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  • RATIO 3 - CENTER FOR SEX AND CULTURE

    ALTER SPACE - 111 MINNA

    NORTH BEACH FIRST FRIDAYS

    10.05.12 Part II

    (with assistance from Anneliese Vobis and Marian Ferrara)



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    Ratio 3 Gallery: Lutz Bacher.

    Review by Anneliese Vobis: Small wooden framed telescope photographs invite for a very close look. Interesting astronomical constellations take us to far away events and formations. The endless mass of black balls on the floor is the ideal contrast to the picture imageries.

    Comment by AB: Ratio 3 continues to ratchet up the quality of the San Francisco art experience with this debut show at their expansive new dogleg gallery deep in The Mission. Lutz Bacher festoons the walls with intermittent neatly framed astronomical images excised from the pages of Burnham's Celestial Handbook (New York, Dover, 1978), a tome widely available on the Internet for as little as 99 (plus shipping). Several thousand black foam balls are strewn about the gallery floor as if to create their own universe, free to be reconfigured at the whims of anyone's feet. Highly recommended.

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    Here we are. Lutz Bacher art show at Ratio 3 Gallery.

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    Fun for the whole family - art by Lutz Bacher.

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    Art by Lutz Bacher closer at Ratio 3 Gallery.

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    Lutz Bacher astronomical art closer (image c/o Anneliese Vobis).

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    Art & installation by Lutz Bacher at Ratio 3 Gallery.

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    View of the main gallery from the side gallery - Lutz Bacher art show.

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    Down low - Lutz Bacher art & installation at Ratio 3 Gallery.

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    Statistical sample - Lutz Bacher art show at Ratio 3 Gallery.

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    Center for Sex and Culture: The Dirty Comics Show.

    Artists: Agnes Czaja, Avery Cassell, Nickie Charles, Edie Fake, Mari Naomi, Christine Smith.

    Comment by AB: There's a place in all of our lives for erotica, whether we care to admit it or not. For those art aficionados among us who do, there's the Center for Sex and Culture and their monthly aesthetic junkets into boundless realms of human sexuality.

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    Comic art for mature audiences at Center for Sex and Culture.

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    Art by Mari Naomi closer.

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    Art from group adult comics show closer at Center for Sex and Culture.

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    Art from Dirty Comics group show closer at Center for Sex and Culture.

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    Alter Space: What's Wrong With Candyland?

    Artists: Indira Allegra, Ashley Fitzpatrick, Rowena Chan, Guerda Mezidor, Esra Canigullari, Zena Segri, Elliot Cost, Jessica Leimone, Lael Seltzer, Josh Vidal, Esther Wald, Josh Coolidge, Immi Hill, Lauren Beato, Celeste Johnson, Dylan Rupert, Rachel Wardenburg, Kellie Arceneaux, Anne Gable, Jessica Jenkins, David Lauer, Lorien Stern, Julia Guarneri, Tori Manferdelli, Olivia Neal, Haegen Crosby, Courtney Costello, Ian Liu-Johnson, Burke Boynton, Maria Fang.

    Review by Anneliese Vobis: The space is transformed by California College of the Arts' Individualized Major Department students into an otherworldly looking Museum about strange mystical spaces and hidden secrets. Many projects guide us to faraway subconscious situations. The chosen materials and techniques are highly diverse and show good craftsmanship. Post-minimalist nervous sculptures contrast with playful social projects. References to the human body and fragments remind to Eva Hesse, Sigmar Polke and Scotts.

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    Agglomerate art from group show at Alter Space.

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    Art & installation.

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    Signage above closer at Alter Space (image c/o Anneliese Vobis).

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    Art above closer (image c/o Anneliese Vobis).

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    Group art show at Alter Space.

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    Big fish art.

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    Art/installation from group show at Alter Space.

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    Art from group show at Alter Space.

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    Long view - group art show at Alter Space.

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    111 Minna Gallery: Penpal - Lennie Mace Solo Show.

    Review by Anneliese Vobis: At first sight the work appears like a printed illustration show, but then you realize the excellent craftsmanship and Mace's love for detail in all of his work. He is a master of ballpoint pen illustration. His lines create new formations which bring movement and life to the original flat shapes and forms. The images range from poetic fishes to apocalyptic scenarios. Japanese subway posters, a huge woven tapestry, artified jeans, and more-- he covers everything with his symbol-rich stories and develops in this way a new cosmos around his artistic view on life.

    Comment by AB: Technically exceptional and conceptually intriguing as well. And a master of the ballpoint pen. Worth a visit.

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    Art by Lennie Mace at 111 Minna Gallery.

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    Pinkie cam detail of ballpoint pen art by Lennie Mace in above image (like it).

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    Ballpoint pen on jeans art by Lennie Mace at 111 Minna Gallery.

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    Lennie Mace art in above image closer.

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    Tapestry art by Lennie Mace at 111 Minna Gallery.

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    Lennie Mace and his art in above image closer at 111 Minna Gallery.

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    Sculpture by Lennie Mace.

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    Art by Lennie Mace at 111 Minna Gallery.

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    Pinkie cam detail of art by Lennie Mace in above image.

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    Overview - Lennie Mace art show at 111 Minna Gallery.

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    North Beach First Fridays-- images c/o Marian Ferrara:

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    Nancy Calef and her art at Focus Gallery.

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    Art by Jessie Kempin at Focus Gallery.

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    Carrington Arredondo (right) & Sean on the Ave at North Beach First Fridays.

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    Art by Lisa Bruno at Canessa Gallery.

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    Lisa Bruno and her art at Canessa Gallery.

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    Out front at Arata Fine Art Gallery.

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    Inside at Arata Fine Art Gallery. Their final show-- sorry to see you go.

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    Arata Fine Art Gallery proprietors.

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    Art & song at The Emerald Tablet.

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    The venerable Winston Smith at Grant's Tomb, 50-A Bannam Place, SF, CA 94133.

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