What’s up at the galleries this fall?

If there’s any doubt that fall is underway, look no further than the offerings at local galleries. Here’s a brief survey of what’s out there. SF Camerawork Dear Erin Hart In 2011, Jessamyn Lovell’s identity was stolen by a woman who then used it to run a drug syndicate,...

Artistic Outliers

Oakland has been attracting a lot of national buzz these days for being an emerging hub of cultural and creative production. That comes as no surprise to artists and patrons who have been in the thick of the tight-knit arts community for years. But it’s true that there is...

The Folly of Man – Michael Kerbow

When a contemporary art website recently asked artist Michael Kerbow what one piece of art from the world’s collections he would like to own, he was quick with his answer: The Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel, with Bruegel’s The Triumph of Death a close second. Take a look...

Reimagining Progress Exhibit Poses Alternative Modes For Sustainability

This year the David Brower Center, a Berkeley-based nonprofit community center devoted to environmental and social justice art and education, presents its third juried exhibition with the works of 18 Bay Area artists selected from more than 440 local submissions. Reimagining Progress: Production, Consumption, and Alternative Economies is an...

Information artworks are using words to change the world

Art has long inspired environmental activism. The photographer Ansel Adams, whose iconic black-and-white images of the American west helped to build support for the US National Park Service, served on the board of the Sierra Club for 37 years, working closely with David Brower, the club’s first executive director....

Speaking Sustainably

Douglas Gayeton and his wife, Laura Howard Gayeton, have spent the last five years focused on sustainability, largely because they believe the concept has become empty. “It’s a word that actually is meaningless. It’s a term that’s been completely appropriated and hijacked,” Gayeton said at the opening for The Lexicon...

Lexicon of Sustainability Exhibit Opens This Week at the David Brower Center

You may be familiar with Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard-Gayeton’s multimedia project, “The Lexicon of Sustainability,” which has been showcased at PBS.org/food. (And I’ve interviewed Douglas for a previous Bay Area Bites post.) They’ll be premiering a whole new series of videos in early February, and a photography exhibit will be opening at the...

Front Porch Farm – experiment in diversity

Peter and Mimi Buckley had no previous farming experience when they started a 110-acre organic farm outside Healdsburg four years ago. With careers in fashion, followed by founding nonprofits like the Center for Ecoliteracy and the David Brower Center in Berkeley, they wanted to apply their environmental ideals to agriculture. “I was one of those Michael Pollan farmers,”...

Richard Misrach: Photographing beauty can be tricky

“It’s impossible to photograph clouds for their beauty anymore. We know too much about what is going on,” said photographer Richard Misrach wistfully on a recent weekday evening. He should know. The Berkeley-based photographer has made a name for himself capturing striking images of man’s impact on the planet...

The Chemical Corridor

Merging art and activism can be a tricky thing. Many artists waver in their negotiation of aesthetics and argument, and end up falling on one side or the other. In the exhibit Petrochemical America: Project Room, internationally acclaimed photographer Richard Misrach manages to walk that tightrope with expert equilibrium....