Saturday, March 31, 2007


The new Third Street T-Train begins its full-time operation on Saturday April 7th. TART, Silverman, Ampersand and Ping Pong (the route on the train) located around the Third Street Corridor all have openings on April 7th.

The first stop on the line and closest to TART is located at 4th/King Street. The nearest stop to Silverman, Ampersand and Ping Pong is on 3rd/20th. We have created a map which includes neighborhood highlights such as Richard Serra's Ballast and Dogpatch Saloon! Maps can be picked up at all of the spaces.

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday, Rail.

Friday, March 30, 2007

NPR: with Rail members Jessica Silverman, Justin Hoover, and Dina Pugh, March 24, 2007

Rail members Jessica Silverman, Justin Hoover, and Dina Pugh, March 24, 2007
Saturday March 24th 2007, 6:46 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Frank Prattle with Zefrey Throwell featuring Jessica Silverman, Dina Pugh, and Justin Hoover

Jessica Silverman (Silverman Gallery), Dina Pugh (Triple Base Gallery), and Justin Hoover (The Garage)


Frank Prattle with Zefrey Throwell featuring Jessica Silverman and Justin Hoover

Jessica Silverman (Silverman Gallery) and Justin Hoover (The Garage)

This is something to watch folks…. a new arts alliance is in the formative stages in San Francisco. Still very new, but full of potential, 3 members of RAIL met up to discuss the art scene around the bay as they see it. If you’re wondering what the future of San Francisco art looks like, this is an excellent bellwether.

Here are some of the organizations aligned with RAIL (not a complete list mind you):

-Silverman Gallery (founding member)
-Triple Base Gallery
-Ampersand International Arts (founding member)
-Ping Pong Gallery (founding member)
-TART (founding member)
-Joseph Del Pesco


To listen to this interview press:


Thursday, March 29, 2007

TART presents, four nights, four performances

TART will open its doors for four nights, beginning on Saturday, April 7 from 7-10 pm, for "four nights, four performances". This exciting series will begin with Oliver Farley's "Skipping Rope", a dynamic live performance drawing on the artist's talents as a Junior Olympic jump-roper, in collaboration with DJ Jacob Sperber. Farley makes his own jump ropes and creates drawings literally made by the skipping of the rope. Ropes and drawings will be available for purchase at TART for the duration of the four nights. The schedule for Farley's performances on Saturday, April 7 is as follows:

7.30 - 7.45 pm
8.15 - 8.30 pm
9.00 - 9.15 pm

with sound from Sperber in between.

Please note that Saturday, April 7, is also the inaugural Rail Art Walk. Rail is an alliance between TART, Silverman Gallery, Ampersand International Arts and Ping Pong Gallery. These galleries will all have events on Saturday, April 7. You're invited to take the newly opened T-train, which runs along Third Street, to access these spaces.

TART's performance series will continue for three subsequent nights, from 7-10 pm each night, with a screening of Stephen's Sutcliffe's video collage, "O Come all ye faithful" on Sunday, April 8; a sampling from The Kitchen's 1979 Archive on Monday, April 9; and The Essential Clash on Tuesday, April 10. The objects created by Oliver Farley on Saturday and the remnants of his performance will also be on view on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights. We hope to see you there!


For immediate release:

TART presents
four nights, four performances
April 7-10, 2007 7-10pm

Paying tribute to the 1975 pioneering performance series “Four Evenings, Four Days”, curated by the late Marcia Tucker at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, four nights, four performances is a series of experimental performances and screenings that expands and enriches the notion of gallery-based performance.

four ....begins with Oliver Farley's “Skipping Rope”, a reformulation of past experiences into the ongoing present achieved through a kind of self portraiture. Farley’s use of the jump rope as a performance medium through which he creates images– both static and in motion, dipping the rope in ink that leaves marks where it hits a surface– recalls his childhood experience with competitive jump roping in the Worlds and Junior Olympics. In the artist’s own words, “The rope is playful, yet threatening; it is like a weapon at times…” For his performance at TART, Farley will collaborate with DJ and artist Jacob Sperber, building a sound installation that flows in and out of Farley’s piece. Oliver Farley’s work has been included in exhibitions and screenings at The San Francisco Art Institute; The Frameline Film Festival, San Francisco and Slam Dance, Utah.

The second night features a screening of Stephen Sutcliffe’s video collage, “O Come all ye faithful”, in which Sutcliffe pits a hopeful poem from the well-loved British poet Christopher Logue against a disparaging internal monologue. The artist creates a stark contrast between the found footage of Logue’s poetry reading and the terse background banter - an overlay of streaming obsenities that seem to imply Logue’s own self-doubt. The result is a performance that feels at once cohesive and schizophrenic in nature. Stephen Sutcliffe’s work has been included in solo and group exhibitions locally and internationally, at venues including Tate Britain; TART; New Langton Arts, San Francisco; The Scottish Pavilion, 2003 Venice Biennale; Breeder, Athens and Transmission, Glasgow.

The series continues with a pre-recorded audio performance of a sampling from the 1979 archives of The Kitchen in New York. These performances include works by Phillip Glass, Meredith Monk, and Steve Reich, among others, exemplifying The Kitchen’s rich history as a site of experimentation in audio performance and composition. four nights, four performances concludes with a screening of video footage from The Essential Clash, including early concert footage, interview clips and the Clash’s homemade silent film “Hell Who”. This screening pays homage to the Clash as great performers and sources of inspiration for artists of all kinds.

TART invites you to join us for each of these consecutive performances to experience how each iteration tests the meaning of the next. In particular, the remnants and products of Oliver's performance will remain constant throughout, creating a new dynamic and level of tension each evening.

47 Lusk Alley
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: 415 203-5865

April 7 is part of art walk a Rail action

OPENING reception : SATURDAY April 7th = 6.00pm-8.30pm *

OPENING reception : SATURDAY April 7th = 6.00pm-8.30pm *

ARTIST: Steven Elliott
title : Waterworks
medium: mixed media
+essay by Mark Sanford Gross

ARTIST: Angela Hennessy
title:Partly Cloudy
medium: mixed media
+essay by Lydia Matthews & poem by Juvenal Acosta

Exhibition DATES: April 7th - May 11th

ampersand international arts
1001 Tennessee street ( @ 20th street)
San Francisco 94107

* a Rail action *

Bruno Mauro
t 415-285-0170 f 415-285-6856

STEVEN ELLIOTT makes work inspired by and thematically linked to 19th
and early 20th century literature, illustration, and the camp
traditions of double entendre, game play, and subterfuge.
Steven Elliott holds a Master of Fine Arts in New Genres from the San
Francisco Art Institute. Steven Elliott work is in the permanent
collection of the University Art Museum at Berkeley, and has been shown
at the Oakland Museum, The Luggage Store gallery, Southern Exposure,
New Langton Arts and Intersection for the Arts.

ANGELA HENNESSY' sculpture and installations often involve materials
transformed beyond recognition. Delicate and destructive manipulations
of velvet appear as washes of ink and smudges of charcoal, a spot of
mold or a clump of hair. Her objects feel as if they might get up and
crawl away. Their ambiguous nature arouses the desire to touch, to
understand not by logic, but by tactile experience, from one body to
another. Much of her work is based on the act of unraveling black
velvet, a material rich in references to luxury, labor and sensuality,
and a slang term for black women. Over many years the color black has
emerged as a recurring theme in her practice, as both an indication of
death and a term of racial identification.Currently she is exploring
blackness as a state of being, prone to psychological vulnerabilities.
Angela Hennessy received a Master of Fine Arts from California College
of the Arts in 2005.She has exhibited in San Francisco and New York
and recently participated in the residency program at The Skowhegan
School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.She lives in Emeryville,
California and works in West Oakland.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

How We talk

The Collective Foundation Pod Press invites you to celebrate the release of How We Talk a collection of new and selected work by poet and museum curator Renny Pritikin at Rena Bransten Gallery.

Wednesday, March 28th 5:30–7:30PM
77 Geary Street (between Kearny and Grant Streets)


Sunday, March 25, 2007

MeiDay, a fundraiser for Nyok Mei @ The Garage

Hello friends,

MeiDay, a fundraiser for Nyok Mei Wong will take place will take place this Saturday, March 31, 2007 from 7pm to 10pm at The Garage (2830 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco).

This event will feature a silent auction of works by international artists, including:

Mark Bartlett
J.D. Beltran
Andrea Bowers
Allan deSouza
Felipe Dulzaides
Jack Fulton
Alfredo Jaar
Paul Kos
Janis Crystal Lipzin
Suzanne Olmsted
John Roloff

and others. Plus there will be a raffle of other works by contemporary artists, as well as the musical explorations of Galen Grant and Tomoki Spilsbury, a hot local jazz trio called Electric Samurai.

$50 entry tickets
$10 raffle tickets
free music, drink and eats.

Buy tickets or make donations online:

Credit cards also accepted at the door.

The back story on Mei Wong's dilemma:
On February 15, 2007, during a routine visit to INS to check the status of her green card application, Mei, an MFA student in the SFAI New Genres program, was shackled, handcuffed, and placed in the Yuba County Jail for five days. Despite an apparent administrative error by INS, she was held in jail pending the payment of $10,000 bail. Currently threatened with deportation, Mei needs to raise funds for her legal defense at her upcoming court hearing on April 5, 2007. This event has been organized by her fellow students in support of her cause – we hope that you will join us in this pursuit.

Contact the curator Patricia Maloney or Justin Hoover for more details:
Patricia Maloney
(917) 648-6918

Justin Hoover
(415) 425-1647


P.S. I like to consider that we take care of each other. This curatorial work approaches a democratic socialism via the strategic reproduction of free market capital.


Justin Hoover
2830 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94115

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Job Piston

Hey, check out Silverman's review on

Congratulations Jessica and Job.


Thursday, March 22, 2007

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Scotland and Venice


The artists selected to represent Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale of Art are Charles Avery, Henry Coombes, Louise Hopkins, Rosalind Nashashibi, Lucy Skaer and Tony Swain. All six artists will present work within an exhibition entitled Scotland and Venice 2007. Hosted by the Scottish Arts Council, National Galleries of Scotland and British Council Scotland and curated by Philip Long, Senior Curator, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the exhibition will be open to the public from Sunday 10 June until Friday 2 November 2007 at the Palazzo Zenobio, in the Dorsoduro district of Venice.

Announcing details of Scotland and Venice 2007, Curator, Philip Long said: 'Scottish art is at one of its most progressive moments and our chosen artists represent this position in the form of six highly individual talents. As with the heterogeneous character of the Biennale, the work of Charles Avery, Henry Coombes, Louise Hopkins, Rosalind Nashashibi, Lucy Skaer and Tony Swain is diverse, exciting and unpredictable. Some on occasion use invented worlds to investigate their concerns; others make use of comparisons, real situations or look back into history. What is clear is that each artist works with such ability and often with such surprising and new means that they have the power to alter perceptions.'

Scotland and Venice 2007 will complement other presentations from the UK taking place across the city at the same time, including the British Pavilion itself and presentations by Wales and Northern Ireland.


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Critical Art Ensemble

Coming to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art:

March 15:
ARTIST TALK: Critical Art Ensemble/Steve Kurtz
With Steve Kurtz, artist and professor of art, State University of New York, Buffalo. 6:30 p.m., Phyllis Wattis Theater

As a member of the pioneering performance art collective
Critical Art Ensemble, Steve Kurtz uses art to investigate the social impact and implications of science and technology. The group has investigated topics that range from genetically modified foods to the Human Genome Project, assessing the attendant ethical and political ramifications. Join Kurtz for a discussion of the group’s most recent projects at this special program, conceived by SECA awardee and California College of the Arts alumna, Mitzi Pederson. A screening of excerpts from Lynn Hershman Leeson’s new film about Kurtz follows. Free with Museum admission. Limited seating.

With Lynn Hershman Leeson, artist and filmmaker; Steve Kurtz, artist; Josh Kornbluth, actor & host of The Josh Kornbluth Show. 8:30 p.m., Phyllis Wattis Theater

In the wake of his wife’s death in 2004, Steve Kurtz found himself embroiled in a major political and legal controversy. The discovery of bioscience paraphernalia in his home—used in his art practice—led to his arrest on terrorism charges, prompting an outpouring of protests from artists, academics, and others. Hershman Leeson’s new film,
Strange Culture, explores Kurtz’s story and its implications for cultural and intellectual life in the United States post-9/11. This program includes a screening of extended excerpts from the film as well as a unique opportunity to see additional footage that further illuminates the details of the case. It concludes with a Q&A.
Free with Museum admission. Limited seating.


Monday, March 12, 2007


Check out the details of Graham Fagen's solo show at Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art. TART introduced Graham's work to the West Coast in 2004; an internationally-renowned artist who was included in Scotland's inaugural participation in the 2003 Venice Biennale. He has recently shown at Tate Britian and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London amongst others.

Start Date : Thursday 15 March 2007
End Date : Monday 28 May 2007

New work by Graham Fagen produced following his research trip to Jamaica in 2006. Downpresserer was commissioned as part of a year-long programme of events run by Glasgow City Council to mark the bicentenary anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, and part of the exhibition tells the story of the attempts of Robert Burns, who was appalled by the slave trade, to become a bookkeeper on a plantation in Jamaica.

Downpresserer exemplifies Fagen's ongoing interest in combining elements of Scottish national heritage (such as the writings of Robert Burns) with that of the West Indies (Jamaican reggae). The title of the show, comes from the song Downpresser Man by the celebrated Jamaican musician Peter Tosh (1944-87). A photographic portrait of Tosh's mother, Mama Tosh, is included in the exhibition alongside a video installation of an impromptu performance of Robert Burns's poem Slave's Lament. Fagen made both these works on a research trip to Jamaica in 2006.

An important starting point for the work in Downpresserer is the documentation of Burns' attempts to travel to Jamaica to become a bookkeeper on a sugar plantation in 1786. The success of his first book of poems improved his financial circumstances and made him change his mind. Alongside his new work, Fagen has included screenprints, Nancy, Bell and Roselle, which depict ship illustrations in newspapers used to advertise the passages that Burns intended to take. Downpresserer presents aspects of Scottish and Jamaican culture against the background of Scotland's role in the transatlantic slave trade during the 18th century.

Fagan has said of the work made in Jamaica that, 'It is such visuals and primary experience that form the roots of the exhibition, bringing the “other side” of the story back to Glasgow for the 200th anniversary of the abolition of trans atlantic slavery'.

The opening will feature a commissioned performance by The Parsonage.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

whitehot | Rail Project Spaces in SF

Check out the new Rail article in new online magazine, WhiteHot!

Queens Nails Annex, Julio Morales @ Galerie de la raza

Please come to a solo show entitled, There is Gonna Be Sorrow at Galeria/Studio 24 this Friday-it opens 7PM to 9PM and a great curatorial project called Beats Per Minute, at The San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum and features artists from Tijuana, Chicago, Hawaii and the Bay Area, this coming Tuesday. (PLEASE SEE DETAILS FOR BOTH PROJECTS BELOW).

There’s Gonna Be Sorrow, is Julio Cesar Morales’ first solo exhibition at the GalerĂ­a de la Raza. The exhibition is inspired by singer David Bowie’s 1974 failed theatrical adaptation of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which later became the concept album Diamond Dogs.

There’s Gonna Be Sorrow is a stunning sonic and visual landscape that evokes the dystopian future explored by Orwell’s novel and Bowie’s music. In Morales’ work, peril, expectation, desire and disillusion create a field of tension. Working from a Latino perspective, Morales uses mutated sound samples of Diamond Dogs, language, typography, and idiosyncratic symbols from the Latin American urban landscape —such as the broken bottles that are often found embedded in the concrete atop walls to protect and define property boundaries—to create a dangerous topography that evokes issues of immigration, alienation, dystopia and surveillance.

The project includes multi-channel video, sculpture and sound with original music by Los Creamators and additional audio of the artist’s aunt singing obscure Mexican songs. Morales utilizes digital media in the broadest sense – as a printed mural, recorded sound, LED signs,
video etc. His artistic practice can be described as employing the DJ’s method of remixing as a means to analyze the politics of culture.

Morales’ work has been previously shown at The 2006 Singapore Biennale, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany; 2005 ARCO International Art Fair, Madrid, Spain; Swiss Cultural Center, Paris, France; The Rooseum Museum of Art, Malmo, Sweden; Peres Projects, Los Angeles; 2004 The San Juan Triennial, San Juan Puerto Rico; Fototeca de Havana, Cuba; Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York City; MUCA ROMA, Mexico City; and The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art.

There’s Gonna Be Sorrow was made possible thanks to an Individual Artist Grant from The San Francisco Art Commission.

Exhibition Dates:
MARCH 9 - APRIL 28, 2007
Opening Reception:
Friday, March 9, 7 p.m.
Artists' Talk :
Friday, April 6, 7 p.m.

Galeria/Studio 24
2857 24th st, sf, ca 94110

Beats Per Minute: Contemporary Artists Influenced by Craft and Folk
Art Practices
Tuesday, March 13 – Sunday, April 29, 2007

Beats per Minute features recent sound-based and visual artworks by emerging and internationally acclaimed artists Walter Kitundu, N. Trisha Lagaso Goldberg, Mung Lar Lam, Christy Matson, and Christine Wong Yap, plus a collaborative work by the artist collectives Torolab and Nortec. The exhibition’s title refers to the term BPM, used by disc jockeys who blend sounds from various sources to create a new piece of music. Beats Per Minute explores how traditional art and craft practices and forms are referenced by contemporary artists in the
making of unique, provocative works that blur the boundaries of music, visual arts, and new media.

Reception: Tuesday, March 13, 5-7 pm Meet guest curator Julio Cesar Morales and enjoy the music of DJ Sal plus the visuals of VJ Chucuchu.

The San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum
51 Yerba Buena Lane
San Francisco California 94103
(@ Mission between Third & Fourth)

Tue – Fri: 11 am – 6 pm
Sat & Sun: 11 am – 5 pm
Closed Mon. & Major Holidays

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Charles Atlas

Atlas with the World at His Feet
Fresh from the successes of a European tour of Turning (his project with Antony and the Johnsons) and a survey of his work at Tate, film-maker and video artist Charles Atlas has a new collaboration of which to boast. This time he has teamed -up with musician/ electronic composer Christian Fennesz, fusing his own 'innovative live video mix of sampled film footage, prepared clips, and improvised collage' with Fennesz's 'lush and luminant electric guitar and laptop compositions.'

The premiere of their new work will be featured March 14th-18th in London, at the second biannual Optronica festival. The recipient of the 2006 John Cage Award, Atlas is perhaps best known for his work with choreographers such as Michael Clark, Leigh Bowery, and Merce Cunningham, which have won him three Bessie (New York Dance and Performance) Awards. This new project adds a more technologically nuanced element to his respected work. Optronica, which describes itself as a 'visual music' festival, i! s being held at the British Film Institute's Southbank and Imax spaces, as well as the Institute for Contemporary Art, and features a diverse line-up of other events that are also worthy of attention. - Charlotte Frost, Rhizome.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Exquisite Acts and Everyday Rebellions

CalArts Feminist Art Project
February 26 – March 10, 2007
California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355

Exquisite Acts & Everyday Rebellions is a student-organized project at California Institute of the Arts that seeks to produce discourse around the questions and contexts of contemporary feminist practice in art and society. The Institute-wide project encompasses an exhibitionof work by CalArts students, faculty and distinguished alumni, as well as a performance/workshop series including readings, performances,film and video screenings and a lecture series. These activities will culminate with a symposium featuring guest artists, activists andcurators.

Exquisite Acts & Everyday Rebellions is a partner of the exhibition, WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, curated by Connie Butler, at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.
March 5-10 open 10 am – 10 PM daily
Reception: March 8, 8-11 pm.

The exhibition will feature artworks by 70 CalArts students, faculty,and alumni that explore, expand and evaluate feminist thought. For acomplete listing of artists, please visit: