Not a complete listing, but a selection of current gallery shows in San Francisco that have attracted our attention. If there’s a show you think highly of that we missed, please email your suggestions to news [at] artculture[dot]com, with subject SF Gallery Notes. Better yet, if there’s a show you have seen and have something to say about, why not write a short review for ArtCulture?
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June – July 2011
For more information including times and locations please visit the individual gallery websites.
Steve Johnson: Fight or Flight
111 Minna Gallery
Waves of waterfowl, weird encounters between mice and chickadees. Quirky illustrations by Arizona native and former Bay Area resident Steve Johnson.
Chris Johanson: This, This, This, That
Altman Siegel Gallery
June 3 – July 30
Portland-based artist Chris Johanson has been showing widely and often for the past decade, and garnered critical acclaim for his idiosyncratic paintings, sculptures and installations. The work here is all new.
Aaron Petersen: Sliding Scale
June 16 – July 9
Petersen deconstructs his images into scraps and ribbons as he explores the meaning behind statistics of economic inequity.
Tony Berlant: New Works
Brian Goss Fine Art
May 5 – July 1
An exhibition of brilliantly colored metal collages by veteran Los Angeles artist Tony Berlant.
Kate Gilmore: three video works and Stephanie Syjuco: Raiders
Catharine Clark Gallery
June 4 – July 16
Videos of the artist engaged in various uncomfortable and absurd struggles, paired with antiquities “raided” from museum collections by internet download, printed at original size and mounted on wooden backings.
Jesse Allen: Closed Patterns
Chandler Fine Art
May 20 – July 18
Watercolors and prints depicting personal mythologies by longtime Bay Area painter Jesse Allen.
Zhong Biao: Reflected on Air
Frey Norris Gallery
May 7 – June 25
New and recent paintings by iconic Chinese contemporary artist Zhong Biao.
Jim Melchert: Misfits
John Roloff: Phantom Herd and Selected Works
Gallery Paule Anglim
June 15 – July 15
Bay Area conceptual and ceramic artist Jim Melchert presents a series of tile and ink panels in which cracks and lines of breakage dictate abstract forms. John Roloff presents “Crossing Paths: Elk Tracings/ Phantom Herd”, a rolling sculpture (resembling farm equipment) that leaves phantom elk tracks in the earth.
Karla Wozniak: Significant Landscapes
Gregory Lind Gallery
June 29 – August 12
Science of Sight: Alternative Photography
June 9 – July 16
Haines Gallery presents an international roster of thirteen photographers who have turned away from digital imaging in search of basic principles. Works include camera obscura, chemigram, daguerreotype, photogram, photopolymer etching, tintype, and pinhole camera images.
Russell Leng: Future Findings
June 11 – July 24
A solo exhibition of paintings by emerging Vancouver artist Russell Leng.
Scott Yeskel: Mapping California
Jack Fisher Gallery
July 7 – August 20
A solo show of new paintings by LA-based artist Scott Yeskel, including abstract and representational work inspired by the urban and desert landscapes of southern California.
Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art
June 2 – July 15
A group show of works on paper by Dan Attoe, Kirsten Deirup, Shawn Kuruneru, and Frank Magnotta.
Sid Garrison, Gail Wight, Terri Friedman: Unspecified
Patricia Sweetow Gallery
June 2 – July 16
Margaret Kilgallen: Summer / Selections
June 23 – August 5
A collection of works on paper and paintings on canvas by Margaret Kilgallen (1967–2001), considered by many to be one of the most influential, yet under-recognized, Bay Area artist of her generation. The exhibition includes works never previously shown.
BIG A@# Sculpture
Rena Bransten Gallery
June 9 – July 16
Large-scale sculptures by J.B. Blunk, Viola Frey, Dennis Gallagher, Jun Kaneko, Sam Perry, Robb Putnam, and Desi Santiago.
Alex MacLean: The American Landscape at the Tipping Point
See review on ArtCulture
Toi Hoang: Homecoming
Sandra Lee Gallery
July 7 – 30
The Brooklyn-based artist who received the Bay Area’s Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) award in 1994 brings a solo exhibition of recent works to San Francisco.
Matt Bryans: Breaking the Land
Michael Garlington: Photohouse
June 2 – August 2
This is one we want to see. Matt Bryant’s new large-scale work invokes turn-of-the-century American landscape imagery, with hundreds of small newsprint images reassembled into breathtaking panoramas. Michael Garlington, who undertook eleven cross-country journeys in his image-covered Photocar, has created Photohouse: a large-scale, three-dimensional model of a Victorian house covered in a “skin” of his photographs.
The Unruly Art of Don Ed Hardy
SFMOMA Artists Gallery
June 9 – August 25
Ed Hardy, perhaps best known for his tattoo-art-based t-shirts and other brand apparel, brings a site-specific installation to the SFMOMA Artists Gallery at Fort Mason. The show includes original prints and brush paintings, porcelain pieces, cast resin work layered with vintage Hardy acetate tattoo stencils, and a replica of a 1950s-era tattoo shop.
Aaron Nagel: A Thin Line
June 11 – July 2
Vivid oil-on-canvas renderings of the female form by Bay Area artist Aaron Nagel.
June 10 – July 16
A solo exhibition of new paintings and wood constructions by Julian Hoeber. Described by the artist as “conceptual art made with an interest in handcraft,” Hoeber’s The Execution Changes series and Endless Chair iterations comprise an open-ended project aimed at generating over 1000 unique objects in a variety of media.
Doug Rickard: A New American Picture
Stephen Wirtz Gallery
Extended through July 2
See review on ArtCulture
Victor Landweber: Treasure Tones
Steven Wolf Fine Arts
May 28 – July 2
Minimalist compositions consisting of digital photographs of color swatches.
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