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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Keep Experimental Art Alive: Help The Lab Build a New Model for Working Artists

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2016 at 11:37 AM

click image The hallucinogenic work of Jader, a San Francisco artist who is offering a studio transformation of a patron as one of The Lab's Kickstarter rewards. - JADER, JADERVISION.COM
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  • The hallucinogenic work of Jader, a San Francisco artist who is offering a studio transformation of a patron as one of The Lab's Kickstarter rewards.
Surely you've heard: SFMOMA is on the verge of reopening. We're excited and for good reason: SFMOMA is a gem of a museum, something we, as San Franciscans, ought to be proud of.

But what are museums for? Art — right? Yes, but — where are the working artists?

Generally, not in museums. Institutions with a capital "I," museums are places we go to canonize the artists we idolize, but not to see art being made — or rules being broken.

The Lab, a 31-year-old arts and performance space located in the Mission at 2948 16th St. (aka the Redstone Building, a storied building with a long history in San Francisco's labor movement), is a place where you can go to see (or hear, or feel, or smell, or touch) art being made before your eyes.

And it needs your help, by the end of today (Wednesday May 4).

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Rob Fletcher Talks Flyer Art Ahead of Upcoming Exhibit at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records

Posted By on Fri, Sep 4, 2015 at 1:27 PM

If you type the Google search term, “flyer art” the first row of images that pops up includes Rob Fletcher's poster drawing for a Rocket From The Crypt concert. His drawing style is easy to distinguish among the crowd and is an amalgamation of many influences. East Bay locals may know him as the record-store guy at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records, or from his band Musk, but he's closely connected to this fleeting art form, which he describes as a labor of love.

His upcoming exhibit, "Garbage Day: 20 Years of Flyer Art," will include a zine release, "junk sale," and (among other things), the promise of tiny dogs in stupid costumes. We caught up with Fletcher about his philosophy behind the all-too-important show flyer, something he's very passionate about. 

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Moment of Truth: Art the Jewels Opens in San Francisco

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 9:37 AM

  • Art by Bruce Parker

An art show inspired by the visual aesthetic of hip-hop duo Run the Jewels, dubbing itself "Art the Jewels" and composed of works from mostly Bay Area artists, just opened at 63 Bluxome Street Gallery in SOMA. Art the Jewels takes RTJ's "Tag the Jewels" global art movement — that saw the group's two hands logo popping up on murals and street art around the world — and brings it to the heart of San Francisco. 

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Gray Area Festival Delivers Its Message with Shigeto and Teebs

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 10:01 AM

click image JUSTIN YEE
  • Justin Yee

San Francisco's Gray Area Art & Technology foundation had a huge weekend.

In celebrating the proverbial finish line for the renovation of its new facility in the Grand Theater on Mission street, the foundation, which champions "...the gray area between the arts, technology, and design," closed out a three-day conference with performances by Shigeto and Teebs, two artists who straddle that very same gray area of creativity.

Teebs, who puts his music out on Flying Lotus' L.A.-based Brainfeeder label, was manning the decks on the left side of the massive room; the Grand Theater's old main show-space, but without the seats and leveled off to expose the gargantuan projector screen. Standing in the front of the room, Teebs dropped hard, core-rattling boom clap bass tracks and smooth electro wavelengths — the signature Brainfeeder future-hop sound. But there was a subtle anxiety in the air as everyone stared at the lonely drum set on the main stage, that would soon be manned by the evening's star from Detroit. 

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Monday, April 27, 2015

This Guy Wears a Black Flag My War T-Shirt Every Day

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 10:19 AM

  • Yuichiro Tamaki (@mywar_yuichiro on Instagram)
Yuichiro Tamaki, of Tokyo, has worn a Black Flag My War shirt, jacket, or sweatshirt every day for the last four months. The 30-year-old artist graduated from Tokyo Design Academy, and currently operates an Instagram account with the simple description, "Wear the “MY WAR” shirt everyday."

It would appear that the Black Flag devotee has access to a screen printer, because he has more custom My War T-shirts, long sleeves, sweatshirts, and jackets than Greg Ginn does lawsuits. And based on his hashtags of #challenge and #conceptual art, we're guessing part of the experiment is to see how long Tamaki can stand to wear the same design every day. At least he doesn't have to wear the What the ... album design though, right?

Tamaki seems to prove that with enough creativity, you can drastically vary your style even if you have to wear the same design everyday. So with that idea in mind, let's check out some of Tamaki's best looks over the past four months.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Justin BUA's Top Five Illustrated Hip-Hop Album Covers

Posted By on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 9:56 AM

"Historically, artists painted the court and the aristocracy. I'm the court painter of hip-hop -- the artists are that important." So says Justin BUA, the hip-hop generation artist who celebrates the release of his new book The Legends of Hip-Hop with a signing session at Booksmith this Friday starting at 6 p.m. The scratch wizard Qbert will also be in attendance, providing the sounds to accompany BUA's art. So ahead of BUA's book launch, we got him to run down his five favorite illustrated hip-hop album covers.


5. Snoop Doggy Dogg, Doggystyle

"I think this album cover was actually done by his cousin. For me, obviously it's not a great painting, and it's super obvious that the guy is definitely not a great artist -- but it's iconic. It's naive, super simplistic, not painterly, and there's no control of temperature, but the illustration just felt right to me. My first reaction when I saw it was, first, jealously, like, 'How come I didn't get to do that cover art?' Then it was, 'What, is this done by a four-year-old?!' The third, though, after time went on, was, 'Okay, this just feels right.' It fits the vibe."

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

We Hereby Cast a Vote for This Misfits-Inspired Image as SFMOMA's New Logo

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Whatever you have to do, whoever you are, whether you like modern art or not, get behind this Misfits-inspired image as the new logo for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and be a force for radness in the world:


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Thursday, July 14, 2011

So, What Do Neko Case's New Tattoos Mean?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 4:44 PM

The new look of Case's arms - VIA POP-QUIZ KID

Anyone at Stern Grove on July 3? (Yes, duh.)

Anyone notice anything different about the arms of alt-country singer and cult figure Neko Case?

Well, we did. Case, you see, recently got large tattoos on each of her forearms. As the picture above indicates, they're quite noticeable, even from a distance. The right one says "Scorned as Timber," while the left reads "Beloved of the Sky."

So what do they mean? That's what we're here to tell you!

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Saturday Night: Leos Janácek's The Makropulos Case at War Memorial Opera House

Posted By on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 7:38 AM

Emilia Marty's hotel room - CORY WEAVER
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  • Emilia Marty's hotel room
Leoš Janáček's The Makropulos Case
November 13, 2010
@ War Memorial Opera House

Better than:
Eternal life

Scrambled eggs. Scrambled eggs, and a long-forgotten envelope with her alchemist father's formula for immortality. When these are the leading lady's principal objects of desire, notwithstanding a bevy of entranced men, it's a safe bet that the opera you're viewing is a bit of an outlier. If this outlying work is one of S.F. Opera's current performances of Leoš Janáček's The Makropulos Case, you're also watching the company's best production of the fall season.

Placed among a trio of beloved works with romantic sincerity at their center (Aida, Madama Butterfly, Le Nozze di Figaro) and two lesser-known operas that largely seem cut from that same cloth (Werther, Cyrano de Bergerac), Makropulos can't help but stand out on thematic grounds alone. Janáček's score, with its refusal of accessible melody, won't send anyone home humming a memorable march or aria. To borrow from the occupations of the title characters in Werther and Cyrano, if the rest of this season's operas are love poems, Makropulos is The Waste Land -- informed by archaic sources yet thoroughly modern; suffused with dissonance and ennui; and epitomized by an immortal woman who finally just wants to die, already.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Saturday Night: Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" at San Francisco Opera

Posted By on Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Luca Pisaroni (Figaro) and Danielle de Niese (Susanna) with members of the chorus. - CORY WEAVER
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  • Luca Pisaroni (Figaro) and Danielle de Niese (Susanna) with members of the chorus.
Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro 
War Memorial Opera House

October 16, 2010 

Better than: An evening with Mr. and Mrs. Party Foul, though patrons seated near orchestra seats J-5 and J-7 didn't have to choose.


Much like Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock, Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) is a classic demonstration that the nobility of yore and its hangers-on were blessed with entirely too much free time. When a valet and a maid can't go ahead and tie the knot already without the emergence of dubious contracts, long-lost parents, mysterious sightings of dudes jumping out of windows, reams of duplicitous written communication, and a young man being compelled to cross-dress not once but twice -- the principal instigators of such a mess might want to consider taking up macramé or stamp-collecting, or entering psychoanalysis. Just putting that out there.


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