Monica Westin

Stefanie Victor and Christopher Garrett

CAPITAL

September 2016

Stefanie Victor and Christopher Garrett’s show comprises a study in restraint and bodily intimacy that is disarmingly delicate in physical scale. Using a shared language of personal ornamentation in their approaches to formal in-between … READ ON

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Laura Owens

The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

June 2016

Categorizing the titular ten works of Laura Owens’s current exhibition is an exercise in frustration—intentionally so. Blurring the boundaries among installation, mural, and painting, Owens covers the gallery walls with nonrepeating handmade… READ ON

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Pablo Dávila

CULT | Aimee Friberg Exhibitions

June 2016

Pablo Dávila investigates our perceptions of space and time by translating the form of musical phasing across media. Phasing in music, which occurs when two instruments are played together at different tempos and so shift in and out of sync,… READ ON

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Anthony Discenza

Catharine Clark Gallery

March 2016

Anthony Discenza’s meta-exhibition takes up the literary trope of framing devices and translates it into a problem of material information. The conceit of the show is an artist named Anthony Discenza attempting to curate an exhibition based… READ ON

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Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle

Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle on her exhibition at the Museum of the African Diaspora

November 2015

Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle is an artist and currently a Fulbright fellow in Lagos, Nigeria, where she is working with students and faculty from the University of Lagos on her Kentifrica Project, 2010–, an ongoing piece about a hybrid, contested … READ ON

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Sara Bright

George Lawson Gallery

October 2015

The playful, painterly gestures of Sara Bright’s small movable frescoes at George Lawson Gallery at first belie the artist’s rigorous, post-Minimalist attention to form. Beneath built-up layers of plaster on burlap and wood, the panels … READ ON

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“Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces”

SOMArts

July 2015

Community-focused SOMArts Cultural Center’s comprehensive, museum-quality group show brings together installations and work from dozens of Bay Area artists and artist-run spaces, with archival material and ephemera from historical alternative… READ ON

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Brendan Fowler

CAPITAL

May 2015

The repeated circle patterns that top Brendan Fowler’s two large, layered wall pieces are made with an industrial embroidery machine—the kind that stitches logos onto sports jackets and baseball caps. This process translates the traditionally… READ ON

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Miriam Böhm

Ratio 3

April 2015

Miriam Böhm’s elegant, nimble photographs are the result of a recursive process in which she modifies a print through some combination of folding and tilting, then documents the resulting shape. Böhm’s work operates through the tradition of… READ ON

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“Comforter”

SFAQ [Project] Space

March 2015

This group show curated by Petra Collins, explicitly organized around the theme of domestic transience, is perfectly sited in a new, raw project space. Juxtaposed with crude fiberboard floors, the work recalls first attempts at personalizing… READ ON

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