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Applications now accepted for Arte Laguna Prize
October 04, 2016
International Artist Residency: Italy, India, China, Spain, Dubai...and PFF!
Exciting news! Pacific Felt Factory arts complex is proud to join forces with two other creative hubs - The Growlery and Techshop Incorporated San Francisco - to offer a unique international art residency in partnership with Arte Laguna Prize.
Now in its 11th year, Arte Laguna Prize is a contemporary art award held annually in Venice, Italy, juried by a group of world-class art experts (museum directors, curators & art critics).
The San Francisco Art Residency will allow the selected artist the unique opportunity to live, create and thrive in the entrepreneurial, free-spirited atmosphere that is San Francisco. Applications open on September 1. More info at www.artelagunaprize.com.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! Artist & Curatorial
October 04, 2016
PFF is encouraging a variety of artist proposals for exhibitions, performance art and programs to be held in the FlexSpace.
Bay Area independent curators, collaborative teams of artists, and individual artists are encouraged to submit proposals. Proposals can be for solo or group exhibitions. Proposals with original or unique pieces made specifically for exhibition at PFF or in response to the space will be given priority consideration.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal for an exhibition, please provide the following information by email to: email@example.com
A cover letter describing the purpose or curatorial intent of the exhibition.
10 digital images and a corresponding image list. (Alternatively, a link to a website portfolio can be submitted). The image list must include artist name, date of work, dimensions of work, medium, and image orientation. Image files should be labeled with last name, first initial, and numbers, indicating your preferred viewing order (example: doej1.jpg). Do not include any other information in the file name.
All proposals and/or requests to use the FlexSpace must be received at least 30 days in advance, and acceptance is subject to availability and PFF-member approval. PFF may consider requests for events on short notice based on time and space availability, at its sole discretion.
Film Festival: Digital Networks
June 18, 2016
PFF video artist Heather Murphy presented work at The Front Gallery in New Orleans on June 18.
Digital Networks, the Front's second annual short film festival, featured films that expressed the aesthetics of social media webs, the entanglement of internet content, and the non-linear properties of hypermedia.
Exhibition: Sharing Models: Manhattanisms
July 15 – September 2, 2016
The Open Workshop is one of 30 architecture offices selected for an upcoming exhibition in New York examining the future of city design through sharing. Sharing Models: Manhattanisms asks, "How will the sharing movement of today affect the way we inhabit and build the cities of tomorrow?"
A public opening happens on July 14 from 7 to 9 pm at Storefront for Art and Architecture, located at 97 Kenmare Street in New York, NY. The exhibit runs from July 15 through September 2.
Exhibition: Between Worlds
July 9 – August 13, 2016
Rodney Ewing will present his work Portals in the Between Worlds exhibit co-curated by Michael Yochum and Jack Fischer at Arc Gallery. The exhibition will feature work created by artists who have been directly or indirectly impacted by displacement, including Maja Ruznic, Carlo Abruzzese, Michal Gavish, and Wanxin Zhang, among others.
An opening reception will be held July 9 at 7 pm at Arc Gallery at 1246 Folsom Street in San Francisco. The show runs through August 13.
Lecture: The Open Workshop
June 28, 2016
The Open Workshop was recently selected for the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects.
First launched in 1981, and selected by a committee of former recipients and League Program Director Anne Rieselbach, the Architectural League Prize is one of the most prestigious awards given to young architects, who are recognized for their talent and forward-thinking ideas.
There will be an exhibition associated with the prize as well as a public lecture by The Open Workshop and other prize winners on June 28 at 7 pm at The New School's Parsons School of Design at 66 Fifth Avenue in New York City.
Exhibition: Chain Reaction 12
June 10 to October 15
The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) Galleries is proud to announce Chain Reaction 12, a group exhibition featuring 21 emerging and mid-career San Francisco-based artists. Originally conceived by the SFAC Galleries in 1986, Chain Reaction mimics a chain letter where an initial group of “selectors” each choose an artist, and then those artists select other artists, and so on.
For Chain Reaction 12, the SFAC Galleries invited seven arts luminaries and curators to initiate the chains, including PFF's Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen.
The opening reception is on June 10 from 6 to 8 pm at 401 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco, and the exhibition runs through October 15.
Exhibition: In_Sight On_Site: Beyond Function
June 10, 2016
6 – 10pm
Brian Singer presents new work along with Carol Charney, Jeremy Mende, Thom Faulders and many more in In_Sight On_Site: Beyond Function, an exhibition presented by the American Institute of Architects' San Francisco chapter.
This curated exhibition is an opportunity for architects and designers to showcase their talents beyond their design concepts for the built environment. AIASF aims to highlight the richness and diversity of the local interdisciplinary design community.
The exhibition opens with a reception on June 10, 6 to 10 pm, at 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600, in San Francisco.
Solo Exhibition: Rodney Ewing
June 25 to July 20, 2016
Rodney Ewing is happy to announce a solo exhibition at Jack Fischer Gallery. He will present work from the last three years, including the work shown above.
The show opens with a reception on June 25 at 1 pm and runs through July 20th. The gallery is located at 311 Potrero Avenue in the new San Francisco arts district in Potrero Flats.
Exhibition: Modified Ecology
June 12 – June 30, 2016
Inspace Curatorial is excited to present Philip Alden Benn's Modified Ecology, a solo exhibition of digital prints and videos. Benn’s work steers technological and machine-facturing processes into unpredictable concoctions of whimsical color and concentric and natural form.
There will be an opening reception on June 12 at 3 pm at PFF, located at 2830 20th Street, and the exhibition runs through June 30th.
Exhibition: Laura Hyunjhee Kim
June 3 – June 17, 2016
Black & White Projects is pleased to present new works by Laura Hyunjhee Kim, a Korean-American artist who works with video, performance, and the Internet as a medium. Her absurd and playful videos explore how online experiences reconfigure everyday life. The solo show is a culmination of Laura's three-week residency at Black & White Projects. It includes new works created both on- and off-site, video and crowdsourced video, and works on paper.
The opening reception will happen on June 3 at 7 pm at PFF, located at 2830 20th Street, and the show runs through June 17.
Performance: The Generosity Pop-Up Center for Analog and Digital Color Treatment
April 30, 2016
Parking Lot Art Fair, Fort Mason Center
PFF artists Chiyomi McKibbin and Heather Murphy presented a collaborative and interactive performance, "The Generosity Pop-Up Center for Analog and Digital Color Treatment," at the Parking Lot Art Fair on April 30 at the Fort Mason Center.
Participants were asked to fill out a survey to determine what color they needed more of in their life. Then the artists separately created digital and analog swatches of the color that were given to the participant in an effort to bring a balance of color into their lives.
June 2 – July 31, 2016
Exhibition: Brian Singer
May 4 – June 19, 2016
Exhibition: Mayan Calendar: Re-Make
May 15 – June 8, 2016
InSpace Curatorial is proud to present a series of stills and video based on the Mayan Calendar. In this series, the artist Antonio Cortez pays tribute to one of the most remarkable pre-Columbian cultures that gave us a writing system of hieroglyphics and advances in mathematics (see both works above). The Maya developed advanced and accurate calendar systems, based on a sacred divinatory tradition informed by astrological knowledge.
The show runs from May 15 to June 8 at PFF, 2830 20th Street, in San Francisco.
Performance: Fire House / Water's Edge
May 21-29, 2016
PFF performance artist Anthony Julius Williams will join the Hatch Performance Collective for Fire House / Waters' Edge, a suite of spontaneous site-specific performances at the Fort Mason Firehouse, as part of the San Francisco International Art Fair.
May 21-29, 2:00pm
Saturday May 28, 4:00pm
Duration: 70 minutes,
Sunday May 22 12:30pm
Free Performance Workshop
Inaugural Group Exhibition: beinArt Gallery
MAR 12 – APR 26, 2016
The inaugural exhibit of the beinArt Gallery in Brunswick, Australia, is a group show that features two paintings by Sandra Yagi (including Dancing Bear and Twins above). The exhibit runs through April 26.
Performance: VALUE (EX)CHANGE LAB
April 16, 2016
Presented as part of the YBCA Public Square event series on April 16th at 4 pm, the VALUE (EX)CHANGE LAB is a performative research lab presented by Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen, Jayna Swartzman, and Ryan Phelan with the objective of uncovering functional forms of value exchange in visual art as alternatives from the current pricing, funding, and purchasing models. Technicians will gather data on intention, success, and exchange, while visitors are invited to explore data graphics and a research library on art and labor.
Exhibition: Not-For-Profit Art Fair
April 29 – May 1, 2016
Jon Fischer is pleased to announce Not-For-Profit Art Fair, an exhibition taking place at the 2016 Startup Art Fair at the Hotel del Sol, 3100 Webster Street, in San Francisco April 29 to May 1. Featuring an entire room of projects that have been sponsored by individuals, the majority of the visual art on display will be distributed to visitors for free.
The exhibition is part of a yearlong experiment in which Fischer’s art practice is implemented with a non-profit model in which profit-making initiatives provide reliable funding for mission-focused work.
Proofreading Intensive Workshop
June 11, 2016
10:00am – 5:00pm
Media Alliance kicks off professional development workshops at PFF with a one-day Proofreading Intensive, which is Part One of our venerable Certified Editor sequence. Join us for a supportive, fun, full-day workshop on Saturday, June 11 at 10 am. Upon completion participants will receive Media Alliance certification, adding that essential extra boost to your resume for tackling today's challenging economy. Veteran instructor Jim Norrena is a proofreader, copy editor, editor and writer with extensive web and online content management experience. To register, please visit the Media Alliance.
Rain: A solo exhibition
April 03, 2016
5 – 7pm
InSpace Curatorial is excited to present Robert Allison’s solo show Rain, a generative experience in color and sound, at PFF, 2830 20th Street, in San Francisco. This piece is one of a series exploring how computational processes, iterated to sufficient scale, can be evocative of natural phenomena. It is the culmination of experimentation with algorithmically generated imagery and animations using a genetic-like encoding as a basis for mixing (breeding) and varying (mutating) color. It shows how an aesthetic can be realized through the control of a generating process, instead of by directly authoring its form and color.
An afternoon reception will be held on April 3rd from 5 to 7 pm at PFF, including a conversation between Robert and Omoju Miller.
Code a/Void: A solo exhibition
April 10 – May 8, 2016
InSpace Curatorial presents Jon Kuzmich in Code a/Void, a solo exhibition of 27 paintings of a color-coded system of 66 books of the Bible (Old and New Testaments) from the “Logos” series. It also includes two installations, “Greed City” and “Tower of Power."
An artist talk with Kuzmich will be presented on April 10 at 3 pm at PFF, 2830 20th Street in San Francisco.
Issued ID: Minority as Brand
March 18 – April 30, 2016
Black & White Projects is pleased to present Issued ID: Minority as Brand, the third installment in the series unpacking imposed identities, curated by Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen. On view through April 30, Minority as Brand discusses the problematic positions and economies of being a minority (race, gender, class) in the art world. Works by Craig Calderwood, Chris Evans, Xandra Ibarra, Channing Morgan, Tim Roseborough, and Related Tactics (Michele Carlson, Weston Teruya, and Nathan Watson) are featured in the exhibition and through multiple events, publications, and panel discussions.
Join us for a Public Roundtable: Surviving the Minority Brand on Saturday, April 23rd at 2 pm at PFF, 2830 20th Street in San Francisco.
Feb 23 - May 10, 2016
The directors of The Art Program at The Battery, Thomas Moller and Matt Bernstein, are pleased to announce the opening of the eleventh exhibition at The Battery, titled SPRINGSUMMER and jointly curated by them.
Featuring paintings by PFF's Chiyomi McKibbin.
The Battery @ 717 Battery Street in San Francisco, CA.
Feb 18 – March 12, 2016
New media work by PFF's Heather Murphy appears in Conspiracy, an exhibition of recent works also featuring Hasmik Aga-Sarkisian, Aaron David Kissman, Ben Quinn, and Sebastián Álvarez. By comparing and contrasting the work of a diverse group of Oakland and San Francisco-based artists, the exhibition explores the aesthetic interpretation of conspiracy and intrigue as it manifests in historical, scientific, social and technological realms.
Conspiracy runs through March 12, 2016, at Minnesota Street Project, 2291 3rd Street in San Francisco, CA.
Scaffoldia — a play structure for kids and adults
February 02, 2016
The Known Universe
March 9 – 26, 2016
Despite unprecedented scientific insight into the nature of the universe, most of the world’s population continues to reside in shadows cast by myth. In The Known Universe, a visual art exhibition at Root Division, ten California artists provide a fertile ground for observation, production, and critical discourse on this centuries-old struggle between science and superstition. PFF's Sandy Yagi will display 14 watercolor paintings in this group show curated by Larry Gipe and Sarah Tell.
The Known Universe runs from March 9 to March 26, 2016. The opening reception is Saturday, March 12, 7-10 pm. Root Division is located at 1131 Mission Street in San Francisco, CA.
OLOKUN Performance at Crossing to Safety
March 12, 2016
5:00 – 7:00pm
PFF's Anthony Julius Williams will perform with bandmate Winston Berger at the opening of the Crossing to Safety exhibition at the Abrams Claghorn Gallery on March 12. The exhibition showcases works by twelve artists in the San Francisco Bay Area who draw and reflect upon their families' journeys to, and settlement in, a new land.
Williams and Berger are the forces behind OLOKUN, a psychedelic power pop band whose debut EP Survival Kit arrives this fall. They will perform new songs "The Beat" and "Crossing to Safety" to be featured in a listening installation at the exhibition.
Crossing to Safety runs March 3 to 31, 2016 at 1251 Solano in Albany, CA. The opening reception happens March 12 from 5 to 7 pm.
The Atrium Podcast
March 01, 2016
PFF's Mary Jeys worked with fellow PFF member Heather Murphy to understand how a wifi router could broadcast only with the most local reach. The result is The Atrium Podcast, a new audio series about the Greenridge neighborhood in Castro Valley, CA. The show is a weekly 15 to 30 minute audio broadcast with neighborhood news and updates, and segments on local legends and lore, field recordings, and personal musings about wildlife, history, and technology.
The show often focuses on the ways that we do and don’t communicate with the people closest to us. Jeys launched the first episode on March 1, and the podcast will broadcast locally through 2016.
Take This Hammer: Art + Media Activism from the Bay Area
11 March – 14 August 2016
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Performance, visual art, and technology offer a new kind of toolkit for today’s activism, allowing for a broad range of participation in changemaking. At the same time, social media offers an unprecedented platform for increased visibility and public dialog. Take This Hammer: Art + Media Activism from the Bay Area explores these possibilities through the recent work of artists, activists, and technologists addressing the most pressing issues of our time.
The exhibition features PFF's Rodney Ewing and the 3.9 Art Collective (Rhiannon MacFadyen), alongside many others.
Rodney Ewing: FACT & FICTION / CLOUD JAR
March 19 – May 8, 2016
PFF's Rodney Ewing opens two exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Center this month. In Fact & Fiction, Ewing begins with a background of rushing paint and color, using fiction-based literature to expand on the narratives of actual individuals whose stories have been overlooked or taken for granted. In his second series Cloud Jar, Ewing makes reference to the role of water as an agent of change in the African diaspora and calls attention to recent events in Flint, Michigan.
The exhibition runs from March 19 to May 8, 2016. The opening reception is March 19 from 6 to 8 pm at 1275 Walnut Street in Berkeley, CA. Ewing will be in conversation with fellow exhibiting artist Jamil Hellu and PFF member and curator Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen on April 14 at 6 pm.
Prints & Pound Cake: A Closing Talk
February 26, 2016
7 – 9pm
Artist Leah Rosenberg presents Prints & Pound Cake, a special closing talk for her current exhibition at Black & White Projects. She is launching a new series of prints created at her current residency at Kala Art Institute that reflect on the exhibition.
In dialogue with PFF's vintage industrial scale — an interior remnant from the building's historic industrial felt factory days — pounds of cake with a rainbow of colors inside will be served.
Just Right, Not so Hot and Not so Cold: An Artist Talk
February 26, 2016
An Artist Talk
David Ruth, a manufacturer of sheet stained glass products who now experiments in large-scale painterly abstractions and forms, will give an artist talk at PFF on February 26. It is the second lecture in a series inspired by "Larynx," Ali Kaaf’s blown glass sculpture featured in his recent exhibition at PFF, Unsilenced. It builds on PFF member Constantine Zlatev’s presentation of The Murano Experience Beyond the Glass Souvenir… as resident at the Arte Laguna Residency. The presentation series and exhibition were curated by PFF's Hanna Regev for InSpace.
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