Visual Arts

Young and talented: SFSU's 26th Stillwell Student Exhibition

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The Stillwell Student Exhibition is San Francisco State University's annual showcase of undergraduate and second-year MFA artwork celebrated in the name of Leo D. Stillwell, an amateur artist who died at the young age of 22 in 1947.

But a Google search doesn’t even yield that small bit of information about Stillwell. So who was he, and why has SF State honored him for 26 years?

Mark Johnson, director of the Fine Arts Gallery at SF State, explained that the generosity of Stillwell’s mother, Josephine, created opportunities for student artists all in loving memory of her son.

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Out of the Batcloset

"Batman on Robin" group art show unleashes Dynamic Duo's unspoken desire

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marke@sfbg.com

VISUAL ARTS "When I first saw the 1970s comics version of Batman by Neal Adams, I got a bit weak-kneed — though I was too young to know what that meant at the time," comics artist Justin Hall ("No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics," "Glamazonia") told me over a beer at his Mission apartment. "Here was a more realist Batman, with muscles and chest hair ... and he had gotten rid of Robin at that point, which left room for me!"Read more »

8 cultural happenings this week in the big, best, beautiful Bay

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It is inevitable after reading today's Best of the Bay 2012 issue that your heart will be swole with pride for our beautiful Bay Area By the Bay. Seize the moment! There are a plethora of arts and culture happenings this week that are perfect examples of -- as our managing editor Marke B. put it in his intro to BOB -- "the sheer gorgeousness, thriving alternative culture, and promise of freedom and acceptance that are unique to our shores." Cheers! Read more »

Quilt odyssey: Eliza Fernand travels the country collecting stories and stitches

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Perhaps this particular project can be traced back to a brightly colored, patchwork tent. Eliza Fernand already had a history of creating otherworldly sculptures and visual arts pieces out of unique fabrics and textures (pillowy raindrops, threaded waterfalls), but no real work in the specific craft of quilting when she began a now years-long endeavor. Under the umbrella term of Quilt Projects, she kicked off a tumble into the world of quilting with that pieced-together structure. Read more »

Fire it up: Checking out works at this weekend's Ceramics Annual of America

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Clay is one of the most expressive forms of art. It can be pushed and pulled and molded into any sort of creation -- given that the artist knows what they are doing, since clay can turn finicky in a flash. This weekend (Fri/7-Sun/9), the gigantic festival pavilion at Fort Mason will open its doors for the Ceramics Annual of America, which will be filled with a smorgasbord of wonderfully creative and delicate pieces of art, all hailing from the mediums of mud, fire, and glaze. I wandered around for almost two hours last night sucking on eye candy that ranged from intricate sculptures to modified pots that reminded me of sea creatures.

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Check yo' head: "The Book of Skulls"

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Sure, it's still only September, but in my mind (and at Walgreens, have you noticed?) it's totally Halloween season. What better time to get your bony hands on The Book of Skulls (due in October from Laurence King Publishing, 160 pages, $14.95), Faye Dowling's new compilation of all things Memento mori? The table of contents page is illustrated by San Francisco's own Matt Furie, people. Get on this!

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