Tuesday, March 28, 2006

New Exhibitions in SF

This week brings three new exhibitions of interest in San Francisco. Tomorrow night (March 29th) from 6:00 to 10:00 pm, RX Gallery hosts a reception for a show of Bay Area artists working in New Media. (That term is beginning to sound quaint.) The gallery is located at 132 Eddy St., near Mason St., at the edge of the Tenderloin.

The Patricia Sweetow Gallery, after the color riot of the previous show, takes a more austere turn in solos by German artists Irmel Kamp and Joachim Bandau. Kamp is known for B&W photographs that document the exteriors of International Style buildings in Tel Aviv and elsewhere. Bandau paints exquisite black watercolors that seem to argue for opacity and transparency at the same time. An image of one of them is shown below. Bandau is also a long-time sculptor, and judging from the show announcement, a few of his small, somewhat unnerving sculptures will be shown. The exhibition opens on Wednesday, March 29th, and there is a reception next week on Thursday, April 6th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The gallery is on the fourth floor at 49 Geary St.

In a different part of town, the small artist-run space Queen's Nails Annex will open their new show with a reception on Friday, March 31st, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. The show, curated by Margaret Tedesco, features work by David Hatcher, Mitzi Pederson, and Wayne Smith. Local writer Kevin Killian contributes an essay. Lots of art people will be there, spilling out onto the sidewalk. The address is 3191 Mission St., located several blocks south of Cesar Chavez St.

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