Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Creative Domain 

Wednesday, Dec 19 2012
Artists use other people's work all the time when they find something in the pop cultural ether that resonates with them and then fold it into their own art. But sometimes the originators of the borrowed work are not happy and sue, as in recent high-profile cases involving Richard Prince and Shepard Fairey. In this age of retweeting and reblogging is it possible to come up with some common sense guidelines about what kind of creative reuse is acceptable? The artwork in the group show "Determining Domain" addresses this question and other issues surrounding copyrights, trademarks, and ownership. Kaleidoscopic mosaics by Sanaz Mazinani are made up of photos of the flag-covered coffins of soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan, images that until 2005 the Pentagon blocked from distribution. Dentist Farnaz Shadravan contributes perhaps the most show-stopping work in the exhibition, a quartet of upright tubs that she carved into using the tools of her trade to create exact duplicates of four Albrecht Dürer woodcuts. Meanwhile Stephanie Syjuco does some witty appropriating of her own with her color printouts of antique vases arranged to trick the eye; and she takes the conversation further yet with floor-to-ceiling posters that point visitors to free resources about piracy and property.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon. Starts: Dec. 27. Continues through Jan. 19, 2012

About The Author

Heidi De Vries

Related Locations


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment


  • A Look Back at Summer 2014
    Labor Day is the unofficial end to summer -- back to school, the days grow shorter, and fall weather is just around the corner. So have a look back at San Francisco's 2014 summer.
  • Jack White at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
    Jack White and his band performed at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Friday and Saturday nights in front of sold out audiences. Jack entertained his fans with music that included songs from his days with The White Stripes, and The Raconteurs, as well as hits from his solo albums; Blunderbuss and Lazaretto. Photography by Sugarwolf.

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular