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

January 7, 2009

Member Show: In the Light – 50 Years of Figures

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 5:27 pm

Show runs January 16th through February 4th, 2009
Smith Anderson Editions
440 Pepper Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Reception: Saturday, January 17th
3pm to 5pm

Smith Andersen Editions presents “In the Light: 50 Years of Figures”, an exhibition of small-scale, figurative painting and drawings by Eleanor Kent. All 27 pieces were created in Kent’s San Francisco studio over the span of 50+ years in various large or small groups. The work featured is an array of black and white and saturated color, and while some figures verge on abstraction, the focus of light dancing with the human form is evident in all. These painting and drawings are not portraits, but studies of people: model’s such as Flo Allen, neighbors and her children in relation to real and imagined landscapes or interiors.

Eleanor Kent began to concentrate on painting and drawing the figure in North Beach during the late 1950s. She describes this period as “an exhilarating time where the coffee shops and bookstores were full of ideas and people and music”. Kent studied with the likes of Bischoff, DuCasse, Lobdell, Marie-Rose, McGaw and Oliveira at today’s San Francisco Art Institute. Her work is in the collections of the Fresno Museum of Art, Cornell University Museum in New York and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Eleanor Kent exhibits regularly in the Bay Area and Mexico as well as other international sites.

Exhibition hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm and by appointment.

For information please email Smith Andersen Editions or visit the Smith Anderson website.

December 26, 2008

Art/Science Evening Rendezvous in San Francisco

Filed under: Member Events,Non-YLEM — Torrey Nommesen @ 2:55 pm

Click here to view this invitation online.

Leonardo ISAST invites you to a meeting of the Leonardo Art/Science community.

Like previous evenings the agenda includes some presentations of art/science projects, a couple of brief “news”, and time for casual socializing/networking.

Feel free to forward to relevant acquaintances.

Please RSVP to p@scaruffi.com. Admission is limited.

When: January 12, 2009 at 6pm

Where: Downtown facilities of SFSU, San Francisco
(RSVP for detailed address and directions)

What:
6:00pm-6:45pm: Socializing/networking.
6:45-7:10: Steve Wilson (Artist and Author) on “Overview of Art and Biology Experimentation”
7:10-7:35: Dor Abrahamson of Berkeley’s Embodied Design Research Lab on “Close Listening to Gesture – An Embodied-Design Perspective on Mathematical Reasoning”
7:35-7:50: BREAK
7:50-8:15: Kavita Philip and Beatriz da Costa on “Tactical Biopolitics
8:15-8:45: Paul Rabinow of UC Berkeley’s College of Letters & Science on “Ars Synthetica”.
8:45-9:30: More socializing, Q/A

September 21, 2008

Nancy Worthington

Filed under: Member Events — Jeremiah Allen Welch @ 11:23 pm

 

NANCY WORTHINGTON, www.domjoy.com

exhibits “Red”  in Banned & Recoveredartists respond to censorship

 at San Francisco Center for the Book
August 15 to November 26



 

 RED” © 2008 by Nancy Worthingtonwww.domjoy.com

Mixed-media interactive kinetic wall relief with sound

8 ft. (length) x 4ft (height) x 10ft(depth)

 

RED“, an allegorical romp though Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s frightening tale Little Red Cap (better known as Little Red Riding Hood).  In my artwork, RED, the themes of deception, disguise, fear, intrigue, sexism, predator vs. prey, victor vs. vanquished, and the theme of rescue are now transformed to the 21st Century 2008 political landscape. Little Red Riding Hood is now Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama becomes the duality of both the Wolf and the Woodsman and Bill Clinton is the Mother/Grandmother.  Created specfically for this invitational exhibition, the artwork is constructed to look like an open book, hinged in the middle. Through the use of a series of brightly colored three-dimensional scenes containing playful objects and interactive games, I lead the viewer/participant through the revised narrative. 

 

Banned & Recoveredartists respond to censorship

San Francisco Center for the Book

and the African American Museum and Library at Oakland
Hanna Regev, curator

San Francisco Center for the Book
August 15 to November 26

opening reception: Friday, August 15, 6–8pm
gallery hours: Mon–Fri, 10–5; Sat 12–4
300 De Haro Street, 16th Street entrance
San Francisco  415.565.0545  www.sfcb.org

African American Museum and Library at Oakland

September 5 to December 31
opening reception: Friday, September 5, 6:30–9pm
gallery hours: Tues–Sat, 12–5:30
659 14th Street
Oakland, CA 510.637.0200  
www.oaklandlibrary.org/AAMLO

 

NANCY WORTHINGTON TO EXHIBIT POLITICAL ARTWORKS IN “I EXPRESS….”

 

 

 
Charles Schulz Information Center, University Library Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA
 
You are invited to Artist Reception and Voter Registration Party
September 25, 2008 from 4 to 6 P.M  The exhibit will continue through November 5.
 
 
“USDA Certified” (from the George Dubya series)
Mixed-media kinetic construction, 6′(h)x 2′(w)x 3′(d)
 
With the 2008 election looming, voters need to be concerned again with the voting certification process.
 
USDA Certified” delves into the disputed certificationof the ballots in our country’s first presidential election (in 2000) of the 21st century. Consider the absurdity of living in the information age and the age of technology with the very process of casting the ballot and voting conducted in such an archaic and antiquated manner, that the election statistically hung in the balance by a few chads (with punching holes in a paper card and having to check the tallies by hand-counting one by one.)
 
In “USDA Certified” I have chosen to depict this historic dilemma by juxtaposing the food certification process and the electoral certification process.  Both inspections of meats and inspection of ballots are riddled with confusion and corruption”

 

Nancy Worthington

Filed under: Member Events — Jeremiah Allen Welch @ 11:21 pm

NANCY WORTHINGTON, www.domjoy.com

exhibits “Red”  in Banned & Recoveredartists respond to censorship

 at San Francisco Center for the Book
August 15 to November 26



 RED” © 2008 by Nancy Worthingtonwww.domjoy.com

Mixed-media interactive kinetic wall relief with sound

8 ft. (length) x 4ft (height) x 10ft(depth)

 

RED“, an allegorical romp though Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s frightening tale Little Red Cap (better known as Little Red Riding Hood).  In my artwork, RED, the themes of deception, disguise, fear, intrigue, sexism, predator vs. prey, victor vs. vanquished, and the theme of rescue are now transformed to the 21st Century 2008 political landscape. Little Red Riding Hood is now Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama becomes the duality of both the Wolf and the Woodsman and Bill Clinton is the Mother/Grandmother.  Created specfically for this invitational exhibition, the artwork is constructed to look like an open book, hinged in the middle. Through the use of a series of brightly colored three-dimensional scenes containing playful objects and interactive games, I lead the viewer/participant through the revised narrative. 

 

Banned & Recoveredartists respond to censorship

San Francisco Center for the Book

and the African American Museum and Library at Oakland
Hanna Regev, curator

San Francisco Center for the Book
August 15 to November 26

opening reception: Friday, August 15, 6–8pm
gallery hours: Mon–Fri, 10–5; Sat 12–4
300 De Haro Street, 16th Street entrance
San Francisco  415.565.0545  www.sfcb.org

African American Museum and Library at Oakland

September 5 to December 31
opening reception: Friday, September 5, 6:30–9pm
gallery hours: Tues–Sat, 12–5:30
659 14th Street
Oakland, CA 510.637.0200  
www.oaklandlibrary.org/AAMLO

September 16, 2008

ExoTV at Expressions Gallery

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 9:46 pm
Exo TV Aqua

Aqua

Expressions Gallery’s Visual Music series presents ExoTV

Enigmatic Vision, Improvised electro-acoustic music with kinetic ambient animations by Mika Pontecorvo (Flute, Live electronic prcessing/Max MSP) and Adriane Pontecorvo (Cello).

When: 7:00 PM, Saturday, September 20

What: Visual Music at Expressions Gallery, ExoTV: Enigmatic Vision; animations with live music

Who: Mika Pontecorvo (Flute, Live electronic prcessing/Max MSP) and Adriane Pontecorvo (Cello).

Where: Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703 (Near the Ashby BART Station).

Public Info: Admission Free; 510-644-4930, www.expressionsgallery.org

Contact: Loren Means, lorenmea@pacbell.net

A performance of improvised electro-acoustic music in interaction with kinetic ambient animations by Mika Pontecorvo (Flute, Live electronc processing/MaxMSP) and Adriane Pontecorvo (Cello)

This performance will include excerpts from the movements entitled BLIPVERT/SUBVERT (Due), CHOREO (Qua), and a full performance of the movement AQUA (Tre).

These are early results of a Kinetic Ambient Fiction Engine Architecture (KAFEA) being designed/developed by Mika with Neal Elzenga. Tonight’s performance utilizes source imagery from the artwork of Artist/Writer
Professor Meg Schoerke of San Francisco State University.

The KAFEA system is a follow-on from Pontecorvo and Elzenga’s earlier generative meta-design concepts entitled ‘Arties’, first presented at the AISB’99 Symposium on Creative Evolutionary Systems in Edinburgh, UK in 1999 and refined for the Generative Arts ’99 Conference in Milan that same year.

Background

Mika Pontecorvo studied composition with and worked as an assistant under, Electronic Music Pioneer, the late Professor Vladimir Ussachevsky. Mika’s other work includes Research and Development in artificial intelligence, virtual environments, and interactive media. Most recently this research has focused on the application of simulated evolutionary systems and other Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) concepts to design, arts, and product ideation.

Adriane Pontecorvo‘s Cello work began with performing live improvised film scores in a arabic-jazz-psychedelic fusion band in 2004. She has performed in a number of noise and experimental rock units since that time.

They are both currently members of the experimental ensembles Cartoon Justice and Theory Garden.

More of their work can be found at the following MySpace Pages:
cartoonjustice
theorygarden
dcr0
mikasf

or for more info email: ponte@edgebuzz.tv

August 9, 2008

Member Events: Michael Wright in Second Life

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 5:43 pm
Torrey views Michael Wrights art in Second Life

Torrey views Michael Wright's art in Second Life

Michael Wright is featured in a one person exhibition on the LearningTimes Squirrel Island in the virtual world Second Life opening Aug 1 2008. The exhibit which will remain up for several months consists of real life works that have been upload to the virtual environment and displayed in two different galleries on the island. Dome West 15,166,22 and Tail Gallery 169,213,28. If you use Second Life, click here to visit his work.

LearningTimes, LLC is a privately held organization that is actively engaged in designing and building learning programs, communities and events, as well as the platforms, environments, applications and marketing strategies that make them successful.

One of their core competencies is the designing and producing of learning environments, programs and communities that connect people with other people, online. They believe in utilizing the Web to enable rich collaboration, vibrant community activity, and meaningful interaction between humans, especially across distances.

Michael Wright is a painter who began to explore Digital Media in the mid 1980s on an Amiga computer. He exhibited his first Digital Prints in 1989. He has exhibited digital and traditional works on a national & international level over the past 38 years. He is currently exploring art and art education in virtual worlds.

Wright’s digital work is represented in “The Art of the Digital Age” my Bruce Wands, “Going Digital”  by Joseph Nalven and JD Jarvis, “Computer Graphics World” ’25 year Retrospective of Digital Art” in its January 2002 issue and in  the magazine’s “Portfolio” section of the November, 2001, issue. The article was called “Pixel Perfect: Michael Wright”. Wright is profiled in “Computer Graphics Companion” edited by Jeffrey McConnell Anthony Ralston and Edwin Reilly. His work also appears  in  “The Computer in the Visual Arts” by Anne Morgan Spalter of Brown University, published by Addison Wesley and is also published in Linda Jacob’s seminal book, “CyberArts: Exploring Art & Technology”. He and his work have been featured in Wired, Micro Publishing News, Computer Graphics & Applications and Agent X, Television Tokyo. Wright’s digital prints are in the collection of the State Museum in Novorsibirsk, Russia and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London UK, the repository for British art book & print collections.

Wright is a professor in the Digital Media and Liberal Studies Programs at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. He is  a member of SIGGRAPH, YLEM,  ASCI,  ACM and the Los Angeles Printmaking Society.   He is the recipient of the Otis Award of Excellence in Arts Education and served as Art Gallery Chair for ACM SIGGRAPH 2003 in San Diego California. He was a guest artist at the SIGGRAPH 2004 & 2005 conferences in Los Angeles where he created the “Portrait Virus” at the SIGGRAPH Guerilla Studio. Wright was one of six resident artists invited to SIGGRAPH’S first Artists in Residence Program at SIGGRAPH 2007, in San Diego.  Wright as also curated into the SIGGRAPH international exhibition “Global Eyes.”

August 6, 2008

Member Events: Power to the People – Robots and Representational Democracy

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 1:01 am

MORE INFO

Is there decision-making strength in numbers? Professor Ken Goldberg, of UC Berkeley, and his students are looking into questions raised by robots and social networks – and working on a new class of interfaces and games based on networked robots and cameras that quantify a measure of ‘leadership’ to bring about group discovery and decision-making based on the power of crowds.

Ken will report on experiments and questions raised by robots and social networks, ranging from Ouija boards to human ‘tele-actors,’and tell a true story about how invasions of privacy led him and his students to study how robots can assist in monitoring the natural environment. Ken will describe a robotic system they’ve deployed to assist the search for the Ivory Billed Woodpecker, a bird of extreme interest to birdwatchers, ornithologists, and conservationists whose last confirmed sighting was in 1944. Ken will also describe the Berkeley Center for New Media, a highly cross-disciplinary center with over 110 affiliated faculty from 30 Cal Departments.

Date & Time: Monday, August 18, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Location: Atlas Cafe
3049 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Cost: Free.

About Down to a Science: Down to a Science is a casual forum where leading scientists discuss their research with the public at a local cafe. After a short presentation from a scientist, we have Q&A leading to a dialogue. Speakers come prepared to get you involved in the discussion. DtaS features a blog with information about each topic. All this in an fun and easy atmosphere. You have never experienced Science like this!

August 5, 2008

Member Events: Visual Music at Expressions Gallery – Sylvia Pengilly In Person

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 8:12 pm

Sylvia Pengilly's art

Expressions Gallery presents a personal appearance by distinguished video artist and electronic musician Sylvia Pengilly showing and talking about her abstract animations.

When: 7-9 pm, Saturday, August 16, 2008; Admission: Free
Where: Expressions Gallery
2035 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703 (near the Ashby BART Station)
Public Info: 510-644-4930, expressionsgallery@msn.com
www.expressionsgallery.org
Contact: Loren Means, lorenmea@pacbell.net

Sylvia Pengilly has always been fascinated by the correlation between what the ear hears and what the eye sees. Because of this, many of her works integrate both musical and visual elements. Mathematics and physics, including Chaos Theory, Quantum Mechanics, and Superstrings, are of particular interest, and frequently provide the basis for her works, which have been presented at several festivals, including many SEAMUS National Conferences, the “Not Still Art” Festival in New York, and ICMC. She is professor emeritus of the College of Music at Loyola University, New Orleans, where she taught theory and composition for many years, also founded and directed the electronic music composition studio.

Program:

  1. Elemental Chaos (6:10, 1992) an experimental video inspired by the mathematics of Chaos theory.
  2. DarkPlaces (7:00,1995) a video of a performance work in which the image of the performer/protagonist appears as a silhouette, sometimes stenciled from graphics, and at other times from videotape images.
  3. Patterns of Organic Energy (5:46, 2004) a music/video work in which the sounds used for the music were derived directly from keyframes of the video, thus creating an intimate link between video and audio.
  4. The Outer Edge of Possibility (11:10, 2005) a collaboration between Sylvia (video) and Michael Rhoades (music).
  5. Unperceived Dimensions (6:55, 2006). Just beyond our perception lie unperceived realms of both sight and sound.
  6. Release! (11:13, 2007). created by extracting visual segments of the waveforms, processing and animating them, then synchronizing them with the music they represent.

July 11, 2008

Member Events: OmniCircus presents Wall of Ashes

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 9:33 pm

Flyer for Wall of Ashes

OmniCircus presents our NEXT EVENT-

Join Frank Garvey plus other OmniCircus collaborators

Friday August 15 @ 7pm @ OmniCircus

Over 20 years in the making, Frank Garvey and OmniCircus present the WALL of ASHES installation: open for public viewing!

Garvey will discuss his surreal anthem to the urban night- a multimedia installation with paintings, sculptures, robots, music, photography, and video.

This installation will be open to the public most Saturday afternoons 12noon – 4pm, with special evening events TBA. OmniCircus DVDs, CDs and publications will be available for sale.

$5 suggested donation
Call 415-701-0686 for more information.

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.

July 10, 2008

Member Events: Julie Newdoll’s Journey into the Senses

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 9:54 pm

Cochlea Surrounded by Waves, mixed media, 30?x 36" By Julie Newdoll

Journey into the Senses
An exhibition of prints and paintings by
Julie Newdoll

In the grand showrooms of
creativeliving@Petra Hellas
Opening reception Saturday, August 16, 2008 4:00 p.m.
The artist is flying in from California for this special event
Unit 7, Park Road Business Centre, Bacup, Lancashire, England
Tel. (+44) 01706 876102

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