SAN FRANCISCO ART GALLERIES OPENINGS
FIRST THURSDAY - 06.02.11 Part II
(with assistance from Clare Coppel and RWM)
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Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art: Sight Unseen - Dan Attoe, Kirsten Deirup, Shawn Kuruneru, and Frank Magnotta.
Comment by AB: Group show, gallery artists, works on paper.
Art by Frank Magnotta (right) at Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art.
Kirsten Deirup art in above image closer.
Art by Alexis Mackenzie (it spells Wolfe Contemporary).
Frank Magnotta cigar art, right (sorta like it).
Art by Kirsten Deirup closer at Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art.
SF Camerawork: Michael Garlington - Photohouse; Matt Bryans - Breaking the Land.
Review by Clare Coppel: For all that computer technology has changed photography, you rarely see the medium presented in a manner other than strictly flat on a wall. Michael Garlington here takes his traditional black and white prints, frames and then coats them in a resin-like material, and builds them into a small house! Well more like a cabin... Entering the Photohouse, you find more prints, some large and hand painted, but many more inside of glass jars that line the walls, creating the experience of being in some sort of mini museum or lab or part of Garlington's brain.
Review by RWM: Amazing structure of the past with the effervescent smell of old paint by Michael Garlington. The assembled pictures and installations by Matt Bryans transport viewers to foreign places. His images allow us to get lost in time and space, and wild lands. The grainy works evoke the past and solitude.
Comment by AB: Michael Garlington's Photohouse hemorrhages mojo. Whether inside or out of this shrine-like domicile, you're trapped somewhere between self-consciousness and marvel, besieged and scrutinized by a convergence of relentless stares (even when the eyes are closed). Pick of First Thursday.
Photohouse by Michael Garlington from the front at SF Camerawork.
Michael Garlington Photohouse from the side.
Photography & installation inside by Michael Garlington.
Michael Garlington Photohouse interior at SF Camerawork.
Photography by Michael Garlington closer (image c/o Clare Coppel).
Michael Garlington (center photo) photography & installation.
Photographic installation interior by Michael Garlington.
Photography installation by Matt Bryans at SF Camerawork.
Matt Bryans photograph.
111 Minna Gallery: Fight or Flight - Steve Johnson.
Comment by AB: Steve Johnson's oversized overpowering drawings perhaps portend cataclysmic events to come. The small drawings & cut wood on panels are more benign, some even amusing. So you're free to wager on either end of the life-cycle fate continuum. Johnson is currently an Assistant Professor of Drawing at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.
Art by Steve Johnson at 111 Minna Gallery.
Steve Johnson art in above image closer.
Large art by Steve Johnson at 111 Minna Gallery.
Steve Johnson art.
Fivepoints Arthouse: US. Curated by Ian Colon and WE space (Tina Dillman and Naaman Rosen).
Comment by AB: In this chaotic participatory experience, attendees are assigned titles (roles), given ersatz money, and sent off to either make art or whatever. Art made during the course of the evening will be auctioned off for bogus bucks at the end of the show as part of the happening. So there.
Playing field - US at Fivepoints Arthouse.
My instructions (my play money clipped to the back).
Art making at Fivepoints Arthouse.
More art making.
"PR Station" at Fivepoints Arthouse.
Ever Gold Gallery: Resistance to the Indignities of Modern Life - Aaron Terry.
Comment by AB: Costumed creatures pervade the city... and maybe the country on the weekends. One thing I learn from Aaron Terry is that you can rent a raccoon really cheap, like around $7 for an entire day. I'm not sure where to go with that, but you never know when the knowledge might come in handy.
Creature photograph by Aaron Terry, possibly with a rental cat.
Aaron Terry jungly installation at Ever Gold Gallery.
Aaron Terry and avatar pals at Ever Gold Gallery.
Photograph by Aaron Terry starring Aaron Terry.
Aaron Terry creature photograph with rental raccoon.
Spoke Art Gallery: Quentin vs. Coen.
Artists: Over 100 of 'em.
Comment by AB: That's Quentin Tarantino versus the Coen Brothers. Editions on one side, originals on the other. The rest is up to you.
Quentin vs. Coen prints at Spoke Art Gallery.
Quentin vs. Coen original art.
Quentin vs. Coen limited edition print art.
... and sculpture too.
Quentin vs. Coen originals at Spoke Art Gallery.
Limited edition prints at Quentin vs. Coen - Spoke Art Gallery.
E6 Gallery: Josh Graham - River of Time.
Comment by AB: Post-apocalyptic potpourri. New York artist Josh Graham trundles his romantic but calamitous digitally devised tales way out West to remind us all that the end is near. Graham tells me that some of the works were originally commissioned for album covers.
Digital art by Josh Graham at E6 Gallery.
Apocalyptic art by Josh Graham.
Josh Graham and his art at E6 Gallery.
Art by Josh Graham.
Josh Graham art.
Josh Graham digitally composed art at E6 Gallery.
Global warming wins art by Anthony Holdsworth art at SFMOMA Caffè Museo.
Another from art by Anthony Holdsworth at SFMOMA Caffè Museo.
One more from art by Anthony Holdsworth at SFMOMA Caffè Museo.
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