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Monday, May 18, 2015

Guns in The Hands of Artists featured on Aspen Ideas Festival Blog

CLUB S+S, SMAC, 2014, custom formed glass, decommissioned gun parts, gel, 8 x 13.5 x 8 inches

Guns In The Hands of Artists is a community-based social activist artistic project that involves taking guns off the streets and transforming them into works of art that comment on the issue of guns and gun violence in American society. This exhibit is organized and curated by Jonathan Ferrara and will be displayed at the Aspen Meadows campus during the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival.

The exhibition was first conceived in 1996 by artist Brian Borrello. Over the past 18 years, gun violence has continued to be a major issue that affects the very fabric of American culture. Guns permeate the American landscape. From Sandy Hook to Central City, deadly violence is a daily occurrence in our society. From the kid on the street corner killed by a stray bullet to the mass murders at Columbine, guns and gun violence are wreaking havoc on America. With the recent mass shootings of the past years and the still-high murder rate in New Orleans, artist/ gallery owner Jonathan Ferrara, the producer of the original Guns in The Hands of Artists project, was compelled to revisit the exhibition and reopen the dialogue that was started many years ago. As an artist, activist and social entrepreneur, Ferrara asked himself ‘What can I do to address this issue that pervades our society? Organizing this exhibition is my way of doing something. It’s my goal to use art and the creative process to facilitate new, frank dialogue about gun violence and guns in our society."

In early 2013, Ferrara started a unique and historic collaboration between the New Orleans Police Department, the City Council and the Mayor’s office to secure 186 handguns and long-barreled guns, taken off the streets by the NOPD’s gun buyback program. Ferrara then invited (and challenged) over thirty nationally recognized artists from various geographies and backgrounds to transform the decommissioned guns into works of art. The historic collaboration brought the community together to address an issue that has plagued the city for generations.

DAN TAGUE Reviewed in The Washington Post

DAN TAGUE, Not for Bribing Polititians, 2014, archival inkjet print on rag paper/sublimated print on aluminum


New Orleans artist Dan Tague has a distinctive vantage point on the American class divide: from waist deep in the waters of Hurricane Katrina. That flood has receded, of course, but is still a presence in his work. “Post Nihilist Utopia,” Tague’s show at Civilian Art Projects, includes “Made It Through That Water,” a tempest of symbols. It’s an inkjet print on two types of wood — upscale-condo oak on top and poverty-row pine on bottom — whose lower half was soaked in the Gulf of Mexico. Nine bent, rusty nails represent friends who died in the disaster.

The piece’s motto is spelled out by Tague’s trademark — an elaborately folded dollar bill. This selection includes such axioms, not all of them post-nihilist, perhaps, as “No Future” and “Not for Bribing Politicians.” While the moneyed origami remains an effective gambit, some of Tague’s newer wrinkles don’t add much. He surrounds one of the dictums with bright stripes and partially embroiders another in pink yarn, but the central image is what registers. More strikingly, “Burn Baby Burn” is singed and “Center of the Universe” is dwarfed by a black void.

The gorilla in the room is literally a gorilla, sculpted of aluminum and fabricated in a hot-rod shop. It’s painted in a peach-like shade that melds the skin tones of all 535 voting members of Congress. Perhaps Tague sees the ape as Capitol Hill’s equivalent of Katrina: powerful and heedless.

Dan Tague: Post Nihilist Utopia On view through May 30 at Civilian Art Projects, 4718 14th St. NW. 202-607-3804.

Friday, May 8, 2015

ARTFIXdaily acknowledges BONNIE MAYGARDEN as a top hit at Art Market San Francisco


Strong Sales and Record Attendance Reported at Art Market San Francisco's Fifth Edition

Art Market San Francisco's fifth edition welcomed a record 25,000 visitors to Fort Mason Festival Pavilion over five days of strong sales and well attended programming and events. The high quality of modern and contemporary artwork presented by seventy galleries from around the world set the scene for important acquisitions by an engaged crowd of collectors, curators, and art advisors.

Wednesday night's Benefit Preview supporting the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco introduced the top echelon of the Bay Area art world to Art Market San Francisco. The festive, celebratory crowd enjoyed a first look at the gallery presentations and artist installations while experiencing the performative work by FAMSF resident artists in an atmosphere curated by San Francisco's Ken Fulk, Inc. Over 6,000 people attended Thursday's Art Party, Art Market San Francisco's opening celebration that launched the fair into a weekend buzzing with exhibitions, panels, talks, tours.

Sales were strong across the board with acquisitions of six figure works reported. Highlights include San Francisco's jack fischer gallery's sale of Jay Kelly constructs and Forum Gallery's placement of a Robert Bauer painting with a local collector on the fair's opening night. Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery sold work by Rob Tucker and Phil Shaw. Just last June, Shaw was commissioned by Prime Minister David Cameron to create a special artwork to be presented to the world leaders attending the G8 summit in Northern Ireland. Art Market San Francisco marks his first exhibition on the West Coast. ​ Catharine Clark Gallery placed Wanxin Zhang sculpture with collectors Dorothy Saxe, Pamela and David Hornik, and a private corporate collection based in Southern California. The gallery also sold Deborah Oropallo's Liontamer to a private collector and several works by Timothy Cummings to a prominent private San Francisco collection. Electric Works sold many of their Dave Eggers silkscreens and original paintings throughout the run of the fair. Manhattan's Joshua Liner Gallery sold a large scale work by Robert Larson from his Evidence series to a local collector new to the artist's work. Morgan Lehman Gallery placed works on paper by Paul Wackers and paintings by Rubens Ghenov, and Eleanor Harwood Gallery sold several editions of Dana Hemenway's illuminated Untitled (extension cords - two yellow) installations. Transarte Brazil of Sao Paulo placed work by Timothy Cummings, and Ever Gold Gallery sold work by Adam Parker Smith, Henry Gunderson, and Sandy Kim. New Orleans' JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY placed several BONNIE MAYGARDEN acrylics throughout the fair, and SFAQ sold three of Guy Overfelt's whimsical Picasso Bongs to two established contemporary art collectors. Jonathan Novak had an extremely productive fair, and Hashimoto Contemporary, Walter Maciel, Axiom Contemporary, and wall space galley all reported excellent sales across their platform to new and returning West Coast collectors.

Visitors to the fair were greeted by Art Market San Francisco's ON-SITE installations - works by contemporary artists who have collaborated with Art Market to electrify the pier's public spaces. Guests were taken with Michael Buscemi's First Glance at the fair's entrance, many making it the site of photo shoots with friends and family. A large scale wall sculpture by Dana Hemenway illuminated the fair's front wall, and Wanxin Zhang's wonderful panda sculpture just outside the fair harkened back to neighborhood's important role in the Panama Pacific International Exposition. Walter Robinson's Fruits de Mer and Sam Perry's lyrical wooden sculptures were highlights of The Battery VIP Lounge. Stephen Whisler's Observer and shipping containers at the fair's front ushered visitors through the front door. The containers provided a backdrop for Guerrero Gallery's program of light and sound based site specific installations including Exray's Vanishing Point, an evolving audio installation and music video by Jon Bernson & Michael Falsetto-Mapp, and a site specific installation by William Emmert, Sahar Khoury, and Terry Powers.

Design and Media Sponsor San Francisco Cottages and Gardens (SFC&G) and DZINE curated the fair's Central Lounge, providing fairgoers with an elegant space from which to take in the action. Sponsors Perrier and The Wall Street Journal were on hand with product and publications for fair-goers, and Supporting Partner Tondo provided a social media connectivity inspiring visitors to talk about how art makes them feel. The Battery VIP Lounge was a welcome respite from the bustling floor, providing an exclusive, chic space for the fair's VIP guests.

Programming highlights included a conversation with FAMSF Curator Emma Acker about the museum's upcoming Robert Motherwell exhibition, See Art Differently, a panel hosted by about new, unique, and interesting ways to engage audiences in art, and the San Francisco Art Dealers Association and ArtCare's panel discussion focused on public art and creative placemaking initiatives in the Bay Area and the diverse ways in which artistic interventions can encourage community engagement in the urban public realm. Sheltering Art III: David Ireland’s 500 Capp Street and From Street to Market: How Street Art Can Retain its Message rounded out the programming schedule with exciting discussions of issues directly pertaining to San Francisco's unique art scene. Art Market San Francisco worked alongside The San Francisco Foundation to produce a successful charity auction, with all proceeds going directly to local institutions including Illuminate the Arts, Museum of Craft and Design, Museum of African Diaspora, and Root Division.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Flashpoint III G.A.S. and DAN TAGUE at Good Children Gallery

FLASHPOINT III Good Children Gallery, May 9-June 7, 2015

Strictly speaking, the flash point of a volatile material is the lowest temperature at which it can vaporize to form an ignitable mixture in air, and measuring the flash point requires the introduction of an ignition source.

The artworks in this exhibition present a wide range of socio-political issues as volatile materials, and impassioned human responses such as defiance, rebellion, and intolerance act as their ignition source. Despite a growing desire for cross-cultural autonomy, cultures continue to clash, thereby creating pressure, which acts as an accelerant to an already unstable situation.

The question is: Does societal change require a destructive conflict, and is a nonviolent revolution even possible in a time where an A.D.D. media thrives on increasingly grotesques spectacles?

Flashpoint includes the work of Artists:

William Binnie
Generic Art Solutions
Dan Tague
Dane Dansen

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Join Us For First Saturday Artist Receptions Tonight - 6-9pm!

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 new giant metal matchbooks

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special collaboration

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 new found metal sculpture