Tonight, Southern Exposure turns the idea of installation on its head. The arts organization unveils its latest exhibit, "Working Conditions," a process-based project in which nine artists bring their studios into SoEx's gallery space. For eight weeks, these artists will set up shop and keep regular hours, creating "installations" out of their work environments. No longer isolated in their own spaces, the artists are confronted with the experience of being in the public eye as they work, addressing the concept of artist as laborer.
MTV VJ turned artist? Tabitha Soren joins photographer Brice Bischoff and multimedia artist Ellen Black in a group show at Johansson Projects. The three create surreal manipulations of otherwise ordinary environments like the Sutro Baths, Ocean Beach, and the Bronson Caves in LA, in a sense illustrating the power and mystery of Mother Nature. Bischoff's vibrant colors for the Bronson Cave pieces are juxtaposed with stark black-and-white contrast in his residue prints. Soren illustrates the foreboding doom inherent in an unpredictable sea, and Black imagines apocalyptic landscapes in dreamy video scapes.
Conjure up memories of lonely Alice finding her way through an unfamiliar magical world in Alice in Wonderland, or relive James Henry Trotter's surreal, peachy adventure with strange insects in Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach. Now, hold tightly onto that vision, and take a gander at the images here by LA-based artistic duo Jeff Charbonneau and Eliza French. The similarities are striking, so much so that Photograph magazine referred to their work as "Fellini's take on Lewis Carroll."
In an inventive gambit to promote recycling and re-purposing of all the random stuff that ends up in our collective trash bin, Art at the Dump is the culmination of this year’s unique artists-in-residence program at Recology San Francisco. Featuring work by Scott Kildall, Niki Ulehla, and Alex Nichols, everything in the exhibit was created with materials scavenged from - you guessed it - the dump.
Justin Hoover, artist and curatorial genius at SOMArts, has big news:
His Garage Biennale Book ($40), funded in large part by Southern Exposure's alternative exposures grant, is finally complete. The catalog illustrates a collection of shows, each one night only, by a group of artists exploring the temporality of art production. This week, you have two chances to get the book in person before it's gone—only 250 copies were printed and each features hand-adhered vinyl lettering on the cover. It's the perfect holiday gift for your art-loving friend or the perfect collectible for your coffee table.
As cliché as it sounds, Marilyn Monroe really had it right when she sang “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. I never fancied myself the extravagant type … until I walked through "Cartier and America" at the Legion of Honor. Awestruck and enamored by hall upon hall of sparkling jewels, I found myself dreaming of getting my hands on some of these exquisite pieces, if only to try them on for a few very special seconds. Beyond aspirational, this show features pieces that only a few elite will ever have the privilege of knowing.
The latest show to hit SF Art Exchange, “Chairman of the Board. Knight of the Realm,” chronicles the careers of Frank Sinatra and Sir Elton John by famed British photographer Terry O'Neill. Lining opposite walls of the gallery space, this rare solo exhibition pits 20+ photographs of an effortlessly polished Sinatra against 20+ of a quirkily dynamic John. Masterfully arranged in a mix of both black-and-white and color, the show tells not only of the men being shot but also sheds light on the man behind the camera. We caught up with the talented Terry O’Neill at last week’s preview event at the Clift to talk photography, music and celebrity.
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