Britney & Kari

Britney & Kari

Commission piece finished up yesterday.

15 x 22", sumi ink on arches watercolor paper

(Paul said Kari started crying when he gave this piece to her [it was a surprise]. I hope that means she liked it.)


"I Do Adore" @ Receiver Gallery [SF]

a day19 photography show
December 8, 2007 - January 25, 2008

Receiver Gallery
1415 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94577

Info: http://receivergallery.com/shows/idoadore.php

Artists: Angela Boatwright, Abbey Drucker, Cheryl Dunn, Helena Kvarnstrom, Ye Rin Mok, Chrissy Piper, Zen Sekizawa, Emily Shur, Deanna Templeton, Claire Weiss, & Andrea Longacre-White

A few photos of photos:
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Thoughts: A very nice assortment of photographs from an all-female, international group of photographers. The works of each individual manage to stand on their own, a difficult feat considering how easy it is at photo shows to observe one moment and forget the next. Installation works well, too - clean space, but the arrangement is also not so tight as to forget that this is a show in the Mission (not a bad thing, of course).


Aidan (triptych)

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Commission piece completed the other day.
As always, sumi ink on arches watercolor paper. 8.5" x 11.5" each.


"The There, There" @ Esteban Sabar, Oakland

November 23 to December 16, 2007

480 23rd Street (at Telegraph Ave.)
Oakland, CA 94612

A benefit show featuring some fine, talented folks from Oakland and parts nearby. Proceeds from this show will help pay the medical bills of local writer and curator Theo Konrad Auer.

Percy Feils @ Esteban Sabar, Oakland
Percy Feils
Obi Kaufmann @ Esteban Sabar, Oakland
Obi Kaufmann

Some good stuff from some very nice local artists. They'll be open also for the First Friday Murmur tomorrow, so make sure you stop by.


Kari Byron's Top 10 Female Artists

Fantastic artist and all-around-nicest-guy-in-the-world Paul Urich just sent me a link to Kari Byron's "Top 10 Modern Female Artists" list:


I am absolutely amazed that my name is up there with the likes of Wangechi Mutu and Josephine Taylor.

Thank you thank you thank you, Kari!


"Strange Fruit - Bad Seeds: John Casey & Martha Sue Harris" @ Receiver [SF]

Of course, I've had this sitting in my drafts folder for weeks on end, and now the show's done! It's up for a few more hours - catch it if you can.

More on

Receiver Gallery
John Casey
Martha Sue Harris
(all 3 are fine, fine folk)

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"Strange Fruit - Bad Seeds" @ Receiver, San Francisco"Strange Fruit - Bad Seeds" @ Receiver, San Francisco
"Strange Fruit - Bad Seeds" @ Receiver, San Francisco"Strange Fruit - Bad Seeds" @ Receiver, San Francisco
"Strange Fruit - Bad Seeds" @ Receiver, San Francisco"Strange Fruit - Bad Seeds" @ Receiver, San Francisco


Yerba Buena Arts & Culture Free 4 All


Nov 10, 11a-5p

Visit the Yerba Buena Neighborhood for the first-ever Arts and Culture Free 4 All when 12 cultural institutions, located within 3 blocks, are open for free.

Participating Institutions:
California Academy of Sciences
California Historical Society
Cartoon Art Museum
Contemporary Jewish Museum
GLBT Historical Society
Museum of the African Diaspora
Museum of Craft and Folk Art
SF Camerawork
The Society of California Pioneers
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

New Statesman: Information Overload

Information Overload | Conceptual art should be allowed to speak for itself

Excerpt: It is a commonly held view in the art world that the public resists conceptual work because it is difficult to understand. Its reputation for being pretentious and "not as good as painting" would improve, they argue, if it were properly explained.

Related article:

The Guardian
Cracked! | Tate Modern's dramatic new installation - a great gash in the floor of the Turbine Hall - has already delighted both critics and the public. But the question everyone's asking is: how on earth did it get there? Its creator, Doris Salcedo, refuses to say. But yesterday Jon Henley took along a team of experts to try to work out how it was done ...

Call for Entries: Pro Arts Juried Annual

Juried Annual 2008
Pro Arts Gallery
Oakland, CA
January 22- March 9, 2008

Selections by Laura Hoptman
Senior Curator, New Museum, New York, NY

Artists' Reception: Thursday, January 31, 6-8pm
Artists' Talk: Saturday, February 16, 1pm
Deadline: December 12, 2007 Dec 19 (extended)


$10 cheaper to submit online rather than through paper.


"Paint By Needle" @ Rowan Morrison [Oakland]

Paint by Needle
The Textile Art of Ako Castuera & Narangkar Glover
Nov 2 - Dec 22

Rowan Morrison Gallery
330 40th St. (at Broadway)
Oakland, CA 94609

Hours: Wed - Sat, 11 am -6 pm or by appt

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Narangkar Glover @ Rowan Morrison, OaklandNarangkar Glover @ Rowan Morrison, Oakland

Lovely work by two very nice artists. Go and see! Not just any plain ol' needlework. Definitely more to it than that. Make sure to check out their art books and prints, too.



in the time it takes reviewed in the latest issue of Artweek

portfolio section has been updated

fecalface.com has put up an interview I did a little while back with Chris Pew


Upcoming show to check out: Rainbow Warpzone

Rainbow Warpzone
Mary Anne Kluth | Annie Wong | Bryan Von Reuter

Satellite Gallery
2288 San Pablo Ave

Opening Reception: November 2, 7-10 pm


3 good friends, all great artists. Should be excellent and full of childish glee. Mary Anne asked me to go and just be happy, so I will at least go and try. You all should go and smile along, too.

ITTIT Review in Artweek (Nov 2007)

It helps to work in a library... My coworkers pointed out a review of ITTIT in the newest issue of Artweek (Nov 2007)! Very exciting indeed. It should be up on the Artweek website soon, but the issue is on newstands now.


Kelly Lynn Jones / "Biome"

Far From Main Street
Kelly Lynn Jones
October 25 - December 2, 2007

Rare Device
1845 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Kelly Lynn Jones @ Rare Device
Kelly Lynn Jones @ Rare Device
Kelly Lynn Jones @ Rare Device

a group show guest curated by Johanna St. Clair and Jay Nelson
October 23 - December 1, 2007

Lincart Gallery
1632 C Market St., San Francisco, CA

Eleanor Harwood @ Lincart
Eleanor Harwood
Charlie Callahan @ Lincart
Charlie Callahan
Suzanne Husky @ Lincart
Suzanne Husky


The End All: ITTIT & SS

My two shows are closing this Friday, but not without suitable party-like accompaniments. If you haven't seen the shows, this is your last chance! If you have, you should come by anyway to celebrate with us. My friend Jason will be DJing at the Receiver reception, so bring your dancing shoes, too.

Hope to see you all soon!


Closing Reception: Oct 26, 5 - 8 pm <<= note: extended

Nancy Chan & Olivia Park

Receiver Gallery
1415 Valencia Street
San Francisco

Gallery hours: Mon - Fri, 10 - 6 pm


Closing Reception: Oct 26, 6 - 9 pm


themed group show curated by Mary Anne Kluth

Satellite Gallery
2288 San Pablo Ave

Artists: Nina Bayley, Nancy Chan, Davie Crockett, Michael Mersereau, Christine Monohan, Leticia Ramirez, Marci Washington, Walt!


"Something Sinister" @ Satellite [Oakland, CA]

Something Sinister (curated by Mary Anne Kluth)
The Satellite Gallery
2288 San Pablo Ave

Oct 5 - 26
Gallery hours: by appt maybe?

Reception: Oct 5, 7 - 10 pm
Closing reception: Oct 26, 6 - 9 pm

Artists: Nina Bayley, Nancy Chan, Davie Crockett, Michael Mersereau, Christine Monohan, Leticia Ramirez, Marci Washington, Walt!

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Something SinisterSomething Sinister (Christine & Mary Anne)
The fourth image includes Christine Monohan conversing with show curator/organizer Mary Anne Kluth.
This last image is the new Annie piece in its entirety. I didn't realize until I went to measure it that it was nearly as tall as me. I guess it's a little smaller than me - I'm only a bit bigger than 23" around and 60" tall.



Annie (detail)
A detail of the new Annie piece made for the Something Sinister show up now at Satellite Gallery in Oakland, CA. It's large - 5' tall - and most of it is blank white paper, of course. A very different paper was used for this one, which I struggled with greatly, but everyone seems to be really pleased with the results. I can't tell if it's different from the usual stuff because of the paper or the size...
Thank you, friends, for coming out to see the show in the newish gallery. Most people have better things to do usually, but for some reason most of the people I knew went to my favorite sushi place, Sushiya, and then moseyed down to see the Sinister show. Me and Will (the sushi chef) thank you.

I'll have the pictures of the rest of the show up soon - promise.

Barry McGee, Tom Neely

Barry McGee: Advanced Mature Work
Gallery at REDCAT
Los Angeles, CA
September 15 - November 25, 2007

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Caught the Barry McGee show with Walt! earlier this week during my trip to LA (yet another Morrissey concert [2, actually]).

Also was very pleased to be able to catch the Tom Neely show at Black Maria gallery. Fantastic work; I only wish I had the money to purchase these pieces (selling for very reasonable prices) for myself.

Self-Indulgent Werewolf: Tom Neely
Black Maria
3137 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
September 15– October 15, 2007

Tom Neely
werewolf fugue "relentless"
ink and watercolour on paper
30" x 23"

Tom Neely
werewolf fugue "rest"
ink and watercolour on paper
30" x 23"


Sean Sobczak

Went to the Brewery Art Walk in Los Angeles with some very nice art-loving folks and saw this fine creature at the end of the day. Made the walk around worth it.

Fabric dragon
Sean Sobczak


"My Kid Could Paint That"

There hasn't been an art movie - that is, a movie about an artist and their work - that I've wanted to see in a long time. I'm so happy that Juxtapoz has brought this one to my attention:


When abstract expressionism started to gain popularity in the art community there were quite a few who said, in various ways, "My kid could paint that!" And a few years ago, it seemed like a 4-year-old named Marla Olmstead was proving them right. Marla was an abstract prodigy whose talents caused a gigantic stir in the world of modern art. Then a news program was aired which insinuated that Marla wasn't actually the one doing the painting. There was an assumed scandal and things were never really cleared up. Soon to be released is a documentary called My Kid Could Paint That by Amir Bar-Lev that was filmed before, during, and after the scandal took place. The film seems to evolve from initially trying to capture genius on film into a story about the Bar-Lev becoming too close to the subjects and the turmoil that the family goes through trying to live a normal life in a truly abnormal situation. The film opens October 5th in New York and LA and then, in limited release, across the U.S. See it for yourself to decide what you believe. We hope for genius, because a little hope never hurt.

squeak in portuguese

from wooster collective:



Thanks to everyone who made it out last night!

Annie & Michael V
ITTIT wall art

The turnout was much much larger than I had expected; I'd assumed that my group of friends coming up from LA would've taken up the majority of the gallery, but the place was already filled by the time they arrived after 9. Lots of wonderful people to talk to, a great buzz in the air, and Olivia, Jay, Chris, and I were just so pleased with how the show and the newly remodeled gallery space worked out. I don't think I could've asked for anything better except for some extra hours to be culled from the world for me to get a proper night's sleep.

Thanks again to everyone who was able to make it last night. I appreciate those of you who were able to overcome the shyness hurdle and talk to me about all the work - it really helps to hear what people are getting out of the pieces that have had me shut away for all these weeks.

Those of you who couldn't make it last night or didn't get a chance to talk to me or Olivia, please consider coming by the closing reception! It's scheduled for Friday, October 26th, 5 - 7 p.m. and is expected to be a more laid-back affair. Closings tend to be a lot less hectic, so it's good talkin' time.