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Art Mix: Combust

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La Luz/Sugar Rush

Another month, another Artmix at the Crocker. This time the celebration revolved around the very great Hi-Fructose show currently being exhibited.1

Alison Kenyon of the show Skin Wars was creating body paintings based off of works from the exhibition.

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Mark Ryden realness

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Over at the Blue Lamp I caught the very rad ladies of La Luz

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It’s about time I publicly come out as being a lover of surf rock.

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Seriously, check La Luz out.

Urs Fischer: The Public & the Private

at The Legion of Honor

This was one of the more extraordinary shows I’ve seen in some time.  Having the contemporary sculptures of Urs Fischer interspersed among the Rodin statues and even a painting taking the place of a Peter Paul Rubens created such a dynamic juxtaposition of old and new, giving both new context and meaning.

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Dazzled

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Lead & Tin

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Snail Crossing Helmet

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Adam

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The Crying Horse

I can’t intellectualize why, but this tiny horse is one of my favorite things I’ve ever seen. I saw a man nearly trip over it after not noticing it at all.

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Invisible Moher

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It all seems like such a fuck you to the art establishment that is the museum. It’s so rare to step into this kind of place and see such humor.

From This Point Forward

UC Davis Graduate Exhibition at the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

 

Vincent Pacheco- Point of Historical Interest: Meditation Cabin

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Airelle Rebek

bypassing a camera and working directly with light sensitive material

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Muzi Li Rowe- Working with camera phone lenses

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Ben Ehrmann- interesting way to document performance art

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Shrem Museum

Took a trip to Davis to Check out the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum  of art

Heard the video artist Sondra Perry lecture which was really incredible. I left feeling invigorated in a way that a lecture hasn’t given me in quite some time.

I put a wish onto the Yoko Ono Wish Tree21

SFMOMA

Somehow I had not been to the renovated SFMOMA until this day. Ultimately I was having a day where everything felt meaningless and therefore was having a hard time justifying how all this artistic effort was anything but a desperate plea to mark one’s territory onto the world.  Often it feels like making art is some desperate attempt to make meaning of the universe and prove that one existed. And on this day it all felt pointless to me. It should be stated that I’m both obsessed with museums and completely appalled with the idea of somebody showing me what they deem as important and slapping it on a clean white wall. But I’ll take all the art I can get, no matter who is deeming it important.

I’m starting to surprise myself with the pieces that I enjoy the most. In the past I have always favored figurative and busier works. Now I seem to favor starker scenes without people or much scene at all. Things I would have found boring now have new life.

Some pieces I enjoyed:

Diane Arbus- Xmas Tree In A Living Room In Levittown, Long Island, 1963

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These pieces by Sigmar Polke that include particles of meteorites in them that feel more spiritual than paintings that are trying to evoke such themes.

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Sigmar Polke- The Spirits That Lend Strength Are Invisible II (Meteor Extraterrestrial Material), 1988

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I traveled by bus all the way to Los Angeles to see this Larry Sultan exhibit but I’m glad to see it again closer to home. There is such much gold in his various series, but this picture has really stuck with me. So sensuous.

Larry Sultan- Silver Curtain – 19978880-1344986492

And finally, Andreas Gursky- Ohne Titel VI (Untitled VI), 1997

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So meta when you see it in a museum. A picture of a Jackson Pollock hanging in a museum.

My take (Metamanda strikes again):

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Just two Studs hanging out at a bar called Stud23