Visual Art

Public screening

Three decades of posting the revolution with Mission Gráfica

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"Silk screening is cheap, easy, and you can do it anyplace," Calixto Robles says, looking over the busy workshop floor at Mission Gráfica. On any given week, the crowd might include a musician designing a CD cover, an activist creating a call-to-arms, an arts-and-craftser turning out calendars she sells online, or Robles himself, who teaches classes here and produces bright-hued prints filled with icons of Latino culture, from Teotihuacan to Carlos Santana.Read more »

David Wilson

Goldies 2009: Providing autonomous-zone community gatherings and memories to draw on
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You can stare blankly at a museum piece for three seconds, or you can view a drawing through one of David Wilson's events — through a swim in the Pacific Ocean, or through staring at a sky criss-crossed by an intricate lattice of branches. Read more »

Emory Douglas

GOLDIES 2009 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Bringing the militant chic of the Panther image to the masses
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As a teenager, Emory Douglas was sentenced to 15 months at the Youth Training School in Ontario. It may have been the best thing for him — and the worst thing "the Man" could have done. In the prison printing shop, he discovered a gift for print and collage he would later use as the minister of culture for the Black Panther Party. From 1967 until the party disbanded in the 1980s, his iconic graphic art marked most issues of the newspaper The Black Panther.

Douglas brought the militant chic of the Panther image to the masses, using the Read more »

Veronica De Jesus

GOLDIES 2009: Training our attention on the physicality of drawing, and not erasing a line in 12 years
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Veronica De Jesus' art is centered on drawing — not limited to it — and is sewn to the practice of putting lines on a page in a passionate, automatic way. While the Oakland-based artist's biography and work speak of displacement and nomadism, her art is unmistakably rooted in the urge to copy and recreate images by hand. Read more »

Luke Butler

GOLDIES 2009: Exposing Shatner's vulnerabilities, Saddam's cock, and cultural double standards
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"It's so hard for me to figure out where it begins and ends with Shatner," comments artist Luke Butler on the man who, arguably, could be called his muse. "He's a genius," Butler continues, "not because he is a great actor, but because he has this unstoppable quality. His vulnerabilities are on the surface for all to see."

Butler has spent a lot of time thinking through what William Shatner reveals and withholds on his most expressive surface: his face. Read more »

Vicious skate

Everything eats everything: a visit with prodigious primordial painter Henry Gunderson
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Like many artists, Henry Gunderson, a 19-year-old who attends the San Francisco Art Institute, focuses on "process, not product." But the similarity ends there. Read more »

Untamed

Amanda Kirkhuff creates portraits of wild women without boxing them in
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REVIEW Amanda Kirkhuff is drawn to wild women. In a 2007 show at [2nd Floor Projects], she used black and green ink to render some female icons whose strengths are laced with ambivalence. For example, in a portrait of Dr. Laura Schlessinger, the pissy, vindictive self-help guru is rendered-times-five in a manner that emphasizes the manic energy in her eyes. Read more »

Electric truth

FALL ARTS PREVIEW: 10 strong currents within Bay Area fall visual arts
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1. New wave of California painting My thoughts on the topic are still percoutf8g, but it will soon be time to take on the inspiring subject of new California painters. Amanda Kirkhuff's superb oil portrait of Lorena Bobbitt, currently up at [2nd Floor Projects], is one touchstone. Neil Ledoux's brown invocations at Silverman Gallery earlier this year is another. The next few months bring a blitz of lively, original paintings. Brendan Lott serves up ugly-beautiful America. (Oct.-17-Nov. Read more »

"John Anderson: A Retrospective"

Among the great unknown painters of the 20th century
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REVIEW John Anderson is among the great unknown painters of the 20th century. I say "20th" because, though living, he was forced to stop painting in 2003 due to Parkinson's disease. He painted voluminously, beginning in the 1950s, but seldom exhibited, and he's never had a show on the scale of his current retrospective. As Gordon Onslow Ford's studio assistant, he learned about abstract automatism from a master, and was invited to live on Onslow Ford's extensive Inverness estate in 1966, where he remains today. Read more »

Walk like an Egyptian

"Tutankhamun" is all about the booty
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"Wonderful things." So said Howard Carter in 1922 when the archaeologist was asked what he saw upon peeking into the just-opened tomb of boy-king Tutankhamun. Read more »