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2008 Stories by Traci Vogel

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  • Soul Proprietor

    published December 31, 2008

    When the local arts-and-culture Web site Fecalface.com launched in 2000, the very first artist it featured was Paul Urich. We're pretty sure that... More >>

  • Brush with Fate

    published December 31, 2008

    The world is a very strange place, and artists have traditionally been the visionaries who help us navigate it. The fact that most of the... More >>

  • Blow-Up Stroll

    published December 24, 2008

    Rebar, the art and design collective that brought you Park(ing) Day, has come up with a creative new way to interact with the urban environment:... More >>

  • Photographic Memory

    published December 24, 2008

    Colter Jacobsen once said in an interview that looking at other people's old family photographs "can be like the excitement of meeting a stranger... More >>

  • Post-Holiday Horror

    published December 24, 2008

    If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed by the sheer cuteness of the holiday season, if you feel you might explode if you see one more adorable... More >>

  • The art of the art press release

    published December 10, 2008

    If talking about music is like dancing about architecture, issuing press releases for art shows is like conducting a serious interview with a... More >>

  • "Theresa Ganz: Shadow on the Green"

    published December 10, 2008

    Theresa Ganz' hand-cut photographic collages do a neat job of slicing and dicing preconceptions. She captures vines and flowers on film, cuts... More >>

  • "Titanium Exposé"

    published December 10, 2008

    Running a magazine-style art Web site and a gallery space turns out to be a curatorial coup for the folks who put together the jam-packed and... More >>

  • Arrrt for Swashbucklers

    published November 26, 2008

    The only thing more fun to fantasize about than the circus is pirates, so a show that promises art inspired by both is irresistible. The San... More >>

  • The Eyes Have It

    published November 12, 2008

    Two decades ago, a guy came up to Cheryl Meeker at her grandfather's funeral. The man had been estranged from her family for years. One of the... More >>

  • "ODO": Lutz Bacher at Ratio 3

    published November 12, 2008

    Lutz Bacher is a pseudonym, and it's a good one because it's fun to say. That's important, because her installation shows are intriguing and... More >>

  • "Hunter Gatherer": Jason Villegas at Receiver Gallery

    published November 12, 2008

    Get ready to feel bad about laughing at Jason Villegas' work, because it's not clear whether it's kosher to do so, but you won't be able to... More >>

  • Caught in the Network

    published October 29, 2008

    Life these days seems to be all about the screen. We snap photos on a cell phone, text on a Blackberry, and watch T.V. on the computer. As a... More >>

  • Scrounger's Art

    published October 22, 2008

    Fine art made out of materials that would otherwise be thrown away is trendy right now, speaking to all of the ways we consume, live in the... More >>

  • A Fruitful Gathering

    published October 22, 2008

    Are we urban dwellers out of touch with nature? And if so, does it matter? This is broad topic addressed by the social art exhibit The... More >>

  • Barack Stars

    published October 22, 2008

    Nuzzled in the liberal juggernaut that is San Francisco, it’s easy to forget how lucky we are. Then, fortunately, along comes something like... More >>

  • Jammin'

    published October 22, 2008

    According to California law, any fruit on trees or bushes that hangs over a property line into public space is fair game for foraging. In 2005,... More >>

  • Sobriety For Misfits

    published October 15, 2008

    Bucky Sinister doesn't like group hugs. He's not big on God. And he spent his childhood in more church basements than "shitty green paint," he... More >>

  • Spokesmuffin

    published October 15, 2008

    Since cupcakes have become the icon of celebration here in the U.S. (just ask any third-grader), it makes sense that there would now be a bicycle... More >>

  • Branching Out

    published October 15, 2008

    Alex Pardee has a fantastically sick mind. The Bay Area artist’s subject matter includes a smurf with bloody hands (“Guilty... More >>

  • Ghost Story

    published October 15, 2008

    Benjamin Gould was supposed to have died when he slipped on some ice and hit his head. He's still alive, but he's haunted by a ghost -- an... More >>

  • Mystic Puritan

    published October 15, 2008

    Capacious indeed is the mind that could invent Daylight Savings Time and the urinary catheter. Benjamin Franklin, whose countenance peers primly... More >>

  • Ask The Experts

    published October 15, 2008

    New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Rich has an acute case of acerbic wit. Maybe serving as that paper's theater critic for more... More >>

  • Rock ‘n’ Rawr

    published October 15, 2008

    Two and a half years ago, zombies began appearing in Eureka, California. They were fairly good-natured examples of the shuffling menace, more... More >>

  • Slam Poetry

    published October 15, 2008

    Dominick Jerry and Steve Hemenway, founders of Fog City Wrestling, understand the appeal of a good storyline. Their indie professional... More >>

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