Thursday, May 30, 2013


Opening Night Preview Reception of artMRKT @ Fort Mason
May 16th 6-10:30pm

CRASH landing into artMKRT

I crashed landed into Fort Mason for artMRKT because thats how the VIP arrive, by plane. Fort Mason was transformed this weekend into a mega-art gallery showcasing contemporary and modern works from 70 galleries around the globe. At the third annual artMRKT, art enthusiasts browsed through innovative works by Bay Area artists as well as historically significant pieces. Bringing together some of the world's most intriguing galleries to San Francisco and showcasing historically important work alongside relevant contemporary pieces and projects.
Artist: Taravat Talepasand
Steven Zevitas Gallery

 Taravat Talepasand is a San Francisco-based Iranian-American artist, that uses references to art history to create a dynamic duality between the past and the present, modernity and tradition, echoing the identities of her figures. Her aesthetic is provocative, sexy and smart, making you stop and stare to try to figure out what she's trying to tell you. Taravat pushes the boundaries with this duality of cultural identifications between East vs West, painting a present which is linked to the past. 
Artist: David Mach
Purple Rinse
plastic ball pins on foam

"Matchheads" is a series of sculptures by British artist David Mach that's entirely made with matchsticks. These impressive works of art are the result of meticulous work with thousands of tiny colourful Japanese matches which have been used to portray famous faces and recreate legendary artworks. However, despite his hard work and the hours he put in to creating the sculptures, David Mach likes to open his exhibitions by setting them on fire (as this stunning effect was discovered when the collector who bought the sculpture accidentally set it on fire whilst cleaning it). It only takes a few seconds and sends the flames up to 6ft in the air, leaving a charred version of the original with different shades of ash and as David puts it, "It's not destroying the work, but creating new art".
Artist: John Waters
fiberglass, silicone, urethane, acrylic, human and synthetic hair, fabric and wood.
John Waters is a serious artist with a wicked sense of humor, and also best known as a filmmaker of cult classics. He's created a career out of shocking people through his movies, and now visual artworks including giving Hollywood stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Tom Cruise cleft palettes. Within San Francisco's Rena Bransten Gallery he created comical pieces including a sculpture of Ike Turner manipulating a puppet of a sassy Tina Turner that's suspended from strings in "Control". Oddly enough John's desecration actually works though, perhaps because he balances the vandalism of these objects found in the public domain with this own creations. 

Artist: David Robinson
bronze, steel, cement

Vancouver sculptor David Robinson's striking pieces incorporate a variety of materials from traditional bronze & steel, to cement and hydrostone. While his work is primarily figurative, he often adds psychological and mythical twists to his subjects through the use of cables and strings, which both connect and dissociate his figures from their environment and further describe the inherent tension that exists between things. David's work plays with dichotomies such as gravity and flight, balance and instability, and the resistance of matter that's expressed through single poetic gestures. 
Artist: Yossi Govrin Sculpture
Timothy Yarger Gallery
Israel-born sculpture Yossi Govrin relates the theme of his work directly to "human conductivity" and are made from hemp and cement, emphasizing the transient nature of humans and their environment, with the single mold reflecting our common origin. The added elements such as chandeliers, stones and rope reintroduce the sense of individuality and uniqueness and resonate across cultural and national boundaries. 

Artist: Tim Etchells
Jenkins Johnson Gallery
End of Story
As Tim Etchells put it in his exhibit... "End of Story"  CRASHED IT #62

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