The Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica, California (near San Francisco) is staging several art exhibitions simultaneously. One of the exhibitions is Woven together: Experience and Expression, which showcases many types of weaving and artistic expression.
Some art was wearable; other pieces were political/philosophical; some were woven baskets; and yet others were “purely” decorative. One seemed to be tongue-in-cheek, and I would have liked to know the story behind it, the Milk Carton Zip House.
One of the artists, Deborah Corsini, received the ATA award for Excellence for her tapestry, Rip-Tide.
Christine Loriaux, Maire adjoint en charge de la culture
a le plaisir de vous inviter au vernissage
“MARCHER EMPREINTER DIALOGUER”
de Frédérique Hervet
Vernissage le mardi 10 Janvier 2017 à 18h
Exposition du 9 Janvier au 24 Février 2017
Entrée libre du lundi au vendredi de 9h à 17h
« J’ai toujours aimé marcher pour découvrir les lieux et y flâner. Depuis quelques années je marche en questionnant d’une part le rapport du temps au lieu, d’autre part ma mémoire et mes souvenirs de ces parcours, des gens croisés ou de microcosmes révélateurs. J’aime installer des dialogues avec le public lors d’ateliers en général autour de leurs lieux quotidiens, par essence par usure invisibles à leurs yeux. Je présenterai ceux commencés et en cours avec des habitants de Villeneuve-la-Garenne et une partie de l’espace d’exposition servira d’atelier.
Mes travaux et dialogues font généralement appel à des techniques autour de l’empreinte avec une transformation permanente des images, une métamorphose qui se nourrit de l’aléatoire et de la surprise. » Frédérique Hervet, juin 2016
For my first art gallery exhibition in San Francisco, I attended the Omar Chacon’s “Mesalinas Operaticas” opening at the Fouladi Projects gallery on Market Street. The exhibition will be on display through December 17, 2016.
Omar Chacon is an artist of Colombian origin, who received an MA from Ringling College of Art and Design and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. He currently lives in Astoria, New York City.
His art is acrylic-paint based; he invented his own paint formula and finds inventive, tactile ways to layer and combine colors. The results are vibrant and original.
Fouladi Projects gallery is owned and managed by Holly Fouladi. A native of California, she studied at the San Francisco Art Institute. She founded her namesake gallery in 2009. Previously, she co-owned Lincart Gallery.
Fouladi Projects gallery also has a retail section, where clients can acquire local artists’ production, for a range of wallet sizes!
Walking down Mission Street, in May, I noticed a wonderfully original dress in a store window. The store was Secession, and the owner, Eden Stein, explained to me that she mainly represented local designers, along with other US designers. We purchased a t-shirt by Amos Goldbaum, a local artist, depicting the Sutro Tower and Twin Peaks; later, we realized that the mural of the same scene was 2 blocks away from home.
To complete the mix, there is art, mainly paintings, also from local artists; jewelry, and a few other decorative items.
Encouragement at the cash register comes in the form of peanut M&Ms…
On August 12, 2016, Secession celebrated its ninth birthday – no small feat in a city where rent has been going upwards at an exponential rate for the past years. The good news, however, would be that the local client base is also increasing for higher-end fashion and art, and the demand for locally sourced is not limited to food.
Two artists exhibited, and were present at the anniversary celebration: Amy Ahlstrom and Heather Robinson. Two very different styles, both accomplished artists.
Amy Ahlstrom calls herself an “urban quilter.” She takes snapshots of urban scenes, and transforms them into pieces of art, using quilting techniques she learned from her grandmother. Ancestral knowledge: revisited. In her own words, Amy “re-invent(s) quilting as a pop art medium.” She works with silk and cotton fabric.
Heather Robinson has her own workspace at Secession. She works in soft colors, with stencil techniques, and her paintings have a wonderfully whimsical feel to them.
If you don’t want a cookie-cutter wardrobe or decor in your home, and your accessories are one of a kind, Secession is the place to go.
The Bronx was not known for the arts for several decades. However, this has been changing in the past years, and since several years the wonderful Bronx Museum of the Arts on the Grand Concourse has been the symbol of this renaissance.
On March 26, the Museum hosted an event to launch a new website, Bronx200, which showcases 200 Bronx-based artists. The Bronx is experiencing a revival, with both native Bronx artists and those who have been moving in and establishing studios. John “Crash” Matos, who founded the Wall Works New York gallery in Mott Haven, was the guest speaker at the event.
The Museum building is very contemporary and easy to navigate, a great place to visit at any time.
The Asia Society hosted a holiday party last week, that included a curated tour of the exhibition: “Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot,” on display through January 4, 2015.
It was fascinating to discover this artist, who unfortunately passed away in 2006. He was ahead of his time, and reminded me of what Jules Verne was in the last century, when his novels depicted interstellar travel and so much more.
In his art, Naim June Paic foresaw the Internet and our current technological advances.
Last year, I wrote about the Musée Maison in Harlem, NY and its founder, Luis Da Cruz.
This year, he hosted a new exhibition, “Art Fusion,” along with two other artists: Geneviève Maquinay (Columbian-Belgian) and Christine Galvez (French).
Geneviève Maquinay created an installation for this exhibit, covering the dining room table with an extraordinary array of objects. Christine Galvez makes lighting fixtures out of mundane objects, transforming them into beautiful artistic creations. She names her work “Metalight.”
In one of the interior photos, there is a ceiling decor item: it is made from discarded mattresses, thus giving a new life to these objects that we spend one third of our lives on. Usually, we put them out on the street with the trash once their life with us is over. As always, the “House Museum” was warm and welcoming, and the crowd (including a majority of French speakers) was so dense after a couple of hours that one could barely move!
The opening was on a very rainy evening, in Tribeca, near the Holland Tunnel. Sadly enough, the artists themselves were not in attendance–possibly creating new art in Beirut.
Ayman Baalbaki attended the same institution of higher learning as I did, the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA – Institut National des Beaux Arts, Lebanese University); but many years later, and in the fine arts section (I was in architecture). He was born the year the civil war started, so for the first fifteen years of his life war was what he knew, as well as at least some of the other artists: Mohamed-Said Baalbaki, Oussama Baalbaki, Tagreed Darghouth, Omar Fakhoury, and Nadia Safieddine. The aftermath of the war and related issues appear to have informed all the pieces in the exhibition.
The Lebanese flag was prominent in several paintings; it is a very distinctive flag, with the Cedar of Lebanon between two red horizontal bands. It has emotional resonance not only with Lebanese, but also with many in the diaspora. However, as it is depicted in Cedar 3, by Ayman Baalbaki (shown above), it is rather disquieting: the flag wraps a missile, surrounded by flowers. Not being able to speak with the artist, I don’t know what he meant – is it hopeful or pessimistic for the future? Burj el-Murr shows the building that was to be Beirut’s very own skyscraper: its construction started before the Lebanese civil war (1975-1992), and the building was never finished.
Rihaku Inoue is a calligrapher specialized in Japanese calligraphy, “Sho”. She takes her craft a step further by creating artwork, including custom-made paper as a background. This is her first solo exhibition in New York.
As per her artist statement, “I produce my work to present the beauty of “Sho”, instant art, to the world. Japanese calligraphic art is commonly understood to be simply “writing”, but I believe it can be an art form that is equal or superior to other visual and performing arts. Even if the audience has no knowledge of Japanese characters, I want this contemporary Japanese calligraphy to stimulate the senses of people across the world, without borders, and reach out to their souls. This is the reason that I attempt to use more three-dimensional, active expressions.”
One of her creations, “With Love and Prayer” is meant as a tribute to the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
The exhibition is only up through May 25, 2014. If you’d like to visit, it is currently at 889 Broadway (19th Street) in Manhattan, Penthouse apartment.