Posts Tagged ‘andy’

Area Motorcycle Rider Drives As If He Were On A Fixie – Skidding About on a Locked Rear Wheel

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

I’ll tell you, I have a clear memory of fixie-riding Andy, gracefully pushing his locked rear wheel back and forth to kill speed coming down Oak Street.

Remember?

Good times.

Anyway, there’s another guy does the same thing, but on a motorcycle.

Like just for fun. On McAllister:

He also does wheelie stops. (I’d like to see a fixie bike rider do that.)

Hats off to both these gentlemen.

It’s Hard to Tell You’re in California’s Fourth-Largest City When at Andy Goldsworthy’s Spire

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

I guess you can see a famous landmark in the background, but otherwise this scene in the Presidio is fairly bucolic. 

“Spire” by Andy Goldsworthy. Click to expand

Enveloping the Presidio with lush greenery, the historic forest is a beloved park feature. It provides habitat for birds and wildlife and also contributes to the Presidio’s designation as a National Historic Landmark District.

The Presidio forest was planted over a relatively short period of time and is more than 100 years old. While the eucalyptus trees continue to thrive, the pines and cypress are declining. Each year, the Presidio Trust replants two to three acres, staggering the effort to create an uneven-aged forest that can be more easily sustained.

Since 2002, the Trust has planted nearly 2,000 trees and is preserving the qualities that define the forest’s character, such as the orderly military alignment of trees. The Trust’s reforestation strategy also takes into account the forest’s importance as wildlife habitat and considers the needs of visitors who walk in its shade or admire the views it frames.

The grove along the Bay Area Ridge Trail near the Arguello Gate (see photo above) is predominantly cypress trees. The Trust has removed 150 dying trees from this area and will replant 1,200 trees along the Bay Area Ridge Trail over the next 10 years.

In 2006, artist Andy Goldsworthy visited the Presidio and was inspired by the history and character of the forest. He saw an opportunity to create a sculpture with the felled mature trees. Constructed in October 2008, The Spire tells the story of the forest, celebrates its history and natural rhythms, and welcomes the next generation of trees. It is a poetic reference to the forest’s past; as new young trees grow up to meet the sculpture, it will eventually disappear into the forest.

Andy Goldsworthy was born in 1956 and spent his childhood in Yorkshire, England. Goldsworthy’s work has been made in the open air, in places as diverse as the Yorkshire Dales, the North Pole, and the Australian Outback. His works in the Bay Area include Stone River at Stanford University, made from the rubble left after the Loma Prieta earthquake, and Drawn Stone at the De Young Museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, which also recalls San Francisco’s earthquakes and their effects.

Goldsworthy draws his inspiration from places and creates art from the materials found close at hand, such as twigs, leaves, stones, snow and ice, reeds, and thorns. The works made from these natural materials interact in different ways with their environments. The Presidio’s man-made forest is an evocative backdrop for the artist who strives “to make connections between what we call nature and what we call man-made.”

Spire recalls one of Goldsworthy’s earliest sculptures, Memories, also spires of mature trees, created in 1984 in the Grizedale Forest in the Lake District of North West England. “I have not found another great location for this type of work until now.”

The Spire is located on the Bay Area Ridge Trail near the Arguello Gate, west of Inspiration Point Overlook and north of the Presidio Golf Course Clubhouse (view Spire map).”

Vladimir’s Beauty Salon Helps San Francisco Remember the 1980s

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Well here it is, way out in the Middle Richmond District- it’s a Patrick Nagel print from Yelp-rated Vladimir’s Beauty Salon, as seen at 6340 Geary Boulevard entre les avenues 27 et 28.

Won’t you agree that “Patrick Nagel’s artwork is ‘so 80′s’“?

Cliquez sur pour augmenter, mon ami:

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Here’s a little more 311 about the background of this Beauty Shop Nagel:

“Nagel’s figures generally have black hair, bright white skin, full-lipped mouths, and the distinctive Nagel eyes, which are often squared off in the later works. Because of the intense stylization and reduction of facial features into clean lines, generally the figures resemble each other.”

“While Nagel’s work is mostly represented by aloof, if also seductive women, they are rarely, if ever, presented in a submissive relationship with men.”

“Nagel’s artwork strongly influenced the illustration and clip art of the late 1980s and illustrations of women strongly resembling those seen in Nagel’s art were widely used in hair and nail salons and other beauty-oriented businesses.”

1980′s Fever – Catch It.

Fantastic Warhol Live: Music and Dance Ending Soon at the de Young Museum

Friday, April 24th, 2009

The show that opened the de Young Museum February 14th, Warhol Live: Music and Dance in Andy Warhol’s Work, is soon coming to an end. So get your tickets and spend some time there. You’ll encounter all kinds of grist for the accessible art criticism mill, and isn’t that what you want? But first thing you should do is hit Laurence Scott’s short punchy video at the NBC BAY AREA VIDEO ARCHIVE.

And there’s lots of free stuff at the de Young to boot on Friday nights. See the deets below.

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See you there!

[Update: Per Peter Max Lawrence, the filmed screened on April 24th is called "WARHOLICS," a feature length film. Also it will screens again on May 15th.]

FRIDAY, APRIL 24
Celebrating Warhol Live
Wilsey Court
6:30 pm
West Bay sounds off with East Bay when two Velvet Underground cover bands comprised of some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians perform courtesy of Amoeba Music. San Francisco-based Nihilist Outlook and Grace performs at 6:00 pm and East Bay’s premier Velvet Underground inspired psychedelic bank, Exploding Plastic Amoeba, performs at 7:30 pm.

6–8:30 pm
Hand-on art making for everyone led by “art diva” Kim Erickson.  Create a multiprint portrait in the style of Warhol’s famous portraits.

Piazzoni Murals Room
6–8:30 pm
Film screenings: Screen Tests Warholics by Peter Max Lawrence.  Lawrence is also known as pml, an American interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker.

Kimball Education Gallery
6–8:30 pm
Closing reception for de Young artist-in-residence Carol Newborg.

 
FRIDAY, MAY 1
Celebrating Warhol Live
Wilsey Court
6–8:30 pm
The de Young shows the work of two local artists: Pop art by Jenny Wehrt and photo boxes and slides by Amie Leeking.

6–8:30 pm
Hand-on art making for everyone led by “art diva” Kim Erickson.  Create your own 1960s poster inspired by black-light posters and Warhol.

6–7 pm and 8–8:30 pm
DJ Carolyn Keddy from KUSF spins music inspired by the Velvet Underground.  Two sets.

7:30–8 pm
Music by Thee Oh Sees.

Piazzoni Murals Room
6 pm
Three films presented by Microcinema.  Visions of Warhol (1967, 81 min.), Andy Warhol’s life is seen through the eyes of three pioneer avant-garde filmmakers and close friends of the Pop artist.  Award Presentation to Andy Warhol (1990, 12 min.), this film by Jonas Mekas documents Mekas presenting Andy Warhol the Film Culture Independent Film Award at the Factory in the presence of Superstars Baby Jane Holzer, Gerard Malanga, and others.  Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol (1990, 38 min.), filmmaker Jonas Mekas includes footage from the fist public performance of the Velvet Underground at Delmonico’s Hotel on January 13, 1966, and ends his film with the Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, after Warhol’s death.  Film includes appearances by Lou Reed, Nico, Edie Sedgwick, Allen Ginsberg, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Caroline Kennedy, Mick Jagger, and many others.

Koret Auditorium
7 pm
The de Young Poetry Series: devorah major and Diane di Prima.  A writer of fiction and creative non-fiction, devorah major served as San Francisco Poet Laureate from 2002 through 2006.  She approaches poetry as both a written and performing art.  Diane di Prima began writing at the age of seven and committed herself to a life as a poet at the age of fourteen.  She teaches private classes and workshops and received the 2006 Fred Cody Award for Lifetime Achievement and community service.  $5; free for members and students.

 
FRIDAY, MAY 8
Celebrating Warhol Live and College Night
Wilsey Court
6–8:30 pm
The biannual College Night features a variety of projects by Bay Area university and college students and community-based art centers, drawing inspiration from and paying tribute to Andy Warhol’s artwork and techniques.  Enjoy Studio 54-inspired dance tunes by DJ Felix and DJ Lamont and a special guest performance by Alexis Miranda, owner of Divas nightclub in San Francisco.  This event features an Andy Warhol look-alike contest.  Dress “Factory” or as your favorite Studio 54 celebrity.

6–8:30 pm
Hand-on art making for everyone led by “art diva” Kim Erickson.  Warholize your photos!  Bring in a 5×7 or smaller photo of your own, or use one of the diva’s pictures.

 
FRIDAY, MAY 15
Final Friday Night Celebrating Warhol Live
Piazzoni Murals Room
6–8:30 pm
A recreation of Andy Warhol’s Factory is installed for one night only at the de Young.  The installation includes iconic Factory furniture, screenings by Bay Area filmmakers, filmmaking in progress, a special performance by the Mutants, plus the Psycho-delic sounds of DJ Neel N. Kizmiaz.  Warholmania strikes again with father-and-son duo Rene and Rio Yañez and the now famous “Andys.” Plus the Warholics film from Peter Max Lawrence

Wilsey Court
6:30 pm
The Mutants are an important band in the history of San Francisco punk and new wave music, known for their theatrical performances that often include elaborate props, projections, and comical antics.

6–8:30 pm
Hand-on art making for everyone led by “art diva” Kim Erickson.  Unleash your inner Studio 54 personality and create a design inspired by Pop art textiles of the 1970s.

Fantastic Warhol Live: Music and Dance Opens at the de Young Museum

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Here’s the thing about the new show opening February 14th called Warhol Live: Music and Dance in Andy Warhol’s Work - there’s an emphasis on music. So there you go, be prepared for the cacophony, ’cause there’s sound all over the place in the basement of the de Young Museum these days. They’re saying music culture affected Andy and, in turn, Andy affected music culture. I’ll buy that.

Get your tickets and spend some time there. You’ll encounter all kinds of grist for the accessible art criticism mill, and isn’t that what you want? And make sure you don’t miss the Pop Party on February 21. It should be mega.

But first thing you should do is hit Laurence Scott’s short punchy video at the NBC BAY AREA VIDEO ARCHIVE.

See you there!

Do you want to lounge under a disco ball watching a blonde eat a Hershey Bar? Well then, you’re in luck. Click to expand:

But let’s start from the beginning with 17 famous people, including Diane B. Wilsey, President of the Board of Trustees of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Per Dede, Andy didn’t say too much when he visited the Bay Area back in the day. Maybe Andrew Warhola could have done his famous routine with the visage of Dede? Her reply: “Four of me is too many of me.”  

Do you want to see soap boxes and Campbell’s soup cans? Of course you do, but there’s a lot more than that here.  

If you ever get over to the GAP Building and see the Doris and Don Fisher collection, you’ll see some similarities. It’s Elvis III or Elvis x3 or something like that:

Interestingly, the poobahs of the City and County pooh-poohed the idea of using the iconic image of Elvis the Cowboy in advertising around the San Francisco. Can you guess why? Something to do with the image of a firearm. (Of course, this policy isn’t enforced equally and all the time, but oh well.) Instead, we get lovely non-gangster rapper Debbie Harry.

Washed up pop stars from a quarter century ago…

…cheek by jowl with disco-era iconography:

Be sure to shuffle the kiddies along when they want to veg out on this couch. The NSFW black and white movie shown looks like an American Apparel ad shoot gone terribly wrong.

Art meets Commerce in the last room of the exhibit, of course:

John Buchanan, Director of FAMSF, under the revolving disco ball giving some more face time to the boob tube. It’s another big exhibition that should prove to be quite popular.  

Again, see you there!

More deets after the jump

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Casting Call for Warhol Live. Multiple Warhols Needed by the de Young Museum!

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Here’s all you need to know about the de Young Museum‘s particulars for their upcoming Warhol Live casting call:

“We are casting multiple Warhols”

That means that you’ve got all kinds of chances of being selected. It’s finally happening! This is why you moved to the Bay Area – to do stuff like this.

The look that will get you $$$$$:

First Josh Kornbluth, and now this. Here are the deets from the cattle call at popular de Young Museum :

“We are searching for models, actors and performers who would like to become Andy Warhol for a number of public appearances. Auditions will be held on Saturday, January 31st, 2009 from noon to 5pm in the Piazzoni Murals Room at the de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

“We are casting multiple Warhols, each having a special role that may include engaging the public, delivering lines, posing for photography, and assisting with silk-screen demonstrations. Performers will be paid for their involvement. Please arrive in your completed costume: wig, makeup and attitude. Don’t forget to bring your resume and 4×6 or 8×10 photograph of yourself.  We will photograph you in your costume.
 
“Warhol Live Presented by Bank of America is the first comprehensive exploration of Warhol’s work as seen through the lens of music. This exhibition brings together a wide variety of works depicting pop music royalty. The exhibition opens February 14 and runs through May 17, 2009. There will be a variety of events and public programs to supplement this exhibition.
 
To schedule an audition, please contact the public programs office at 415.750.7694 or e-mail nschach@famsf.org.

See you there!

Josh Kornbluth’s Andy Warhol Show at the CJM is Highly Entertaining

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Here’s what they’ve got for you these days over at the San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum in the SOMA: well-researched, accessible art criticism from the entertaining Josh Kornbluth. There’s been good reviews for the Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews? one man show.

How will you react to seeing art with “no heart or soul?” Josh will walk you through it all. The upcoming shows are all selling out so they’ve added another, but you might need to hurry.

Rest assured, Josh doesn’t do the show in whiteface and hipster turtleneck (above) when he’s riffing on Warhol’s Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered.

See you there!

[UPDATE: A review in The New York Times from April Dembowsky.]