“Everything is an art perfect material” was the mantra of Bay Area conceptual artist David Ireland (1930-2009), who spent more than 30 years transforming his sprawling 1886 Victorian house in the Mission into a living work of art, home to some of his best-known sculptures, drawings, and furniture designs. Starting on January 15, fans of Ireland's work may visit his home and see it all for themselves.
No walk or bike ride around San Francisco is complete without a bit of rubbernecking to scope out the many vibrant murals that brighten up our city's streets. Learn the names of six of our favorite Bay Area artists who are awakening the streets of SF and beyond.
Calling all creative types: make your way to Fort Mason next weekend for a two-day extravaganza of art, music, design, film, and more. A partnership between VICE and Intel, The Creators Project has been attracting the art- and tech-savvy set all over the world—Beijing, Sao Paulo, Paris, Seoul, New York—and next weekend marks the first-ever San Francisco event. Now in its third year, it's about time the festival touched down in the country's most burgeoning epicenter of technology.
Last Thursday, local artists and art lovers gathered at Rare Device in Duboce Triangle to celebrate the publication of The Exquisite Book: 100 Artists Play a Collaborative Game (Chronicle Books). In it—as its name implies—a hundred artists play the legendary Exquisite Corpse game, in which they each make a picture in sequence, based only on the prior artist's rendering. Kind of like a cross between Telephone and Pictionary for pros, though the game was actually invented by the Surrealists, that cheerful French lot who valued pure expression above reason, morals and even aesthetics. The resulting book shows—in satisfyingly thick, fold-out pages—the results of this collective stream of consciousness.
Just what the Mission needs—another art offbeat gallery. But with the opening of Public Works, the neighborhood's hipsters are going to get a taste of something different (we'll call it Mission meets SoMa). The new multipurpose space is a gallery, bar, artist's workshop, and community room, with the goal of bringing underground scenes and styles together under one roof and promoting some of the Bay Area's most creatively-oriented nonprofits.
And now we pause for a blast from the past. Remember pager codes? You know, the little numerical coded messages your slightly shady friend would receive from an equally-as-shady significant-other-du-jour via pager circa 1997? If you recall, popular abbreviated missives included 143, which stands for “I love you” in pager terminology, and 823, short for “thinking of you.”
That second code is now the inspiration for an ongoing community art project that seeks to provide artists, photographers, musicians and other worthy creatives with grants of up to $25,000 each through the sale of 21, 398 key necklaces in the coming years.
There a lot of excitement in the air about the new show opening tonight at the Museum of Craft & Folk Art. Inside/Outside: Artist Environments features Edgar Arceneaux and Watts House Project, Jacob Sockness, Merritt Wallace, and Megan Wilson, along with historic documentation of famed California environments, and a new commission by Mike Shine. "Inside/Outside examines the artist environment builders who generally transform their homes, yards, or other aspects of their personal surroundings into multifaceted works of art that embody and express the locale—time, era, place—in which each of them live and work."