YLEM blog A listing of events and news of YLEM and its members

July 20, 2008

YLEM Forum 9/3: The OmniCircus

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Frank Garvey opens up the OmniCircus to the public for an YLEM forum.

September 3rd, 7pm.

The OmniCircus is located at 550 Natoma Street, between Mission and Howard and 6th and 7th Streets, in San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) district.

The door is on Russ Street.

June 25, 2008

YLEM Forum 7/16: New Paints

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Precita Eyes Mural Arts

Wednesday, July 16, 8 pm
YLEM Forum: New Paint
SomArts Gallery
934 Brannan St. between 8th & 9th Sts.
San Francisco, CA

Free, Open to the public, Wheelchair accessible

Paint technologies expand the ways artists can paint, and newer products resist the ravages of time better. Unusual capabilities of Golden Paints will be demonstrated by Golden Paint expert Judy Gittleson, and an acrylic paint that becomes united with the wall surface will be described by Susan Cervantes, the well-known San Francisco muralist of Precita Eyes. Both women will show interesting bodies of work and describe their history of community activism.


Judy Gittleson gives a Golden Paint Demonstration that includes:
Golden Historical colors (some hues that were on the palettes of earlier painters), a variety of gels and textures, and varnishes for mural paintings. Finally, she will show the new “Mix More Media” products for artists mixing digital media with painting. With it, you can coat papers or create “skins” that can be run through a digital printer. The result can be manipulated manually. A porous top coat on the image allows you to paint on top of it.

Gittleson is a Golden Artist Colors Working Artist in Northern California. She recently opened an art studio, Art For Well Beings, where she presents demonstrations and workshops on Golden Acrylics. As well, she holds workshops to teach art to developmentally disabled individuals, people recovering from illness or injury and at-risk youth. She has enabled groups to produce community murals. Her work can be seen in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists’ Gallery and have been published in TIME magazine and Metropolitan Home Magazine.

Susan Kelk Cervantes, the energetic visionary who is behind many of the community murals you may have seen in San Francisco, describes the new 3poly-fresco2 mural technique. The 3polyfresco2 mural process is similar to the traditional true fresco technique of painting on a wet plaster surface. When the wet plaster surface that has been painted dries the paint crystallizes and becomes embedded into the wall. Instead of staying on the surface of the wall the painting becomes a part of the wall. The use of an acrylic paste in place of the lime putty used in traditional fresco is one of the main differences.

Cervantes, a 36-year veteran of the SF community mural art movement, is the founder and director of the Precita Eyes Muralists in the Mission District of San Francisco. Established in 1977, Precita Eyes is one of only a handful of community mural arts centers in the United States. Influenced by the Mujeres Muralistas, the first collaborative group of women muralists, Cervantes has applied the same process of accessible, community art to any size mural or age group through community mural workshops. Cervantes is responsible for more than 200 murals considered some of the finest in the country. She is dedicated to enhancing the environment through the creation of murals while involving and educating the community about the process and history of public community mural art. Her deep commitment to collaboration guarantees that the creative work produced is accessible, both physically and conceptually, to the people whose lives it impacts.

April 15, 2008

YLEM Forum: Area 2881, Art Robotics Studio

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View pictures of the event


Wednesday, May 14, 7:30pm
The audience is encouraged to arrive at 7 pm to socialize.

Studio 2881
2881 23rd St. and Florida, San Francisco, CA 94110

Come explore the art and inner workings of Area 2881, studio to Carl Pisaturo. Learn about reliable electrics, electric nervous systems and the mysteries of led pulsing strobe lights. Explore the processing and properties of materials like 2 part urethane polymers, belts, shafts and ball bearings, silicone elastomers and miniature wire rope.

Carl Pisaturo is an area artist, currently focused on operations in experimental aesthetics, focused on constructions thematically revolving around robotics, electronics and computer interfacing. He has built experimental objects exploring the human form, other organic formations, myth, other elements of popular culture. Carl earned a BA in Biology at Boston University, a BS in geology at UMASS, and as worked as an applications engineer for the Stanford department of Neurology.

March 8, 2008

YLEM Forum: Math, Art and Religion

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Wednesday, March 19th
SomArts Gallery
934 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA

Open to the public! Free! Doors open at 6:00. Come early and chat!

At this forum we will be speaking about Math, Art and Religion. We will explore the history of mathematics and it’s interaction with art and religion, and then we’ll explore some creative uses of math in making art.

Dr. Neville Roberts is Professor of Mathematics at San Francisco State University, where he has taught since 1982. He completed his Ph.D. in
Mathematics at the Polytechnic University of New York in 1972. He is the author of a textbook and numerous research articles in number theory, his field of specialization. The courses he has taught include the history of mathematics. He will be speaking about the history of Art, Math and Religion.

Mary Teetor member of YLEM’s Special Interest Group on Patterns, makes tessellating patterns in intricate embroidery, and labyrinth medallions in beadwork. She has a clever algorithm to invent new hexagonal labyrinth designs. She will be presenting material for a new book that she is working on.

Members please note the new place and earlier time!
You will find lots of on-street parking. SomArts requests that you do not park in their driveway. The Gallery is at the rear.

December 24, 2007

YLEM Forum: Bruce Beasley, Sculptor – Movement, Flight and Breaking Free

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Bruce Beasley, sculptor
Thursday, January 10, 8 pm
doors open 7:30 pm, come early and chat!
Open to the public, donation requested.

Meridian Gallery

535 Powell St., 3rd fl.
San Francisco, CA 94108

Bruce Beasley, eminent public sculptor, reviews his 45-year career and
shows the recently-released movie about himself. His exploits are the
stuff of legend, for he invented new tools and processes to realize
his vision. His metal and stone sculptures give the sensation of
movement and flight. In emotional terms, they embody the notion of
breaking free. His earlier works were transparent, blurring the
boundaries of just where their mass began and ended.

Who would have thought a guy involved in racing at Bonneville in 1957
would be destined for the fine arts? A dozen years later he was
casting a 13,000 lb. acrylic sculpture in his Oakland studio, a feat
Dupont said was impossible to do and still achieve transparency. His
transparent sculptures had strange properties: Their surfaces acted
like lenses, creating vivid distortions. They seemed to dissolve into
their surroundings, giving them a weightlessness. Thus began his
life-long mission as a sculptor, to break down the automatic
association that we have between volume and our sensation of weight.

In 1974, he began doing monumental geometric metal sculptures. He
says: “The major source materials for me are…basic forms of
nature…crystalline structures, molecular building blocks and bones.
I’m very interested in the way nature refines things down to very
simple forms, and how it puts things together.”

His next quest, to make metal sculptures that resembled intersecting
cubes, involved some difficult fabrication problems. At his behest, a
CAD computer program was modified for him that not only only let him
compose new forms, but produce cutting diagrams. These heavy
sculptures gesture as if they were moving and taking off.

Beasley doesn’t see a division between art and science. He says,
“Sculptors are poets of shape. But we have to know a lot of what
engineers know. We have to know how to make things, how much they
weigh, how to keep them from falling over. We have to be comfortable
with principles of physics and chemistry. We have to believe strongly
enough in the shapes we make to learn how to make them so they’ll last
a long time.”

His works are spread around the Bay Area, at the Oakland Museum, in
front of Oakland City Hall, at San Francisco International Airport and
Stanford University. They are seen in museums and public collections
internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Djerassi Foundation, and in the
collection of Kleinewefers GmbH, Krefeld, Germany.

October 29, 2007

YLEM Forum: Accessing Biology Through Art

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Thursday, November 8th at 8 pm

Canessa Gallery
708 Montgomery, upstairs
San Francisco, CA
At the foot of the Transamerica Pyramid, where Montgomery, Columbus and Washington converge, there is a small building that says “Canessa”.
Public parking up the hill on Washington St., at Portsmouth Square and Embarcadero Center.

Open to the public! Free! Doors open at 7:30. Come early and chat!

As this program shows, biology in so many ways is a very visual subject. At the molecular level, this is more of a problem, but one of the speakers, a graduate in microbiology, manages to convey its ideas using vivid paintings that use, on occasion, metaphors from mythology. Learn more about biology in an enjoyable way!


Donna Billick: Paintng murals with science students
Donna Billick, professor of art at UC Davis, will tell how her friendship with an entomologist, Diane Ullman, led to a unique collaboration. Donna Billick, professor of art at Davis, invited her entomologist friend Diane Ullman to help paint on a mural she was doing, and it resulted in a career turn that neither expected. Professor Ullman found out, when she was invited to put insects in Billick’s mural, that she hadn’t really learned what they looked like in great detail. Back to her books to research this! This gave Ullman the idea of teaching beginning entomology in conjunction with Billick’s mural projects. In the course of doing this students also learn some art! This has led to other science professors collaborating with Billick. (Ullman will speak, too, if she is recovered from surgery.)

Julie Newdoll: Paintings based on microbiology
Emotions, states of being, and nature have been personified throughout time by many cultures in the form of various gods, goddesses and mythical characters. Julie Newdoll asks the questions, “Just as Bacchus can represent wine and the state of intoxication, Venus love, and Mars war, what would the personality of a goddess for estrogen be like? What would be her life story? Our imaginations seek to see things in nature in order to make sense of them. We see constellations in the stars and faces in the clouds. What would we see in an electron microscope image if we looked long enough?”
Newdoll’s artwork has been featured on over 20 scientific journal covers in the last few years, and her paintings have been shown in both science and art venues internationally.Newdoll earned a B.A. in microbiology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and an M.S. in medical illustration from the University of California at San Francisco. You can find her work on the web at www.brushwithscience.com and the Brush with Science Gallery, 3515B Edison Way, Menlo Park, California (650) 440-0084.

Shoshanah Dubiner’s biological images
We will project 11 paintings by Shoshanah Dubiner of Ashland, Oregon, who has been fascinated by biological forms for many decades. After a recent Cell Biology class at Southern Oregon University, Shoshanah is turning her attention to the structures of the living cell, especially the cell membrane. She brings humans into all the landscapes so viewers can imagine themselves more fully in the world of nature. Thus in “Membranes #1,” the cell at the top left is also the head of a woman; the cell membrane becomes the skin that encloses her body; the words issuing from her mouth take on a life of their own, as do all the artifacts of human culture, including artists’ paintings.

September 18, 2007

November Forum TBA

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This forum is still being organized. Tentative details below.

Watch this space for future details!

Thursday, November 8, 8 pm

The audience is encouraged to arrive at 7:30 pm, buy refreshments and meet each other.

RX Gallery and Art Bar
132 Eddy St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Two blocks from Powell St. BART Station
Click for directions
Public parking is available on the next street up, Ellis St., between Taylor and Mason Street for $10.
No one under 21 allowed
Suggested donation sliding scale $5-10

Diane Ullman, entomologist and Donna Billick, artist, who teach bug science with mural painting at UC Davis will speak with Julie Newdoll, artist and scientific illustrator.

September 6, 2007

YLEM Forum: Visual Music

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Transparent Sea
Transparent Sea by Loren Means

Thursday, September 13, 8 pm

The audience is encouraged to arrive at 7:30 pm, buy refreshments and meet each other.

RX Gallery and Art Bar
132 Eddy St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Two blocks from Powell St. BART Station
Click for directions
Public parking is available on the next street up, Ellis St., between Taylor and Mason Street for $10.
No one under 21 allowed
Suggested donation sliding scale $5-10

“Visual Music” will explore the relationship between sound and image in contemporary experimental film practice. Dan Shulman-Means, from New York City, will show a silent film and a film with audio dialog and music, to point up the differences between the two approaches to the film medium. Three Bay Area filmmakers, Douglas Katelus, Loren Means, and Theresa Wong, will present their films and create improvised live music sound tracks in real time.

In addition, the Visual Music program will include Selections from the 2007 Northeastern University Visual Music Marathon, a group of short computer animations with either music by the filmmaker or in collaboration with composers. These films come from all over the world. Included will be films by Jean Detheux from Canada, Fran Hartnett and Maura McDonnell from Ireland, and John Banks, Brett Battey, Brian Evans, Betsy Kopmar, Stephanie Maxwell, Dennis H. Miller, Nathaniel Resnikoff, Suzie Silver, and Pierce Warnecke, all from the USA.

Dan Shulman-Means recently moved from San Francisco to New York City, where he completed a program at the New York Film Academy. He has exhibited his digital art at galleries in New York, California, and Nebraska, and written feature stories on the arts for GTWeekly in Santa Cruz, CA.

Douglas Katelus is a San Francisco-based filmmaker and musician. He has produced several Documentary and experimental shorts that have screened throughout the U.S.A. Aside from making movies, he also co-curates an experimental film show titled “Pathological Rhetoric” that regularly showcases local and worldwide filmmakers.

Loren Means founded the f8 Filmaker’s Co-operative in the Sixties, and won a prize at the Saginaw 8mm Film Festival in 1968. He has shown his films at the Exploratorium, Artists’ Television Access, and RX Gallery. His sound tracks are drawn from music played in improvising groups from the Seventies.

Theresa Wong completed an MFA in performance at Mills College in Oakland, CA. As a cellist and vocalist, her current work spans the areas of improvisation, composition, video, performance art, and large-scale performance pieces. She recently curated a show of acoustic songs at Maybe Recital Hall in Berkeley, CA.

June 23, 2007

YLEM Forum: Inventing at the Exploratorium

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Thursday, July 12, 8 pm
The audience is encouraged to arrive at 7:30 pm to buy refreshments and meet each other.

RX Gallery and Art Bar
132 Eddy St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Two blocks from Powell St. BART Station
(No one under 21 allowed)

Suggested donation sliding scale $5-10

Learn about ingenious Exploratorium exhibits that are still being developed by Charles Sowers, Ed Tannenbaum and Shawn Lani. The Exploratorium is unusual in that visitors can look over into the exhibit development area, which gives them the real feeling that great ideas don’t just drop from heaven, but are products of a lot of exploration and lab work. Three Two of the builders will share their process with us.


Charles Sowers and Shawn Lani are artists and senior exhibit developers at the Exploratorium. Their work focuses on the immediate and direct presentation of real physical phenomena of striking visual beauty or emotional impact. Phenomena explored by Charles and Shawn includes water freezing, turbulence in fluids, fluidized beds of sand, dry ice comets, intriguing patterns in ferromagnetic fluid, and much more.

Ed Tannenbaum is creating a new exhibit for the museum as well. His “Recollections” exhibit, an interactive display lets visitors move in front of a screen and watch their body movements transform into animated rainbow trails, has been at the museum for more than 20 years. His work has travelled, and Tannenbaum estimates that 30 million people worldwide have seen his work.

(Ed Tannenbaum could not make it to this event)

Public parking is available on the next street up, Ellis St., between Taylor and Mason Street for $10.

April 16, 2007

YLEM Forum: Deep in the Cosmos

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Thursday, May 10th, 8 pm
RX Gallery and Art Bar
132 Eddy St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Two blocks from Powell St. BART Station
(No one under 21 allowed)

Suggested donation sliding scale $5-10

The audience is encouraged to arrive at 7:30 pm to buy refreshments and meet each other.
For directions: www.rxgallery.com
Best nearby parking: $10 at Hotel Bijou, Mason St. Between Ellis and Eddy.

Open to the public and wheelchair accessible
Sponsored by YLEM: Artists Using Science and Technology

Black Hole

To deepen our appreciation of the cosmos, Dr. Quataert, a professor in the Astronomy Department at UC Berkeley will talk about black holes, a subject of interest to everyone with a love of the frontier between science and science fiction. As well, we will see the truly visionary art of astronomical painter and computer artist, Geoffrey Chandler.

Black Holes
Dr. Eliot Quataert will begin by describing what black holes are (and what they are not!). He will then discuss how black holes are discovered and how they give rise to some of the most remarkable and bizarre phenomena in the universe. No background in science will be required for the lecture.
Theoretically, a black hole is a singularity in space-time, a mathematically precise point into which all the mass has been squeezed. This singularity can never be seen, however, because it is surrounded by a spherical region into which all infalling matter disappears and from which nothing, not even light, escapes. Black holes existed in the imagination of mathematical cosmologists until 1971, when Cygnus X-1 was identified. Two decades ago, when University of California, Berkeley physicist Charles Townes and his colleagues, including post-doc Reinhard Genzel, claimed to have evidence for a massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, few believed them….Now, it turns out, Townes and Genzel were right!

Quataert is a highly regarded teacher and public lecturer. He is one of the leading scientists studying how black holes are formed, the effects of black holes on their surroundings, and how black holes reveal themselves when hot gas from the neighborhood falls into them

Cosmic Art
Cosmic art by Geoffrey Chandler will be shown. San Francisco artist Geoffrey Chandler is considered one of the world’s most renowned astronomical artists. In March, 1987 his work was on the cover of Time magazine, and has been widely seen on album covers, posters and book covers. The Oakland Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, San Jose Museum of Art and The Rosecrucian Museum have been some of the sites for his solo shows. Chandler’s painting show that he is in love with the cosmos – in all its majestic grandeur, colossal power, and ethereal beauty. His more recent computer works are an intoxicating blend of “science, math, the spiritual, and the universe”.

To view Geoffrey Chandler’s art, go to iasos.com/artists/chandler/
and www.constancedemby.com/novustories_f.html

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