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David Cunningham Projects Opens Gallery Space

Tall Tales at Micaëla Gallery

Tina Butcher Radio Interview and Podcast September 8th

Radio Interview/Podcast with Paul Addis, Alleged Burning Man Arsonist

This Shit at Little Tree Gallery

The Eighth Annual Expo for the Artist & Musician September 15th

Art for Aids Auction October 5th

COCA Center for Outdoor Contemporary Art's Open Skies October 19th - 21st

Toomey-Tourell and Donna Seager Galleries to Participate in Flow 2007

Simon Reilly - Vesuvius #2

SIMON REILLY 'VESUVIUS #2' (2007)
Video Collage - HDV on DVD © Simon Reilly
Courtesy of Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York

San Francisco Art Magazine News
Updated September 5, 2007

      David Cunningham Projects is back with a new exhibit and a new space. DCP's previous event was Austin McQuinn's Virtuoso, an off-site, multimedia installation and live performance at New Langton Arts last April. This second project, Strange Weather, inaugurates DCP's own space located at 1928 Folsom St., San Francisco. Strange Weather is a group show featuring artists from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York and includes various forms of media ranging from painting to video. Eva Bovenzi, whose previous show, Messengers, was reviewed in San Francisco Art Magazine, is featured in Strange Weather. Other artists included in the show are Lauren Davies, Liz Hickok, Chris McCaw, David Maisel, David Maxim, Joan Perlman, and Simon Reilly.

      I'm prone to check out art exhibits that will disturb my status quo and ask questions I can't necessarily answer. The works presented in Strange Weather focus in one way or another on ecology. In this case, the questions may be: whose ecosystem is it anyway, and what effect are we having on it? When I entered the gallery the floor was rumbling as I was confronted with David Maxim's large black and white painting of a mountain. The painting, Earth and Moon (2006), wasn't the closest piece to the entrance, but the drama of its size, its black and white color scheme, and its imposing black frame demanded it be reckoned with immediately. The rumbling was from Simon Reilly's Vesuvius #2, a video collage erupting in the theater-like back room of the gallery. The air of the main gallery was hot and thick from the crowd that had gathered, but somehow it felt like global warming was responsible. I began to sweat and was unable to reconcile my reaction to the warmth of the gallery environment with the chilling effect of Maxim's apparently ice-cold mountain. Seems I got what I came for. The show, which opened on September 1, 2007, runs through September 29th. Its effect, however, may stay with you a lot longer. Look for more to come from David Cunningham Projects, including DCP's focus on emerging artists from Ireland. October's scheduled exhibit, Animal Rites, opens on October 4th, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, and will be another group show. For more information about David Cunningham Projects, go to davidcunninghamprojects.com.

Peter Foucault and Scott Kiernan - Tall Tales - at Micaela Gallery

Peter Foucault and Scott Kiernan
Tall Tales
at Micaëla Gallery

      September 7th, 2007 at 5 pm is the next opening at Micaëla Gallery. Crossing the boundaries of different types of media, Peter Foucault and Scott Kiernan (Zenith Foundation) work both independently and collaboratively to bring us Tall Tales, Peter Foucault's 13 process-based blown ink drawings which are interpreted into a video and audio composition by Scott Kiernan. Micaëla Gallery is located at 333 Hayes St. in San Francisco, and the show runs through September 30th. For more information go to micaela.com.

Francesca Berrini at Femina Potens

Francesca Berrini
at Femina Potens thru 9/16

      Tina Butcher, founder of Femina Potens, a non-profit arts gallery and performance space dedicated to the advancement of women and transgendered artists, will be interviewed on Pirate Cat Radio, 87.9 FM, San Francisco on Saturday, September 8, 2007 during Live Evil, the show that airs 10 am to 12 pm. Tune in to the airwaves or listen live at piratecatradio.com as DJ Palindrome allows me to tag team with her while she interviews the woman who created a whole new kind of art space for an underrepresented group of artists. A podcast will be available shortly after the show airs, accessible by clicking on the Live Evil DJ page and selecting the September 8th podcast link. Find out about the exciting new gallery space at 2199 Market St. (at Sanchez), current and upcoming shows, and how you can be involved in the success of Femina Potens. For more information about Femina Potens, go to feminapotens.com.

      DJ Stormshadow's interview with Paul Addis, the man who allegedly burned the Burning Man prematurely, aired on Pirate Cat Radio August 31, 2007. The podcast is now available via this link. Pirate Cat Radio's DJ Stormshadow met up with Paul Addis outside the San Francisco Motorcycle Club. Seems Paul Addis was eager to discuss his issues with Burning Man as of late, so DJ Stormshadow invited Addis up to the studio. The interview discusses Addis's history with Burning Man and his current/past organization, Black Rock Intelligence. If you download the entire two hour podcast, fast forward about one-third of the way (38 minutes) through to find the beginning of the interview.

      With radio, sometimes hearing can be seeing. If you are a visual artist with an upcoming San Francisco art event that you would like to talk about on the air, you should know that DJ Palindrome is currently curating artists for her Live Evil Saturday morning broadcasts. Send a description of the event you would like to talk about to interviews@piratecatradio.com and put "Attn: DJ Palindrome - Art Interview" in the subject line.

This Shit - Brian Wasson

Brian Wasson
This Shit
at Little Tree Gallery

      If seeing is believing, then you simply must believe This Shit, the next show to open at the Mission District's bonsai of an art space, Little Tree Gallery. One of the works included in This Shit is a polo shirt stretched over a canvas. Brian Wasson's show with the tongue-in-cheek name is, thus, rooted in some proverbial questions. I ask myself: what the heck is...um...art? Wasson works as an industrial modeler. So, can art be useful? Can the useful be art? Wasson scales down a Toyota Corolla. Ta da! It can now find parking. Go ahead. Say that ain't art.

      This Shit opens Saturday, September 8, 2007, from 6 to 9 pm, and runs until September 29th. Little Tree Gallery is located at 3412 22nd St. (at Guerrero), San Francisco. Look for me there. I'm dying to see what This Shit is really all about. Find Little Tree Gallery on the web at littletreegallery.com. And did I mention the name of the show is This Shit? Gosh, I just love saying, "This Shit!"

      Calling everyone: The Eighth Annual Expo for the Artist & Musician is September 15, 2007, from 11 am to 6 pm at SomArts, 934 Brannan St., San Francisco. This "Free Culture Fair" is all about making connections. Donation based admission is requested, but no one is turned away for lack of funds. Attend and/or reserve a table. Information is at artsandmedia.net/expo/.

Art for Aids
      What's even better than buying a work of art that you've fallen in love with? Buying a work of art that you've fallen in love with and knowing your purchase will help the UCSF AIDS Health Project. The 11th Annual Art for Aids auction takes place October 5, 2007 at Bonhams & Butterfields, 220 San Bruno Ave. (at 15th St.), San Francisco. The event happens from 5:30 to 9 pm, but the auction starts at 6:45 pm. You can view a preview show, curated by San Francisco Art Magazine Co-editor DeWitt Cheng, at ArtHaus, 411 Brannan St. (at Third St.), San Francisco. The preview show, aptly named In Preview, runs through September 29th. ArtHaus gallery hours are 11 am to 6 pm. For more information about the preview show go to arthaus-sf.com. To get more details about the auction, check artforaids.org. And to find out more about the UCSF AIDS Health Project, please visit ucsf-ahp.org.

      It seems like art happens every place here in San Francisco. I can't walk a block or two without encountering some artistic innovation inspiring me to think, if not to act or interact. I can't imagine that it's not like this in every other city because it seems to happen so effortlessly here. Truth be told, a lot of work and energy goes into many of these artistic deeds. A lot. It just so happens that San Francisco is a very welcoming venue for those who want to generate a sweat when it comes to art. San Francisco Art Magazine Co-editor Elliot Lessing has been pouring himself and his energy into San Francisco's parks this year curating and preparing COCA Center for Outdoor Contemporary Art's Open Skies. And he does it all just for you...and, of course, everybody else. The event takes place October 19 - 21, 2007 at ten San Francisco parks with 15 artists participating. Whether you are visiting San Francisco or have lived here your whole life, you can experience art and the San Francisco environs in a new way. Each artist presents a site-specific project. Open Skies is free to the public and will "highlight our neighborhood parks as living outdoor classrooms," so it's educational too. I'm bringing the kids!

     Open Skies takes place at Washington Square Park, Mission Dolores Park, Lafayette Park, John McLaren Park, Gilman Playground, Fillmore/Turk Mini Park, Esprit Park, Brooks Park, Alamo Square, and Golden Gate Park's Panhandle, Stow Lake, Peacock Meadow, and Conservatory of Flowers. Participating artists are Freya Bardell with Brian Howe (LA), Scott Cartwright (NY), Marcia Farquhar with J. Maizlish (UK), Flower Frankenstein (SF), Rebecca Herman and Mark Shoffner (NY), Mikhail Iliatov with Erica Ehrenberg (NY), Mike Lai (SF), Ellen Lake (Oakland), Moses (MO), Diana Sanchez (Oakland), and The Studio for Urban Projects (SF). Visit cocanow.org and cocanow.blogspot.com for all the details.

      And finally, I'd like to leave you with some time to plan for this one: leave the attitude at home and go to the flow. Head to South Beach, FL for flow 2007. The flow art fair takes place December 5 - 9, 2007 at the newly renovated Dorset Hotel in South Beach and will include 30 exhibitors from approximately 20 states. flow, known for being fun and free of attitude, is an invitational fair in its second year and focuses on passionate art dealers who represent emerging to mid-career artists. San Francisco's Toomey-Tourell Gallery (toomey-tourell.com) and San Rafael's Donna Seager Gallery (donnaseagergallery.com) will participate in this year's flow. Toomey-Tourell Gallery notes that flow 2006 was the most successful fair they've participated in to date. This year Toomey-Tourell Gallery's participation in flow will feature artists such as Jimi Gleason (reviewed by Kenneth Baker in the August 25, 2007 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle), Brian Dettmer, Matthew Picton, and Maria Park. For more information about flow, go to: flowfair.com.


- Sheilah Boothby
     Sheilah Boothby is the publisher of San Francisco Art Magazine.


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