Sarah Hromack

SF Station Writer

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Independent Publishing Explored at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
By Sarah Hromack (Oct 22, 2011)
As the second of four consecutive exhibitions at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts highlighting the growing phenomenon of collaborative art making, The Zine Unbound: Kults, Werewolves, and Sarcastic Hippies is ideologically rooted in the work of three particularly sought-after publications: [i]K48[/i] (Brooklyn), [i]Werewolf Express[/i] (LA), and [i]Hot & Cold[/i] (Oakland). Artworks made by these zines' editors and contributors expand conceptually from the printed page and into the gallery, where some of the larger thematic forces shaping the contemporary art world inform these installations. More »
Three Artists Draw From Interior and Exterior Spaces
By Sarah Hromack (Nov 23, 2005)
Organized by Luggage Store directors Laurie Lazer and Darryl Smith, [i]Explosive Compulsive[/i] juxtaposes the work of two New York-based artists, Reed Anderson and Jen Liu, with local Adriane Colburn in a harried frenzy of painted, pasted, drawn and collaged-upon works on paper that, in the gallery's words, "explore consciousness, the built environment, and the natural world." More »
New York Artist Sam Gordon Returns to San Francisco's Ratio 3 Gallery
By Sarah Hromack (Oct 11, 2005)
Sam Gordon's personal collection of posters and ephemera are plastered to form a visual trail leading up the building's staircase and into his current installation, "The Twinkie Defense", at Ratio 3 gallery. Photographs (or telepathic "thoughtographs," as he calls them) are interspersed amongst the foldout, full-color gallery announcements, an aesthetic nod to the now-shuttered Epicenter Zone, a notoriously punk, San Franciscan record store where Gordon first showed in the early 90's. More »
Community-based projects warrant closer inspection
By Sarah Hromack (Jul 26, 2005)
The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' Bay Area Now 4 is a real sprawl of an exhibition -- the kind of art show that carries with it the potential to overwhelm in a spatial, sensorial, and even conceptual sense. Many artists seem to have seized this triennial survey as a chance to make a splash, and resulting large-scale installations conquer the walls and floors of both upstairs and downstairs galleries. Aside from the drawings and murals, soundscapes, sculptures, and photographic collages, there lies a host of projects that could easily stand alone as a separate exhibition, a sub-show, if you will, though far from sub-anything in quality. More »
Looking for Ixtlan
By Sarah Hromack (Jun 22, 2005)
During his 1988 tour of Australia, performance artist-turned-faux-psychic Jose Alvarez became a national obsession. Commissioned by Australian television through infamous paranormal investigator James Randi, his performance at the Sydney Opera House was intended to question the notion of supernatural channeling, then a national craze. Alvarez's alter ego channeled the 2000-year-old spirit of "Carlos" for massive crowds of devotees, but rather than question his motives, the Australian media propelled his act forward by inflating a hoax into urban mythology. More »
Women invoke the sprit of summer in a group show at Mission art lab
By Sarah Hromack (May 23, 2005)
Friday night marks the opening of [i]Bundle[/i] at Triple Base Gallery, a group exhibition featuring the work of four women: Tania Bedford, Sera Beak, and Sarah Grierson -- all Californians -- and Alda Rose, who hails from Iceland. In keeping with Triple Base's communal sensibilities, this show possesses a warm, inviting sense about it, as cultivated by the work itself. More »
Debut solo show of artist Leslie Shows at Jack Hanley Gallery
By Sarah Hromack (May 17, 2005)
A quick online search for the name "Leslie Shows" yields a tiny handful of links, mostly simple listings of her current solo show, [i]International Parks[/i], at Jack Hanley Gallery. Surprisingly, Shows holds no discernable Internet following. There are no blogs bantering about her "radness" or drunken party photos posted following her openings. This hype-free aura might be viewed as an accomplishment -- as a mark of purity, almost. More »
The Solo Work of Community Arts Champion
By Sarah Hromack (May 10, 2005)
Conceived and built by artist/curator Amanda Eichner in 2000, the Backroom Gallery at Adobe Books is exactly that -- a tiny, contemplative space well suited to the work of Oliver Halsman Rosenberg, in residence there until July 15th. Organized by Adobe's current curator, Eleanor Harwood, [i]Karmageddon[/i] features a suite of Rosenberg's drawings; the show opened this past Friday night, and most pieces have already sold. More »
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