Art Picks, October 2011

Posted on September 30, 2011 – 9:24 PM | by Admin
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Istanbul & California
Michael Bishop
Skinner Howard Contemporary Art

Through November 5, 2011

Artist’s Presentation: October 13, 4 – 7PM

CSU Chico professor Michael Bishop has been living and working in Istanbul on a Fulbright fellowship for most of the past year (check his blog http://mblcatlarge.wordpress.com for fun pics of the trip), but he’s back in NorCal for the moment and has a show up at Skinner Howard.  The work in the show is a mix of freestanding California sculpture work and digitally printed felt wall hangings the artist made in Istanbul.  As if that’s not enough of a geo-mashup, several of the felt works feature photographs taken at the speed trials at the Bonneville Salt Flats.  The two bodies of work go well together, creating an appealing blend of the industrial with the homely.  Frankly, I was happily surprised by this show; I was appalled by his East Sac public art project (in which he tarted up a perfectly good water tower) but looking at the work on display here I can see why SMAC gave him that gig.  Bishop is an artist with ideas, and his talk on October 13,  (with introduction by the Crocker’s Scott Shields) should be interesting.

723 S Street

Hours: Weds – Sat Noon – 5PM

In Public: An Exhibition of Street Photography
Diane Tempest
Barton Gallery

October 6 – November 8

Reception: October 6, 6 – 8PM

October 8, 6 – 9PM

Though this is her first solo show, the name Diane Tempest may be familiar to longtime Sacramento art fans.  Tempest opened the well-known Sacramento craft gallery Blooming Art in 1994, and later, Galeria Tempest in San Francisco.  These days Tempest is on the other side of the desk, as an exhibiting artist. In Public showcases her images of urban counterculture; Tempest’s images of transgender people, punks and others who exist on the fringes of society immediately conjur Diane Arbus, whom Tempest cites as an inspiration.

1723 I Street

Clayton Bailey’s World of Wonders
Crocker Art Museum

October 22 – January 15, 2012

If the term “whiz kid” no longer describes this sixty-something year old sculptor-cum-mad-scientist it is only because of his age. Bailey has been batting out bizarre creations – ceramics, robots, rubber sculptures – since 1959 when he started making ceramic ‘experiments’ at the University of Wisconsin.  Ten years later he was comfortably ensconced in the SF bay area as one of the movers and shakers of the burgeoning Funk Art movement.  Bailey’s work is nothing if not funky (one of his students legendarily painted ‘Think Ugly’ on the wall of Bailey’s classroom) but he began shifting away from the ceramic-based works to mechanical sculptures that were strongly influenced by the ‘junk’ he was collecting at the Alameda Flea Market and other sources.  Bailey’s whimsical art has been shown around the world, but the Crocker show will be his first major retrospective.  The exhibit will include works spanning 50 years of Bailey’s career and includes 180 works and complementary ephemera.

216 O Street

Hours: Tues – Sun 10AM – 5PM; Thurs 10AM – 9PM

Short list:

Ron Paulat and Ron Peetz
Axis Gallery

October 1 – 30

Much-loved local sculptor Ron Peetz presents his ‘idea-based’ sculpture in conjunction with paintings by Ron Paulat.

1517 19th Street

Altares Del Mundo
Brickhouse Gallery

October 8 – 30

This exhibit is a Sacramento tradition (18th year!) organized by a grassroots community of artists. Altares Del Mundo presents modern interpretations of remembrance loosely based on Mexico’s “Day of the Dead” holiday.

2837 36th Street

Professions of Art
Shelly Willis
CSUS, Kadema Hall, Room 145

October 13, 6:30 – 8PM

Though she flies under the radar of most arts supporters, Shelly Willis is one of the most important figures in the region’s art scene. Willis headed up the coordination of the public art commissions for the just-completed airport expansion for the Metropolitan Arts Council – and they couldn’t have chosen a better person for the job.  Willis will speak about her experiences as part of CSUS’ Professions of Art series.

6000 J Street

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