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  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 12:13 am on March 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Mark Your Calendar for ArtHouse 

    Please join us at ArtHouse, a weekend-long celebration of art and ideas at the ICA, April 30 and May 1, 2011 (9AM – 5PM each day).  ArtHouse is free to attend and will highlight and demonstrate all the great things that are going on at the ICA that benefit artists, members and our community at large, including:

    The Print Fair: an open portfolio sale by more than 35 Bay Area printmakers
    Printapalooza!: morning and afternoon art-making workshops at the ICA Print Center*
    AIR Print Exhibition: original works on paper by ICA Artists in Residence
    Talking Art: lunchtime conversations and demonstrations with visiting artists
    Exhibition Tours with ICA curators and exhibiting artists

    For more details and to sign-up, click here.

    To win a chance to participate in a 3-hour printmaking workshop for free during ArtHouse, print this invitation card and drop it off at the ICA on or before April 15, 2011.

    For ArtHouse information and programming updates, please go to http://www.sjica.org.

    We are very excited to be presenting this inaugural event and hope to see you in there. Please feel free to invite your friends and family.

    Cheers and stay tuned for more ArtHouse news in the coming weeks.

  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 5:04 pm on September 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    “Exposed” Artist Profile: Beth Moon 

    Beth Moon

    Beth Moon’s work is on view at the ICA in the exhibition Exposed: Today’s Photography/Yesterday’s Technology thru Sept 19, 2010.

    The wondrous plants depicted in Beth Moon’s series The Savage Garden represent a botanical variety that blurs the line between the vegetable and animal kingdom. In addition to sunlight and water, these plants require a diet high in protein. Their seductive beauty attracts their food – insects, worms, tadpoles, lizards and small rats.  For instance, the transparent hood of the Cobra Lily is designed to retain and reflect light specifically to draw the attention of an insect. Tiny hairs in the Venus Fly Trap signal when a visitor enters the claw-like appendage, which will then snap shut, paralyzing and crushing the victim. Luring prey with an intoxicating scent, the external hairs of a Pitcher plant grow at an upward angle leading insects toward the top of a slippery lip where they fall like drunks and drown inside the trap.

    Moon employs an equally seductive photographic process to depict these deceptively beautiful plants – a platinum printing technique that produces tones ranging from cool blacks to richer browns than can be obtained with traditional platinum printing methods. It requires no development. The process for making platinum prints was invented in 1873 and was popular until the 1920s when the price of platinum became prohibitively expensive. It was replaced by the somewhat cheaper palladium print, which employs a compound of the metal palladium rather than platinum. Both processes were valued for their great range of subtle tonal variations, which Moon has used so effectively in this series.

    Beth Moon was born in Neenah, Wisconsin. Although she was a fine art major at the University of Wisconsin, she is a self-taught photographer. Her interest in photography was discovered somewhat indirectly while designing women’s clothes. Moon hired photographers to document her new designs, but quickly decided to do it herself. She later sold the design company and continued to pursue her interest in photography, experimenting with various printing methods.  She currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 11:24 pm on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    “Exposed” Artist Profile: Chris McCaw 

    Chris McCaw, Sunburned GSP #360, 2009, Collection of David Pace and Diane Jonte Pace

    Chris McCaw

    Chris McCaw’s work is on view at the ICA in the exhibition Exposed: Today’s Photography/Yesterday’s Technology thru Sept 19, 2010.

    The title of Chris McCaw’s Sunburn Series is entirely literal. Setting up for long exposures in the Mojave Desert or by the San Francisco Bay, McCaw employs the most basic elements of the photographic medium: camera, lens and paper. He then lets his open lens work as a magnifying glass to focus the sun’s light onto paper negatives. The resulting images document a landscape transformed by long exposures of the sun traversing the sky, scorching and often burning its path completely through the photographic paper. Paradoxically, the intense daytime images read as nightscapes.

    Chris McCaw received his BFA in photography from the Academy of Art, San Francisco in 1995 and studied photographic arts and film production at DeAnza College in the early ‘90s. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe and is in numerous public collections including SFMOMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Princeton University Art Museum. He has received numerous awards, including an Alternative Exposure Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. McCaw currently lives and works in San Francisco.

  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 6:41 pm on August 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    “Exposed” Profile: Robin Hill 

    Robin Hill, Snowflake

    Robin Hill

    Robin Hill’s work is on view at the ICA in the exhibition Exposed: Today’s Photography/Yesterday’s Technology thru Sept 19, 2010.

    Robin Hill’s Snowflake #1 is derived from a mathematical algorithm produced by Professor Janko Gravner of UC Davis, as part of his research on probability in crystal snowflake growth. This unique collaboration between a mathematician and an artist bridges natural and human sciences and has resulted in this huge and beautiful translation of mathematical data into a visual image.

    Hill uses the 19th-century photographic technique of cyanotype (historically used for botanical studies), to create her ghostly blue and white images. The cyanotype records the quality of translucence and opacity in the material and also the distance the material is from the paper and any shadow it casts. The process is simple and involves two solutions, which are blended together in equal parts. The paper is coated with the solution and dried in the dark. The negative is then placed directly on the paper and exposed to the sun. After exposure, the print is processed by simply rinsing it in water. A white image emerges on a blue background.

    Hill received her BA from Kansas City Art Institute and has had solo exhibitions at Don Soker Contemporary Art and the Davis Art Center. She has been included in group exhibitions throughout the United States and France, and received a Faculty Research Grant from UC Davis where she teaches. Hill divides her time between Woodland, CA and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 7:06 pm on December 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Be Inspired 

    Sit back, watch, hum along and pass along this wonderful ode to art.  Artist: Andrea Dorfman. Music by Tanya Davis

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