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Oct. 2nd, 2011 01:07 pm
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If you only make it to one Open Studios stop a year, make it 1890 Bryant (SF, weekend 1).

I only made it to one Open Studios stop this weekend, and saw:

I missed Peggy Gyulai for the second time, but it looks like she has an open exhibition at 201 California that I might check out later.

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This year my energy and attention are definitely elsewhere; I admire the me of years past.

Just in case I manage to visit some open studios before the Patriots-at-Raiders game:

1890 Bryant St is always a gold mine of art:

Robert Reed (artspan)



Peggy Gyulai (artspan)

499 Alabama St

Victor Cartagena (artspan)

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Hey, we're playing a couple shows soon.

Tuesday, October 26th
Ego Likeness (YouTube)
Chant (YouTube)
Slave Unit
@ Elbo Room, San Francisco, CA
9pm, $8adv/$10doors, 21+

We're going on at 9:30, don't be late!


We're also playing a birthday show on Friday...

Friday, October 29th
Slave Unit
with guests
@ Red Hat Sports Bar, Concord, CA
9pm, $5, 21+


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I kept things brief due to general exhaustion from a long week, but I managed to see maybe half of the artists I listed for weekend 1, and a bunch of other artists as well.

1890 Bryant was again a treasure trove of amazing artists and art. I loved K.B. Young's paintings of the ocean. Liz Hickok's jello art was whimsical and intriguing. Sean Poreda's bronze anatomical sculptures reminded me of Lovecraft's Shub-Niggurath. And Michael Kerbow's meat maps reminded me of the sloth demon's abominations in Dragon Age. Yeah, I'm sophisticated like that.

On to weekend 2:

SOMA Artist Studios, 689 Bryant St

Erika Meriaux (Artspan) (site)
Modern mythology paintings

Kristina Quinones (Artspan) (site)
Abstract paintings


Melissa Wagner (Artspan) (site) (facebook) (blogspot)
Nature mixed media
Studio 102B, 185 Clara Street

+7 )

Mythological scenes in modern garb seems to be a theme this weekend.

Weekend 2 Google map

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SF Open Studios is here again!

Last year I didn't go at all, despite my long tradition of having done so. Artspan brought back the browse-by-weekend links, yay!

As always, this is a list of artists I want to see this weekend, sorted geographically. There are plenty more this weekend; take a look. Some of the best finds are [unlisted] artists I stumble upon while wandering around looking for another artist on my list.

June Li (Artspan) (site)
Paintings
Art Explosion - 17th St Studios, 2425 17th St

1890 Bryant St Studios, 1890 Bryant St

Sevilla Granger (Artspan) (site)
Tree paintings/brushwork

Lee Cline (Artspan) (site)
Bird/horse paintings


Eric Cheng (Artspan) (site1) (site2) (facebook)
Underwater photography
375 Alabama St, Suite 100


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Weekend 1 Google map

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A first attempt at video that I'm not completely ashamed of.

Hm, definitely looks better on Vimeo.

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Dear Governor Schwarzenegger:

As you may know, Alcoholic Beverage Control is currently attempting to shut down all-ages music venues in San Francisco [1] [2] [3]. Not only is this an outrage on its own merits, but the ABC is paid for by our taxes.

If, in fact, the budget is under such strain that our firefighters' jobs are being threatened [4], I strongly urge you to consider placing the ABC on indefinite furlough to free up that annual $58.3 million [5] for better use.

[1] http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/04/11/MNK217038L.DTL
[2] http://www.dnalounge.com/backstage/log/2009/02.html#13
[3] http://sfist.com/2009/04/28/update_on_alcholic_beverage_control.php
[4] http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/05/04/BAB017EFO9.DTL
[5] http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/StateAgencyBudgets/2000/2100/department.html

Thank you,

Akira M Sasaki
[snip address]


(crossposted to [personal profile] escapewindow and [livejournal.com profile] drkscrtlv)
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yeah, i made the right choice.
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andy goldsworthy's faultline
andy goldsworthy's faultline





cornelia parker's anti-mass
cornelia parker's anti-mass

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And to think: I was considering skipping this weekend if there weren't enough artists I wanted to see.

(now sorted by pre-planned path)

237 San Jose St - Francisco Studios

Jennifer Wildermuth (artspan)
Self-portraiture

Audrey Heller (artspan)
Photographs of tiny people

Oakdale Painting Studio - 2014 Oakdale Avenue

Katia Claude (artspan)
Paintings of gardens

Laura Diamondstone (artspan) (myartspace)
Paintings - Textures

cut for your sanity... +16 )
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Browsing this weekend's artists:

(Now ordered in a semi-mapped route, for easier navigation via iPhone and GPS)

Brian Andrews (artspan), whose pieces were among the highlights from last year, added works in progress to his website. Each piece takes him many months to complete. These are definitely worth seeing.

large abstract wood sculptures

Andrew Knipe
Chain figure sculpture

Jessica Niello (artspan)
Belcher Artists
dripping fish painting

Donald Gray
Burning Man scorpion? sculpture.

Jeanine Lovett (artspan)
Landscape photography - gorgeous colors

Ursula Young (artspan)
rainbow people paintings

The Blue Studio

Blair Bradshaw (artspan)
mixed media/collage

Kate Nichols (artspan)
blur paintings

Elana Kundell emailed me about her open studio... she's not on Artspan but I enjoyed her art last year.
Workspace Limited
Abstract paintings in an emotional space

John Chiara (artspan)
Developing Environments
cityscape photography with a hand-built camera

Jenn Porreca (artspan) was definitely one of the highlights of last year. She's so prolific but each painting is amazing. If I were much richer I'd have a room full of her paintings.
Her art is split between an opening at the Opera Gallery in New York and her open studio at
Paintings of That Girl

Art Explosion

Rebecca Bennett (artspan)
paintings of emotionally broken stuffed animals

Andrea D Guerra (artspan)
Still life / landscape/urbanscape photography

Steven Scotten (artspan)
Luxography - drawing with light (a laser)

1890 Bryant St Studios

Lee Cline (artspan)
wildlife painting

Peggy Gyulai (artspan) -- always a favorite despite the fact her website doesn't work in Firefox... it's worth switching over to Safari for a bit just to see her music-inspired paintings.
Abstract music-inspired paintings

Blowfish Sushi
Mixed media - fish over rice

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I very nearly forgot: October is SF Open Studios. (Thanks SFGate!)
Luckily the first weekend is just previews; this weekend is Fort Mason time.

(just in time)

Quickly browsed the weekend's artists. It's cool seeing some of their new work; it's like I know them, in a way. Kind of. Er, not really... I don't know them at all. But it's cool.

Some other artists away from Fort Mason I may want to check out:

Chris Mallwat (artspan)

Mirena Rhee (artspan)

Mike Tiktinsky (artspan)

My DVR is just going to have to watch football without me =)

weekend 5

Nov. 4th, 2007 03:01 pm
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The Hunter's Point Open Studios was a bit exhausting... due in part to the heat, the crowd, and possibly the fact that I didn't know if there were any more personally exciting artists to look forward to.

I did find some good artists though.

alberto ybarra
Alberto Ybarra
's art was very evocative in its familiar yet visually and emotionally twisted scenes. I liked this one the best.


Irena Kononova
's massive canvases (this one is an inch shorter than me) draw you in and the ubiquitous water (rivers, ponds) depicted shimmer. Perhaps that's the marble dust.

I also admired Jie Zhou's near-photographic oils of European architecture reflected upon the water, and Rhonel Roberts' jazz musicians.

End of the SF Open Studios. Maybe next weekend is aquarium time.

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My neighbors are way into Hallowe'en. Which is cool, but I didn't join the festivities in the lavishly decorated courtyard because I don't have a costume this year, again. Also, I'm an antisocial fucker.

Tomorrow I'm going to work in street clothes, and maybe a quiet evening. Or catch a movie. I may get back into the spirit of All Hallow's Eve again some year.

On Friday I was feeling a bit restless and thought about skipping the whole Open Studios bit for a spontaneous last minute trip: Monterey. Reno. Vancouver. On Saturday, I decided to stick with the original plan, and I'm extremely glad I did so.

Friendly and cool people that I felt comfortable talking to; perhaps having seen and appreciated their art gave a better common ground than I usually stand on. Some beautiful beautiful art, some of which was so much better in person than in jpegs, some of which I wouldn't have seen at all if I hadn't been visiting that particular art studio. Some awesome places: the utter urban decay of the Noonan Building; the secret insides of neighbors' buildings that I had never seen; the clutter of art collective warehouses; the utter poshness of a seven-figure loft two blocks from me.

A small list of new favorite artists from the past few weekends: Ani Lucia Thompkins' abstracted figure silhouette-sized paintings. Brian Andrews' intricate totemic wood sculptures, not for sale, seven months' worth of labor each. Elana Kundell's layered emotional spaces, almost a scar on the canvas; I was a bit bummed to hear she lives in SoCal. Kimberly Weinberg's fabric paintings; I hadn't even put her on my list, so it was a pleasure finding her art. Jenn Porreca's character art, predominantly the dark haired girl with the keyhole on her cheek. Audrey Heller's photos of Lilliputians. And so many more.

Jenn Porreca invited me to a show, Heavy Hitterz, with 80 international [mostly graffiti] artists at a venue that's about to be torn down in a couple weeks. She's way cool; so's her fiance, who makes ambient instrumental hip hop.

I suppose I'll see how I feel about a big graffiti art opening after getting back from Hunter's Point.

While visiting the Noonan Building and other studios, I decided I was stupid for having left my camera at home... so many "escape windows", so many images of urban decay.

The camera on the iPhone is pretty good, though.

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On Sunday I caught the rest of the Open Studios I had missed, then picked up this camera bag, which is awesome and holds everything I need securely without being too unwieldy, and went back to take some pictures with my Jack and Macro lenses. I still like the iPhone pics though, for their particular personality.

It was odd though; I feel distinctly uncomfortable taking photos around other people's art since they make their livings on their imagery. I did ask for and receive permission to take some photos out the windows of one third-story studio at the Noonan Building, however, which I was happy about. I should have done HDR or added the flash for the frame, but whatever.

I was going to compile another list of artists I want to see for this, the final weekend of the SF Open Studios; a bit of time spent during the week helps make the weekend stress-free and fun. But everyone's in eight adjacent buildings @ Hunter's Point this weekend; no need for a map. And maybe some spontaneity and the unexpected will be good. Surprise me.

weekend 4

Oct. 23rd, 2007 06:56 pm
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It'll be cool seeing some of the studios and art in my neighborhood. SF Open Studios weekend 4, eastern SF, again with addresses for easy iPhone navigation:

  • audrey heller Audrey Heller (website)
    photography; miniature people with life-sized things

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    Out of the 249 artists listed on ArtSpan for this weekend (plus a couple unlisted ones), these caught my eye (with addresses through the weekend, for ease of iPhone navigation):

  • ani lucia thompkins Ani Lucia Thompkins (website)
    Abstract / figure painting

  • mustafa alami Mustafa Alami (website)
    Cute cartoony paintings

  • brian andrews Brian Andrews (website)
    Wood sculpture

  • +17 )

    As always, I doubt I'll get to all of them, and I'll probably stop in at a studio or ten that aren't here, often due to proximity.

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