GREGORY LIND - HOSFELT - HALLWAY BATHROOM
JACK HANLEY - A.MUSE - SOAP - DAVID CUNNINGHAM - FABRIC8
SHOOTING GALLERY - WHITE WALLS - GIANT ROBOT
12.13.08
(with assistance from R. W. Miller and BTN)


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  • Gregory Lind Gallery: Jake Longstreth - All It Is.

    Comment by AB: Jake Longstreth paints up clean compelling airy perspectives on geographic boundary zones where manmade and Mother Nature meet. By extracting out almost all identifiable features, he frees viewers to contemplate the aesthetic merits of even the most nondescript unremarkable incidents. Good stuff-- with significant potential to the upside, I might hasten to add. In fact, those so inclined might seriously consider buying in early. More of this ilk from Longstreth can only bode well for his future.

    Jake Longstreth art

    Paintings by Jake Longstreth.

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    Jake Longstreth - art.

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    Attendance figures.

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    Hosfelt Gallery: Emil Lukas - Titration; John Andrews - Reflections on Painting.

    Comment by AB: Without getting too technical, titration has to do with adding particular amounts of one solution to another solution in order to create and measure the extent of a chemical reaction between the two solutions. Emil Lukas attempts to paraphrase that concept in the aesthetic realm by combining numerous lengths of thread or thread-like strokes of ink or paint in ways that evolve the individual lengths into "measurably" identifiable works of art-- I think. My brain's overheating. Moving on, John Andrews applies layer upon layer of subtly pigmented alkyd to aluminum panels, thereby creating seductive "see-through" color field compositions.

    Emil Lukas art

    Art by Emil Lukas.

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    Thread art by Emil Lukas.

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    Pinkie cam detail of art in above image (Emil Lukas).

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    Art by Emil Lukas.

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    Art (John Andrews).

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    Art by John Andrews.

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    Art (John Andrews).

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    Hallway Bathroom Gallery: Pattern Pattern Pattern & Other Happenings.

    Artists: Jerome Acks, Glen Baldridge, Andreas Banderas, Thomas Bernard, Todd Chilton, Paul Corio, Vanessa Dziuba, Peter Fagundo, Richard Garrison, Matthew Hilshorst, Michael Hunter, Julien Kedryna, Patricia Kelly, Kyle Knobel, Denise Kupferschmidt, Andrea Myers, Jessica Paulson, Pica Pica, Marco Pires, Ellen Rich, Matthew Rich, Jovi Schnell, Peter Shear, Geoffrey Todd Smith, Mikel A. Telleria, Katie Vida, Korey Vincent, Brian Willmont

    Comment by AB: Pattern is the theme; the artists take it from there.

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    Looking down the hallway.

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    Art closer.

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    Pinkie cam detail of above work on paper.

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    Art closer.

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    Jack Hanley Gallery: Shaun O'Dell - Sound From a Rock.

    Comment by AB: Rather than attempt to hack my way through the show's meandering mumbo jumbo expository, I'm gonna extract all the proper nouns from paragraph three and print 'em here in the precise order they appear. Ready? OK... here goes... buckle up....

    Sound From A Rock
    O'Dell
    West
    East
    American
    Star of Bethlehem
    Europe
    Islam
    Ziggurat
    Ur
    Matthew's Magi
    Jupiter
    Saturn
    Zoroastrianism
    Persian
    Greece
    Judaism
    Christianity
    Western
    Truman Library
    Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh
    Liberty Bell
    America
    CIA
    Liberty Bell
    Lucien Herve
    Persepolis
    French Institute of Archeology
    Dawn Blood Of Gold, Of Yesterdays' Dawn Gold.

    Boing! I think I just popped a mainspring. Love the show though. Definitely worth a visit.

    Shaun O'Dell art

    Red earth sculpture installation by Shaun O'Dell at 395 Valencia.

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    Red earth sculpture installation from the top.

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    Red earth sculpture installation from the side.

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    Red earth sculpture installation looking through one towards the other.

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    Art at the 389 Valencia gallery.

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    Art (like 'em).

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    Curious ceremony takes place around an urn in the front window.

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    a.Muse Gallery: Luis Delgado - The Organic Manifesto and Other Works.

    Review by R. W. Miller: A very sensual experience is in store for patrons and visitors who make it to a.Muse Gallery for a show by Luis Delgado that is almost aphrodisiacal in nature and exposition. One may need to be reminded that they are looking only at fruit and vegetables here instead of their lover or lovers. The frames dissolve and one can become part of the fecund botanical world.

    Luis Delgado art

    Photographs by Luis Delgado.

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    Luis Delgado - photo.

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    Photography.

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    Photographs.

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    It's so cold out, you need earmuffs.

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    Soap Gallery: The Hoop Show.

    Artists: Stephen Perkins, Mary Fitzgerald, Scott MacLeod, Eve Mendelson, Jan Blythe, Matt Cella, Kristen Roberts, David Horton, Wynter Whiteside, Katie Arends, Neils Neilson III, Mike Decker, Muck DeJohnson, Tom Riser, Jason Mobbs, April Jones, Lisa Mendelson, Julian Lucas, Stephen Maier,Oona Marcus, Lani Asher, Carla Avitable, Barb Sizelove, Lucinda Walstad, Laura Mauppin, Robert Howard, Greg Lowe, Matthew Davis, Sandy Davis, John Lloyd, Jane Evenson, more.

    Comment by AB: Thirty artists are each given one embroidery hoop and told they can do whatever the Eff they want with 'em. It's precisely that simple and no more complicated. In the words of Soap gallery owner Eve Mendelson, "What happens in the hoop, stays in the hoop." Erk.

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    One wall of hoop art.

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    Another wall of hoop art.

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    Hoop art closer... not exactly sure where the hoop is.

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    I'm told the hoop is twisted for this one.

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    This is attractive.

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    Conceptual hoop art.

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    White Walls Gallery: Regino Gonzales, Dee Dee Cheriel, and Henry Gunderson.

    Review by BTN: White Walls brings together a collection of works that deal with animal imagery, the intervention of the human hand, and messages that are personal and often private. Dee Dee Cheriel's pieces continue the development of her style and personal narratives through repeated images of the roaring grizzly, the embracing trees, and the animal-people in sex acts, and her compositions and palette in this series speak through a more focused juxtaposition of colors and visual vocabulary. Regino Gonzales similarly offers a window into a world of animals who shift between being objects of imagined still lifes and agents in silent but fierce struggles between birds, snakes, insects, rats-- struggles often involving thin ropes. Many of the scenes combine representational portraits of the animals with flat silhouettes, often suspended in the center of the canvas in a way that heightens the sense of a fantasized scenario and space. Henry Gunderson rounds out the show with his own use of iconography shared with Cheriel and Gonzales such as Native American patterns, birds, and the melding of human and animal.

    Regino Gonzales art

    Art by Regino Gonzales.

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    Regino Gonzales - art (nicely done).

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    Pinkie cam detail of left edge of lower left painting in above image.

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    Art (Regino Gonzales).

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    Art (Regino Gonzales).

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    Art (Henry Gunderson).

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    Art (Dee Dee Cheriel, left - Henry Gunderson on the rear wall).

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    Art (Dee Dee Cheriel).

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    Art closer (Dee Dee Cheriel - photo c/o BTN).

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    Art (Dee Dee Cheriel).

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    The Shooting Gallery: Skot Olsen - Architeuthis.

    Review by BTN: In arguably his strongest collection to date, Olsen combines his love of maritime history and lore with his ability to depict fantastical creatures of the sea on canvas. His approach freely joins his experiences in contemporary surrealism, graphic classics, and portraiture, and his works throughout the show carry a shared zest and sense of humor. "Finale," for instance, depicts a showdown between dozens of fishermen and a panoply of sea monsters such as giant squids, sea serpents, and a great whale thrown in for good measure. All of this action plays out in front of a large nude Venus ( la Titian's "Venus" meets "The Rape of Europa") who watches on with indifference. "Poseidon" similarly applies the artist's previous use of religious and psychedelic imagery to the mythic god of the sea, as posed by the artist's skater friend.

    Skot Olsen art

    Paintings by Skot Olsen.

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    Art closer (photo c/o BTN).

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    Skot Olsen - art (photo c/o BTN).

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    Art closer (photo c/o BTN).

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    Addendum:

    Other Troy Lovegates art

    Michael Damm video installation at David Cunningham Projects.

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    Michael Damm video at David Cunningham Projects seen from the street.

    Other Troy Lovegates art

    Romanowski assemblages at Fabric8 (upper shelf).

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    Romanowski assemblages closer at Fabric8 - like 'em.

    Other Troy Lovegates art

    Group show at Giant Root (photo c/o BTN).

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    Another from group show at Giant Robot (photo c/o BTN).

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    Last one from group show at Giant Robot (photo c/o BTN).

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