EVER GOLD - SF ART EXCHANGE - 941 GEARY - TIMEZONE
1000 VAN NESS - MICHAEL ROSENTHAL - NOOWORKS
GUERRERO - KALTEK - SOMARTS
(with assistance from RWM and Clare Coppel)
Ever Gold Gallery: Charles Linder - Good Cop/Bad Cop.
Review by Clare Coppel: Charles Linder shows prints of erotic vintage Polaroid photographs he discovered in the contents of a storage locker that he bought. The pictures are believed to be the work of a former Oakland police officer, hence the title of the show, Good Cop/Bad Cop. Linder has also created a limited editiopn book of these images bearing the same name-- also worth checking out. In addition, the show features found taxidermy wrapped in colorful duct tape plus three raw bloody defrosting boar heads resting on a low pedestal in the back room, accompanied by a fog machine.
Comment by AB: Charles Linder has a uniquely engaging and unwavering perspective on what constitutes art. I like it. And that, as they say, is that. Go see.
Taxidermy art by Charles Linder.
Found Polaroid art by Charles Linder.
Alan Bamberger - Charles Linder (photo c/o Clare Coppel).
Bloody boar head installation by Charles Linder.
Bloody boar head installation with instant fog by Charles Linder.
Literature by Charles Linder (photo c/o Clare Coppel).
Charles Linder art.
Bullet-riddled up art by Charles Linder.
Some-people-really-like-meat art by Charles Linder.
Announcement display for Charles Linder art show (photo c/o Clare Coppel).
941 Geary Gallery: As They See It.
Artists: Aaron Nagel, Adam Caldwell, Akira Beard, Coro, Danny Heller, Dave Shubert, Eric White, Fahamu Pecou, Isabel Samaras, Jessica Hess, Jonathan Darby, Kevin Cyr, Michael Forbes, Morgan Slade, Pedro Matos, Robert Burden, Scott Hove, Shawn Barber, Derek Weisberg.
Comment by AB: Select works by notable urban talents.
Pedro Matos-- all the way from Portugal-- and his art.
Art by Adam Caldwell.
Ceramic art by Derek Weisberg, left.
Art by Shawn Barber (left).
Timezone Gallery: Mike Frick and Amelia Lewis - Do I Look Illegal?
Review by RWM: An intriguing assemblage of portraits by Mike Frick runs along an entire wall of this smallish narrow gallery space. The personalities shine through in spite of being painted on cardbord. Unique characteristics exude from each painting, as these folks come together in a large congregation. One may find the totality almost intimidating.
Haunting wall of portraits on cardboard by Mike Frick (kinda like it).
Art by Amelia Lewis.
Amelia Lewis art.
Gallery at 1000 Van Ness: To Assume Bodily Form - Raffi Musakhanyan and Argishti Musakhanyan.
Comment by AB: Father and son-- Raffi Musakhanyan and Argishti Musakhanyan-- are up from Los Angeles for their debut Northern California show.
Art by Raffi Musakhanyan.
Raffi Musakhanyan sculpture.
Sculpture by Raffi Musakhanyan (foreground and on floor).
Raffi Musakhanyan art.
Art by Raffi Musakhanyan.
Painting and sculpture by Argishti Musakhanyan.
Michael Rosenthal Gallery: Beyond Arcadia (A Poem for New Jersey).
Artists: Kelsey Nicholson, Karen Barbour, Maya Brym, Pattie Lee Becker.
Review by RWM: The viewer will discover here a variety of ways to experience the natural world. Some see it as a strange and amazing place, some seek to categorize or control, yet others prefer to document. The assembled artists explore wild New Jersey with color and style, at least it seems that way, according to the show's title. Whether the Garden State beckons with the intensity of the Golden State... that's for you to decide.
Art by Maya Brym.
The Great Wall of Jersey (art by Kelsey Nicholson).
Pattie Lee Becker art.
Art by Karen Barbour.
Nooworks: Grand Opening.
Artists: Ferris Plock, Jay Howell, Kelly Tunstall, more.
Comment by AB: Packed grand opening features a group art show and live music.
Art by Ferris Plock.
Art by Jay Howell
The band's gettin' ready - art by Kelly Tunstall.
Guerrero Gallery: Weight Perception. Curated by Andrew Schoultz.
Artists: Ben Venom, Casey Jex Smith, Glen Baldridge, Harley Lafarrah Eaves, Kevin Taylor, Kyle Ranson, Laurie Steelink, N.Dash, Shelter Serra, Thomas Øvlisen, Vanessa Blaikie.
Comment by AB: Weight perception, the theme of this peppy group show, has to do with how we see and deal with the panoply of grave social, political and environmental situations that confront us today. Good stuff; check it out.
Art by Ben Venom (left) - Kyle Ranson (right).
Glen Baldridge art.
Art by Casey Jex Smith.
Brain-bender wall installation art by Laurie Steelink (like it).
Shelter Serra and his art.
Pinkie cam detail of art in above image.
Art by Kevin Taylor.
Famed defense attorney Tony Serra in da house.
Kaltek: Kal Spelletich - Interactive Robotics/Machine Performance.
Comment by AB: Upon arrival, guests are advised that they "voluntarily assume the risk of serious injury or death" by attending this event. That directive would seem to rule out boredom as an option, and so it does. The highlight of this danger fest? Standing inside a spinning column of fire. For reals!
Spinning kinetic column of fire art by Kal Spelletich.
More spinning column of fire art by Kal Spelletich (hot!).
Kal Spelletich in the midst of his kinetic extravaganza.
Creepy cranium plays the piano art by Kal Spelletich.
Interactive kinetic art by Kal Spelletich.
SOMArts Gallery: Night Light - Multimedia Garden Party. Curated by Justin Hoover.
Artists: Mauricio and Christine Ancalmo, Lucca Antonucci, Paul Clipson, Justin Hurty, Scott Kildall, Lynn Marie Kirby, Kerri Laitalia, Peter Max Lawrence, Conrad Meyers II, Stephen Parr, Skye Thorstensen, Bryan Van Reuter/Cloud Archive, Ajna Lichau, Bryson Hansen.
Comment by AB: This engrossing video, performance and sound happening is exceptionally challenging to photograph. You really had to be there...
Interactive collaborative video sound installation art out back.
The old nude-in-a-casette-tape-cocoon performance gambit.
Videos projected onto the bottom of the freeway overpass.
Beatles to Bowie photography show at San Francisco Art Exchange.
Beatles to Bowie rock & roll photos at San Francisco Art Exchange.
Classic David Bowie photograph at San Francisco Art Exchange.