An afternoon off

Work ended at 1:00 this afternoon. A week or so ago, management made the decision to reduce office hours between now until the end of the year due to the unexpected loss of revenue from companies that decided to cancel their meetings for next year. Although the free time came at a cost, I decided to make the best of it. I thought to myself, what a perfect opportunity to visit galleries to get inspired!



I walked down Market street towards the Embarcadero and then made a left on the next block to Grant St. My first stop was Rena Bransten Gallery whose address is really 77 Geary but the building has a second entrance on Grant.



Brazilian born artist Vik Muniz's Pictures of Paper and Gordian Puzzles were on display.






©Vik Muniz

Dallas Mill, Hunstville: 1910 after Lewis Hine

2008



This work is a collage made of several pieces of white, black and a variety of gray paper intricately assembled to reconstruct a photograph Lewis Hines made in 1910. I stared at this piece for quite sometime, mesmerized by Muniz' process. Even more impressive was this other piece called The School of Athens, by Raphael. This time, he uses hundreds of jigsaw puzzle pieces layered on top of each other to re-interpret the image. The work is then rephotographed and enlarged to almost fill an entire wall.



©Vik Muniz

The School of Athens, after Raphael

2008



Next, I headed a few doors down to 49 Geary. I started on the 3rd floor at Stephen Wirtz Gallery where Todd Hido: A Road Divided was being shown. The exhibit showcases his new landscapes expanding from his previous body of work called Roaming.



©Todd Hido

7557, 2008



©Todd Hido

6426, 2007



At Fraenkel Gallery on the 4th floor, they had Richard Avedon: Performance on view. Vintage prints were shown together with some contact sheets and actual envelopes used to contain the negatives from his archive. Seeing these artifacts brought back memories of New York where I did an internship with Mr. Penn after graduating from school.



A book was published to accompany this exhibit.



©Richard Avedon

Elizabeth Taylor, 1958



Finally, Robert Koch gallery on the 5th floor held an exhibit by Michael Wolf: The Transparent City. This is in conjunction with his recent book released last month with the same title. The prints were gorgeous! The work reminds me of the classic Hitchcock movie, The Rear Window with Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly. The gallery uses an anti-reflective water-white glass for their framing that no glare is evident when viewing the photographs ( I only know this because it was typed on the price list).



©Michael Wolf

Transparent City, #39





©Michael Wolf