Wednesday, June 15, 2016

“Material Limit: Alexis Arnold and Mary Button Durell," opens Saturday, June 18 at State, S.F.

State, a new visual arts space in San Francisco, presents its first exhibition, "Material Limit: Alexis Arnold and Mary Button Durell," with an opening reception for the artists, 6-9 p.m., Saturday, June 18.

Each of these Bay Area sculptors utilize intriguing materials in order to study the ways in which they intermingle with light, space and time. 

Mary Button Durell employs humble tracing paper and wheat paste to create magnificent, outer worldly pieces including her five-foot sculpture," The Cloud," featured in the show. She will also be introducing a new direction in her work with the installation of two-dimensional sculptures.

Alexis Arnold has created a series of crystallized book sculptures, which will be on display in the exhibition, as well as two site-specific installations. Her process involves growing Borax crystals onto surfaces.

"Material Limit: Alexis Arnold and Mary Button Durell." Through July 30. State, 1295 Alabama St., S.F.

All images courtesy of State.

  "The Cloud," (1999), paper and wheat paste, by Mary Button Durell

"The Foundations of Graphic Design," (2015), book and borax crystals, by Alexis Arnold

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

"A Place of her Own," exhibition at the I-Hotel Manilatown Center, S.F through June 30

Curated by Cynthia Tom and Maggie Yee and presented by API Cultural Center's United States of Asian America Festival, Asian American Women Artists Association and I-Hotel Manilatown Cnet, the exhibition "A Place of Her Own," asked several women artists the question, "If you had a place of your own, what would it be?"

Artists in the show: Nancy Arvold, Octavia Baker, Angela Bau, Frances Cachapero, Ann Rojas-Cheatham, Eunice Feng, Reiko Fujii, Judith Nihei, Kelsay Elizabeth Myers, Lisa Rodondi, Natalie Sacramento, Cynthia Tom, Sue Tom, Manon Bogerd Wada, Irene Wibawa, Adrienne Yan, Maggie Yee, Patricia Zamora and the Community Health for Asian American's Bhutanese/Nepali Refugee/ImmigrantWomen's leadership group (Sashi Subba, Manikala Subba, Kala Aley, Neelam Monger, Dewkala Rai, Bamu Suhang, Mon Rai, Khari Rai, Lalmati Limbu and Santa Rai

Images courtesy of Cynthia Tom

"Resonating Open" by Manon Bogerd Wada

A Place of her Own is also an art-based healing and trans-formative workshop series for Asian American women that culminates in an exhibition. The women work to overcome cultural silence that prevents women from thriving. It also explores family and ancestral patterns and examines beliefs that hold women back so that women can deiced what they what for their lives, to move forward and thrive with joy.

"Heading Home 2" by Cynthia Tom

1-6 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday. Through June 30. I-Hotel Manilatown Center, 868 Keary St., S.F. (415) 291-0175,

Two new solo exhibitions featuring works by Scooter LaForge and Dariusz Labuzek at 111 Minna Gallery, S.F. through July 30.

The 111 Minna Gallery presents two concurrent solo exhibitions, "Lacrimosa," with paintings by  Dariusz Labuzek, and "Invitation to Nothingness," with paintings by Scooter LaForge. 

7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Through July 30. 111 Minna Gallery, S.F. (415) 974-1719,

All images courtesy of the 111 Minna Gallery.

"Herbal Remedy" by Dariusz Labuzek 

"A Conversation between East and West" by Dariusz Labuzek


"Because I can" by Dariusz Labuzek

Dariusz Labuzek

"Ed" by Scooter LaForge

"Rembrandt punches Brutus" by 
Scooter LaForge

"Roadside Memorial" by Scooter LaForge

Scooter LaForge