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The many faces of feminism
By maya kroth (Nov 16, 2004)
Feminism is a dirty word these days. Not wanting to be mistaken for the stereotyped feminist (the jack boot-wearing, man-hating lesbian with a chip on her shoulder), today's women instead embrace "girl power," a cuter, friendlier movement of well-manicured chicks who can kick ass and still look hot in stilettos. The new girl power is everywhere, from TV (think Powerpuff Girls) to movies (Charlie's Angels, anyone?) to video games (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider). You need only venture as far as your neighborhood Wal-Mart to fill today's girl power wardrobe, where everything comes emblazoned with suggestive phrases like "Goddess," "Bitch,"... More
By Reyhan Harmanci (Nov 16, 2004)
Humans love to look at humans, particularly the broken ones. We crane our heads at car accidents, obsessively search for vicarious thrills on reality tv, stage freak shows, buy books about "modern primitives", and, in an especially crass gaze into the void, make a whole subgenre of films devoted to capturing the moment of death. The Mutter Museum, founded when Dr. Thomas Dent Mutter presented his unique collection of specimens to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in 1858, has long been a cult favorite for the pathologically curious... More
By Reyhan Harmanci (Nov 16, 2004)
Immediately upon entering Juice Design, a graphic design company which stages occasional art exhibits "for fun", the scope of the show is clear. Think small. The high ceilings and white surfaces exaggerate the little pieces mounted, hung, pinned and stapled to the walls. The artists were given space perimeters roughly the size of a bathroom tile from which to create "keepsakes"; the limitations gave the artists room to play with the concept of an object which exists as a tool of remembrance. The lack of overt political themes, with a few exceptions, makes sense as one surveys the room... More
Nests for the Eye
By Danielle Klinenberg (Nov 16, 2004)
Among the treasures of living in a city are visits to places creative people inhabit. Just a few minutes in a gallery can provide a visitor entry into an artist's imagination. Observations, ideas, creative processes, and materials worked through by another person can create new terrain. When the work captures your eye you are in business. More
The Sheer Force of Language
By amy gelbach (Nov 4, 2004)
Chicken Little, that famous Bulrovian fairy-tale bird, knew what she was talking about when she ran around telling everyone that the sky was falling. When things fall from the sky it usually means something big is going on… More
A Lethal Cocktail of Art & Politics
By Maureen Hanratty (Oct 15, 2004)
Perfectly timed to the run up against the election, Enrique Chagoya's new drawings at Gallery Paule Anglim prove yet again that he is an artist of both style and substance. With facile hand and rigorous intellect, the artist continues to mine comic and history books with equal vigor, creating arresting artworks that put into context the current global state of affairs. More
A Bonefide Art Form Makes a Comeback
By melissa lane (Oct 2, 2004)
A couple of weeks ago, the gritty underworld carnival of the Tenderloin surrendered a couple of sidewalk squares to a luau jubilantly splashing out of The Shooting Gallery. A hut-like umbrella loomed over a debonair crowd sloshing back exotic drinks from the bicycle-bar, chatting excitedly. The toast of this swinging soiree? The second coming of tiki art -- what is already being called "nouveau tiki". More
Aping Popular Culture
By Nirmala Nataraj (Sep 25, 2004)
Popular culture and modern art have been entwined in an incestuous embrace for quite some time now. Therefore, art that appropriates the symbols and status of media iconography can no longer justifiably be called subversive -- not when irony was mastered nearly a century ago by the likes of Marcel Duchamp. More
By Nirmala Nataraj (Aug 18, 2004)
The wall outside the Haight Street headquarters of record company/art collective Future Primitive Sound is like a signpost to an alternate reality. Composed of hive-like edifices with no apparent function, swirly clouds of silver, and a menacingly elongated superhero figure, the mural indicates the distinct styles of the three artists who created it. More
By Nirmala Nataraj (Aug 18, 2004)
In the work of video artists Ellen Lake and Catherine Ross, there's an overt obsession with thwarting viewer expectations. Both Lake and Ross wed the weird with the humdrum, and seemingly mundane video footage with loopy fantasy. The two artists exhibit new and recent video work in Obsessive Absence at New Langton Arts; the culminating effect is the sort of quaint beauty you can only find in giant colorful rubber band balls and cartoonish headgear at amusement parks. More
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