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  • SCOTT RICHARDS - DOLBY CHADWICK - K IMPERIAL

    CALDWELL SNYDER - RAMON'S TAILOR - ARTSPAN

    10.06.16

    (with assistance from Agnieszka Pilat)

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    Scott Richards Contemporary Art: Eric Zammitt - Radiation

    Comment by AB: Eric Zammitt's amazing sculptures are composed of scrillions of tiny little pieces of colored plexiglas, ordered into patterns, somehow fused together to perfection, and presented for us to marvel at. You gotta see these in person. They're mind-bogglingly good.

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    Plexiglas pattern sculpture by Eric Zammitt at Scott Richards Contemporary Art.

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    Art by Eric Zammitt.

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    Close-up look at plexiglass pattern art by Eric Zammitt.

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    Eric Zammitt and his art at Scott Richards Contemporary art.

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    Radiating art by Eric Zammitt.

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    Pinkie cam detail of center of art in above image (remarkable).

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    Sculpture by Eric Zammitt.

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    Eric Zammitt art closer.

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    Dolby Chadwick Gallery: Wilderness - Kai Samuels-Davis

    Comment by AB: Welcome to another nail-biting episode of fractionated painting. This time around, Kai Samuels-Davis paints the usual fragmented portraits and figures, but then ratchets it up with several still lifes, a sky-scape and an 8-point buck. As good as these are, the style has become somewhat pervasive at this point and is gradually being reduced to the realm of gimmick.

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    Art by Kai Samuels-Davis at Dolby Chadwick Gallery.

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    Dissembled 8-point buck art by Kai Samuels-Davis.

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    Kai Samuels-Davis art.

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    Art in above image closer.

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    Full-figure portrait by Kai Samuels-Davis.

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    Kai Samuels-Davis art.

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    Dissociated portrait and landscape art by Kai Samuels-Davis.

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    Relative density - Kai Samuels-Davis art show at Dolby Chadwick Gallery.

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    K Imperial Fine Art: Ben Skinner - I Will Not Be Entranced by Nostalgia

    Comment by AB: Mainly text-based art in 2- and 3-D, but mixed-media works of marbleized acrylic silk impeccably stretched over sheets of aluminum and extruded PVC are worth an up-close inspection.

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    Art by Ben Skinner at K Imperial Fine Art.

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    Sculpture in above image closer.

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    Stretched marbled silk art by Ben Skinner.

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    Art in above image closer (nicely done).

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    Ben Skinner art.

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    Diagrammatic text art in above image closer.

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    Art by Ben Skinner closer.

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    Caldwell Snyder Gallery: A Collection of Impulses - Sharon Booma

    Review by Agnieszka Pilat: A number of panels with warm pastel colors fill the walls. I have the pleasure of meeting the artist in person and she is generous in explaining her process and materials. Booma works primarily on panels, the smallest measuring about two feet square and the largest, sometimes composed of multiple pieces, measure six feet and larger. Some of the panels are mixed media with the artist attaching different materials (a steel plate is my favorite), which add an additional dimension to her work.

    Booma describes her work as a balance and harmony reflecting human experience, as "beauty in its imperfection, mystery and spirituality." She accomplishes just that-- a unity of design and randomness, creating paintings that are not only decorative but have spiritual depth as well, work that is both process based and respects the historical context of art for art's sake. She certainly challenges postmodernist theorists and artists like Ad Reinhardt and his Black Paintings by purposefully stepping outside of Reinhardt's dissections of almost pure blackness and creating just the opposite-- colorful emotionally charged images that relate to what art used to be about, the human experience.

    Comment by AB: Sharon Booma's extensively worked surfaces give her paintings a weathered or aged look. Occasional industrial accents like cuts, scrawls, screws and a sheet metal patch heighten the effect.

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    Art by Sharon Booma at Caldwell Snyder Gallery.

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    Detail of art in above image.

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    Art by Sharon Booma.

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    Sharon Booma art.

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    Abstract art by Sharon Booma.

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    Long view - Sharon Booma art show at Caldwell Snyder Gallery.

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    Ramon's Tailor: Chambers - Dana Harel

    Comment by AB: Expressionist cast plaster vessels and an expansive imaginary landscape highlight the show.

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    Cast plaster sculpture by Dana Harel at Ramon's Tailor.

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    Dana Harel plaster vessels.

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    Imaginary landscape art by Dana Harel.

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    Dana Harel and her art in above image.

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    Art on paper by Dana Harel.

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    ArtSpan at SOMArts: ArtLaunch - San Francisco Open Studios Kick-Off Part

    Comment by AB: It's that time again when hundreds of San Francisco artists open their studios to the public over four consecutive weekends. Here at the annual kick-off party, over 400 of those artists are showing small-format examples of what you'll see plenty more of at their studios. The fun part about tonight's artistic inundation is you never know what you'll come across, but one thing's for sure-- the overall quality of the art improves every single year. The good news? I see red dots everywhere. Perhaps an omen of what's to come...

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    "Da Vinci's Etch-A-Sketch" by Sean O'Donnell at ArtSpan Open Studios ArtLaunch.

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    Atmospheric mystery - photograph by Greta & Manu Schnetzler (kinda like it).

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    Hyper-meticulous circular word collage by Wendy Robushi.

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    Pinkie cam detail of art in above image.

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    J L King and her art.

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    Pinkie cam close-up of teensiest art in the show by Ann Phelan (sold).

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    Fantasy photography by Ransom & Mitchell (always excellent).

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    Spray can landscapes by Rob Sakovich.

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    A partial-wall sampling of the art on display.

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    Lasercut birch sculptures by Larry Srinivasan.

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    L-R, art by Tiffany Schmierer and Karen Olsen-Dunn.

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    Painstaking portrait painting by Cat Sommer.

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    Pinkie cam detail of art in above image (that's a lotta work).

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    Here's something you don't see everyday - art by Patricia Brown.

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    Upbeat art by Jake Mattingly.

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    Art by John Kraft.

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    Acrylic painting by Sam Hunt.

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    Head count - ArtSpan SF Open Studios ArtLaunch 2016 at SOMArts Gallery.

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