Off Shore: Gallery Installations for the Nautically Inclined

Courtesy of Southern Exposure and Marie Lorenz

If you've been following along with Southern Exposure's Off Shore, you're aware that the city has been taken over by large scale nautical-themed projects. Through the compilation of projects we've discovered secret waterways running throughout San Francisco, a queer performance on a temporary floating stage, unassuming treasure hunts in a handcrafted rowboat, and even the world's very first amphibious bicycle-powered ferris wheel.

Now that each of the participating artists has presented their large-scale off location performances, they take to the gallery to cap off the series.

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Tiny Splendor: Bringing Prints to the People


Tiny Splendor is an appropriate name for the Bay Area-based print collective.

The small team that make up the not-for-profit group specialize in various forms of printmaking; etching, lithography, letterpress, silkscreen, or woodcut, and offers free artwork and zine printing to artists who would like to participate. Their thought behind this? Cost shouldn't be the obstacle that deters people from creating new work. They believe that art should be accessible -- and currently they are working to create a platform for people to generate their own work.

And this month, Tiny Splendor presents Paper & Pressure, a temporary print pop-up show featuring artwork by over 50 contemporary artists from all across California.

SF Weekly spoke about Tiny Splendor and Paper and Pressure with its creator, Sanaa Khan.

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Off Shore: Garbage, Debris, and Driftwood As Installation

Courtesy Marie Lorenz and Southern Exposure

Off Shore, the summer series by local gallery Southern Exposure features a number of artists who explore, celebrate, and examine the waters and bay of San Francisco. The pieces and performances in Off Shore range from hidden city waterway walks, to an an amphibious bicycle-powered ferris wheel, to a floating peep show in Bay View. Next up, Brooklyn-based Marie Lorenz takes to the water in her own driftwood boat to collect garbage and debris which she will turn into an installation for the gallery.

SF Weekly spoke to Lorenz about her piece Drift Boat:

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Off Shore: S.F. Waterways and Bays as Artistic Medium

Courtesy Marie Lorenz and Southern Exposure

Potrero-based art gallery Southern Exposure has big plans for summer.

The gallery has put together Off Shore, a series of events that celebrate the waterways and bay specific to San Francisco. Did you know that there are hidden creeks that pass through the City for miles, or that Bayview boasts a boat club over 65 years old? And do you remember Mission Creek, the houseboat community tucked behind the ballpark? Southern Exposure brings together artists Paul Cesewski, Constance Hockaday, Marie Lorenz, Chris Sollars, and A People's Archive of Sinking and Melting, who use these locations to explore their relationships to the water of San Francisco and show how it can be used as an artistic medium.

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Ever Gold Gallery's Pure Nature Through Abstract Methods

Jake Longstreth
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"They both convey a very pure sense of nature through very abstract methods of working that fool the eye at first to make it seem like work based in a very "realist" tradition," says Andrew McClintock, the owner and director of Ever Gold Gallery.

The "they" to which he refers are Jake Longstreth and Sean McFarland, two artists presenting a group show at the Tenderloin gallery this weekend.

"Their styles of working, transporting the viewer, ends up bringing out a much bigger sense memory, or emotional response of ones experience in nature, than say a straightforward photographic copy or realist painting of nature, which is what one might get at first glimpse," continues McClintock.

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Alter Space's Nova: A Living and Thriving Beast


Bex Freund's creations aren't exactly coy. Her large-scale oil paintings depict human-like figures, limbless and dissected, falling toward an abyss, or gathered gloomily under apocalyptic skies.

"I was just becoming a teenager when 9/11 happened," Freund explains, "and I was entering my twenties during the 2008 economic collapse, so it's been a long, slow processing and coming to grips with new realities, adjusted expectations and a constantly brewing feeling of tension," Freund said.

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Look at How Pretty Our City Is (Video)

Categories: Visual Art

RockBridge Productions

In case you haven't noticed recently, we live in a beautiful city. As well as being full to the brim of culture, frequent celebrations, and diversity, San Francisco also boasts epic sunsets, stunning architecture, and beautiful views -- from any angle.

San Francisco film company RockBridge Productions recently teamed up with the San Francisco Association of Realtors to create this awesome video, which strings together footage of the various unique neighborhoods that make up San Francisco. As you watch, pay attention to which spots in the city you've been and where you still have yet to go.

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Director Mike Mills Has Seen the Future in His Latest Piece, Project Los Altos

Mike Mills
Kyle Johnson

Perhaps this self-evident fact - that the work of brilliant artists is often colored by their own life -- veers toward cliché. What's less evident is if that fact contributes, or detracts, from their art.

Mike Mills' films codify transparency. In 2010's The Beginners, Mills detailed how his recently widowed father simultaneously dealt with being single, gay, and terminally ill, at 75-years-old. The son, played by Ewan Macgregor, tries to make sense of this while finding himself debilitated by his own romantic and artistic missteps.

Mills approximates ontological discomforts without attempting an oracular stance. His beginnings as a graphic designer, crafting covers for the likes of Sonic Youth and Air, lends his films a dreamlike melancholy that's rendered in beautiful, lush terms. In spite of their visual acuity, however, each frame has a very specific intention.

In his latest project, Project Los Altos, Mills was recently asked by SFMOMA to investigate a place well-known for its many flights of fancy: Silicon Valley. In Los Altos, once home to Steve Jobs, the director was curious to see if he could locate some of the past in a culture obsessed with progress, and get a sense of where it thought it was going. Interviewing children - the human "components" of technology -- Mills discovered a future brimming with light and dark.

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From Blogs to Galleries: Q&A with Supersonic Electronic's Zach Tutor

Jen Mann
What is Lost

Zach Tutor's blog Supersonic Electronic, has grown immensely since its creation in 2008. What started as a personal blog with images of art, cats, and cute girls was eventually tailored down into a collection of pieces from new contemporary artists that's so refreshing and expansive it could kind of knock you out. Now, in it's sixth year, Supersonic Electronic has amassed over 325,000 followers on Tumblr and features dozens of new images per month, interviews with select artists, and an online store.

With the tremendously successful website under his belt, Tutor has added curation in a physical gallery space to his resume. San Francisco's Spoke Art hosts the 3rd annual Supersonic Electronic Invitational, a show that features a line-up of over 40 of the best new contemporary artists from around the globe. The selections, just like those shown on
Tutor's blog, celebrate a new kind of artist, those from the "electronic school of contemporary art" -- influenced heavily by the presence and accessibility of the internet through the aughts and teens.

Tutor, who lives in Mississippi was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.

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Art Awareness: AIDS Epidemic Posters on Display and in New Book

The Keith Haring Foundation
Keith Haring's art is synonymous with AIDS activism during the 80s and 90s.
Its been more than 30 years since the first cases of HIV and AIDS were diagnosed and reported and in that time, public awareness has increased and so has the possibility of a cure. The stigma attached to individuals diagnosed with the disease has dissipated and these individuals aren't treated as social pariahs.

Buzz Bense Collection
Wrap him up in your love!
Popular mass media depictions of the AIDs crisis such the Academy Award-winning film Philadelphia starring Tom Hanks and Tony Kushner's epic 8-hour play, Angels in America have introduced the horrors of the debilitating illness and the valiant efforts of resistance in mainstream popular culture. These works introduced the American public to various sexual identities and gave HIV and AIDS a human face. But as the San Francisco-based Center for Sex and Culture's (CSC) recent venture proves -- there was another visual art form that created awareness and inspired social change and perception: the poster.

The poster was the first medium used in the LGBT community to spread messages of hope and education during the hard-hitting years of the AIDS epidemic with slogans like "Safe Sex is Hot Sex" and "Outliving Forecasts of Doom: Keep it Safe." There were images of homosexuality made human and empowering.

"They showcase sexuality, gay lifestyles that are very diverse, identities and languages," said Carol Queen, executive director of the CSC. "There are many, many images of gay men in particular that most people had never seen before these poster began to show up on walls and cities all over the world."

Print posters were truly an essential and integral part of the 1980s and early 1990s era of activism. Now, the CSC is publishing a book that displays parts of their 150 print collection that will also go on public display Friday, Nov. 8.

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