Partir : Leaving
May 18, 2011

Recently I viewed the French film Partir (Leaving) from 2009.  What first drew me to this film was the presence of Kristin Scott Thomas, the wonderful French actress who won me over in Il y a Longtemps Que Je T’aime (I’ve Loved You So Long 2008). Her performance was astounding in that film, where her character is recently released from prison for killing her own infant child.  However, throughout nearly the entire film, her character stifles her reason and emotion, creating awkward encounters when trying to reintroduce herself socially.

Kristin Scott Thomas and Sergi López in Leaving 2009

In Partir, Thomas plays a wife, mother who falls in love with a contractor hired by her husband to construct a new physiotherapy office at their home so she can start up her practice again.  Sounds sticky, right?  It gets stickier as she tries to give up her lover on orders of her husband, just to go right back to her passionate affair.  As she attempts leaving her husband, he does his best to make life miserable for the two lovers…  and possibly succeeds.  You be the judge of the outcome.  Ultimately, I felt that her character handles the situation like a person who has thrown all logic out the window.  Her husband’s reaction is a form of angry denial, her son is the most understanding/accepting while her daughter wants nothing to do with her.  Oh the web we weave.

The outcome is strikingly reminiscent of one of my favorite classic Truffaut films, La Peau Douce (The Soft Skin 1964).  La Peau Douce has a similar plot of an extramarital affair, however the roles are reversed.  In this film the husband, father falls desperately in love with a young flight attendant, and his wife is unaccepting of the situation.  In both films the wives play the role of the emotionally illogical.  I won’t go into further details on either film, as I truly wish not to spoil either startling outcome.  You will just have to take my word for it that each is worth a serious watch.

Françoise Dorléac and Jean Desailly in La Peau Douce 1964

City Hall Artist Reception
May 18, 2011

Just a quick post about the next show I am in that starts with an artist reception this Friday night from 5-8pm at San Francisco City Hall.  I will have some older work from my 2007 Out-of-Sorts body of work in Supervisor David Chiu’s office, second floor, room 264.  The show will be up through 8/19, so you have plenty of time to drop by and see the work.  More information about the venue can be found here, including the other artists showing and the other Supervisors participating.  Hope to see you at the reception!

wonder, 2007

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The Lab Annual Art Auction
March 27, 2011

Well, everyone, it’s that time of the year again.  The Lab is having it’s annual live and silent auction on Saturday, April 2nd from 7pm-10:30pm.  The live auction starts at 8pm.  I have donated a drawing titled E.C.T., based on a line from the play Next to Normal that recently showed at the A.C.T. in San Francisco.  For a sneak peak at some of the art being auctioned off, go here. There is also an online auction happening now for those who can’t wait. Hope to see you there!

E.C.T. 2011

Art Auction Fundraiser, Sunday 1/16/11
January 10, 2011

It’s almost here!   The art auction and fundraiser for our friend Natalie Hardcastle.  Please join Rick Kantor, Bob Nugent, Mark Perlman, Kurt Kemp and the caring art community of Sonoma who have rallied together prominent artists from across the country for this private fundraiser of great art at affordable prices.  The event happens this Sunday, January 16 from 4-7pm at Terrasanti, 11790 Main St., Suite E, Penngrove, CA.

Natalie recently underwent brain surgery to remove a golf ball sized tumor, just 4 short months after she gave birth to her second son. Natalie is a talented artist, advocate for the arts, former art student of Sonoma State University and one of the most kind-hearted people you will ever meet.  100% of the money raised will go to pay off medical expenses that are not covered by Nat’s insurance. If there are any additional funds remaining they will be donated to the UCSF Medical Foundation for research.  Please come and support Natalie and her family.

Contributing artists include John Fraser, Judy Pfaff, Tim McDowell, Heather Patterson, William Smith, Sami Lange, Kiki Smith, Mark Perlman, Kurt Kemp, Jennifer Sturgill, Brett Grunig, Michael Gregory, Eric Oldmixon, Wendy Anne Crittenden, Erik Neff, Marianela de la hoz, Rob Keller, Chester Arnold, Michael Schwager, Ed Aiona, Jennifer Clark, Alison Harris, Hung Liu, Nancy Youdelman, Michael Manzavrakos, Frank Ryan, Anne Siems, Heather Wilcoxon, Suzanne Stryk, Gregory Raymond Halili, Aaron Fink, John Nava, Robert McCauley, Marlene McCauley, Tom Foolery, Bob and Janet Voruz, Matt Mullins, Kerry Vander Meer, Andrew Meiress, Halle Seipman, Ashley Heber, Gordon Powell, Era and Don Farnsworth, Monika Steiner, Kristine Branscomb-Fitzgerald, Bob Nugent, Lynda Nugent, Kara Maria, Enrique Chagoya, Robert Hudson, Andy Saftel, Judith Williams, Donn Brannon, Shane Weare, Tony Guaraldi-Brown, Kenna Moser, James Porter, Pam Longobardi, Steven Sorman, Dan Gualdoni, Jeanette Pasin-Sloan and the list grows…….

bated breath

bated breath, 2010, Wendy Anne Crittenden

January 16th, Save the Date : Art Auction-Fundraiser
December 21, 2010

Please join me from 4-7pm on January 16th, 2011 at the Art Auction-Fundraiser for Natalie Hardcastle.  The auction will take place at Terrasanti, 11790 Main Street Ste E, Penngrove, CA 94951.

Many quality small artworks will be auctioned off, 12”x12” or smaller and nothing over $300, with bids starting much lower than that.  100% of the money raised will go towards medical expenses that are not covered by Natalie’s insurance, who recently underwent extensive surgery to remove a brain tumor shortly after having her second child.  As you can imagine, this was not a simple or inexpensive surgery.  Any additional  funds remaining will be donated to the UCSF Medical Foundation for research.

All donations will be tax deductible: both art donated and purchased.  So please join in on the fun January 16th, buy some art, and help support Natalie and her family.  Below is my own contribution to the event, bated breath.  See you there!

bated breath

bated breath, 2010

 


Perhaps You’ll Attend the Haps This Weekend…
December 8, 2010

The winter holidays have once again invaded our realm, and what else can we do but give into them??  This weekend seems to be a pretty spectacular last-minute shopping weekend of hand-made items from local artists.  The first I will mention is the Lab’s 14th Annual Postcard Show, where you can find many objects including, but not limited to, postcards, small paintings, cassette tapes, tiny sculptures and handmade earrings.  Now time for my shameless plug:  I am selling greeting cards here, based on my own drawings and photography, ranging from xmas to birthday to a couple of other creative expressions.  What I love about this show is how affordable items are, I highly recommend.  The Lab Gallery is located in San Francisco’s Mission District and will be open for business 1pm-6pm on both Saturday 12/11 and Sunday 12/12 with an extension of hours Saturday night as a jolly reception ensues from 7pm-10pm.

A little taste of my own contribution. From Left to Right: Seasoned Greetings, Magically Delicious, Happy Birthday and Life. Four more designs will be present...

Next on the list is the Bazaar Bizarre.  I have two friends selling their handmande jewelry wares in this event: the talented and lovely Taryn McCabe with her TOMgirl leather jewelry and Shen Cruces with her Shendoe ceramic jewelry.  This event is located at the Fort Mason Center (Herbst Pavilion), San Francisco, and is happening Saturday 12/11 from 12pm-5pm and Sunday 12/12 from 12pm-6pm, with a special cocktail & crafts party Saturday night from 7pm-10pm.  Admission is free for the daytime hours, $10 for the special Saturday night event.  Here is a list of links to all of the specially picked artists and crafters for this event, take a looksy!  I personally have fallen in love with the Sweet Meats vendor.

Top: Handmade leather necklace by TOMgirl -- Bottom: Handmade ceramic necklace by Shendoe

Now let us take a gander at Inky Oxnard’s Holiday Frenzy! happening in West Oakland Saturday 12/11 from 11am-5pm.  There will be screenprints at ridiculously low prices, lovingly printed t-shirts, framed pieces, a few pieces on wood from Super Furry Animals, landscapes, Squirrel Plates, stickers, books, paintings on canvas, wood, and cardboard — gifts to fit every budget.  The artists involved are Michael Wertz, Isabel Samaras, Dave Warnke, Jim Winters, and Lloyd Dangle.  These prints are awesome!  Get yourself there, people!

Inky Oxnard’s Holiday Frenzy!

Now for those of you up in the North Bay, specifically Santa Rosa, we have a Thursday night event, 12/9:  Xmas Card Collective – Show & Sale located at Gallery 300.  The artists involved will be Todd Barricklow, Molly Perez, Tony Spears, Mr. Salazar, William Smith and the lovely Jacqueline Smith.  This is an event that you can purchase unique xmas cards, have some bites and drinks and enjoy the company of some of my favorite people.  Seriously guys, these are my people, you can’t not have fun at this event…

Xmas Card Collective: Show & Sale

Lastly, for those who aren’t venturing outdoors for their last-minute shopping, try whitefuzzyball.com, an untraditional-traditional line of Santa hats designed and crafted by one of my elf friends.  These are very luxurious and very well made — just what’s needed this holiday season.  So many events, so little time.  Plan accordingly, people, but get your booties out there and have yourselves a grand time!

One of the sweet untraditional-traditional Santa hats at whitefuzzyball.com

Intersection’s 45th Anniversary Gala : June 12, 7pm
June 4, 2010

Save the date!  The time has come for Intersection for the Arts’ annual auction.  This year the auction is celebrating their 45th anniversary, and it’s happening at their new satellite location in the San Francisco Chronicle Building at 901 Mission Street (5th and Mission).  I have happily donated a full size mounted image of big boy, 2009.

big boy, Wendy Anne Crittenden, 30" x 30" C-print mounted on aluminum, 2009

The gala will have a live and silent art auction featuring work from many celebrated Bay Area visual artists, live DJs, good food and good drinks.  Your attendance and support will help Intersection raise the critical funds it needs to support their many performances, exhibitions, jazz, education and artists’ resource programs and to help them continue to provide a space for artists, youth, and the community.

General Admission is $60 or 2 for $100. Tickets can be purchased here.  Preview of the art can be found here, my eye is on the Julie Chang.  Hope to see your smiling faces June 12th at 7pm!

SFMOMA’s 75th Anniversary Exhibition
May 11, 2010

Okay reader, you have until January 16th, 2011 to view my favorite Robert Gober piece, Prison Window, 1992, at SFMOMA.  Unless, of course, they are changing the exhibits over the time of the exhibit, in which case I can’t even guess how long this piece will be up.  The first time I viewed Prison Window I couldn’t leave the room, it captivated me so.  An open window carved high in the wall, three prison bars.  Behind exists the most perfect shade of blue hope with a hint of cloud in the atmosphere…  For your reference I have included a picture of the piece, but a picture is no substitute for the real thing:

Robert Gober's Prison Window, 1992

Other pieces to note are Bruce Connor’s film Three Screen Ray, 2006, the museum’s fabulous photography collection that includes contemporary and historic pieces, and Robert Rauschenberg’s Erased de Koonig, 1953.  Connor’s piece is a three-channel, black and white video projection, set to Ray Charles’ 1959 hit song What’d I Say.  Images of naked ladies dancing, animated electricity and much more.

Bruce Connor's Three Screen Ray, 2006

In celebration of the museum’s 75th anniversary, SFMOMA has pulled out all of the stops, or rather all of their pieces, to celebrate the occassion.  The series of exhibitions and events “illustrate the stories of the artists, collectors, cultural visionaries, and community leaders who founded, built, and have animated the museum. A suite of exhibitions highlights the unique strengths of SFMOMA’s collection and moments when the museum broke new ground, expanding the conventional wisdom of what an art museum should present and collect. Related programs and events continue throughout the year.” [SFMOMA]

Join the museum for it’s special 75th Birthday Bash celebration on May 14, 2010.

Robert Rauschenberg's Erased de Kooning, 1953

LIMN Art Gallery, Leaving Space
March 24, 2010

Sad to report that after thirteen years, LIMN Art Gallery is leaving its landmark building…   LIMN Art Gallery is having one last group show at 292 Townsend
March 26th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Heavenly City, by Yang Yongliang: Untitled 5

I personally have never shown at LIMN, but the artist that I work for, Stephen Galloway, is represented by the gallery and has had two solo shows at the San Francisco space and has shown at their former Seattle location.  The significance of LIMN is beyond just my connection through Stephen, it is one of the first spaces to introduce contemporary Chinese art to the United States.  It certainly has opened my eyes to the genre, there is some great work coming out of that country.  The gallery is directed by Christine Duval.

Though the art gallery is leaving its current wonderful space, it will return to its original format in early May; LIMN company and the art gallery will reopen under the same roof on the second floor of the main building at 290 Townsend.  LIMN will offer over 9000 square feet of exhibition space and will continue to support locals and international artists by introducing and promoting their work not only to San Francisco but also to a broader audience.