PREVIEW I approached a meeting with Gilbert and George, the joined-at-the-hip-since-the-late-1960s so-called living sculpture, with some trepidation. How does one interact with such a well-honed identity in a way that resembles a real conversation? How do you talk to a work of art?
Thankfully, the pair are a burnished public entity with manners and demeanors that may seem a bit canned but not exactly insincere. Read more »
REVIEW Holy glowing gonads! That's what popped into my head as my eyes popped out when I entered the second room of the de Young Museum's gorgeous "Gilbert and George" exhibition, which encompasses 30 years and 65 pieces of the British duo's video, graphic, and two-dimensional sculpture work. Read more »
REVIEW The clean-cut man in the portrait looks straight ahead with knowing eyes, his leather jacket open an invitation, perhaps? revealing a muscular torso and chest, on which is tattooed a purple butterfly. The painting's mix of leather and a little lace sums up much of the art and life of Chuck Arnett, a habitué and documenter of the leather bar scene during gay liberation's golden age in the 1960s through the late '70s.
The majority of Arnett's work was inspired by and made for the bars and back rooms he frequented. Read more »
REVIEW Full disclosure would take up the full piece, so I'll just say that in spite of knowing both David Wilson and Frank Lyon well as friends, I'm hardly alone in counting them as two of the Bay Area's most celebratory and engaging young creators. They've largely steered their efforts away from the typical venues that comprise San Francisco's music-art coordinates thus far, especially in their periodic outdoor music gatherings. Read more »
REVIEW Although, on entering Little Tree Gallery, it seems that Pablo Guardiola's show consists of only seven photographs, that small collection forms the crux of a multidimensional presentation. The images have slight subjects and document the finite and the ephemeral. In Much More Than a Brand of Crackers, a Beer, a Malt Beverage and a Legendary Taino Leader (2007), a bottle cap is captured after being flung onto an asphalt surface. Read more »
Margaret Tedesco is often on the move. She's created flip books, directed plays, narrated films before neo-benshi events became popular locally and put together art shows at roving venues in Southern California and San Francisco. Read more »
The drawings and paintings of George and Mike Kuchar are brightly colored, bosomy, and bulbous bouquets of bodacious flesh. Those bountiful breasts belong to women in George's 1962 painting Voodoo Ceremony and in his 1977 Missionary Attack, in which a topless lady sporting an octopus skirt threatens to spear another wearing tiger skin pants and leather boots. But in Mike's art the big bazookas belong to men. Read more »
A phone interview is a routine aspect of writing an article, but there's a uniquely rich comedic irony to conducting a phone interview with Kalup Linzy. Since 2001, Linzy has been making soap operatic short videos in which a host of characters, most played by himself, converse by phone. Read more »
The unmistakable riff from AC/DC's "Back in Black" blares from the dark room in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art that houses Douglas Gordon's exhibition Pretty Much Every Film and Video Work from About 1992 until Now. It's coming from Gordon's cell phone, in the pocket of his trench coat, which he's wearing over a leather jacket.
Gordon is a man of many layers, though as its title plainly states, Pretty Much collects his visions to date, a number of them appropriated, into a single room. Read more »