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

November 10, 2007

Member Events: Massive 546 Million Pixel Painting Exhibited Globally With Deep Zoom & Pan

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Cosmic Tree Of Life
Roger Ferragallo’s Cosmic Tree of Life

Four years in the making, “Cosmic Tree Of Life” is Roger Ferragallo’s digital mural combining subject matter and medium with audience participation. Ferragallo renders hundreds of details, from a butterfly’s wing to majestic galaxies.

“I wish to convey the vastness of space from the micro and terrestrial to the wonder and grandeur of the universe beyond.”

-Roger Ferragallo

The mural sized mega-pixel painting spans 25 ft x 15 ft (32,400 x 16,872 x 300 dpi). Now seen on Gigapan, “Cosmic Tree Of Life” takes full advantage of powerful Google Earth gigapixel-scale zoom and pan tools that are interactive and very easy to use.

Click here to view this impressive work online

Ferragallo’s goal was to create an interactive painting viewable in the same photonic light in which it was created. To accomplish this he set out to find and, if necessary, develop tools to deliver this experience. The first opportunity came in 2005 when the University of California at Irvine announced they had created the largest scalable high resolution computer display in the world, measuring 23 ft. x 9 ft (HIPerWall). It was here that Cosmic Tree Of Life was first exhibited in December 2005.

Cosmic Tree of Life
The Cosmic Tree of Life exhibited at University Of California, Irvine on their huge scalable computerized Display measuring 23 ft x 9 ft, December 2005

In September, 2007, Ferragallo’s wider vision of interactive audience participation for “Cosmic Tree Of Life” came when he discovered Gigapan. A monumental visual display system, Gigapan comes from The Global Connection Project, a joint effort of Carnegie Mellon University, NASA Ames, Google Earth and National Geographic. These organizations invite professional and non professional photographers from around the world to upload and exhibit panoramic photographs to their site, creating a global repository accessible by anyone, anywhere, 24 hours a day. By exhibiting Ferragallo’s masterwork, the Global Connection project successfully expanded its scope and is now seriously studying the inclusion of the fine arts in their mission.

October 21, 2007

Member Events: Fire Arts & Burning Desires

Filed under: Member Events,Non-YLEM — Torrey Nommesen @ 11:42 am

swissnex logo

The canvas and paintbrush of Burning Man fire art spectaculars
at swissnex san francisco

In a collaboration between Burning Man, Leonardo journal and swissnex San Francisco, an evening symposium titled Fire Arts & Burning Desires will present several Burning Man fire artists, who will discuss the use of their work with fire as a creative medium.

From pyrrhic highlight to transcendent interaction, when is fire an appropriate part of a sculptural statement? How do we use fire in a safe way for both the artist and the audience? Learn about the behind the scenes gyrations of previous Burning Man fire art spectacles.

Fire Arts & Burning Desires is hosted by swissnex San Francisco and presented by Burning Man and Leonardo journal, who recently collaborated in publishing an exclusive collection of essays and photographs on the Fire Arts of Burning Man (Leonardo Volume 40 Issue # 4, 2007).

Speakers presenting at the symposium will include Crimson Rose (The Fire Goddess), The Flaming Lotus Girls, (TBA), Bill Codding (The Burninator), Wally Glen (The Zen Fire Garden) and DaveX, who will discuss the safety parameters of working with fire in an artistic way.

Fire Arts & Burning Desires

Date: November 2, 2007

Time: 7:00 PM

At: swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

Please RSVP @ www.swissnexsanfrancisco.org

This event is hosted by swissnex San Francisco. For updated information and travel directions, please visit their web site.

Suggested donation $10.00

Questions: Contact event producer:
Louis M. Brill

October 12, 2007

Member Events: Forms and Figures – Paintings from the 1950s and 1960s by Eleanor Kent

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 9:09 am

Eleanor Kent - paintings of the 50s and 60s

2240A Fourth Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

October 27 – November 30, 2007
Tuesday – Friday: 10AM – 6PM, Saturday: 12 – 5PM, and by appointment.

Please join us for a reception for the artist:
Saturday, October 27, 6:00 – 8:30PM

These paintings from the 1950’s and 60’s are part of my early joyful explorations in color and my various experiments in the visual representation of figures and forms. They are the foundation for my subsequent work in other media. And I continue to paint.

It was an exhilarating time to be in North Beach in the late fifties. The coffee shops and bookstores were full of ideas and people and music. It was the era of both figurative and abstract painters. Classes with DuCasse, Bischoff, Oliviera, Lobdell, McGaw, and Marie-Rose were full of students also enthusiastic about painting. They learned from each other as well as their teachers: Joan and Bill Brown, Jose Ramon Lerma, Manuel Neri, Renate and Bill McLean, Dean Fleming, Sung Woo Chun, Bob McFarland and Akio Kobayashi. Flo Allen founder of the model’s guild and wonderful friend to all the artists and instructors posed for them. Many worked together independently in the school studios as well as the classrooms. It was good time to trade ideas and techniques and lay the foundation for later work in painting and other media.

September 19, 2007

Member Events: New San Francisco Gallery opens with YLEM member work

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Corinne Whitaker's Squircle 23
Corinne Whitaker’s Squircle 23

Paul Mahder Gallery, a new commercial gallery, is holding it’s first ever opening on October 4th. Among the artist showing work is YLEM’s own Corinne Whitaker.

Opening Reception

Thursday, October 4th 2007
5 to 8pm

Paul Mahder Gallery
3378 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA

September 8, 2007

Member Events: Jo Hanson Memorial & Artwork Showing

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Jo Hanson 2006
Jo Hanson in 2006 from NCWA web site

Jo Hansen passed away March of this year and the art community suffered a great loss.

Here is a touching biography on the WEAD site. She was a powerful force for environmentalism and feminism in the art world and a friend of YLEM.

Please come to Remember Jo, to take home some of her fabulous artwork, share food, and celebrate her legacy.

Sunday September 16, 2007
Noon Till 5pm

201 Buchanan Street, San Francisco
Memorial Program starts at 12 Noon

Cosponsored by
Northern CA Women’s Caucus for the Arts & WEAD – Women Environmental Artists Directory.

Jo was a pioneering member of the NCWCA.
The National WCA honored Jo in 1997 for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts.

Donations for artworks benefit WEAD which Jo cofounded in 1996.
Today WEAD represents more than 200 women artists working internationally with environmental issues.

July 15, 2007

Member Events: 2πr – Artists in the Round Show at SomArts

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2Ï€r: Artists in the Round

Artists in the Round

Exhibit July 5th – 25th, 2007
Reception Thursday, July 5th, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

SomArts Bay gallery
934 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA, USA

(concurrent with Multiplicity/Multiplicidad Artsitsamp Show)

Featuring Artists:
Harriette Lawler
Charles Trapolin
Tom Curtis

Video of the show below:

June 22, 2007

Member Events: Multiplicity/Multiplicidad Artsitsamp Show at SomArts

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Multiplicity Show


An Exhibition of Artistamps and Mailart Archives

Curated by Eleanor Kent, Fernando Garcia Delgado & Juan Carlos Romero

Exhibit July 6-25, 2007
Reception Thursday, July 5, 5:30-8:00pm
Performances by Musaic and Anna Banana

SomArts Bay gallery
934 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA, USA

Gallery Hours 2-7pm, Tuesday-Friday, 1-5pm Saturday

SomArts Gallery in collaboration with Vortice Argentina, Buenos Aires, presents “Multiplicity/Multiplicidad: Mailart & Artistamp Show” from July 5th through 25th, at SomArts Gallery, 934 Brannan St., San Francisco, 94103.

“Multiplicity/Multiplicidad” an exhibition co-sponsored by SomArts and Vortice Argentina features wonderful artworks made to be sent through the mail from the archives of veteran Mail Artists from Canada, Argentina and the United States. The exhibit is accompanied by two lectures on the histories of Mail Art and Artist Postage Stamps.

Many of the artists featured in the exhibit have recently shown stamps at the Fine Art Museum in Budapest, Hungary, in the exhibition, “Parastamps.” Anna Banana and Jas Felter from British Columbia, Canada are pioneers in this field. Work from their collections will be exhibited with those of three Bay Area artists Patricia Tavenner, Eleanor Kent and John Held, Jr. The idea of the show was created by Fernando Delgado, an Argentine artist and member of the mailart group Vortice Argentina. Delgado will show his work and that by mailartists from all over South America. He and Kent co-curated the exhibition.


Thursday, July 5th, 5:30-8:30 pm. There will be a Performance by Anna Banana, formerly of SF and member of the Bay Area Dada group in the 70’s. Also Musaic, a small Bay Area men’s a cappella vocal ensemble, will sing international songs. Jas Felter will be on hand to talk about a part of the show of stamps from “Motherland/Fatherland,” an exhibit he co-curated in Russia in 2002, veiwable online but not seen in USA before.

Accompanying this exhibition will be a lecture by San Francisco artist John Held, jr. on the History of Mail Art, on Thursday, July 12th at 7pm in the SomArts Gallery. There will also be a presentation by Mail Art Queen Patricia Tavenner on the History of Artist Stamps, on Turesday, July 17th at 7 pm.

Video of the show below:

June 21, 2007

Member Events: Art Show at Live Worms Aug 15th and 16th

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 1:05 am

Flyer for Show

WHO: Jack Yaghubian II and Torrey Nommesen.
WHAT: Torrey Nommmesen, president of YLEM and Jack, the (in)famous bartender at Vesuvios, creator of Fast Cheap And Easy Graphics and author and illustrator of the Dim Light Bar Guide.
WHERE: Live Worms Gallery
1345 Grant Avenue
(between Green St & Vallejo St)
North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133
WHEN: Wednesday August 15th and Thursday 16th
WHY: Great art! My homebrew (if fermentation doesn’t take too long) on tap.

June 20, 2007

Member Events: Nancy Worthington exhibits “War What’s It Good For?”

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War What’s It Good For?
“War, What’s It Good For? (Absolutely Nothing)”
Mixed media Interactive Construction/Assemblage
© Nancy Worthington 2004

From her George Dubya series of artworks, Nancy Worthington exhibits her social commentary mixed-media interactive construction, “War, What’s It Good For? (Absolutely Nothing)” at Works Gallery, 451 S. 1st Street, San Jose, CA through July 21, 2007.

Glorifying and justifying war leads to the recruitment of “G.I. Joe’s.” This sculpture depicts the horrors of war. The unprovoked invasion of Iraq by the Bush administration has lead to the senseless, unnecessary and wasteful loss and destruction of the lives of our soldiers. War itself is a crime against humanity.

To see the entire George Dubya series, go to Nancy Worthington’s website at www.domjoy.com.

June 9, 2007

Member Events: Max Chandler at Expressions Gallery

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Max Chandler at Expressions Gallery.

June 9 through August 3

Opening Saturday June 9 6-8 pm.
This show has some additional events 10 am – 5 pm on June 21 and July 23.

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