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Art Meets Technology
By Jesse Szymanski (Oct 16, 2009)
A digital wave of change has finally rolled into the heart of the Tenderloin. On October 2nd, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA) hosted its inaugural, show titled "Open". The non-profit organization's gallery's allure comes not only from its blend of cubism and minimalism but also from its strong emphasis on expansive forms of technology. More
Not the Odalisques of Old
By Ann Taylor (Oct 9, 2009)
The first solo show at the newly opened Fabric8 Gallery, Altered States, Dreamscapes, and Underworlds exhibits the alluring yet playful works of Ursula Xanthe Young, a native of England and long-time Bay Area resident. A curious combination of street and fantasy, Young’s works feature wide-eyed (though not necessarily innocent), pursed-lipped beauties among backdrops of city skylines and climbing vines. More
Funny Page Freedom
By Ann Taylor (Aug 28, 2009)
There is truly no medium that has not been transformed by the freedom and widespread availability of the internet. Music, television, film; even the more traditional media of drawing and painting have crossed previously unimaginable thresholds as a result of the all-pervasive yet intangible world wide web. And now, just as you can get your daily dose of news via your laptop, so, too, can you enjoy the funny pages online. More
Re-framing Questions of Identity
By Ann Taylor (Aug 6, 2009)
Regardless of the industrial and kitchen metaphors used to describe multiculturalism in America, it remains a fact that each person has his or her own individual and shared experiences, background, and understanding of culture. Any art exhibition, play, film, novel or piece of music is an opportunity for us to share those with one another, thus hopefully creating if not understanding and appreciation, then at least acknowledgement. More
He-Man Hits Hard
By Ann Taylor (Jul 2, 2009)
“By the power of Grayskull… I am He-Man!!” It has probably been quite some time since most of you have heard these words. Around twenty-five years, most likely. But He-Man is back, along with many of his co-stars, in Double Punch Gallery’s “I Have the Power” show. With over thirty artists, this show packs a nostalgic punch. More
Arresting Americana and Expressionism
By Ann Taylor (May 22, 2009)
I often long for the comforting images of childhood: the red vinyl chairs of the donut shop, the blue and green psychedelic curtains in my parent’s bedroom, the grey, mournful face of our sweet-tempered Golden Retriever, Penny. They are reminders of innocence and contentment, days when all I had to worry about was homework and swim practice. Douglas Schneider’s paintings in "Suburban Birthday Party" (his first showing at the Dolby Chadwick Gallery) are just such images, images that evoke nostalgia for days past while at the same time casting them in a surreal light. More
An Exchange of Political Posters between artists from the Bay Area and artists from Puerto Rico
By Michelle Wallace (Nov 14, 2008)
In the past eight years, we have seen America steered wildly off-course: Abu Ghraib. Guantánamo. The Patriot Act. The War on Terror. An erosion of environmental policy. We voted in the candidate for change, the candidate that repudiated the Bush Doctrine, but where does that leave us? What is the state of our country, our democracy, our politics? The Art of Democracy is a national art coalition that aims to expand the dialogue on these questions. More
By Michelle Wallace (Oct 30, 2008)
Mexicans celebrate their ancestors with Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead, a celebration that falls on All Saints and All Souls days of the Catholic calendar, and has roots in indigenous religions. Traditionally, on November 1st and 2nd, Mexicans visit the graves of their friends and relatives, bringing sugar skulls, marigolds, food and blankets to commemorate the dead. More
Youth, Imagination and Transformation
By Nirmala Nataraj (Oct 3, 2008)
The new exhibition at indie arts space Intersection for the Arts predictably foregoes gallery gambits and examines the power of public art to create communal transformation. The concept of public art, at least in the art world, has largely been confined to high-brow ideas of site-specific installations meant to evoke eyebrow-raised reactions. More
Shepard Fairey explores the complexities of our time
By Jessica Moskowitz (Sep 19, 2008)
Boyish and clean cut, skater punk and engineer of dissent, genius behind the Obey Giant street art movement, Shepard Fairey is an artist who understands the complexity of the human experience. His current show “Duality of Humanity” highlights the ironies of fighting wars to achieve peace and working towards environmental sustainability for the sake of continuing endless consumption. More
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