generally anxious and somewhat glum atmosphere around the festival, it comes as no surprise that a good percentage of the talks and projects focused on the emergence of biotechnology as a presence of our everyday lives, and the ethical and cultural questions that arise as a consequence.
Given it’s tragic history (a collapsed roof once killed numerous people) it’s a surprisingly elevating experience to wander it’s halls, with dark hallways that turn into light-filled halls and sweeping terraces that makes you feel like you are wandering amongst the tree tops of the surrounding Tiergarten park.
…Perhaps it is a very young and brilliant person, snapping an image of himself dressed to the teeth, with a look that seems to be hoping -or demanding- that someone, anyone, pays attention.
These figures are charming partly because they bring to mind the characters of the underground comics or graphic novels that have been thriving in Sweden in the last couple of decades.
Paper sculpture by Suse Weber courtsey of Galerie Barbara Weiss.
-The sculptures to the left and right are titled “Afrikanische Frisur”, and the middle one simply “Torso”.
Vilma Gold is one of my favorite galleries in London. This tapestry of sorts is by Brian Griffiths and titled That Moment In All Directions (with Owl).
“Like a small record store: the space offers a neighborhood location to ponder on the most universal things. This can be music, or the sky.”
The LAB has been around for 26 years, but if you hang around the place for any length of time you’d swear it was a fresh and ambitious start-up.
-Do come out and support the LAB, and say hello to me.
Motorik: a sound- and climate based installation at the San Fernando Light Rail station in San Jose, California. This piece was designed with a background of economic turmoil, coupled with two major anniversaries of historical stand-offs.
art.tech at The LAB is a three-day festival celebrating the intersection of art and technology. Artists include Laetitia Sonami and Eats Tapes
“Trains have served as metaphors for the secret lives of cities, and as signs for the public imagination regarding their spiritual lives and that of their transportation system.”
In March I’m producing the group exhibition “It’s The Way That You Move” -curated by Katrina Lamb and Jeff Ray. The Exhibition will be on view at 2501 Bryant Street, March 7th-April 1st. Opening reception is March 7th 7-11PM. “It’s The Way That You Move” showcases artists who use bodies to explore issues around ritual, performativity, the social body, the body in context.
“The Counter Cultural Hour” is a monthly series of screenings where Re/Search founder V. Vale interviews creative movers-and-shakers who have not yet given up on changing the world. These screenings are produced in collaboration with filmmaker Marian Wallace.
Phenomenon is an evening of art and music presenting the work of Nate Boyce, Shawn Lani & PJ Reptilehouse, Charles Sowers and Paul Stepahin, with musical performances by the sound collective TripKnight.
“On the top floor, San Francisco-based artist Ulrika Andersson’s existential inquiry, ‘The Stars Come Out to Mock Me’, a bravura kinetic mural with vinyl lettering looms across San Francisco-based artist Tim Sullivan’s ‘450 x Disaster’, a pile of matchboxes of the motel room variety.”