Today was my first visit to the expanded SF MOMA. I had an incredible time.
These painted bamboo sticks evoke tools used by lost cultures to measure the passage of time. The markings suggest notions of size in anthropological photographs of such artifacts. Two phrases are painted on the hanging latex strips. "Bamboo city" refers both to the safe areas and watering holes used by American soldiers during the Vietnam War and to the refugee camps that emerged along the Cambodian and Thai borders. "Chinese porcelain" references the historical trade economy between China and the Netherlands that relied on Vietnamese ports. For Sietsema the sticks also act as metaphors for his movement through time periods while researching his projects.
This textured and mottled image began as a bitmap source file in Photoshop, which Guyton then printed on a linen support. Inkjet printers are not intended for fabric, and the artist's deliberate misuse of the technology provoked disruptions, jams, blurs, clogs, and streaks, creating a surface akin to a lushly painted canvas. The imperfections and glitches remain as markers of the work's making: the uneven vertical line at the center is a reminder of the folding process Guyton devised to print on material of this width, while the white horizontal lines at the upper right reflect the incomplete transfer of ink.
One of my favorite pieces I've ever seen by Anish Kapoor.
I only got to see a small portion of this video work and was completely mesmerized. I cannot wait to revisit the piece and sit for the entire piece.
I wandered around Chelsea neighborhood visiting galleries today with my friend Honey, who is also an artist. The highlight of the day was the last gallery featuring work by one of my favorites–Paul McCarthy. We talked to the security guard for quite some time who had some great inside information about McCarthy's process. I'm really grateful for him sharing because it answered many questions that we had before he approached us. For example, there was a rumpled carpet and according to the guard, McCarthy and assistants meticulously arranged the corner of the carpet, until it perfectly matched documentation photos of McCarthy's art studio. He further explained that the large sculptures were made in McCarthy's studio, carefully and copiously photographed, shipped to the gallery on palettes, then painstakingly positioned again to the original art studio layout.
Some beautiful, new architecture being built in Chelsea.
Mark Beard/Bruce Sargeant's paintings at Clamp Art.
Karin Pilem at Claire Oliver Gallery
Karin Pilem (detail)
Lauren Fensterstock's artwork at Claire Oliver Gallery
Mark Rothko's art show, Dark Palette at PACE Gallery
Tony Scherman's Difficult Women art show at Winston Wächter Fine Art.
Artwork at Cavin Morris
Sylvain & Ghyslaine Staelens incredible sculptures at Cavin Morris
Mami Kosemura's installation at Dillon + Lee
Benny Andrews' surreal paintings dealing with racism. I was blown away.
Paul McCarthy's mind-blowing show at Hauser & Wirth
Met up with artist friends in NYC at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and visited the show for Kerry James Marshall. It was the largest collection of his work that has shown together. I was greatly impressed not only by his excellent painting technique, but his gut-wrenching content. While drawn in with his passionately bright colors, I was conversely sickened by the expression of racism in America and particularly in the Chicago area.
The locket paintings were the highlight of the show. They acted on an almost subliminal level. He has removed most of the original photograph of a lynching and kept three of the women that are present.
There was an affiliated show that highlighted works by other artists that have suggestions of Marshall's work. It's not surprising, that I fell in love with the African power figure.
After visiting The Met Breurer, my friends and I headed over to the main museum. I made a fast stop to see a Spanish relic that I really like. Afterwards, I quickly went through the exhibit Fragonard: Drawing Triumph and wasn't really interested in it. So then I walked through Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio, which was really incredible.
Finally, on the way home, my friend and I walked around the city and I took a couple of photos.
Gold, rock crystal, enamel
Spanish, 16th century
This reliquary takes the architectural form of a two-story altar, with a shell niche in the upper story framing enameled figures of the Crucifixion. In the lower story, a rock crystal cylinder displays a cross that was believed to incorporate a fragment of the true cross, and the capsule below contains a supposed relic of the sponge held to Christ's mouth when he was on the cross. The upper mount of the cylinder is engraved with an inscription that translates as "The wood of the cross, the alleviating sponge".
On my walk home, I passed by an art gallery in Dumbo that I've been to before. In the front window was my friend Vincent Como's work. I especially like this series and reminds me of an art piece I created years ago of an all-black, oval Victorian picture.
Tonight I attended the art opening for Touch On, which was held at SOMArts.
DECEMBER 1, 2016–JANUARY 12, 2017
I especially loved the performances by Dia Dear and boychild. I was completely blown away and haven't felt this excited about an art show in a very long time.
Performance by Dia Dear
Performance by boychild
I have art directed a play and in the lobby of the theater, there is some student artwork. These portraits are painted quite nicely and sensitively.
Today my artist friends and I worked on our collages and then afterwards visited the top floor of the library to see two art shows. The first showcased local printmakers, while the second featured zines and was having its art opening. I was especially thrilled to see work by Coum Transmissions!
All images below from Irene Dogmatic's Mail Art collection exhibited on the 6th floor of the San Francisco Public Library and curated by the staff of the SF History Center and SF Punk Archive.
Today my artist friend Jed treated me to a museum visit to see the Stanley Kubrick exhibit. It was very dense with information and I tried to absorb as much as possible.
Tonight is a little sad. It is the last evening that my local art store is open. They were featuring an art show in the large back room featuring a few of my friends' artworks.
Randy's work was incredible due to it having built a large layer of ice and a puddle of water.
Zen Du's work was exciting because of her use of unconventional materials.
Tonight I headed to the east bay to visit my friend's one night art show. The vertical lines of multi-colored moss were especially surprising, for I usually think of moss in organic shapes. There were many small details that were fun to discover.
I started tonight by attending an artshow that John Waters curated. I got to briefly meet him, which was really nice. I was not impressed by the show overall, but took a few pics regardless.
Afterwards, I headed over to my friend, Andy Vogt's art opening for his 20 + long installation that I helped install. Another artist featured her art as well.
Tonight I attended the new art exhibit at Root Division. It featured my artist friend, Michael's new work, which consisted of a large wooden pyramid and desalination of Bay water.
In the back table, the public was invited to create simple ink prints. I quietly sat with my whisky and water and created this modest piece.
Although I did not get into this art show, I was included in the catalog. I was told by the curators that I was a finalist from the 200+ applicants, but didn't make the final cut.
I had an art opening at Epperson Gallery in Crockett, which was really well attended. I also designed the flyer.
Tonight I attended my friend, Kal Spelletich's closing for some of his recent sculptural work.
Today I spend with my photographer friend Jane wandering Chelsea to visit a few galleries. Along the way, we decided to stop at the Yoko Ono exhibit and I did an impromptu performance.
• Paul Yasmin Gallery
• Luhring Augustine
• Koenig & Clinton
Today I visited the Metropolitan Museum, one of my favorites. I was joined by my photographer friend Jane and we started our tour in the costume section.
I had a quick dinner with friends and then headed to an art opening at Minus Space Gallery featuring work by Cris Guanacos. Then we headed to my friend, Honey McMoney's performance.
• Art Helix
Kurt Steger "Reclaimed"
• 56 Bogart St.
• Tiger Strikes Asteroids
"Drawing for Sculpture"
Spent the evening at the Brooklyn Art Museum. I was disappointed that their African Arts section has still not been completed after four years.
Visited the museum today with my two nephews. One had an existentialist crisis while standing in front of a painting of heaven and hell.
I visited the art gallery across the street for an art show featuring collage. It was great to see work by Winston Smith.
Terrance Graven is a San Francisco artist whose installations incorporate sculptural elements, performance art, costumes, sound pieces, and theatrical lighting.