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Roll Call: Bay Area Arts and Culture
For artist Jane “in vain” Winkelman (1949–2012) and her partner of 35 years, Jake...Jane passed away this week and will be missed greatly by many. An artist and activist I have known and worked with for 17 years, Jane resided on the edge of homelessness for most of her life. She was a frequent contributor of Street Sheet, Coalition on Homelessness San Francisco newspaper. (janeinvainwinkelman.blogspot.com)
Me And Jane Doe: Charlotte Gainsbourg
Sweet Jane: Velvet Underground
Little Liza Jane: Nina Simone
Lady Jane: Rotary Connection
Jane Says: Jane’s Addiction
Jane B.: Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin
Beasty Jane: Moriarty
Sweet Jane: Cowboy Junkies
Daisy Jane: America
Vivaldi_Sposa Son Disprezzata: Cecilia Bartoli
Dj Margaret is joined in conversation with artists LEAH ROSENBERG and FRANCESCA PASTINE on their current exhibitions, and HEATHER HOLT VILLYARD Executive Director of the organization ArtSpan and Truesilver Gallery.
LEAH ROSENBERG was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, now living and working in San Francisco. Rosenberg received her MFA in 2008 from the California College of the Arts and her BFA in Visual Arts from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2003. She is painter, sculptor, and cake-maker whose bodies of work combine systems of accumulation and elements of layering to explore how our experiences, emotions, and memories build up over time. Her paintings, paint-based sculptures and cakes have been exhibited and served throughout the US and Canada. She is currently employed as the head pastry chef at the Blue Bottle Coffee rooftop garden café at SFMOMA, creating desserts based on artworks of rotating museum exhibitions. When she is not mixing color into cake batter, she might be found punching confetti out of sheets of dried paint. FRESH PAINT new work by leah rosenberg with an essay written by Maria Porges is currently on view at Truesilver Gallery through July 10, 2012.
Leah’s work embeds within the time of its making. This time, encoded as moments, days, and weeks, are made visible in the accretion of layers of paint, like geological strata visible only when the landscape is cut-away. Her process combines systems of accrual and layering techniques. The addition of each layer also requires the selection of color, a decision both personal and informed by everyday experience, mixing the internal and intimate with the world of received images and external encounters. The layers come to signify a pile-up of experiences and memories; some are lost, but many fragments remain.
FRANCESCA PASTINE is a visual artist and teacher living in San Francisco. Her work re-contextualizes and subverts printed icons of cultural production as a way to conflate political conditions with her lived experience. She considers her repurposed Artforum magazines as unsolicited collaborations with the artist featured on their cover. The re-configured magazines map out a tangle of associations, unique contradictions, and paradoxes that combine to embue the inanimate object with emotional power. Born in New York, NY, she received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1996. She was the recipient of a Pollock Krasner Grant in 2009 and a KALA Fellowship in 2011. Her work has been shown at galleries, art spaces, and collections nationally and internationally. She is represented by Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco with a current exhibition titled UNSOLICITED on view through July 7, 2012.
In her Artforum Excavation Series which began in 2008, Francesca recontextualizes content and subverts it in order to insert herself into the larger global narratives, manipulations map out a tangle of associations, unique contradictions, and paradoxes through curious juxtapositions. Pastine’s interaction with Artforum magazines is a meditation on materiality which results in a palpable complexity between form and information.
HEATHER HOLT VILLYARD, Executive Director joined ARTSPAN in April 2010. Using her ten years of experience in arts management, she oversees all aspects of the organization’s operations. Before coming to ArtSpan, she worked at SFMOMA managing the SECA membership auxiliary and special museum events. Heather currently serves as the Chair of the SECA 50th Anniversary on the SECA Council at SFMOMA and was formerly the Chair of the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery Advisory Board. She runs a contemporary art gallery with her husband Charles out of their home in Noe Valley called TRUESILVER GALLERY SF. Heather studied as a fine artist at the School of Art Institute of Chicago.
The mission of ARTSPAN, nonprofit organization, builds community by connecting the public to visual arts in San Francisco. Through SF Open Studios, youth and adult education, and art-centric events, ArtSpan creates a platform for artists to thrive, fostering a Bay Area that values the arts.
TRUESILVER GALLERY property was originally purchased in 1971 by Imogen “Tex” Gieling and set up as a metal-smithing cooperative under the name Truesilver Union. Today the space functions as an exhibition and project space for artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, performance and new media. Truesilver Gallery’s mission is to provide new opportunities and audiences for emerging artists while engaging the residents of Noe Valley in contemporary art.
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Find Leah at SFMOMA’s rooftop café making pleasurable sculptural desserts for consumption.
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