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  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 6:53 pm on May 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Notes from the Field: SF Fine Art Fair, May 21-23 

    ICA Board Member and cub reporter, Kathy Rosner-Galitz filed this report from last week’s Fair.

    What do you say about a homecoming?  It was a relief to have the SF Fine Art Fair back in Fort Mason after a multi-year hiatus.  With nearly 80 exhibitors mainly from Northern California, the well-attended event felt familiar because so many of them were showing works by artists that have previously graced the walls of the ICA. And of course, everybody knew (ICA ED) Cathy Kimball.

    On the way in, Ray Beldner’s ethereal “Pope” was visible in the entry way which had been “arted” by Catharine Clark Gallery.  Her booth in the center of the exhibition space also showed Sandow Birk, intriguing oils by Chester Arnold and thought-provoking sculptures by Al Farrow (a menorah and a mosque) made entirely of firearms and ammunition (a “fav” of mine).

    I saw several pieces from Manuel Neri and Frank Lobdell in the Hackett/Mill booth, new mixed media work from Hung Liu at Nancy Hoffman Gallery (NYC), and the embroidered newspaper front pages by Lauren DiCiccio at Jack Fisher Gallery (which just had an opening for Heather Wilcoxen’s new works).

    Other friends included the folks at Traywick Contemporary who showed Amy Kaufman and lyrical foliage-inspired vinyl work by Benicia Gantner.  Dolby Chadwick Gallery featured Louise LeBourgeois’s oils but had a Doug Glovaski or two tucked in the back.  Ernie Chagoya’s “Slippery When Wet” was presented by Gallery Paule Anglim along with Deborah Butterfield’s bronze horse sculpture that looked like driftwood.

    Also notable among the works shown were the Madonna of woven newsprint and magazine paper by Gugger Petter (Andrea Schwartz Gallery, SF) and the hyper-lifelike sculptures of swimmers by Carole Feuerman (Sculpturesite Gallery, SF).  Comic relief was provided by Steve Lambert’s lit signage “Money Laundered” and  Lizabeth Eva Rossof’s Terra Cotta Army with the faces of Bart Simpson and Shrek (Charlie James Gallery, LA).

    The fair featured informative panel discussions like the one on collecting prints with Renee Bott (Paulson Bott Press) and William Van Straaten (Riverhouse-VanStraaten) moderated by David Roth of SquareCylinder.com.  Key take-aways were:  1) the technical execution of the print is an important part of its value; 2) know your publishers and printmakers (not all are created equal);  3) understand archival issues; and 4) buy what you love.

    Last but not least was our very own ICA Print Center booth showing prints from our Artist In Residence Program (Sintamarian, Glovaski, Meyers, Varnay-Jones, Best, Dillbohner, Diaz and Covarrubias).  It was our first fine art fair, but we caught up with old friends and made some new ones… just like any good reunion.

  • annahygelund 12:00 am on May 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    3 Great Shows in 30 Minutes or Less 

    Got 30 minutes? Take in three great art shows in downtown San Jose…yes, in 30 minutes or less.

    The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles’ current exhibit is “Hawaii’s Alfred Shaheen: Master Innovator.” The show is well curated with impeccable examples of Shaheen’s approach to the fusion fashion design aesthetic he pioneered. I was interested to learn that his approach is now recognized worldwide as a visual market-not only of a transnational Hawaiian culture-but of a West Coast “American” lifestyle that is informal, environmentally aware and multi-cultural. Shaheen is considered the most important aloha wear designer and manufacturer in Hawaii’s history and his aloha shirts and women’s wear are the most respected and sought-after of all Hawaiian clothing.

    Two artists are currently exhibiting at Anno Domini: Dimitri Drjuhin and Barron Storey. True to Anno Domini’s love for alternative art, Drjuhin and Barron both look like they belong in Urban Outfitters with their hip, graphic, in-your-face creativity. Drjuchin’s Cloud Empire is comprised of creatures, inspired by his Russian background, pop culture, comic books, spirituality and fine art. Barron Storey’s background as an illustrator and graphic novelist is apparent in his latest body of work, Re:Bob with his striking incorporation of text and graphic compositional treatment.

    Last but certainly not least, here at the ICA we have Modesto Covarrubias’ Liminal and Libby Black’s Work Out, two immersive and experiential installation-based solo exhibitions. While Covarrubias and Black both utilize paper as a primary material to make the installations, their strategies and resulting works are completely unique. Covarrubias has created a site specific installation comprised of suspendered layers of tracing paper, which can make viewers aware of the subtle movement of life, the various tone of transparency or the quiet flutter of the paper. Black created high-fashion forgeries out of low-budget materials in an attempt to investigate the outward appearance of the “good life” and the social, cultural and economic symbolism of the objects she copies.

    San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

    520 S. First Street

    San Jose, Ca 95113

    Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm


    Anno Domini

    366 South First Street

    San Jose, Ca 95113

    Hours: Tuesday-Friday 12pm-7pm, Saturday 12pm-5pm


    San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

    560 S. First Street

    San Jose, Ca 95113

    Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 12pm-5pm


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