Happenings | In The Make | Studio visits with West Coast artists

Two Libraries: Recently Sorted Books

Nina Katchadourian has worked on her “Sorted Book” series since 1993, and this exhibition features her most recent works. Nina sifts through library collections in order to select books and create narratives through titles. These compositions of multiple books become poetic, visual compositions that are simultaneously thought-provoking and humorous. “Two Libraries” draws from two of her collections, “Once Upon a Time in Delaware/In Quest of the Perfect Book” and “Family Gathering.” Though the exhibition is in its last days, it’s a must-see.


Two Libraries: Recently Sorted Books
Catharine Clark Gallery
248 Utah St., San Francisco, CA 94103
January 4th – February 22nd, 2014


LA Art Book Fair

The LA Art Book Fair, presented by Printed Matter, showcases artists’ books, art catalogs, periodicals, zines, and monographs. The event brings together the work of over 250 international presses, indie publishers, booksellers, artists, and collectors. This year, featured projects include a series of lectures called “The Classroom” by David Senior, a Queer Zines exhibition, and much more. The LA Art Book Fair is a companion fair to the NY Art Book Fair, held annually in New York each fall.

LA Art Book Fair
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA
January 31st – February 2nd, 2014
Opening Reception: January 30th, 2014


A Vulgar Proof

“A Vulgar Proof” is April Street’s (who we visited this past June) second solo exhibition at Carter & Citizen. The show features objects and paintings; bronze Collars are slightly transformed and up for interpretation, while her Black Hole Paintings are wrapped in black nylon with cut or punched holes. The nylons stockings were previously used in a private recorded performance piece, revealing a symbolic, well-thought-out and intensive process. April’s exhibition, which in Elizabethan English means a “common experience,” is filled with pieces that explore the process of making and how it can hide as well as reveal.

A Vulgar Proof
Carter & Citizen
2648 La Cienega Ave., Los Angeles, CA
January 11th – February 15th, 2014


Avatar and Lambent Series: The Recent Work of Justine Frischmann

Justine Frischmann has curated NIAD’s latest exhibition “Avatar,” which examines over 20 works about icons, celebrities, superheroes, and characters, hinting at the importance and power of an alternate ego or surrogate personality. These works have been selected from NIAD’s artists. To accompany these pieces, Justine Frischmann has also collected paintings from her recent series for “Lambent Series: The Recent Work of Justine Frischmann.” Her paintings mix neon marks with a neutral, darkened haze, with possible allusions to the city at night.

Avatar and Lambent Series: The Recent Works of Justine Frischmann
NIAD Gallery
551 23rd Street, Richmond, CA
January 11th – February 21st, 2014


Everyone’s Time Is Their Own

“Everyone’s Time Is Their Own” is the current Alter Space group exhibition, showcasing work from artists Jason Jagel, Roya Falahi, Derrick Velasquez, Grady Gordon, Alejandro Diaz-Ayala, Rachel Sumpter, Derek Albeck, Jacob Magraw-Mickelson, Carlos Donjuan, Clynton Lowry, JR Doty, and Xi Zhang. Work ranges from sculpture and collage to printmaking and photography, exploring spirituality in the artists’ practice as well as in the surrounding world. 

Everyone’s Time Is Their Own
Alter Space
1158 Howard St, San Francisco, CA
January 18th – February 22nd, 2014


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Thresholds of Faith: Four Entries into the Beyond

“Thresholds of Faith” features past In The Make artists Taraneh Hemami and Ali Naschke-Messing, as well as Lynn Marie Kirby and Cara Levine. With the artists coming from four different faiths (Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) the exhibition explores spirituality and religious upbringing through art.

Thresholds of Faith: Four Entries into the Beyond
Manresa Gallery/St. Ignatius Church
Fulton & Parker, San Francisco, CA
December 15th, 2013 – May 18th, 2014


Pier 24: A Sense of Place

I’m always surprised to hear Bay Area residents say they haven’t yet been to the Pier 24 photography museum. With it’s vast photography collection and incredibly enjoyable viewing experience (they limit the number of visitors to about 20 at any given time) it is a gem of a museum. They just launched a new exhibition entitled A Sense of Place, which will run until the spring. You have to make an appointment, but anyone can get an appointment via their website.

A Sense of Place
Pier 24 – The Embarcadero
24 Pier, San Francisco, CA
July 2013 – May 2014