Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Whirlwind Weekend Part 3!

In the same day that I saw Andrew Schoultz at Marx and Zavattero and Chris Duncan at Baer Ridgway, I also went over to the Mission to be a good bud and check out Mark Benson's art in a juried group show at Root Division.

Mark Benson, Hyun Sun Jo, and others, "Introductions 2010" at Root Division through September 25.

Mark Benson is a good friend of mine in CCA's MFA program and his studio is right down the hall from me, so if I didn't go to this, I knew he would have retaliated against me somehow, in the form of a mean critique or maybe even stealing all the cookies in my studio. I decided to support him and Hyun, another CCA MFA recent graduate, instead.
I took two pictures of Mark; I couldn't decide between this one, which shows the freak that he is...

Or this one, where he is pretending to explain art to Mik Gaspay, another one of our CCA brethren.

A broom & book sculpture by Mark, and a confused man.

This is a painting by Mark, which has a piece of paper stuck to a canvas with tape that says, "Dream Big". I wonder if this kid knows the irony their hat plays.

I found Seth Curico and Julie Henson of Daily Serving, charming as ever. Seth has a studio at Root Division, which also functions as a non-profit art studio building.

A gem-like painting by Hyun Sun Jo.

Even though I was tired I decided to catch the opening at Guerrero Gallery, which was also an after party for Andrew Schoultz and Chris Duncan.

"Materialism", Two-person show by Aaron Noble and Greg Lamarche at Guerrero Gallery through October 2.

The outside of Guerrero with body guards, prepared for the party to get started. I like this neighborhood, over on 19th Street by Potrero Hill. It's more quiet and open than a lot of parts of San Francisco, so that it kind of reminds me of the Culver City gallery neighborhood.

The inside is pretty magnificent and spacious.

I know I've seen LA-based Aaron Noble's work before. I think he is a pretty big deal in the Mission(?) art scene. Look at that craft; he paints these in goache!

Greg Lamarche is apparently a well-known graffiti dude but I don't know much about that stuff. I liked these collages that look like abstract paintings.

A surprise opening across the street at Steven Wolf's new space! (He used to be in 49 Geary with all the other stuffy galleries downtown). Now it feels like a new art community right down the street from my school!

Rudolf Schwarzkogler, "Castration Myth", at Steven Wolf Fine Arts through October 9th.

I never studied photography in school but Schwarzkogler's photos at Steven Wolf are all from the mid-60s and seem to me as though they were a big deal in how subversive they are, especially for the time period. I had a nice conversation with the gallery owner, Steven. He is really approachable and friendly guy, and a big supporter of young artists.

Here's the inside of this beautiful new space. The building is over 100 years old. That's Steven in the white shirt and that's art phenom, Barry McGee, with the dark hair and mustache. Whoops, I think he caught me!

In the back room: I know I've seen the work on the left before but I'm not sure who it is, and that's a Margaret Kilgallen on the right.

Some pieces by outsider artist, Daniel Johnston, who Kurt Cobain introduced to much of the world with his infamous t shirt.

I stole this image of Flea and Cobain from the internet.

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