September 2008, San Francisco Fall Preview: Selected Listings

Triple Base Gallery
3041 24th Street
San Francisco, CA
When Holy Were the Haunted Forest Boughs
New Work by Christine Shields
August 28 - September 28, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, August 29th, 7-10pm
After Party next door featuring Linda Hagood.

 Christine Shields
 Girl with Wings
, 2004
 Cell vinyl on paper
 11' x 9'
 Courtesy Triple Base Gallery

For Shields’s first solo show at Triple Base, she will create an eerie yet ethereal environment, exploring the idea of psychic homelessness. Through a mythological narrative, Shields ponders the impermanence of life and the human need to wander. The installation will highlight Shields’s signature illustrative drawings and paintings of ghosts, orphans, animals and spirits. The artist will also be the first to extend her installation down into the gallery’s cavernous “Triple Basement”, employing descent mythology to depict the soul's journey into darkness and then back into light.

Christine Shields has a BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. She was a featured artist in Bay Area Now 4 (2005) at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco and has had solo shows at S.F. Center for the Book, San Francisco (2005); City Hall, San Francisco (2003) and Adobe Books, San Francisco (2002). Selected group shows include White Columns, NY (2006); Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco (2006); UNLV's Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, Las Vegas, NV (2006); Aidan Savoy Galley, NYC (2006) and The Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2006). Shields was the creator of comic series “Blue Hole” and recently published the book “The Lonely Bear” with Booklyn, New York. She will be releasing her first album "Treasure Gone Feral" on Evangeline Records in November.

3150 18th st.
number 109
san francisco ca 94110

Pacific Reverb Society at Iceberger Gallery
OPENING: saturday August 30th, 7-9pm!

Bill Wehman converts a tiny gallery (ICEBERGER) into a record store (PRS) full of rare and unrefined music. A meeting place for a secret society of reverberation full of mix tapes and zines, all selling for under five american dollars. It may last only a month and our catalogue will certainly not be the largest, but since the room is small enough everyone inside will surely hear the music.

Steven Wolf Fine Arts
49 Geary Street, Suite 411
Let's Pretend
Chuck Fahlen
September 2 - Oct 11, 2008

 Chuck Fahlen
 Untitled, 2008.
 30 x 40 x 3 in.
 Courtesy Steven Wolf Fine Arts

Since the late 1960s, Charles Fahlen has been using humble materials to make enigmatic sculptures that explore personal memory and cultural myths while reflecting on the sculptural process and the objecthood of things.

Fahlen spent the last 30 years in Philadelphia, where he was one of the city’s most renowned artists. This show surveys work from the early 1970s up through his most recent work, made since returning to California. The Gallery will publish a catalog in conjunction with this exhibition.

Wattis Institute

California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA 94107

Two shows:

Passengers: 2.1 Tauba Auerbach

Sept. 2–Oct. 4, 2008

 Tauba Auerbach, 2008, courtesy Wattis Institute

Challenging the systems of language, Tauba Auerbach's artworks reconfigure letters to create word puzzles that lead the viewer to logical but unexpected conclusions. Auerbach has a background in typography and graphic design and an interest in science. Her work is a complex exploration of semiotics, but it retains an essential visual accessibility and playfulness. She dissects language as a code of symbols and a conduit for ideas. Of particular interest to her is the anagram (a word or phrase formed by rearranging the letters of another), which historically has been utilized to carry secret messages or hidden meanings. Auerbach often bases her work on these sorts of solvable codes or systems. In one of her works, a series of reconfigured typewriters, she alters the keys so that their letters and symbols no longer correspond to what appears on the paper. The typewriters are painted with clues to the logic of their new operating systems; once each code is cracked, the machine becomes functional again.


The Wizard of Oz

Lower Gallery | Sept. 2–Dec. 13, 2008

The Wizard of Oz
takes L. Frank Baum's popular novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as its starting point to examine the relationship between art and literature, our idea of home and place, as well as the cultural and social fabric of America itself.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Robert Bechtle, Jennifer Bornstein, Ulla von Brandenburg, Bruce Conner, Walker Evans, Simryn Gill, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Loris Gréaud, Joseph Grigely, Carsten Höller, Evan Holloway, Glenn Ligon, Steve McQueen, Gareth Moore, Rivane Neuenschwander, Raymond Pettibon, Clare Rojas, Harry Smith, Donald Urquhart, Andy Warhol, Cerith Wyn Evans

This exhibition will also include a large number of cultural artifacts, both contemporary and historical, that have been created in response to the novel, including a first edition of Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, several of W.W. Denslow's original illustrations that accompanied the first Oz book, excerpts from early film adaptations, such as the first film version directed by Baum himself, and other curiosities, including, of course, the ruby slippers. A unique exhibition design that follows some of the elements of the original novel and the famous film adaptation of 1939, as well as a specially produced publication, will make The Wizard of Oz an unusual experience of how to analyze and exhibit contemporary art.

Silverman Gallery
804 Sutter @ Jonest
San Francisco, CA 94109
Pattern Recognition of a Collar to Idealism (dedication to a woman yet unknown)

Susanne M. Winterling
September 4, 7-10pm

Braunstein Quay Gallery

430 Clementina
San Francisco, CA 94103
Paul DeMarinis
New Works
September 4 – October 4, 2008
Opening reception, September 6, 3-5pm

 Paul DeMarinis,
 Early Media Goes to the Movies, Part 1: Weekend – Traffic Jam: Panorama,
 detail, 2008
 Digital print on archival paper; 13 x 20 inches

Jancar Jones Gallery

965 Mission, Suite 120
San Francisco, CA 94103
Chadwick Rantanen
September 5 - 27, 2008
opening Friday, September 5th, 5-8pm

Little Tree Gallery

3412 22nd st.(@ guerrero)
san francisco, ca 94110
Chad Moore
sep 6th - oct 4th

Keep an eye out for Chad Moore this season. He has shown in the Bay Area and New York. Mr. Moore received his MFA in painting at San Francisco Art Institute and his undergraduate from the University of Georgia. He currently resides in San Francisco.

San Francisco Arts commission Gallery
401 Van Ness Ave
(at McAllister)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Immediate Future: The 2008 Murphy and Cadogan Fellowships in the Fine Arts
September 6 - October 18, 2008
Location: SFAC Gallery (Map It)

Artists: Bren Ahearn, Michael Arcega, Elisheva Biernoff, Tom Borden, Modesto Covarrubias, Eilish Cullen, April Grayson, Claire Jackel, Anthony Marcellini, Robert Minervini, Robert Moya, Michael Namkung, Moses Nornberg, Daniel Ochoa, S Patricia Patterson, Hilary Pecis, Jeff Ray, Gina Tuzzi, Jina Valentine, Annie Vought, Sara Wanie, Andrew Witrak, Imin Yeh, and David Yun

The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery is proud to present Immediate Future, featuring works by the recipients of the 2008 Murphy & Cadogan Fellowships in the Fine Arts. This exhibition provides a first-glance at what is being produced by promising artists within regional graduate programs. For many featured artists this exhibition marks their first major exposure, and for all participants it represents an opportunity to share what they have been developing in their graduate studios with a broader audience.

Luggage Store Gallery

1007 Market Street (nr. 6th St.)
San Francisco, CA 94103 USA
ANDREW JEFFREY WRIGHT, Art for Corporations

Queens Nails Projects
3191 Mission St
San Francisco, CA
Kamau Patton
September 13, 7-11pm

 Kamau Patton, 2008, Courtesy Queen Nails Projects

Kamau Patton will be the inaugural exhibition for the newly defined Queens Nails Projects. The exhibition will be open from September 13th to October 18th. The opening reception will be held from 7 - 11 and will feature a special appearance DJ.

Patton is an artist that creates multi-dimensional, non-linear narratives. He works in a wide range of media including sculpture, digital photography, and video. All elements of the work are meant to interact. Sculptural objects are produced to serve as props for video and photographic work. In turn, photographic and video images operate to give context and power to the objects.

Ping Pong Gallery
1240 22nd St.
San Francisco, CA
Gwenael Rattke
Berlin, Germany
Opening Reception: Friday, September 19th from 6:00 - 9:00pm
Exhibition runs from September 19th - October 17th, 2008

 Gwenael Rattke, Vol. VII, mixed media, 18"x 24", 2008
 Courtesy Ping Pong Gallery

Jessica Silverman

Jessica Silverman is a recent graduate of the MA Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of Arts as well as owner and director of Silverman Gallery, San Francisco. She has taken part in a Curatorial Residency at the Frankfurter Kunstverein the summer of  2006.  As an independent curator she has recently produced International Waters co-curated by artist Soo Kim for StevenWolfGallery, San Francisco and is working on exhibitions with curators Mizuki Endo and whitehot NYC contributor Jan Van Woensel.  In 2008, Silverman and Passenger Books will publish Leaving the Library a catalogue of conversations.     


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