Right now I’m adoring the playful work of multi-media artist Rogério Degaki. He’s a Brazilian artist and his website explains that he draws inspiration “from a mix of sources—including Japanese cartoons, the work of Jeff Koons, Minimalism, and Judeo-Christian iconography”. He seems to be most known for his sculpture work but what I’m loving are his paintings that are designed to look like landscapes or tapestries made of knit stitches. This blurs the line between my love of knit/ crafts and my interest in painting in such a fun way!
I have to give a shoutout to The Jealous Curator which is where I first learned about this artist.
I’m loving this infographic by Yarnbombing Los Angeles showing the process behind the granny square art exhibit that I contributed to earlier this year. The exhibit opens this Saturday, May 25, and runs through July 1, 2013 at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in LA.
I was walking down an alley in San Francisco recently when I saw a set of collage art pieces in a window.
I paused to find out what I was looking at and discovered it was a window display by SFMoMA’s artist gallery. I am obviously familiar with SFMoMA but didn’t know about the artist’s gallery so I looked it up. It is apparently a non-profit art gallery showcasing the work of diverse artists in different stages of their art careers. The actual gallery is located at Fort Mason but this display was in SoMA near the main museum.
I went on to learn from a previous event mention on the Fort Mason blog that:
“SFMOMA Artists Gallery organizes the Windows Program using the SFMOMA garage’s street-level windows located at 150 Natoma and 147 Minna Street (Between Third and New Montgomery streets) to showcase artwork. The program invites some of the area’s most ambitious artists to transform these everyday spaces into compelling exhibitions that passersby can view round the clock.”
It was definitely cool work. It’s hard to tell but it had different layers and dimensions and mediums incorporated into it. I’m sure there must’ve been a sign somewhere that said who the artist was but I didn’t see it and haven’t been able to find out online. I’ll try to remember to check it out again the next time I’m over there and see if I can find out who it is to give proper credit!
Yesterday I shared a few photos from the Terracotta Warriors exhibit at the Asian Art Museum. I did check out other stuff while I was there, though. A few of those things:
I enjoyed the textile exhibit that showed batiks from the women of Java. This was a temporary exhibit that is actually over now so I’m glad I got a chance to see it.
It was Craft Wars night when I went, which meant that there were opportunities to use materials on hand to engage in crafting with others. I didn’t feel in the crafty mood that day but loved observing the armor, jewelry, flowers and other items people crafted.
From around the museum …
The Asian Art Museum isn’t one of the San Francisco museums that I visit most often but I’ve been there a couple of times and there are definitely some amazing historical pieces to see here.
There are just about two weeks left to see China’s Terracotta Warriors on display at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Luckily, I’ve already gone and seen them.
About the warriors, from the website:
“First unearthed in 1974, the underground burial complex of the First Emperor is a revelation for the ages, an astonishing discovery on par with Egypt’s mummies and elaborate tombs. Contemporary observers continue to be enthralled by his legacy, and it is through this ongoing interest that the First Emperor did indeed achieve immortality. This exhibition includes ten figures—a representative sample of the actual army, which is estimated to include more than 7,000 life-sized figures and over 10,000 weapons.”
I do have to say that I went on a really busy evening and it was kind of disorienting to try to see such large-scale majestic art when there was such chaos and such a party atmosphere around it but they were still really amazing pieces to see in person.
San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art is about to close down for a few years for renovations. I don’t go to MoMA too often but it holds a special place in my heart because it was the first big museum I ever went to (as a tourist, long before moving here) and the first San Francisco museum I ever saw. It’s grown in the years since I first saw it and now it will be growing and changing again. Although there will be pop-up exhibits (starting with a show at the Jewish Art Museum soon) the main museum won’t re-open again until 2016 so I wanted to go see some of the final shows. I saw the photography of Garry Winogrand … and here were a few of the other pieces throughout the museum that I found myself drawn to for one reason or another:
I went to Calistoga last weekend for my birthday (wine tasting photos at a castle to come soon) and one of the things I really enjoyed was stumbling upon the studio of a downtown artist who takes old metal and upcycles it into sculpture art.
In yesterday’s roundup of things I’ve liked recently I showed you this image:
It’s a piece of a poem that is written onto one of the piers of The Embarcadero. That pier also has some artwork on it:
I’m pretty sure that the pier is one of the even-numbered piers near the Ferry Building, although I can’t remember the exact pier number.
Yesterday I shared the historic murals inside of San Francisco’s Rincon Center. That’s not all there is to see here, though. There is also some other art:
And my favorite part of the entire building is the food court area which has a beautiful, massive, multi-story rain fountain that is completely magical.
There are also lots of plants and some cool architecture in this same space.