Friday, August 03, 2007
My new neighborhood hangout, ok, my office, is a charming little place in Hayes Valley called Cafe La Vie. The folks that work there are the nicest baristas I've ever met, the WiFi is free, the vibe is hella-hip, what more can you ask for? They have regular exhibitions of artwork there, and currently they have one by a guy who makes daguerrotypes. Daguerrotypes are the ancestors of photographs. Producing dagguerotypes is a technique that originated in the nineteenth century (pioneered by a Mr. Daguerre, among others). The guy who has produced this d-types, Eric Mertens, is showing some striking landscapes and portraits of contemporary subjects in a way that makes them feel like they belong in the nineteenth century and our time simultaneously. The cafe alone is well worth a visit, and this exhibition is someting to catch. Take a look.
Posted by Andrew Wood Acting Studio at 9:47 PM
I was walking on Market St last night and I passed a storefront. I immediately recognized the vibe emerging from it to be that of a gallery opening. I looked more closely and realized that this must be the opening of the Altered Barbie show, for which I had seen postcards at my favorite local haunt, Cafe La Vie. I was on my way somewhere, so I didn't get to go in, but what I saw in the front display windows looked like it would be worth revisiting...Barbie with lots of burning-man like body mods and apparel. The card shows Barbie wearing a tutu, striking a balletic pose, but with a birdcage for a head. Rene Magritte would be proud. And there's plenty of altered Ken as well, so there's something for everyone. 1554 Market is what I saw, and postcard says there is also something at 580 Hayes at Laguna. Checkit.
Posted by Andrew Wood Acting Studio at 10:01 AM