Posts Tagged ‘Art’

Places you’re not supposed to see

This morning I’m going to the SFMOMA to meet artist and writer Trevor Paglen and interview him.
        Update: Here’s the interview on
He may be best known because of his appearance several months ago on “The Colbert Report” talking about his short book about the unit patches worn by people working on secret military projects, I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have To Be Destroyed By Me. He’s also the author of “Blank Spots on the Map,” a geographical approach to the black world of secret military projects, and co-author of Torture Taxi, about the Bush administration’s uncharted rendition air flights.

But he’s not just an author and academic — he’s a geography professor at UC Berkeley — but a photographer whose work is hanging at both SFMOMA and the Altman Siegel Gallery in SF. His photographs, many of which use what he calls “Limit Telephotography” or the practice of taking very long range telephoto pictures, peek into places you’re not supposed to see:

Trevor Paglen: Large Hangars and Fuel Storage/Tonopah Test Range, NV/Distance ~18 miles/10:44 am

Trevor Paglen: Large Hangars and Fuel Storage/Tonopah Test Range, NV/Distance ~18 miles/10:44 am

… and pick out needles — secret surveillance satellites — in the haystack of the night sky.

Art opening this Friday April 20. Move 18 curated by Rich Jacobs

Cynthia Connolly of Dischord has an art opening tomorrow night.

From her note:

In case you are in San Francisco in the next month.. I have a visual and sound piece in the below exhibit. I am finally using sound that I recorded in Alabama alongside photographs taken there as well. The installation points out the historical political change that Perry County Alabama took at the last presidential election. Not only did they vote for Barack Obama, but the County Board voted to make the second Monday of November a County holiday for Barack Obama. The only way this decision can be changed is a 100% positive vote from the Senate and Congress and the Board of Perry County, Alabama. I need to point out that some people also observe , “Robert E Lee” day, in this county.

Details on the exhibit:

Where: San Francisco, California, (Richmond area) a group show curated by Rich Jacobs: “Move 18: Listen with your Eyes and Ears Wide Open, This Time”
When: March 20 – April 15, Opening Reception March 20th, 7-11pm.
Where: Park Life, 220 Clement Street,, 415-386-7275, hours: Noon-8PM Mon-Thurs, 11am – 9pm Fri & Sat, 11am – 7pm Sun

Saturday night at the Cartoon Art Museum

Come to the Cartoon Art Museum at 655 Mission St. on Saturday Nov. 1 at 8 pm for a reading/showing by cartoonists:
Jesse Reklaw
Keith Knight
Hellen Jo
Olga Vólózóva
Julia Wertz
and David King.

Click on the image for a full poster for the event!

Rennaissance man Vizquel’s paintings to show

Courtesy the Extra Baggs blog by San Jose Mercury News sportswriter Andrew Baggerly comes this news: Giants shortstop Omar Vizquel — known, among other things, as a musician, snazzy dresser, and above all, a miracle-worker at shortstop — is also an accomplished painter, with a show opening tomorrow at the Caldwell Snyder Gallery, 341 Sutter St.

Click the thumbnail image to go to a page where you can see Vizquel’s paintings, which show an impressive touch.

Fans of Vizquel’s work in a baseball uniform may have only a few days left to see him exhibit his skills on the field. Though he has the most hits (2369 at this writing) of any active player, he’s been hitting under .200 all season long, and many are saying his playing days are numbered. But the 11-time Gold Glove winner still makes amazing plays at shortstop, exhibiting the unearthly grace and composure of a great dancer.

Upcoming art show at BellJar on 16th St.


The three-month-old clothing and curios shop BellJar (don’t go too dark) in the Mission is hosting a show in two weeks with work by Jon Carling. The California College of the Arts grad’s ink drawings are imaginative, and, like the shop that’s hosting him, darkly romantic. You can preview his work on Etsy before the June 26 event at 3187 16th St. If it’s anything like the last one, champagne and beautiful tattoos will abound.

Overheard at SF MOMA

Man Ray and Lee Miller
The Lee Miller exhibition at the SF Museum of Modern Art, which was due to open July 1, has opened early, and I toured it today. Beautiful stuff, with material from her career as a mid-1920s fashion model through her work in Europe and Egypt in the 1930s, her wartime work in the 1940s, and her postwar slowdown.

Overheard at the exhibit:

One woman to another:
      “I never hear of something… and then it’s everywhere.”

A couple standing before a Miller portrait of her mentor and lover Man Ray (pictured above, though not the picture they were looking at):
      Her: “He was no cutie.”
      Him: “Well, that’s why you become an artist.”

The exhibit remains through Sept. 14.

SF is Totally Metal

SF in Cookware

Metal cookware, that is. Beijing artist Zhan Wang has sculpted a metal version of San Francisco as a part of the exhibit On Gold Mountain: Sculptures from the Sierra at the Asian Art Museum. He has painstakingly crafted a model of San Francisco with mirrors, pots, pans, and rocks specially selected from the Sierra Nevada Mountains that were then transported to his studio in China to be integrated into his sculptures.

Zhan Wang has also created similar sculptures for other cities, such as London, Beijing and Chicago. On Gold Mountain: Sculptures from the Sierra is on display at the Asian Art Museum until May 25th.

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