By Jonathan Ramos
By Juan De Anda
By Mollie McWilliams
By Juan De Anda
By Mollie McWilliams
By Juan De Anda
By Jonathan Curiel
By Alexis Coe
"Perpetual Motion/Movimiento Perpetuo." This lovely, haunting installation by Victor Cartagena and Elisabeth Oppenheimer is the culmination of two years of research spent recording people's immigration stories. The collected audio segments float out over a sea of black inner tubes -- some resting on the floor, some suspended from the ceiling -- flanked by wall-size video projections of walking and running feet. On one pair of facing walls are pavement-level close-ups of the feet of well-shod city dwellers, walking at a brisk clip. On the other walls, considerably less-well-off feet run furtively along a dirty passageway. Despite the stark contrast in class and tone, the video loops create a continuous motion, suggesting that the flip side to the creature comforts of city life is invisible, low-wage, immigrant labor. The inner tubes simultaneously refer to the treacherous ocean crossings that many immigrants face and stand in for immigrant bodies and stories, bobbing just below the surface of the sidewalk, beneath notice. Although the video is the only element that moves, the entire piece seems to breathe, giving life to stories that take place in the shadows and often remain there, unheard or untold. Ironically, while the installation creates a beautiful visual metaphor for the immigrant experience, the recordings of the immigrants themselves are difficult to hear. Overlapping with one another and with readings from theoretical texts, the voices of the people who generously recounted their experiences are fragmented and obscured: heard, but still not understood. Through Dec. 3 at Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia (between 15th and 16th streets), S.F. Admission is free; call 626-2787 or visit www.theintersection.org. (Sharon Mizota) Reviewed Oct. 26.
"Stone Light Drawings." Recently I saw a cloud shaped exactly like a string of cartoon waves, with razor-sharp edges and pointed peaks, looming over the Bay Bridge. My first idea -- to snap a picture and sell it to a KRON 4 weatherman -- was followed by another specious thought: Is Andy Goldsworthy now manipulating clouds? The British artist has indeed something of the supernatural in him: His meticulous outdoor sculptures reflect the order underlying nature while being composed entirely of materials picked up on the spot (typically twigs, stones, branches, ice, and handcrafted pigments). Sometimes his creations appear to be primitive totems, such as stone slabs built into huge egg-shaped sculptures or set into precarious, mortar-free arches. Others mimic the talents of industrious critters -- the obsessive twig-work of the bowerbird comes to mind -- or are simply deceptive, like a line of dandelions hidden among scattered neighbors. His art usually remains on-site, succumbing to entropic forces along with everything else, and only appears in galleries as photographs. Yet this exhibit includes a surprise: site-specific installations, including soot drawings on glass, created using the stalk of a leaf to scratch forms onto panes darkened by a blowtorch, admitting the city's natural light. Also on view are his signature cracked-line "drawings," in which pavers are broken and repositioned to define a thin, meandering gap, constructed using England's Appleton Greenmoor sandstone and attached to gallery walls. Through Nov. 26 at the Haines Gallery, 49 Geary (at Kearny), S.F. Admission is free; call 397-8114 or visit www.hainesgallery.com. (Michael Leaverton) Reviewed Oct. 12.
Artist-Xchange. "October Art Exhibit": Monthly group show. Through Oct. 31. 3169 16th St. (at Guerrero), 864-1490, www.artist-xchange.com.
The Blue Cube. "Propaganda 2.0": Large group show of art not for sale. Opening reception is at 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 28. 34 Mason (at Market), 259-8629.
The Canvas Cafe and Gallery. "The Art Print": New work by Brett Amory, Eric Bailey, David Ball, Shawn Barber, Kim Cogan, Ryan Malley, Mars-1, and Lee Harvey Roswell. Through Oct. 29. www.theartprint.net. 1200 Ninth Ave. (at Lincoln), 504-0060, www.thecanvasgallery.com.
City Hall. "Insights 2005": New work by legally blind artists including Lois Ann Barnett, Ida Berkowitz, Sujit Kumar Bhattacharjee, James Cadiz, Martha B. Cowden, Prosper Davies, Elizabeth Dilbeck, Pete Eckert, John Ednoff, Rosemarie Fortney, Carmelo C. Gannello, Jack Gelman, Bobbie Gray, Bruce P. Hall, Pedro Hidalgo, Bobby Hightower, Tara Arlene Innmon, Lacee King, Laura Landry, Annie Leist, Emilio Manzanares, Mari S. Newman, Pearl Palmer, Michael Richard, Barbara Romain, Ken Rossi, Keith Rosson, Velma Stiers, Takashi Tanemori, John Theiss, Alison Ulman, Elva Vergari, and Kurt Weston. Through Oct. 28. "Heroes All": Tom Graves' photographs of WWII vets. Through Oct. 28. free. 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl. (at Fulton), 554-5184.
Frey Norris Gallery. "New Yorkers: Portraits by Harvey Dinnerstein": Paintings, pastels, and works on paper by Harvey Dinnerstein. Through Oct. 27. 456 Geary (at Taylor), 346-7812, www.freynorris.com.