ArtPad SF
The Phoenix Hotel
601 Eddy Street (@ Larkin), San Francisco
May 19 – 22, 2011
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Preview New Works Available

From May 19–22, Triple Base will participate in ArtPadSF, an independent hotel-based art fair focusing on emerging and contemporary galleries and artists from the Bay Area and beyond, at San Francisco’s legendary Phoenix Hotel. Triple Base will present new work by:

Todd Bura, Jay Nelson, Rachel Kaye, Bryson Gill, Joseph Hart, Mara Baldwin, Leonie Guyer, Elisheva Biernoff, Alexander Kori Girard and Edmund Wyss.

Furniture Design by Luke Bartels and Chairtastic

Offering arts enthusiasts and seasoned collectors the opportunity to discover new trends and artistic practices, ArtPadSF will feature approximately 30 select galleries, as well as four days of contemporary art programming, which includes the utilization of the Phoenix’s heated outdoor pool for live art performances.

Exhibiting Galleries – ArtPad SF 2011:

Ampersand International Arts; San Francisco & Paris
Anno Domini; San Jose
Art Modern Gallery; Miami
Ever Gold; San Francisco
Galeria de la Raza; San Francisco
Gallery KM, Santa Monica
Gregory Lind; San Francisco
Guerrero Gallery; San Francisco
Hang Art; San Francisco
Jack Hanley; New York
Johansson Projects; Oakland
KrosWork; Oakland
Launch LA: Los Angeles
Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery (LTMH); New York
Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art; San Francisco
Marx & Zavattero; San Francisco
Michael Rosenthal; San Francisco
Mina Dresden; San Francisco
Patricia Sweetow; San Francisco
Robert Berman / E6 Gallery; San Francisco
Steven Wolf; San Francisco
Swarm Gallery; Oakland
The McLoughlin Gallery; San Francisco
Triple Base; San Francisco
Toomey Tourell; San Francisco
White Walls Gallery; San Francisco

ArtPadSF Programming:

ArtPadSF is pleased to provide a broad cross-section of galleries, arts organizations and artists with a platform to present and accentuate the emerging disciplines and independent elements active in the contemporary art world and prominent in the Bay Area arts community. Offering arts enthusiasts and seasoned collectors the opportunity to discover new trends and artistic practices, ArtPadSF will feature approximately 30 select galleries, as well as four days of contemporary art programming, which includes the utilization of the Phoenix’s heated outdoor pool for live art performances such as, ‘Swimming Pool Social Sculpture’, by graduating and continuing MFA students from California College of the Arts (CCA) Graduate Fine Arts program, and a suspended art installation by LTMH Gallery artist Alexis Laurent.

Contemporary Art Panels and Tours:

ArtPadSF’s inaugural year will feature afternoon speaker panels on Friday and Saturday, May 19th and May 20th. Moderated by William Moreno, independent curator, writer and board vice president of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), the ArtPadSF speaker panels will begin Friday, May 20 at 12:30PM with ‘California Contemporary Art in Context.’ Featuring panelists Alma Ruiz, curator of contemporary art for The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), Lawrence Rinder, director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and Erik Bakke, San Francisco Bay Area based artist, ‘California Contemporary Art in Context’ will investigate and discuss recent artistic trends and practices in the context of California and global shifts, asking such questions as: ‘Where are artists focused?’ ‘How do they respond to their environments?’ ‘What can be gleaned from their practices?’ and ‘What new media or technologies are they employing?’ The panel aims to present an overview of various artist practices and works.

Following the Friday art panel, visitors are invited to tour ArtPadSF from 3-5PM with Marianna Stark, collector and publisher of “Stark Guide to San Francisco Art.” Listen in and learn as Marianna asks dealers about their program aesthetic, personal bios, and what they’re showing at ArtPadSF.

Attendance limited, advance registration required. Please inquire at

Further invigorating ArtPadSF’s programming, Juxtapoz magazine will present a speakers panel, ‘Collecting Street Art’ on Saturday afternoon. Organized by Justin Giarla of White Walls Gallery, the panel will present international street artists Blek le Rat (France), EINE (UK), and APEX (US). Moderated by Pedro Alonzo, a member of San Francisco’s graffiti and street art community, the discussion will begin at 1PM on Saturday, May 21st.

For more information about the featured panelist please visit

Swimming Pool Programming:

Saturday afternoon at 3PM don’t miss Glen Helfand’s curated ‘Swimming Pool Social Sculpture’, in which graduating and continuing MFA students from California College of the Arts (CCA) Graduate Fine Arts program will hit the pool and deck for a durational series of splashy, synchronized, and sculptural performance actions.

Later in the day on Saturday as the sun begins to set, EverGold gallery will take over the Phoenix swimming pool to present an original art performance piece. What it will be, we have yet to see.

Installed for the duration of the Fair and suspended above the Phoenix swimming pool, LTMH Gallery artist Alexis Laurent’s sculpture ‘Dandelions’, a teardrop arrangement of air plant sculptures, will be sure to make people look up.

ArtPadSF Evening Programming:

After all the other San Francisco art fairs have closed their doors for the evening, ArtPadSF will still be in full swing. Evening programming for ArtPadSF includes live bands and DJs, access to Chambers eat + drink the Phoenix Hotel’s new restaurant and bar, and ‘No Dialogue’ a series of outdoor video art screenings curated by Bay Area artist and author Dorka Keehn and Jasmine Moorhead of KrowsWork Gallery.

‘No Dialogue’ video works will be projected from the roof of the Phoenix Hotel onto the rear wall of Mayfair Hotel, achieving approximately a 50’ x 50’ image, from dusk until 10PM on Friday and Saturday. Notes Keehn, “If the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words is to be believed, shouldn’t a whole series of images be able to speak for themselves? Dialogue in art is actually a relatively recent innovation; very few old paintings come with any words attached to them other than the title. Even performance art has often relied more heavily on body language and visual expression than on spoken words. With ‘No Dialogue’ we leave the theme open to artists’ interpretation.”

Live music will include ‘The Minks’ a San Francisco-based “mostly” all-girl Kinks tribute band playing Friday, May 20th from 6-8PM. Musical entertainment on Saturday night from 6-10PM will be provided by EverGold gallery, who will set the stage for all night event, presenting Bay Area DJs, works by artists including ArtPadSF’s second swimming pool art performance, and much more.

Additional ArtPadSF programming will include the unveiling of Eddie Colla’s new public mural commissioned for ArtPadSF, an opportunity on Sunday, May 22nd to meet the creators of Loose Leaf – a limited edition visual culture publication existing as a collection of unbound and large-format printed art and design works by such artists as Dave Eggers, Jake Longstreth, and Richard Misrach, and non-stop access during fair hours to the Virgin America sponsored Virgin Collector’s Lounge featuring an interactive installation by artist Chris Ritson exploring the narrative myth of the North African Lotus-Eater, through the contemporary perspective of its viewers.

*For a Complete List of ArtPadSF Programming and Exact Times Visit

Opening Night Preview Event:

ArtPadSF’s Opening Night Preview on Thursday, May 19, 2011 from 7pm until midnight offers collectors the premiere opportunity to view artworks and interact with ArtPad’s exhibiting gallerists in an intimate and casual environment.

Proceeds from ArtPad’s Opening Night Preview will benefit the pioneering Bay Area organization, Black Rock Arts Foundation’s (BRAF) public art and grant programs. Creators of the world-famous Burning Man event, BRAF works with communities in the Bay Area and around the world to collaboratively produce innovative, relevant and pioneering works of public art that build community, including over 20 projects in the Bay Area and over 60 projects worldwide.

ArtPadSF’s Opening Night Preview will include first access to view and purchase works from ArtPadSF’s exhibiting galleries, performances by BRAF artists, musicians, and exclusive access to the Chambers eat + drink Lounge.

*For a complete schedule of Opening Night Performances and Events Visit

About ArtPadSF:

ArtPadSF is a provocative new 21st century boutique art fair that focuses on emerging and contemporary art from the Bay Area and beyond. Recognizing the need for an independent art fair to further engage and create new audiences for Bay Area arts, Chip Conley, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Joie De Vivre Hotels, along with ArtPad director, Maria Jenson, created ArtPadSF. Debuting at the legendary Phoenix Hotel May 19th–22nd, 2011, ArtPadSF offers art enthusiasts and seasoned collectors alike the opportunity to discover current trends and artistic practices presented by local and national art galleries and artists.

Thursday: 7PM–12AM (VIP Preview & BRAF Benefit)
Friday: 12PM–10PM
Saturday: 12PM–10PM
Sunday: 11AM–6PM

MORE INFO: or call 415-364-5465

$10 – General Admission
$50-$125 – VIP Preview Party (includes access to the Fair on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)


Chambers Lounge and Poolside Soiree
$125 online presale; $150 at the door
7:00 pm – Midnight

Includes premiere opportunity to view and purchase art, evening performances, DJs, passed hors d’oeuvres, hosted bar, and exclusive access to the Chambers Lounge from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

(Includes access to the Fair on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
Poolside Soiree Only
$50 online presale; $75 at the door
7:00 pm – Midnight

Includes preview access to purchase and view art, evening performances, DJs, hors d’oeuvres, and a complimentary cocktail beverage. (Includes access to the Fair on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)

Advisory Committee:

HOLLY BAXTER – Principal, Baxter & Cook Art Advisors
RENÉ DE GUZMAN – Senior Curator, Oakland Museum of California
DORKA KEEHN – Commissioner on the SF Arts Commission, Artist/Author, Co-Founder Emerge America
BRUNO MAURO – Director/Founder, Ampersand International Arts
PETER SELZ – Art Critic, UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus of Art History, founding Director of Berkeley Art Museum
JONATHAN YORBA – CEO, The Mexican Museum

Oliver Halsman Rosenberg Open Studio @ JB Blunk Residency

Oliver Halsman Rosenberg Open Studio
Saturday, March 19th, 1-6pm
JB Blunk Residency, Inverness, CA

Continuing our partnership with the JB Blunk Residency, Triple Base is pleased to announce that Oliver Halsman Rosenberg (Triple Base co-founder and artist) is wrapping up his two-month residency at the Blunk house and now it’s time to celebrate and share his new work!

Please RSVP to if you can join on Saturday, March 19th. She will reply with driving directions.

It would be great to see you there!

Lunar Mission

Lunar Mission
Saturday, March 19, 2011, 7 – 10pm

Triple Base will present Felt Spot #1, a stop-frame animation by Alexander Kori Girard, in collaboration with video artist Rafael Altman. In conjunction with his exhibition Axis Mundi, Girard will share this animation outside under the stars (despite the rain) on 24th street. Over the last eight years, Altman has been documenting Girard’s painting and drawing process, capturing thousands of photographs that demonstrate the numerous transformations that an artist can have with a given work. This animated film directly relates to the artwork on display in the Girard’s larger gallery installation at Triple Base.

On March 19th, eight galleries off the axis of the Bryant and 24th Street veins of the district, including a brand-new venue to be debuted that night, will come together to showcase the importance of art, community, and the public they serve. Eleanor Hardwood Gallery, Galeria de la Raza, Gallery Hijinks, Guerrero Gallery, Kadist Art Foundation, Southern Exposure, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, and Triple Base join forces to present a day of unique and unforgettable programming, from live performance to sipping sessions, spoken word to street projections. It’s not an art crawl, or a one off-event; it’s the beginning of the Mission cultivating a celebration of vibrancy between us all, and a declaration art is here to stay.

Participating Galleries:

Eleanor Harwood Gallery will host a light show extravaganza presenting the work of Jeffrey Manson. Throughout the evening, the artist will fill the gallery with multiple performances featuring graphic light patterns, narrative shadow puppet theater, and a variety of musical accompaniment. Manson’s light show will coincide with and play off of the dark elements of current show, In the Dark: Three Considerations, featuring the works of Niall McClelland, Joe Bender, and Francesca Pastine, all revolving around a premise of the color black.
1295 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

The full moon, mystical and majestic, works in its own way as a symbol and catalyst to the underworkings of each of our worlds. In Galeria’s monthly Lunadas, all are invited to step in, up, and in front of one piece of equipment as a thorough means of expression: the mic. For March’s moon, called the Worm Moon, Heather Watkins (singer/songwriter), and Ilia Correa Sepulveda (poet), alongside special guest Mijo de la Palma from Puerto Rico (poet/singer/songwriter), come together to pull in the Venezuelan, Colombian, Salvadorian, Puerto Rican, and Brazilian contingent. Curated and co- hosted by Labohemia SF and Sandra Garcia Rivera. Founded in 1970, the Galería is a non-profit community-based arts organization whose mission is to foster public awareness and appreciation of Chicano/Latino art and serve as a laboratory where artists can both explore contemporary issues in art, culture and civic society, and advance intercultural dialogue.
2857 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Group exhibition The Letter Collector will exhibit 50 artists of varying mediums, spotlighting exceptional aesthetic in the form of a letter from our contemporary alphabet. Artists confirmed to exhibit and interact include Aaron Bo Heimlich, Alexandra Zee, Andrea Wan, Andrew Johnson, Austin McManus, Beau Stanton, Casey Gray, Catherine Ryan, Chris Blackstock, Christian Rex Van Minnen, Christopher Davison, Claire Colette, Damon MacGregor, David Bayus, Denise Santillan, Dustin Klien, Eli Harris, Eric Helve, Erik Otto, Fernando Pizarro, Hannah Stouffer, Jakub Kalousek, Jason Vivona, Jing Wei, Jon Contino, Kyle Jorgensen, Lafe Eaves, Lisa Congdon, Louise Chen, Mark Warren Jacques, Matthew Reamer, Meryl Pataky, Mike Giant, Molly Bosley, Morgan Blair, Nas Chompas, Pakayla Biehn, Timothy Karpinski, Rich Pellegrino, Robert Minervini, Rosie Hanna, Russell Leng, Ryan De La Hoz, Ryan Riss, Sarah Patterson, Sean Somers, Seth Neefus, Shea Greene, Uri Korn, and Whitney Lasker and more. Gallery Hijinks is a welcoming space for fresh and progressive art to reside, venturing out to create a genuine space for emerging talent, locally and internationally.
2309 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Guerrero Gallery will host the first collaborative effort by Bay Area artists Jason Michael Leggiere and Christopher Robin Duncan. SOUND AND SHAPE is an audience-participatory, and optically-challenging sound sculpture based on basic triangular shapes. The negative space of the sculpture is filled with stretched piano wire (think post-modern harp), intended to be touched, felt or played by visitors. A horn speaker at the base of the sculpture, powered by hand built tube electronics, emits resulting amplified tones. Resting upon a mirrored floor that revisualizes the sculpture’s triangles into diamonds, viewers can easily become engulfed by the sonic and visual noise. Over the duration of the exhibition, Guerrero Gallery will host several performances by local musicians invited by Duncan and Leggiere. While some performances will incorporate it as a primary instrument, others will include it as a conceptual invocation of sound by its mere presence.
2700 19th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Lunar Mission includes the opening of a new series of storefronts, where 20th Street meets Folsom Street, by new San Francisco branch of the Kadist Art Foundation. The foundation supports an international residency for artists, curators, and art magazines as its primary program, but will also host evening events and a Saturday reading room for international art magazines. Echoing Tom Marioni’s long standing bar-night on Wednesdays, established for his famous work “The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art,” the Kadist SF Wednesday evenings will begin and end with a bar. Occasional offerings in the form of performance, ephemeral installation, video screenings, and live conversations, will be programmed in cooperation with an array of advisors including Hou Hanru, Jens Hoffmann, Tony Labat, Steven Lieber, and Larry Rinder. The foundation also supports a year-long project gallery organized by Harrell Fletcher and Jens Hoffman, called The People’s Gallery. It will present a series of solo shows featuring the work of artists included in their traveling exhibition The People’s Biennial, organized in association with Independent Curators International. Specifically for Lunar Mission, Kadist will present a selection from the magazine reading room, a program of videos culled from various Kadist collections. The People’s Gallery will feature an inaugural exhibition of rodeo photographs by Bob Newland. Lastly, in partnership with the Kadist Art Foundation, THE THINGS’s Will Rogan and Jonn Herschend will present British artist Ryan Gander’s parallel blackjack tournament. Kadist participates in the development of society through contemporary art, collecting and producing the work of artists and conducting various programs to promote their role as cultural agents. Kadist’s collections include works that reflects the global scope of contemporary art, and its programs develop an active exchange between Kadist’s local contexts (Paris, San Francisco) and artists, curators, academics and art publishers worldwide.
Taking place where Folsom meets 20th Street, San Francisco, CA

Steven Wolf Fine Arts will host a one-night exclusive engagement with performance artist Margaret Tedesco, whose works installation, photography, sculpture, and video. Selected exhibitions and most current performances include Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFMOMA, SF Camerawork, Saarländisches Künstlerhaus, Germany, and 11th Nippon Performance Festival, Japan. The recipient of many awards and grants, Tedesco has presented and collaborated with visual and performance artists, writers, and filmmakers since 1985, hosting and curating programs in venues such as Baer Ridgway Exhibitions, Queen’s Nails Annex, The LAB, Oakland Art Gallery, and SF Arts Commission Gallery. Steven Wolf Fine Arts exhibits post-war and contemporary art in a 2000-square-foot building.
2747 19th Street, Unit A, San Francisco, CA 94110

For “Sipping Session,” Southern Exposure is transformed into a convivial gathering place for drinking and conversation, operating like a public house for one night. Each of the participating artists work to create a beverage, often distilled from local ingredients. Because the drinks these artists serve are an extension of their creative practice, each beverage made operates as a work of art. “Sipping Session” responds to On the Ground, the exhibition currently on view at SoEx exploring artists’ response to a particular locale, by literally offering up a taste of our own locality, responding to the Mission’s enthusiasm for hyper-local food and beverage culture by serving a drink created and sourced right here.

About the artists and drinks: Lauren Anderson, founder and director of Produce to the People, ferments the crops she collects with the Backyard Harvest Project into homemade drinks under the moniker, Garage Brew. She will be serving up blackberry-infused green tea kombucha and snakebites, made from equal parts cider and ale. Eric Cabunoc’s Coffee Bike is a hand-built, full-service café on three wheels where coffee is roasted, brewed, and served on the spot. Mariah Gardner’s Tonic No. 4 is brewed from all-natural ingredients and infused with local citrus. The tonic is added to cocktails or sold on its own in small, hand-labeled bottles from behind an old-time San Francisco bar, built by the artist herself. Pete Nelson’s sound and sculpture installation, The Cod Fish Poem, dispenses “shine” from an elaborate hand-built still. Alison Pebworth debuted The Americanitis Elixir at Southern Exposure in April, 2010. Distilled from spring water, honey and wild yeasts collected within San Francisco and flavored with backyard fruits and herbs, it was offered as a homemade, hometown antidote to the national ailment, Americanitis, first identified in the late 19th century. Pebworth’s project was a great inspiration for the night’s programming. For “Sipping Session,” Pebworth presents The Lunar Mission Elixir, sourced from within the perimeters of the eight co-presenting galleries and aged under the Mission Moon.
3030 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Alula Editions

Alula Editions
April 2 – May 1, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 2, 7-10pm
Prototype Sessions: Sunday, April 3, Saturday April 16 & Sunday April 17, 12-5pm
San Francisco Chronicle Review

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Triple Base Gallery is pleased to present Alula Editions, a textile art subscription project that makes becoming a collector as easy as subscribing to a magazine or a CSA veggie box. The opening on Saturday, April 2 from 7-10pm will feature a live performance by Sara Magenheimer (WOOM), Alula Editions’ most recent collaborator.

Alula Editions is an initiative spearheaded and hand-crafted by San Francisco-based artists Helena Keeffe and Amber Cady. The duo’s show at Triple Base will be, in part, an exhibition that showcases past editions and artwork from collaborators such as Jason Jägel, Allison Smith and Headlands Center for the Arts. The gallery space will also be used as a production studio on Sunday, April 3, Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17, with gallery visitors invited to help prototype the forthcoming edition made in collaboration with New York-based film/video artist Sara Magenheimer.

Keeffe and Cady started Alula Editions as a way to bring patterned textiles and contemporary art practices together in the form of a limited edition multiple. Inspired by fellow art subscription pioneers such as The Present Group and The Thing, Alula shares the conviction that this model provides an avenue for art production that see-saws nicely between the worlds of commerce and experimentation. Much like a CSA (community support agriculture), subscribers provide the funds needed to make the editions and receive artworks in return for their investment. For only 55 cents a day ($200 a year), subscribers get four art objects – each made from hand silk-screened textiles conceived in collaboration with artists. The objects are designed in response to the concepts embedded in the textile and range from something as functional as a tie to a more whimsical take on a drawing kit meant to inspire close observation of nature and it’s elements. Alula prints on fabric made from organic and sustainable fibers using plant pigment and water-based inks.

Sunday is for Lovers – November 7, 14 & 21, 2-7pm

Sunday is for Lovers
November 7, 14 & 21, 2-7pm

Event Series Coinciding With: Notes for an Open Score Elyse Mallouk Solo Show
Organized by Joyce Grimm and Braegan Carroll & Tom Comitta

Sunday is for Lovers
A coinciding Event Series “Sunday is for Lovers” took place in the gallery on November 7, 14 & 21 from 2-7pm. Live music and poetry readings revolved around the theme of LOVE. It was open to the public and people were invited come visit, stay the entire day or wander in for a bit. It was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Thank you to all who attended! This series supported Elyse Mallouk’s exhibition, Notes for an Open Score which is an experiment in the limits of sentimental expression. Using video, sculpture, text, and drawings, Mallouk has reduced romance novels and pop love songs to their most basic elements: words, rhythm, tempo and intonation, so that their sentiment is made to bleed, silent and be suspended.

Sunday is for Lovers Line up for November 21st

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2pm Heidi Alexander
3pm Brandon Brown, Erin Morrill, Steven Trull and Alli Warren
4pm The Old Thunderhearts
4:30pm Marc Dantona
5:15pm Little Wings
6pm The Lambs
Roger Niner Karaoke

Sunday is for Lovers Line up for November 14th

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2:00pm Samantha Boudrot
3:00pm Weird Habit
4:00pm Crooked Letter I
5:00pm Poetry Reading: Samantha Boudrot, Donna de la Perriere, Joseph Lease and Tom Comitta
6:00pm Lairs
6:30pm Roger Niner Karaoke

Sunday is for Lovers Line up for November 7th

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2:00pm Drew Berg
3:00pm Creature Comforts
4:00pm Assateague
5:00pm Poetry Reading: Sarah Fontaine, Adam Fagin, Cassie Smith, Burt Ritchie
6:00pm Stefano Corazza [45isdistance] and Brian Quinn
6:30pm Magic! Magic Roses

Treasure Island Music Festival

Treasure Island Music Festival
Triple Base Drawing Lab
October 16 & 17, 2010

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Triple Base artists and friends created visuals for the Six-Word Memoirs project.

Mission Treat

The Bold Italic presents:
Mission Treat
Thursday, October 28, 7-9pm

Please join us at Triple Base on Thursday, October 28 for The Bold Italic’s Mission Treat, a microhood-style event with a Halloween theme that’s casting a spell on 24th St. between Shotwell and Bryant. From 7 to 9 p.m., partiers will enjoy a night of art, food, drink, fashion, and a blood-splattered, Dexter-inspired photo booth. Show up in your best costume for this unique trick-or-treating of sorts. Triple Base’s doors will be open the whole time, so come check out solo shows by Elyse Mallouk, Rachel Kaye and Peter Scherrer!

Mission Treat. Better than a big bag of candy, and twice as tasty.

Expect special treat-ment from the following folks:

LOCAL: MISSION EATERY will have $3 craft beers and a special menu for the evening: Lavender almonds, seasonal pickles, grougeres, oysters with apple gelee and apples, pate en croute with mustard and greens, and the Chicken Waldorf sandwich.

At ARKAY WORKSHOP, get 20% off of all clothing in the shop, FREE WINE, and Halloween treats. Arkay is a boutique with unique clothing and fun, gifty items created by sought-after artists and designers. Help them celebrate the opening of a new photo show of large format Polaroids by Andrea Corrona Jenkins (aka Hula Seventy).

SUGARLUMP Coffee Lounge will be celebrating their 5-year anniversary by offering their delicious house coffee for only $1. All of their drinks are local and organic, and you can enter a drawing to win a free pound of coffee as well. They’ve also invited special guest The Poetry Store to set up inside; Silvi Alcivar will craft custom poetry pieces-as-art on the spot.

A Dexter -inspired PHOTO BOOTH by ORANGE PHOTOGRAPHY will scare you silly with weird props and blood splatterings.

MISSION SK8BOARDS will be celebrating their 3-year anniversary with FREE BEER and snacks! A new photo show by Zach Hudson will be up on the walls, and artist Chris Micro will be there with his paintings on boards and canvas.

MINXY BOUTIQUE, a vintage and gently worn clothing store, will be hosting their soft opening party. Come by for raffle tickets, FREE SANGRIA, a live DJ, and Halloween candy. Two raffle tickets will be drawn at 8:30 p.m. and winners will each be awarded $50 coupons towards any merchandise in the store!

Out in front of PRECITA EYES, local muralist Eli Lippert will be painting live with local teenagers.

LA VICTORIA Bakery’s pop-up Soul Cocina Kitchen with Chef Roger Feeley will be serving up a full menu ($4-13) as well as small plates for those interested in finger food, and FREE BEER. Delicious pastries and De la Paz Coffee will be on sale as well. La Victoria will also be hosting the AFTER PARTY with local DJs and beverages until midnight (and maybe beyond).

PHILZ COFFEE will be handing out free baklava! Phil himself will be there in person to hang out, play some Middle Eastern beats, and sell his famous fedoras as well.

GALERIA DE LA RAZA will be hosting a special nighttime experience of their 40th anniversary exhibition currently on display, complete with cash bar, music, and a decorating party hosted by The Sugar Skull Gallery. Advance signups for the sugar skull party available here .

HAUS will be serving up De La Paz and Ritual Roasters Coffee.

DIRTY THIEVES will be offering shot & beer specials! Cazadores & Modelo Especial for $7 or Jameson & PBR for $6.


Elisheva Biernoff Dinner Lecture

Dinner Lecture
in conjunction with Elisheva Biernoff Solo Show
Friday, October 8th, 7-10pm

Guest Speakers: Dee Hibbert-Jones & Lynn Marie Kirby
Guest Chef: Aurora Crispin

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Friday, October 8th was a unique Dinner Lecture experience. Our guest speakers were Dee Hibbert-Jones, artist and Associate Professor, of Art & Digital Arts New Media at UC Santa Cruz and Lynn Marie Kirby, Artist and Professor of Film & Fine Arts at California College of the Arts. Preparing our meal was Aurora Crispin, Chef Apprentice at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

Reflecting on themes running through Elisheva Biernoff’s solo show at Triple Base, Hibbert-Jones shared personal stories about her time as an Artist in Residence at the San Francisco Dump and discussed how the discarded objects she encounters act as time capsules that provide clues into the economic and social climate of a community. Over dessert, artist Lynn Marie Kirby will shared her unique “Listening”text that she created specifically in response to Biernoff’s installation.

The Dinner Lecture Series strives to illuminate the practice of the current artist(s) exhibiting in the gallery space and extend the participants’ thinking around topics related to the show. Discussions and debates are encouraged and facilitated by the convivial family style meal that coincides with the lecture that takes place in a comfortable loft apartment in the Mission District.

NADACON3: San Francisco

NADACON3: San Francisco
September 24-27, 2010

NADACON is a global member conference that allows for New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) members from around the world to come together to share experiences, ideas, and resources while building greater bonds of friendship and collaboration. These unique weekends encourage a greater insider experience of the art world in the host region. Initiated in 2006 in Los Angeles, followed by Marfa in 2008, NADA has chosen to focus this edition with special emphasis on private collection visits and member roundtable discussions.

NADACON3: San Francisco will begin Friday at noon with a member roundtable hosted by one or more of our members to discuss and share burning issues, with another discussion on Saturday. These will then be followed each day by free time which encourages the members from outside of the city to visit member galleries and art institutions in the area, with Friday focused on Downtown, Union Square, Nob Hill, and Saturday on Mission, South of Market. Each evening at 6pm we will visit a private collection followed by dinner that will include a limited number of special invited guests, artist, curators, etc. Sunday begins with free time to explore the city, with a series of two or three, back to back, visits to private collections beginning at 2pm. The evening will end with a Farewell Dinner Lecture and Party hosted by Triple Base.

THE THING’s SASE Project Launch Party – Aug. 20th

THE THING’s SASE Project: #1 Suzanne Husky
Launch Party @ Triple Base: Friday, August 20, 7-9pm

THE THING will launch their first project in the SASE series (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) at Triple Base Friday, August 20th! SASE #1 is now available and was created by Bay Area-based artist & Triple Base Flat File Artist, Suzanne Husky. It is a double sided poster, available for free to the first 80 people who send a standard sized, self addressed stamped envelope to THE THING’s studio between now and the end of August. This is an unsigned edition of 80. For more information on the project, visit THE THING’s project page.

Suzanne Husky’s original poster drawings will be on display and the gallery will have envelopes available (bring your own stamp). SASE is an ongoing project of THE THING, artists are commissioned to produce posters that must fit within a standard envelope and are free and available to anyone who sends in a SASE. Over the next year, three other SASE contributors will be announced.

This project is made possible by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Grant and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Serena Cole @ Alice + Olivia Southampton

“The Rapture”: New Work by Serena Cole
@ Alice + Olivia, Southampton
Champagne Reception: Friday, August 20, 5-8pm

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Please join us on Friday, August 20th from 5-8pm as art and fashion collide at Alice + Olivia (56 Jobs Lane, Southampton). San Francisco-based artist Serena Cole (Triple Base Gallery) has created a brand new body of work that will be on display and we invite you to be among the first to preview the works at a champagne reception this Friday.

Serena Cole’s new series of drawings entitled “The Rapture” investigates the production of fantasy via fashion and advertising. The artist explores our collective psyche as visual consumers and how certain tropes have remained a source of fascination, such as ecstasy, dominance, and sublimity. Cole fetishizes fashion magazine ads that portray these enraptured states, enlarging and painstakingly rendering the images with lush watercolor, gouache and colored pencil — gilding them until they glow like deities.

Triple Base Flat Files Sale

Triple Base Flat Files Sale
“One Day Only!”
March 27, 2010, 12-8pm

Todd Bura, Untitled, 2009, oil on paper

For one day only, many of the amazing original works on paper in the Triple Base Flat Files will be on sale. All works will be priced from $100-$500 — up to 50% discounts. Don’t miss out! Triple Base’s alternative to the auction fundraiser, this blow-out sale offers big discounts to collectors while benefiting both Triple Base’s 2010 programming and the artists whose work is offered.

Including work by: Alissa Anderson, Marty Anderson, Chi Birmingham, Michelle Blade, James Bradley, Todd Bura, Michael Cappabianca, Shashanna Chittle, Serena Cole, Alika Cooper, Matt Furie, Bryson Gill, Jason Kalogiros, Rachel Kaye, Justin Limoges, Leigh McCarthy, Jay Nelson, Kelly Ording, Christine Shields, Peter Stegall, Andrew Tosiello, Paul Urich and David Wilson.

The Triple Base Flat Files are designed to highlight and promote the work of Bay Area artists. All works are located in the gallery space and may be viewed by interested parties. Put on your white gloves and explore some of the most exciting artworks in the Bay Area.

Triple Base will be refilling the Flat Files with all new work by emerging Bay Area artists so look out for that!

Michelle Blade Dinner Lecture

Dinner Lecture
In conjunction with Blow As Deep As You Want to Blow: New Work by Michelle Blade
March 19th, 2010, 7:30-10:30pm

Guest Lecturers: Kelly Bryson and Ignacio Valero
Guest Chef: Jerome Waag

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Friday, March 19th was an evening of discovery, enlightenment and wonderfully inventive cuisine. Triple Base hosted a Dinner Lecture in conjunction with Michelle Blade’s solo exhibition Blow As Deep As You Want to Blow. Our special guests were chef and artist Jerome Waag (Chez Panisse and founder of OPENrestaurant), Kelly Bryson (Director of The Center for Compassion and Certified Trainer for The International Center for Nonviolent Communication), and Ignacio Valero, (Associate Professor of Humanities and Sciences at California College of the Arts).

The Dinner Lecture Series strives to illuminate the practice of the current artist(s) exhibiting in the gallery space and extend the participants’ thinking around topics related to the show. Discussions and debates are encouraged and facilitated by the convivial family style meal that coincides with the lecture that takes place in a comfortable loft apartment in the Mission District.


Kelly Bryson has traveled extensively around the world helping to rebuild communities with his profound knowledge in the areas of collective consciousness and viewpoints in the way of alchemy as a philosophical and spiritual discipline. He is the Director/Co-founder of the Center for Compassion, a Non Profit community organization providing education into organizations and individuals, his conflict resolutions have been used locally and internationally. Bryson maintains a private practice and is a certified trainer for The International Center for Nonviolent Communication.

Jerome Waag is a practicing artist and a chef for Chez Panisse, founded by Alice Waters. Waag started OPENrestaurant, a collective of restaurant professionals who sought to move their practice to an art space as a way to experiment with the language of their daily activities. This displacement turns the restaurant, its codes and architecture, into a medium for artistic expression which is made available to cooks, farmers, artists and activists as a way to explore issues around food and society.

Ignacio Valero is an associate professor of Humanities and Sciences at California College of the Arts. He has also taught at the University of Madrid, University of the Andes, and Xavier University of Columbia. Ignacio was formerly with the International Center for Environmental Education, CIFCA, and the United Nations environment and development programs UNEP and UNDP. He was a senior associate with the Colombian Science Foundation, deputy director of Colombia’s Environmental Protection Agency, and a member of the presidential advisory council for the writing of the new Colombian constitution.

24th Street Food & Films

24th Street Food & Films
Curated by Clare Haggarty
Films by Martha Rosler, Veronica Majano and Kari Orvik
January 30th, 2010,  6-9pm

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This closing event for Art in Storefronts and 24th Street Promenade featured a guided tour of the 12 art projects followed by dinner and a unique film program curated by Clare Haggarty at Sun Rise Restaurant.

Film Program:

Martha Rosler, Secrets from the Street: No Disclosure, 1980

In the 80’s, Rosler had a studio near 24th Street in the Mission where she filmed the street in super 8 out of a car window. The footage is collaged with her voiceover making observations about the neighborhood.
Veronica Majano, Two Four, 2002

“Two Four” as in 24th Street in San Francisco’s Mission District, explores the fragile decay of memory in this short hand-processed black and white super 8 film.
Kari Orvik, Mission Portrait Studio, 24th and Mission, 2008

This video documents a day of free public portraits through audio interviews, super 8 film and video footage of participants’ reactions to their images, neighborhood and one another.

Serena Cole Dinner Lecture

Dinner Lecture
In conjunction with I Wanna Be Adored: New work by Serena Cole
January 16th, 2010, 7-10:30pm

Guest Speakers: Tina Takemoto and to Jeffrey Gibson
Guest Cook: Abner Nolan

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Saturday, January 16th will be another unique Dinner Lecture experience. Our special guests will be Tina Takemoto and to Jeffrey Gibson. The evening will be spent eating delicious food created by artist Abner Nolan, meeting new people and looking closely at the artwork of Serena Cole from her Triple Base solo exhibition last month, I Wanna be Adored.

Both speakers have been working closely with Serena Cole in the MFA program at California College of the Arts and will discuss concepts surrounding Cole’s current work. Tina Takemoto is a is a writer, theorist, and performance artist. She is currently a Visual Studies Professor at CCA. Takemoto will be presenting a brief lecture titled “Art, Advertising, and the Production of Desire”. Jeffrey Gibson is a contemporary artist form New York and is a Visiting Artist at California College of the Arts. He was recently awarded the Headlands residency in Marin. Gibson will share a his perspective on fashion advertising images and will show how they are reflective of class and racial demographics and simultaneously seductive as images of surreal beauty. Gibson has created a photo interview with Cole, exploring her teen fashion drawings as well as a recent “Prada Fashion Show” that he and Cole created in December.

About Guests:

Tina Takemoto is a writer, theorist, and performance artist whose work explores issues of gender, race, illness, and queer identity. Her installation-based performances have received grants funded by Art Matters, Inc., the Andy Warhol Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Takemoto’s articles appear in Art Journal, Performance Research, Afterimage, Women and Performance, and the anthology Thinking Through the Skin. Takemoto is associate professor of visual studies at the California College of the Arts, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Queer Cultural Center. On occasion, she makes guerilla appearances as Michael Jackson and Bjork-Geisha. BA, University of California, Berkeley; MFA, Rutgers State University of New Jersey; MA, PhD, University of Rochester. (Website:

Jeffrey Gibson is a painter and sculptor living and working in Brooklyn, New York. He was born in the United States but moved frequently and lived abroad as a child in Germany and Korea. He is also a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and half Cherokee. This unique combination of cultural perspectives and exposure are essential to understanding Gibson’s artworks that combine and transform seemingly disparate references drawn from both Western and non-Western sources. Gibson received his Master of Arts degree from The Royal College of Art (UK) in 1998 and moved to New York in 1999. His paintings and sculptures have been shown nationally and internationally at museums, galleries and art fairs. Selected exhibitions include No Reservations at The Aldrich Museum (2006), Off the Map at The National Museum of The American Indian (2007), SONOTUBE at The Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (2007), Solution at Diverseworks (2009), Totems at Sala Diaz (2009), Signs Taken for Wonders at Jack Shainman Gallery (2009), and Lover at On Stellar Rays (2009). His work has been featured and reviewed in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe, ArtNews and The Brooklyn Rail. He is currently a visiting artist at California College of Arts.

Abner Nolan (cook for the evening) is a San Francisco-based artist and educator. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Nelson Gallery at UC Davis and SF Camerawork. In 2006, Nolan produced a series of posters for the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Art on Market Street program, and a monograph of his work was published this year by TBW Books. Nolan is currently an adjunct p

Elaine Buckholtz: Wandering Night House

Wandering Night House
Performance by Elaine Buckholtz
December 18th & 19th, 2009

Presented in conjunction with 24th Street Promenade and Art in Storefronts, artist Elaine Buckholtz has created Wandering Night House, a two-night only performance. A portable light cart will wander the 24th Street corridor, dousing street facades with subtle light projections. Viewers are invited to meet at Triple Base at dusk (5pm) and follow the cart on its journey.

Elaine Buckholtz has worked as a lighting and visual designer in the Bay Area for 20 years; she has also worked with Merce Cunningham and Meredith Monk. Her most recent work utilizes video and light in relation to sculptural forms, digital prints, and preexisting sites in architecture and nature. Buckholtz holds MFA degrees from California College of the Arts, San Francisco, and Stanford University.

Treasure Island Music Festival

Treasure Island Music Festival
Triple Base Drawing Lab
October 17 & 18, 2009

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Triple Base was invited to participate in the Treasure Island Music Festival again this year. We hosted a Drawing Lab for festival goers and it was a very popular place to be. People could take a break and indulge in their creative selves.

David Horvitz Walk

David Horvitz Walk
In conjunction with Involved, Socially
August 21, 8pm-dawn

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In conjunction with the exhibition, Involved, Socially, New York-based artist David Horvitz organized a walk through the streets of San Francisco from dusk till dawn. Everyone met in front of Triple Base Gallery at sunset and departed on their adventure.

Hilary Pecis & Elyse Mallouk Dinner Lecture

Dinner Lecture
In conjunction with Hilary Pecis & Elyse Mallouk exhibitions
July 23, 2009, 7-10pm

Guest Speaker: Ari Messer
Guest Chef:
John Ingle

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Since the advent of television, artists have wrestled with its colorful demons and narrative hypnoses. For this Dinner Lecture titled “Art and TV: A Match Made in Bed?,” critic Ari Messer considered the work of Hilary Pecis and Elyse Mallouk in relation to the history of the projected image and TV culture. The talk included a multimedia presentation of artist projects and critical viewpoints, including the work of Robert Ashley, Nam June Paik, Joan Joanas and even some “True Blood.” Following the presentation, diners were invited to participate in a short session of psycho-art-analysis. To collage is to glue and to seduce is to lead astray. The evening was somewhere between the two!

Ari Messer is a critic and musician in San Francisco. A contributing editor at and a regular contributor to the San Francisco Bay Guardian, he writes about art and music, translation and the religious urge. His soundwork for fun and for modern dance has appeared at numerous venues in Scotland and California. Visit him at

Read The Rumpus Interview with Hilary Pecis and Elyse Mallouk

John Ingle
is a San Francisco based chef, saxophonist and composer. He was an Artist-in-Residence and chef at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Ingle has worked at Babylon Café and Maxwell’s (Memphis), In Between (Taipei), underground restaurant “The Flavortrust”, and is currently the Chef de Cuisine at Bistro Aix in San Francisco. His obsession for local, sustainable, and above all delicious ingredients forms the basis of his in-the-moment cooking style.
John Ingle is also a founding member of the sfSound group.

Rachel Kaye Dinner Lecture

Dinner Lecture Series
In conjunction with Rachel Kaye Solo Show The Colony
Guest Speaker:
Kevin Killian
Guest Chef:
Leif Hedendal
March 14, 2009, 7-10pm

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About the Dinner:
Saturday, March 14th was a unique dinner lecture experience. Our special guest was author and playwright Kevin Killian. He “set the stage” for artist Rachel Kaye’s work, offering his insights into Kaye’s depictions of modern day celebrity, royalty, and glamour. The event took place at a renovated Mission District firehouse, the home of Svetlana and Daniel Lucas. Dinner was prepared by local chef Leif Hedendal, it was delicious, fresh, local and organic…just how we like it.

About Kevin Killian:

Kevin Killian is a poet, novelist, critic and playwright whose recent work includes “Kiki: The Proof Is in the Pudding,” a retrospective exhibition at Ratio 3, a book of reviews Selected Amazon Reviews (2006), a collection of poetry, Argento Series (2001), two novels, Shy (1989) and Arctic Summer (1997), a book of memoirs, Bedrooms Have Windows (1989), and two books of stories, Little Men (1996) and I Cry Like a Baby (2001). He has also edited a collection of short stories by the late Sam D’Allesandro, The Wild Creatures (2005). For the San Francisco Poets Theater Killian has written over thirty plays, including Stone Marmalade (1996, with Leslie Scalapino) and Often (2001, with Barbara Guest.) His latest books are Action Kylie, a new book of poems, and My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poems of Jack Spicer, which he has edited with the poet Peter Gizzi.

Dinner Lecture with Paul Butler

Dinner Lecture
Guest Speaker: Paul Butler (Co-Curator of Open for Making)
January 16th, 2009, 7-10pm

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Guests were responsible for bringing a covered dish and something to drink to the dinner lecture. It was a bit different than the usual dinner lecture but fitting…collective and participatory.

Paul Butler, Co-Curator of Open for Making, gave a presentation aboutReverse Pedagogy which was the title of his thematic residency at Banff Centre this past November. His program was one of the inspirations for the exhibition and residency program at Triple Base Gallery called Open For Making: A Residency for Creativity.

Paul Butler is an artist, curator and dealer with an interest in multidisciplinary, social and alternative pedagogical practices. His practice includes hosting the Collage Party, a touring experimental studio established 1997 and directing the operations of The Other Gallery, a nomadic commercial gallery focused on overlooked artists’ practices. In 2007, he founded the Upper Trading Post, an invitational website that facilitates artist trading. His curatorial projects have included works by Matthew Higgs, Mitzi Pederson, DearRaindrop and Guy Maddin.

Banff Centre

Holiday Party and Flat Files Sale

Annual Holiday Party & Flat Files Sale
December 20th, 2009, 7-10pm

Come celebrate the holidays with us!

The party will feature a blow-out flat files sale, limited edition tote bags, gift grab bag, holiday libations, baked goods (savory and sweet), dreidel spinning, general merriment and more surprises…

Rachel Kaye, Sienna, Santa and Cartier, 2007



Don’t know what to get your special someone or just looking to treat yourself to that unique piece you’ve had your eye on?

25% OFF all works on paper in the Triple Base Flat Files (priced $75-$500) from over 30 emerging Bay Area artists.



They’ve arrived! Be the first to have a limited edition Triple Base tote bag for only $10. Each letter on the bag was designed by a Triple Base gallery artist/curator. Eco-friendly and stylin’! Come and get ’em, they won’t last long!


Bring a wrapped gift and try your luck at the grab bag game. Trading encouraged.

Dinner Lecture: Think Small

Dinner Lecture
Think Small
Autofuss Studio
Co-produced by Taste Project
October 25, 2008, 7-10pm

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“Think Small” Dinner Lecture, was Triple Base’s a collaborative event with our friends Margaret McLaughlin and Christian Haas of Taste Project. The evening consisted of art installations, three lectures and a dinner all intertwined in a thematic narrative created to stimulate guests’ minds and palates. Scale, constraints and growth were the pillars upholding the overall theme of the evening and were extracted from the mission of Triple Base Gallery.
Guests speakers included Matthew Passmore, co-founder of art and design collective Rebar who spoke about scale in terms of Rebar’s public art initiatives and Shoshana Berger, co-founder/editor of ReadyMade magazine who discussed the constraints of starting and growing a D.I.Y. publication. Triple Base co-directors Dina Pugh and Joyce Grimm ended the evening by sharing their philosophy of growth and how it pertains to running an emerging artist gallery.
There were three dining tables, each designed to reflect one of the event’s three themes. The constraint table had a custom-designed tablecloth printed with classic table manners while a 1951 etiquette video played in the background illustrating one should behave (or perhaps the norms you could break away from.) The second table challenged the notion of scale, with an over-sized Luxo lamp from Design Within Reach towering over visitors as they dined. The third table was structured around the idea of growth and lured guests to create. Seated next to artist/engineer Alex Shullman’s 10 foot Coit Tower sculpture made solely out of legos, guests were invited to build their own lego “towers of power” upon the lego board table runner.
Click here to view more images from “Think Small”

Treasure Island Music Festival

Treasure Island Music Festival: Art at the Treasure Trove
September 20 & 21, 2008; 11:30am-8pm

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Part of the annual Treasure Island Music Festival, the “Treasure Trove” is an interactive art and culture tent that highlighted Bay Area artists and galleries while giving festival goers a chance to take a break from the music. Triple Base Gallery transported elements of our recent show, “Open for Business” where contemporary artists and inventors each provided an offering of goods, services or information to the public.

Christine Shields Dinner Lecture

Dinner Lecture
In conjunction with When Holy Were the Haunted Forest Boughs
Friday, September 5th

Location: Granny’s Empire of Art
Guest Chef: Wendy Van Wagner
Guest Lecturer: Musician and Storyteller Christine Shields

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This Dinner Lecture Series event in conjunction with Christine Shields’s solo exhibition took place in a comfortable off-site location in San Francisco, Granny’s Empire of Art. This special dinner celebration featured guest chef Wendy Van Wagner from Nevada City and a live musical and storytelling performance by Christine Shields with accompaniment by Sheila Bosco and Joe Armin. This informal yet eccentric forum was the perfect stage for Shields to share the songs and stories that are so influential to her visual art practice.

Suzanne Husky Dinner Lecture

Dinner Lecture
In conjunction with Suzanne Husky’s solo show You Make Me Make You
Guest Speakers: Futurefarmers (Amy Franceschini & Michael Swaine)
Chef: Leif Hedendal
June 27, 2008, 6:30-10pm

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Image credit: Howard Junker from ZYZZYVA

For this Dinner Lecture Leif Hedendal prepared an amazing four course vegetarian meal using only the finest seasonal ingredients from local organic farms. Guests will dined together and had the pleasure of being a part of a lecture presented by Amy Franceschini and Michael Swaine. The Futurefarmer collaborators were asked to design a lecture based on their experience viewing Suzanne Husky’s exhibition, You Make Me Make You. -Artists contextualizing artists.

Amy Franceschini is a new media artist and educator. Her work is pervaded with images of growth-reminding us that both nature and our own creative natures are precious commodities that must be nurtured and sustained whether it is on the web or in our own backyards. Amy founded Futurefarmers in 1995, as a means to bring together multidisciplinary artists to create new work. She is currently teaching Media Theory and Practice courses at Stanford University and the San Francisco Art Institute.

Michael Swaine is an inventor and designer working in many media. He is the analog anchor of the studio. Michael has collaborated with Futurefarmers since 1997. Michael is dedicated to working in the community, Swaine’s “Reap What You Sew” Generosity Project involved him pushing an old fashioned ice cream style cart on wheels with a treadle-operated sewing machine on it through the streets of San Francisco. Currently, Michael is teaching at California College of the Arts.

The Dinner Lecture Series strives to illuminate the practice of the current artist(s) exhibiting in the gallery space and extend the participants’ thinking around topics related to the show. Discussions and debates are encouraged and facilitated by the convivial family style meal that coincides with the lecture that takes place in a comfortable loft apartment in the Mission District.

Car Clutch, Soft Circle, The Urxed, Hawnay Troof & Beatheart vs. Warmen Fussi

Car Clutch, Soft Circle, The Urxed, Hawnay Troof & Beatheart vs. Warmen Fussi
May 10, 2008, 9pm-12am

View Show Pics

Car Clutch (LA/NYC, featuring Brendan Fowler, aka BARR, co-editor of ANP Quarterly, and Ethan Swan formerly of Emergency)

The Urxed (NYC, Rob Barber of High Places, solo)

Soft Circle (NYC, Hisham Bharoocha solo project, former member of Black Dice)

Hawnay Troof (Berkeley, Vice Cooler solo project of XBXRX, KIT, and many more!)

Beatheart vs Warmen Fussi (Alameda)

Todd Bura Dinner Lecture

Dinner Lecture Series
In conjunction with Todd Bura solo show Misfits
Guest Speaker: Kenneth Baker
April 11, 2008, 7-10pm

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Kenneth Baker has been art critic for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1985. A native of the Boston area, he served as art critic for the Boston Phoenix from 1972 to 1985 and contributed on a freelance basis to publications ranging fromArt in America to The New York Times Book Review. He was a contributing editor of Artforum from 1985 to 1992. Baker has also written for museum exhibition catalogs devoted to artists as various as Giorgio Morandi, David Rabinowitch, Manuel Ocampo and Edward Burtynsky. He is the author of ‘Minimalism: Art of Circumstance’ (Abbeville Press, 1989/1997), which the Bay Area Book Reviewers’ Association nominated for a non-fiction award. In late spring 2008 Yale University Press will publish Baker’s latest book, ‘The Lightning Field.’

The Dinner Lecture Series strives to illuminate the practice of the current artist(s) exhibiting in the gallery space and extend the participants’ thinking around topics related to the show. Discussions and debates are encouraged and facilitated by the convivial family style meal that coincides with the lecture that takes place in a comfortable loft apartment in the Mission District.

Sumi Ink Club

Sumi Ink Club
Multi-City Collaborative Drawing Event
March 23, 2008, 2-5pm

Click here to view images from the world-wide event

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In conjunction with the exhibition Starting with Blade…, LA-based Sumi Ink Clubwill organize a multi-city simultaneous drawing event open to the public at Triple Base (San Francisco); SITE LA (Los Angeles), Little Cakes (New York),ShoboshoboLe Fun Club (India) and Lexifur’s Lair and Pickle Alley @ Raphael Lyon’s (mudboy) home (Providence).

Sumi Ink Club is a Los Angeles-based drawing collective founded in 2005 by Sarah Anderson and Luke Fischbeck. The group meets regularly to execute topsy-turvy, detailed, collaborative drawings using ink on paper. In each of its permutations, Sumi Ink Club uses group drawing as a means to open and fortify social interactions that bleed into everyday life. Sumi Ink Club is non-hierarchical: all ages, all humans, all styles.

Other collaborations featuring Sarah Anderson and Luke Fischbeck include the band, Lucky Dragons, and the small publishing house, Glaciers of Nice who will create a publication out of the drawings that result from the simultaneous drawing events.

Peter Stegall Artist Talk

Peter Stegall Artist Talk and Q&A
In conjunction with An Equal Playing Field: New Work by Peter Stegall
February 10, 2008, 4-7pm

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Peter Stegall and curator Dina Dusko participate in an open forum Q&A discussion at Triple Base Gallery. Visitors had a chance to discuss Peter’s work amongst local artists, critics, and Triple Base curators. This event was designed to encourage conversation in the exhibition space as well provide a closer, more personal examination of the work. Stegall has been a practitioner of fine art for over 30 years and has a wealth of knowledge to share. No question is off limits!

Dinner Lecture: Michael Rakowitz’s Enemy Kitchen

Dinner Lecture
Michael Rackowitz’s Enemy Kitchen
In conjunction with Abidin Travels
December 16, 2008, 7-10pm
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“In producing Enemy Kitchen, I imagined the effectiveness of a platform where people of various backgrounds and different political opinions could participate in a project that would serve as a cultural puncture, thereby enabling the current conflict to create a situation where information and customs flow in two directions, affecting people on both sides. The invisibility in this country of Iraqi culture, beyond the daily news, is alarming. In Paris, it is hard to walk too far before finding a North African restaurant or market, an appropriate apparition to guard against an amnesia concerning the destructive colonial occupation by France in places like Algeria. Until recently, there were no Iraqi restaurants in New York City (I have heard one just opened in March). The possibility of cultural visibility to produce an alternative discourse is, in my view, formidable. And what better vehicle than the consumption of food and the space of conversation that a meal can create?”

—Michael Rakowitz

Enemy Kitchen is an ongoing project begun by Michael Rakowitz in 2004. Collaborating with his Iraqi-Jewish mother, he compiles Baghdadi recipes and teaches them to different public audiences.

For the first incarnation of the project, organized by More Art, Rakowitz cooked with a group of middle school and high school students who live in Chelsea and participate in after-school and summer programs at the Hudson Guild Community Center. Some had relatives in the US Army stationed in Iraq. In preparing and then consuming the food, it opened up another topic through which the word ‘Iraq’ could be discussed—in this case, attached to food, as a representative of culture and not as a stream of green-tinted images shown on CNN of a war-torn place. The project functioned as a social sculpture: while cooking and eating, the students engaged each other on the topic of the war and drew parallels with their own lives, at times making comparisons with bullies in relation to how they perceive the conflict.

Aqua Art Miami 2007

Aqua Art Miami 2007
Aqua Hotel, Miami Beach
December 5-10, 2007
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Triple Base is excited to be a part of the Aqua Hotel Fair in Miami! We are pleased to present new work by Todd Bura, Serena Cole, Alika Cooper, Tara Lisa Foley, Bryson Gill, Suzanne Husky, Kyle Mock, Jay Nelson, Kelly Ording, Hilary Pecis, Oliver Halsman Rosenberg, Peter Stegall and Judy Wu.

Larry Rinder Dinner Lecture

Dinner Lecture
In conjunction with Bryson Gill & Jay Nelson show Double Blind
Guest Speaker: Larry Rinder
Guest Chef: Leif Hedendal

September 24, 2007. 6:30-10pm

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Lawrence Rinder is the Dean of the College at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Previously, he was the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator of Contemporary Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art where he organized exhibitions including “The American Effect,” “BitStreams,” the 2002 Whitney Biennial, and “Tim Hawkinson,” which was given the 2005 award for best monographic exhibition in a New York museum by the United States chapter of the International Association of Art Critics. Prior to the Whitney, Rinder was founding director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, in San Francisco, and served as Assistant Director and Curator for Twentieth-Century Art at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

Thanks to Larry Rinder, Leif Hedendal, Kyle Mock, Suzanne Husky, Hilary Pecis, Lainya Magana, Caitlin Foster, Bryson Gill, and Ellie Grimm – We couldn’t have done it without you!

Portland Drawing Exchange @ The Affair

Portland Drawing Exchange @ The Affair
Jupiter Hotel, Portland
September 14-16, 2007

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Bay Area artists attended a drawing party hosted by Triple Base curators at their satellite loft space. Artists relaxed, brunched and created drawings for the Portland Drawing Exchange to unravel at The Affair, an annual art fair at the Jupiter Hotel. The works created during the event were offered in trade for other artist’s works in Triple Base’s hotel room at the fair. Our hope was to initiate a dialog between Bay Area artists and artists from Portland and abroad, encouraging future collaborations and widened networks.

Click here to read review in The Oregonian

Video of Drawing Party in San Francisco

Kyle Mock Dinner Lecture: Summer BBQ Style

Dinner Lecture: Summer BBQ Style
In conjunction with Kyle Mock’s solo exhibition Do Not Disturb
August 12, 2007, 12-6pm


$5 donations or bring food to grill
$1 raffle for Kyle Mock hot dog drawings

While most of our Dinner Lectures happen in a comfortable Mission loft, we have decided to detour the standard format for this particular occasion. As requested by the featured artist, Kyle Mock, we will have an afternoon BBQ complete with hot dogs,soft-serve ice cream, and good old fashioned lemonade. Our host and BBQ performer will be the artist himself. The social aspect of this event will work in opposition to the solitary experience of being in the gallery installation. Come see the show in its final weeks and be a part of the Summer BBQ! There will be guided tours, meetings of minds, and chances to obtain original hot-dog related artworks. A request has already been made for a sunny day.

Images From the Event

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From Mind to Hand: Artists and Graphology Dinner Lecture

Dinner Lecture
“From Mind to Hand: Artists and Graphology”
April 29, 2007, 6:30-10pm
Guest Speaker: Susanne Shapiro (graphology teacher and practitioner)
Guest Chef: Mira Svatovic

Images from Dinner Lecture:


Guests arrived and wrote out a handwriting sample to study while learning about graphology


Menu: Brain food for the mind and finger food for the hand!



Graphologist Susanne Shapiro introduced the basics of graphology and showed examples of famous artists’s handwriting from Paul Klee to Joseph Beuys.



Conversations continued throughout the night

Rock N’ Roll Trunk Show

Rock N’ Roll Trunk Show
Featuring fashion designers m i t t e n m a k e r, TINC, Venus Superstar and Miss Velvet Cream
March 31, 2007, 2-10pm

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On the final weekend of Alissa Anderson’s solo show A N T S Y, we featured Anderson’s fashion line m i t t e n m a k e r and fellow fashion designers in a special trunk show. We plan to have more fashion-related events to come!

Bring Your Own Art Show & Event Series

With the help of Triple Base interns Leslie Kulesh, Dina Dusko and Sarah Foster we organized a month-long weekly event series featuring comedy, music, films, poetry and bring-your-own art! We will also be open during regular gallery hours for perusal through our extensive Flat Files collection.

Friday, January 12; 7-11pm

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Artist Danny Minnick is inviting anyone and everyone to bring work (theirs or not) into the Triple Base Gallery. Bring art, music, poetry or whatever is important to you (also bring any tools you might need for display.) All works will be hung and presented this Friday from 7-11pm.

In hopes to provide access to never before seen art, invitations for presenting work have been sent through private emails, event sites, craigslist postings and newspaper ads. This free one-night event strives to create an inclusive exhibition environment for participants and viewers as well as a curatorial proposition which challenges artist Danny Minnick to create order out of all the work being brought into the space.

Click here to read a review on Art Business and see more images

Movie Night: “Allegro Non Troppo” & “The Conversation”
January 19th, 7-11pm

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“Allegro Non Troppo”: An Italian animation set to 6 classical pieces….sort of an adult’s fantasia


“The Conversation”: A Francis Ford Coppola film set in San Francisco…intense thriller about a paranoid surveillence expert

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(the masterminds: Foster and Kulesh) “Comfort is important” “This is only the first in a series of many”

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One guest in particular commented that he thought the video was amazing and claimed that God was at work….”Is the ipod on shuffle?…It is amazing how perfect the music goes along with the imagery…did you guys plan this….does everyone know about this?” SH

An Orange Glow
Poems by Pat Dunagan and William Skinker
January 26th, 8pm


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Thank you, this was a really a wonderful evening. There will definitely be more to come.

Connnie Fucking Francis
February 1, 8pm


Connie Fucking Francis will be performing at Triple Base Thursday February 1st. The Oakland band is lead by vocalist Lain Kay who offers up his own interpretation of the 50’s pop singer Connie Francis. The young group is known for their engaging theatrical performances, elaborate costumes and how they uniquely spin such songs like “Where the Boys Are”. This night is not to be missed! Sean, Sam and Lain have promised a special performance created just for Triple Base.

Visit Connie Fucking Francis on Myspace

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Winnipeg Film & Video Night
Host: Paul Butler, (theothergallery)
February 4, 7-10pm

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Paul Butler is a part of the constantly evolving, idiosyncratic Winnipeg art scene (itself the subject of a six-page ‘City Report’ in the March 2006 issue of Frieze.) An ardent investor in the potential of collaboration Butler works simultaneously as an artist, curator (since 1998 he has organized the globally-roving “Collage Party” project), and as the director of Winnipeg’s ‘othergallery’ ( which represents the work a newly emergent generation of Canadian artists. Butler’s own work predominantly takes the form of collages – often created from the ‘left-overs’ from “Collage Party” events.

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SF Chronicle review on event “Creating to Cope”

A Weekend Of Endearingly Offensive Comedic Artistic Endeavors
with Alex Koll, Michael Meehan, Brent Weinbach, The New Golden Boys, and Sub-Standard Comix
February 8 – February 11

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Seriously Hilarious Opening Night Performance
featuring Alex Koll, Michael Meehan, and Brent Weinbach
February 8, 8pm

ALEX KOLL is a comedian to the kind of person who likes Alex Koll. He has made a name for himself as the King of Import Racing three years running simply by writing “King of Import Racing” on every bathroom wall. For a while, Alex delivered wedding cakes in a Toyota that doubled as a home for an unemployed nuclear lab technician on weekends. Recently, he lost his voice, but got it back without even trying. Currently, Alex puts his art school education to good use as an occasionally employed Bay Area stand-up comedian and performer. In addition to his Triple Base opening night performance, on view will be some of his serious photography.

As a stand-up comedian, BRENT WEINBACH has gained a particularly favorable reputation in both the underground and mainstream San Francisco scenes. Through an unconventional and quirky style, Brent combines absurdism, physical humor, and cultural characterizations with an innocent and intellectual sophistication. As the Weinbach cult following continues to develop, fans the world over can be seen wearing the increasingly fashionable Weinbach t-shirt. Witness the man and the magic on opening night with selections from his “Brown Elephants” photo series.

Flying trapeze instructor, carpenter and comedian MICHAEL MEEHAN is a self-taught painter and sculptor. His art is forged from salvaged materials and a sense of the absurd. A Punch Line Comedy Club regular and Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson peformer, Michael’s stand-up will be featured on opening night in addition to new works on canvas.

THE NEW GOLDEN BOYS, America’s Last Chance, is a sketch comedy outfit from the great state of New Jersey featuring the high volume comedic gold of Pete Capella, Rob DiPatri, Eric Grissom, Dan McGee, and Bryan Sproat. Videos from their most hilarious moments to date will be shown throughout the Weekend of Endearingly Offensive Comedic Artistic Endeavors.

The SUB-STANDARD COMIX (a.k.a. HALF-ASS COMEDIANS) were born out of a drunken conversation in Austin, TX on April 1, 2000 between two men named Hot Puff and Lumpy. Their primary goal is to perform the worst material possible in the most unappealing and unexpected locations. Audience reactions range from “idiot” to “genius”. This exhibition includes visual and audio insults from their street and stage work.

In the Black Art Sale

In The Black
Art Sale
December 20-21, 2006


Help bring Triple Base into the black! This special sale features affordable works of art by the talented local artists featured in the Triple Base Flat Files. This is your chance to see everything in the flat files out on display for two-nights only. Paintings, sculptures and larger works on paper by Triple Base artists will also be included.

Click here to see works in the Flat Files for sale

The Triple Base Flat Files are designed to highlight and promote the work of Bay Area artists. The collection provides a unique resource for those interested in easily surveying a range of local artists. Sales from the Flat Files are the main source of funding for the experimental exhibitions that unfold on a monthly basis in the project space. So every dollar you spend helps us keep the space running and supports the emerging artists we feature.
Artwork by:

Alissa Anderson
Cory Archangel
Sarah Applebaum
Bert Bergen
Todd Bura
Michael Cappabianca
Beth Cook
Alika Cooper
Amanda Eicher
Tara Foley
Matt Furie
Bryson Gill
Kevin Scott Hailey
Andrew Junge
Nicholas Karvounis
Melissa Kaseman
Travis Kerkela
Justin Limoges
Kyle Mock
Dave Muller
Jay Nelson
Kottie Paloma
Hilary Pecis
Oliver Halsman Rosenberg
Chris Sollars
Charlene Tan
Zefrey Throwell
Andrew Tosiello
Paul Urich

White Box

White Box
A Fundraiser for Triple Base
December 9, 7 – 10 pm


WHITE BOX is a survey exhibition of small works by 40 artists from all over the country, highlighting No. 4’s varied interests and bears similarities to a White Elephant gift exchange.

The artists will customize an artwork that fits into a 12” X 9” gift box. At the opening of the show, the gallery will be filled with the unmarked white boxes wherein attendees of the opening are offered a ticket that assigns them to one at random. The buyer then unwraps the box by lifting the lid and is presented with an object made and donated by the artist. The exhibition will slowly be unveiled and by the end of the evening, all of the boxes will be opened and the works will be displayed through December 19th.

Participating artists include Becca Albee, Elyse Allen, Hanna Fushihara Aron , Andy Asp, Joseph Becker , Bert Bergen, Charles Beronio, Libby Black, Seth Childs, Chris Cobb, Brian Conley , Catherine Czacki, Robert De Saint Phalle , Chris Duncan, Tara Foley , Jim Gaylord, Allegra Gibson , Sean Horchy , Suzanne Husky , Robert Jordan, Melissa Kaseman, Helena Keeffe, Erin Kunkel, Isaac Lin, Mariko Marrs, Jessica Martin, Jesse Michaels, Sue Pak, Ted Purves and Susanne Cockrell, Leif Ritchey, Oliver Halsman Rosenberg, Tonya Solley Thornton , Barbara Schauwecker, Emily Sevier, Wei Weng, Virginia White and Will Yackulic.

All proceeds from WHITE BOX will help fund the not-for-profit art exhibitions organized by No. 4 at Triple Base Gallery.

Click here for an article on WHITE BOX in Bay Area Business Woman

Click here for an review of the show

Click here for a review of the show