Monthly Archives: June 2012

Home

As an aspiring filmmaker and art addict, I absolutely love video installments especially when they involve fire. This video, titled Home by Ian Strange alias Kid Zoom was done a couple years ago. The entire installation in a single ten-minute take, an impressive feet for the young Australian artist. Beyond the technicalities of pyrotechnics and filming, Strange was able to string together a loose narrative. Out next month is Strange’s newest project titled, Suburban which has been 2 years in the making. He has posted pictures and updates on his blog, click the link to check it out.

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A NOTE FROM ALEX

This blog was originally created for a social media class. A platform for connecting ourselves to the online community of filmmakers, artists and more. This blog has indeed convinced me that an on-line presence can connect you with people you might otherwise never get in touch with. I was fortunate enough to exchange words with Diego Pantino and John Wentz both featured in my blog. Some of the artists including Joshua Moore and Gabriel Schama were artists I knew or met in person and wanted to promote through my posts. The bulk of my content was collected from the sites I follow. Following these sites gave me plenty of content but more importantly provided me with a wide variety of styles and genres. I think I successfully developed a unique art blog highlighting artists I appreciate and encompassing a wide variety of mediums. For those of you who have enjoyed my blog, don’t worry this is just the start!

Gabriel Schama

Gabriel Schama is a San Francisco artist. He constructs forms and canyons out of layers of cut paper. His older work is my favorite – he took vintage record covers and replaced the heads with thin layers of cut paper.

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I Think It’s Raining

A friend of mine, Joshua Moore recently released his film, I Think It’s Raining. This character-driven narrative provides a fluid array of genre and style. We follow Renata as she entertains us with her wild stories and surprises us in her moments of self-discovery. In a flurry of frustration she searches for belonging. This perspective offers a fresh dose of reality. The film was not composed of perfect dialogue, rather the exchange between characters was relatable and endearing. However, the real surprise was the experimental tidbits weaved throughout. The music seemed to fuel the visuals, pulling us into a dream of unawareness. Renata played by Alexandra Clayton, completes the magic of these moments with her smooth yet twangy voice. I Think It’s Raining is the perfect rainy day indie film.

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Brett Reichman

Another honorable mention from today’s visit to SFMOMA, Brett Reichman’s: A Painting That Tells A Story. SFMOMA’s online picture does not even begin to do the 96in x 72in painting justice. The colors are richly eerie complimenting the surreal childlike imagery. But, its the shadows that give this piece it’s intensity. I’d highly suggest checking out Richman’s online gallery. His entire collection is unusually creepy and colorful. I’m a sucker for that texture: the folds, shadows and hard surfaces Richman creates are complex and captivating. The images themselves are stirring, what they stir up… I’m not quite sure.

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John Baldessari is everywhere!

John Baldessari really is everywhere. While I perusing the top floor of SFMOMA today, I came across one of his intentionally bad photographs: Looking Was on 4th and C, Chula Vista, Calif. Afterwards, while enjoying a little Session Black and blogging my museum finds, a friends of mine shared with me this jewel. Thanks Carlos.

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Barry McGee

Today, I took advantage  SFMOMA‘s free admission. My favorite of the San Francisco museums, SFMOMA always has a wide selection of art and design. However, during today’s visit one artist stood out. Amongst the scattered Warhol’s and other famous works, the street art of Barry McGee caught my attention. His dual wall spread was a collage of small framed drawings, all done in a true street art style. Although street art has branched way beyond concrete and brick, its not often that the style makes it’s way into an art gallery like SFMOMA. A compliment to both McGee and the museum, for featuring such an awesome artist. The collection includes a combination of graffiti cartoons, tags, rubbish and more. The juxtaposition of image and texture is unbeatable, “I bring in every damn thing from the street!” You can’t get more authentic than that, in fact I was so inspired by his broken glass frames and random pieces of cardboard that I picked up some street finds of my own.
This humble medium could not fit Barry more. In the SFMOMA audio tour, he mentions how he’s most concerned with the approval of thirteen year old kids. The ones out there making their own name in street art, McGee is worried about whether or not they think he’s a “sell-out.” For an accomplished artist these insecurities are nothing short of admirable. Thank you SFMOMA for introducing me to one of my favorite new artists!

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