Mauricio Ancalmo at Evergold

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If you haven’t had the chance to get to evergold the last few weeks, get over there quick before Mauricio Ancalmo’s show goes down in march.

It is a must see if you have ever played Pétanque in golden gate park with Paul Kos…or not.

The work in the show is very conceptual, but at the same time super approachable and modest. It is all inspired by our very own golden gate park, so if you have ever rolled through on your bike, enjoyed a picnic, or done anything else in the park, you will feel some sort of connection to the work.

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Gregory Ito solo show @ moroso projects

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Artist Gregory Ito has a solo show at Moroso Projects. It is an interesting show that has a myriad of work that can be appreciated both technically in his paintings and more conceptually in his sculptural and installation work. Take for instance a piece like Untitled(she’s gifted – pink), where the artist put earrings on a flower. He is taking something that is in itself already beautiful, but at the same time looks like it might be sitting on an office desk. He then pierces it’s flesh to add unnecessary embellishments. In a way, he is almost dressing the flower up and preparing it for something more than it is destined to be. It sits on a fence precariously balanced and waiting for something that may or may not happen. Perhaps the balance between work and play? This was one of my favorite pieces, a very simple gesture.

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Ceramics Annual of America

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We really don’t get out enough to see ceramics here at arthowl, but there is a great chance to see some good work at civic center this weekend. The ceramics annual of America is hosting a huge show with major works of ceramics art for free in civic center between Polk and Larkin, just in front of city hall.

This show is a great event to take a stroll and check out some affordable ceramic work. There are a lot of very technical pieces to be appreciated, but also some interesting conceptual work as well.

Esther Shimazu did some great figurative work of seemingly overweight yet agile looking asian people. I did not meet the artist to see what they were about, but they were fabulous. They were super realistic and did not look like ceramics at all. I wanted to flick them to see if they were ;)

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