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Painters and Players 

Wednesday, Nov 7 2012
Art and sports do not make likely bedfellows. We suppose that Giants fan who put a metal barrier through the windshield of a MUNI bus during the World Series "celebrations" could have just been enacting a piece of performance art. Artist Dustin Kelly, himself a lifelong football fan, knows that thanks to such displays by players and fans alike the art world as a whole turns up its collective nose at any mention of professional sports. All the more reason then to do an entire show that uses sports to comment on the art world and call it "A Fan's Notes." Kelly is particularly interested in the plight of contemporary abstract artists who must grapple with the legacy of the enshrined greats (Pollock, Rothko, etc.) who have entire rooms at museums set aside for their work. For Kelly the pre-game ritual of football players bursting through a paper wall cleverly becomes a form of action sculpture, and in other works he also draws parallels between game strategy and painting techniques, the football field and the artist's canvas. Don't miss John Seabury's concurrent exhibition either, "The Devil Has Work for Idle Hands," featuring an impressive array of drawings and original flyer art for the anarchic '70s band Psychotic Pineapple. Come to think of it, the scene during a Psychotic Pineapple show at legendary local punk venue Mabuhay Gardens probably looked a lot like performance art too.
Sat., Nov. 17, 6 p.m.; Wednesdays-Fridays, 10:30 a.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. Starts: Nov. 17. Continues through Jan. 5, 2012

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