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December 24, 2007

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

Filed under: Forums — Nicholas @ 12:25 am

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.

December 23, 2007

Member Events: The Moon Art show

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 5:49 pm

The Moon @ LIve Worms

WHO: Ned Millett, Susan Cervantes and Torrey Nommesen.
WHAT: Art show to celebrate the moon.
WHERE: Live Worms Gallery
1345 Grant Avenue
(between Green St & Vallejo St)North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133
WHEN: Sunday, Monday and TuesdayJanuary 20th – 22nd.Opening January 20th.
  1. Great art!
  2. Celebrate the Full Moon!
  3. See honest to god local North Beach artists:- the reincarnation of William Blake!- a skeptical atheist!- the founder and director of Precita Eyes!
  4. Homebrew (if fermentation doesn’t take too long) on tap!

Call For Proposals: FILE Labo – Internatiol Media Lab

Filed under: Call For Entries — Nicholas @ 5:38 pm

FileLabo.org image

FILE Labo, the new media laboratory of Electronic Language International Festival, is now launching its first call for project proposals.

If you have an idea and are an artist, a designer, a programmer, an engineer, a scientist, or if you have developed any work for your university or for yourself, and always found it an interesting work, but which ended up in the sidelines, now you can send it to FILE-LABO.

The LABO is a free territory for creation and invention; an independent and collaborative network for the development of art, science and technology, located in São Paulo, at the SESI Vila Leopoldina Cultural Center, and devised under a platform of collaboration among creators and professionals of different areas. There, you will find collaborators from technical, theoretical, and political-cultural areas, who will follow and support the development of your proposal.

Send your project or idea through the proper submission form in the site http://www.file.org.br/file2008_entriesforms/english/labo_entry.htm . Later on, there will be a project selection by a laboratory’s professional commission.

FILE-Labo will prioritize projects and ideas that can really be developed by the laboratory within the maximum period of one year.

December 14, 2007

Call For Entries: Runway Cyborgs – The Best of Wearable Art and Computing

Filed under: Call For Entries — Nicholas @ 6:42 pm

silhouette surrounded by a nimbus of light, seen as through through water

The Exploratorium, April 25, 2008: Artists are invited to participate in a one-night extravaganza, featuring performances, a runway, and installations. The event will feature the best of wearable art and wearable computing. As a more lasting sculptural adventure, the Exploratorium will be accepting works to be hung on clotheslines throughout the rafters of the Exploratorium’s rafterspace, which will be on display throughout a quarter of the year.

Artists wiling to contribute to the evening or the clothesline are encouraged to contact Pamela Winfrey, Curator and Senior Artist to the Exploratorium, with descriptions of their work, as well as any other questions.

December 12, 2007

Call For Entries: re|act: 4th Int’l Student Festival for Digital Art

Filed under: Call For Entries — Nicholas @ 8:49 pm

re act call for entries

In 2008, re|act, the international student festival for digital media art, takes place for the 4th time. Art and design students from all over the world are given the opportunity to make their works known to a wide audience and to make new contacts with a network of curators, cultural policy makers, gallery owners, professors, students, and the media.

Re|act’s competition addresses students of artistic study programs. An international panel of experts will select the world’s best works from all entries.

Awards go to works from the following disciplines:

  • Video Art
  • Interactive Art
  • Live video & performance
  • Game Art

Deadline: February 1st 2008
The submission form may be downloaded at:

December 10, 2007

Member Events: Art show at the Meridian Gallery

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 7:33 pm

Peter Foley, from manifesto/random series, 2007

Peter Foley, from manifesto/random series, 2007

featuring Peter Foley, Larry Lipold, and Ruth Eckland

New Work at the New Space

at the Meridian Gallery
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 10, 4-6 PM

December 9, 2007

YLEM Journal: Aspects of Digital Art

Filed under: Journal — Torrey Nommesen @ 3:37 am

Journal Issue 2 & 4 2007

Link past issues and pdf downloads

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