ANTHONY MEIER - SUPERVISOR MALIA COHEN AT SF CITY HALL
ADOBE SYSTEMS - JENKINS JOHNSON
09.13.12 Part I
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Anthony Meier Fine Arts: Tony Feher.
Comment by AB: Tony Feher takes the most ordinary objects imaginable and makes art out of them. Options include short sections of plastic pipe strung together like necklaces and suspended from the ceiling, pieces of scrap plywood that have been stained or painted in single tones, lengths of yellow string hung in concentric half-circles from the ceiling, and cheap colored glass vases, goblets and compote dishes chained together and suspended in strands, rainbow-style in front of a majestic bay window.
I ask what the deal is with the pieces of stained plywood and the gallery attendant tells me that they're "Tony's first attempts at painting" (I like it). What's great about Feher's art, and the "anything goes" niche he's carved out for himself, is that he requires us to reflect on our definitions of what art is. His work may be serious; it may be a put-on. If it's a put-on, should it still be taken seriously? Perhaps. Either way it's art, isn't it? Or is it? Or do personal opinions even matter or make any difference at all? Stop on by and ponder these quandaries for yourself.
Chained colored glass art by Tony Feher at Anthony Meier Fine Arts.
Glass art by Tony Feher in above image from the side (kinda like it).
Plywood panel & plastic pipe art by Tony Feher at Anthony Meier Fine Arts.
Oil stained plywood art by Tony Feher in above image closer.
Hanging strung plastic pipe section art by Tony Feher.
Plastic pipe art by Tony Feher closer at Anthony Meier Fine Arts.
Strung lengths of string by Tony Feher.
Primed plywood panel by Tony Feher at Anthony Meier Fine Arts.
San Francisco City Hall, Offices of Supervisor Malia Cohen: Stacey Carter.
Comment by AB: Atmospheric depictions of San Francisco and environs, both contemporary and historic, rendered in mixed-media combinations of digital imagery, photography, photocopy and paint.
Art by Stacey Carter at SF City Hall, Supervisor Malia Cohen offices.
Art by Stacey Carter closer.
Stacey Carter and her art at SF City Hall, Supervisor Malia Cohen offices.
Historic San Francisco city scene art by Stacey Carter.
Ambiance - Stacey Carter art show at SF City Hall (Supe Malia Cohen, center).
Adobe Systems Incorporated: Hilary Pecis and David Bayus.
Comment by AB: Complex collages by Hilary Pecis materialize a range of action-packed otherworldly realities. Wherever you want to go, Pecis can likely whip up a destination for you. David Bayus, meanwhile, concocts curious colorific digital, photography and paint configurations with odd intestinal overtones.
Art by David Bayus at Adobe Systems headquarters.
Digital collage art by Hilary Pecis.
Hilary Pecis and David Bayus at their Adobe Systems headquarters art show.
Art by David Bayus.
Snowy locomotive collage art by Hilary Pecis.
Hilary Pecis art at Adobe Systems Incorporated headquarters.
Curator Libby Nicholaou with art by David Bayus.
Setting - Hilary Pecis and David Bayus art show at Adobe Systems headquarters.
Jenkins Johnson Gallery: Mary Ellen Mark - Indian Circus.
Comment by AB: Fascinating, touching, striking and intimate glimpses into the personalities and circumstances of performers in an Indian circus, photographed and printed as platinum prints by Mary Ellen Mark between 1982 and 1992.
Photography by Mary Ellen Mark at Jenkins Johnson Gallery.
Vintage platinum print by Mary Ellen Mark.
Photograph by Mary Ellen Mark at Jenkins Johnson Gallery.
Mary Ellen Mark photographs of Indian circus performers.
Mary Ellen Mark photography at Jenkins Johnson Gallery.
Long view - Mary Ellen Mark photography show at Jenkins Johnson Gallery.