This Saturday, September 11, marks a fresh start with a new art season and the scene seems to be centralizing near the Potrero Hill district of San Francisco. Art venues are coordinating and banding together. There's Guerrero Gallery, striving to present artists who challenge contemporary standards. Steven Wolf Fine Arts just moved in across the street from Guerrero and will be having a soft opening in its new digs. Around the block, Southern Exposure kicks off its artist-run performance workshop.
What you will see this weekend:
It's always a party with Guerrero and this month the gallery's Materialism exhibition the work of Aaron Noble and Greg Lamarche. Lamarche incorporates graffiti elements and hints of New York City life into his collaged abstract letter forms. Noble employs a meticulous exploration of superhero cartooning by dissecting superhero comics, morphing enticing sections and creating new forms.
Steven Wolf Fine Arts presents Castration Myth, an in-your-face exhibition of historical photography by Viennese performance artist Rudolf Schwarzkogler, described as linking dandyism and brutality.
Southern Exposure's LevelFive Performance workshop is a one night experimental live role-playing pre-seminar to prepare for the mid-September seminar in San Jose, commissioned by the San Jose Zero1 Biennial and Machine Project in conjunction with the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Facilitated by artist Brody Codon, SOEX participants will play with perceptions vs. reality and empowerment, based on self-actualization seminars brought to the Bay Area in the 1970s.
It is important to highlight that SOMA's Baer Ridgeway Exhibitions and Union Square's Marx and Zavattero Gallery are holding their after parties at Guerrero Gallery. Under normal circumstances, these are businesses that would be competing with each other. But in this climate, they are taking a new approach and reaping the benefits of working together. The recent infusion of these cultural centers has created a lot of traction within the Potrero district.
Materialism is on view through October 2, 2010 at Guerrero Gallery; Castration Myth is on view through October 9, 2010 at Steven Wolf Fine Arts; and LevelFive will be September 11, 2010 at Southern Exposure in San Francisco.