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(Be sure to wear flowers in your hair.)

Posted by Job O Brother, March 11, 2014 01:55pm | Post a Comment
san francisco map
(Look close – I'm the guy in the green shirt next to the building.)


I recently returned from a week-long stay in San Francisco.

Now, before you jump to conclusions that’ll confuse matters as I continue on with my story about San Fran, (yes, there’s even more to the story!) it’s important to clarify I was in San Francisco, California – not, I repeat not, San Francisco, Córdoba.

Okay? I just saved you from asking a bunch of inappropriate questions about whether I heard any good cuarteto while away, plus making embarrassingly irrelevant jokes about “getting a dolor de la panza from eating too much Cabsha Alfajores de Dulce de Leche Cubierto con Chocolate.” I know you too well, dear reader! You and your assumptions.

San Francisco, California is located roughly 3,670 miles south-west of Prince Edward Island, but don’t confuse the two – only one of these locations was watered with the many tears of the Mi’kmaq people and named after a British royal who was no fun at drinking-games.

Mi’kmaq couple
Hint: This couple never went to a Giants game.

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Amoeba Berkeley's Own Billy Sprague's New Art Show Opening Tonight At Four Barrel in San Francisco

Posted by Billyjam, November 14, 2013 03:50pm | Post a Comment


Amoeba Berkeley's own Billy Sprague - the music and art loving, multi-talented artist, musician (Galena is his project name), photographer,  and owner of the Sanity Muffin cassette label has an art opening tonight (Thursday, November 14th from 6pm to 8pm) at coffee/art spot Four Barrel on Valencia Street in San Francisco that the artist has been "slowly and consistently building" for the past five months, he said. "It's comprised of mostly large scale drawings, and frottage: abstract and surreal with a special attention to balance and flow," he said noting that, for inspiration, that he has been, "listening to a lot of minimalist classical music like Morton Feldman and practiced my own sort of meditation before and during the production of these works. My hopes were [that] this practice would transpire into and through the images and continue to convey this energy as the pieces move on to new environments." At Four Barrel, where his exhibit will be on display through December 18th, Sprague will be selling a limited edition show catalog/zine and 11" x 17" scale full color signed and limited edition prints of three of the pieces at this evening's opening. As he busily prepared to get the exhibit all up on display the artist took a few moments to answer some questions (scroll down) about his exhibit that includes the pieces of art above and below.
 

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Lucien Levy-Dhurmer -- Artist, explorer, and autumn son

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 30, 2013 02:52pm | Post a Comment
Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer was a Symbolist and Art Nouveau artist who was born on this day in 1865. In France, he is still celebrated in some quarters for his work -- which includes paintings, drawings,Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer ceramics, furniture and interior design -- but he remains obscure, especially outside the Francosphere. Even though there aren't any films about him that I know of -- or even any books that I've found -- I'm hopefully wrong. In that case, let me know so that I can add them to this entry and tell fans to seek them out. In any case, he's also a great artist to look at because he was born in autumn, died in autumn, and most of his most recognizable work has a great, autumnal, crepuscular quality which is perfect for viewing as the nights grow longer and summer fades.


CHILDHOOD AND EDUCATION

Lévy was born 30 September, 1865 in Algiers (then part of occupied French Algeria) to Salomon Lévy and Pauline-Amélie Goldhurmer. In 1879, when he was fourteen years old, Lévy began studying drawing and sculpture at École communale supérieure de Dessin et Sculpture in Paris. He first exhibited in 1882 at the Salon de Paris, where he showed a ceramic piece, La Naissance de Vénus, d'après Cabanel -- a reference to painter Alexandre Cabanel). 
A Iridescent and Lustre Earthenware Vase by Lucien Levy, circa 1887
EARLY CAREER 


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Creator of Amoeba Window Display Art Discusses His Creations

Posted by Billy Gil, November 28, 2012 06:15pm | Post a Comment

Graham Moore

Graham Moore is a graphic designer, teacher at FIDM, Art Center and Woodbury University, and artist. He said he visits Amoeba Hollywood weekly to purchase bargain bin vinyl for his art, which involves collage technique to reconfigure old LP covers — some famous, some forgotten — into the creations currently seen hanging in the Ivar St. window of Amoeba Hollywood. I spoke with Moore a bit about how he creates his pieces.

Beatles Abbey Road
The Beatles' Abbey Road reimagined

PST: Did you find all the records you used at Amoeba? Were you looking for specific titles or was it more about the way they looked? What records did you end up using?

Moore: I would say that a good portion of them came from Amoeba (hurrah for the $1 vinyl sections), but I am also constantly scouring thrift stores, estate sales, yard sales, swap meets, etc. and even have friends find stuff for me when they are traveling or working in different parts of the country! I never look for specific titles, it’s more about the colors, shapes, textures and typography and having a vision as to how I can re-interpret the imagery!

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Happy birthday, Hokusai! - 誕生日おめでとう、北斎

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 31, 2012 02:49pm | Post a Comment
Self-Portrait of Hokusai - 1842
Self-portrait of Hokusai from 1842

Today is the date traditionally recognized as the birthday of one of my favorite Japanese artists, 葛飾 北斎 (Katsushika Hokusai). Without a doubt he is one of (if not the) most famous Japanese artists of all time. His best known work is the ukiyo-e woodblock print series 富嶽三十六景 (Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji), published around 1831. The collection includes his single most recognized work, The great wave off Kanagawa.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa
The great wave off Kanagawa


Hokusai was born in the Musashi province of Edo (now Tokyo) in 1760. The exact date of his birth is somewhat uncertain although it is often said to have been the 23rd day of the 9th month of the 10th year of the Hōreki era, which would be the 31st of October in the Gregorian calendar. His adoptive (and likely biological) father was Nakajima Ise, mirror-maker to the shogun. Since Hokusai wasn’t named as his heir – it is sometimes assumed that his mother was a concubine. Hokusai’s childhood name was
姓は川村氏 (Kawamura Tokitarō). He later went by 鉄蔵 (Tetsuzo), 中島八右衛門 (Nakajima Hachiemon) and about thirty other (usually quite colorful) noms d'artiste.

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