Here are some Bay Area art events for Friday, March 3rd:
In the Mission District, at Ratio 3, new work by Ben Peterson will be shown under the title, “You Build It, We Burn It.” Peterson is a deadpan ninja, deftly eviscerating suburban dreams about how the world should look. His drawings (sometimes large) are in a precise style drawn from architectural renderings, instructional diagrams, and other sources. This time he also includes a sculpture. It will be interesting to see where his mind—and our world—have taken him lately. The Friday reception hours are 6-8 pm. The address is 903 Guerrero (at 21st St.).
Also in the Mission, at Mission 17, there will be an opening reception from 6-9 pm for a new installation by Katherin McInnis. This is described as presenting “the thrift store as a locus of meaning and social interaction.” Using video, McInnis has interviewed local residents about their thrift-store finds. The address is 2111 Mission St., at 17th St.
Over in Dogpatch, Ampersand International Arts will have a reception from 6-8:30 pm Friday for a show featuring two artists, Jennifer Kaufman and Andy Vogt. Some time ago Vogt became fascinated by salvaged wooden lath, and judging from a peek in his studio recently, the lath is spreading across the floor and raising itself up. The address is 1001 Tennessee St. (at 20th St.).
A number of galleries are open for the First Friday art walk. As on previous occasions, this is taking place on a night when there is a lot of art activity in San Francisco. It is also happening on a FRIDAY NIGHT, the worst night of the week for San Franciscans to travel to the East Bay. In a just world, neither of these things would occur, say I. Well, maybe Oakland doesn't care about the SF crowd. Tons of people live over there, after all. But speaking selfishly, if I can't get to First Friday, I find it hard to see the shows at all because the hours of the galleries are such a patchwork.
I'm sure there will be some good work on view. Check it out if you can. The Oakland Art Murmur website provides First Friday information, including gallery addresses and (on the listings page) links to some of the gallery websites .