Arts & Events: Sylvie Fluery at Salon 94

By: Aleksandra Bulatskaya

Sophisticated Boom Boom, by: Sylvie Fluery

Gold plated porcelain tire, by: Sylvie Fluery

For the first time in over ten years, prolific Post Appropriationist Swedish artist, Sylvie Fluery is showing an introspective of her work along with a new collection, titled “It Might as Well Rain Until September” at Salon 94 in the Bowery, from March 4 – April 28.

Fluery is best known for installations and mixed media works that reflect on the consumerism of Western culture and feminist interpretations of works painted by white male artists. The new series of paintings titled, “Go Bust” part of the upcoming Salon 94 exhibition, feature hard horizontal and cubic shapes with soft ovals and feminine openings painted into them.

Working within the context of male works while transforming them is not a feminist protest protest for her, as much as it is a vision of other artists works in a different context.

The same can be said for her well-known works that critique commercialism, materialism and the fetishism of feminine fashions and beauty, the best of which will be featured at the exhibition. Some of the most interesting works are the candy pink neon signs that shout ad taglines like, “Be Amazing” and “Moisturizing is the Answer,” bathing the room in a pink glow.

While she currently lives in Geneva, where she was born in 1961 Fluery had a brief love affair with New York in the early eighties. Like many young artists before her, she took in New York’s art and club scene. She returned to Geneva a few years later to become one of the most respected figures in Geneva’s artistic underground.

Some artists come to New York to find themselves, for Fluery it seems the opposite was true as she returns a key figure in the European contemporary arts.

For more information about the exhibition visit:

Salon 94
243 Bowery Street
New York, NY

March 4 – April 28, 2013


Arts & Events: Sound Art Pioneer Christian Marclay at Cantor Arts Center


By: Aleksandra Bulatskaya

Before B-Boys and hip-hop virtuosos from the Bronx used the turntable to revolutionize music, as we know it, Christian Marclay began experimenting with sound collages on the turntables and pioneered sound art as an artistic genre.

The Stanford University Cantor Center for the Arts is now showing Marclay’s acclaimed, “Video Quartet” sound and video collage. Four screens feature a video and sound montage of various sounds made by icons like Marie Callas, Jimi Hendrix, Marilyn Monroe and others.

Born in San Rafael California to a Swiss father and American mother, Marclay invented sound collages with the help of turntables and musical instruments in the 1970’s. Although he developed his style independently from hip-hop’s early legends, the cut and paste technique he used to create multi-sensory art experiences is similar.

In 2011 he won a Golden Lion award, the Venice Film Festivals highest honor for his revolutionary 24-hour video collage, The Clock. “The Clock” explored the concept of time as an invisible force that controls our daily lives and of time as a relative concept.

Marclya’s work broke barriers in what was considered art by the establishment, much in the same way hip-hop broke barriers in music. Like two scientists working in separate corners of the globe on the same hypothesis and coming to the same conclusion.

For more information about the exhibition visit:

Stanford University Cantor Arts Center

Showing now through February 10.
Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm
Thursday until 8 pm.

Arts & Events: 49ers Tight End Vernon Davis Opens 85 Gallery


Self portrait, oil on canvas by: Vernon Davis


Vernon Davis helping open the 85 Gallery in Santana Row, San Jose, Calif.

By: Aleksandra Bulatskaya

Most professional football players don’t go around opening art galleries and funding arts scholarships but then again, most professional NFL players, aren’t Vernon Davis. A painter in his free time, the 49ers tight end recently opened the new 85 Gallery on the glitzy Santana Row strip of San Jose, Calif.

The 85 Gallery is not just a vanity piece for Davis, although it is named after Davis’ 85 jersey number and heavily features his works. Among the more established names on display, like glass artist Kevin Chong and jazz painter Bruni Sablan, the mixed media sculptures of Nyijale (pronounced Nigel) Cummings –- the newest recipient of the Vernon Davis Scholarship for the Arts — stood out most.

A high school student from gritty East Palo Alto, Cummings faced a lot of criticism from friends and family about a future in art, much like Davis did himself.

“I come from a family where all my relatives played football,” Cummings was quoted saying in the Metro. “When I started doing art, it was a new thing, and I was even doubting myself about doing it…When I won the scholarship, everyone was like, ‘Whoa, you can actually do something now.'”

Davis said that growing up he was made fun of for his love of art and painting. He founded the Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts to help underprivileged children learn about careers in arts. Sales from the 85 Gallery will benefit the foundation and help fund Vernon Davis art scholarship.

For a man playing arguably the most macho sport in the country, something has to be said for a certain kind of courage it took for Davis to continue to stand by his passion for art. Both the gallery and the scholarship foundation are a testament to this commitment and should serve as an example for all aspiring athlete-artists.

85 Gallery
377 Santana Row, Suite 1180
San Jose, CA 95128

Weekdays: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Weekends: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Arts & Events: Brooklyn Visits Heath


Photo by: Health Ceramics, Bud Vase Set, Seasonal Collection

By: Aleksandra Bulatskaya

One of the many things San Francisco and Brooklyn have in common is a large hipster population and organic farming collectives, but there is nothing their residents love more than artisanal design. To celebrate this mutual spirit, Health Ceramics of San Francisco is hosting a showcase of hand-made, table and home products created by Brooklyn based artisans, now through January 13.

Some of the featured artists include KleinReid Designs minimalistic hand-made porcelain tableware, that have been sold by Room and Board, Doug Johnson and his one-of-a-kind, hand-stitched rope bags and home accessories, and Julia Schwadron’s tribal-inspired paintings of earth tones and geometric patterns.

Styled by acclaimed New York stylist Pam Morris, this is the first time Heath has featured Brooklyn artisans. A San Francisco ceramics institution, Health Ceramics was founded by ceramics pioneer Edith Heath in 1948. Her inventions in clay and glaze development put San Francisco ceramics on the map and fueled the artisanal design movement at a time when mass-produced products reigned supreme.

In cities where it’s possible to buy almost everything artisanal and avoid the mass-produced all together, it’s fitting that San Francisco and Brooklyn artisans are coming together to support each others work.

Heath San Francisco Factory & Showroom
2900 18th Street, San Francisco, California 94110
415.361.5552 x13

Through Jan 13.

Arts & Events: Peralta Junction Pop-up


Photo by: Jesse Roadkill Wilson

By: Aleksandra Bulatskaya

There are times when the most outlandish experiences inspire the most visionary art. This may be the case when you step to the Rickshaw ticket booth at the Peralta Junction Pop-up this weekend in West Oakland.

The Junction is a living multimedia, performance and art instillation with daily concerts, shows and events.

“We’ve conjured up a magical creative space,” said Leslie Pritchett of Commonplace Productions, one of the Junction’s creators.

Inside, visitors can partake in vintage carnival games, provided by M.T. Pockets Traveling Midway of Curiosities and enjoy live music and performances by Another Roadside Attractions.

Originally, the project was an abandoned lot at the junction of Mandela Parkway and West Grand Avenue in West Oakland.

That was until Commonplace Productions, a design and build collective, and One Hat One Hand re-imagined it as a local art, design and performance space. Soon Oakland’s tight-knit art community came together to help the space come to life.

A city known its grit, Oakland is one of the most artistically supportive cities in the Bay Area and this project is another testament to that dedication.

Where: West Oakland, at Mandela Parkway and West Grand Avenue

When: Through December 15

Arts & Events: Industrial Design Junior Review Exhibition

Tieton Cider Works, 2012, by: Christian Ross
By: Aleksandra Bulatskaya

Dive into the world of tomorrow’s toys, furniture, typography, luggage, and just about anything else at the California College of the Arts Industrial Design Junior Review Exhibition, showing Nov. 27 through the 30th.

Some of this year’s works include a portable amplifier made for street performers, jumping toy for adults, a new bottle label design and toy bears that can be disassembled.

The origins of industrial design can be traced back to the early 1900’s with the expansion of industrialization. It is defined as the use of a combination of applied art and science to improve the aesthetics, ergonomics, functionality and usability of a product.

As an artistic field, industrial design has always walked the fine line between art and engineering. However its true artistic merit goes beyond aesthetics because the creations of industrial designers can have a direct impact on quality of life.

Past graduates of the college’s  industrial design program included Lucas Ainsworth, who channeled his passion of sustainability and the outdoors into designing products like Jungle Walkers, 100 percent sustainable cardboard puzzle animals and a recreational kite that can pull a man across a snowy slope.

Whether art or engineering, new projects built on creativity and logic are sure to be fascinating, if not just plain cool.

Reception Tues., Nov. 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA

Arts & Events: BADASS Exhibition

Rene Garcia Jr.

Ali by: Rene Garcia Jr., glitter on wood, 2005

By: Aleksandra Bulatskaya

Glitter isn’t just for 12-year-old schoolgirls anymore, as Rene Garcia Jr.’s new BADASS exhibition at Project One in San Francisco showcases a grand reimagination of pop art through unapologetically sparkling works.

Known for an artistic style that exudes optimism and self-described, “badassery” Garcia is inspired by the work of early pop art masters. Unlike some artists that create for themselves, Garcia’s work caters to the audience. The glittering Marilyn and Muhammad Ali illustrations play on pop culture obsessions and give an all around tribute to all things fabulous.

Prepare for a trip down a dazzling rabbit hole with Garcia’s new BADASS exhibition, that showcases his new collection of glittering iconography. You may have the urge to dust off the old Beddazzler but beware. Only a true artist can transform the most ostentatious materials into works of art.

Now – Feb 1, 2013

Project One
251 Rhode Island St.
San Francisco, CA