Future/Canvas2: The Emerging Medium of iPad Art

Future/Canvas 2 will be exhibiting digital artists at the Gray Area Arts Foundation for the Arts this June! As much as I love a good ole pencil to draw and brush to paint, the iPad artists showcasing at this year’s Future/Canvas will not disappoint. After viewing the Future/Canvas site, you will definitely want to see the works in person. Spread the word and engage!

Pretty Average Magazine

Paid a visit to The Curiosity Shoppe on Valencia Street (San Francisco, CA) yesterday. It’s one of my favorite places. It’s a treasure trove of amazingness. I couldn’t walk out of the store without a new publication. I bought Average Magazine founded by artist, Kate Pocrass. One word: Brilliant. I don’t know how she would feel about this but it’s like the Seinfield (I’m a HUGE Seinfeld fan) of print. It’s about all of these, well, average things in life. For goodness sake, a piece about Oblong sandwiches, the relevance and importance of the sheet cake, photography of trees that look like giant vegatables, and much much more?!?! Oh, come on, you know you’re curious and you KNOW you would dig a magazine about this stuff!!!

In any case, I don’t want to go on and on about how amazing this magazine is because you can get one yourself. With artists like Paul Madonna and Kavamore Press contributing, the average and mundane are recognized for what they are and THAT is art (finding something great in everything when nobody is looking).

Now, I’m wondering how to subscribe (and contribute). 🙂

Augustus Francis answers the Art 10 Questions

1. What is your favorite (art) word?

Appropriate.

2. What is your least favorite (art) words?

Derivative ( everything is in one way or another).

3. What keeps you going when you’re in the studio?

Music, art books, and comic books.

4. When do you know you’re done in the studio?

When i start to fuck up, fall over, or fall asleep.

5. What words do you love to hear at an art show (your show or any show)?

I love it.

6. What words do you hate to hear at an art show (your show or any show)?

Anything idiotic like, “how long did it actually take to paint it?” or, “It doesn’t go with my furniture!”

7. What is your favorite curse word?

Twat, fuck or any combination of the two.

8. What profession other than being an artist would you like to attempt?

Art collector/curator.

9. What profession would you not like to do?

Farmer.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Your dad’s round the corner.

There’s never enough time…

With all of the writing I’ve been doing the past few weeks, I figured I would treat myself to some unedited and unfiltered art reflection. Here goes…

Sadly, I was unable to check out ArtPadSF. Looking at some of the pictures online (via San Francisco Art Beat blog), it would have been a real treat to see the overall layout and exhibitors at the Phoenix Hotel. Seeing each room set up as a gallery space and in a part of San Francisco that is not, traditionally, associated with the arts. That, my friends, is change (great change). With GAFFTA and EVER GOLD gallery in the area, the Tenderloin is getting some much-needed foot traffic. Lessons learned: I am NOT missing ArtPad 2012!!

Now, for the fairs I attended (with my loved one)…

The San Francisco Fine Art Fair (SFFAF) showcased some talented artists and great galleries but much more traditional and commercial in comparison to both ArtPad and artMRKT. Aside from the galleries, non-profit art organizations were located towards the back of the pavilion promoting their events and exhibitions to interested individuals. Some of these groups included SF Camerawork, San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), Oakland ArtMurmur, and San Francisco Women Artists (SFWA). Although SFFAF had a decent turnout, it would have been great to see the SFAI’s MFA exhibition next door (in 2010, both events were held concurrently). Seeing how art evolves by having vanguard artists in one building and emerging artists in another shows how some of the same ideas and concepts are interpreted by a new generation .

As for artMRKT, I was extremely happy to see many of my favorite galleries representing their stable of artists (I don’t really like referring to a collection of artists as a stable but I know it’s a part of the vernacular). Some of my favorite galleries and art institutes at artMRKT included:

artMRKT discoveries included:
  • Yes, artMRKT was great and as you can see, this particular fair had me going around in circles ensuring I didn’t miss a thing. It was impressive and well executed. Also, it was great to learn that there will be a couple of artMRKT productions later on this year, one in the Hamptons and a Texas Contemporary! If the SF artMRKT is any indication of the what Max Fishko and Jeffrey Wainhause (managing partners of artMRKT), are capable of for an inaugural show, I’m certain the Hamptons and Texas Contemporary will be just as impressive and well put together.
My only criticism (albeit petty and trivial):
  1. The solo seats in the VIP lounge were a little too reminiscent of bucket seats in an 87′ Camaro IROC Z. I was quickly reminded of how I need to work on my core stability due to the difficulty of getting up and out of the chair.
  2. If you’re going to charge art patrons $7 for a basic sandwich (and I mean BASIC), please put some goat cheese and/or pesto and throw it on a panini machine. Make it worth the $7 (pretty please).