Thursday, April 30, 2009

Trace Elements

Trace Elements

Trace Elements
May 8 - July 3, 2009
Location: SFAC Gallery, Grove Street

Gallery 401 Van Ness Artists:
Michelle Blade, Jason Jagel, Dan Nakamura, Ferris Plock, Clare Rojas, Deth P. Sun, Kelly Tunstall, Porous Walker, Marci Washington and the Hamburger Eyes collective.

At the SFAC Gallery Window Installation Site at 155 Grove St:
Chris Duncan, Maya Hayuk, Kyle Ranson, and Brion Nuda Rosch

Curated by Meg Shiffler, with curatorial assistance by Ferris Plock.

In the field of science a trace element is a minute component of a whole. It is not insignificant, however, because without trace elements the organism/entity would either not be what it is, or not be healthy. Identifying a trace element is very difficult, but once it has been singled out, it is often the key that unlocks a complete understanding of what is being researched.

What are the trace elements of a City? Does the urban environment hold secrets or codes that would provide a greater comprehension of its systems, or of its human inhabitants? What remains when individuals and the places we build cease to exist? How does this evidence, these trace elements, assist us in piecing together history?

These are some of the questions posed to the Bay Area-based artists in the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery’s exhibition, Trace Elements. Each artist in the exhibition was chosen because of their remarkable visual and conceptual strategies for building and communicating complex narratives. The newly commissioned works in the exhibition range from installation to painting to photography, and attempt to reveal or reconcile some of San Francisco’s hidden secrets. Detectives and historians are left with gaps in their evidence and must piece together plausible explanations of what existed or took place in the past. Such is the case with our team of artists; expect to see a labyrinth of fact intertwined with fiction, and outcomes that pose more questions than they answer.

Meg Shiffler, SFAC Gallery Director, states, “Because the SFAC Gallery is a program of the San Francisco Arts Commission, an agency of the City and County of San Francisco, much of what we attempt to do in our exhibitions is centered on enlivening a dialogue around contemporary art and its relationship to urban and sociopolitical issues. For this exhibition our interest is on human interaction with the urban environment; the traces left behind, how that residue can be interpreted, and how histories are assembled.”

Trace Elements continues at the SFAC Gallery Window Installation Site at 155 Grove St with a new site-specific work created by former Bay Area, and now New York-based, artist Maya Hayuk in collaboration with local artists Chris Duncan, Kyle Ranson and Brion Nuda Rosch.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Group Art Show Opening
A NY Print Show (a.k.a. Printed Matter 5) May 9-June 3, 2009
Reception: Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
Giant Robot Gallery
437 East 9th Street
Between 1st Ave. & Ave. A, in the East Village
New York, New York 10009
(212) 674-GRNY (4769) |

Giant Robot is proud to present A NY Print Show (a.k.a. Printed Matter 5) at the Giant Robot Gallery in the East Village.

The latest installment of the popular Printed Matter series of art shows will feature more than 30 artists with a wide variety of aesthetic styles and printmaking techniques. Limited-edition prints are one of the best ways for budget-minded and new collectors to acquire artwork and support independent artists, and we are committed to providing this venue on a recurring basis.

Participating artists include the following:

Sasha Barr, Christopher Bettig, Blinky,
Sean Boyles, Rob Corradetti, Liam Devowski, Theo Ellsworth, Justin Fines, Matt Furie, Pete Glover, Tim Gough, Sam Handelman, Andrew Holder, Ben King, Chris Kline, Alex Lukas, Aaron Martinez, Mats!?, Andrew Perry, Mike Perry, Sidney Pink, Albert Reyes, Caleb Sheridan, Hannah Stouffer, Deth P. Sun, Daria Tessler, Aiyana Udesen, Chadwick Whitehead, Chelsea Wong

A reception featuring many of the artists will be held from 6:30 to 10:00 on Saturday, May 9.
For more information about the artists, GRNY, or Giant Robot magazine, please contact:

Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
(310) 479-7311

Monday, April 27, 2009

Ferris Sent Me Another Cat Video

Map of San Francisco, 1938

Thanks to Sparkletack, I found a map of San Francisco from 1938. It's pretty sweet. There's so many little differences, that any San Franciscan would probably notice.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Subtle Differences

I found this flickr set of subtle differences in the Best Word Book Ever, by Richard Scary.

Friday, April 24, 2009


When we lived in LA I used to put this on every mix cd I made for my walk to work.

Monday, April 20, 2009

It's hot.

Marci's singing along to this on her ipod.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Here's that interview that Tara and Marci did at Rena Bransten the day before their openings. I was going to link the episode from KQED's youtube page, but it'll hella long cause there's another interview ahead of both Tara's and Marci's, so I just uploaded the video to our youtube account. Yeah, I kind of wish I had a vimeo account, but most of our videos involve cats and we just put those of flickr. Uh, yeah.

Got this video from this link.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Dick Dale

Due to Southern California pride, I was really obsessed with this song for a short while when I was younger. Kind of goes hand in hand with enjoying Gidget as well as That Darn Cat. Strangely, I was never really into the Beach Boys. Yes, yes. That's all I got for today.


Spring Cleaning

Puzzle Pieces

3 type of gators

Weird Pins

Cigar Boxes


College Sketchbooks

Decks of Cards

cat toys


Eli Geiser and Kelly Lynn Jones, Friday the 17th, SF

Eli Geiser and Kelly Lynn Jones

Opening Reception - Friday April 17th
7pm - 10pm

Park Life is pleased to announce a two person exhibition featuring the work of Kelly Lynn Jones and Eli Geiser. Opening reception will be held on Friday April 17th. Both artists will be in attendance.

Language is defined as a body of words and the systems for their use common to a people who are of the same community or nation, the same geographical area, or the same cultural tradition. Using this commonality of the familiar group, language can become limited in its ability to communicate. Both artists in this exhibition create visual languages to define and add context to their environments. However the sources they use to inform these languages are very different.

Eli Geiser makes a connection with color, sound and rhythm. She has taken a literal step and assigned a color for each letter of the alphabet. The rules of her language have changed over the years but the general ground rules have been retained. Using this system Geiser paints geometric compositions. These works have been used to represent certain phrases as well as representing something as abstract as the rhythm of someone’s speech.

Kelly Lynn Jones
is a Los Angeles native but is currently studying in the Bay Area. Being raised in the large basin that is LA, Jones perspective of the world is based on living in an urban environment but surrounded by the presence of nature from afar. Taking these visual cues, Jones began collecting, classifying, then creating artifacts that now represent this very personal sense of space.

Park Life
220 Clement St
SF CA 94118
415.386.PARK (7275)

Tree Show V


Tree Show V at GRSF, April 18, 2009-May 20, 2009
Reception: Saturday, April 18th, 6:30 pm-10:00 pm

618 Shrader Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Giant Robot is proud to present Tree Show V. In the tradition of its predecessors, this group exhibition will feature arbor-inspired pieces by painters, illustrators, and other creators from street art, indie comics, printmaking, design, and crafty art backgrounds

Artists will include:

Robert Bellm, Christopher Bettig, Bigfoot, Matt Burlingame, Cortney Cassidy, Ako Castuera, Cody Cochrane, Filipa Da Silva, Liam Devowski, Elayne Dixon, Chad Eaton, Danny Espinoza, FRENCH, Matt Furie, Ken Garduno, Trevor Girard, Narangkar Glover, Pete Glover, Andrew Holder, Maxwell Loren Holyoke-Hirsch, Jay Howell, Yellena James, Jeremyville, David Jien, Ben King, Aaron Martinez, Noa, Eric Nyquist, Andrew Perry, Mike Perry, Sidney Pink, Albert Reyes, Emilio Santoyo, Scrappers, Deth P. Sun, Daria Tessler, Roan Victor, Chelsea Wong, Lawrence Yang

This year's Tree Show will also be a fundraising effort for San Francisco's Friends of the Urban Forest, a non-profit organization that plants over 1,500 trees a year to keep San Francisco communities green. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of artwork will go towards their efforts. For more information, please visit the group's website:

Monday, April 13, 2009

CCA Open Studios

Conrad Ruiz

Last week we went to CCA's MFA Open Studios. Marci took a lot of photos and it took me about 3 days to go through and clean up, and then upload. She took about 300 photos, which is way more than the number she took when she was still in the grad program.

The photos are uploaded and you can find them here.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Turning 30 soon

I was going through a mild freak out even though I don't normally go through things like that. This was a different feeling. It's not like I worry about getting old, it's more that I worry about growing old while not doing the things that I set out to do when I was younger. Like that Mark Twain quote, about how 20 years from now you'll regret the things you didn't do rather than the things you did (that's not really the exact quote).

So yeah. I tried calling up a friend to complain cause I didn't want to annoy Marci cause she had been stressed about that show. There were two problems I hit. One, is that you can't talk about how you're worried about turning 30 to someone else who's also turning 30. Apparently they don't like that. Another is that you really can't complain to someone who doesn't think you have it as bad as them when they're turning 30 too. So in my quest to figure out someone to talk about turning 30, I got turned away a few times.

Eventually I just resigned myself to the fact that I have to get over it by myself. I sat on the couch and just tried to think it over. After a few hours I figured that things pretty are good, and they could always be worse, and that I should enjoy what I have. Yeah, It wasn't really much of an epiphany but really it's all I need.

Images from Marci's Show

These are some photos from Marci's show. We took these the day before when Marci had to go to the gallery to do an interview for KQED's art crawl (when there's a link, I'll post it here). We got to meet Tara, who's having her solo show in the other exhibition space, and her artwork is pretty awesome (Marci was pretty stoked to get paired up with her).

Marci has been sick all week, so she didn't know if she'd be able to get out of bed to do this interview. I got her, Nyquil, Zicam, Dayquil, Theraflu, and Mucinex (sp?). The Mucinex is hella powerful (you have to show your ID when buying it), but I don't think Marci's stomach could handle it, so she's sticking the other stuff, other than Theraflu.

BTW, Marci really did nail that interview. It took her a while to warm up, and she was very nervous on the drive over, but she did pretty good.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Gervais + Elmo

Tara Tucker / Foreign Relations

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Rena Bransten Gallery
77 Geary Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Tara Tucker’s exhibit, Foreign Relations, consists of highly representational graphite drawings on paper and an equally detailed textile "drawing" that open a window into the future. Her subjects are new world life forms that have evolved together to survive climactic and environmental changes or some global catastrophe. They are also, Tucker admits, self-portraits incorporating her personal history, relationships, and experiences that may find thematic parallels in the human condition - both emotional and physical. The "humanity" of these melded plant and animal life-forms is reflected in their eyes, postures, and situations. Because of Tucker's exquisite hyper-real draftsmanship, her creatures are convincing harbingers of a post-apocalyptic world, and coupled with her logical symbiotic connections, they have the discomforting veracity of documentary photographs.

Tucker was born in 1970 in Santa Barbara, California. She received her BFA (1992) and her MFA (1994) from the California College of the Arts. Foreign Relations is her second solo exhibition at Rena Bransten Gallery. Tucker has had solo exhibitions at the Musée d’Honeur Miniscule, New Langton Arts, San Francisco and OSP Gallery in Boston. Her drawings and sculptures are in group exhibitions currently at the de Saisset Museum's Natural Blunders show in Santa Clara through this month and at the Gatehouse Gallery at the di Rosa Preserv's (un)Natural exhibit in Napa through June 13. Tucker currently lives in Berkeley and is an art instructor at Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, Ca.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Marci Washington / Dark Mirror

After the Dinner Party

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Rena Bransten Gallery
77 Geary Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Marci Washington’s lush paintings in DARK MIRROR work on several levels to build suspicion and to enhance an ominous sense of discomfort and crisis in viewers. She achieves this by depicting ghosts, haunted houses, vampires, dismembered limbs, bloody scenery, and an assortment of sallow young people who serve as metaphors for serious social ills. Washington’s model for a doomed society was Edwardian England whose rigid social norms and repressive imperialist vision sparked its decline – a situation Washington feels is mirrored by a present-day America stricken by the same ideological “curse”. Her Edwardian characters and romance novel format allow Washington “to construct an allegorical tale capable of challenging the simplistic cultural narrative of our own time in order to reveal a much darker tale of moral decline, spiritual crisis, and rampant anxiety, all lurking beneath the siren song of material desire fueling the “progress” of a capitalist society in decline.”

Washington received her BFA and MFA from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. This exhibit will be Washington’s first solo show at the Rena Bransten Gallery but her work was included in the group exhibition, "Dreamscapes" and "Cream – From the Top" at Arts Benicia, last year. Washington currently lives and works in Oakland, CA.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10:30AM to 5:30PM and Saturday 11:00AM to 5PM.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Fleet Foxes

This video kind of has that weird soft lens effect that they had in the promo video they made us watch in SLC when we took the tour that one time.

Public Enemies

PUBLIC ENEMIES from Way To Blue on Vimeo.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Laramie, WY

The Matterhorn at Night

The Matterhorn at Night

Old Post- Strange Things We've Seen Outside Our Window

This Post is from Nov 9, 2007.

- Cats Stalking Dogs and Dog Walkers. That's right, there are multiple cats stalking dogs from 15-20 feet away as they're walking pass our house.
- Lady Singing Medieval Style while walking down the street. We've Never actually seen her, cause she sings pretty much on in the morning around 8-9, and it's usually on Sunday, probably on the way to the farmers market.
- Crazy Lady Screaming Obscenities To No One in Particular. Yeah. Uh, I just saw her crap on a parked car the other day.
- Lady with an Electric Wheelchair, zooming around a corner and Plowing straight into the Back of A Parked Car. Uh, we came out and tried helping her. It really sucked. She was okay, just really drunk apparently. When you see something like that, you should probably call 911 first, and then go out there.
- Cars smashing into Buildings. Happened twice in a span of two months.

To tell you the truth our neighborhood is pretty tamed. Or at least compared to the other places we've lived. You know, no one getting shot outside our window, or no neighbor chasing some dude with a hammer or anything.

Jeff Magnum I Love How You Love Me

A while ago I accidentally deleted my old blog, but found out the rss feed is still around and that I can read it through Google Reader. Pretty weird. So here's some old stuff.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Weston's Grand Pier

Our friend, Jane sent this video to me a few years ago. We actually went to that Pier a few times when we were in England, 5 years ago. Our minds were kind of blown there. Everyone was kind of drunk everywhere we went and it felt like we had made it to the British Tijuana. We had to help some drunk who ran his bike into a telephone pole and was just sort of stuck there. There was a lot of kids, and apparently England had one of the highest teen pregnancy rate in Europe. There were a lot of pregnant ladies in tube tops and mini-skirts with bad tattoos of like Porky Pig and yeah. We'd be walking around and "Everyday is like Sunday" would be going through my head.

When we got back, for some strange reason I got into that kind of horrible Ali G movie, mostly cause, it reminded me of being in Weston.

I think either last year or the year before it burned down due to a deep fryer being left on. Yeah. That's kind of a loaded statement. There's several videos of it on youtube I found, but I don't think I can put them up here cause, they're pretty funny to me, but probably wouldn't be to whoever made the videos. Well, uh, no one really reads this blog, I'll just put it up.

Haunted London Underground

I've been emailing with a friend of friend who sent me this link.
I haven't actually seen it cause I'm waiting for Marci to finish working on the text of her zine so we can see it together.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Saucer Eyes

Monster Drawing Rally Pictures

Nat Russell


Southern Exposure uploaded images of work from their Monster Drawing Rally. You can see them here.

If you need a recap of the Monster Drawing Rally, here's our old post.