CIIS - AMPERSAND - 31 RAUSCH - PIER 5 LAW OFFICES
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
DRIFTWOOD SALON - -FIVEPOINTS ARTHOUSE
(with assistance from Mairead O'Connor and Clare Coppel)
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California Institute of Integral Studies: Lyssa Palu-ay - Places Left Unfinished.
Comment by AB: According to the handout, these mysterious moody abstractions are actually close-in landscape photographs... composed with intent to convey spiritual underpinnings. As for what they might be photographs of, your guess is as good as mine, but they were taken in locations as varied as Tibet, Maine and Boston.
Photo by Lyssa Palu-ay at California Institute of Integral Studies.
Lyssa Palu-ay photography.
Photographs by Lyssa Palu-ay at CIIS.
Lyssa Palu-ay photographs at California Institute of Integral Studies.
Gallery - photography by Lyssa Palu-ay.
Ampersand International Arts: Miguel Arzabe - falling in; Leigh Wells - Deception.
Comment by AB: Capable collages and sculptures by Leigh Wells blend amoebic and geometric elements in attempts, according to her, to demonstrate that "some degree of reconciliation between the known and the unknown." Fair enough. As for Miguel Arzabe's adventures in landscape, I'm doing my best to get over on the expository, but it just ain't happening. Mommy... I want my bottle!
The moral of the story? People without MFA-grade art educations, like for instance moi, occasionally visit galleries like this-- and here's the surprise part-- actually enjoy the art. So how about throwin' us a bone every now and again? There's nothing I like better than having art explained or described in terms I can understand (well, almost nothing). And don't give me this tripe about dumbing down. Standard English vs artspeak is all that's necessary; you can even use big words if you want. In support of balderdash, however, I can certainly see your point that if you spend $100K learning it, you might as well use it.
Collage art by Leigh Wells (nicely done).
Sculpture by Leigh Wells at Ampersand International Arts.
Leigh Wells collage art.
Art by Leigh Wells (left) - Miguel Arzabe (right).
Art by Miguel Arzabe at Ampersand International Arts.
Video art by Miguel Arzabe.
Miguel Arzabe art at Ampersand International Arts.
31 Rausch St. Gallery: Encountering - A Photo Based Group Exhibition.
Artists: Madika Bryant, Carola Di Poi, Hayes Firestein, Yoni Klein, Whitney Legge, Dane Pollok, Colin Smith, Sarah Symmonds.
Comment by AB: Group photo show; area talent. Here's what owner Chris McCaw has to say about what he's up to-- "Nothing is priced over $200 and the artists take 100% of any sales. This makes the art financially accessible to the artists' peers, encouraging them to start collecting real works of art. The pricing also motivates the artists to make new, usually experimental work." Certainly worth the wager, wouldn't you say?
Group photography show at 31 Rausch St. Gallery.
Photographs by local artist.
Photography by promising local artists at 31 Rausch St. Gallery.
The gallery proper at 31 Rausch St.
Pier 5 Law Offices: 12th Annual Prison Art Show.
Comment by AB: One of my favorite San Francisco art shows, and in a sense, what art is really about-- thought, reflection, introspection, direct uncompromising self-expression. Each group of artworks is accompanied by a statement from the artist, sometimes typed, other times handwritten, always worth reading. Plenty to contemplate here. An art experience that goes well beyond art.
Art by inmates hangs throughout Tony Serra's law offices.
Prison Art Show at Pier 5 Law Offices.
Nice selection of these - Prison Art Show.
Art by inmates at Tony Serra law offices.
Pier 5 principal Tony Serra blows me a kiss... and it's not even Valentine's Day.
Mayoral candidate Jeff Adachi stops by to address the crowd.
Nice selection of knits (note artist statement & pics).
Art by inmates at Pier 5 Law Offices.
More art from Prison Art Show.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: The Matter Within - New Contemporary Art of India. Curated by Betti-Sue Hertz.
Artists: Tejal Shah, Sunil Gupta, Anup Matthew Thomas, Pushpamala N., Nikhil Chopra, Dhruv Malhotra, Bharat Sikka, Gauri Gill, Thukral & Tagra, Sudarshan Shetty, Shilpa Gupta, Anita Dube, Rina Banerjee, Srestha Premnath, Siddhartha Kararwal, Ayisha Abraham, Raqs Media Collective, CAMP, The Otolith Group.
Comment by AB: Enlightening survey of contemporary art of India-- mainly photography, sculpture and video. Not what you might expect if your exposure to Indian art has to this point been mainly classic and traditional. Upon experiencing the works of India's artists today, you quickly realize that though we may be geographically distant, we're not so far apart in terms of how we experience and respond to reality. Good show; definitely worth a visit.
Art by Thukral & Tagra at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Thukral & Tagra bottle sculpture in above image closer.
Sculpture/installation by Thukral & Tagra (I think).
Photography by Anup Matthew Thomas.
Photography by Tejal Shah at YBCA.
Art/installation by Rina Banerjee.
Kinetic art by Sudarshan Shetty at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Photography by Sunil Gupta YBCA.
Sunil Gupta photographs.
Sculpture by Sudarshan Shetty at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Art by Srestha Premnath (much more imposing closer up).
Dhruv Malhotra photography - "Sleeper Series."
Wax art - contemporary art from India at YBCA.
Photography - The Matter Within - group show, India artists.
Art of India at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Photography - contemporary art from India at YBCA.
Altitudinary - art from India at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Driftwood Salon: T.W. Chui - A 35 Yr Restrospective.
Review and images by Mairead O'Connor: This 35 year retrospective of paintings by TW Chui is a truly enjoyable evening. I'm struck by the variation in Chui's work over the years. Drastic changes are apparent in both technique and subject matter.
Review by Clare Coppel: T.W. Chui a retrospective of 35 years work. Big dramatic pieces in different styles which trace the artists evolution. I particularly like the paintings in which the paint is literally carved in to tiny lines which combine to form giant pictures of women.
Art by T.W. Chui at Driftwood Salon.
T.W. Chui art closer.
T.W. Chui and his art.
Art by T.W. Chui at Driftwood Salon.
Survey of past gallery show posters at Fivepoints Arthouse.
More from past gallery show posters at Fivepoints Arthouse.
One more from show poster survey at Fivepoints Arthouse.