Through a winding series of delicate illustrations, Zoe Keller (previously) explores the fragility of the natural world. In Scale & Bone, the Portland-based illustrator renders copper belly water snakes, San Francisco garters, and eastern diamondback rattlers through sinuous compositions that are ripe with skeletal remains, rows of butterflies, and dense patches of fungi. Each graphite drawing examines the tension between life and death and how nature’s processes are cyclical, including the shedding and regeneration of tube-like layers of skin. More Continue reading
A meeting with composer and artist John Cage prompted him to move his gallery in a more adventurous direction. Continue reading
Big companies seem to be hoping that if they make an apology pretty enough, we won’t be able to see through it. Continue reading
A market craving for Surrealism has been led by Magritte’s art. Continue reading
Thiebaud’s auction record stands at $8.5 million. Continue reading
English Monuments Wobble, Generation Gap Moves the Market, and More: Morning Links from June 9, 2020June 9, 2020
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The documentary is replete with tracking shoots of von Rydingsvard’s Bushwick studio, as well as footage of the fabrication and installation of one of her sculptures. Continue reading
Can an artist engage with surveillance technologies without being complicit in their uses for control and oppression? Continue reading
New color in the times of slow coffee Terrence Caviar & Kristin Texeira We’re crazy about the paintings of our friend Kristin Texeira, so we had the idea to make photos inspired by the elemental shapes and soothing color palettes that make up Kristin’s beautiful abstract compositions. Everyone under stay-in-place mandates (Kristin in upstate New … Continued Continue reading
Jean Shin made this reality strikingly visible in “Pause” (2020), an installation at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco for which she turned thousands of discarded phones, laptops, hard drives, and cables into a sculptural landscape. Continue reading
Journalist Pamela Newkirk remembers her mentor and friend, with whom she had planned to write a biography of his life. Continue reading
San Francisco-based artist Zai Divecha fashions countless pleats, creases, and flaps for her monochromatic paper sculptures. From geometric tessellations to flat sheets with dozens of rounded cuts and points, Divecha’s pieces accentuate the relationships between light and shadow and natural and manufactured elements.
Her inspiration is wide-ranging and includes “bathroom tiles, clouds, storm drains, the ‘skeletons’ of dead cactuses, peeling bark, raindrops on a car window, rock formations, ornate screens in Islamic architecture.” The artist also has woven data into her textured pieces, creating four artworks that represent HIV and AIDS diagnoses in San Francisco from 1992 to 2018. More Continue reading
With one-third of the world’s population currently under some level of quarantine, the streets of major cities like Amsterdam, New York City, and San Francisco are an unusual and unsettling sight. Film director and cinematographer Jean Counet, who shot “Meanwhile in Amsterdam,” shows the capital city almost entirely deserted. Public transit is empty and a four-minute walk reveals less than a dozen passersby.
Counet tells Colossal that “Meanwhile in Amsterdam” came together like any other film, except that “this time there was no director, and no plan,” he says. More Continue reading