review as pictures: Carrie Hott's key room & Cybele Lyle in the project space @ headlands center for the arts
The Key Room by Carrie Hott
++ Cybele Lyle in the Project Space
Headlands Center for the Arts
944 Simmonds Rd, Sausalito, CA 94965
On a rainy afternoon on March 20th, 2016 Glossary Magazine visited the opening for The Key Room, a beautiful project by artist, archivist and art historian (we think so) Carrie Hott. In this installment of Review as Pictures, we feature the industrious project, two years in the making. Plus, an added profile of Cybele Lyle's work in progress titled Adventures in Solitude, currently happening at the Headlands in the Project Space.
There were wonderful take-aways, such as maps and self-guided tours by artists Walter Kitundu (AIR ’08), Constance Hockaday, and Scott Oliver (AIR ’09) and buttons. The inauguration festivities also included true stories told by Holly Blake (staff, 1988–present), Phoebe Brookbank (AIR ’88), Sarah Fran Wisby (AIR ’14), Mark Thompson (AIR ’86).
Below are images of Cybele Lyle's work in progress Adventures in Solitude. Sketches of painted photos and site specific installation filled the space and gorgeous photo prints on fabric adorned the windows.
More about Carrie Hott, here.
More about Cybele Lyle, here.
SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, April 17th Headlands Spring Open House. Studios will be open! 12pm to 5pm
Headlands visiting hours are SUNDAY - THURSDAY from 12noon to 5pm. Closed Fridays and Saturdays.
Both the Key Room and the Project Space are open to the public for viewing Sunday - Thursday 12pm to 5pm.
FYI CLOSED THE FOLLOWING MONDAYS:
Monday, April 18
Monday, May 30
Monday, July 4
Monday, July 18
Monday, September 5
Monday, October 17
Minnesota Street Project
1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
On March 17th, Glossary attended the preview party of Minnesota Street Project (MSP).
Spirits were high last night; people are hopeful about the potential that the project brings. Notwithstanding, there is much to critique as well.
Firstly, people need to be prepared for the influx of visual information. In SF, 49 Geary and various art nights have offered such critical mass, but because this platform is all in one two-story building the experience is different than neighborhood art walks/nights.
As always, it is good to see shows on off days, when it’s quiet and viewers have more room to think about the work and have meaningful conversations with the galleries. When Daniel Patterson’s café opens in the fall, this will provide a nice respite to take a break in between galleries.
Meanwhile, you can always hop across the street to Philz Coffee or many of the nearby restaurants in a few blocks walking distance. Speaking of which; there is ample parking toward the waterfront within a four block radius, and even more on weekends when the industrial businesses are not in operation. Plus, MSP is only two blocks from the Muni K/T 23rd Street exit.
I used to own a space, and we faced several access challenges at each location: one was a walk up with an elevator that didn’t work on my floor; one was in a spooky dirty flooded alley and one was behind a jewelry store. So I get it; people sometimes need reassurance to venture somewhere—even to art shows that we assume attract adventuresome and tolerant audiences—we are still plagued with stereotypes and fear. But as Andrew McClintock said last night, “There are no rules in the art world.”
Let’s embrace that more, shall we? MSP is a good start. I have written a couple of extensive articles on this space, and in general am very excited for what it brings to the Bay Area. Last year I interviewed MSP Co-founder Deborah Rappaport for artltd. And more recently interviewed Et al. gallery directors Jackie Im and Aaron Harbour for artslant. So, in general I am a huge supporter of this project.
The second major critique is with “critical mass” and the potential for “critical mess.” What I mean by that is the egalitarian “something for everyone” still leaves a big window of potential failure. This is where subjectivity comes in; within the larger whole will be shows that one person likes and another person pans. This is OK!
It’s important to begin looking at the individual galleries’ merits going forward, and continue to follow their programming; the bonus is the chance that suddenly the gallery you thought you didn’t like is showing something that catches your eye. Here are a few teasers that caught my eye:
486 49th Street (Temescal Alley)
Oakland, CA. 94609
January 21st – March 13th
For the last few weeks, Interface Gallery has been presenting a series of performative works titled Bodily Engagements.
Making Plain, which ran from February 15 through February 28th included a sculptural installation by Lisa Rybovich Crallé, fashioned from white shelving paper with a raised faux brick pattern. A few angled beams intersect the space. The dancers wear casual white jean costumes with brick patterned tank tops.
The project is one in an ongoing collaboration between Crallé and dancer Sophia Wang that they call Manners. Wang performed in the installation along with dancers Olive Blackburn and Titania Kumeh. The three interact with the space in a choreographed, minimalist arrangement of bizarre, awkward and at once beautiful gestures. An accompanying sound piece created by Tooth of Black Hole Cinematheque created atmospheric timing marked by surrealistic field recordings.
Glossary witnessed the third performance on February 27th. In another Review as Pictures, photographic documentation is here for you. Enjoy!
The final Bodily Engagements project features Endless, a performance installation with Renée Rhodes and Lauren McKeon. The gallery is open March 12th from 12pm to 4pm. A body + sculpture workshop will be held Sunday March 13th from 12pm to 2pm.
The entire series included works by Abby Crain, Lisa Rybovich Crallé, Lauren McKeon, Brontez Purnell and Sophia Wang. For more information about the entire series, visit Bodily Engagements.
All images & video: Leora Lutz for Glossary Magazine.
Glossary attended the press preview yesterday for the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. We took pictures of tempting highlights for our 2nd Review as Pictures.
Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA – pronounced Bam P.F.A., Bam for short)
Grand Opening to the public
Sunday January 31, 2016
2155 Center Street, Berkeley, CA. 94704
The museum began in 1963 when it received a gift by Abstract Expressionist artist Hans Hofmann, which included forty-five of his paintings and $250,000 to build a gallery. Although we will miss the original Brutalist museum built by Mario Ciampi in 1970, the new space is also architecturally progressive, and with many contemporary considerations.
Fun fact: The new museum was the previous home of the UC Berkeley printing plant, built during the Works Projects Administration (WPA) in 1939. (pictured below) The 1945 UN Charter was printed there.
Bosting several galleries and two state-of-the-art film theaters, the new museum is—to put it very plainly—fantastic.
The building is designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro of The Broad and the Stanford Art and Art History fame, among others. The architecture for BAMPFA is comfortable & fresh: super high ceilings and subterranean access makes the space open and invites curious personalities to explore; split level ramp floor plan that encourages easy meandering, with cross platform views into other galleries & plenty of opportunities to lean and ponder. The café is upstairs, with excellent people watching from up high and the Carla and David Crane performance space that also acts as resting and socializing area when not in use, and if that is not enough, there is a huge video screen outside of the museum for everyone to enjoy.
BONUS: it is closer to BART than any other museum in the Bay Area—only one block away!
Attention to detail really makes the space feel like it cares about art and visitors: tons of natural light (!); end–grain parquet floors add warmth in contemplative and darker display rooms; open floor plan in main gallery and lots of breathing room between pieces; Café Babette is integrated into the space upstairs so you can snack and look at art at the same time; considerate and conscientious use of the pre-existing building.
Thoughtful finishing touches: Custom joinery by master craftsman Paul Discoe of Oakland, using wood from Canary Island Pines removed next to the building to make room for the new addition. Twenty three new trees were planted including Chinese pistache, ginkgo, hornbeams and honey locust.
Future programming highlights: Twelve artist led family art workshops per year, free tours for elementary schools, drop-in Art Lab for hands-on learning, film, conceptual art and works on paper study centers by appointment, 450 film programs + concerts, performances and lectures.
There was a lot to see in the new inaugural Architecture of Life group exhibition. “Architecture—as concept, metaphor, and practice—illuminates aspects of life experience: the nature of the self and psyche, the fundamental structures of reality, and the power of the imagination to reshape our world,” the press release states.
It is an excellently curated selection of works. In the Ben Shivers shed in the main gallery, a piece of steel from the new construction was Included—a nice touch. The show is quite lyrical, with many noticeable threads and pattern throughout, including extremely delicate lines, stellar abstraction and poignant minimalism.
Glossary is glad they decided to come to the Bay Area in 2011 with the intention of staying—and they have stayed. The people, the way they think, and the art is what keeps us here. Our art world is getting excited for 2016 and the things that make art in the Bay Area worth recognizing. The opening of both 500 Capp Street and BAMPFA this January is a great start.
BAMPFA Hours beginning February 3rd, will be 11 am to 9pm, Wednesday through Sunday
$12 general admission, students $10. FREE FIRST THURSDAYS
See www.bampfa.org for more details.
//Glossary magazine inaugural exclusive//REVIEW AS PICTURES: DAVID IRELAND. Smithsonian Falls, Descending a Staircase for P.K. @ San francisco Art Institute
Glossary is honored to inaugurate the magazine with our first art review featuring an
*Exclusive* Review in Pictures of David Ireland's Smithsonian Falls, Descending a Staircase for P.K., originally installed April 8–May 9 in 1987 at San Francisco Art Institute.
Glossary visited the SFAI Walter and McBean Galleries during installation on January 8th, 2016 to witness this historic work while it was being made - apropos of Ireland's conceptual maxim: "You can't make art by making art," he said.
For Ireland, daily routine oftentimes became epic ritual, thus melding life with the act of creating. Objects and art became fused with daily activities, transforming the banal into poignant memories/stories/gestures, replete with meaning grounded in their seemingly incidental making. For our inaugural review Glossary witnessed the installation of Smithsonian Falls with Ireland's objectives in mind. We are humbled to photograph this monumental and ephemeral piece to share it with you.
Thursday January 14, - Saturday March 6, 2016
Walter & McBean Galleries. San Francisco Art Institute
The piece is now being reinstalled in conjunction with the restoration of Ireland's iconic/stunning 500 Capp Street (The David Ireland House).
The last layers of the staircase intervention are being poured to finalize a process that began mid-December. The top coat will be a smooth layer of fine concrete over the rough vermiculite/concrete foundation. Getting the perfect consistency was key, dependent on the mixture setting time before pouring. The base of the stairs is spreading. . . .
Also on view is Angel Go Round (1996), temporarily relocated from diRosa in Napa, where it is part of their permanent collection.
Ireland seemed to be present in all of the mundane tools & materials resting about the scene; the objects unclear whether they were part of the archive, or part of what was taking place.
Special thanks to curators Constance M. Lewallen and Hesse McGraw, cinchpr., & SFAI installation staff Robin Beard, Kaitlin Trataris and Oliver Holden. All images January 8, 2016, Leora Lutz & Glossary Magazine, courtesy of SFAI Walter and McBean Galleries and the estate of David Ireland.
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