Category Archives: Fine Art

Wanna have a Campfire?

Living in SF is pretty sick – contemporary galleries litter the city with hot new work. Finally made it down to the Mission to check out Daryll Peirce and Larissa Grant at Campfire. Daryll has some seriously rad images, he uses a limited pallet of bright neon colors, his entangled faces and asteroid fields complete the righteous acid vibe. I would love to see a wall mural by this guy. Larissa Grant is also doing some pretty cool stuff. She’s got the quazzi collage thing goin on, her work is a mix of magazine cut outs, oil paint and raw wood panel. She does some great stuff with detail and pops in a few kitschy characters here an there. The show is going to be up until July 27th – check it out.

The People’s Printshop

Casey WeldonMay favorite gallery, Spoke Art has started an ongoing project, The People’s Print Shop. Every Friday they release a limited edition print for just $20. Some really cool artists have been featured. I just bought my first print by Casey Weldon. Reminds me of lolcats, as I believe it should. Casey’s work is really amazing, I hope SpokeArt features him soon, I’d love to see more of the collection. One of my favorite pieces from his online gallery is titled, Suburban Terror, the complimentary colors in the piece are beautiful.

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JONAS LOFGREN, DOUBLEPARLOUR AND LUKE CHUEH

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Spoke Art Gallery had an opening just a few weeks ago. The three artists, Jonas Lofgren, Double Parlour and Luke Chueh compliment each other perfectly. Jonas Lofgren’s sketches pay homage to dark fantasy. His environments are full of deliberate texture, each lead line adds effortless depth. Both his characters and environments are lean, stripped form reality and placed in a world of odd proportions, literally. Lofgren uses distorted proportions to create his worlds and characters. In a similar fashion, DoubleParlour, a husband-wife duo, offer a similar sense of twisted imagination. Their child-like sculptures match the oddity of Lofgren’s sketches. In the back of the gallery, Luke Chueh’s infamous bear sketches add simplicity to the collection. I met Luke Chueh at the opening. Rarely does an artist’s inspiration provoke me to appreciate the art more, however Luke’s personal battles are truly reflected in his characters. I witnessed a fan of Luke, expressing how his cartoons helped her deal with her own demons. It’s pretty amazing how people connect over images. Visual imagery offers a method of communication that goes beyond words and translates through feeling.

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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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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John Wentz Update

John Wentz’s gallery show, Synthesis was better than I anticipated. He uses a fantastic mix of geometric outline and abstract expression. The real life-size pieces are so rich in texture, he uses harsh graphite lines paired with vibrant oil paints. The collection has a dark, yet innocent feel.His themes include a wonderful mix of child-like imagery and deathly figures. Key motifs included crows, superheros and gas-masks. I’m curious as to how John begins his art,  many of the pieces held ridged guides, one would assume to guide the artist himself when it came to proportion and depth. I think it’s safe to assume that Wentz did indeed start his compositions with these guides, but was this the initial vision? Did he progress from there, or were his oil paints the true vision and the guides just an afterthought, an enhancement rather than cover up? I also must applaud John’s collection as a whole. Synthesis had a wide range of style and medium, not a single piece was out of place. Rarely does a gallery showcase such a large number of works that compliment each other as perfectly as Synthesis does.

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John Wentz

I can’t wait to go to John Wentz’s exhibition, Synthesis running now through May 25th at Minna Art Gallery. The collection combines geometry with a collage of old images the artist’s “own childhood through the lens of psychology and mythology.” Wentz has constructed thoughtful imagery on the child-hero archetype. “Each individual component is viewed as a piece of vocabulary and when put together develop as language.” Thanks ArtSlant for this treasure of a find.

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Hermetic Island

Hermetic IslandAnother great find from changethethought.com, Tristram Lansdowne’s watercolor wonders pay homage to the imagination in a way that only art can. This piece, Hermetic Island is just one of many magical little worlds.

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