Annual Day of the Dead Altar Show at SomArts

Lia Tealdi

Every year SomArts puts up a wonderful show of altar art installations for Dia de los Muertos. This year they really outdid themselves with a larger installation. Lots of great altars and some that lacked much creativity – but overall the good ones really cancel out the bad – the show is a must see. I would give yourself at least a full hour to absorb all the works. They even have a black light room with lots of day-glo art, a fun place to sit down and create some of your own. (Sugar skull images to color are provided).

Black light art altar room

CALLING ON THE SPIRITS TO FACE THE FUTURE

When: October 13–November 10, 2012

Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)

How Much: Free admission

Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–7pm, Saturday 11am–5pm, Sunday, 11am–3pm

Betty Segal, Irene LaChance, Keiko Kubo, and Nikolas Sikelianos

Helen Bayly

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Rogelio Manzo at Jack Fischer Gallery

Rogelio Manzo paints some very  moving expressive portraits, abstract and textured beauties of emotion. He has an upcoming show opening at Jack Fischer, in San Francisco.

OCTOBER 27th – DECEMBER 8th, 2012

Reception for the Artist – Saturday, October 27th – 3 to 6 P.M.

Jack Fischer Gallery

49 GEARY, SUITE 418

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

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Barry McGee in Berkeley

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If you haven’t already seen the Barry McGee show at the Berkeley Art Museum, you must have at least heard all the hoopla surrounding it. We were not led astray – it is a monster of an exhibition in all the many good ways. Our camera ran out of juice right as we got there but it didn’t stop us from enjoying the street art, installations and sculptures of this fantastic local artist. Eclectix kindly let us borrow some photos to perk up your eyeballs. This is the best exhibit going on at a major museum here in the Bay Area, so don’t miss it! There are already multitudes of press posts on Barry’s show – you can read them if you need to – but it might be best to just blindly bust in there and experience it for yourself. Leave a good chunk of time, it is a large show worth some quality hours…

Exhibition Dates: August 24, 2012 – December 9, 2012

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McGee, who trained professionally in painting and printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute, began sharing his work in the 1980s, not in a museum or gallery setting but on the streets of San Francisco, where he developed his skills as a graffiti artist, often using the tag name “Twist.” McGee’s use of this and other monikers—such as Ray and Lydia Fong—as well as his frequent collaborations can make it difficult to precisely situate the artist’s unique authorship. Using a visual vocabulary drawn from graffiti, comics, hobo art, and sign painting, McGee celebrates his Mission District neighborhood while at the same time calling attention to the harmful effects of capitalism, gentrification, and corporate control of public space. His often-humorous paintings, drawings, and prints—all wrought with extraordinary skill—push the boundaries of art: his work can seem refreshingly informal in the gallery but surprisingly elegant on the street.” – Via BAM/PFA

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Dominant Species Take Over San Francisco

Apt title wall for ROA’s new show

We dropped into the mad house opening of ROA’s new show at NineFourOne Gallery last weekend. It was more like a rave than an opening with lots of party animals raising a ruckus.

ROA’s art is wildlife based and street inspired, he is well known for his larger than life murals. The pieces in this show are no exception, wonderful imagery and brush stokes amid the commentary. Fighting back at hunters, poachers and general animal mistreatment  – his art packs a bloody but much-needed punch. ROA paints on found objects and incorporates their shapes into his work in a gritty and wonderful way.

“Belgian-born artist, ROA, is known for his striking, and expressive depictions of animals, often stretching to multistoried heights. Even when not massive in scale, ROA’s animals are massive in impact, created with vivid details and the keen eye of a naturalist.” Via NineFourOne Gallery

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Opening: Phototgrapher Mary Ellen Mark’s “Indian Circus”

Tomorrow night at Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco, Mary Ellen Mark’s series of photographs “Indian Circus” will be opening. If you haven’t seen Mary’s work before then you are in for a treat. Check out her portfolio here.

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 13 5:30 – 7:30pm

Exhibition Dates: September 13 – October 27, 2012

464 Sutter Street | SAN FRANCISCO | CA

 

 

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Honoring Women’s Rights at the Steinbeck Center

Last weekend we attended the Steinbeck Center’s new exhibition – “Honoring Women’s Rights” – a curated collection of contemporary women artists. It is a large and very interesting show with informational placards next to each piece explaining the process and thoughts behind the images. Some very strong, moving, important and beautiful pieces – many with themes that deserve to be addressed but aren’t often displayed. Feminism, genetics, stereotypes, family roles, children, fashion, abuse, sexuality, celebrations and politics are all represented.

We R 1 by Olga Stamatiou, (oil)

Twenty-Five:Chronicle of a Journey by Tessie Barrera-Scharaga (clay dress, found objects)

Since women artists continue to get the short end of the stick in our society, it is refreshing and inspiring to see so much talent and expertise brought together in such a gracious space. Presented by the Women’s Caucus For the Art (Nor Cal Chapters), it is a national  exhibition juried by Dr. Joyce AikenDr. Ruth Weisberg, and Patricia Rodriguez.

Freedom by Tamara White (acrylic, paper, wax)

Punching Bag by Rose Sellery, (steel mesh)

There is a great mix of mediums and variety in styles – sculpture, paintings, drawings, photography and textiles. A very refreshing break from the pervasive onslaught of seascapes that permeate the Monterey arts scene. Take a getaway weekend to the coast for yourself and spend some quality time absorbing the thoughtful, emotive art in this show.

Ain’t I A Woman? by Suzanne Anan, (oil)

Visitors viewing “Black & Blue” and “Out The Door” by Patrushka (oil)

There are way too many great works to include here, so we really had to edit down. The only solution is to get out and see the show for yourself, it is really worthwhile. The artists’ statements about each of their works lend so much understanding and value to each viewing!

The show will be on display through January 6th, 2o13.

My Mother’s Baggage by Flo Wong (suitcases, photos, collage)

Full House Viradiana by Deanna Beye (mixed media)

Minimum Wage by Erika Meriaux (oil)

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A Banksy in Carmel?

We spotted this very Banksy-esque mural on the wall of a cafe in Carmel over the weekend and had to share. Did a little research and found out it was done by the rip-off king, Mr. Brainwash. Apparently the cafe is part of a hotel owned by Doris Day, the Cypress Inn. Nevertheless, we like the mural a lot!

From Artsology we found even more interesting tidbits-

“A little research on why a mural of Chaplin was painted here brought back two stories: one, that Chaplin often came to visit a friend who owned a cliffside mansion in Carmel, and a second story that says a woman named “Aunt Fairy Bird,” who lived in a small shack which is now the Casanova Restaurant, used to be Charlie Chaplin’s cook. Now, since we’d like to display some “six degrees of separation” of the art world, further investigation shows that this mural was painted by an artist known as “Mr. Brainwash,” which is a nickname for Thierry Guetta, who starred in the film Exit Through the Gift Shop, directed by the internationally-known artist Banksy.”

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