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At the Asian Art Museum – In Grand Style: Celebrations in Korean Art during the Joseon Dynasty

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In Grand Style: Celebrations in Korean Art

The Asian Art Museum – In Grand Style: Celebrations in Korean Art during the Joseon Dynasty

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In Grand Style: Celebrations in Korean Art during the Joseon Dynasty (via PR Newswire)

Download image Download image King Jeongjo’s Procession to His Father’s Tomb in Hwaseong, 1795 (det). Korea. Handscroll; ink and colors on paper. H. 18 3/8 in. x W. 150 ft. 11 in. National Museum of Korea. (PRNewsFoto/Asian Art Museum) In an unprecedented…

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Now Online! The Glitch and 8bit Summer art show – limited edition prints for sale

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I’ve spent the last two months toying with glitch art destruction, game hacked 8-bit graphics styles and all that. I can say one thing at this point – it’s great to play with iterations in digital art. It’s very satisfying and increases the scope and perspective to which elements of change, time and story can be created to group works of art which are added when you group a set of works, or create an exhibition or installation. And it’s a great way to offer limited edition sets. Of course I’d love your feedback. Sooo, here’s episode 1 of the big ammerican monster glitch and 8bit internet art show, such as it is! As for my long term aesthetic point of view about glitch, 8-bit or generative art for that matter, let’s save that conversation for another day.  These images are in the online shops I use and are available as large format pigment ink prints in limited edition of only 20 prints per image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dreamtime: New Surrealism at Mirus Gallery – Opening Reception: June 8th, 2013

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There’s an exciting New Surrealism exhibit at Mirus Gallery curated by Paul Hemming, opening Saturday, June 8th, and, taking part in the Yerba Buena Gallery Walk this weekend. Paul has put together really quite a superb group of contemporary artists working in the surreal genre for this show. Dreamtime: New Surrealism considers how how concepts about the unimagined and the fantastic have developed over time, and the artists featured in the show represent a range of artists working in the Surrealist tradition, from Pop Surrealism to Postmodern appropriation of surrealistic imagery.

Coining the term “surrealism,” almost 100 years ago, the French poet  Guillaume Apollinaire, named “surrealism” as  realism  beyond reality, “sur – real.” And after the turn of the last century,  Surrealism was officially founded, when André Breton wrote Le Manifeste du Surréalisme. In it, he defined Surrealism as “Psychic automatism in its pure state, by which one proposes to express – verbally, by means of the written word, or in any other manner – the actual functioning of thought.” In this, he proposed that artists should seek access to their unconscious mind in order to make art inspired by this realm.

The original Surrealists were seeking a reprieve from the violence of war and investigating the psychological theories of Sigmund Freud – many themselves underwent psychoanalysis, seeking to access their subconscious in order to make art inspired and unlocked by the imagined and the unreal. A century later many artists continue to use fantastical imagery rooted in dreamscapes to relate to the realities of the increasingly fragmented, global, and at times senseless world we live in.

I wonder, are journeys into surrealism today that much more fertile for artists with the world itself so much more fantastic? Or do you believe that we as humans have the same potential for imagination as we always did?

Links of interest:

Origins of Surrealism, Art History Archive
Comparison of Dada and Surrealism, Art History Unstuffed

(editor’s note: the images shown here are from the individual artists’ various sites and collections online and as of this publication we do not know the actual artwork to be shown at the exhibition.)

 

New New Surrealism at Mirus Gallery

Joseba Eskubi

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Michael Zansky

Dreamtime: New Surrealism considers how this approach has developed over time, changing to meet the aesthetic tastes of contemporary artists, yet rooted in an essentially similar practice of delving into the subconscious to reinterpret perceptions of reality. The artists featured in the show represent a range of artists working in the Surrealist tradition, from Pop Surrealism to Postmodern appropriation of surrealistic imagery. Artists work featured at the exhibit include: Scott Anderson, Ebenezer Archer, NoMe Edonna, Joseba Eskubi, Christine Gray, Joe Hengst, Marcus Jansen, D’Metrius Rice, Kate Shaw, Er ling Sjovold, Marlene Steyn, Alex Stursberg, Michael Zansy, and Zio Ziegler.

New Surrealism at Mirus Gallery

Michael Zansky

Kate Shaw

Kate Shaw

New New Surrealism at Mirus Gallery

Scott Anderson

One can’t help but be impressed at the breadth and range of the artists brought together for this exhibition, an amazing journey through the 21st century version of what’s beyond real. A definite exhibit to catch if you are taking part in the Yerba Buena Gallery Walk this weekend.

-Mark

 

 

Portland: Gallery openings June 2013

Portland Openings - June 2013

Through June 22 – Jem Cohen, Museum Pictures at SF Cameraworks

Jem Cohen at SF Cameraworks

Primarily a filmmaker, Jem Cohen is a multimedia artist and photographer whose images are on exhibit at SF Camerawork through June 22nd.

Known primarily as a filmmaker, New York-based Jem Cohen has been quietly photographing around the world since the 1980s. His photographic excursions can serve as location scouts and often inform his approach to filmmaking. However, as with other multimedia artists, one could consider his work in both mediums as part of a larger whole. Says Cohen: “Though linked, they are very different ways of divining and distilling the world. The stills have been a private but crucial part of my working life.” In 2010 he began working in Austria on his latest film Museum Hours. The photographs in this exhibition represent Cohen’s time at the Kunsthistorisches Art Museum in Vienna.

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About the film, Cohen told the British Film Institute: “It’s the culmination of some 25 years of thinking about how film connects with other arts and about the interrelationship between fiction and non-fiction.” Distinctly  the signature style of many of his films, Cohen sets up an intimate story intermingled with documentary material.

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His films are in the collections of NYC’s Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum and have been broadcast by PBS, Arte, and the Sundance Channel. He’s had retrospectives at London’s NFT, BAFICI, Oberhausen, Gijon, and Spain’s Punto de Vista. Recent projects include the Gravity Hill Newsreels (about Occupy Wall Street) and We Have an Anchor, a portrait of Cape Breton.  He has collaborated with musicians including Fugazi, Patti Smith, Terry Riley, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Gil Shaham/Orpheus Orchestra, R.E.M., Vic Chesnutt, and the Ex, as well as writer Luc Sante.

The Great Art That Landed at ArtPadSF

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By all measure this year’s ArtPadSF was another huge success. This is a very different and casual art fair; held at the Phoenix Hotel it was a very laid back way to stroll and shop for art.

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The San Francisco and Bay Area artists at the Tenderloin’s Gauntlet Gallery seem to pull no punches when it comes to making social and political statements with their art, very often with such bright and vivid palettes. I’m drawn right in by Chilean artist and illustrator Fab Ciraolo’s pop culture rendering of Frida Kahlo, Tracy Piper’s Tomahawk Man, and the impressive way painter Drew Young blends the look of “glitch art” and other digital stylizations into his work.

Fab Ciraolo, Gauntlet Gallery

Fab Ciraolo, Gauntlet Gallery

Tracy Piper, Gauntlet Gallery

Tracy Piper, Gauntlet Gallery

 

Over at Johansson Projects the large format work of David O’Brien explores the politics of human interaction and uses digital techniques to critique how these interactions are warped by digital networks. You get different points of view standing back and up close, as you do from a lot of artwork. O’Brien’s work leaves me feeling as though the artist makes a strong comment about people being joined together, yet floating and somehow lost.

David O'Brien, Johansson Projects

David O’Brien, Johansson Projects

David O'Brien, Johansson Projects

David O’Brien, Johansson Projects

A broad range of wonderful art can be seen at the Gregory Lind Gallery exhibit. Art by Christian Maychack is a highlight, as is the delightfully colorful abstract work of Jim Gaylord, whose undergraduate degree is in film, and much of his abstract work is based on imagery found within special effects or action sequences in films.

Christian Maychack, Lind Gallery

Christian Maychack, Lind Gallery

 

Jim Gaylord, Lind Gallery

Jim Gaylord, Lind Gallery

Again ArtPad was by all measure a success and seeing so much great art in one place was a tasty treat! Look forward to seeing you landing at the art pad next year.

SFMOMA To Launch Off-Site Programming with Major Outdoor Exhibition of Mark di Suvero’s Sculptures at Crissy Field Near Golden Gate Bridge

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Partnership with the National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Yearlong Waterfront Display at Crissy Field Will Be Free to Public

SFMOMA Installation at Crissy Field

It’s safe to say a museum like SFMOMA doesn’t do anything small, quiet or diminutive. If they’re closing for three years for one incredible expansion project and a series of off-site programming, they will do it large, with a very visible presence. Beginning officially on May 22nd through May 26, 2014, SFMOMA will present a major outdoor exhibition of sculptor Mark di Suvero’s works near the Golden Gate Bridge. Eight large scale steel sculptures will be installed at historic Crissy Field, and will be the largest display of di Suvero’s work every shown on the West Coast and free for all visitors. The exhibition coincides with the artist’s 80th birthday.

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field continues the National Park Service and Parks Conservancy’s ongoing commitment and deep relationship with the city that is home to the Golden Gate National Parks. “Similar to the recent di Suvero presentation at Governors Island, this exhibition provides an opportunity to further explore how art can create a new understanding and appreciation for a historic landmark like Crissy Field,” said Golden Gate National Recreation Area Superintendent, Frank Dean. “The fact that di Suvero is a sculptor with local roots and influences adds another dimension to the story,” he noted.

So if you’re in San Francisco, or traveling through the city, you’ll have trouble missing this exhibition, a celebration of five decades of work from this important artist.

 

 

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