SAN FRANCISCO ART GALLERIES OPENINGS
FIRST THURSDAY - 03.05.15 - Part I
(with assistance from RWM)
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Dolby Chadwick Gallery: Personages - Ann Weber; Matt Gonzalez - Dérive: Situationist Encounter in San Francisco.
Review by RWM: Have encounters with sculptures that almost take on the form of other beings. Travel off the planet with them here. They are wild, strange and defy expected shapes and embodiments. Maybe they are extraterrestrials or spirits that have temporarily materialized. Great show for fans of fantasy.
The work of Matt Gonzalez is equally impressive. Get lost in the monochromatic color schemes; spend time in the collaged abstractions. Nice work that can be more serious than playful.
Comment by AB: Matt Gonzalez tells me his intricate color-field collages consist almost entirely of found paper. An impressive crowd is in attendance for the show. Good art on both counts.
Painted sculpted cardboard art by Ann Weber at Dolby Chadwick Gallery.
Cardboard sculpture by Ann Weber.
Ann Weber and her art in above image closer at Dolby Chadwick Gallery.
Sculptural cardboard art by Ann Weber.
Ann Weber art.
Art by Ann Weber.
Intricate recycled paper collage art by Matt Gonzalez.
Pinkie cam detail of art in above image.
Matt Gonzalez collage.
Matt Gonzalez (right) & associate & his art at Dolby Chadwick Gallery.
Paper college by Matt Gonzalez.
Matt Gonzalez collage art.
Relative density - Matt Gonzalez & Ann Weber art at Dolby Chadwick Gallery.
Scott Richards Contemporary Art: Peter Fox - Telemetry.
Comment by AB: Lush cascades of flowing paint are frozen in motion. Occasionally you can peer through the polychrome opulence to glimpse branches, leaves and sky. Stop on by.
Art by Peter Fox at Scott Richards Contemporary Art.
Art in above image closer.
Pinkie cam detail of art in top image closer.
Peter Fox and his art at Scott Richards Contemporary Art.
Dripped paint art by Peter Fox.
Paint flow art by Peter Fox closer.
Art by Peter Fox.
Altman Siegel Gallery: Trevor Paglen.
Review by RWM: Great to make contact with the Oceanic Frontier and view the horizon. To shrink in the presence of the ocean reminds us that we are small in a big world, in these encounters with Nature which is beyond our control. We can go to the ocean to dream and otherwise share in the delight.
Review by Lorna Stevens: Trevor Paglen tackles the issue of mass data surveillance and privacy in his show at Altman Siegel, which includes large scale photographs, video, a mixed media sculpture and prints with collage elements. A large-scale photograph of a beach where fiber optic cable connects to land in Point Arena, CA is paired with a maritime map and related contextual and historical information. "Automony Cube" is a mixed media sculpture that serves as a WiFi hot spot on the Tor network, which is designed to maintain Internet privacy. His video titled "Code Names of the Surveillance State" is a rolling list of code names used by American and British government agencies.
Comment by AB: The seas may be glorious from the beach or a boat, but beneath them run fiber optic cables for enabling NSA activities. Shorelines and oceanscapes are paired with documents that demonstrate the extent to which we are all being watched and monitored. A darkened side gallery shows aerial footage of the Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ), the United Kingdom's equivalent of the NSA. On a pedestal in the main gallery, a computer sculpture housed in thick protective acrylic serves as a Wi-Fi hotspot for an Internet which strives to protect privacy. Definitely worth seeing... and thinking about those who do whatever they must to stay in power and control.
The sea meets surveillance - Trevor Paglen art at Altman Siegel Gallery.
Wireless privacy hotspot sculpture by Trevor Paglen.
Scrolling screen of surveillance code names on back wall in above image closer.
Trevor Paglen and his art at Altman Siegel gallery.
Aerial video of the UK's equivalent of the NSA by Trevor Paglen.
Fiber optic cables beneath the sea - photography by Trevor Paglen.
Shoreline paired with surveillance-related documents by Trevor Paglen.
Corden Potts Gallery: Elisabeth Sunday - Mystics and Healers.
Review by RWM: Profound to be among those who we don't fully understand. They are foreign though not quite exotic. Interesting anthropological experience. Strange to see these personages as if photographed with curved lenses or mirrors. Maybe they can help us through our troubled times.
Elisabeth Sunday photography at Corden Potts Gallery.
Photographs by Elisabeth Sunday.
Elisabeth Sunday photography.
Photographs by Elisabth Sunday.
Photos of mystics & healers by Elisabeth Sunday at Corden Potts Gallery.
Survey of Bay Areas photographers, past & present at Scott Nichols Gallery.
Art by Ruth Bernhard (left) at Scott Nichols Gallery.
Monica Denevan and her photography at Scott Nichols Gallery.
Mona Kuhn photographs at Scott Nichols Gallery.
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