HIGHLIGHT - LUGGAGE STORE - SEX AND CULTURE
SOMARTS - THE LAB - SOUTHERN EXPOSURE
WONDERLAND - HARVEY MILK PHOTO CENTER
WAREHOUSE 416 - VESSEL
(with assistance from Clare Coppel)
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Highlight Gallery: Manor Grunewald - Up to Maximum Freedom, or Down to the Ant Heap.
Comment by AB: The range of works on exhibit by Belgian artist Manor Grunewald includes abstractions, collages and text-based compositions. Intents, references and associations among various images are not immediately apparent, but an agenda is clearly in evidence.
Art by Manor Grunewald at Highlight Gallery.
Collage art by Manor Grunewald.
Manor Grunewald and his art at Highlight Gallery.
Art by Manor Grunewald at Highlight Gallery.
Manor Grunewald art.
Luggage Store Gallery: Adriane Colburn - Of Darkness.
Comment by AB: Adriane Colburn puts an exceptionally impressive amount of time, forethought, care and effort into this expansive installation. Cut paper, video, large-scale wood sculpture, digital images and more comprise this imagined reality where natural and unnatural coexist in a delicate labyrinthine balance. Even while I'm talking to Colburn about her art, she notices an unfinished detail in her work and notes that she'll attend to it later. Ever dedicated, committed, placing artistry ahead of commerciality, doing what she feels she needs to do regardless of how it may or may not play to the public-- these are reasons why I respect and admire not only her art, but also everything she stands for. Worth a visit.
Digital art by Adriane Colburn at Luggage Store Gallery.
Detail of art in above image by Adriane Colburn.
Cut paper jungle art by Adriane Colburn at Luggage Store Gallery.
Adriane Colburn and her art in above image closer.
Extravagant cut paper installation by Adriane Colburn.
Another view of Adriane Colburn cut paper illustration above.
Adriane Colburn cut paper art closer at Luggage Store Gallery.
Art by Adriane Colburn.
Adriane Colburn art at Luggage Store Gallery.
Demographics - Adriane Colburn art (including long hand carved bench).
Center for Sex and Culture: From the Collection of Larry Townsend.
Artists: Macbeth, Olaf, Sean, Orsen, Russ, Dennis, Zane, DP, more.
Comment by AB: Larry Townsend had a good deal of influence on San Francisco's leather culture. He was also a serious art, document and memorabilia collector. A generous sampling of that collection is on exhibit here, and for you fans of vintage homoerotica, this is one bodacious bonanza. See for yourself.
Art from the Larry Townsend collection at Center for Sex and Culture.
Larry Townsend collection art at Center for Sex and Culture.
Vintage gay ephemera and memorabilia c/o Larry Townsend.
Homoerotic art from the collection of Larry Townsend closer.
Art c/o the Larry Townsend collection at Center for Sex and Culture.
Ephemera and memorabilia from the Larry Townsend collection.
Long view - Larry Townsend collection at Center for Sex and Culture.
SOMArts Gallery: Peter Max Lawrence and Truong Tran - At War.
Comment by AB: According to the blurb, "a demilitarized zone line bisects the gallery for Peter Max and Truong's dueling installations in At War, an exhibition of identities in conflict, February 3-29. On display are hundreds of paintings, drawings, videos, and sculptures which incorporate religious elements, assumptive queer histories, and war iconography." The sole commonality here is that the artists were required to produce prodigious amounts of art in order to fill the cavernous exhibition space... and they did. On one side you've got Troung's meticulous and elaborate grid works featuring, among other things, ping pong balls and wishbones. On the other, Peter Max Lawrence just plain piles it up and lays it on. Stop on by.
Ping pong art by Truong Tran at SOMArts Gallery.
Truong Tran ping pong light box art.
Wishbone art by Truong Tran at SOMArts Gallery (like it).
Wishbone art by Truong Tran in above image closer.
Art by Truong Tran at SOMArts Gallery.
Art by Truong Tran in above image closer.
Truong Tran light box art (nicely done).
Art by Truong Tran with superimposed video.
Art by Truong Tran in above image closer at SOMArts Gallery.
Overwhelming art & installation by Peter Max Lawrence.
Peter Max Lawrence art at SOMArts Gallery.
Art/installation by Peter Max Lawrence at SOMArts Gallery.
Ambiance - Peter Max Lawrence & Truong Tran art at SOMArts Gallery.
The LAB: Head of the Table. Curated by Sean Bennett and Michael Ryan.
Artists: Sean Bennett, Carlos Castellanos, Robert Damphousse, Mary Franck, Bradley Hyppa, Lizabeth Eva Rossof, Greg Zifcak.
Comment by AB: The exhibit consists of art by artists who worked in varying capacities with the late Steve Wilson, professor of Conceptual and Information Arts at San Francisco State University. Of note are a magnetic sculpture by Sean Bennett and a surreal video/drawing installation by Mary Franck that injects life into a block of buildings in The City.
Living city art/video installation by Mary Franck at The LAB.
Sean Bennett and his magnetic sculpture at The LAB.
Art from group show at The LAB.
Pinkie cam detail of art in above image at The LAB.
Nice dynamic abstract light & plexiglass installation.
Southern Exposure: Jimbo Blachly and Lytle Shaw - Selected Shipwrecks; Aaron Maietta - Condensation Range; Soft Turns (Sarah Jane Gorlitz and Wojciech Olejnik) - Behind the High Grass.
Comment by AB: Shipwreck art by Jimbo Blachly and Lytle Shaw recounts the exploits and adventures of the Chadwick Family, a clan who has apparently mastered the art of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Aaron Maietta photographically documents the putting up and taking down of art in the Southern Exposure space. Soft Turns (Sarah Jane Gorlitz and Wojciech Olejnik), via concept, display and video, endeavor to conceptually piece together the journeys of a pair of Czech explorers.
Art by Jimbo Blachly and Lytle Shaw at Southern Exposure.
Shipwreck art by Jimbo Blachly and Lytle Shaw.
Jimbo Blachly and Lytle Shaw art at Southern Exposure.
Jimbo Blachly and Lytle Shaw shipwreck art.
Art by Jimbo Blachly and Lytle Shaw closer (nicely done).
Installation by Soft Turns (Sarah Jane Gorlitz and Wojciech Olejnik).
Soft Turns (Sarah Jane Gorlitz and Wojciech Olejnik) installation art.
Photographs by Aaron Maietta at Southern Exposure.
Aaron Maietta photography at Southern Exposure.
Wonderland SF: La Jungla.
Artists: Alec Huxley, Felicia Ann, Irene M. Feiks, Jasper Thomas, Juniper Harrower, Johnny Ringo, Kate Daily, Maggie Hurly, Mark Campbell, Melanie Alves, Ryan James, Sarah Soward, Steve Javiel, Yvette Buigues, Xiau-Fong Wee.
Review by Clare Coppel: Paintings and mixed media themed around animals. Including a lovely peacock by Felicia Ann, and a homeless bear pushing golden bottles Melanie Alves.
Art from group show at Wonderland SF (peacock by Felicia Ann).
Art by Alec Huxley above closer (image c/o Clare Coppel).
Melanie Alves and her homeless bear art at Wonderland SF.
Animal art - group show at Wonderland SF.
Kicky graphite drawings nicely done.
Graphite art in above image closer.
Art from group show at Wonderland SF.
Lu Jungla group show of animal art at Wonderland SF.
Warehouse 416, Oakland, CA: Perception, a Celebration of Black Culture in America.
Artists: Aswad Aarif, Jimi Evins, April Watkins, AshRose, Deadeyes, KeeNa, Winthrop Prince.
Review and images by Clare Coppel: "Perception, a Celebration of Black Culture in America" by black artists. Red and black graphic paintings of figures by Aswad Aarif. Mixed media pieces of paint, pills and tree bark about what it means to be a black artist by Jimi Evins. A pretty awesome mural and more art by April Watkins, AshRose, Deadeyes, KeeNa and Winthrop Prince.
Art by Aswad Aarif at Warehouse 416.
Aswad Aarif art.
Art by Jimi Evins at at Warehouse 416.
More art by Jimi Evins.
More art by Aswad Aarif at Warehouse 416.
Vessel Gallery: Between Wind and Water - Beili Liu.
Review and images by Clare Coppel: Black and white paintings of curving lines and shapes. A very tense installion of two black arrow-like poles pointing at each other with thin white strings extending out of them, makes one think of magnets or human relationships or quills of an animal.
Installation art by Beili Liu at Vessel Gallery.
Installation art by Beili Liu.
Beili Liu art at Vessel Gallery.
Art by Beili Liu.
Harvey Milk Photo Center: Visions Beyond the Badge.
Comment by AB: Group show of photographs by San Francisco police and firefighters. I really wanted to see this one, but ran out of time. They're locking up just as I arrive. So it goes...
Harvey Milk Photo Center.