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Ouroboros: November's Must-See Exhibit

Check out our image gallery of work by all artists participating in this group show. Exhibit details below.

"Ouroboros"
Rebirth, self-discovery, life out of death, the eternal—all represent the various meanings the ancient symbol of Ouroboros has referenced in history. The snake that eats its own tail appears in numerous religions, Jungian philosophy, alchemy, and modern science. This group exhibition of 10-plus artists' work examines the history of the Ouroboros and our understanding of it today.
When: Wed. 11/6 - Sat. 11/23; opening reception 7 - 10 p.m., Sat. 11/9
Where: Root Division, 3175 17th St.

"Illegitimate Business" Exposes the Underbelly of the Art World

"Illegitimate Business" Exposes the Underbelly of the Art World

What if we told you that works by such famous artists as Sol LeWitt, Bruce Nauman, and Chuck Close were currently on view in the dark basement of a new Mission gallery? You'd consider going to check it out, right? What if we added that the donors of each of the pieces on view obtained these works in somewhat vague and illicit ways? Then you'd probably want to go immediately.

Dreamscapes, A Group Show Featuring Tabitha Soren at Johansson Projects

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.

Test Your Balance at SOMArts' "Frontrunners" Exhibit

How many times have you visited a museum or gallery and used all your restraint not to touch the art? Well, at SOMArt's "Frontrunners" exhibit, you can finally get your fix … on one of the installations, at least. Test your equilibrium on Helene Schlumberger's single-person balancing platform (which might be tricky after a few drinks), or marvel at Michael Koehle's 23-foot-tall masking tape lamp post that's suspended in the air by a set of red balloons. The group exhibit showcases work by 23 Bay Area artists, cleverly coined "the frontrunners."

Sea Change: Marx & Zavattero Gallery's 10th Anniversary Exhibition

While celebrating the newest galleries in the SF art scene is great, we can't forget to give a nod to the ones who've been successfully cultivating artists for years. Marx & Zavattero, a Union Square institution since 2001, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a two-part show titled "Sea Change."

The show will pay special homage to the six artists that have been with Marx & Zavattero since the beginning: Davis & Davis, Stephen Giannetti, Matt Gil, Liséa Lyons, William Swanson, and Forrest Williams. Not a typical retrospective, "Sea Change" will instead represent the gallery's broader aesthetic, with an eye towards its curatorial future, highlighting artists both old and new. While all of these artists represent a variety of mediums, it's their commitment to process and their irreverence for trends that ties them all together.  

Gallery Exhibition for I Live Here:SF

As blind dates go, our city is a damn good one - as proven by Julie Michelle, who never fails to come home with a gem, whether it’s a red wall named Jack, a reflected roof top, or a mural of bulbous cartoon aliens. Every week she hauls her camera around the city to meet locals on chill mornings in the Japanese Tea Garden or sunny afternoons in the Lower Haight, snapping photos as they show her the corners and crevices they call home.

“I never took photos of people,” Michelle admits. “I avoided it. The whole thing scared me.” But when a friend asked for help with head shots, she leveled her viewfinder on a human one fateful foggy day in Golden Gate Park and was immediately smitten. The seed of the project was born after she recognized a common desire while chatting with a Yemen-born market owner in the Tenderloin. “We, as San Franciscans, whether we’re natives or transplants, have a particular love of sharing our stories about the city.”

Electric Works: Where David meets Dave

Electric Works, a gallery and small fine art publisher located in SOMA, presents two new exhibitions starting Friday, July 16 with a reception from 6-8p. The main gallery will feature over 300 propaganda-style grease pencil drawings of animals by San Francisco's own Dave Eggers.

Last Week for NeighborhoodSF at 111 Minna

For the last month, 111 Minna has hosted NeighborhoodSF, a collection of pieces from 20 local artists that celebrate San Francisco's neighborhoods. And in a city whose artists are as unique as its neighborhoods, the show is truly something worth checking out. Artists include graffiti-and-tattoo-lover Mike Giant, goth fantasy painter Sylvia Ji, and dip pen drawings from Ferris Plock. The show closes September 26, so make 111 Minna a happy hour destination this week and check show your appreciation for SF's artists and neighborhoods.

Local Artists Showcase Work at Tedda's Boutique

If you haven't paid a visit to Tedda Hughes' eponymous shop on Polk Street, you're missing out. The boutique, gallery and artist space is truly one-of-a-kind.

With avant-garde and designer clothing filling the racks, original local artists' work donning the walls, seamstresses helming the sewing machines in the front of the store, and occasionally buskers like firespinners performing out front, this whimsical shop of curiosities is never devoid of creativity.

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