Dec
7
to Mar 2

Neon Legends

December 7 - March 2

Oakland Art Murmur First Friday Reception
December 7th, 6-9pm

Lighting up the winter months, Transmission Gallery presents Neon Legends, their second invitational exhibition of Neon Art. 
 
Glass, neon, argon and electricity come together in this shining array of works deftly crafted by some of the best neon artists on the West Coast. The exhibition features floor standing, ceiling hung, wall mounted and 3D works of glass and light including work by LA neon artists Michael Flechtner, Linda Sue Price and Roxy Rose, as well as works by Bay Area neon artists Bill Concannon, Roger Daniells, Norman Moore, Shawna Peterson, and Bruce Suba, with unique contributions by artists Karl X. Hauser, Ruth Santee and Lauren Szabo.  
 
Tapped as expert artisans restoring legendary signage, creating monumental installations and even, as Michael Flechtner has done, commemorating neon on a US Postage Stamp, the artists included here hold decades of knowledge, history and a deep understanding of the fragility and wonder of neon in their hands. 

Stop by to bask in the brilliant color and experience the individual creative styles and vision that have emerged from their years of working within the careful constraints required by neon, from luminous and flowing line to flashy power to intimate steady glow.

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Jan
29
to Feb 22

PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE

LOCATION: Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, Art Building, San José State University (Near 9th / San Carlos Streets)

EXHIBITION DATES: January 29 – February 22, 2019

OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 6:00pm-7:30pm Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, Art Building, San José State University Free and open to the public

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Curated by Aaron Wilder

A little newer, a little better, a little faster. Like the eager anticipation of the newest smartphone, compulsive human motion and consumption ultimately lead to the hastening of our physical, cultural, and social deterioration. Planned Obsolescence is a group exhibition at the Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery displaying works by artists of the greater Bay Area: Sebastian Alvarez, Ebitenyefa Baralaye, Terry Berlier, Ilana Crispi, Woody De Othello, Hope Kroll, Izidora Leber LETHE, Diana Li, Darrin Martin, Daniel McClain, Lucy Puls, and Lauren Jade Szabo.

Wrapped up in the capitalist essence that seems to saturate every facet of contemporary culture, the term “planned obsolescence” refers to a practice of consumer goods manufacturing companies to engineer rapid consumption through frequent changes in design, termination of spare part inventory, and use of nondurable materials in their products. While this term was originally coined by economists to describe the practice of consumer goods manufacturers (particularly in the automobile industry), the term is now more commonly applied to practices of the technology industry. Since the majority of these companies are here in Silicon Valley, the Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery has invited artists from the greater Bay Area with a diversity of perspectives to present work reflecting on contemporary notions of “planned obsolescence.”

Like the upgrades of hardware and the updates of software we scramble to keep pace with, the term “planned obsolescence” is equally an apt description of the human experience. While our individual lives are unique to our own perspectives on reality, components of experiences within our lifespan are partially relatable to and replicated by future generations after we have passed away. Each artificially limited, useful life contains flaws, weaknesses, and limitations we continuously seek to replace quicker, shortening the replacement cycle of our world, paradigm, and relations more and more. This exhibition applies the ever-shortening lifespan of technological products to what it means to be human. The artists question erasure of identity through commodification and the effect of materialism and waste on objects, traditions, and the environment.

ILLUSTRATED PRESENTATION
Woody De Othello & Lucy Puls: Planned Obsolescence

Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 5:00pm-6:00pm
SJSU Campus, Art Building Lecture Hall, Room #133
Free and open to the public

GALLERY HOURS: Monday – Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm and Tuesday evenings 6:00pm-7:30pm (and by appointment)

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Monday – Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm and Tuesday evenings 6:00pm-7:30pm (and by appointment)

Jo Farb Hernández, Director

jo.hernandez@sjsu.edu

Artist Lauren Jade Szabo makes paintings composed of man-made objects in the process of being reclaimed by nature. Being originally from Los Angeles, she was impacted by the tendency of locals to spend a significant amount of their time in their cars commuting where they are constantly bombarded with advertising. Szabo’s subjects are always in an unrestored state and include paper billboards, neon signs, incandescent bulb signs, and skytyping. Szabo chooses to depict such signs in a state of decay as advertisements seem to promise perfect, static, and ultimately false outcomes. About her work’s focus on addressing contemporary social issues through painting Szabo has said “I consider my work to be a part of a generation that shares a collective consciousness of reevaluating the ways that humans interact with the environment and each other as our hybrid landscape progresses.” Indeed, her exhibited work reflects an urgency of reevaluating our relationship to consumerism.

In conjunction with the opening of this group exhibition, participating artists Woody De Othello and Lucy Puls will present illustrated lectures 5:00pm - 6:00pm in the Department of Art & Art History Lecture Hall (room 133) the evening of January 29, 2019, just prior to the opening reception, 6:00pm-7:30pm in the Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery. Both events are free and open to the public.

We would like to extend our humblest appreciation to Woody De Othello as well as Jessica Silverman, Barret Lybbert, Jennifer Bindman, and the staff of Jessica Silverman Gallery (San Francisco, CA) for their help in facilitating the loan of Woody De Othello’s work and to Sebastian Alvarez, Ebitenyefa Baralaye, Terry Berlier, Ilana Crispi, Hope Kroll, Izidora Leber LETHE, Diana Li, Darrin Martin, Daniel McClain, Lucy Puls, and Lauren Jade Szabo for generously loaning their own works to us directly.

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Jan
16
12:30 PM12:30

ILLUSTRATING RESISTANCE

Hosted by the CCA Illustration Program and the Alumni Association

January 16–February 2

CCA Hubbell Street Galleries, 161 Hubbell Street, San Francisco

Opening Reception: Thurs., Jan. 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Jan. 16-Feb. 2, 2018; Tue.-Sat., noon-5 p.m.
Free and open to the public

In the era of Trump, artists everywhere are responding to the toxic political climate, the rise of hate groups, the dismantling of environmental protections, and the possibility of war. Racism, Misogyny, and Homophobia are being normalized by people in power. The work might express outrage and defiance, or employ humor. The art might celebrate individuals working to restore social justice, peace, and environmental stewardship.

The show is hosted by the California College of the Arts Illustration Program and the CCA Alumni Association.

The Alumni Weekend featuring guest speakers and workshops will be held at the CCA Main Campus in Timken Hall on Saturday, January 20 and Sunday, January 21 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107.

For more information, please contact Heidi Madison, Illustration Program Manager,hmadison@cca.edu

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Oct
2
to Oct 12

Landing on the Veil

Opening Reception Thursday, October 5, 6pm

Group show featuring Lauren Szabo, Jordan Holms, Alexis Lastomirsky, and Kacy Chen at the Swell Gallery located at the Graduate Center of the San Francisco Art Institute in its new Fort Mason site.

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Sep
23
to Oct 7

With Liberty and Justice For Some

With Liberty and Justice for Some

September 23 - October 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept 23, 6 - 8 pm

Co-curated by artist Monica Lundy and gallerist Walter Maciel, this exhibition features portraits of immigrants to the United States by artists from Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Back when Donald Trump was still the President-elect, long before his executive order became a flashpoint for pro-immigrant rallies at airports across the nation, Lundy, like many in her artistic community, felt both helpless and determined to do something. In response to this need, Lundy and Maciel invited artists from across the country to make 8 x 8-inch portraits of individuals who came to the United States as immigrants including historic subjects, personal friends, relatives, strangers, and self-portraits. The exhibition launched in Los Angleles, then traveled to the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and will be exhibited at Berkeley Arts Center from September 23 to October 8, 2017.

The work includes many different mediums such as acrylic and oil paint on canvas, mixed media and collage on panel, photography, drawings and other works on paper. The culmination of specifically selected portraits will be assembled in an installation depicting the American Flag while others are grouped together to celebrate the diversity of our country.

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Sep
7
to Sep 29

Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards

Opening with a reception and awards ceremony Thursday, September 7, 6:30–9pm, awards at 7:00pm, The San Francisco Foundation & SOMArts Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition surveys new work from the 18 recipients of the competitive Jack K and Gertrude Murphy Award and the Edwin Anthony and Adalaine Boudreaux Cadogan Scholarships. The awards are designed to further the development of Bay Area MFA students and foster the exploration of their artistic potential in hybrid practice, installation, mixed media, painting, photography and sculpture.

The Jack K and Gertrude Murphy Award of $40,000 is given to an MFA student of unusual caliber with great artistic promise. Edwin Anthony and Adalaine Boudreaux Cadogan both experienced financial challenges as art students and understood the great difference scholarships can make in the early phase of an artist’s career. The winners of the Cadogan Scholarships receive $6,500 each to support their MFA studies. All the students benefit from participation in a professionally curated exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center.

The opening reception, exhibition, and all accompanying events are free to attend and take place at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. in San Francisco, CA.

2017 AWARDEES & EXHIBITING ARTISTS

Cadogan Scholarships
Emily Budd, California College of the Arts
Rafael Bustillos, San Francisco Art Institute
Amy Cella, San Francisco State University
Troy Chew, California College of the Arts
Kira Dominguez Hultgren, California College of the Arts
Abigail Gregg, San Francisco Art Institute
Keyvan Heydari Shovir, California College of the Arts
Amber Imrie-Situnayake, Stanford University
Christopher Marin, California College of the Arts
Nick Mittelstead, San Francisco Art Institute
Natani Notah, Stanford University
Gianna Paniagua, California College of the Arts
Hannah Perrine Mode, Mills College
Nancy Sayavong, UC Berkeley
Keith Secola, California College of the Arts
Lauren Szabo, San Francisco Art Institute
Victor Yañez-Lazcano, Stanford University

Murphy Award
Sherwin Rio, San Francisco Art Institute

The Annual Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition
September 7–29, 2017
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–7pm & Saturday, 12–5pm

Advancing Equity in Arts Education Summit
An afternoon of artist-led creative workshops, panel presentations and performances to advance equity in arts education.
Saturday, September 16, 1–4pm
Free with RSVP: artsequitysummit.eventbrite.com

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Sep
2
to Sep 15

Collect!

Collect! Exhibition and Art Auction

Exhibition: September 2 - 16, 2017
Stop by BAC to preview donated artwork, Wed - Sun, 11am - 5 pm

Art Auction Fundraiser
Saturday, September 16, 6 - 9 pm
Tickets: $50 / $45 BAC Members

Raise a glass to our generous local artist community at COLLECT! the BAC’s largest annual event. Works from some of the Bay Area’s most exciting artists will be exhibited and up for auction, enjoyed with a glass of wine and delicious food. Bring home your favorite piece and support artists in the community!

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Aug
28
to Aug 31

Group Show

Opening Reception Tuesday, August 29, 6pm

Three person show with David Fagan and Emily Miesler at the Diego Rivera Gallery located at the historic Chestnut Street campus at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Juried and curated by Ebitenyefa Baralaye, AICAD Teaching Fellow at SFAI.

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