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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Photo of the Day: Octopus Doulas

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 8:30 AM

  • Anna Pulley

We've always loved Balmy Alley, but especially this particular birthing mural.

Happy First Thursday, art lovers.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Infrastructure as Art: A look at Artist Randy Colosky's Process

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 11:15 AM

  • Wax pattern for bronze casts by Randy Colosky, photo by Aimee Friberg

The balance between function and concept is rarely straightforward in the work of Bay Area artist Randy Colosky. He'll take the process of bronze manufacturing, usually concealed as the "behind the scenes" element left invisible and unsung in the finished creation, and bring it to the forefront. The industrial elements of bronze lost wax casting take on new aesthetic and conceptual weight, with gates and sprues (the pre-made wax forms utilized as melt-away shape holders that create passageways in the mold for the molten metal to flow through) visibly repurposed into the shape of the sculpture itself. Colosky also plays with trompe l'oeil, making convincing cinder blocks, bulging foam stuffing, books, and more out of bronze (and admits to enjoying a chuckle when people actually mistake one of his sculptures for some misplaced object of the more banal sort he modeled it after).

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Cheryl Kelley's "Detailed": Cars We Would F**k

Posted By on Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 11:30 AM

  • Cheryl Kelley
  • Edsel
Have you ever seen a car so sexy that you wanted to run your hands all over it, maybe even stretch out luxuriously on the hood? The Jaguars, Corvettes, and even the Edsel in Cheryl Kelley's series "Detailed" are those kinds of cars. These objects are impressive enough, but when you consider that you are admiring not elegantly composed photos but oil paintings, they are even more breathtaking.

The Opening Reception for "Detailed" begins Thursday, June 7 at Scott Richards Contemporary Art.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Artist Uses Animal Blood to Create Unnerving Works That Stop Short of Gore: "Haemoscuro"

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Clouds of crimson billow across one wall as if from an open wound. A length of stained gauze decays seemingly before your eyes. Jagged streaks of rusty-red fluid erupt into the ether. No, these aren't scenes from the set of Hollywood's latest vampire franchise. It's the new solo show "Haemoscuro" by artist Jordan Eagles that opens Thursday -- a First Thursday -- at Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art. Eagles uses a most unusual material in his work: animal blood. Vegans and those who are weak of stomach take heed. Sourced from slaughterhouses, Eagles' blood is the real deal and is certainly unsettling.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Gallery Openings: Pirate Radio, "Wild Things," and Excavated Literature

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM


It doesn't take a monster-truck rally to get people out in force in San Francisco. In fact, some events that are considered highbrow and esoteric get amazing turnouts. One of those is First Thursday -- the one night each month when art galleries coordinate their opening receptions for exhibits. Some galleries stay open late, and some have food and wine (often complimentary). Many are within walking distance of one another. Click through to read what our writers think of some exhibits that open tonight. One involves pirate radio (literally) while another contains books that have been "excavated" into sculptures.

For a more complete list of First Thursday opening receptions, click here.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Notes and Photos from an Extended S.F. Art Crawl

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 3:00 PM

August is the month when most of the world goes on vacation and makes you feel a bit of a chump for staying put in a dubious staycation in the half-deserted city. Many theaters and concert venues go dark, and some galleries reduce their viewing hours. Unless you're happy to pay more than $200 for Big Music Festival tickets, you might fear you're stranded in a city as bereft of cultural offerings as your average American city, which is a grim prospect indeed. But starting late last week we found a plethora of unusual events, so maybe there is hope for the people without a cabin in Tahoe.


Evan Wilson, who goes by ESK, has his first city show in McLoughlin Gallery's smaller space, Expose Gallery. In "Layers," ESK paints on transparent panels arranged in asymmetrical formations in different plains of relief. Imagine graffiti stained glass. Props to McLoughlin's Expose Gallery, in 49 Geary, for giving, um, exposure to street-art-inspired work, and that of an emerging artist, in one of San Francisco's toniest venues.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

First Thursday: Doug Rickard's "A New American Picture" Shows American Desolation

Posted on Thu, May 5, 2011 at 8:55 AM

This image was shot in Detroit. - DOUG RICKARD
  • Doug Rickard
  • This image was shot in Detroit.

Tonight is First Thursday in San Francisco, the night each month when tons of galleries open visual art exhibits and the streets are filled with people using their brains and their feet to take in the amazing work and have a different kind of night on the town. One exhibit whose reception is tonight is that of Doug Rickard, whose "A New American Picture" is at Stephen Wirtz Gallery downtown. Here's our take on it:

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

It's First Thursday -- Go See Tons of Art After Work

Posted By on Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Procession 20 at Cain Schulte Gallery - JESSICA DRENK
  • Jessica Drenk
  • Procession 20 at Cain Schulte Gallery

Once a month, a bunch of local art galleries open their doors in the evening, and fools rush in. Fools like you! And me, I hope. The downtown area (and other neighborhoods as well) becomes a roiling cauldron of art, art, and more art, being loved up by art lovers. The art exhibits are majestic, the people-watching is spiffy, and sometimes, if you're very good, there's free wine and/or Goldfish crackers. Basically, it's a free chance to look at rad stuff made by people who attended special schools to get rid of their impulse controls. Below is a preview of one such show, but if you want to see a big list of galleries hosting fools tonight, look at San Francisco's only BIG LIST OF FIRST THURSDAY GALLERIES.

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