The San Francisco Center for the Book’s annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival is a day-long public printmaking and book arts showcase presented amid a selection of arts and crafts vendors, free letterpress, bookbinding and other demonstrations and plenty of fun. Using a 1924 seven-ton construction steamroller and an unlikely letterpress bed - the surface of Rhode Island Street itself - a team of 6 featured artists and printers create large-scale prints from three-foot-square hand-carved “Battleship linoleum” blocks. Now in its 11th year, Roadworks has become a popular tradition in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, drawing printmaking and book art enthusiasts from far and wide, as well as families with kids of all ages.

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CHAMPAGNE TIGERS

Exhibition: September 26th- October 18th

 

John Felix Arnold III

Ken Davis

Mark Pricks

Sean Gillespie

Dana James

& Hunter de La Ghetto

 

Wu Tang Clan as a rap group and each solo artist within it, has produced more than a legacy within hip hop but a multifaceted brand that has touched various areas of popular culture. That being said, visual art and music have gone hand-n-hand since the beginning of time. The relationship is joyfully symbiotic and the art forms exchange a dialogue with each other that is interchangeably inspirational. The exhibiting artists are using Wu Tang as the essence of their inspiration. This driving force brings not only a synergy to the work shown but also an admiration of its subjects. Each piece is homage to Wu Tang Clan and a kind of visual “dap” or handshake their amongst fans. Please join us as we present this exhibition to the public on September 26th.

Chris Doyle, “The Fluid” 
At Catharine Clarke Gallery through November 1, 2014

Catharine Clark Gallery presents The Fluid, a multi-media, immersive exhibition of new work by Chris Doyle.  The exhibit will consist of new watercolors as well as a site-specific, multi-channel video and audio installation in our main gallery space. In addition, Doyle’s video Bright Canyon, which debuted in Times Square in New York City earlier this year, will be presented in our dedicated media room.  Inspired by the environs of the Hudson River, Doyle draws on water as a point of departure to explore the intimate implications of fluidity in our ideas, our bodies and the physical landscape around us.

Water-in process, medium and thematic inspiration-permeates Doyle’s new body of work.  This is the artist’s fourth exhibit based on The Course of Empire series, Thomas Cole’s canonical depiction of the cyclical bloom and decay of human civilization and the natural world.  Doyle’s work pushes this idea further-suggesting erasure of the distinction between man and nature and proposing instead a continuum along which we flow.  This idea is embodied in an immersive audio-visual installation entitled The Fluid : equal parts multi-media artistry and visceral/emotional experience.  The project draws on the profound environmental anxiety around water, and in turn, on the way that tension might be encoded into representations of contemporary landscape. Projected geometric abstractions embodying various forms of water, combined with sound composed by musician Jeremy Turner, envelop the viewer.

Usugrow, “Inkflow” at Fifty24SF Gallery

Inkflow, a solo exhibition of new drawings by Usugrow,  now at FIFTY24SF Gallery, including a wall installation in the artist’s signature calligraphy style, is the Japanese artist’s third show at the San Francisco gallery. Usugrow also previously curated a group show with artists friends and collaborators associated with the Shinganist movement including Jun Kaneko, Mozyskey, Toshikazu Nozaka, and Bene at Fifty24SF in 2009. The exhibition coincides with the release of USUGROW: Works 2007-2013 published by the gallery’s sister store, Upper Playground. This 180-page monograph chronicling the artist’s style as it has developed in the past 6 years is Usugrow’s second book in partnership with Upper Playground; Love Hate From JP was published in 2007. more»

David Marc Grant

Look at what came before […]

September 13 - October 4, 2014

Look at what came before, and that will be the future., features Grant’s signature small scale paintings rendered in his signature candy colored palette. Frequently depicting dystopian landscapes reminiscent of 80s science fiction and fantasy novels, Grant plays off this concept in his own humorous way. While commenting on environmental degradation and his own anxieties about the future, Grant addresses pressing global issues in an approachable light, fostering an inviting setting for open dialogue about these concerns.

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