The Smaart Gallery and Studio has been around since 2012. Steve Allen, the driving force behind the studio and the gallery, has been a huge boon to the ceramic art community in San Francisco. Be sure to check out his other shows and if you have the inclination to get your hands dirty and want to learn more about clay, his studio and classes are great place to learn and grow.
After months of procrastination deliberation, I have finally decided on the winner in the name-the-totem contest. The winning title is: Making Sense.
The winner is being notified and will soon be the proud owner of original artwork of his choice.
I want to thank everyone who participated in my contest. All who entered will receive an email that will entitle them to a big discount on bottles. (If you entered, check your inbox in the next couple of days.)
I received over 50 entries in my Name That Totem contest. It’s been a couple of weeks, and I still cannot decide on my favorite entry. I certainly have learned a lot of things (Otolaryngoloists are specialists in in ear, nose and throat and shy guys are timid troublemakers in various video games are among other useful facts that I acquired from this contest.) But I am torn because there are so many good names to choose from.
If you entered, you should be getting an email from me in the next week or so announcing the winner of the contest. If you didn’t win the grand prize, don’t worry. Everyone who entered is a winner. I will offer anyone who entered, a discounted price on my bottles.
All of the entries are listed below. (If a title appears more than once, it was submitted by more than one person.)
I have posted my latest totem below, with the very unsexy title of, “Totem #5”
If you can come up with a better title and I choose it, I will happily give you a smaller piece of my work. Please submit any title suggestions in the comments below, in an email directly to me or better yet, come see the totem in person and drop off your title suggestion at my studio.
I want to invite anyone interested in seeing my work to come by my studio this weekend, November 5-6. Open studio hours are noon to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Our address is 3265 17th Street, we’re on the third floor. There should be a doorman in front of the building to let you in.
If you are in the City and wanting to see a few of my misfits in person, you’re in luck. I am having a solo show at the Clay by the Bay Gallery, located at 1248 Mason St. on Nob Hill. (Across the street from the cable car museum).
The opening reception is Friday, June 3rd from 6pm-9pm
The show should be up for the rest of the month (June), if you can’t make the reception.
Here’s a little teaser, from my series on the Alien Underwear War series.
This one is called Naked Aggression, the invasion begins
Unfortunately, this brings up a whole rash of questions:
Do the alien rays make earthlings clothes disappear? (Except for the underwear, of course.)
Or do the earthlings strip down to their underwear as some sort of protective layer or camouflage?
Or are the aliens a bunch of 10 year old boys, just wanting everyone to run around in their underwear?
It would be foolish not to speculate.
Come and see the whole series and draw your own conclusion.
I think that Picasso’s Guernica is incredible, both politically and artistically. When I saw the it and the studies that lead up to it at the Prado in Spain, it literally made me cry. (I see that Guernica has since been moved out of the Prado into Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. But it remains in Madrid.)
Other pieces I have done have referenced parts of that masterwork. This is my interpretation of one small aspect of that amazing painting.
I did a few bas-relief wall pieces based on classic paintings. Here are three from the series:
I also did a large wall piece based on the Last Supper, called the Penultimate Supper, but that one sold before I got a decent shot of it. (Either a photo will be posted or I will figure out how to add the movie I took of the piece. Stay tuned.)