LUGGAGE STORE - JANCAR JONES - NEWLAB - SOAP
GALERIA DE LA RAZA - EDO SALON
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Luggage Store Gallery: Ana T. Fernandez - Tela Arana Tela.
Comment by AB: Ana Fernandez is the proud recipient of year's Headlands Center for the Arts Tournesol Award for Painting, and this show is about that. So OK. I love the legs. Believe me, I could look at those legs all day long; legs don't get much better than Fernandez paints, draws, and videos 'em. But this is not about me, nor is it about legs. It's about Ana Fernandez. She's presented her premise, offered a poignant and compelling intro in multiple mediums as to how she perceives things, and I'm betting there's more where that comes from-- much more. That's what I'm ready for. Time to progress the plotline? Perhaps. I'm sure it's gonna be good. Speaking of good-- good show; go see.
Paintings by Ana T. Fernandez (this one progresses the plotline). Art. Art. Art. Art. Art.
Paintings by Ana T. Fernandez (this one progresses the plotline).
Jancar Jones Gallery: Chris Lux - Faux Modernist Posters of Four Letter L Word Nouns.
Comment by AB: Well, the deal here, according to the briefing, is that Chris Lux makes up a set of rules and then paints abidingly. It's just that simple. Point of information not necessarily related to this show-- when you make your own rules, it's generally best to stick with 'em for a while, timewise as well as body-of-work-wise. Why? Committment, dedication, character, principle, follow through, that kinda stuff. 'Cuz if you change your rules next week or next month or ten paintings down the road or whenever you feel like it, then what good are they? Meanwhile back at the show, Lux is off to an interesting start.
Paintings by Chris Lux. Art. Art. Art. Art.
Paintings by Chris Lux.
Cain Schulte Gallery: Translucent - Contemporary Works in Wax, 2nd collaboration with the International Encaustic Artists Association.
Artists: Tracey Adams, Emily Clawson, Sarah Earle, Mary Farmer, Kevin Frank, Eileen P. Goldenberg, Ruth Gooch, Sarah Grew, Howard Hersh, Carol Paxton Juliano, Lisa Kairos, Sue Katz, Kathy Knebel, Deborah Kruger, Lynda Litchfield, Hannah D. Mott, Julie Nelson, Charli Ornett, Ally Richter, Monica Lisette Sanchez, Susan Joan Schenck, Thea Schrack, Randall Steeves, Michael Teters, Rodney Thompson, Cathy Valentine, Judith Williams.
Review by DeWitt Cheng: Encaustic, despite its acerbic-sounding name, is a sweetly seductive medium, best known for its use in Jasper Johns' flag paintings, but dating back to Roman times, when it was used for portraits on coffins (if I remember my Janson correctly). This show features twenty-eight contemporary artists who use the powdered pigment/hot wax mixture. Sorry, no names to the art; with all those artists, anyone would get scared and give up! (Hey, galleries-- how about giving the artists lapel pins or something so we can find 'em?) I've attempted to reconstruct the show from memory, so beware; apologies for any mistakes. Good show.
DeWitt Cheng writes for Artweek, Art Ltd., www.SanFranciscoArtMagazine.com, www.Shotgun-Review.com, and the East Bay Express.
Art by Howard Hersh . Art by Sarah Earle. Art by Eileen P. Goldenberg. Same as above. Hey, hang up and look! Art by Tracey Adams. Art by Carol Paxton Juliano. Art by Kevin Frank. Close-up of art by Rodney Thompson. Close-up of art by Lydia Litchfield.
Art by Howard Hersh .
Art by Sarah Earle.
Art by Eileen P. Goldenberg.
Same as above. Hey, hang up and look!
Art by Tracey Adams.
Art by Carol Paxton Juliano.
Art by Kevin Frank.
Close-up of art by Rodney Thompson.
Close-up of art by Lydia Litchfield.
NEWLAB: 81 Beez.
Artists: Madeline Allard, Jasone Andrescavage, Clare Coppel, Julio Cortez, Shamilla Jensen, Silke Labson, Chiha Moriyoshi, Nicole Newsom, Matt Osborne, Barry Rabbitts, John Vogler, Rachel Wallace, Hung Trang, Morgan Womble-Dahl, Y. Sylvia Wun.
Comment by AB: Group photo show of student photography from the Advanced Black & White Printing class at City College of San Francisco. Good looking work overall.
Photography. Photos. Photographs. Photography. Photos.
Soap Gallery: Verda Alexander & Paul Kyle - Going Somewhere?
Comment by AB: Unsettling multi-channel video of planes in mid-air trouble by Paul Kyle, and a rollicking cardboard and paint rollercoaster installation of freeways gone wild by Verda Alexander.
Verda Alexander installation from the side (like it). Verda Alexander installation from the front. Verda Alexander. Video art (Paul Kyle). Tunes.
Verda Alexander installation from the side (like it).
Verda Alexander installation from the front.
Video art (Paul Kyle).
Galeria de la Raza: Narrating Identity, (Dis)locating Bodies.
Artists: Monica Enriquez-Enriquez, Sonali Gulati, Vanessa Huang, Mujeres y Cultura Subterránea (Ines Morales and Susana Quiroz), Marcia Ochoa, Kari Orvik, Rebeka Rodriguez.
Comment by AB: Documentary-esque exhibition produced in conjunction with QueLaCo (Queer Latino Artists Collective) and the 10th Annual Queer Latino Arts Festival examines the realities of what it means to be Latino and Gay.
Art. Art. Art. Art.
Edo Salon: Ursula Xanthe Young - A Midsummer Dream of San Francisco.
Comment by AB: Life in San Francisco as seen through the butterfly eyes of Ursula Xanthe Young.
Art. Art. Art - tunes.
Art - tunes.