CARTWHEEL’s Guide to ArtPadSF May 16-19, 2013

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For three days and four nights beginning the evening of May 16, a selection of contemporary California galleries will all be poolside in San Francisco, and they’ll be doing more than just kicking back and relaxing! Quite the opposite: At ArtPadSF, the art fair at ultra-hip Phoenix Hotel, the whole complex is abuzz as collectors, art enthusiasts and gallerists flow from art filled-rooms set up as mini-galleries, while goings-on center around the hotel’s vintage kidney-shaped pool courtyard.

In place of  traversing high walled mazes, escalators, and elevators often found at convention center-style art fairs, visitors can move from room to room and see happenings such as synchronized swimming (at 7pm on May 16, presented by the San Francisco Tsunami Swim Club as part of the opening party festivities) and an outdoor video installation/digital mural by Bay Area-based artist Andrew Benson titled “Shine Bright Plastic Diamonds” at sundown each night. The focus on innovative programming, performances, installations and panels is why we love this fair, and chose to make CARTWHEEL a media sponsor. We also love that the Phoenix Hotel is located in San Francisco’s once notorious Tenderloin District, now home to a burgeoning blend of art galleries, restaurants, and high tech businesses. Here are some of the galleries and artists that we look forward to seeing at the fair:


Spoke Art will feature artworks by Erik Jones (above) and Tati Suarez, as well as the sculptures of personable Bay area native, Brooklyn-based Derek Weisberg (top image), whose series “Dead Rappers” is first-rate.


The McLoughlin Gallery‘s room at The Phoenix will be filled with photographs and a cardboard installation by Cristobal Valecillos, who last month built an entire cardboard house at the SF gallery.

Federico Solmi, His Majesty the Emperor of the Universe, 2013, video-painting, 28 x 51 in

With Luis de Jesus Los Angeles, see works by Federico Solmi (the above piece is titled His Majesty the Emperor of the Universe and is made of acrylic, ink, and silver leaf on panel with two LCD video screens, original animated video, and sound), Chris Engman, and Marcos Ramirez ERRE. Image courtesy of Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.


CES Contemporary‘s exhibition for ArtPadSF is titled “Pink and Dangerous,” with works by Ashkan Honarvar, Carl E. Smith, Ira Svobodová, Jordan Clark, Lola Dupré, Mike Parillo (his acrylic on canvas above is titled Can You Feel It (II), Peter Gronquist, Robert Larson, Steven Vasquez Lopez, and Zin Helena Song.


New Image Art Gallery will be holding it down in room 43 with a selection of works by Tofer Chin (above), Retna, Chris Cascio, Misha Hollenbach, Tauba Auerbach, Cleon Peterson and more.


Marx & Zavattero will be exhibiting one of our favorite artists, Andrew Schoultz, along with new work by Matt Gil, David Hevel, and William Swanson. The San Francisco gallery also hosts a book release party for Arngunnur Ýr (above) at 1pm on Saturday.


Blythe Projects will be in room 15 at ArtPadSF with works by Lita Albuquerque, David Kimball Anderson, C. Finley and Lia Halloran (above).


Charlie James Gallery will be showing works by Alex Schaefer, Michelle Andrade, Jim Thompson, Steve Lambert (above, at Miami Project in Dec. 2012), Richard Ankrom, Margie Schnibbe, Helen Rebekah Garber, and Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor.


Image courtesy of Marx & Zavattero.


ArtPadSF 2012 – Photo by CARTWHEEL.


ArtPadSF 2012 – Photo by CARTWHEEL.


ArtPadSF 2012 – Photo by CARTWHEEL.

Thursday, May 16: Opening VIP Preview 6-8pm; Opening Party 8-10pm (benefits SFMOMA SECA Art Award)
Friday, May 17: Noon to 8pm; Evening events 8-10pm
Saturday, May 18: Noon to 8pm; Evening events 8-10pm
Sunday, May 19: 11am to 5pm
Admission: $20/day ($15 in advance); $40 for all 3 days ($35 in advance)
The Phoenix Hotel
601 Eddy St.
San Francisco, California

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