I had big plans for today, including the Julie Heffernan show at Catharine Clark Gallery, the Power to the Peaceful Festival in Golden Gate Park and the Nathan Russell opening at Mollusk Surf Shop. And then a gas pump fell out of my car right onto my toe while I was refueling earlier this afternoon, so now I'm laid up at home praying the swelling goes down soon. Tears of sadness.
But last night well before this calamity Sasha and I took advantage of the warm night and hit up the Oakland Art Murmur. My favorite things were at Johansson Projects, which is currently hosting a show called Outpost featuring the art of David Hamill and Jeff Konigsberg (whose Blue painting is pictured above). Both artists use geometry to explode traditional ideas of architecture, and I was absolutely entranced by Konigsberg's obsessively detailed lines. Hamill's work reminded me of the fantastically impossible designs of Lebbeus Woods, and he also contributes a large installation that weaves in and out of the gallery's interior archways. Seriously awesome stuff, all of it. I also liked the politically-charged work of Filipino collective Kwatro-Kantos over at 21 Grand, which uses huge collages of computer-generated imagery merged with painting and photography to take on everyone from Christopher Columbus to Mickey Mouse. After Art Murmuring we headed down to Flora for killer cocktails and salted caramel pudding, which might explain why we didn't feel the earthquake even a bit.
Toe or no toe, I'm still DJing tomorrow:
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