CARTWHEEL’s Preview to artMRKT San Francisco, May 16-19, 2013

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Held at the Fort Mason Center-Festival Pavilion overlooking the San Francisco Bay, artMRKT San Francisco showcases 70 galleries, eight installations, and art discussions May 16-19, 2013.

Travelers will be excited to see San Francisco’s newly unveiled project, the world’s largest light sculpture on the Bay Bridge, The Bay Lights. The sight of 25,000 programmed LEDs leads art thinkers to the question

What is the role of cities and cultural institutions in creating visibility for the digital arts?

and  artMRKT is holding a discussion of the same title on Saturday, May 18 from 11:30-12:30pm.

With panelists including artists, collectors and the Chief Innovation Officer for the Mayor’s Office of the City of San Franciscoro, the talk–which promises to touch on the unique issues faced by artists who make work using digital technology, including The Bay Lights’ Leo Villareal–is a prescient, forward-thinking topic. From 1pm to 2pm Saturday,  Deputy Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Richard Benefield presents “David Hockney in San Francisco” in anticipation of  the upcoming Hockney exhibition featuring previously unseen new works coming to Golden Gate Park in October 2013.

artMRKT installations include titled Obscenity – a version for brotherhood. an Ohka airplane semblance at the  fair ‘s entrance.  The Ohka was a single-seater Japanese WWII aircraft made and used solely for suicide attacks on Allied forces in the Pacific, and re-imagined by artist Taro Hattori in paper and cardboard. The installation is presented by Swarm Gallery, whose booth at artMRKT will feature works by artistsJessalyn Aaland, Syndey Cohen, Adam Katseff, Leigh Merrill, Ethan Worden, and Mathew Zefeldt, whose Head #1 is pictured above. The following are more galleries we look forward to seeing at artMRKT:


Red Truck Gallery of New Orleans, which turned heads in San Francisco in April with Hard Time Mini Mall, will show Jason D’Aquino‘s miniature art (above), Ian Berry’s denim art and more at artMRKT.


Rena Bransten Gallery will exhibit works by John Waters, Henry Wessel and Bay Area native Marci Washington (above: The Captive, 2011).


At Spoke Art‘s space in booth 207, see works by Scott Hove, who has won accolades for this month’s “Guns and Ecstasy,” and Jessica Hess, whose recent L.A. show was covered by CARTWHEEL here.


Artists exhibiting works with Timothy Yarger Fine Art in booths 219 and 222 include Cecil Touchon, Seth Casteel, Yossi Govrin, Udo Noger, Lori Hyland,  Linda Touby, and photographer Jim McHugh, whose 24 x 20 work above, El Rey, is made with Ultrachrome archival ink on innova fiber paper.


Kopeikin Gallery will show works by Tabitha Soren and Cig Harvey, whose first L.A. solo show, earlier this year with the gallery, is re-capped on CARTWHEEL here.

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In booth 627, artMRKT gets a treat with Creativity Explored, a non-profit gallery / studio that produces art by adults with developmental disabilities. Among the artists featured at the booth are John Patrick McKenzie, Evelyn Reyes, and Daniel Green (his 11 x 20 work above is titled Smell Sumo Feet Wrestlers).


SF Gallery Park Life is exhibiting Tauba Auerbach, Anthony Discenza, Francesco Deiana, and others. The enamel on canvas work above, Untitled (Suffering), is by Park Life artist Christopher Baird.


Sundaram Tagore Gallery exhibits works by Sohan Qadri, Kim Joon, and Hiroshi Senju, whose waterfall paintings use fluorescent pigments to appear blue under ultravoilet light.


San Francisco’s Eli Ridgway Gallery will exhibit works by Travis Collinson (above) and James Sterling Pitt.


In Booth #405 Brian Gross Fine Art will present works by Roy De Forest (above: Texas, acrylic and mixed media), Robert Arneson, and Karl Benjamin.


New York Gallery Muriel Guépin will feature the video sculpture work of Gabriel Barcia-Colombo (pictured above) and Joanie Lemercieer.


Seager Gray Gallery will be at Booth #217 with artworks by Joe Brubaker, Jacqueline Rush Lee, Michael Cutlip, and Cathy Rose (her piece above is titled Wind).

artMRKT San Francisco
Thursday, May 16: Opening Preview Reception 6-8pm (benefits the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco); Opening Party 8-10:30pm
Friday, May 17: 11am to 7pm
Saturday, May 18: 11am to 7pm
Sunday, May 19: Noon to 6pm
Admission: $20/day or $35 for all 3 days
Festival Pavilion – Fort Mason Center
Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, California

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