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Nov-19-2014

Daguerreotypes of SF by Binh Danh: What is new is old again


By Binh Danh

San Francisco artist Binh Danh specializes in daguerreotypes, and his latest show, “This Then, Is San Francisco,” is now open at the Haines Gallery (49 Geary).

The daguerreotype process was one of the earliest forms of photography and was in wide use only from the early 1840s to the late 1850s. The process involves printing the image captured in the camera onto a silver plate, and images appear in reverse because they are viewed from the side of the metal that faced the camera lens.

In addition to some nice pieces of the Cliff House and Sutro Baths, the 47-piece exhibition also features shots of downtown, the Legion of Honor, the Transamerica building, the de Young Museum, City Hall and the Mission. View the gallery here

Binh Danh is also known for his invention of the chlorophyll printing process, in which photographic images appear embedded in leaves through the action of photosynthesis (more on that in the video below).

The Haines Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday 10:30AM – 5:30PM, and Saturday 10:30AM – 5:00PM. Danh’s daguerreotypes will be on display until December 20.

Sarah B.


By Binh Danh

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Nov-11-2014

Keith Haring sculpture relocated to front of de Young as part of new exhibition


Photo by @deyoungmuseum

Keith Haring’s Untitled (Three Dancing Figures) sculpture was relocated from Third and Howard Streets to the front lawn of the de Young Museum recently in honor of the new exhibition Keith Haring: The Political Line. Museum staff snapped this pic of the statue engulfed in the thick fog on Monday morning.

The exhibition, which runs through February 15, 2015, features ” more than 130 works of art including large scale paintings (on tarpaulins and canvases), sculptures and a number of the artist’s subway drawings, among other works. The exhibition will create a narrative that explores the artist’s responses to nuclear disarmament, racial inequality, the excesses of capitalism, environmental degradation and others issues of deep personal concern to the artist.”

Sarah B.

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Nov-10-2014

Sand artist Andres Amador featured in new Afrikaans music video

Local sand artist Andres Amador, known for the intricate designs that he etches into the sands of Ocean Beach, is featured in a new Afrikaans language music video from an artist named Rozanne Gewaar.

Gewaar moved to California and began researching beaches for the video shoot when she came across Amador’s work.

“It took a while to come together because he was traveling and has to work when the tides and sand consistency is right,” Gewaar told us.

In the video for “Klein Gode” (Small Gods), which was shot at Fort Funston, Stoman walks among the cliffs and trails above the beach as Amador works on a large design in the setting sun.

Gewaar wrote the song and says it’s “part love song, but also speaks to the creative process and ambitions”.

In an online interview, Amador said though he normally works alone, he enjoyed this collaboration.

“I love that it’s Afrikaans. I love that I don’t know the words, I don’t understand or know the language but the sounds are so beautiful that I really appreciate it,” Amador said.

Sarah B.

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Nov-7-2014

Laughing Sal, Mergatroid, LouSeal & Doggie Diner were riding Muni…


By @danbransfield

Local artist Dan Bransfield tweeted out this fun illustration yesterday of some San Francisco icons gabbing away on a Muni bus.

All of them on their way to work, no doubt ;)

Sarah B.

10:30 am | Posted under Art | 4 comments
Nov-7-2014

Artist open studios in the Richmond District, November 8 & 9


Big Leaves by Jay Mercado

This Saturday and Sunday, artists across the Richmond District will open their studios as part of ArtSpan’s SF Open Studios event.

Stop by any of the locations on the map below between 11am and 6pm on either Saturday or Sunday to meet the artist and see their work (scroll down in the map window to see the list of artists as well).

We have artists in the neighborhood that create in a variety of mediums including painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media.

Artist Jay Mercado, known in the neighborhood for his donut paintings and other American icons often hanging in his studio window on the corner of 10th and California, is celebrating the 20th anniversary in his studio space.

“When I realized my art studio has been up and running in the same location since 1994, I was semi-mind-boggled. Twenty years? I’ve changed. My art has changed. San Francisco has changed. And I’m still here,” he wrote in an email inviting people to his studio during the weekend event.

Arion Press just inside the Presidio gate at 14th Avenue will also be open for the event.

This weekend’s Open Studios also include the neighborhoods Fort Mason, Marina, Pacific Heights, Russian Hill, North Beach, Hayes Valley, NOPA, Haight, Buena Vista, The Presidio, Sunset, West Portal, Oceanview. Check out all the artists participating across this city this weekend.

Sarah B.

View Open Studios – Richmond District | Nov. 8 & 9 in a full screen map

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Oct-23-2014

Fine craftsmanship in the printing of Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” at Arion Press

Local filmmaker and Richmond District resident James Kennard sent us this film he shot at Arion Press, the small printing company just inside the 14th Avenue Presidio gate that employs about ten people as printers, bookbinders, editors, and in other publishing roles.

For its 100th publication, Arion chose to create a handset deluxe limited edition of the text in the famed 1855 first edition of Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman.

Kennard’s film documents the making of the book which is nothing short of fascinating. The amount of craftsmanship, labor, detail and patience that went into the process is astounding. Publisher Andrew Hoyem narrates the film, showing you the most intimate moments of the book manufacturing process, which even includes Hoyem reading every page aloud to a proofreader that sits across from him.

Hoyem chose Leaves of Grass as Arion’s 100th publication as a tribute to his Arion Press predecessors Edwin and Robert Grabhorn, whose masterpiece was their 1930 edition of the Whitman poem.

“A holy book of the nation, along with the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence,” is how poet laureate Robert Hass describes Leaves of Grass. The appearance of this book of poems in the middle of the nineteenth century was revolutionary. No one had ever read poetry like this before. Ralph Waldo Emerson was so astonished and impressed that he wrote the thirty-five-year-old Whitman what must be the mash note of all time: “I greet you at the beginning of a great career, which yet must have had a long foreground somewhere, for such a start. I rubbed my eyes a little, to see if this sunbeam were no illusion; but the solid sense of the book is a sober certainty.” [Arion Press]

Kennard does a wonderful job of showing the minutia of the making of the book but also keeping you engrossed as the book comes to life, piece by piece, beginning with custom type being made in the press’ foundry.

The Arion Press edition of Leaves of Grass is limited to 275 copies with Arabic numerals for sale. The price is $1,250; contact Arion for more information (see the “Please Enquire” button at the bottom of this page).

Sarah B.

4:30 am | Posted under Art, History, Video | 3 comments
Sep-2-2014

Local links: GGP secrets, new classes, Tidy Shoppe turns 1, local mural & more


Congregation Beth Sholom on 14th Avenue. Photo by CTG/SF

Here are some local links to start off your Tuesday…

  • This one was backlogged in our local links file but it’s a good one! CurbedSF mapped out the 25 best secrets of Golden Gate Park. Our park-loving readers may already know all of them but you might find a surprise or two in there you want to check out…
  • The Mysterious Rack used clothing store at 12 Clement Street is kicking off weekly sewing and knitting classes, starting this week. Sewing classes are on Wednesdays from 7pm to 9pm, and knitting classes are on Sunday from 1pm to 3pm. Class size is limited to 4 people, and costs $45 per person (buy 2 or more and you get $5 off per class). You can start up anytime as there are beginning projects every class. Classes start this Wednesday and continue through December. For more info and to sign up, email everyoneshops@themysteriousrack.com.
  • The Tidy Shoppe (4050 Geary), a salon offering waxing, bronzing and more, is celebrating its first anniversary with a party this Saturday from 6pm until 11pm. Stop by for their signature popcorn bar and live music in the backyard featuring Tidy Shoppe’s fiddle maven, and acoustic guitar heroes. “We could not have done this without our loyal; clients family and friends,” said owner Tricia Gillespie.
  • The Shan Yee Poon dance school at 403 Arguello is hosting their first open house this Saturday from 12noon until 8pm. Stop by the watch dance performances by students in their ballet, jazz, hip-hop and ballroom classes. Or put on your own dancing shoes and try one of the free sample classes offered throughout the day. Full schedule is posted here plus face-painting, drinks and food.
  • One blogger took a closer look at the new mural that was painted on the side of the Grocery Outlet on 28th Avenue at Geary. The mural, painted by artist Bryana Fleming, contains scenes and landmarks of the Richmond District including The Cliff House, the Alexandria Theater and more.
10:09 am | Posted under Art, Classes, Events, Golden Gate Park, Kids | 3 comments
Aug-6-2014

Photo: McGruff the Crime Dog hanging with local artist Frank Kozik


Photo by @skozik13

Last night, the SFPD Richmond District station hosted a National Night Out event. One of the highlights each year is the appearance of McGruff the crime dog, in his full trenchcoat attire.

Sharon Kozik, wife of local artist Frank Kozik, tweeted the above photo to us from the event. She was excited about meeting the dog detective:


Frank Kozik is in the process of opening a design studio/store on Clement Street near 3rd Avenue, in the old Kumquat’s location. Gotta wonder if his encounter with the crime dog will inspire some new works…

Sarah B.

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