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Friday, April 29, 2005

"TAB (THERESA AFTER BRICE)" (1997 & 2005) (DRAWING ON 2 LAYERS OF RICE PAPER) by THERESA CHONG
Location: Living Room, Pygmalion-1st Floor

"TWL" (renamed "BLACK LIGHTNING" after its image appeared on my book entitled with same name) (1997) (OIL ON WOOD, 22 X 22 IN) by THERESA CHONG
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

"EIGHT (A&B)" (1998) (OIL ON WOOD) (TWO PANELS, EACH 40 X 20 1/2 IN, HUNG 1/2 INCH APART) by THERESA CHONG
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

DRAWING ON RICE PAPER (Details to Come) by THERESA CHONG
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

MONEY & STAMP SERIES (2000) (PRINTS) by THERESA CHONG
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

DRAWINGS FOR POETRY COLLABORATION by THERESA CHONG
Location: Library, Pygmalion-Second Floor

DRAWING WITH BOOK (Details to Come) by THERESA CHONG
Location: Library, Pygmalion-Second Floor

DRAWING WITH BOY (Details to Come) by THERESA CHONG
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

[FIFTH MENTION DUE TO UPDATES]

The update is for a fabulous reason: Theresa Chong gifted us the drawing now first on list above. The gift occured after she visited Galatea a few months ago. Over lunch, we discussed, among other topics, the idea of an exhibit I would love to curate because I am always interested in aesthetic process: works that artists feel are failures. Theresa went back to her studio to look at some of her "failures" and found a drawing from 1997; she had thought it "failed" partly because she thought it seemed too derivative of Brice Marden. She ended up reworking the drawing and then gave it to us! How generous! And it certainly would appear in the "failure" (including what artists do with "faillures") exhibit someday if I ever manage to find a space.

Theresa is also one of the artists now up at Danese Gallery's ongoing exhibit, "Works on Paper", through to May 27, 2005. Other artists in the show are John Chamberlain, Christo, Chuck Close, Joseph Cornell, Emily Eveleth, Eric Fischl, Hamish Fulton, April Gornik, Bill Jensen, Susan Hartnett, Warren Isensee, Barry le Va, Roy Lichtenstein, Amy Myers, Richard Pousette-Dart, Susie Rosmarin, Saul Steinberg, Richard SErra, David Smith, Anne Truitt and Andy Warhol.

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Prov. Direct from Artists; Danese Gallery (New York); Little Red Schoolhouse Fundraiser (New York)

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

"FURRY MURRY" (2004) (ACRYLIC ON WOOD) by JERRY KING
Location: Galatea Offsite-San Francisco Apartment

We cheerfully acquired this fabulous painting by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist as well, during SF Moma's 12th Annual Art Warehouse sale.

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Prov.: SF MOMA 12th Annual Art Warehouse Sale

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

DOUBLE CIRCLE (JANUARY, 1996) (OIL ON GRAPHITE ON CANVAS, 12 x 9 IN) by EVE ASCHHEIM
Location: Hallway Before Turret, Pygmalion-First Floor

REGULAR II (MARCH, 1997) (OIL ON GRAPHITE ON CANVAS, 9 X 12 IN) by EVE ASCHHEIM
Location: Hallway Before Turret, Pygmalion-First Floor

AUREOLE (JULY, 1997) (OIL ON GRAPHITE ON CANVAS, 12 IN DIAMETER) by EVE ASCHHEIM
Location: Hallway Before Turret, Pygmalion-First Floor

CONWAY (1995) (OIL, CHARCOAL, GRAPHITE ON CANVAS, 14 x 11 IN) by EVE ASCHHEIM
Location: Hallway Before Turret, Pygmalion-First Floor

[THIRD MENTION DUE TO UPDATE]

UPDATE:

Eve Aschheim is one of of the artists currently exhibiting at:

IN BLACK AND WHITE:
paintings, sculpture & works on paper from the 1950s to the present

Lori Bookstein Fine Art

37 W 57, 3rd flr
New York, NY 10019
phone: 212-750-0949
fax: 212-750-0947
Email: lbfineart@aol.com

Other artists in the show which will be up through April 229, 2005 are Auten, Davis, De Kooning, De Niro, Evans, Fine, Frankenthaler, Gagnier, Goodnough, Held, Hofmann, Kewley, Kriesberg, Lundsfryd, Malcolm, Mark, Matthiasdottir, McCarthy, Motherwell, Phillips, Reinhardt, Resika, Tabachnick, Volonakis, among others.

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Prov.: Stephen Stux Fine Arts, New York

"HORN OF PLENTY" (1999) (OIL ON CANVAS, 18 X 22 IN) by CHESTER ARNOLD
Location: Hallway Outside Dining Room, Pygmalion-First Floor

[THIRD MENTION DUE TO UPDATE]

and

"UNTITLED" (2002) (GOUACHE ON WOOD PANEL) by CLARE ROJAS
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

"UNTITLED" (2003) COMMISSIONED SITE-SPECIFIC MURAL INSTALLATION (GOUCHE/LATEX ON WALL) by CLARE ROJAS
Location: Master Bedroom Hallway, Pygmalion-2nd Floor

"ACHILLES" (2005) COMMISSIONED PAINTING by CLARE ROJAS
Location: Living Room, Pygmalion-First Floor

[EIGHTH MENTION DUE TO UPDATE]

UPDATES:


Congratulations to Chester Arnold and Clare Rojas who've received 2005-07 Eureka Fellowships from Fleishhacker Foundation of San Francisco.

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Prov.: George Adams Gallery, New York and Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Culver City, CA

"44 YEAR STORAGE JAR" (1991) (PORCELAIN, 14.5 IN HIGH) by DAVID REGAN
Location: Master Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"TIDAL TUREEN" (1992) (PORCELAIN, 20 x 20 IN) by DAVID REGAN
Location: Master Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

David Regan will be in a new group exhibit from May 3-June 25, 2005 at the Garth Clark Gallery 24 West 57th Street, Suite 305 New York, NY 10019. Entitled "The Clay Menagerie," the exhibition also will include works by Robert ARneson, John Byrd, Anthony Caro, Ken Ferguson, Laszlo Fekete, Lucio Fontana, J.P. Larocque, Reuben Nakian, Adelaide Paul, Beth C. STichter and Akio Takamori.

We really enjoy living with David Regan's work, described in a gallery latest press release as merging "ceramics and the woodblock print. He cuts through a porcelain surface covered in black manganese to create his unique surface drawing in black and white." As a result of such technique, David Regan offers layered surfaces which I've thought of as painterly.


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Prov.: Garth Clark Gallery, New York

Saturday, April 16, 2005

UNTITLED (1999) (PLEXIGLAS AND PIGMENT, 3 x 5", No. 7 of 10 LImited Edition) by TIMOTHY LITZMAN
Location: Galatea Offsite-San Francisco Apartment

[SECOND MENTION DUE TO UPDATE]

UPDATE:


Tim Litzmann is one of five artists now showing in this exhibit:

THE MINUS TOUCH

featuring Tim Litzmann, Martin Cary Horowitz, Eric Garduno, Matthew Rana and Phil Binaco

March 26-April 23, 2005
Linda Durham Contemporary Art
1101 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Here is the gallery's official press release:

The Minus Touch
Phil Binaco, Eric Garduño, Martin Cary Horowitz, Tim Litzmann, Matthew Rana


Linda Durham Contemporary Art at 1101 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe will present an exhibition of new work by five artists who will address the issues of restraint and silence and/or the notion of touch/don't touch---all in a minimalist way. The exhibition will open on March 26th and run through April 23rd. A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, April 2nd from 2 to 4pm.

"I have been thinking and dreaming about this exhibition for months and months," remarked Linda Durham. "It unites work by artists who have been investigating these issues deeply," she said.

Phil Binaco, whose wax and acrylic resin paintings are in the permanent collections of the Albright Knox Museum and the Neuberger Museum of Art, has been represented by LDCA for more than ten years. In a separate section of the gallery, he will present a selection of his most recent paintings. An essay by Philip Tuwaletstiwa will accompany his work. Binaco has been a mentor to Eric Garduño, formerly the Chief Preparator at Linda Durham Contemporary Art and currently a graduate student at the Yale University School of Art. In 2003 & 2004, Garduño collaborated with conceptual artist Matthew Rana on several installation projects while both were undergraduates at the University of New Mexico. For Minus Touch, they will collaborate on several conceptual pieces that will invite viewers to touch and participate in the making of the art work.

This will be the first time that the acrylic on acrylic works of Tim Litzmann will be seen in Santa Fe. Litzmann is a New York-based artist who has an extensive exhibition history--including solo shows at Mary Boone Gallery and Margaret Thatcher Gallery in New York.

The work of these four artists will share the gallery with the gold leaf sculpture of Martin Cary Horowitz. Horowitz is widely known for his gold gilded shields and armaments including the giant 23-carat gold leaf grenade in front of this gallery.

To interview these artists or for additional biographical information and visuals please contact Patrick Carpenter or Kimberly Botza at 505-466-6600.

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Prov. Margaret Thatcher Gallery, New York

"HISTORICAL OBJECT IN WHITE" (2003) (OIL AND PENCIL ON WOOD PANEL, 15 x 12 IN) by CHRIS OLIVERIA
Location: Living Room, Galatea-First Floor

"UNTITLED (NOTEBOOK SKETCHES)" (2003) by CHRIS OLIVERIA
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

"NOTE ZINE" (2003) (1/25 LIMITED EDITION, FIRST EDITION) by CHRIS OLIVERIA
Location: Library, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"COLLABORATIVE DRAWING" (2003) (INK ON GALATEA'S GUEST BOOK) by STELLA LAI AND CHRIS OLIVERIA
Location: Library, Pygmalion-First Floor

[FOURTH MENTION DUE TO UPDATE]

UPDATE:


Chris Oliveria is part of a new forthcoming group exhibit:

Strange Tales: Nick Ackerman :: David Huffman :: Chris Oliveria

The Luggage Store
1007 Market St., San Francisco
415.255.5971

April 22nd - May 21st
Reception: Friday, April 22nd 6-8 pm

Gallery Hours: Wednesday -Saturday 12-5 pm and by appointment

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Prov.: Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Culver City, CA; New Langton Arts Benefit; Direct from Artist

"WALLPAPER FOR GIRLS: YOUR MOTHER AS STRIPPER TATTOOS" (1997) (OIL ON VINYL, 30 x 30 IN) by INKA ESSENHIGH
Location: Red Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

[FIFTH MENTION DUE TO UPDATE]

Inka Essenhigh opens a new exhibition:

Inka Essenhigh
Apr. 26-May 28, 2005
Victoria Miro Gallery
16 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW

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Prov.: Stefan Stux Fine Arts, New York City

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

"TWINS" (2004) (GOUACHE ON PAPER, 11” x 7 ¾”) by MICHELLE WEINBERG
Location: TBD

We always like to explore the art scenes of wherever we visit. We were recently in Miami due to a business conference. While there, we checked out some local galleries and ended up acquiring Michelle Weinberg's wonderful work from Rocket Projects. Looking forward to living with Michelle's nifty piece!

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Prov.: Rocket Projects, Miami

"THE BEATLES LIKE TSUNAMI" (2005) (ROUND CARDBOARD W/IN ROUND WOODEN CIRLE) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE (1)
Location: Galatea Offsite--San Francisco Apartment

"BRUCE LEE LIKES 1980 THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE (2)
Location: TBD

"THE INCREDIBLE HULK IS MAD" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE (3)
Location: TBD

"AARON NOBLE IS GETTING OLD" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE (4)
Location: TBD

"ELVIS PRESLEY, PERRY COMO" (2004) (TORN OUT X-MAS TREE SHAPE) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE
Location: TBD

"DAVID CASSIDY, BARBARA STREISAND" (2004) (TORN OUT X-MAS TREE SHAPE) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE
Location: TBD

"ROBERT BLAKE WAS GETTING OLD" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE (5)
Location: TBD

"JOHNNY CASH LIKES" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE (6)
Location: TBD

"ELVIS PRESLEY IS LIKE" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE
Location: TBD

"YOKO ONO IS LIKE" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE
Location: TBD

"LITTLE JACK HORNER (2ND LINE)" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE
Location: TBD

"JULLIE VILLOTA IS SIXTY" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE (2)
Location: TBD

"LIBERIA NIGERIA EGYPT" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE
Location: TBD

"OSAMA BIN LADEN JOKER PENGUIN RIDDLER" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE (2)
Location: TBD

[SECOND MENTION DUE TO UPDATE]

UPDATE:


My article on John Patrick McKenzie is now up at OurOwnVoice . Here's an excerpt:

Should McKenzie's art be considered by different standards because he is autistic? His works are as compelling as other (non-autistic) artists who work or have worked with patterns and obsessive repetition—contemporary artists like John Morris, Maureen McQuillan and Theresa Chong. Though autism takes on as many diverse forms (from complete withdrawal to social ineptness) as art itself, one cannot avoid acknowledging that McKenzie's works do reflect his condition—if only because for all artists, one's self or identity inevitably can affect one's art.
--from "John Patrick McKenzie: Drawing Words to Transcend Definitions and Make Words More Meaningful"


The article was a bit of a rush job. But it does the job, said job here being not so much art criticism but to offer yet another way to disseminate how autism is one of the fastest-growing disabilities today, something that must be addressed more effectively by government policies in this country. (Click here for article, which includes some educational links re autism as notes at the end of the article.)

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McKenzie is also one of the artists featured at this new exhibition at Creativity Explored. Here's their press release!

ALIENS: The Green Ones
Exhibition Dates
April 14 through
May 26, 2005

Creativity Explored
3245 16th Street (@ Guerrero)
San Francisco

Gallery Hours
10 - 3 pm, M-F
1-6 pm, Saturday
 
Dress for space!

Space is the place at Creativity Explored this spring. From Star Trek-inspired sixties sci-fi to the final frontiers of the imagination, studio artists venture into the outer limits and reveal that darkness is full of surprises.

In paintings, drawings and special "space" lights, artists such as Loren King, Andrew Li, Quintin Rodriguez, and Kelly Clark imagine dimensions where weird is normal. "I liked the idea of looking with a friendly eye at living creatures that are really different," says Gilles Combet, an instructor at Creativity Explored and curator of the exhibition. "The main point was to have fun imagining how these life forms would look and move, but when you step back a bit and think about the artists who are participating and how they are perceived by the general population, it adds another interesting layer."

Combet prepared the artists for this exploration of aliens by sharing examples from movies, cartoons and from a book entitled "Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials." And while some found inspiration in these sources, others just put their imaginations into warp speed. "I get it all up here," says 60-year-old Loren King whose piece "Aliens in Love" will be part of the show.

Artist Mignon Wilson figures that aliens like to dance and demonstrates with a bit of the robot. "They also like to do sports, go shopping, watch TV together and eat worms and bugs," she says. Wilson is contributing several colorful alien landscapes to the exhibition.

Other studio artists were inspired to creatively explore different facets of space. Robert Margolis created a series of studies on planets. In these spare pastel drawings, balls of rich color float in velvety, dark skies. Space ships and rockets of all shapes and sizes appear in the show as well. From the windows of "Flash" Gordon Shepard's large, silver spaceship cut-out, wide-eyed passengers stare out into the universe. And John Patrick McKenzie contributes several miniature pieces of space furniture covered in his distinctive writing in homage to the heroes of TV's outer limits such as Captain Kirk. On the back of the little captain's chair, McKenzie's cosmic haiku reads:

Atmosphere
Bread Toast
Applesauce


Kirk couldn't have said it better.

Paid parking is available at the garage on 16th and Hoff Streets. If you are using public transportation, take the 22 Muni to the door, or BART to the 16th Street station. Head west three blocks and you'll find us on the left between Guerrero and Dolores Streets.

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Prov.: Creativity Explored Art Gallery, San Francisco

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

TWO DRAWINGS IN E.T.'S ART/POETRY JOURNAL (2001) by G. SCOTT MACLEOD
Location: Library, Pygmalion-Second Floor

[SEVENTH MENTION DUE TO UPDATE]

One of the highlights of my 2001 residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico was meeting Montreal-based artist Scott MacLeod. It was great seeing him make these Taos-inspired paintings here. In my journal, he made drawings (one of them of a "Gotland Grave") related to his "Ancestral Homes" series; I was really pleased to hear later that his series were exhibited in 2002 at the Swedish American Museum Center in Chicago). I really love this series as it's narrative-laden while also working effectively as purely visual (even abstract) imagery.

UPDATE:

Congrats to Scott MacLeod for his new exhibition:
"The Sacred Feminine and Masculine"
March 19-May 7, 2005
St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre
301 Talbot St.
St. Thomas, ON

Here's an essay about his exhibit:

The Sacred Feminine and Masculine: Labyrinthina

by John K Grande

Scott MacLeod’s The Sacred Feminine and Masculine: Labyrinthina show deals with the sacred and spiritual. While the sources may be ancient, as is the dual yin-yang nature of masculine and feminine MacLeod captures, the exhibition functions as a total environment. Multi-media effects include video projection, and digitally manipulated photographs of men and women reflect the stages of life from birth to old age. MacLeod reinvigorates our interest in the symbolic sources for our own culture, long buried for many. Inadvertently we are reminded of how our culture has lost its sources, may not understand the sacred signs and symbols. As the paintings, photo-works, and videos in this show suggest, our belief systems are rooted in the world around us the cosmos and nature.

Video projections of wave and water patterns could reference the ancient belief that all life has its origins in water (and it does), while labyrinth and mandala symbols reference ancient views of the life process. A yin-yang symbol references the animus-anima duality of our unconscious thought processes. As Carl Jung has written:

“Though the effects of anima and animus can be made conscious, they themselves are factors transcending consciousness and beyond the reach of perception and volition.” 1

A ceiling projection of the Big Dipper at night, from which the yin-yang originally derived, in part due to its prominence in the night sky, again draws allusions to the way our cosmology is based in the real world, and responses over generations and centuries to these effects. And so ultimately, MacLeod’s Sacred Feminine and Masculine, is a homage to our place in the universe, which may be precarious, as our ancestors were quite aware of.

On either side, placed in the upper sections of the walls, we see elongated ships that suggest a great journey or the voyage of life itself. Ships are likewise symbolic of emigration, and of a mid point between home and away. The images recall the journey of life, how life builds upon life, seizes life only to dissolve before new lives come into being. The life cycle is represented in a variety of ways throughout this exhibition. We see two sets of six vertical digitally manipulated photographs transferred to canvas of men and of women. They are presented at various stages of life from childhood to old age, and integrated within each tableau above and below are symbols that indicate the cycle of life and death; a Douglas-fir tree, an acorn, a maple seedling, the ancient sacred geometry, a raven, a dragonfly, a butterfly.

Seen as a whole Scott MacLeod’s presentation combines aspects of human and natural history (of which we are a part). As a totality, the piece is conceived like a hagiography or theatre dedicated to life. The exhibition is a site that reifies a cosmic vision of the world, with natural and human references. We live in a world where our memory of the past is ironically vanishing at the same time as we have advanced information and data storage systems. This presentation has sources that are ancient, reflect our collective origins, the way our various tribal and geo-specific identities all draw on unconscious stimuli that links and builds its meaning with reference to nature. While the techniques and multi-media approach Scott MacLeod uses are wholly contemporary, this environment is about our origins and the fragile and ongoing process of life, its mystery, the impossibility of decoding or explaining it entirely.

Footnote
1. C. G. Jung, Aspects of the Masculine / Aspects of the Feminine, trans. R.F.C. Hull, MJF Books, New York, p. 177.


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Prov.: Direct from Artist

Sunday, April 03, 2005

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