We would like to first apologize for not providing a beautiful photograph of the man himself to enhance this mediocre article (yeah, we know you don’t come here for the writing). Twiggy, as he likes to go by, is a little camera shy per se — maybe he thinks that a photo captures a part of his soul, but then again he doesn’t seem like a Zoolander fan.

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6046180567_a24af92530_bFeeling artsy? The beautiful weather that has broken through the lightening storm is making us feel closer to the world of aesthetics. If you have had your fill of hangovers this weekend, and are at the point where the smell of alcohol is making you sick, it may be time to head over to the Legion of Honor for a different kind of sensory experience. The Legion of Honor is showing two very special exhibitions that will leave you feeling like quite the classy college student. Both exhibits are good for the brain and good for the soul. read more »

Bored of regular art exhibitions? Look no further than the Bancroft Library’s “A Place at the Table: A Gathering of LGBT Text, Image and Voice” exhibit, which will showcase literature, film, photography and other work of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender artists. Many of the pieces were held by writers Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. read more »

20120315_192608Emmanuel Witzthum, a Jewish artist, went from embassy to embassy trying to get in touch with different artists from different cultural backgrounds. When he reached the American embassy he was told “Sorry, we don’t support culture.” Oh god, our cowboy hats and spurs are showing as some old kranky guy yells from a bar, “We don’t take too kindly to your type…” Luckily, this image faded, or dissolved really, through Witzthum’s artistry.

On a Thursday night at the Magnes museum, another barrier was broken: the barrier between young students and old Jewish art enthusiasts. Everyone turned out for a chance to hear from the great Emmanuel Witzthum. He is a famous composer, violist, curator and lecturer, who is the artist behind the piece Dissolving Localities (details here). It is a mix of sounds, and sites from Berkeley and Jerusalem that is a pleasure for the senses. This night was particuarly special because we got to see how this masterpiece was created. read more »

No we don’t think anyone’s accusing us of arson, we just like making Billy Joel references.

Yet another fire broke out this morning at a west Berkeley art gallery, causes not yet known. A few people were dislodged, and a couple firemen were mildly injured – not by the fire but my a resident dog. Not only was it a dog, but it was a Chihuahua. Named Chuco. So the fire wasn’t exactly fatal, and pales in comparison to the Haste/Telegraph fire last fall. But after that fire, the one at Great China and now this one, we are starting to get frustrated. Why does Berkeley insist on being so flammable? read more »

buzzarThe space breathed with potential. Its indoor-outdoor ambiguity meant natural light illuminated every inch of its warehouse height. It was only the second week the Firehouse Art Collective was holding its Weekend ‘Buzzar’ in this canopied space when we visited, but it already carried the promise of a neighborhood fixture. Has Berkeley not always had a dedicated artist’s market? What took us so long?

It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon and the sun, like a spotlight, singles out the organic soul food stand in the back. A guitarist read more »

boxDowntown Berkeley has 60 utility boxes, with none of them a color other than gray. If the gloom offends your sunny outlook on life, then don’t worry, you can complain without actually having to do anything about it.

A new civic art project will convert these drab, monochromatic boxes into inspired pieces of art. The “60 Boxes Project,” clearly named in a spurt of pure creativity, matches sponsors with artists in order to decorate these boxes.

Artists must submit samples from their portfolios and, as too many of life’s activities seem to require, fill out a form. Patrons will then be able to choose which artist they would like to design their box. Artists will make either a large polymer sticker or will paint the box directly.

Mayor Bates and his wife, State Senator Loni Hancock, have already picked Mariana Garibay to design their box. The artwork will be a variation on the typical map, something which, according to Garibay, “describes Berkeley as a network of walkways, bikeways and parks.”

So don’t worry, these offensive gray eyesores will probably be covered with all sorts of wonderfully bright colors and elaborate patterns.

Image Source: oskay under Creative Commons
City project will transform utility boxes with vibrant art [Berkeleyside]

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Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: A Photography Exhibit | UC Berkeley Art Studio | Opening Reception | Friday April 15th | 6-9pm

We here at the Clog are no novices when it comes to cell-phone photography: the paltry megapixel count won’t deter us from firing up that camera app and capturing the nearest scene of interest in a grainy, vintage sepia.

But despite our love for the mobile art, we could never claim to have our work featured in our own exhibition. That honor would instead have to go to Desmond Goble, Sean Mancillas and Matthew Quan – creators of the tumblr poundingserfs – whose photographs will be on display at the UC Berkeley Art Studio beginning this Friday in a show entitled “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely.”

The three friends live in different parts of the state, but maintain their blog of unedited cell snapshots to “document their individual surroundings and create a photographic dialogue.” Hmm. So is it art, or just a picture of someone’s breakfast? Goble, Mancillas and Quan’s beautifully subtle collection has managed to convince us that it can be both.

Don’t Let Me Be Lonely opens this Friday, April 15, with a reception from 6-9 p.m. We’ll be going, despite the fact that the featured photographs will undoubtedly make our own “hipstamatic” cell snapshots look like garbage. But it’s okay; we only took those photos ironically…

Don’t Let Me Be Lonely [Bay Area Arts]
Image Source: Matthew Quan

banksy4 A piece of Banksy’s street art in the Upper Haight “This Is Where I Draw the Line” was removed about two weeks ago. Not even allowing for a respectable mourning period, some feisty vandal has already retaliated with their own work, “Nobody’s finished we ain’t even begun.” Whether intended as an homage to Banksy’s original or a rebellion against the building’s owner, the new piece seems certain to garner a lot of attention.

Image Sources: Brian_Brooks and Eva Blue
Another Banksy Gets Buffed [Uptown Almanac]


We were at Yali’s in Stanley Hall today, enjoying a strawberry smoothie before lecture began (if you must know). And we happened across this unusual sight.

We believe it was a bizarro sculpture of a milk carton, adorned with white paint to make it look like milk was dripping down the side, complete with a fake puddle of milk on the counter.

If this is the case, we’re not sure why this work of fine art was positioned just above the recycling. Also, why? We didn’t really want to touch it, so we were unable to confirm our theory.

Any other ideas or insight? Leave them in the comments.

Image Source: Valerie Woolard

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