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Sunday, May 28, 2006

"PALETTE STILL LIFE [#2 or #34]" (1979) (MONOTYPE, 29.5 X 41 IN) by MICHAEL MAZUR
Location: Green Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

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UPDATE:


Michael Mazur has a new exhibit at the Barbara Krakow Gallery in Boston from April 29, 2006 to June 7, 2006. The exhibit was recently reviewed by Art Scope and the Boston Globe.

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Prov.: Harcus Krakow Gallery, Boston

Thursday, May 25, 2006

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

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

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UPDATE:


Stephanie Syjuco and Eliza Barrios are among the artists in this exhibition:

Alimatuan: The Emerging Artist as American Filipino
May 26 – August 6, 2006M

The Contemporary Museum
2411 Makiki Heights Drive
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96822

To mark the 2006 Filipino Centennial Celebration in Hawaii, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, presents Alimatuan: The Emerging Artist as American Filipino. The exhibition, curated by New York-based guest curator Kóan Jeff Baysa, brings together twenty-six emerging American-Filipino artists from across the United States.

The term “alimatuan,” is from a mountain tribe dialect in the Philippines meaning "the soul of the spirit." Guest curator Baysa, purposefully chose this metaspiritual concept to communicate both the remoteness of cultural affinities that American Filipinos share with their forbears and the intrinsic values they impart as hallmarks of history, memory and identity.

In addition, the customary designation "Filipino-American" is reordered in the title to read "American Filipino" underscoring the fact that the artists, whether born in the U.S. or abroad, claim America as their place of residence while proudly acknowledging their Filipino descent.

According to Baysa: “…these emerging and underrepresented artists [integrated
into the diverse American culture] now address issues that can be viewed as post-post-colonial, with agendas that are more self-directed and about the quotidian. Ethnic-oriented exhibitions like Alimatuan provide insight into the explorations of complex, diverse, and expanded identities that reflect on how the concept of self mutates between generations, and how Individuals with similar histories, contextualized within differing environments, can provide mutually contrasting and informing frames of reference.”

The exhibition connects many of the participating artists through their interest in installation art and the capacity for installation to generate atmosphere or create an environment in which personal and artistic concerns may be played out and directly experienced by the viewer. These include New York-based Athena Robles’s Casualties of Life: Sleep, New York-based Pablo Orendain’s Cat’s Cradle, Honolulu-based Bradley Capello’s Prayer Room 2 (2006), and Bay Area Eliza Barrios’s sound and video installations Juncture and Vicissitude (both 2006).

Among video works in the exhibition, San Francisco-based Stephie Syjuco’s large-scale video installation Body Double (Platoon) (2005) consists of a sequence of tropical landscapes appropriated from the 1986 Oliver Stone film Platoon. As a “body double” for Vietnam, the Philippines occupies a strange place in the imagination of the American public – a physically “insignificant” place and also a completely familiar place via its substitution for Vietnam in many Hollywood war films. Syjuco’s video installation ignores the original filmic narrative to focus on the artist’s attempt at discovering her place of birth, a kind of reworked “home movie.”

Artists in the Exhibition
Alongside installation and video art, the exhibition includes drawing, painting, sculpture, and sound art by an equal number of men and women from across the continental United States and Hawaii. Artists include: Michael Arcega (San Francisco, California), Eliza O. Barrios (San Francisco, California), Kanoa W. H. Baysa (New York, New York), Bradley Capello (Honolulu, Hawai‘i), Maureen Catbagan (New York, New York), Ernest Concepcion (New York, New York), Edward del Rosario (New York, New York), Maria Dumlao (New York, New York), Chris Ferreria (San Diego, California), Hannah Israel (Columbus, Georgia), Trisha Lagaso Goldberg (Honolulu, Hawai‘i), Jose E. Guinto (Los Angeles, California), Robert Guiterrez (San Francisco, California), Marlon Sagana Ingram (El Cerrito, California), Michelle Lopez (San Francisco, California), Riza Manalo (Brooklyn, New York), Carlyle Micklus (New York, New York), Pablo Orendain (New York, New York), Tomiko Pilson (Chicago, Illinois), Jerome Reyes (San Francisco, California), Athena Robles (New York, New York and Washington, D.C.), Lordy Rodriguez (Houston, Texas and San Francisco, California), Larilyn Sanchez (New York, New York), Jasmin Bardo Sian (New York, New York), Stephanie Syjuco (San Francisco, California), and Millette Tapiador (Brooklyn, New York).

Additional Information
A full-color catalog with an introduction by Baysa and essays by independent writer and scholar Reena Jana, and University of Hawaii Assistant Professor of American Studies Theodore S. Gonzalves accompanies the exhibition.

MAHALO
Alimatuan: The Emerging Artist as American Filipino is generously underwritten by Corporate Sponsor Hawaiian Telcom with additional in-kind support from Sony Hawaii, Horizon Lines and ResortQuest Hawaii. The exhibition is guest-curated by Kóan Jeff Baysa and organized at The Contemporary Museum by TCM Curator Michael Rooks with TCM curatorial intern Kris Ikegami.

About THE CONTEMPORARY MUSEUM
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, is the only museum in the state of Hawai‘i devoted exclusively to contemporary art. TCM provides an accessible forum for provocative, dynamic forms of visual art, offering interaction with art and artists in a unique Island environment. TCM presents its innovative exhibition and education programs at two venues: in residential Honolulu at the historic Spalding house, and downtown at First Hawaiian Center.

The Contemporary Museum
2411 Makiki Heights Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96822
Tuesday through Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday noon-4pm
Free to children 12 and under;
Free to the public on the third Thursday of each month.
Closed Mondays and Major Holidays.

Information: (808) 526-1322 /http://www.tcmhi.org
24 hour recorded message: (808) 526-0232

MEDIA CONTACT:
Pualana Lemelle, PR Coordinator
The Contemporary Museum
(808) 237-5235 OFFICE
(808) 536-5973 FAX
plemelle@tcmhi.org

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Prov.: Syjuco: New Langton Arts, San Francisco; Barrios: New Langton Arts, San Francisco

Sunday, May 21, 2006

"MONONGAHELA RIVER PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA" (1998) (OIL ON PANEL, 6 x 12 IN) by ANDREW LENAGHAN
Location: Bottom of Turret Steps, Pygmalion-First Floor

[THIRD MENTION DUE TO UPDATE]

UPDATE:


Andrew Lenaghan just opened a new exhibit at George Adams Gallery, New York:

Andrew Lenaghan
Street Level New York
May 2 - Jun 16, 2006


The exhibit is comprised of recent paintings of New York ranging in size from 5 x 8 inches up to a 24 x 92 inch diptych of the Gowanus Canal. These works, painted from life in anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 weeks, frequently from the back seat of his car, capture the architectural idiosyncrasies of storefronts, alleys, and empty streets of Coney Island, Long Island City, Chelsea, and Brooklyn.

***
Prov.: George Adams Gallery, New York

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

[SIXTH MENTION DUE TO UPDATE]

UPDATE:

Travis Somerville is currently exhibiting in the Project Room of Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco; he is exhibiting with Packard Jennings. Here is the gallery's press release:

Catharine Clark Gallery presents the solo exhibition Travis Somerville: American Cracker. A special limited edition monoprint has been produced by the artist in collaboration with Trillium Press on the occasion of this exhibition. Packard Jennings's video Public Disclosure is featured in the video project room. A reception for the artists is Thursday, May 11, 5:30 – 7:30pm.

Travis Somerville works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, installation and printmaking. Born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in various locales in the Southern United States, Somerville's larger body of work reconciles a personal struggle with his Southern Christian upbringing and the tumultuous racial politics of the 1960s and 70s. More recently, his work demonstrates the contemporary political concerns of the South—most salient in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the civic debacle of governmental involvement, or lack thereof, in relief efforts. Hand drawn portraits of anonymous figures and paintings inspired by famous historical paintings are accompanied by an installation of sculptural objects that recreate the artist's recollections of the rural South.

The work of Travis Somerville has been reviewed extensively, including in Art in America, Flash Art, Artweek and The Los Angeles Times. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions over his twenty year career, including at institutions such as San Jose Museum of Art, de Saisset Museum and Crocker Museum; and has been exhibited internationally in Mexico and Hungary. In 2002, he was included in the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibition In the Spirit of Martin Luther King: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His work is included in the collections of di Rosa Preserve, Achenbach Collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Laguna Art Museum, and San Jose Museum of Art, among others. He lives and works in San Francisco, California.

Video Project Room: Packard Jennings's video Public Disclosure presents animated illustrations created by the artist that represent the George W. Bush presidential administration in a fictitious 'press conference' wherein the figures are posed questions about political concerns such as the Iraq War, 9/11 and the American economy. With cunning humor, the artist recontextualizes actual public statements from these individuals for the purpose of creating responses to these fictitious queries. Packard Jennings lives and works in Oakland, California.

What: Solo Exhibition: Travis Somerville: American Cracker
Video Project Room: Packard Jennings: Public Disclosure
When: May 11 – June 24, 2006
Where: Catharine Clark Gallery 49 Geary Street, Second Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108

***
Prov.: Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco; 2005 SF Art Fair

"TREE MAN" (2004) (EDITION OF 2,500) (INJECTION MOLDED PLASTIC, 3 IN HIGH) by MARCEL DZAMA
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

"UZAMA" (2004) (EDITION OF 2,500) (INJECTION MOLDED PLASTIC, 3 IN HIGH) by MARCEL DZAMA
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

"CLOUDINUS" (2004) (EDITION OF 2,500) (INJECTION MOLDED PLASTIC, 3 IN HIGH) by MARCEL DZAMA
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

"EVIL UGOLINOR" (2004) (EDITION OF 2,500) (INJECTION MOLDED PLASTIC, 3 IN HIGH) by MARCEL DZAMA
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

"XENOPHANER" (2004) (EDITION OF 2,500) (INJECTION MOLDED PLASTIC, 3 IN HIGH) by MARCEL DZAMA
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

"SEA SNAKE MAN" (2004) (EDITION OF 2,500) (INJECTION MOLDED PLASTIC, 3 IN HIGH) by MARCEL DZAMA
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

"ALBATROSS NOTE" (RECORD) by Marcel Dzama (aka Dzama Radio)
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

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UPDATES:


Marcel Dzama just opened a new exhibit:

MARCEL DZAMA
Works on Paper 1997-2005

May 18-July 1, 2006
Greg Kucera Gallery
212 Third Ave. S.
Seattle, WA
www.gregkucera.com

***
Prov.: Susan Inglett Gallery, New York; Trillium Press, San Francisco; 2005 International San Francisco Art Expo

SIX PAINTINGS FROM "SOBRE LA CONGOJA HIPOCONDRIACA" (2004) by RODRIGO PRIEGO
Location: Living Room, Pygmalion-First Floor

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UPDATE:


Mexican painter Rodrigo Priego first came to our attention because one of his paintings graces the cover of his brother and poet Ernesto Priego's new book NOT EVEN DOGS (Meritage Press, 2006) -- click on title's link to see the image!

Rodrigo recently was part of a new exhibit in Mexico -- click here for info.

***
Prov.: Direct from Artist

"PI PAINTING" (2003) (OIL ON CANVAS) by MARVIN HUMPHREY
Location: Galatea Offsite-San Francisco Apartment

"MILK AND COOKIES" (1997) (OIL ON CANVAS) by MARVIN HUMPHREY
Location: Galatea Offsite-San Francisco Apartment

"BASEBALL HOSTESS" (2004) (OIL ON BOARD) by MARVIN HUMPHREY
Location: Kitchen, Pygmalion-First Floor

"ICED MUFFINS" (2003) (OIL ON CANVAS) by MARVIN HUMPHREY
Location: Kitchen, Pygmalion-First Floor

"LANDSCAPE (RAIN ON SPRING MOUNTAIN)" (2001) (OIL ON CANVAS, 11 x 14 IN) by MARVIN HUMPHREY
Location: Galatea Offsite--San Francisco Apartment

"PRETZEL" (2005) (OIL ON BOARD) by MARVIN HUMPHREY
Location: Galatea Offsite--San Francisco Apartment

"WINE GLASS" (2005) (OIL ON BOARD) by MARVIN HUMPHREY
Location: Kitchen, Pygmalion-First Floor

"TOMATO" (200_) (OIL ON BOARD) by MARVIN HUMPHREY
Location: Green Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

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UPDATE:

Marvin Humphrey is a retired postal delivery person and the St. Helena Post Office still exhibits his paintings regularly. He also is the subject of a lengthy, illustrated feature article (front page, B section, continuing into inner section) of this week's St. Helena Star!

***
Prov.: St. Helena Post Office; Calistoga Coffee Shop; Direct from Artist

Thursday, May 11, 2006

"WINDOW" (1998) (ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 68 x 80 IN) by VICTOR RODRIGUEZ
Location: Kitchen, Pygmalion-First Floor

[THIRD MENTION DUE TO UPDATE]

UPDATE:


Victor Rodriguez just opened a new exhibit at Galeria Ramis Barquet in New York. The exhibit is entitled "Stockholm Syndrome"!

***
Prov: O.K. Harris, New York

SIX PAINTINGS FROM "SOBRE LA CONGOJA HIPOCONDRIACA" (2004) by RODRIGO PRIEGO
Location: Living Room, Pygmalion-First Floor

Delighted to have paintings from this series by Mexican painter Rodrigo Priego, which first came to our attention because one of them graces the cover of his brother and poet Ernesto Priego's new book NOT EVEN DOGS (Meritage Press, 2006) -- click on title's link to see the image!

***
Prov.: Direct from Artist

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

"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

[TWELFTH MENTION DUE TO UPDATE]

UPDATE:


Clare Rojas, along with Jen Liu and Bjorn Melhus are in a video exhibition at Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery. Clare's first available animation (unlimited edition) entitled "naked man" and a signed, silk-screened print are available. For both works, 100% of their proceeds will go to benefit Planned Parenthood, Los Angeles.

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Prov.: Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Culver City, CA

Monday, May 01, 2006

POT by DORA TSE-PE
Location: Library, Pygmalion-First Floor

Pleased to have this work by Dora Tse Pe whom we've long admired.

***
Prov.: Heard Museum Shop, Arizona

POTTERY BOWL by ANITA SUAZO (SANTA CLARA)
Location: Library, Pygmalion-First Floor

Pleased to have this work by Anita Suazo. It's available here online at the Heard Museum website, which also says:

"Linked to an agricultural lifestyle, pottery is an art form most utilized by tribes of the American Southwest. Pueblo cultures adapted the soils of their environments, creating beautiful vessels meant to serve utilitarian purposes. Despite the everyday intention of their creations, Native American potters took great pride in their work. Pottery artists today combine traditional and contemporary techniques, methods and designs, often creating stunning pieces of artwork. This magnificent pottery bowl measures 5 inches by 19 inches in diameter."

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Prov.: Heard Museum Shop, Arizona

POTTERY BOWL by DELDRICK & LORENDA CELLICION (ZUNI)
Location: Library, Pygmalion-First Floor

Pleased to have this work by Deldrick & Lorenda Cellicion. It's here online at Heard Museum website, which also says:

"The Pueblo Indians have been making pottery for almost 2000 years. While early pottery was made primarily for their own use, contemporary Pueblo pottery is mostly decorative. Pueblo potters use mostly local clays for their work. The preparation of the clay is a difficult and time consuming process as well as a spiritual experience. This magnificent pottery bowl measures 10 inches by 11 inches."

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Prov.: Heard Museum Shop, Arizona

POTTERY BOWL by FREDERICA ANTONIO (ACOMA)
Location: Library, Pygmalion-First Floor

Pleased to have this work by Frederica Antonio. It's here online at Heard Museum website, which also says:

"Frederica Antonio, Acoma, is both an excellent potter and painter. Antonio's fineline black on white pottery display detailed eyedazzler designs. This exquisite bowl measures 5.5 inches by 6.5 inches and features an intricately painted geometric design."

***
Prov.: Heard Museum Shop, Arizona

POT by HELEN TAFOYA (JEMEZ)
Location: Library, Pygmalion-First Floor

Pleased to have this work by Helen Tafoya. It's here online at Heard Museum website, which also says:

"The Pueblo Indians have been making pottery for almost 2000 years. While early pottery was made priimarily for their own use, contemporary Pueblo pottery is mostly decorative. Pueblo potters use mostly local clays for their work. The preparation of the clay is a difficult and time consuming process as well as a spiritual experience. This unique pottery vase measures 8.5"x 6"."

***
Prov.: Heard Museum Shop, Arizona

"[]" (DRAWING) by JULIE ALLEN
Location: Hallway, Pygmalion-Second Floor

Julie Allen currently has an exhibit up, through May 27, 2006, at McKenzie Fine Art Inc., 511 W. 25th St., NYC 10001. Here's the gallery's description and if you click on the header, you see more images!

Julie Allen
April 27 - May 27, 2006


In this new body of work, Julie Allen has created sweets and savories sewn by hand in silk organza, vinyl and plastic. The sculptures are of desserts and first courses, ranging from banana splits and chocolate sundaes to salads, with their multitudinous ingredients, and even a hamburger. They are extraordinary in their details, with great attention given to the ornamentation: embroidered and knotted seeds in kiwis and strawberries; minute stitches used to create a pert banana; and a three-dimensional ring of onion nestled in an embroidered sesame-encrusted bun, all sewn from lightweight fabrics and thread. While commenting on desire and consumption, the works also possess a great sense of humor and playfulness, and hark back to childhood experiences of family and ritual. Also in the exhibition are embroidered drawings on mylar, which again deal with childhood memories and desire: the things you need and crave to soothe you when you are sick, among them Campbell's soup, 7-Up, cold medicine, and an orange.

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Prov.: New York Academy of Arts Fundraiser, 199_

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