Some great work at the SFAI MFA show which is up this weekend. It is at the old mint, and it is a great space. The feel of the exhibition space is more like a gallery than past venues.
Some picks from the exhibition. On view at the old mint:
Friday, May 16, 7–9 pm
11 am–6 pm
Large scale work by Javier Arbizu. Very beautiful, I wish the old lighting system didn’t hang so low :/
Column made with heat ducting I believe.
David Lasley capturing the flesh.
Alex Ziv motorcycle culture.
Gouache and ink tescuani(beast) surrealist drawings by Mariel Bayona.
Whoa…super real Patrick Hothan
Li Ma instal!
Mary Corey March did a great project where she made several faux smart phones and tablets. The devices have messages that you would typically see in a social networking feed. Some are painstakingly embroidered, and some are not. More serious messages are weighted differently than the less serious. I felt this piece was very successful in conceptualizing that social media is not distinguishing a difference between certain types of information. By lumping this information together it causes a kind of numbness.
Marshall Elliot did a wonderful piece based on manarch the bear which was the model bear for the California flag. Elliot worked with UC Berkeley to create molds of the actual bear’s bones which are stored there. The actual box his bones are stored in are a part of his installation. Very cool part of California history in a great art piece.