S.F. Agenda: Design and Arts Events in the Bay Area


Using light to emphasize certain aspects of their artwork, Barry Underwood and Sarah’s Kabot’s creations perfectly mirror each other in a new show called Trace Artifice. Oakland’s Johansson Projects is hosting an exhibit of their colorful, popping, and innovative work. While Underwood creates photographs of surreal landscapes manipulating light in a familiar place, Kabot constructs sculptures and installations that recreate ordinary sources of light. Opens June 7 (reception is 5pm to 8pm) and runs through July 18, 2300 Telegraph Avenue.

“Water Logic” by Ian Kimmerly. Courtesy of Dolby Chadwick Gallery.

Ian Kimmerly creates his paintings as if he’s making a sculpture; he adds thick layers paint onto a canvas and then scrapes and moves the colors while the paint is still wet. The end result is a creation of thought-provoking, abstract works of art. San Francisco’s Dolby Chadwick Gallery is hosting a new exhibition of Kimmerly’s work dubbed Continuous Wave. “I like when you can see how something is built,” Kimmerly said in a statement. “There’s a sense of tenuousness about it.” Opens June 6 (reception is 5:30pm to 7:30pm) and runs through June 29, 210 Post Street, Suite 205.

“Hyphae Lamp” by Nervous System. Courtesy of Department of Architecture.

Looking at the architecture of biology and science, San Francisco’s Department of Architecture has curated and designed an exciting new show at the Roundhouse One Gallery at MKThink. Lost in Translation focuses specifically on computer modeling and digital fabrication of the natural world and features works by MATSYS design firm, MTTR MGMT architecture firm, and the Nervous System design studio. Opens June 12 (reception is at 5:30pm) and runs through August 9, 1500 Sansome Street.

The San Francisco Design Center is hosting a lecture and panel discussion on how and where to hang artwork inside residential homes. Alisa Carroll, Editor in Chief of 3D – Definitive Design + Décor, will be talking with well-known interior designers Gary Hutton and Michael Booth to give tips on how to design residential interiors around private collections of art. They will discuss how light, weight, stability, climate, and scale of artwork plays a part in showcasing art properly. Sheltering Art: Designing Interiors for Private Collections is on June 5 from 12pm to 2pm, 2 Henry Adams Street. 

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