Stations of the Elevated Justin Clifford Rhody at Ladybug House Ian Wallace at Jessica Silverman Brendan Fowler at Capital Chris Duncan at Et al. Kelly & Cal Erin Jane Nelson, Jason Benson, and Joel Dean at City Limits Sarah Davachi and Ashley Bellouin + Ben Bracken + Chris Fraser at Land And Sea El Pastiche and Xuxa Santamaria at Cult Bonanza at 100% Cuban Style Happy Hour Benefit at Random Parts A's vs Angels
Through May 2 - Ruby Neri: The Big Feel at Gallery Paule Anglim. Before I say anything about the show itself (which is pure delight) I want to add my voice to the chorus paying tribute to Ms Anglim after her recent death. Her gallery has long been a source of inspiration to me, and we were lucky to have her strong artistic vision in San Francisco. This exhibition by Ruby Neri is the first time the artist has shown in the gallery, and even though she now lives in Los Angeles as an original member of the Mission School and the daughter of Manuel Neri she has deep roots in the Bay Area. Her sculptures and paintings abound with energy and color and don't get stuck in any particular style or genre, creating an enticing world uniquely Neri's own that contains figurative work and abstraction both. I particularly enjoyed a sculptural tableau in one section of the gallery that contains (amongst other things) a life-size woman, a giant ring, a glazed frog. Neri's sense of whimsy enhances everything she touches, no matter what materials she chooses to work with.
Shana Moulton at Yerba Buena Birthright? at Brava Erin Jane Nelson, Jason Benson, Joel Dean at City Limits Hella Vegan Eats Joanna McClure and Chris Thorson at Land & Sea The Mint Matthew Neil Gehring and David Fought at c2c Blackademics at Thick House The Fly Spring Open House at Headlands Let There Be Love at A.C.T.
Through April 25 - Teresa Baker, Jenny Monick, A.K. Burns at Kiria Koula. I first got hooked on Teresa Baker when she was the Tournesol resident at Headlands a couple years back, and I've been tracking her work ever since. She describes her process on the Kiria Koula website for this excellent show:
“I don‘t work in a linear manner. Instead, I work by seeing connections between materials and responding to what each individual piece needs so that it can get to the point of non-identity. There is something in the process of unknowing that is of interest, and I believe helps to bring life to the painting. If I sketched it out and executed the plan, it would feel dry, a de-void of energy and life.”
Baker's sculptural paintings or painterly sculptures are interspersed thoughtfully amongst Jenny Monick's pieces, which are created according to specific tasks she sets for herself. Both artists are unconcerned with traditional notions of beauty or even of what constitutes an art object, and the results are invigorating. Equally fascinating are the books A.K. Burns has selected for the gallery bookshop, which are source material and inspiration for the video installation project she is currently working on that concerns itself with ideas about negative space. With authors like Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ, Anna Halprin, Carl Sagan, Samuel R. Delaney, and many other favorites represented I am eager to experience Burns's piece when it is finished.