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positive signs #34-60 on sfmoma open space

Contrary to what we usually believe, ... the best moments in our lives, are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times... The best moments usually occur when a person's body or mind is stretched to its limits ... to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Optimal experience is something we make happen.

Christine Wong Yap, Positive Sign #50 (Optimal experience is something we make happen), glitter pen on gridded vellum, 8.5×11 in.

Starting today, I’ll continue posting Positive Signs on SFMOMA’s Open Space blog ever other Wednesday. Look for #34-60 to take a deeper look at flow, hope, autonomy, and aesthetic experience.

See all Positive Signs to date.

Through September 26, 2012: every other Wednesday
SFMOMA Open Space

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In Other Words, in a few pictures

Grateful for few days of art, sunshine, and friendly faces in California.

Thanks to everyone who came out to check out In Other Words at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco. I really appreciate the interest and support! I think the show looks fantastic—all respect due to Kevin Chen, gallery director; Intersection staff, and the other artists for their thoughtful contributions.

The show continues through March 24, with many public events—most are free or sliding scale.

Here are a few snapshots, with better photos to follow on my site….

Positive Signs at In Other Words, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.

Positive Signs greets viewers at In Other Words, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.

Positive Signs at In Other Words, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.

Closer view of Positive Signs. In Other Words, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.

Another set of Positive Signs at In Other Words, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.

Detail: Positive Sign #16 at In Other Words, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.

Detail: Positive Sign #16 at In Other Words, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.

Detail: Positive Sign #16 at In Other Words, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.

Intersection Gallery Director Kevin Chen (center) delivered thoughtful comments, connecting the show's linguistic theme with the gallery's location in the San Francisco Chronicle building.

Intersection Gallery Director Kevin Chen (center) delivered thoughtful comments, connecting the show's linguistic theme with the gallery's location in the San Francisco Chronicle building.

Susan O'Malley's sandwich boards. In Other Words, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.

Susan O'Malley's sandwich boards. In Other Words, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.

Another project by Susan O'Malley involved semi-hidden placards. In Other Words, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.

Another project by Susan O'Malley involved semi-hidden placards. In Other Words, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.

Meryl Pataky had a nice pair of installed wire works, whose shadows spelled positive and negative words phonetically.

Meryl Pataky had a nice pair of installed wire works, whose shadows spelled positive and negative words phonetically.

More photos, including the infamous pinkie cam treatment, on Alan Bamberger’s ArtBusiness.com site.

Snapshots of other exhibitions I enjoyed…

Kinetic media installation by Mario Ancalmo, SECA 2010, SFMOMA.

Kinetic media installation by Mario Ancalmo, SECA 2010 exhibition, SFMOMA.

See also Ancalmo’s show at Eli Ridgeway Gallery; don’t miss the lower level installations.

Deflated balloon dog by Jeffrey Songco, Steven Wolf Fine Arts.

Deflated balloon dog by Jeffrey Songco, Steven Wolf Fine Arts.

No photos, but worth checking out: Gina Osterloh’s solo show of studio photos and a documentary about blind massuers, connected by her interest in dysfunctions of the body of  and Richard T. Walker’s video at ybca.

…as well as inspiring studio visits…

Studio visit with Stephanie Syjuco.

Studio visit with Stephanie Syjuco.

Spool holders, hooray!

Spool holders, hooray!

Studio visit with Michael Arcega. Baby, the artist-designed and -made collapsible, outrigger canoe, under a pinata-disco ball-hybrid. Not to mention an envy-inspiring woodshop in the studio.

Studio visit with Michael Arcega. Baby, the artist-designed and -made collapsible, outrigger canoe, under a pinata-disco ball-hybrid. Not to mention an envy-inspiring woodshop in the studio.

Mini disco ball, wood glue, and the story of a sailing expedition at Michael Arcega's studio.

Mini disco ball, wood glue, and the story of a sailing expedition at Michael Arcega's studio.

Free crate + casters + door + sawhorses = two tables that fold into one. Genius.

Free crate + casters + door + sawhorses = two tables that fold into one. Genius!

Plus, (aerial) Geometry vs Abstraction.

Geometry

Geometry.

Geometry detail.

Geometry detail.

Abstraction.

Abstraction.

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Opening Wed., Feb. 1: In Other Words @ Intersection for the Arts

I’m very excited to be part of this exhibition at Intersection for the Arts. I’ll have over 40 Positive Signs drawings—including several new ones not yet posted on SFMOMA’s Open Space—on view. I am familiar with the work of some of the other artists, and I think it’s a very promising line-up.

Positive Sign #59, 2011, glitter pen, gridded vellum, 8.5 × 11 in / 21.5 × 28 cm

Positive Sign #59, 2011, glitter pen, gridded vellum, 8.5 × 11 in / 21.5 × 28 cm

February 1–March 24, 2012
In Other Words
Intersection for the Arts
925 Mission Street, San Francisco CA 94103

Members VIP Reception: Wed, February 1, 6-7pm
Opening Reception: Wed, February 1, 7-9pm
Gallery hours: Tue–Sat, 12–6pm
Free admission

In Other Words is a group exhibition that looks at language and its capacity to clarify and confuse, convene and separate, inspire and discourage. Language can excite our spirit, comfort our feelings, and inform our intellect; it can also extinguish desire, destroy confidence, and cloud perception. By exploring a range of areas concerning the influence and evolution of language in our lives — the impact of technology, the obscurity of industry-specific terminology, the psychological internalization of language, and the recontexutalization of language — the artists in this exhibition demonstrate through a diversity of media the many ways in which we strive to communicate to each other.

In Other Words features work by Katie Gilmartin, Julia Goodman, Emanuela Harris-Sintamarian, Susan O’Malley, Meryl Pataky, Alex Potts, Cassie Thornton, Annie Vought and Christine Wong Yap.

Related programs:

IN OTHER WORDS: SF LIBRARY READING LIST
February 1 | Free
In celebration of our new exhibit, the San Francisco Public Library will share a suggested reading list that reflects the power and diversity of language.

(By coincidence, James Geary’s I is an Other—a book on metaphors that inspired Positive Signs—is on the reading list!)

IN OTHER WORDS: BLOG CONTEST
February 1-March 24 | Free
Every couple weeks, we’ll have a new call out for fun images and stories! Participants email us their content. Top submissions will appear on our website and a handful of lucky contributors are chosen to receive special prizes!

IN OTHER WORDS: BALDERDASH
March 21 | 7PM | $10-$15
Do you like word games and team activities? Familiar and foreign terms from the arts, business, finance, and social service worlds set the stage for a game where YOU are the expert. Join us for an uncensored friendly competition where fictitious and honest definitions abound. Sign up as a team for a round of Balderdash hosted by author Michelle Tea to show off your smarts and win prizes!

IN OTHER WORDS: ARTISTS TALK
March 24 | 2PM | Free
The “In Other Words” exhibit comes to a close. Please join us in this candid talk to hear directly from the creative minds that graced our gallery with such fun and thought-provoking art.

theintersection.org

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Negative Space opens Sunday

Above: David Robbins, Fuck Buttons, 1985-1987, cibachrome, 10 x 8 inches each, edition of 10

NEGATIVE SPACE

MATT BORRUSO, NINA ZURIER, JAMES HAYWARD, DAVID ROBBINS, GUY DEBORD, NICHOLAS KNIGHT, CHRISTINE WONG YAP, JEFFREY SONGCO, WHITNEY LYNN, AND MORE…

July 17 – August 27, 2011
Opening Barbeque Rectption:
Sunday, July 17, 3:00 – 7:00 pm

Gallery Hours
Wednesday – Friday 10:30-5:30
Saturday 11-5:00

Steven Wolf Fine Arts
2747 19th Street, A (cross street at Bryant)
San Francisco, CA 94110
stevenwolffinearts.com

Summer is the time for happy thoughts. And we at Steven Wolf Fine Arts would like to share ours with you in our next show, Negative Space, which brings together art that embodies the various meanings and senses behind the phrase. Art that is pissed off, art that comes from the avant garde critical place we call negation, art that revolves around the void, art that poses an emptiness or art that implies one. The show will open with a Sunday afternoon barbecue, co-produced with our cross-street neighbor Guerrero Gallery.

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Positive Signs Begins! at Open Space on sfmoma.org

It’s official! I’m a contributor to Open Space, the lively, critical blog on the website of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Every Wednesday through June, I will publish Positive Signs, a series of interpretive diagrams, quotes, and speculations on creativity, optimism and the lives of artists, notwithstanding brief forays into the nature of space, stuff, experience, and cognition. Positive Signs take the form of drawings in glitter and neon pen with occasional foil prints on gridded vellum. While I’ve been publishing critical writing and essays elsewhere, I’m excited to see what kind of dialogue a series of drawings and diagrams can inspire on Open Space.

Visit Open Space to view Positive Sign #1.

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