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Monday, July 18, 2005

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

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and

"LOVING" (2005) (ACRYLIC & MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER) (13 x 13 UN) by TRAVIS SOMERVILLE
Location: Galatea Offsite-San Francisco Apartment

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UPDATE:


Chester Arnold and Travis Somerville are among the group of artists exhibiting now through August 27, 2005 at the Catherine Clark Gallery, 49 Geary St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108.

The exhibit is titled "SOCIAL SECURITY: The Future Ain't What It Used To Be" and other artists, besides Chester Arnold and Travis Somerville, are Ray Beldner, Sandow Birk and Alyse PIgnolet, Andy Hope Diaz, Christoph Draeger, Al Farrow, Scott Greene, Julie Heffernan, Packard Jennings, leonardogillesfleur, Reuben Lorch-Miller, Julia Page, Walter Robinson, Mike Rollins, Masami Teraoka and Yoram Wolberger.

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Prov.: Chester Arnolds: George Adams Gallery, New York; Travis Somerville: Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco; 2005 SF Art Fair

VARIOUS ASIAN FIGURINES

MONASTIC BUDDHA (Carved wood seated monastic Buddha. A lovely stark depiction. 9” tall.)
Location: Library-Pygmalion, First Floor

ARDHANARISHVARA Bronze. This is Shiva as half male and half female. 8 3/4” tall.)
Location: Library-Pygmalion, First Floor

STONE ARDHANARISHVARA (Carved stone statue of Ardhanarishvara. 5 1/2” tall. From Mamallapuram in Southern India. This sculpture combines in a single image the god Shiva and his consort Parvati, "his better half," who is always by his side. Also known as the ‘Half-Shiva”.)
Location: Library-Pygmalion, First Floor

“LION DOG” (Bronze “lion-dog” from India. 8” tall x 8” long)
Location: Kitchen, First Floor

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Prov.: ke, San Francisco, 2005

Sunday, July 17, 2005

"THE PETRIFIED FOREST" MUG (2005, PAINTED CERAMIC) by MADAME DURALL (RANDA LEE DURALL)
Location: In Flux Depending On Where I'm Having My Coffee

I was very pleased to trade copies of my poetry books -- Menage A Trois With the 21st Century and Reproductions of the Empty Flagpole -- for a handpainted mug by Calistoga's award-winning artist, Madame Durall. YaY!

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Direct from the Artist

"[]" (2000) PRINT (45/100) by MAX COLE
Location: Green Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

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and

"[] (FOAM, CONTACT PAPER, SHADOW BOX-TYPE FRAME)" by STEPHANIE SYJUCO
Location: Babaylan Lodge

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UPDATE:

Max Cole and Stephanie Syjuco are featuring works at this group exhibit:

Ad Infinitum: The Aesthetics of Repetition II
Haines Gallery, San Francisco
21 July - 20 August, 2005

Here is the gallery's press release:

Haines Gallery is pleased to announce Ad Infinitum: The Aesthetics of Repetition II, a group exhibition that compares and contrasts distinctive approaches to recurrence and repetition in art. Ranging from a series of blank sign prints by Ed Ruscha to a distinctive mixed media installation by Stephanie Syjuco, this exhibition presents a diverse variety of objects and artists stimulating a strong dialogue on repetition.

The thread of commonality amongst this wide spectrum of mode and material is the laborious nature of producing many of these objects. Visually prominent throughout the works in this exhibition is the obsessive attention to detail and the painstaking processes required in their making. Many of the artworks use the action of repetition, either through a series of similar images or material. Opposing examples include Carl Andre's Voltaglyph 20 and a series of watercolor landscapes by David Klamen.

Other included artists bring a personal perspective and method to their medium addressing process as much as subject matter. Works by Amy Ellingson, Max Cole, Rana Begum and Omar Chacon all demonstrate a distinct mode of mark-making that, like an individual signature, reflects its makers personality.

Artists included are Carl Andre, Rana Begum, Omar Chacon, Max Cole, Rob Craigie, Amy Ellingson, David Klamen, Nigel Poor, Alan Rath, Ed Ruscha, Yoshitomo Saito, and Stephanie Syjuco.

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Prov.: Syjuco: New Langton Arts, San Francisco; Cole: Haines Gallery, San Francisco

"ENDLESS LINE #11" (1998) (OIL ON CANVAS ON WOOD) by DARRELL NETTLES
Location: Hallway Below Turret Steps, Pygmalion-First Floor

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UPDATE:


Darrell Nettles has two paintings in a group show that will run through August 20, 2005, at Robert Steele Gallery, 511 W 25th St. near 10th Ave. The phone number for the gallery is 212-243-0165. Congrats, Darrell!!

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Prov.: O.K. Harris, New York

"AGENTS" (1996) (INK, GRAPHITE AND GEL MEDIUM ON CLEAR MYLAR, 17 x 11 IN) by SHARON LOUDEN
Location: Dining Room, Pygmalion-First Floor

"AGENTS" (1996) (INK, GRAPHITE AND GEL MEDIUM ON CLEAR MYLAR, 17 x 11 IN) by SHARON LOUDEN
Location: Dining Room, Pygmalion-First Floor

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UPDATE:


Summer often brings group exhibitions and I'm pleased to note that Sharon Louden will be in these two:

"Repeat Performance"
Curated by Elizabeth Cohen
Exhibition dates: June 29th through September 17th
(and also featuring another Galatea artist Theresa Chong}

at Anthony Grant, Inc. Gallery
37 West 57th Street, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10019

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"Minimal Means"
Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition of the Kunstverein Eislingen
in cooperation with the Niklas von Bartha Gallery of London, UK

Exhibition dates: June 4th through October 7th

at Kunstverein Eislingen
Eislingen, Germany

for more information: http://www.sharonlouden.com/current.shtml
www.kustverein-eislingen.de/ausstellungen.html
www.vonbartha.com

courtesy of Studio Caparrelli, London, UK

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Prov.: Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Saturday, July 09, 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 CHONGLocation: Library, Pygmalion-Second Floor

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

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UPDATE:


Theresa Chong is part of this new exhibition! Congratulations, Theresa!

INTERNATIONAL PRINT CENTER NEW YORK ANNOUNCES

NEW PRINTS 2005/SUMMER-ETCHINGS


June 29th-August 5th, 2005
Opening Reception: June 28, 6-8 p.m.

International Print Center New York welcomes summer '05 with New Prints 2005/Summer -- ETCHINGS, the seventeenth presentation of its New Prints Program, a series of juried exhibitions highlighting brand-new prints made by artists at all stages of their careers. With this exhibition, IPCNY continues its role as an ongoing exhibition venue for contemporary artists' prints, and a central source of information about artists working today in the medium of printmaking.

In a departure from our usual New Prints exhibitions which showcase examples of all mediums of printmaking, the submissions criteria and selections process for New Prints 2005/Summer were focused on a single medium-etching .

The Selections Committee for New Prints 2005/Summer was made up of the followin individuals: Desirée Alvarez, artist; Alexandra Anderson-Spivy, writer; Judy Hecker, Assistant Curator, Department of Prints and Illustrated Books, The Museum of Modern Art; Jennifer Melby, Master Printer; Harris T. Schrank, collector and IPCNY Trustee; and Michael Steinberg, Director, Michael Steinberg Fine Art.

A curatorial essay by Alexandra Anderson-Spivy will accompany the exhibition.

The artworks included in New Prints 2005/Summer--fifty-eight works by forty-four artists-represent a snapshot of the broad range of possibilities within the medium of etching. Consistent with all New Prints exhibitions thus far, the exhibition brings together work from a wide range of artists and presses across the country, as well as a growing number of international sources including Brazil, France, Germany, Italy and South Africa.

The complete artists' list is as follows: Polly Apfelbaum, Curtis A. Bartone, Sandow Birk, Ernesto Caivano, Claudio Roberto Castilho, RobRoy Chalmers, Theresa Chong, Tânia Bandeira Duarte, Barbara Duval, Leslie Eliet, Daniel Falco, Sarah Hauser, Annie Heckman, John David Himmelfarb, Yuji Hiratsuka, Lorien Jordan, Jane Kent, Karen Kunc, Robert Kushner, Hibbs Leonard, Fausta Lima, Fernando Martí, Tonia Matthews, Marjorie Miller, Patricia R. Mitchell, Heidi Neilson, Shawn O'Dell, Steven Orlando, Jill Parisi, Lilya Pavlovic-Dear, Sarah Plimpton, Nancy R. Powhida, Justin Quinn, Sigita Rucinskaite-Pranevicius, Kim Schoenstadt, David Sharpe, Penny Siopis, Kiki Smith, Lori Solondz, Dan Steeves, Fulvio Tomasi, John Walker, Joan Winter and Robert Yoder.

With rare exception, prints included in IPCNY's New Prints shows are for sale. IPCNY refers potential purchasers directly to the artist, publisher or gallery supplying the print. IPCNY requires no commission on sales.

International Print Center New York is a non-profit institution founded to promote the greater appreciation and understanding of the fine art print worldwide. Through innovative programming, it fosters a climate for the enjoyment, examination and serious study of artists' prints-from the old master to the contemporary. IPCNY offers its members a program of workshop and gallery visits, and has established an informational website and Information Desk available to the public at the gallery. IPCNY depends upon public and private donations to support its programs. IPCNY will be celebrating its Fifth Anniversary next season.

The New Prints Program is funded in part with a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and The New York State Council on the Arts.

The gallery is located in Chelsea on 26th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues. Summer hours are 11- 6 p.m., Monday- Friday. For additional information, call (212) 989-5090 or visit IPCNY's website http://www.ipcny.org . New Prints 2005/Summer--ETCHINGS will be posted and documented on the site together with prior exhibitions presented by IPCNY.

June, 2005

Michelle Levy
Program Manager
International Print Center New York
526 West 26th Street, Room 824
New York, NY 10001
212-989-5090, 212-989-6069 fax
Michelle@ipcny.org

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

"THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, I, II AND III (2002)," THREE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS by MAIL ORDER BRIDES
Location: Turret Guest Bathroom, Pygmalion-First Floor

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and

"ES GEFALLT MIR..." (2001) (PAINTED PHOTOGRAPH) by ELIZA BARRIOS
Location: Library, Pygmalion-First Floor

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and

"SPLAT" (2002) (CORRECTION FLUID ON PAPER) by REANNE ESTRADA
Location: Babaylan Lodge

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UPDATE:


The Mail Order Brides (a performance art group comprised of Reanne Estrada, Eliza Barrios and Jenifer Wolford) are part of the upcoming BAY AREA NOW at Yerba Buena Center. Here's info first posted on my primary blog, THE CHATELAINE'S POETICS:

July 7, 2005
WHAT SHOULD BE A NEGATIVE PURCHASE: MAIL ORDER BRIDES

The artist group "Mail Order Brides" or "MOB" -- consisting of Filipinas Reanne Estrada, Eliza Barrios and Jenifer Wolford -- are part of the artists featured in the fourth annual edition of Yerba Buena Center's BAY AREA NOW which "recognizes current trends in local visual arts, performance and film/video, and celebrates a new generation of Bay Area artists....Bay Area Now celebrates artists who challenge conventional aesthetics and lead in the endless forming and reforming of contemporary artistic expression." (If you click on link, you'll see the list of featured artists which includes several I admire among contemporary artists: Michelle Lopez, Xylor Jane, Josephine Taylor and so on.)

I once wrote a meditation on the MOB's work as relates to identity (click here). (Do note that I consider most of my art essays "meditations" and not "criticism" -- the significance of said diction being relevant perhaps to those who would write so-called art (and literary) criticism...Anyhoo...) It occurs to me that perhaps I should update Moi look-see at the MOB for inclusion in THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF COMMODITIES. Because doesn't the term "mail order brides" itself commodify women and suggest they can be bought?

BAY AREA NOW opens next Friday, July 15, 8-11 p.m. at Yerba Buena. Check it out -- and if you're lucky, you'll see me there batting Moi long eyelashes.

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Jenifer Wolford also sent out last month this notice below. It's past the referened event, but I'm just "filing" it here in this blog-drawer:

For Immediate Release:
Coming June 26th: CHICKSILOG ISLAND

SEE!!!!
BEAUTIFUL WOMEN Battling with FLIP-FLOPS ON STICKS!!!
HEAR!!!!!
A TRIBAL SPELLING BEE on a TROPICAL ISLAND Shore!!!
SMELL!!!!
LEFTOVER CRUMBS from a Cheeseball FEEDING FRENZY!!!!

Where?
CHICKSILOG ISLAND

For only ONE SUMMER every 33 YEARS, the legendary, enchanted, unmoored CHICKSILOG ISLAND drifts into San Francisco Bay, and anchors itself just off the coast of Point Richmond.

Chicksilogs, the devastating women of the island, are known for their fierce warrior strength and romantic beauty, their mild derangement, and lack of sound critical judgment.

Jenifer K Wofford and her fellow Chicksilogs, in a gesture of gracious goodwill, will share their private universe of femininity with YOU in an effervescent adventure installation of video, paintings and drawings of the exploits and foibles of their simple island culture.

Your summer vacation on CHICKSILOG ISLAND begins THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 26, at the RICHMOND ART CENTER, from 1 to 4.

Following the opening, willing adventurers can caravan to nearby waterfront Point Richmond Park, to picnic, grill, drink beer, and stare out to sea, where if you squint, you can witness CHICKSILOG ISLAND for yourself!

ALSO OPENING at the RAC at the same time:
BALLYBABA: Dylan Bolles, Keith Evans, Dianne Jones, Michael Meyers
AGGREGATE ENTITIES: Ben Diller

CHICKSILOG ISLAND
Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue
Richmond, CA 94804

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Prov.: Mail Order Brides and Reanne Estrada: Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Culver City, CA; Eliza O. Barrios: New Langton Arts, San Francisco

Sunday, July 03, 2005

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Saturday, July 02, 2005

"STONE CREATIONS" -- TWO CATS ON CUSHIONS" (2005) by Sandy Marquez
Location: Dining Room-Pygmalion, First Floor

Sandy Marquez is a local Calistoga, CA artist. She had a booth at this morning's "Farmers' Market" featuring her painted stone works. We got these two cat stone paintings in honor of our two cats, Artemis and Scarlet.

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Prov.: Direct from Artist

DESK AND CHAIR by LARRY BUECHLEY
Location: Galatea Off-site/San Francisco Apartment

CHEVAL MIRROR by LARRY BUECHLEY
Location: Green Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

SPIRAL LIBRARY LADDER (PADAUK AND MAPLE) by LARRY BUECHLEY
Location: Library, Pygmalion-Second Floor

LIBRARY LADDER by LARRY BUECHLEY
Location: Library, Pygmalion-First Floor

WOOD AND GLASS COFFEE TABLE by LARRY BUECHLEY
Location: Family Room, Pygmalion-First Floor

BREAKFRONT (LARGE) by LARRY BUECHLEY
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

BREAKFRONT (SMALL) by LARRY BUECHLEY
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

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We've followed the works of furniture makers Larry and Nancy Buechley for decades. They live in New Mexico which we frequently visit as it's one of our favorite states.

UPDATE:
Nancy and Larry Buechley were recently featured in Woodworkers Journal E-zine. Here's article reprinted below (but do go to link directly for their lovely photo):

Sculpture Under Glass
by Michael Dresdner

Larry and Nancy Buechley have the sort of partnership that most of us think exists only in fiction. They share their lives, work, recreation, and design ideas. Even their sentences dovetail together so that a conversation with them is as seamless as speaking to one person.

Together, they create constantly evolving pieces with impossibly flowing lines. Their rocking chairs sport graceful bentwood limbs, their side chairs and occasional pieces boast sweeping curves and unlikely angles, and their clear-topped tables are nothing less than sculpture under glass, with bases reminiscent of gracefully woven origami paper strips.

A partnership like that does not happen overnight, and this one was a long time in development. Though they were both born in Pennsylvania, each of their families eventually moved to northern Indiana. They met in high school while designing and building sets for the theater department.

They studied art in college, Larry focusing on sculpture and Nancy on painting, then moved to New Mexico in the early seventies. After trying various ways of making a living in art, including selling bowls and cutting boards at craft fairs, they discovered that what folks really wanted to buy was their furniture. In 1975, they got married and started their woodworking business in the remote New Mexico town of Chamisal. There they created what is for them the ideal life.

"We wanted to live in a remote place, and raise our children so we could be home with them," said Nancy, "and we wanted to have artistic expression in our lives. It was a struggle for a long time." Along the way, they raised three children, developed their unusual designs, and these days also find time to be instructors in woodworking, skiing, and, strangely enough, mathematics. The furniture studio, though, is their primary job activity, and their beautiful bentwood forms lend a distinctive character to their work.

"Much of our work has bent laminations in order to get the curves we want," Nancy explained. "Coming from a fine arts background, it is the design that turns us on, but that doesn't mean that we let the technical end lapse. We also really focus on the craftsmanship."

"Because we came from this from the art end, rather than the technical school end," continued Larry, "we are more interested in form, balance, positive and negative space, and so on. We had to learn about the functional and construction issues. Much of that came from reading books and magazines." Added Nancy, "and trial and error."
"We didn't know wood when we started out," they continued, often interjecting for one another and effortlessly sharing the conversation. "We had to teach ourselves about wood movement, joinery, ergonomics, and practicality for good usage. We went to books like 'The Encyclopedia of Furniture Making,' [by Ernest Joyce] and to early woodworking magazines, in large part because of our remote location. We live in the mountains of northern New Mexico. We're a mile from our nearest neighbors."

"We are self-taught; we discover what we need to learn and figure it out. Because we didn't go to traditional woodworking school, we are not constrained by traditional joinery." As a consequence, little of their work shows squares or right angle joinery. "We enjoy challenging designs and have our own esthetic that has a definable style." This is particularly evident in their glass top tables and their chairs.

"When designing, we just sit down and throw around ideas. We can both draw very well, and see in three dimensions well. We come up with a lot of little sketches until we see something we like. Sometimes we have to build a small model, but we usually build it straight from a sketch. We like smooth simple lines and curves flowing into one another without a lot of detail or business to distract from it. There's complexity in the form itself, in the curves and twists; the laminations are not just simple bends."

A variety of woods show up in their pieces, with natural colors and textures creating visual variety. "We used to employ more exotics, because we like the ability to have high color contrast, but these days we use mostly American hardwoods, in part for philosophical reasons."

Once the designing and building is done, there is the business end to contend with, and selling furniture that far from big cities is not easy. "We got lucky early in our career. There was a gallery at that time in Santa Fe that showed our furniture for over two decades. Living remotely, the big issue is marketing, and that gave us access and visibility. These days, we have outlets that sell our work, a web site, and more history to fall back on. We also have a client base that returns frequently. About half our work is commission, but we prefer building on spec. We'll make a design to fit a space or use, but we don't make other people's designs."
"We hope our work speaks for itself. We felt that if we work hard enough, and put our hearts and souls into it, we'd eventually be discovered. At the moment, we feel we are somewhat under-discovered. We're not good about promoting our own work."
Among their designs, their own favorites include the ‘En Pointe,' ‘Nova' and ‘Woven Wood' tables, and the ‘Wishbone' rockers and ‘Alpha' chairs. "The Wishbone is still a work in progress, and we don't feel it is quite there yet" they insisted. To my eye, it certainly appears to have arrived, along with the rest of their designs, and with work like that, I suspect further discovery will not be far behind.

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Prov.: Direct from Artists

"RICE WINE" (2004) (DIGITAL PAINTING) by MELISSA NOLLEDO-CHRISTOFFELS
Location: Red Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

(FOURTH MENTION DUE TO UPDATE)

UPDATE:

Melissa Nolledo-Christoffels has a new exhibition; here are details:

Photography & Digital Artwork
July 1-30, 2005
Downtown Lounge
959 Pearl Street
Eugene, Oregon

Congrats, Melissa!

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Prov.: Direct from Artist

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