SF ART INSTITUTE - BASH CONTEMPORARY - STEVEN WOLF
ALTER SPACE - LANGTON LABORATORIES
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San Francisco Art Institute: Wrong's What I Do Best. Curated by Hesse McGraw and Aaron Spangler.
Artists: Tanyth Berkeley, Ashley Bickerton, CLUB PAINT, Liz Cohen, Wim Delvoye, Samara Golden, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Brad Kahlhamer, Nikki S. Lee, Jonathan Meese, Laurel Nakadate, Dana Schutz, Aaron Storck, Marianne Vitale, Kara Walker.
Comment by AB: I get the part about failure being good; in fact it's an essential ingredient of success. The exhibition may also be proffering the hypothesis that being bad (as in degenerate or retrograde or even insurgent) is OK, and perhaps even good. Or according to the exhibition's preamble, "Working against both correctness and failure, Wrong's What I Do Best revels in repeated derailments to present the work of artists who prod the edges of our world." As far as I'm concerned, you can prod the edges all you want as long as the upshot of the prod benefits more than just your raunchy reputation or descent into decadency. There seems to be little point in lauding those values these days other than playing to an audience that's already lost. America's trying to get itself back on track, remember?
Big bad crazy person art by Ashley Bickerton at San Francisco Art Institute.
Extreme expression art by Ashley Bickerton.
Art by Club Paint.
Douche bag bronze art by Marianne Vitale.
Photography by Tanyth Berkeley.
Art by Dana Schutz.
Curator Hesse McGraw (right) introduces artists in the show.
Eminently inappropriate tattooed taxidermied swine art by Wim Delvoye.
Art by Trenton Doyle Hancock.
Liz Cohen photography.
Art by Nikki S. Lee.
Dana Schutz art.
Art by Jonathan Meese.
Overview - wood construction (left) by Marianne Vitale.
Bash Contemporary: Unconcealed - Gale Hart.
Comment by AB: Gale Hart explores gun culture from multiple perspectives-- pro gun, anti gun, as a gun owner, as a gun wielder, as a gun maker, guns as sculpture, guns as power, the social and political aspects of guns, and more-- in both paintings and sculptures. How do you sculpt a gun? Become a machinist, and Hart learned the profession well. Go see, contemplate and appreciate the impressive depth of work on display. You won't be disappointed.
Firearm art by Gale Hart at Bash Contemporary.
Opposing double-barrel art in above image closer.
Gale Hart and her gun art at Bash Contemporary.
Automatic weapon art by Gale Hart.
Pinkie cam detail of firearm art by Gale Hart.
Art by Gale Hart closer.
Gale Hart gun art closer.
Target painting by Gale Hart.
Firing range - Gale Hart art show at Bash Contemporary.
Steven Wolf Fine Arts: Sinne Spegel - Anne McGuire and Karla Milosevich.
Comment by AB: Anne McGuire and Karla Milosevich are huge fans of Ingmar Bergman's 1966 film Persona. So what do they do about it? Insert themselves into the plot and become one with the oeuvre. Three screens of simultaneous overlapping action. Nicely done.
Video art by Anne McGuire and Karla Milosevich at Steven Wolf Fine Arts.
Superimposed film art by Anne McGuire and Karla Milosevich.
Karla Milosevich in the upstairs suite at Steven Wolf Fine Arts.
Anne McGuire at one with her art at Steven Wolf Fine Arts.
Anne McGuire and Karla Milosevich star in Ingmar Bergman's Persona.
Anne McGuire and Karla Milosevich as Ingmar Bergman film stars.
Video art by Anne McGuire and Karla Milosevich.
Ambiance - Anne McGuire and Karla Milosevich art show at Steven Wolf Fine Arts.
Alter Space: It Takes a Village - The Cradle Project.
Artists: Alexis Arnold, Morse Cosmos, Heidi Cramer, Jamie Emerick, Jane Farrar, Jorge Garcia, Vanesa Gingold, Matthew Gottschalk, Becky Johnson, Roderick Kiracofe, Kevin Krueger, Christina La Sala, Ben Marlowe, Meghan Martin, Wes Modes, Yulia Pinkusevich, Mie Preckler, Shushan Tesfuzigta, Luke Wilson, Lisa Wood, Laamsha Young, more.
Comment by AB: "The Cradle Project is a collaboration between participating contemporary artists and Firelight Foundation that harnesses the power of art to make the plight of children orphaned and made vulnerable by poverty and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa visible." Fifty artist cradles are on display including 21 by Bay Area artists. All sales proceeds go to the Firelight Foundation. Good art for a noble cause.
The Cradle Project art at Alter Space.
Cradle to help fight children orphaned by AIDS.
Artist cradle for The Cradle Project.
Fundraiser for African children orphaned by AIDS.
Cradle art at Alter Space.
Cradles by artists to raise funds for Firelight Foundation.
The Cradle Project art show at Alter Space.
Langton Laboratories: Hacked Organic 2.0.
Artists: TempoMachi, Sean Stevens and Ashley Newton, Jamie Emerick, Heather Marie Schoel, Calli Beck, Erik Walker, Deborah Yoon, Elena Kulikova, Shawn Feeney, Alex Ember, Jade 7.0, The Invisible Underground, Michael Garlington, Moldover's MicroMasher.
Comment by AB: Your basic San Francisco underground art party. I'm here early; it's just gettin' started.
Here we are - Hacked Organic 2.0 at Langton Laboratories.
Upstairs in the tea room area.
View from above at Hacked Organic 2.0, Langton Laboratories.
Art by Michael Garlington.
Michael Garlington art.
Bizarre caricature drawings by Shawn Feeney.
Musical accompaniment by Shovelman (he's good).
Laser cut lighting by Calli Beck.
Calli Beck lighting in above image closer.
Art by Erik Walker.
Art by Alex Ember.
Kinetic light sculpture by Sean Stevens and Ashley Newton.
Sean Stevens and Ashley Newton light sculpture at Hacked Organic 2.0.