Another month, another Artmix at the Crocker. This time the celebration revolved around the very great Hi-Fructose show currently being exhibited.
Alison Kenyon of the show Skin Wars was creating body paintings based off of works from the exhibition.
Mark Ryden realness
Over at the Blue Lamp I caught the very rad ladies of La Luz
It’s about time I publicly come out as being a lover of surf rock.
Seriously, check La Luz out.
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.
Lead & Tin
Snail Crossing Helmet
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.
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.
UC Davis Graduate Exhibition at the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art
Vincent Pacheco- Point of Historical Interest: Meditation Cabin
bypassing a camera and working directly with light sensitive material
Muzi Li Rowe- Working with camera phone lenses
Ben Ehrmann- interesting way to document performance art
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 Tree
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
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.
Sigmar Polke- The Spirits That Lend Strength Are Invisible II (Meteor Extraterrestrial Material), 1988
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 – 1997
And finally, Andreas Gursky- Ohne Titel VI (Untitled VI), 1997
So meta when you see it in a museum. A picture of a Jackson Pollock hanging in a museum.
My take (Metamanda strikes again):
Just two Studs hanging out at a bar called Stud