Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

A Life Aquatic 

Wednesday, Sep 15 2010
Elaine Buckholtz is the Bay Area's foremost large-scale light-installation artist; she has run coordinated film projections in every window of a seven-story building, for example. At “Left to Swoon,” she collaborates with Ana Teresa Fernandez, the Bay Area's foremost painter of scenes from her own performance art. Fernandez's current exhibit, “Ablution,” features her usual main character, a pretty and high-heeled yet relatable everywoman up against the elements and at odds with society, played by the artist herself. This time, she's covered in water. Many of the canvases have titles such as Aquarius (performance documentation at the Tijuana–San Diego border) because the unseen where of the image — its political reality — is often as important as the visible what. Also, the paintings are gorgeous: cinematic, photorealistic, and extraordinarily large. Buckholtz takes the water emphasis of the show and builds on it by lighting the paintings, filming them, turning them, and reflecting them — we love the possibilities of light plus water in the hands of these two masters.
Sept. 17-Oct. 16, 2010

About The Author

Hiya Swanhuyser


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"