Electric Works is pleased to be featuring in our gallery/room for ArtPadSF at the Phoenix Hotel the work of Robert Minervini and Dave Eggers. Elaine Buckholtz will be creating an on-site light installation.
Robert Minervini will be addressing the kind of subject matter that is alluded to in his previous utopian and dystopian cityscapes, landscapes, and floral still life paintings—namely, the ecological impact of humanity on the landscape. His new paintings and drawings of floral still lifes, literal and metaphorical quotations from traditional European vanitas paintings have been recontextualized in contemporary environments. The flora and fauna depicted in these works are currently listed as endangered wildlife in California. These present day memento mori directly reference the traditional form and function of European vanitas paintings—which acted as symbolic reminders of the inevitability of death—by depicting local wildlife that is in the process of extinction. His presence at ArtPadSF will be an extension of his show After Glow: As the Wick Burns that is in our gallery, May 10- June 29.
Dave Eggers will present animal portraits with text- china marker on paper with words that express what the animal might be thinking. Working in the vernacular of political propaganda posters, these deftly executed drawings feature an ongoing cast of fur-, feather-, and scale-bearing creatures. What seems like an extraordinary balancing act of good humor and earnest pledges of allegiance, Eggers creates a menagerie that speaks to our very human condition.
Elaine Buckholtz will be creating a lavender light installation onto the swimming pool in the center courtyard of the hotel and she will be changing out all the lights on the landings of each room to a soft pink. Buckholtz explores light as an ephemeral phenomenon and uses it to unmask hidden aspects of architectural forms in relation to painting. She uses visual and temporal repetition to explore the intersection of space, image, movement, and light. Her fascination with light has a long history. Buckholtz will use her background in lighting and theater design to generate her own luminous theater at the Phoenix Hotel.
Electric Works’ artist Elaine Buckholtz’s will present Easy Rider a site-specific, light-based work at ArtPadSF 2013. Buckholtz, known for her colorful and subtle interactions with video, print and sound, will change the atmosphere of the fair with this poetic, playful and just-barely-present work. In Easy Rider the Phoenix Hotel’s usual outdoor lighting in front of each gallery room is replaced with a soft pink light bulb. Lavender light projected from above the pool hits the water at an angle that activates both its surface and depths. The lit swimming pool creates a center point of the Phoenix’s outdoor space and the gauzy ambient light.
ArtPadSF at the iconic Phoenix Hotel is a provocative 21st century boutique art fair, focused on emerging and contemporary art from the Bay Area and beyond. In its third year and partnered with San Francisco’s world-renowned arts institutions, galleries, and artists, ArtPadSF is a crossroads for the creative and an unparalleled marketplace for art. Arts patrons and enthusiasts are invited to take in some of the most exciting contemporary art the market has to offer as the Phoenix Hotel transforms itself into a visual arts destination with over 40 hotel rooms being taken over by galleries and curatorial projects. Join us May 16th through 19th 2013 for screenings, panels, performances, and more.
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Some views from the Ayala Museum Gallery in Manila where David Tomb’s Rufus Hornbill has flown in for the 6th Annual Hornbill Conference organized by Mike Lu of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines. View the exhibit until May 5.
Tomb will be a special guest at Mountainfilm in Telluride, May 24-27. Join him Friday, May 24, 3:30-6:30 for the Gallery Walk, one of the highlight events of the weekend.
Rubber Bands by Sandra Ono
Sometimes it does feel as if the sky is tumbling down- if only for a split second. A Trapped in Your Mind Feeling, an exhibition curated by Lucy Puls will provoke those unwelcome jolts of pernicious unease. With Tim Armstrong, Sarah Bliss, Kirk Crippens, Aida Gamez, Farley Gwazda, Richard Haley, Conrad M. Meyers II, Sandra Ono, Melissa Pokorny, Emma Spertus and John Tronsor.
Alex Bigman in the East Bay Express describes The Anxiety that Artists Feel.
A Trapped in Your Mind Feeling runs through May 4 at Aggregate Space (801 West Grand Ave., Oakland), 510-832-3807 or AggregateSpace.com; and through May 18 at Transmission Gallery (770 West Grand Ave., Oakland), 510-835-2626 or TheTransmissionGallery.com
Sound and light work by Elaine Buckholtz with score by Floor van de Velde.
The piece will be on view this week only.
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The San Francisco Arts Commission has been working with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to develop a comprehensive public art program to be integrated into the design of the Central Subway system. Scheduled to open in 2018, the transit system will include three subway stations and one above-ground platform. The Yerba Buena/Moscone station will include an integrated two-dimensional artwork located on a prominent wall in the ticketing hall.
After a national call for artists and a competitive panel review, three projects were selected as finalists. Congratulations to Kota Ezawa; Hughen/Starkweather; and Leslie Shows.
You may view the proposals in person and make comments at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts or online, March 13- 24. On March 25 the comments will be summarized and shared with the Final Selection Panel on March 29.
There are many great reasons to visit Philly — the place for American history — home to the cheesesteak and Betsy Ross to name a few. But especially now until March 16 Talia Greene is presenting Cross Pollination at the Print Center.
Greene has covered the gallery space in a delicate filigree of dried stems, stamen, hair and insect parts influenced by Islamic and Western decorative motifs, as well as patterns found in nature. The wallpaper seems to be disintegrating as it is consumed by a swarm of bees, whose activity re-forms the components of the pattern into a honeycomb. Cross Pollination references the transmission of influences between cultures and even between species.
The natural world is in a state of constant flux. It seems that more and more often, we hear about the decline of yet another precious animal or plant species and the subsequent efforts to protect it from extinction. Isabella Kirkland continues to shed light on the ecological challenges we face. Gone (shown here) from her TAXA series depicts the sixty-three species that have all become extinct since the 1700s and the colonization of the New World. Electric Works is pleased to have printed the suite of six inkjet prints based on TAXA, presented in PROMISE AND PERIL: A STUDY IN BIODIVERSITY.
David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA
Feb 7th – May 8th 2013
March 7th @7pm: Stewart Brand and Isabella Kirkland in conversation
David Tomb and the intrepid Jeepney Projects Worldwide team will be traveling to Borneo at the end of February on the look out for such amazing creatures as the Clouded Leopard, Borneo Bristlehead, Sumatran Rhino, Great Argus, Pygmy Elephant, Hornbills, and one of the true Great Apes of the world, the Orangutan.
Stay tuned for their reports from the field.
“… What I am so drawn to is the way the light enters these buildings and the way it carries color, from the outside, depending on the time of day.” Katherine Westerhout
Tune in to Spark on KQED to follow photographer Katherine Westerhout inside a forgotten West Oakland landmark: the 16th Street Station.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
KQED 9 — 7:30pm
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
KQED 9 — 1:30am
Friday, February 8, 2013
KQED 9 — 11:30pm
Saturday, February 9, 2013
KQED 9 — 5:30am
KQED Life — 5:30pm
Sunday, February 10, 2013
KQED Life — 6:30pm