SAN FRANCISCO ART GALLERIES OPENINGS
FIRST THURSDAY - 05.03.12 - Part I
(with assistance from Kathryn Arnold)
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Gallery Paule Anglim: Tony Oursler - top-down-bottom-up; Tony Labat - New Work.
Review by Kathryn Arnold: Amazing works with miniature video projections on sculptures, and also part of several 2D works. They feel like one's mind-- full of images and excerpts of images.
Comment by AB: Tony Oursler projects multiple miniature video images onto portions of strange little agglomerate sculptures. The results are completely surreal and guaranteed to reel you in and keep you looking. He's also showing a series of paintings that blend abstraction with portraits and figures, several with embedded video. For the video sculptures in particular, Oursler's show gets Pick of First Thursday. In the rear gallery, the headliner of Tony Labat's art and installation is a wild multicolor dress he created by combining bits and pieces of sewing patterns intuitively selected from his mother's accumulated collection. Definitely worth seeing.
Mini video sculpture art by Tony Oursler at (like it).
Tony Oursler mini video sculpture art at Gallery Paule Anglim.
Art by Tony Oursler above closer (image c/o Kathryn Arnold).
Tony Oursler and his embedded video painting at Gallery Paule Anglim.
Embedded video by Tony Oursler above closer (image c/o Kathryn Arnold).
Tony Oursler art with embedded video at Gallery Paule Anglim.
Tony Oursler mini video sculpture at a distance.
Fashion art by Tony Labat at Gallery Paule Anglim.
Tony Labat fashion art in action.
Tony Labat and his art at Gallery Paule Anglim.
Art by Tony Labat.
Long view - art by Tony Labat & Tony Oursler at Gallery Paule Anglim.
Highlight Gallery: Benoit Plateus - Backpages.
Comment by AB: For the inaugural exhibit at their new downtown location, Highlight Gallery presents oversized cut and torn paper collages accented with original drawings courtesy of Belgian artist Benoit Plateus. Stop on by.
Art by Benoit Plateus at Highlight Gallery.
Benoit Plateus collage and drawing art.
Art by Benoit Plateus at Highlight Gallery.
Art by Benoit Plateus.
Relative density - Benoit Plateus art show at Highlight Gallery.
Stephen Wirtz Gallery: Marc Katano - Penumbra; Paul Schiek - dead men don't look like me.
Comment by AB: In the main gallery, experience large meditative abstractions on Japanese and Nepalese handmade papers by Marc Katano. In the side gallery, Paul Schiek reincarnates mugshots of Georgia prison inmates, originally taken circa the 1950s, by photographing them and then nuancing their haunting atmospherics. Schiek selects the images for the show based on similarities he sees between the prisoners and himself.
Art by Marc Katano at Stephen Wirtz Gallery.
Art by Marc Katano.
Marc Katano and his art in above image closer at Stephen Wirtz Gallery.
Photography by Paul Schiek at Stephen Wirtz Gallery.
Paul Schiek photographs.
Paul Schiek and his photography at Stephen Wirtz Gallery.
Photography by Paul Schiek.
Photograph by Paul Schiek at Stephen Wirtz Gallery.
Circumstance - Marc Katano & Paul Schiek art show at Stephen Wirtz Gallery.
Fraenkel Gallery: Lee Friedlander - Mannequin.
Comment by AB: The premise is simple; the results are striking. Lee Friedlander photographs mannequins through the front windows of stores. The compositions part mannequin and part reflection, masterfully intertwined into anomalous mirages of urban life. The photographs have all been taken during the past three years. Recommended.
Photography by Lee Friedlander at Fraenkel Gallery.
Lee Friedlander photograph closer.
Photographs by Lee Friedlander at Fraenkel Gallery.
Lee Friedlander photography.
Ambience - Lee Friedlander photography show at Fraenkel Gallery.
Gregory Lind Gallery: Barbara Takenaga.
Comment by AB: Barbara Takenaga creates meticulous mind-expanding cosmic starburst journeys that effortlessly transport you far from the mundanities of reality.
Art by Barbara Takenaga at Gregory Lind Gallery.
Pinkie cam detail of art in above image by Barbara Takenaga.
Barbara Takenaga and her art at Gregory Lind Gallery.
Art by Barbara Takenaga.
Pinkie cam detail of art by Barbara Takenaga in above image.
Barbara Takenaga art at Gregory Lind Gallery.
Cosmic art by Barbara Takenaga.
Brian Gross Fine Art: Pard Morrison - Recent Works; Adam Fowler - Hide/Reveal.
Comment by AB: Pard Morrison expertly assembles and patinates aluminum into optimistic polychromatic sculptures for floors and walls. Morrison tells me that each color on every one of his precision sculptures is individually applied. Nicely done. In the side gallery, Adam Fowler's bewilderingly circuitous cut paper collages will indubitably amaze. Saunter on by for a satisfying two-fer.
Art by Pard Morrison at Brian Gross Fine Art.
Pard Morrison and his art at Brian Gross Fine Art.
Art by Pard Morrison.
Art by Adam Fowler at Brian Gross Fine Art.
Pinkie cam detail of Adam Fowler art in above image (impressive).
Adam Fowler and his art at Brian Gross Fine Art.
Art by Adam Fowler.
K. Imperial Fine Art: Amy Sollins - Moving Objects.
Comment by Kathryn Arnold: Works on paper in mixed media filled with intimate symbols and iconography creating personal narratives.
Comment by AB: Amy Sollins excerpts objects and memories from their contexts in her life and rearranges them in unconventional ways.
Art by Amy Sollins at K. Imperial Fine Art.
Amy Sollins discourses on her art at K. Imperial Fine Art.
Art by Amy Sollins.
Amy Sollins art at K. Imperial Fine Art.
Art by Raphaelle Goethals at Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery.
One more from Raphaelle Goethals art show at Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery.
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