Monthly Archives: November 2014

SAN FRAN SCENE: Ai Weiwei @ Alcatraz; Haring @ de Young

Ai Weiwei’s “With Wind” writhes suspended, about
60′ long, in Alcatraz’s New Industries Building.

“Trace”   Lego portraits of 176 “non-violent people who have lost their freedom simply because they expressed
their ideas …. in truth, they are heroes of our time” -Ai Weiwei

Lego portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Myanmar opposition leader, New Industries Building, Alcatraz.

“With Wind” and “Trace” are two of five exhibits in @Large:  Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz.  Each exhibit is an absolute experience – in a prison environment – and together they comprise the ironic whole of this show about liberty and freedom of expression by an artist whose studio was bulldozed and whose passport was taken by his own government in an effort to stifle his freedom of speech.  The atmosphere of the Alcatraz compound alone is haunting, reflective.  Combined with Ai Weiwei’s visual voice the five-hour experience mesmerized us, left us altered.  @Large sponsored by FOR-SITE  in conjunction with National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.  Through April 16,2015.

Next day we immersed ourselves in “Keith Haring:  The Political Line,”  at de Young Museum.  We stood in the main room and heard every note of his paintbrush, felt an understanding not before experienced.  The simplicity and the strength.  The confusion and the concern.  The joy and the anger.  But mostly the storytelling and the song.  We would go back for more, for sure.  And the exhibition book is fabulous.  Organized by Fines Arts Museums of San Francisco.  Through February 16,2015.

Stayed at Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre hotel on Sutter in the Tender Nob district.  Highly recommended.

“Keith Haring: The Political Line” de Young Museum

AACG Auction @ SOFA

As the honored artists at the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass’s annual awards ceremony held at SOFA each year, we are pleased to have raised $12,000 to support the organization through our donation of a triple set of carved spears. These spears are for us symbols of liberation and freedom from oppression, and are our response to personal experiences during our travels in Zimbabwe, 1997.

The Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to further the development and appreciation of art made from glass.  Learn more about the organization here.

 

Thank you Olivia, Larry and Amy for this fantastic presentation!
Photo credit: Ellie Pohlman – Thank you!

 

Carving detail.  Materials:  sculpted, carved glass, forged steel, copper, beads.