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2013 San Francisco Open Studio Artist: Persia inspired mixed-media works by Shiva Pakdel

Persian Canvass III: Persian Canvass 19th Century Contracts, Stamps and 17th Century Images from Persia Mixed Media – acrylic, charcoal, pencil, printing and collage on wood panel (48 by 24)

San Francisco based artist Shiva Pakdel draws upon antique images and ancient documents from Persia (Iran) to create these colorful mixed-media works. Using acrylic . . . → Read More: 2013 San Francisco Open Studio Artist: Persia inspired mixed-media works by Shiva Pakdel

Curved-crease origami inspired by Graham Greene’s short story “The Destructors” by Erik and Martin Demaine

“Destructors I” (2013), elephant hide paper, 7″ × 7″ × 10″ high

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On the surface, the acts of creation and destruction are polar opposites. But what happens when they meet? Writer Graham Greene suggests that destruction is actually a form of creation in his 1954 short story “The Destructors.” . . . → Read More: Curved-crease origami inspired by Graham Greene’s short story “The Destructors” by Erik and Martin Demaine

A $500 cabin built from re-purposed windows in West Virginia by Nick Olson and Lilah Horwitz

I’d love to spend Christmas, Summer and Fall here with my two dogs.

Photographer Nick Olson and designer Lilah Horwitz built this charming cabin in the mountains of West Virginia. With only $500, the couple foraged most of the building materials from an abandoned barn. The main architectural feature is the enormous glass wall, . . . → Read More: A $500 cabin built from re-purposed windows in West Virginia by Nick Olson and Lilah Horwitz

Sketchbook inspiration: Ian Sidaway

I love looking through the sketchbook pages of UK based artist Ian Sidaway. The details drawn with such fine lines are amazing. See much more of Sidaway’s work on his sketching blog.

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“Sense of Wonder” paintings by Tiffany Bozic at the FFDG in San Francisco

“Strigiformes” acrylic on maple panel, 2013 12″ x 16″

Marin, Califonia based artist Tiffany Bozic just opened her second solo show at the FFDG in San Francisco. “Sense of Wonder” features 50 recent small and large paintings on wood. Each work depicts Bozic’s surreal view of nature rendered tightly in amazing detail.

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Geometric street art in Poland by SEIKON

My eyes flew open when I saw these abstract geometrical street art pieces. They are in Poland and were painted by the street artist SEIKON onto abandoned buildings, underpasses, billboards and utility houses.

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2013 San Francisco Open Studio Artist: Leila Noorani

Some lovely work by San Francisco based artist Leila Noorani. Noorani paints scenes of everyday life from the middle 20th century. While her images are of views from afar, or through a window pane, the details are so masterfully captured it feels as if one were walking past the dusty gas station, or gazing . . . → Read More: 2013 San Francisco Open Studio Artist: Leila Noorani

2013 San Francisco Open Studio Artist: Marcia Middleton

San Francisco based artist Marcia Middleton combines the natural and the imaginary in these lively paintings. Each work is an exploration of a world encapsulated in a drop of pond water, teeming with micro-organisms.

In her artist’s statement, Middleton writes, “Abstracted protozoa shapes jostle, float and grow in their own fluid world. I’m captivated . . . → Read More: 2013 San Francisco Open Studio Artist: Marcia Middleton

San Francisco Area Event Picks for October 24 to October 30, 2013

“The Long Way Around,” photographs by David Egan at the 4×5 Gallery in San Francisco

Multi-day Events

Event: SF OPEN STUDIOS – WEEKEND 2: Mission, Castro, Bernal Heights, Noe Valley including Upper Market, West Portal, Glen Park When: October 26 & 27, 11am to 6pm Where: for map of locations, see: http://artspan.org/sfopenstudios

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2013 San Francisco Open Studio Artist: Hilla Hueber

I love the energy in these images. Armed with pen and ink, San Francisco based artist Hilla Hueber creates gestural figures moving amid a backdrop of geometric shapes and patterns. Do the shapes represent an urban landscape? In her artist’s statement, the German-raised artist writes that her work “came together as a dialogue about . . . → Read More: 2013 San Francisco Open Studio Artist: Hilla Hueber