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Weekend picks. Silicon Valley Contemporary, Toomey-Tourell, Intersection

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Horace Greeley is supposed to have said, "Go west, young man, go west." The Silicon Valley Contemporary Art Fair has taken his advice. The fair is so cutting edge that M Fine Arts is accepting Bitcoin as payment for Dana Louise Kirkpatrick's Bitcoin inspired art work. The fair will include the U.S. premiere of the Marina Abramovic Institute's tech-centric installation, the Mutual Wave Machine, plus performance art, awards, silent auctions and even a panel on how to build a corporate collection.

Among the more than 50 exhibitors will be New York's Marianne Boesky Gallery and Mark Borghi Fine Art, Honor Fraser and Timothy Yarger Fine Art of Los Angeles, and London's The Fine Art Society, as well as many regional and international dealers.

Pace Gallery of New York will be exhibiting, too, and they also have a pop-up gallery in nearby Menlo Park. From April 16th through June 30th, 2014, Pace is set up in the former Tesla headquarters at 300 El Camino Real, and will present two exhibitions: "Alexander Calder: The Art of Invention," from April 16th to May 13th, 2014 and "Tara Donovan: Untitled, " from May 22nd to June 30th, 2014.

The show benefits the San Jose Museum of Art. Tickets and info: http://siliconvalleycontemporary.com/

Toomey-Tourell presents a solo show by Dorothy Goode, "Sharpie Looks for God." A fiercely independent thinker raised in the 1970’s by counter culture hippies in Mendocino County, California, Goode’s work references her interests in literature, philosophy and critical theory while investigating gesture, color and line. The exuberance of her mark making nods to the rise and fall of Abstract Expressionism, while her graphite scrawls recall graffiti art and Neo- Expressionism. Goode’s gift for color and gesture recall both Sam Francis and Helen Frankenthaler in their use of highly saturated, thinned out paint, while her use of text suggests something both cryptic and self-revelatory.

Dolby Chadwick Gallery presents new oil paintings by Louise LeBourgeoi. LeBourgeois has called Chicago home for the past thirty-six years, and Lake Michigan—located mere blocks from her house—has served as her primary muse for the last twenty. Yet each painting is dramatically different than the next, evidence of the lake’s inexhaustible potential as a subject of inquiry. Remarking on an observation offered by a friend, LeBourgeois notes that her paintings are “like coming to a place of peacefulness and tranquility after going through something really difficult. They’re a place of respite.” Read Jeffrey Carlson's take on the exhibition for Fine Arts Connoisseur.

Bernie Lubell's installation takes over Intersection for the Arts. “Why Can’t the First Part of the Second Party be the Second Part of the First Party?” A Solo Exhibition by Bernie Lubell Lubell’s new large-scale interactive wood installation monitors Intersection for the Arts’ building systems. The installation uses wood computers to slowly get nothing to happen as described in SF Weekly. Through June 7, 2014.

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