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San Francisco Area Event Picks for August 29 to Sepember 4, 2013

Unfortunately, there is a dearth of art-related events in the San Francisco Bay Area this week.

Made In Slant‘s event listings will resume next Thursday September 5, 2013.

Happy Labor Day, readers! 🙂

“Untitled Billboards” a photo series showing delapidated billboards by Mark Hartman

Art is everywhere, even in the useless, decaying and dying, especially if you have the eye of photographer Mark Hartman. Hartman scans the peeling billboards of New York City for compelling abstract forms. In the series called “Untitled Billboards,” he composes images of interlocking fragments of pictures and text from colorful weather-beaten layers of . . . → Read More: “Untitled Billboards” a photo series showing delapidated billboards by Mark Hartman

An inspiring video on portrait photography by PBS Arts: Off Book

“The Art of Portrait Photography” by PBS Arts: Off Book“ is a very inspiring video on portrait photography.

From its makers:

“Humans have been creating likenesses of each other for thousands of years, but with the introduction of photography, a new language developed for capturing the human image. Photography . . . → Read More: An inspiring video on portrait photography by PBS Arts: Off Book

Massimiliano Sarno photographs bicyclists in motion

Looking at these shots, I can almost feel the swoosh of the wind on my face!

Pistoia, Italy based photographer Massimiliano Sarno is really good at composing images of bicyclists in motion. Using long exposure photography, Sarno gives the effect of dizzying speeds by capturing figures on bicycles against a blurred background. See much . . . → Read More: Massimiliano Sarno photographs bicyclists in motion

Paintings of dogs by Whyn Lewis

UK based artist Whyn Lewis loves dogs. I can tell by the way she tenderly paints the arches of their neck, their long muzzles, their graceful gait. I love the way she depicts her whippets with one another, intertwined, and with other creatures, like birds, their elegant forms juxtaposed, merging in and out of . . . → Read More: Paintings of dogs by Whyn Lewis

Highly-detailed paper-cuts and drawings by Alice von Maltzahn

For artist Alice von Maltzahn the search for expression is the journey and the destination. Taking a sheet of paper, von Maltzahn cuts away hundreds to thousands of small well-defined areas. After cutting several sheets, the artist layers the sheets one upon another to form a 3-dimensional structure patterned with empty spaces and . . . → Read More: Highly-detailed paper-cuts and drawings by Alice von Maltzahn

Sketchbook inspiration: 366 Apocalyptic-inspired paintings by Michelle Blade

Day 297, 366 Days of the Apocalypse, Acrylic ink on paper, 9 x 12”

Last year in 2012, there seemed to be a record number of end-of-the-world predictions. Christian radio host Harold Camping forecasted that the world would end on May 21, and then on October 21. The Mayans forecasted a final event on . . . → Read More: Sketchbook inspiration: 366 Apocalyptic-inspired paintings by Michelle Blade

San Francisco Area Event Picks for August 22 to August 28, 2013

Pocket Landscapes by Holly Lane at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco

Multi-day Event

Event: Palo Alto Festival of the Arts – three hundred fine artists and crafters whose display booths are placed back-to-back along University Avenue When: August 24 & 25, 2013 • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: University . . . → Read More: San Francisco Area Event Picks for August 22 to August 28, 2013

Digital photographic collages of a surreal natural world by Isabelle Menin

Belgium based artist Isabelle Menin invents a surreal parallel natural world in her artistic practice. Taking pictures of natural elements, like flowers and foilage, Menin digitally collages, composes and enhances her own photographic images to create a neo-romantic painterly version of nature. In these works, flowers and leaves take on dramatic roles buffeted by . . . → Read More: Digital photographic collages of a surreal natural world by Isabelle Menin

Nature-inspired paper cuts by Rogan Brown

Artist Rogan Brown creates paper sculptures by layering sheets of paper, one on top of another, each with thousands of intricate cuts. Brown’s work is an exploration of patterns found in nature, “from the microscopic to the macroscopic, from individual cells to large scale geological formations.”

In the artist’s statement, Brown writes, “I . . . → Read More: Nature-inspired paper cuts by Rogan Brown