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Rachel Kaye Solo Show

CUT OUT
Rachel Kaye Solo Show
October 21-November 20, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, October 21, 7-10pm

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Triple Base is pleased to present CUT OUT, a solo exhibition of drawing, painting, and sculpture by San Francisco-based artist Rachel Kaye. CUT OUT demonstrates a shift in Kaye’s practice, marked by her use of new techniques such as editing, cropping, and collage. As in her previous work, Kaye continues to play with fashion editorials and advertisements as her source material. However, in this new body of work, Kaye obscures the original image by zooming in and deconstructing patterns, movement and colors within the frame.

In conjunction with CUT OUT, Triple Base is pleased to announce the publication of a catalogue that surveys Kaye’s work from 2008-2011.

Rachel Kaye lives and works in San Francisco, CA and received her Bachelors in Fine Art from California College of the Arts in 2004. Kaye has had solo shows at Season, Seattle, WA (2011), Gavlak Gallery, New York City & Palm Beach, FL (2010), Triple Base, San Francisco, CA (2009 & 2011) and Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2008). Kaye’s work has been reviewed in The Huffington Post, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Blue Magazine, and Flavorpill.

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Romance: Todd Bura Solo Show

ROMANCE
Todd Bura Solo Show
September 16-October 16, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, September 16, 7-10pm

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Triple Base Gallery is pleased to present “ROMANCE” a show of recent paintings by Todd Bura. The body of work on display continues his investigation in the formal and personal aspects of painting. Bura’s concern with the state of a painting when viewed, and how the viewer develops the pictorial space, is exemplified in what he calls a “noticeable turn”. The painting remains as a placeholder for giving up and endless searching.

Todd Bura has been included in exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA (2009 & 2011), Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles (2007), Triple Base, San Francisco, CA (2008 & 2009), Headlands Center for the Arts, “Front + Center” (curated by Kimberly Johansson), Sausalito, CA (2009); Meridian Gallery “Form +” (curated by Larry Rinder), San Francisco, CA (2008); Co-Lab, Copenhagen, Denmark (2007); Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY (2002) and Visual Arts Gallery (curated by Haim Steinbach), New York, NY (2001). Bura received his BFA from The School of Visual Arts, NY in 2002 and will earn his MFA from UC Irvine in 2012. His work is in the permanent collection of the Berkeley Art Museum and has been reviewed in Frieze, Artweek, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Bay Guardian and Shotgun Review.

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In the Ellipsis Space: Madiha Siraj

In the Ellipsis Space: Madiha Siraj

September 16 – October 16

The Ellipsis Space is pleased to present work by Madiha Siraj. An installation artist, Siraj immerses the audience in beautiful yet disquieting constructions of unknown origin. Through her installations Siraj seeks to challenge her audiences’ standards of perception, recognition and context.

The central goal behind Siraj’s installations is the translation of Islamic principles into visual form. With combinations of thought provoking spatial manipulation and a strikingly rich color palette Siraj re-contextualizes Islamic images and principles. Like an unseen choreographer Siraj guides her viewers through unfamiliar movements and actions without their knowledge. Encountering the Islamic content out of context while also having a bodily experience combine to give the viewer both an intellectual and physical experience.

This exhibition marks the opening of a new part of the Triple Base gallery, Ellipsis Space, and the first collaboration between Madiha Siraj and both Triple Base and Ellipsis Space.

Living and working in San Francisco, Siraj is currently finishing her MFA degree from California College of the Arts. A graduate of the University of California San Diego, Siraj’s work has been exhibited in the PlAySPACE Gallery, San Francisco; the Annex Gallery; Thumbprint Gallery; and at Gelatovera. In addition she produced an on site installation as an artistic participant in the Craft Forward Symposium held at California College of the Arts this past Spring.

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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
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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.

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The Lucid Art Foundation Benefit Show for the J.B. Blunk Residency

The Lucid Art Foundation Benefit Show for the J.B. Blunk Residency
Artists: Jay Nelson, Rachel Kaye, Jenna Didier/Oliver Hess, Beatrice Pediconi, Benjamin Britton & Oliver Halsman Rosenberg
May 4-15, 2011
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 4, 7-10pm
Preview Works Available

Benjamin Britton, Broadcaster (garden below, we’re all gonna go), 2010, Oil on wood, 30” x 30”

This show is the second annual exhibition that Triple Base will host as part of their collaborative partnership with the Lucid Art Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, to support their artist residency program at the home and studio of the late sculptor J.B. Blunk. The location is set in the midst of the Bishop Pine Nature Preserve in Inverness, California. The house was built by J.B. in 1959 from salvaged materials that suggest a certain lifestyle that is independent, sustainable and closely connected to the landscape. The hope is that the residency will foster work inspired by the site. The Lucid Art Foundation’s vision is to support artists who are committed to living in harmony with nature and have dedicated their lives to creating works of art that are in deeper relation to the dimensions of the inner-worlds and nature. Each year, artists in residence donate a couple of works to the Foundation for this annual exhibition to raise funds for the program. All proceeds from the sales of work in the exhibition will directly benefit the J.B. Blunk Residency program.

The Examiner article: “Urban gallery, rural program a perfect match”

LUCID ART FOUNDATION J.B. BLUNK RESIDENCY ARTISTS 2010

May-June: Jay Nelson, San Francisco, CA Medium: painting and sculpture

Jay Nelson’s drawings, paintings and sculptures are created as part of his quest for individual autonomy within the modern American landscape. His work pays homage to the long history of the Western frontier as a destination for a romantic solitary experience.

Rachel Kaye, San Francisco, CA, Medium: painting and sculpture

My fascination with fame has now evolved into documenting the famous and their surroundings. Because the U.S. has no royal family, I’ve created my own: a blend of Hollywood, fame and old money. In the same way that Jean-Etienne Liotard created portraits of the Habsburg-Lorraine family, I am drawing portraits of our queens and princesses. Or to be more honest, drawing women that are worth the title to me. I’m interested in the world of old time class. People that carry a large personality and can show off decadence with a smile or handbag. And people who are drawn to grand items like chandeliers, flocking, pearl necklaces and very big rooms. I want to draw a world like William Randolph Hearst did when he built Hearst Castle. I want to draw the people I imagine would be hanging out inside these big fabulous places.

July-Aug: Jenna Didier/Oliver Hess, Los Angeles, CA, Medium: installation and architecture

Didier Hess, a collaborative led by Oliver Hess and Jenna Didier, creates interactive artwork for public places. We discover the invisible but powerful forces influencing a site and make them tangible. Often we find inspiration in air quality, solar paths, persistent weather patterns, native and invasive plants, infrastructure and even the flow of people. Close observation of a region’s resource and waste streams inform our material selections. In this way, the creation of a consistent language in our work grows from the existing fabric of the location and minimizes the carbon footprint of each project.

Sept-Oct: Beatrice Pediconi, Rome, Italy, Medium: photography

Pediconi uses water and pigment to compose images of movement and transition. The use of water as prime medium and ink and tempera as additives merge harmoniously with her long-term study of light and space.

Nov-Dec: Benjamin Britton, Los Angeles, CA, Medium: painting

Inspired by memories, myths and dazzling landscapes, Benjamin Britton paints with playful, beguiling force. Expansive environments of bold colors and rich texture immerse the viewer with color and movement.

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Axis Mundi: Alexander Kori Girard Solo Show

Axis Mundi
Alexander Kori Girard Solo Exhibition
February 18 – March 20, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, February 18, 7-10pm

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Triple Base is proud to announce Axis Mundi, a solo show of new work by Alexander Kori Girard, originally a Berkeley-based artist who now resides in Los Angeles. For this new body of work, Girard used a set of shapes as the starting point and each painting unfolds much like a chain reaction in which every color and shape was born out of the context of its predecessors. All of the images in the exhibition are built out from a central axis, creating a mirror reflection within each composition. Rather than these mirrors being mathematically exact, they are instead closer to the approximate symmetry found in the nature.

“Axis Mundi” is sometimes referred to as the “Naval of the World”. In most cultures, you can find a prominent symbol of Axis Mundi; often depicted as a human form, tree, mountain, staircase or tower. It is the pulse or center that growth and development expands from. Girard regards these new paintings as windows or corridors that invite the viewer to cross a threshold into another space. This collection of work was influenced greatly by Girard’s numerous trips to India, evident in his treatment of color as well as the spiritual function of the paintings.

Alexander Kori Girard graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York 2001. He is an artist design consultant living in Los Angeles and is currently working on a book with Todd Oldham about the life and work of his grandfather, renowned designer Alexander Girard. Alexander Kori Girard was recently awarded and featured in the New American Paintings #91 featuring the winners of the 2010 Pacific Coast Competition juried by Lawrence Rinder. His collaborative works with Oliver Halsman Rosenberg will be included in the upcoming exhibition Abstract Now and Then at the Berkeley Art Museum.

In the Triple Basement:
Stop Frame Animation: Graphite Spot, 2011
by Alexander Kori Girard and Rafael Altman

In conjunction with his Triple Base exhibition Axis Mundi, Girard will share a stop-motion animation created in collaboration with video artist Rafael Altman that will be projected in the Triple Basement. Over the last eight years, Altman has been documenting Girard’s graphite 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 upstairs. This animation is a testament to Girard’s interest in the relevance of the moving image and his pursuit in film. His next venture is creating puppets that will be brought to life in a music video animation for TV On The Radio with collaborator, Maya Erdely.

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In the Backroom: Chechu Álava

In the Backroom:
Chechu Álava: The Romanov
February 18-March 20, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, February 18, 2011

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The Romanov is a new body of portraits by Paris-based Chechu Álava that depict the daughters of Tzar Nicholas II, the last emperor of Russia. The works are both haunting and charming with an authentically historic feel.

Chechu Álava was born in Piedras Blancas, Asturias in 1973. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Salamanca in 1995 and won the Erasmus scholarship to study at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Álava currently resides in Paris. Álava’s personal way of working is focused on the eternal representation of what surrounds us and the search for identity through painting. This trail begins in her subconscious and is completed by visiting museums, reinterpreting genres such as portraiture and landscape, and studying literature of the nineteenth century and cinema. Her final work demonstrates her passionate love of pictorial language.

Álava is represented by Espacio Liquido in Gijon, Spain.

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WITH EDITS: New Work by Jay Nelson

WITH EDITS
New Work by Jay Nelson
January 7-February 6, 2011
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Triple Base Gallery is pleased to present With Edits, an exhibition of new work by San Francisco-based artist Jay Nelson from January 7 – February 6, 2011. This will be Nelson’s third solo show at the gallery. The backroom gallery will feature Wild Combinations, a group exhibition curated by Nelson of abstract painters based in New York and San Francisco. Featured artists include: Todd Bura, Ernesto Burgos, Bryson Gill, Alex Hubbard, Rachel Kaye and Lise Soskolne.

For his new body of paintings, drawings and a site-specific wooden floor installation, Nelson was inspired by the unintentional patterns in manufactured “ACX” plywood wood grain. The artist explains, “I wanted to develop various methods of production in my artwork that, like the plywood, make an image with as little intention as possible. I create the paintings by printing, transferring and masking. The process of making the drawings is a bit more rigid. They are made one at a time. The first starts with a pattern and I make a small change after each one. In the end there is a development that can be mapped throughout the drawings.”

Jay Nelson’s selected exhibitions include Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco; Baer Ridgway, San Francisco; V1 Gallery, Copenhagen; Space 1026, Philadelphia; Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland; Samson Projects, Boston; New Image Art, Los Angeles and Oakland Museum of California, Oakland. He recently completed a treehouse sculpture for artist Thomas Campbell and has created treehouses for Berkeley Art Museum Director Lawrence Rinder, the Oakland Airport, and Mollusk Surf Shops in Venice and San Francisco. Nelson has been featured in The New York Times Style Magazine, Surfer’s Journal, Blue magazine, The L Magazine, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, San Francisco Magazine and Readymade. He received his MFA from Bard College in 2008 and his BFA from California College of the Arts in 2000.

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Backroom: Wild Combinations

In the Backroom:

Wild Combinations
Curated by Jay Nelson
Artists: Todd Bura, Ernesto Burgos, Bryson Gill, Alex Hubbard, Rachel Kaye and Lise Soskolne
January 7 – February 6, 2011

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In conjunction with Jay Nelson’s solo show With Edits, Triple Base will present Wild Combinations, a group exhibition curated by Nelson of abstract painters; three based in New York and three in San Francisco. The featured artists have all helped Nelson develop his position as a painter through their work and their shared conversations about painting. The title of the show is borrowed from the 2008 documentary on experimental musician Arthur Russell, who has also been a source of inspiration in Nelson’s painting practice.

Featured artists include:
Todd Bura (Triple Base, SF)
Ernesto Burgos (Kate Werble Gallery, NY)
Bryson Gill (Triple Base, SF)
Alex Hubbard (Maccarone, NY; Standard, Oslo)
Rachel Kaye (Triple Base, SF)
Lise Soskolne (White Columns, NY)

image: Lise Soskolne, Untitled, 2010, oil on canvas, 32” x 29”

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Out of the Flat Files: Holiday Sale

Out of the Flat Files: Holiday Sale
December 10-19, 2010
Opening Holiday Party: Friday, December 10, 7-10pm

Be unique this holiday season, treat your special someone (or yourself) to an original work of art by a Bay Area emerging artist. For two weeks only, select works on paper from the Triple Base Flat Files will be discounted at 20% off. The salon-style exhibition forefronts the Triple Base Flat Files, a constantly growing collection of over 300 original works on paper by local artists open year-round to the public for hands-on perusal.

Don’t miss out! Triple Base’s alternative to the auction fundraiser, this sale offers big discounts to collectors while benefiting both Triple Base’s 2011 programming and the artists whose work is offered.

Including works by: Alissa Anderson, Mara Baldwin, Elisheva Biernoff, James Bradley, Todd Bura, Michael Cappabianca, Shashanna Chittle, Serena Cole, Rachel Foster, Matt Furie, Rema Ghuloum, Bryson Gill, Matt Gonzalez, Alexander Kori Girard, Leonie Guyer, Emily Hoover, Suzanne Husky, Rachel Kaye, Jay Nelson, Kelly Ording, Oliver Halsman Rosenberg, Jesse Schlesinger, Peter Stegall, Augustus Thompson, David Wilson and Edmund Wyss.

The opening night party will feature holiday libations, baked goods (savory and sweet), general merriment and more surprises…

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Elyse Mallouk: Notes for an Open Score

Notes for an Open Score
Elyse Mallouk Solo Show
October 22-November 21, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, October 22, 7-10pm

Coinciding Event Series: “Sunday is for Lovers” November 7, 14 & 21, 2-7pm

In the Triple Basement: Peter Scherrer
In the Backroom: Rachel Kaye

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Notes for an Open Score is an experiment in the limits of sentimental expression. Using video, sculpture, text, and drawings, Elyse Mallouk reduces 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 suspended.

The exhibition takes ubiquitous ways of expressing connection — ones that are repeatedly claimed and dedicated on late night radio — and directs them instead toward elusiveness through a systematic removal of information. In the process of looking for a common structural logic underlying familiar heart-rending phrases, new languages emerge. An invented system of musical notation transmutes lilt into a basic set of markings: drawings that have to be sounded out, and circles not quite informative enough to be sight-read.

The exhibition is structured as a pair of changing narratives: one written and the other material. Part of Notes for an Open Score exists as a font — letters are replaced by line drawings pulled from the vocabulary of love notes and lyrics: A becomes always, N never, Y you. With each programmed event (poetry readings and live music) the show will undergo a physical shift, altering the relationship between the objects, and changing their potential to be read.

Over the course of the exhibition, recognizable songs and phrases are translated into forms that are readily picked up — a puzzle, a hymnal, a font — but not so easily summarized, claimed, or contained.

A coinciding Event Series “Sunday is for Lovers” will take place in the gallery on November 7, 14 & 21 from 2-7pm. Live music and poetry readings will revolve around the theme of love. Poet Tom Comitta will curate readings by a diverse group of both established and emerging Bay Area poets. Featured musicians will include: 45isdistance, The Old Thunderhearts, The Lambs, Crooked I, Small Hands, Creature Comforts, Marc Dantona & Friends and many more TBA.

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Triple Basement – Peter Scherrer

In the Triple Basement:
Peter Scherrer (Bellingham, WA)
October 22- November 21, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, October 22, 7-10pm

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Peter Scherrer will present a new body of paintings within a site-specific tent structure that relates to historical themes of the Pacific Northwest. His subject matter encompasses homesteaders, miners, loggers and hippies — all of whom have broken away from a dense society and created their own subgroup. For five weeks, Scherrer’s tent will be a place of escape down in Triple Base’s underground space. The installation is completed by paintings influenced by Pacific Northwest artists such as Emily Carr, Guy Anderson, Bruce Bickford, Elizabeth Colburn and Darius Kinsey.

Biography:
Peter Scherrer is a painter/sculpture/printmaker currently living and working in Bellingham, Washington. He has been painting since he was 10 years old. Since graduating with a BFA from California College of the Arts in 2005, he moved back to his hometown of Bellingham where he lives in a cabin with his three year-old son. He is influenced by his rich natural surroundings as well as the culture and counterculture of the Pacific Northwest.

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Backroom – Rachel Kaye


In the Backroom:
“New Drawings”
Rachel Kaye
October 22 – November 21, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, October 22, 7-10pm

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Triple Base’s Backroom will feature an exhibition of colored pencil drawings by gallery artist Rachel Kaye (San Francisco). Kaye recently completed the J. B. Blunk Residency in Inverness, California and while there, she began making significant editing decisions and examined textiles as trends. Kaye’s new body of work brings into focus the fashion industry’s obsession with the primitive. The artist has culled Missoni and Givenchy magazine images and rendered select details, patterns and forms.

Rachel Kaye Gallery Artist Page

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Elisheva Biernoff Solo Show

Folly
Elisheva Biernoff Solo Show
September 10 – October 10, 2010
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Triple Base is proud to announce Folly, a solo show of new work by San Francisco-based Elisheva Biernoff. Folly is an installation that reinvents the architectural follies (fanciful garden structures often in the form of ruins) of the 18th century. The main component of Folly is a trompe l’oeil “ruin” composed of two uneven walls, painted to evoke layers of peeling wallpaper. A window in one of the walls opens onto a flat screen television showing a time-lapse film of a darkening landscape. Vines painted in gouache on cut paper creep over the walls, and the ground is punctuated with bits of painted and sculpted debris. By assembling disparate pieces that mimic reality, Folly creates a fantasy world.

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In the Triple Basement, Biernoff has created a paper sculpture titled Out the Window. This installation, using visual and audio elements, considers the reality of loss and the instinct to preserve. It celebrates the small things we overlook and the large things we undervalue, and meditates on the moments where nature and culture meet. Keeping in mind that the word ecology derives from “oikos,” the Greek word for household, this work considers how the home relates to the wider world, and how the wilderness is reintroduced into our homes.

Elisheva Biernoff was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1980. She attended Yale University, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London, and received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2009. Her most recent awards include the Kala Art Institute Fellowship and the 2008 Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship. Her 2010 exhibitions include 2 x 2 Solos: Elisheva Biernoff, ProArts, Oakland, CA and Front and Center: Weather Stream, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA. In 2009 Biernoff participated in Art in Storefronts, administered by San Francisco Arts Commission and Triple Base, San Francisco, CA and her exhibitions included Punctuation, Right Window, San Francisco, CA, Introductions 2009, Root Division, San Francisco, CA and Children of the Revolution, Federal Art Project, Los Angeles, CA.

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Featured Off-Site Exhibition: Léonie Guyer in ABSTRACT

A B S T R A C T
Léonie Guyer, Ruth Laskey, Lynne Woods Turner
September 4 – December 5, 2010
Cooley Gallery, Reed College, Portland, OR
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Léonie Guyer
Untitled, no. 63, 2009 (Detail)
oil and true gesso on wood panel
13 x 9 x 1 1/8 in.

“My paintings are not about what is seen. They are about what is known forever in the mind.” —Agnes Martin

Abstract and non-objective artistic methodologies are most often associated with Modernism and the European and Russian avant-garde; but visual and material abstraction has flourished for millennia, globally, as an essential human activity, as symbolism, ornament, and plan. ABSTRACT brings together the work of three contemporary women artists inspired by the breadth of abstraction’s spiritual, esoteric, and ritualistic dimensions.

For Guyer, Laskey, and Turner, abstraction, and specifically, geometric abstraction, is a means for examining and manifesting experience and sensation as directly as possible, rigorously visualizing, in Agnes Martin’s words, “… what is forever known in the mind.” Continuing the rich legacy of women abstract artists such as Hilma af Klint, Anni Albers, Agnes Martin, and Nasreen Mohamedi, the artists in ABSTRACT engage abstraction’s radical self-reflexivity as a natural expression of understanding, making, and being in the world, offering the viewer the same experience in return.

An exhibition catalog will be published by the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery with essays by curator Stephanie Snyder, and Lawrence Rinder, Director, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, with a poem by Franck André Jamme. Publication date: October, 2010.

Leonie Guyer’s work in the exhibition is available through Triple Base Gallery. Email info@basebasebase.com for more info.

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Group Show: Now, It’s About What You Can’t See

Now, It’s About What You Can’t See
Artists: Chechu Álava, Mara Baldwin, Rachel E. Foster and Eleanor Kent
July 23 – August 29, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, July 23, 7-10pm

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Triple Base is pleased to announce Now, It’s About What You Can’t See, a group show exploring absence through painting, drawing and installation. This exhibition features four female artists showing at Triple Base for the first time: Rachel E. Foster, Mara Baldwin, Chechu Álava and Eleanor Kent. The show introduces these artists alongside the launch of a brand new website, design identity and all new works in the Triple Base Flat Files – a collection of original works on paper by local emerging artists. Opening night on Friday, July 23rd will celebrate these launches simultaneously.

The four exhibiting artists span varied mediums, generations and geographical boundaries. However, all are similarly interested in the tension between simultaneous absence and presence, as evident in the wear and breakdown of belongings, the fading and reinterpretation of memory and the conflicting truths of contemporary and historical experience. Their works provide faint shadowy traces of moments to imagine what once existed and hint at an ever-evolving history.

Mara Baldwin’s detailed drawings are based on found photographs from estate sales. The erasure of the primary image leaves a haunted space that implies a longing for the American dream; a dream as transient as the ghost. Rachel E. Foster’s nearly imperceptible text-based installation will cover the gallery walls. The work suggests how the absence of images and the form of words alone can conjure powerful meanings. Eleanor Kent will display a body of rarely seen small-scale paintings created during the 1960s Bay Area Figurative movement. Kent’s loosely rendered figures convey personal moments of times past. Paris-based Chechu Álava mines 19th century portraiture and literature as fodder for her softly blurred paintings of female forms that leave room for imagination to fill the gap between the historical and contemporary.

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Elaine Buckholtz: Jars Filmed Inside

Jars Filmed Inside
Elaine Buckholtz Solo Show
May 14-July 3, 2010

* To appreciate this exhibition in the daylight and the dark, we will hold special evening hours (until 9pm) every Friday throughout the exhibition.

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Triple Base is proud to announce our first solo show of work by San Francisco-based Elaine Buckholtz. The artist will create an immersive audio/visual installation within the gallery employing mirrors, projected colored light and sound elements. Her experiential “scores” flip the typical art viewing interaction, putting the spectator in the place of the performer to define his or her own encounter. Handmade optical devices and jars “filmed inside” will offer more opportunities to activate retinal experiences. Sound artist Floor Vahn will compose the audio score and a corresponding multi-media installation by Hunter Longe, Perception Projection Delay, will be on display downstairs in the Triple Basement.

For the last 20 years, Elaine Buckholtz has worked as a lighting and visual designer in the Bay Area and has toured internationally creating visual environments for Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Meredith Monk. Among her many accomplishments, Elaine has shown at The Swiss Technorama Museum, Winterthur, Switzerland; Yerba Buena Center For The Arts (Bay Area Now 5), San Francisco, CA; The Claremont Museum, Claremont, CA; Pierogi Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany; The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA; San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA; Wexner Center For The Arts, Columbus, OH and Sun Valley Center For The Arts, Sun Valley, ID. Elaine received her MFA from Stanford University in 2006. She currently teaches at Stanford University in the Art and Art History department.

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Hunter Longe: Perception Projection Delay

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Perception Projection Delay
Hunter Longe Installation
May 14- July 3, 2010

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Hunter Longe’s underground installation entitled Perception Projection Delay will consist of a drawn image with a similar image projected onto it. As the drawing moves, a new pattern will constantly be formed, revealing the contrast between the existence of an object and its perceived meanings. Hunter’s multimedia installations strive to point out the subjective in an apparently objective scientific outlook, allowing for a train of thought in which science and art are equal efforts at understanding the unknown.

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J.B. Blunk Residency Group Show

J.B. Blunk Residency Group Show
Artists: Max Lamb, Gemma Holt, Alicia Escott, Julia Goodman and Lynn Riding
April 2-May 2, 2010

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Triple Base is pleased to announce a group show of new work created by artists in the 2009 J.B. Blunk Residency program. On display will be paintings by Lynne Riding, a large site-specific drawing by Alicia Escott, paper cast pieces by Julia Goodman, furniture, ceramics and a video installation by Max Lamb and ceramics and a publication by Gemma Holt.

Set in the midst of the Bishop Pine Nature Preserve in Inverness, California the J.B. Blunk Residency offers a home, studio and outdoor clearings for work. The home and studio, built by J.B. Blunk in 1959, with salvaged materials, suggest a certain lifestyle that is independent, sustainable and closely connected to the landscape. Because of J.B.’s profound connection to the surrounding environment the hope is that the residency program will foster work inspired by the site. The goal of the program is to provide emerging and established artists a serene environment for creative exploration that is inspired by living in nature and is reflected in the art practice.

This show is the first annual exhibition that Triple Base Gallery will host as part of their unique partnership with the J.B. Blunk Residency and Lucid Art Foundation. Proceeds from sales of work in the exhibition will benefit the J.B. Blunk Residency program.

The J.B. Blunk Residency is a program of the Lucid Art Foundation. The Lucid Art Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was co-founded in the fall of 1998 by Robert Anthoine, Fariba Bogzaran, and Gordon Onslow Ford in order to explore the relationship between art, consciousness and nature through art exhibitions, publications and seminars for artists.

“Urban gallery, rural program a perfect match”- The San Francisco Examiner

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NYC Pop-Up Gallery: Yielding California

Triple Base NYC Pop-Up Gallery
Yielding California
March 4-March 13, 2010

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Triple Base opened a two-week New York Pop-Up Gallery to coincide with the city’s simultaneous art fairs. The show, entitled “Yielding California” was housed within a 5,000 square-foot exhibition space and featured paintings, drawings, sculptures, installation and video work from eleven emerging artists based in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.

California has long provided fertile ground to artists in search of utopia, just as it has proven to be a rich terrain for both the exploration of consciousness and for an ongoing attempt to reconcile the allure of commercialism with the natural world. Triple Base presents bi-coastal artists that probe and process these very notions and concepts. Exhibiting artists include: Korakrit Arunanondchai, Nate Boyce, Todd Bura, Michelle Blade, Bryson Gill, Kori Girard, Joseph Hart, Rachel Kaye, Lauren Luloff, Jay Nelson and Oliver Halsman Rosenberg. From Beat Art to Bay Area Figurative painting to the Mission School, San Francisco, in particular, boasts a rich history as an incubator for innovative artists and progressive art movements that have paralleled coinciding practices in both New York and abroad. With the globalization and subsequent growth of the art world—in addition to the constant migration of artists and exhibitions around the globe—the California “frame of mind” is now no longer confined to one fixed location, but has, instead, begun to sow seeds and plant roots in like-minded artistic subcultures throughout the world. “Yielding California” embraces these cross-currents and showcases a new crop of artists that explore, exemplify, and embody this contemporary “Californian” essence and aesthetic.

Opening Reception:March 3, 8-11pm Live performances by ARP (Alexis Georgopoulos) Panda Blur (Korakrit Arunanondchai) and a collaboration by Hisham Akira Bharoocha (Soft Circle) and Robert AA Lowe (Lichens/Singer). Closing Reception: Saturday, March 13, 8-11pm Pray Tell: A Séance for Warren Zevon Performance by Turkey (Ari Messer and Ian Campbell)

Art by Michelle Blade and Visuals by Kateri O’Neil
Exhibition space generously donated by Shahab Karmely
Production by Kyle Garner (Sit and Read Furniture) and Kateri O’Neil (Aesthetics Unlimited)

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Michelle Blade: Blow As Deep As You Want To Blow

Blow As Deep As You Want To Blow
New Work by Michelle Blade
February 19 – March 21, 2010

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Since her last solo show in 2008, Michelle Blade has been included in over ten diverse exhibitions, created two publications, and opened her own exhibition space in Oakland called Sight School. Blade’s work often intersects with her engagement in social practice. As a natural result there are often several points of entry when deriving meaning from each image.

For her solo show, Blade took over all three of the exhibition spaces at Triple Base—the project space, the backroom and the Triple Basement—with an installation of paintings and painted sculptures. This cohesive body of work explores pattern and color, geared towards understanding the role of the artist as a maker of meaning. Blade creates painted forms that encompass layers of understanding-as illuminated in her depictions of famous literary works, ancient textile patterns, and locations of discovery and mysticism. Blade looks towards history, philosophy, spirituality, nature, anthropology and common culture as both inspiration and fodder.

Blow As Deep As You Want to Blow is comprised of color saturated works that explore Blade’s quest for understanding and can be considered somewhere in between imagination and truth.

Blade has had solo shows at Jack Hanley Gallery and Parklife, in San Francisco, CA. She has been featured in group shows at the San Francisco Arts Comission Gallery, SF; VI Gallery, Denmark; Space 1026, in PA; Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles; Union Gallery, London; and Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart,Germany. In 2007 she received the Murphy-Cadogan Fellowship and All College Honors from California College of the Arts. Her work has been featured on NPR and written about in FADER, Nylon Magazine, Yeti Magazine, and New York Times Magazine.

Watch XLR8R’s Video Profile of Michelle Blade

Art Practical Interview


On Be(com)ing an Artist, Citizen and San Francisco Bay Area by Christine Wong Yap

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Oliver Halsman Rosenberg and Friends: _Japa_

_Japa_
Curated by Oliver Halsman Rosenberg
January 8 – February 7, 2010

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Including work by and objects from the collections of Kori Alexander Girard, Leighton Kelly, Eliza Bishop, Zipporah Lomax, Joni Nelis, Pauline Beaudemont, Dene Fyfe, Tara Lisa Foley, Pinki Kumari, Simon Brooks, Ainoha Ananda, Ajit Chauhan, Frank Collozzo, Joel Stockdill, Jake Cahill wearing tattoos by Freddie Corbin and others.

Opening Reception: Tea served by Tea Master Jon Oda
After one year of nomadic art making in India, Oliver Halsman Rosenberg returns to his San Francisco roots to share the work he made, as well as create a shrine with work by other travelers, locals, and friends he met during his journey. “Japa” is Sanskrit for the repetition of a mantra under ones breath, and Oliver will use the underground Triple Basement space to frame this work from abroad. Exhibiting small gouache paintings he made on recycled eucalyptus paper from Munnar, as well as drawings on rice paper from Phaplu, these series are infused with local inspiration as well as imagery mined from probing the subtle depths of consciousness. Tea Master Jon Oda will be creating a special brew opening night for this brief return home before Oliver departs again in January to attend the Kumbha Mela in Hardiwar, and continue developing this body of migrant work.

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Bryson Gill: The Friends and Neighbors Effect

The Friends and Neighbors Effect
Bryson Gill Solo Show
January 8 – February 7, 2010

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Bryson Gill’s densely layered paintings explore the fine line between abstraction and figuration, all the while struggling between the rational and the natural. The composition of Gill’s ambiguous landscapes, totemic structures, and portraits remain just recognizable enough to create a spectrum of meanings and emotions. Gill has spent the last year and a half in Berlin developing a new body of work that plays with subtle humor and obscure historical references.

Gill has had solo shows at Co-Lab, Copenhagen; Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco; Kayo Gallery, Salt Lake City and Jáce Gáce, Portland. He has been featured in group shows at Gallerie Davide diMaggio, Italy; Galleri Kant, Denmark; Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin and Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma. In 2005 he attended an artist residency at Halle 14 – Stiftung Federkiel Leipzig, Germany.

SF Chronicle Review by Kenneth Baker

Art Practical Review by Elizabeth Johnson

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Serena Cole: I Wanna be Adored

I Wanna Be Adored
Serena Cole Solo Show
November 6 – December 20, 2009

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Triple Base is proud to present Serena Cole’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. Cole conceived of I Wanna be Adored eight months ago and has spent the time leading up to the show creating her most large-scale work to date. The artist’s iconic figures are exquisitely rendered yet often dark and haunting, leaving the viewer to question what is missing or wrong. Lurking below the eloquent exterior of her sacred women is often a sense of desperation – revealed through dark sunken eyes, parched lips, an empty gaze or postur

“May the most powerful and beautiful person survive and live forever as an idol to all the others. Adorn her golden tomb with fresh flowers and speak of her as though you knew her well. Surround her grave with all the soft-bodied men she helped along the way. After all she has earned her title…” -JG

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Serena Cole is a Bay Area-based artist and an MFA Candidate (2011) at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Selected exhibitions include Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN; Manresa Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco, CA; 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; NADA Art Fair, Miami, FL; Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA; Anne Bonny Gallery, Seattle, WA; Gallery Homeland, Portland, Oregon; Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles, CA and Hinterconti, Hamburg, Germany. Publications include Juxtapoz Magazine, Umbigo Magazine, The Downy Bird Art Kingdom and Shotgun Review.

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Art in Storefronts

Art In Storefronts
Central Market, Bayview, Tenderloin & The Mission
October 2009 – January 2010

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The SFAC’s Community Arts & Education Program and the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development have partnered with Triple Base to create a pilot Art in Storefronts program that places art temporarily in vacant storefront windows located on Taylor Street in the Tenderloin, Central Market, The Bayview and Lower 24th Street in the Mission.

Tough economic times have left many storefronts empty throughout the City, and this program encourages an alternative use of storefronts to reinvigorate and celebrate our neighborhoods, improve streetscape conditions, and support local merchants by increasing foot traffic. The program will engage local artists in reinvigorating neighborhoods and commercial corridors that have been hard-hit by the economic downturn. It also provides artists, who have also been affected by the economy, with a unique opportunity to showcase their creativity in transforming vacant storefronts into free exhibition spaces and to garner public recognition for their work.

Launching in late October, the program will run through January 2010 and will culminate in a supporting website that will provide a toolkit for private property owners and neighborhoods who would like to implement similar temporary art projects in the future.

Central Market Installations:

Alexis Amann & Jonathan Burstein
“Don’t Give Up the Ship”
986 Market Street

This installation imagines an underwater Market Street filled with deep sea divers, kelp forests, and shipwrecks. Part utopian and part post-apocalyptic, the aquatic theme references the current economic situation which has resulted in so many vacant storefronts (“underwater homeowners”, “loan sharks”, “drowning in debt”), as well as the specter of climate change and rising sea levels in a coastal city. The title refers to a historic flag that flies in nearby Civic Center; the idea of perseverance in the face of an onslaught seems fitting for both the neighborhood and the times we live in.
www.alexisamann.com, www.jburstein.com

Helen Bayly & Leanne Miller
“Find Yourself in Natural History”
939 – 989 Market Street

This 123 foot mural will feature two landscapes layered atop one another. One layer will depict the bustling Market Street, rendered with loose gestural brushwork. The second landscape will include delicately painted, brightly colored cutouts of native flora and fauna that previously thrived on Market Street. The two landscapes will be interwoven to create a playful relationship between the past and the present.
fanciemammal.blogspot.com/

Drone Dungeon Collective (Hunter Longe, Jason Hendardy and Brett Foreman)
“INFINITESIMAL INFINITY”
990 Market Street

While most stores house the tangible, this storefront houses an expanse. With this site specific, participatory work, the artist collective invites passersby to consider their own influence over time and space.

http://dronedungeon.com/

Rachel Beth Egenhoefer
“Comforting Connections”
1119 Market Street

Serving as a central artery of the San Francisco transportation system, Central Market is both a destination and a transfer point for many of its residents. Like commuting, knitting involves a back and forth of looping and connecting individual stitches to construct a larger form. The artist will create a three-dimensional knitted yarn installation in which occupied buildings are tightly knit and constructed. Loose yarns from building to building, to and from the commuter paths, form the hollow but cozy outline of the vacant spaces available to potential renters.
www.rachelbeth.net

Paul Hayes
“Giant Ghosts”
989 Market Street

This storefront will include life-size floating figures made out of crumpled, white paper and illuminated from below with a bright blue light. Moving air currents in the space will make the figures gently sway, giving them a striking, life-like presence. The artist intends to trigger the imagination and bring processed, man-made paper back to the kind of arrangement that occurs naturally in biology.
paulandrewhayes.com

Phillip Hua
“CONSIDER IT”
984 Market Street

In the front window “CONSIDERATE” will be spelled out in green paper that, designed to fade over time, will transform into “CONSIDER IT.” Inside the space, a tableaux of a chair, table, flowers and a clock will tell another story that evolves over the course of time. This project intends to increase environmental awareness through an installation that physically changes from start to finish. Those who pass by the storefront on a daily basis will witness the gradual change.
www.philliphua.com

Liz Maher
“No One Seems To Care That I Want Roots”
998 Market Street

Maher will create a craft-based, labor intensive sculptural diorama that references both the rapidly changing neighborhoods all over San Francisco as well as feelings of transience and impermanence. The scene will depict rolling hills filled with rows of cardboard houses, stuffed fabric cumulous clouds looming overhead, and a sky which opens up to giant plaster hands reaching down and uprooting the homes by their telephone lines.
www.lizmaher.com

San Francisco Film Museum & Archive
“Celebrate Film in San Francisco”
989 Market Street

This project is a video and digital image installation showcasing San Francisco’s rich film heritage. The central component will be the Miles Brothers 1906 film, A Trip Down Market Street, shot from the front of a cable car heading down Market Street just four days before the earthquake. Other monitors will feature still images from films shot on locations pertinent to SF Bay Area history.

Christopher Simmons and Tim Belonax
“Everything is OK”
998 Market Street

Neon letters proclaiming, “Everything is OK” encourage the public to reevaluate their relationship to the status quo. Is everything ok? Does the term “ok” signify good or merely mediocre? Is mediocrity what we’re being asked to accept? Below the typographic neon sign, rows of canned “products” offer the promise of instant “ok-ness.” The installation is equal parts commentary and reassuring mantra — an open ended caption for our state of affairs and our state of mind.

Tenderloin Installations:

Central City Hospitality House
“Our Busy Lives”
116 Taylor Street

Hospitality House studio artists will create a series of hand-painted clocks representing the busy lives of poor and homeless people living in the Tenderloin. Artists will each paint a personalized artwork on the face of a clock that represent their day-long activities to educate the broader community about the important contributions Tenderloin residents bring to the fabric of San Francisco.
www.hospitalityhouse.org

Chris Treggiari & Billy Mitchell
“Fight for your Neighborhood”
144 Taylor Street

Spurred by the Tenderloin’s historical connection to the sport of boxing, the artists will create a boxing gym installation that also serves as a reminder to stand up and fight for the neighborhood during tough economic times. Artist Chris Treggiari will create the installation elements of the boxing ring and gloves. Photographer Billy Mitchell (Sixth Street Photography) will take photographs of local residents to create the foreground montage of the crowd watching the match.
www.christreggiari.com, http://sixthstreetphoto.net/

Betty Nguyen
“Thingamajig: Nguyen is Nguyen”
277 Taylor Street

Celebrating the Tenderloin’s Vietnamese community, the artist will present a film of daily life in Vietnam set to a soundtrack of experimental music. This video installation is a waking dream voyage to Vietnam. Taking moving images from her own memory, the artist places them alongside a tribute to other contemporary Asian authors, inspirers and co-conspirators. A wall-sized newspaper lining the windows will include images and texts by Vietnamese-American contemporary figures that have broken stereotypical molds.
www.firstpersonmag.com

Bayview Installations:

Elisheva Biernoff
“Living Room”
1624 Oakdale Avenue

Biernoff will recreate, in painted plywood, a neighborhood living room. Prior to installation, the artist will ask local residents for family photos that she will meticulously reproduce as small-scale paintings to hang on the “living room” wall. At the end of the exhibition, the paintings will be given to each contributor. The project observes the small things that comprise a shared space, and briefly brings together a set of private tokens of memory and affection.

Kristine Mays
“Strong Women, Precious Pearls”
4438 3rd Street

Celebrating the hard-working women of the Bayview community, Mays will represent three generations of women through clothing sculpted in wire. Using hundreds of pieces of wire, the artist creates the essence of a person wearing a garment; the occupant is revealed among the folds and shapes that give life to the sculpture.

http://kmaysart.blogspot.com

ART 94124
“Working Artist, Artist Working”
(note: installation no longer at 4404 3rd Street, new location TBD)

This storefront will present a short film produced by ART 94124, a grassroots organization formed by Bayview-Hunter’s Point residents and artists. The non-narrative film will feature seven BVHP working artists working in their studios, drawing attention to the artistic process. A coinciding exhibit at the ART 94124 gallery will display artwork created by the artists featured in the film.
www.ART94124.com

Bayview Hunter’s Point YMCA & Malik Seneferu
“Marking Birds”
4900 3rd Street

This collaborative project is a collection of Marking Birds. Children ages 10-16 have worked alongside Seneferu decorating the birds that symbolize the soul and the spirit. Malik Seneferu is an internationally recognized artist form the Bay Area worked with YMCA youth for summer 2009.

http://www.ymcasf.org/Bayview/index.html

The Mission (Lower 24th Street) Installations:

Abner Nolan
“A New Museum”
2929 24th Street

Nolan has created a highly polished display space for curating everyday materials and objects collected in and around the immediate neighborhood. Using strategies of both museology and retail marketing, the Museum creates a public space for otherwise functional, personal or disregarded objects – as well as a venue for formal interventions in the surrounding environment.

Tahiti Pehrson
“We Built This City”
2782 24th Street

Pehrson has filled this window with over one hundred hand-cut paper works inspired by the 24th Street neighborhood and culture. The intention of the piece is to convey a sense of levity and community, designed to cast shadow and soften light. Monochromatic white absorbs the orange and blue hues throughout the day, softening hard edges into dreamlike scenes that can be revisited for further exploration.
www.tahitipehrson.com

Kelly Ording & Jetro Martinez
“Ms. Teriosa”
3135 24th Street

The artist duo has transformed a vacant storefront into a free fortune-telling business. Cards left outside the storefront instruct passersby to ask “Ms. Teriosa” a question about their future and deposit the card inside a mailbox slot. One week later, the questions will be answered and displayed in the window. The installation includes a bright, bold, carnivalesque mural on the facade and hand-painted elements on the storefront windows.
www.kellyording.com, www.jetromartinez.com

The following projects have been additionally commissioned by Triple Base as part of an ongoing project called “24th Street Promenade” and will appear in existing businesses along 24th Street:

Allison Shields
3198 24th Street (The Jelly Donut)

A work-in progress, this mural will be painted inside the donut store depicting the neighborhood cityscape. The painted view will give visitors a view of the colorful architecture that would be seen if a wall did not exist.

Clare Haggarty
“El Altar de Recuerdos de Calle 24″
3126 24th Street (Sun Rise Restaurant)

Haggarty has created a souvenir mug display in the window of the Sun Rise Restaurant. However, these are not the mass produced mementos seen in your average gift shop. Instead each mug is a unique portrait of the past and present one-of-a-kind businesses on 24th Street. The specialty shops, cafes, and restaurants depicted mirror the variety of people who live in the neighborhood. The mugs simultaneously serve as a record of how the neighborhood has changed and how some places have stood the test of time.

Matthew Rana
“Canto de la Calle”
2958 24th Street (Accion Latina/El Tecolote)

In collaboration with the bilingual newspaper El Tecolote, artist and writer Matthew David Rana will produce a special edition of the newspaper based on material found in its archive. This project highlights El Tecolote’s 40 year history of citizen journalism and radical cultural work in the Mission. The special edition of El Tecolote will be available at the newspaper’s regular distribution points in mid-January 2010. For more information visit: http://news.eltecolote.org/news/

Jerome Waag
“Twenty-four Pelican Calls”
2904 24th Street

Waag has set up a neighborhood survey office in a vacant restaurant space, conducted through the public pay phone operated by The Pelican Group. The artist will call the phone at random, letting the phone ring until someone answers. A list of twenty-four questions concerning the neighborhood will be the starting point for conversation. Snippets of conversation will subsequently be displayed in the storefront window.

Kenneth Lo
“Trophy Store”
2867 24th Street

Who do you wish you could be? What do you wish you had done so far with this single human lifetime? The answers our imaginations present expose an underlying vulnerability and an unfulfilled longing. We ask children what they want to be when they grow up. This project asks a similar question of adults, and then seeks to present the idealized answer as a plausible reality. Working with select participants in the neighborhood, Lo has created a window into the dreams and aspirations of a community.

Zachary Royer Scholz
“Tony, Tony, Tony”
2751 24th Street @ Hampshire (Tony’s Market)

Scholz will repaint the sign running above the windows of Tony’s Market. Some time in the past, two Coca Cola sponsored signs replaced this once hand-painted sign. This project will remove the now dingy signs and paint new signage on both facades of the corner store. The design of this new sign will, through its composition and color scheme, give Tony’s Market a brighter and more positive presence within the community.

Roving Projects:

Lynn Marie Kirby
“24th Street Listening Project”
Listening brings quiet into the frenetic noise of our time by pausing to focus on what we hear- it is about focusing attention. Kirby has been listening to sites along 24th Street: Garfield Square Field, 7th Day Adventist Church, St. Francis Fountain, Center Nail Salon, AA Meeting House and Brava Theater. She has taken notes from these listening sites and placed these sounds, now as language notes, into the forms found at these different locations–signs, programs, menus, price lists, brochures and posters. For the Listening Project, you are invited to listen actively with Kirby on designated days. Listening times and locations are posted on the Triple Base web site www.basebasebase.com and may be reserved by calling (415) 643-3943. At the end of the shared listening period, listener’s notes will be added to the accumulation materials recording the shared experiences.
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Forrest Lewinger
“Untitled (Signs)”
This project is made up of the comedic and tragic things we may find ourselves doing during times of economic hardship. By combining phrases found in love letters and internet scams, Lewinger has created a disjointed narrative whose protagonist embodies ideas of desire, the need for companionship, and the conflation of economic and emotional distress. The texts will be worn on sandwich boards along 24th Street on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays through January 31, 2010.

Elaine Buckholtz
“Wandering Night House”
On December 18 & 19, from dusk into the evening , Buckholtz will wander the the San Francisco streets with a portable light cart, dousing the Mission Corridor street facades with subtle light projections.

Amber Hasselbring
“Mission Greenbelt: Lower 24th Street”
Hasselbring will sow wildflower seeds in tree basins, window boxes and sidewalk planters along the Lower 24th Street Corridor. The seeds will germinate this winter and bloom in the spring. In March 2010, she will conduct a botanical survey to measure the outcome.

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24th Street Promenade

24th Street Promenade
Various Sites along 24th Street, Mission District
November 23, 2009 – January 2010

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24th Street Promenade puts artists into a dialog with the immediate community of Lower 24th Street in the Mission District, where Triple Base is located. Ten Bay Area artists present dynamic new work in storefronts and public sites along the 24th Street working alongside business owners, community organizations and public spaces to create mutually beneficial installations and interventions.
Clare Haggarty
“El Altar de Recuerdos de Calle 24″
3126 24th Street (Sun Rise Restaurant)

Haggarty has created a souvenir mug display in the window of the Sun Rise Restaurant. However, these are not the mass produced mementos seen in your average gift shop. Instead each mug is a unique portrait of the past and present one-of-a-kind businesses on 24th Street. The specialty shops, cafes, and restaurants depicted mirror the variety of people who live in the neighborhood. The mugs simultaneously serve as a record of how the neighborhood has changed and how some places have stood the test of time.
Matthew Rana
“Canto de la Calle”
2958 24th Street (Accion Latina/El Tecolote)

In collaboration with the bilingual newspaper El Tecolote, artist and writer Matthew David Rana will produce a special edition of the newspaper based on material found in its archive. This project highlights El Tecolote’s 40 year history of citizen journalism and radical cultural work in the Mission. The special edition of El Tecolote will be available at the newspaper’s regular distribution points in mid-January 2010. For more information visit: http://news.eltecolote.org/news/
Jerome Waag
“Twenty-four Pelican Calls”
2904 24th Street
http://24pelicancalls.wordpress.com/

Waag has set up a neighborhood survey office in a vacant restaurant space, conducted through the public pay phone operated by The Pelican Group. The artist will call the phone at random, letting the phone ring until someone answers. A list of twenty-four questions concerning the neighborhood will be the starting point for conversation. Snippets of conversation will subsequently be displayed in the storefront window.
Kenneth Lo
“Trophy Store”
2867 24th Street

Who do you wish you could be? What do you wish you had done so far with this single human lifetime? The answers our imaginations present expose an underlying vulnerability and an unfulfilled longing. We ask children what they want to be when they grow up. This project asks a similar question of adults, and then seeks to present the idealized answer as a plausible reality. Working with select participants in the neighborhood, Lo has created a window into the dreams and aspirations of a community.
Zachary Royer Scholz
“Tony, Tony, Tony”
2751 24th Street @ Hampshire (Tony’s Market)

Scholz will repaint the sign running above the windows of Tony’s Market. Some time in the past, two Coca Cola sponsored signs replaced this once hand-painted sign. This project will remove the now dingy signs and paint new signage on both facades of the corner store. The design of this new sign will, through its composition and color scheme, give Tony’s Market a brighter and more positive presence within the community.
Lynn Marie Kirby
“24th Street Listening Project”
Listening brings quiet into the frenetic noise of our time by pausing to focus on what we hear- it is about focusing attention. Kirby has been listening to sites along 24th Street: Garfield Square Field, 7th Day Adventist Church, St. Francis Fountain, Center Nail Salon, AA Meeting House and Brava Theater. She has taken notes from these listening sites and placed these sounds, now as language notes, into the forms found at these different locations–signs, programs, menus, price lists, brochures and posters. For the Listening Project, you are invited to listen actively with Kirby on designated days. Listening times and locations are posted on the Triple Base web site www.basebasebase.com and may be reserved by calling (415) 643-3943. At the end of the shared listening period, listener’s notes will be added to the accumulation materials recording the shared experiences.
view schedule of past Listening Project days

Forrest Lewinger
“Untitled (Signs)”
This project is made up of the comedic and tragic things we may find ourselves doing during times of economic hardship. By combining phrases found in love letters and internet scams, Lewinger has created a disjointed narrative whose protagonist embodies ideas of desire, the need for companionship, and the conflation of economic and emotional distress. The texts will be worn on sandwich boards along 24th Street on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays through January 31, 2010.
Elaine Buckholtz
“Wandering Night House”
On December 18 & 19, from dusk into the evening , Buckholtz will wander the the San Francisco streets with a portable light cart, dousing the Mission Corridor street facades with subtle light projections.
Amber Hasselbring
“Mission Greenbelt: Lower 24th Street”
Hasselbring will sow wildflower seeds in tree basins, window boxes and sidewalk planters along the Lower 24th Street Corridor. The seeds will germinate this winter and bloom in the spring. In March 2010, she will conduct a botanical survey to measure the outcome.

24th Street projects in conjunction with Art in Storefronts:

Abner Nolan
“A New Museum”
2929 24th Street

Nolan has created a highly polished display space for curating everyday materials and objects collected in and around the immediate neighborhood. Using strategies of both museology and retail marketing, the Museum creates a public space for otherwise functional, personal or disregarded objects – as well as a venue for formal interventions in the surrounding environment.

Tahiti Pehrson
“We Built This City”
2782 24th Street

Pehrson has filled this window with over one hundred hand-cut paper works inspired by the 24th Street neighborhood and culture. The intention of the piece is to convey a sense of levity and community, designed to cast shadow and soften light. Monochromatic white absorbs the orange and blue hues throughout the day, softening hard edges into dreamlike scenes that can be revisited for further exploration.
www.tahitipehrson.com

Kelly Ording & Jetro Martinez
“Ms. Teriosa”
3135 24th Street

The artist duo has transformed a vacant storefront into a free fortune-telling business. Cards left outside the storefront instruct passersby to ask “Ms. Teriosa” a question about their future and deposit the card inside a mailbox slot. One week later, the questions will be answered and displayed in the window. The installation includes a bright, bold, carnivalesque mural on the facade and hand-painted elements on the storefront windows.
www.kellyording.com, www.jetromartinez.com

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Todd Bura: Painting Spiritual Painting

Painting Spiritual Painting
Todd Bura Solo Show
September 18 – October 25, 2009

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Always at the commencement of work that first innocence must be re-achieved, you must return to that unsophisticated spot where the angel discovered you when he brought you the first binding message…If the angel deigns to come, it will be because you have convinced him, not with tears, but with your humble resolve to be always beginning: to be a beginner!

R. M. Rilke

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Involved, Socially: Curated by Michelle Blade

Involved, Socially
Curated by Michelle Blade
Amanda Curreri, David Horvitz, Mark McKnight, Jessica Williams and Christine Wong Yap
August 7 – September 6, 2009

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Involved, Socially is a group exhibition curated by San Francisco-based artist Michelle Blade. Paralleling Blade’s own practice, the exhibition brings together five artists that create both physical works and coinciding events to facilitate an active interchange between the viewer, the artist, and the gallery and examine the potential social function of the art object.

Blade says, “I was once told that every artist, no matter how solitary their process is, has a parallel social practice that informs their work. Be it involvement in a collective, band, a film club, or having a fervent social life, every artist borrows inspiration from it. While most may keep this private or at least segregated in some way, I am interested in the artists who meld the line between art and life, utilizing their practice to create new roles and unexpected connections between their work and life.”

Our culture is obsessed with sending messages–we email, blog, text, and twitter to the world at random, firing flares into the air and sending signals back. Continue reading “Involved, Socially: Curated by Michelle Blade” »

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Elyse Mallouk: Trickle-Down: Yours for the Mining

In the Triple Basement:

Trickle-Down: Yours for the Mining
Multi-channel video installation by Elyse Mallouk
May 15 – July 26, 2009

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Triple Base’s underground project space featured a multi-channel video installation by Elyse Mallouk. Diamonds dripped from the rafters and the cracks in the walls, filling the gallery basement and accumulating in a stack of editioned prints, free to take. Gemstones are powerful symbols of love, desire, and seduction. Like art objects, they are culled from raw material, polished, and invested with symbolic significance and sentiment. They outlive their original owners and their first meanings, transformed each time they change hands. In this projection, the diamonds seeping from the gallery walls alluded to the connections between desire, value, and art. Mallouk is currently pursuing a dual MFA/MA in Fine Arts and Visual and Critical Studies at California College of the Arts.

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Hilary Pecis: Intricacies of Phantom Content

Intricacies of Phantom Content
New Work by Hilary Pecis
May 15 – July 26, 2009

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Intricacies of Phantom Content is an exhibition of new work by San Francisco-based artist Hilary Pecis. This was Pecis’s first solo show at the gallery. In conjunction with her exhibition, Pecis curated a performance series for the closing reception.

Pecis’s mixed media works are varied iterations of an imagined post-apocalyptic landscape, where consumer goods are hemorrhaging from a rock-like skeletal system. Evolution is depicted in the detailed layers of rock, along with gelatinous collaged pieces used to describe tumors growing exponentially. Pecis assembles images and shards from glossy magazine pages and repositions them in a continually expanding and mutating environment. Shine and sparkle are everywhere, attracting the attention of, while distracting the viewer from the disarray of the landscape. Pecis’s multi-layered work is underpinned by her interest in a postmodern identity that is increasingly driven by superficial consumer frenzy and media culture.

Pecis had a solo show at Receiver Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2008) and was a recipient of the Murphy Cadogan Fellowship (2008). Selected group exhibitions include Scion Space, Los Angeles, CA; Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA; Mahan Gallery, Columbus, OH; SF Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA; Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA; Okay Mountain, Austin, TX; Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA; Hinterconti, Hamburg, Germany; Marfa Salon, Marfa, TX; and Samson Projects, Boston, MA. She will receive her MFA from California College of the Arts in June.

Closing Reception: Sunday, July 26, 3-6pm
Special performances by Raphael Noz & Trap Doors (Michael Guidetti)

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Bryson Gill: Mirror and Mirror

Mirror and Mirror, Warm Milk – Still Cream, Degrees of Separation, Shades of Blue and Throwbacks
Bryson Gill Portraits
April 3 – May 3, 2009

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In the backroom gallery, Triple Base presents Mirror and Mirror, Warm Milk – Still Cream, Degrees of Separation, Shades of Blue and Throwbacks, an exhibition of small works by gallery artist Bryson Gill currently living in Berlin. Gill’s new body of work reinterprets late 17th-century portraits through the lens of advertising-inspired graphic pictorial devices. Gill has exhibited widely with solo shows at Co-Lab, Copenhagen; Jace Gace, Portland; Kayo Gallery, Salt Lake City; Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco and Space 868, Bolinas.

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Out of the Flat Files II

Out of the Flat Files II
April 3 – May 3, 2009


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Triple Base Gallery is pleased to present in the main gallery Out of the Flat Files II, an exhibition of new work by over thirty Bay Area artists. The show forefronts the Triple Base Flat Files, a constantly growing collection of over 300 original works on paper by local artists open year-round to the public for hands-on perusal. For the first time since its inception, more than fifteen new artists will join the collection and previously featured artists will contribute all new work. Put on your white gloves and explore some of the most exciting artwork emerging from the Bay Area!

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Rachel Kaye: The Colony

The Colony
Rachel Kaye Solo Show
February 20 – March 22, 2009


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The Colony will feature over 30 new paintings, drawings and sculptures by artist Rachel Kaye. Kaye’s portraits and domestic interiors are sourced from photographs of high-profile women and their surrounds. The show’s title references “The Colony Club,” New York City’s most prestigious private women’s social club founded in 1903 by socialite and suffragist Florence Jaffray Harriman. For her solo show, Kaye curates her own club of powerful and beguiling women by bringing together images of revered figures from Hollywood, fashion and royalty. Rendered in a loose and whimsical style, Kaye’s works extract key details from the original image to convey the subject’s strong persona and opulence.

Kaye received her BFA from the California College of the Arts (2004). She has had solo shows at Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2008) and Kayo Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT (2007.) She has also been featured in recent group exhibitions at Gavlak Projects, West Palm Beach, FL; Dinaburg Arts LLC, New York, NY; Stinson Beach Library, Marin, CA and Paul Morris Gallery, New York, NY. Kaye was previously based in San Francisco and currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

DINNER LECTURE: Saturday, March 14, 7-10pm
Guest Speaker: Kevin Killian (poet, novelist, critic and playwright)

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Open for Making: A Residency for Creativity

Open for Making: A Residency for Creativity
Co-curated by Joyce Grimm and Paul Butler
January 10 – February 8, 2009
Saturday Residency Days: January 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7

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Open for Making is an open residency program that will take place at Triple Base Gallery every Saturday for five weeks. Participation is open and those who choose to take part can attend one or all of the five consecutive Saturday residencies starting on January 10th. This will be an all day event and every part of the day will be essential. Many of us would love to be able to attend a residency program but may not be able to do so at this time for some reason, whether it be financial or commitments to job or family. The goal of these residencies is to create an inspiring and productive environment for creative thinking – even if only for one day. Each day will be organized with varied programs and special guests from the community.

A typical day may start with a game of kickball in a local park followed by a meditation/relaxation method. Afterwards, there will be a special guest from the community that will introduce a new idea or way of thinking which will be followed by an open platform for creating – whether it is clay, painting, textiles or music.

Triple Base Co-Director Joyce Grimm recently traveled to The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada and met with Paul Butler, an artist and curator from Winnipeg. Butler was the Director of the Creative Residency Reverse Pedagogy at Banff in November, 2008. Together Grimm and Butler have created the first residency program for Triple Base starting this January. This innovative residency program has been molded from their experiences in art school, working directly with practicing artists, and embracing new fields of study and alternative teaching models.

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PAST RESIDENCY DAYS:

Saturday, January 10
Joshua Kit Clayton (ambiguous scenarios with a video camera), Kenneth Lo (basketball), Michael Hunter (acting exercises), and Sarah Barnard (yoga-meditation)

Saturday, January 17
Hike to a local urban garden for a tour as well as participate in a planting day. This was followed by lunch near our destination. Then back to the gallery for book/zine making with artist Paul Butler. Participants were to bring something in the form of an 8 x 10 sheet of paper(s) that represented a static version of the items/thoughts/images/videos/musical pieces they find inspiring.

Saturday, January 31
Residency facilitator and Little League All Star Kevin McElroy led a healthy game of whiffle ball. Afterwards he took us to lunch for sausages and beer. For the second portion of the day, San Francisco artist Forrest Lewingerhelped the residency participants create a concept album. The album was comprised of original music and songs composed, preformed, and recorded during the residency by the participants. This album was unified by overarching themes played out in the music through the arrangements and the lyrics. Residents were asked to come up with various themes exploring them through narrative, developing characters, and experimenting with different ways of making music. The final product was/is our very own concept album about the music legend Willie Nelson….live recordings to follow soon!

Saturday, February 7

Travis Meinolf facilitated a Healing Mojo Bag Experience. Participants weaved their own “mojo bags” containing local healing herbs. The bags were tested in special teepee sanctuaries that were set up in the gallery. Then we visited Circle Community Acupuncture and learned about the community acupuncture movement. Melissa CravenJennifer Holley andDavid Lesseps opened up a discussion about their clinic model and then provide residency participants with the opportunity to experience acupuncture in a comfortable group setting.

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Dream With Everything That Fades Away

Dream With Everything That Fades Away
Guillermina Baiguera, Chris Duncan, Linda Geary & Scott Oliver
Curated by Dina Pugh
November 21 – December 20, 2008

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“I move along in the tender intent of finding myself. It’s where I discover well-being in simplicity and can dream with everything that fades away while taking my time to observe the beauty of things.” - Guillermina Baiguera

Triple Base is pleased to present Dream With Everything That Fades Away, a group exhibition featuring the San Francisco premiere of Buenos Aires-based artist Guillermina Baiguera, alongside established Bay Area-based artists Chris Duncan, Linda Geary and Scott Oliver, from November 21 – December 20, 2008.

Guillermina Baiguera uses drawing, embroidery and patchwork to transmit an aesthetic mood by creating a space where the eternal is suggested in every element. For the idea to be complete, the fantasy of each viewer must come into play, abandoning one’s self to the full enjoyment of beauty. Holland Cotter (New York Times) described Baiguera’s work as exemplifying a “craft-based, private-feeling, nostalgic-utopian aesthetic.” These pieces are shown alongside Bay Area artists Linda Geary, Scott Oliver and Chris Duncan who similarly employ an intuitive art making process that engages formal qualities of materiality, luminosity and color.

Linda Geary’s new large-scale paintings explore the emotional potential of color, line, shape, and form. Geary applies multiple layers of paint to create thick lines that weave in and out of gestural brush strokes and across sanded expanses, resulting in a dramatic field of abstraction.

Scott Oliver strives to articulate a poetic and meaningful relationship with the everyday objects and materials he uses in his work. For him they have significance that exceeds their utilitarian definitions. His crocheted chord pieces featured in the show deliberately confuse form and function to allow for a simultaneous consideration of materiality, intended purpose, and formal expectations.

In Chris Duncan’s mixed media works, stark color contrasts of light and dark seek to bridge opposing forces of positive and negative, hope and despair. Considering the site of Triple Base Gallery, Duncan’s new work for this exhibition employs a mirror as its base that – in step with his previous installation-based practice – interacts with the energy of the space.

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Jay Nelson: The Autonomous Zone

The Autonomous Zone
New Work by Jay Nelson
October 10 – November 9, 2008

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Jay Nelson’s drawings, paintings and sculpture are created as part of his quest for individual autonomy within the modern American landscape. His solo show at Triple Base Gallery pays homage to the long history of the Western frontier as a destination for a romantic solitary experience. Focusing on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach as his point of departure, Nelson will employ a range of media to explore his subject of inspiration.

While Nelson’s paintings and drawings imagine a utopian, psychedelic experience within the natural environment, his sculptures serve a dual function as both fine art and self-sustaining utilitarian objects. Previous sculptures have included site-specific treehouses, an energy-efficient car camper, compact “case studies” for travel, and most recently a motor scooter outfitted for exploration. Nelson’s sculptures are simultaneously useful tools to transport oneself into the sky, forest or ocean as well as an imaginative starting point for the venture into a place of pure experience.

Jay Nelson received his MFA from Bard College in 2008. His solo shows include Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco (2006 & 2007) and Space 868, Bolinas (2005). Selected group shows include Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland (2007); Milk Gallery, New York City (2007); Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco (2006); Samson Projects, Boston (2006); New Image Art, Los Angeles (2006); Oakland Museum of California, Oakland (2006); Kayo Gallery, Salt Lake City (2006); and Pulliam Defenbaugh Gallery, Portland (2006). Nelson was previously the curator of the Mollusk Surf Shop in San Francisco. Publications include The New York Times, ANP Quarterly, Blue Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, San Francisco Bay Guardian and L Magazine.

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Christine Shields: When Holy Were the Haunted Forest Boughs

When Holy Were the Haunted Forest Boughs
New Work by Christine Shields
August 29 – September 28, 2008

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For Shields’s first solo show at Triple Base, she will create an eerie yet ethereal environment, exploring the idea of psychic homelessness. Through a mythological narrative, Shields ponders the impermanence of life and the human need to wander. The installation will highlight Shields’s signature illustrative drawings and paintings of ghosts, orphans, animals and spirits. The artist will also be the first to extend her installation down into the gallery’s cavernous “Triple Basement”, employing descent mythology to depict the soul’s journey into darkness and then back into light.

Christine Shields has a BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. She was a featured artist in Bay Area Now 4 (2005) at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco and has had solo shows at S.F. Center for the Book, San Francisco (2005); City Hall, San Francisco (2003) and Adobe Books, San Francisco (2002). Selected group shows include White Columns, NY (2006); Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco (2006); UNLV’s Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, Las Vegas, NV (2006); Aidan Savoy Galley, NYC (2006) and The Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2006). Shields was the creator of comic series “Blue Hole” and recently published the book “The Lonely Bear” with Booklyn, New York. She will be releasing her first album “Treasure Gone Feral” on Evangeline Records in November.

Opening Reception: Friday, August 29th, 7-10pm
Special musical performance by Linda Hagood


A Dinner Lecture Series
event in conjunction with this exhibition will take place in a comfortable off-site location on Friday, September 5th featuring guest chef Wendy Van Wagner.

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Open for Business

Open for Business
July 10 – July 27, 2008
Marketplace Hours: Thursday & Friday: 5-8pm, Saturday & Sunday 12-5pm

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Throughout the month of July, Triple Base will activate the gallery with alternative art commerce. A weekly rotation of artist booths designed by fourteen contemporary artists and creative inventors will each provide an offering of goods, services or information. The set-up facilitates an active space for exchange and social interaction, allowing the artists to highlight their influences or endeavors outside of their regular visual art practice. Each week (Thursday through Sunday) various artists or artist groups will man their custom-designed booth and conduct a project that engages the public.

July 10-13: Tara Foley and young Mission-based artists collaborate with visitors to create poetry collages, Bad at Sports presents a listening station of conversations with world-famous artists and curators, Taha Belal offers a special exchange of information and Sara Thacher gambles with visitors on the outcome of the game Rock, Paper, Scissors.

July 17-20: Alissa Anderson turns your old tee-shirt into a reusable grocery bag, Shashanna Chittle creates a restorative yoga booth, Jesse Schlesingerbrings Dirty Girl Farm to the city, Suzanne Husky will make home improvements out of recycled materials for a site-impaired friend (project blog)Scott Oliveroffers an array of personal effects in exchange for a detailed drawing or written description of the special object.

July 24-27: Justin Limoges offers temporary tattoos and custom drawings,Michelle Blade proposes a mail art trade, Kyle Mock presents a project designed around the notion of “defining self” and will create drawings based on his conversations with participants, Travis Meinolf works with gallery visitors to make wool ponchos and distribute them and Beth Cook’s “Paris Hiltonize Me” booth offers participants their 90 seconds of fame.

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Suzanne Husky: You Make Me Make You

You Make Me Make You
Suzanne Husky Solo Show
May 22 – June 29, 2008

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For her ambitious installation at Triple Base, Suzanne Husky has crafted a series of soft sculptures that include Chinese factory workers, Mexican laborers, “counter-mainstream hipsters”, and a series of inventive Berkeley “eco-heroes.” The work depicts extreme labor, oppression, community, superficiality, unmindful expending of resources, and white guilt. This show is sure to entertain if you like stories, using your imagination, and thinking critically about the world we live in today.

The artist explains, “In this project, the audience members are invited to become visual anthropologists. What do the portraits of people, ideas, and scenes reveal about a sample of local culture and society? In each piece the details are based on observation and the analysis of the subject simultaneously captures a specific individual or concept as well as a broader lifestyle. As a whole, the growing inventory format of the installation unveils the nature and complexity of a community. The represented figures are striking in unusual ways and together reflect cultural diversity and environmental awareness.”

The Dinner Lecture Series event will take place on Friday, June 27th and features special guests Amy Franceschini and Michael Swaine (Futurefarmers).

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Todd Bura: Misfits

MISFITS
New work by Todd Bura
April 3 – May 4, 2008

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Triple Base Gallery is pleased to present Misfits, an exhibition of new work by San Francisco based artist Todd Bura. This will be Bura’s second solo show at the gallery. Misfits will include works on paper, works on canvas, and sculpture. However, Bura’s inventive material combinations simultaneously collapse and assert traditional definitions of these categories. This provocative exhibition emphasizes the artist’s search for an end to his fascination with painted and drawn images.

While some of the works’ surfaces bear few marks, others are completely covered. One image brings to mind a face while another seems to reference only itself. Bura manipulates a medium on paper or canvas and then alters its meaning once again in the gallery space, creating an installation out of the individual works. Bura’s considered process is indicative of the human impulse to make connections and create order from what is random. When grouped together these varied images “allow a subtle chain of effects to echo and punctuate one another, calling one another, saying how either nothing or everything is accidental.”

Dinner Lecture Series event featuring guest lecturer Kenneth Baker (art critic,San Francisco Chronicle) in conjunction with this exhibition will take place in a satellite Mission loft space on Friday, April 11th.

Todd Bura’s work will also be featured in a coinciding group show Form +curated by Lawrence Rinder (Dean of California College of the Arts) at Meridian Gallery, San Francisco from March 13 – May 3, 2008.

San Francisco Bay Guardian Review by Johnny Ray Huston

Shotgun Review by Zachary Scholz

Shotgun Review by Bessie Kunath

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Starting With Blade Group Show

Starting With Blade
Group Show
March 6 – March 23, 2008

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The premise of this exhibition starts with Triple Base’s founding intention of being one “base” of many international art spaces; interconnected in a dialog about contemporary art making and experimental gallery practice. Triple Base proposes one San Francisco-based artist, Michelle Blade, to be the starting point for the show. Blade investigates the transformative roll of public gatherings where social hierarchy dissolves and abrupt moments of collective completion occur.

Triple Base curators selected galleries in other cities that likewise strive to create innovative, artist-centered gallery programming and many share a common aesthetic, non-competitive spirit, artistic alliances and affinities. These participants also do more than present and sell work – they offer artists and patrons alternate entry points to the artwork through drawing events, studio visits, lectures and experimental curatorial projects. Participating galleries include: LOYAL, Stockholm, Sweden; Sumi Ink Club at SITE LA, Los Angeles;Nakaochiai Gallery, Tokyo; Charlotte Fogh Contemporary, Arhus, Denmark andLittle Cakes, New York City.

Each curator is asked to select an artist(s) whose work creates a dynamic pairing or friendly allegiance to Blade’s work in either concept or form. Curated as a chain reaction of sorts, this group show makes connections between artists working in a similar vein and forms an international web of like-minded art spaces.

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In conjunction with the exhibition, LA-based Sumi Ink Club drawing collective (founded by Sarah Anderson and Luke Fischbeck) will organize a multi-city simultaneous drawing event open to the public at Triple Base (San Francisco), SiteLA (Los Angeles), Little Cakes (New York), Shoboshobo (Paris) and more venues TBD on Sunday, March 23st, 2-5pm.

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Peter Stegall: An Equal Playing Field

An Equal Playing Field
New Work by Peter Stegall
Curated by Dina Dusko
January 17 – February 17, 2008

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Triple Base Gallery and guest curator Dina Dusko are pleased to present An Equal Playing Field: New Work by Peter Stegall. This is the Sacramento painter’s first Bay Area solo show and the culmination of Stegall’s 30 year immersion in the “powerful playing field of color.” His investment yields a body of work ever-changing with each subtle stroke, careful composition and color choice. In striving for a certain kind of perfection, the work emerges new, a near surprise to the artist who exclaims, “Color has me on the end of a string!” Stegall dedicates himself to the fundamentals of painting, this exhibition of small-scale gloss enamels on masonite is his personal variation on those fundamentals.

Stegall earned his M.A. in Art from California State University, Sacramento. He is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant and an Adolf and Esther Gotleib Foundation grant. His work was included in the Crocker Art Museum exhibition “Neo Mod: Recent Northern California Abstraction” and “Color and Geometry” at Mills College Art Gallery curated by Phil Linhares.

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LIMITED EDITION POSTER AVAILABLE
It is designed and hand screen printed by Miles Stegall and Fiona Bruce of Idiot or Genius? in Portland, Oregon.
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INTERVIEW
Peter Stegall interview by curator Dina Dusko
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PRESS
“Peter Stegall prefers small, subtle statements”
by Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle

“Artist Peter Stegall plays the (color) fields at Triple Base Gallery”
by Ava Jancar, San Francisco Bay Guardian

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Adel Abidin: Abidin Travels

Abidin Travels
Installation by Adel Abidin
November 17, 2007 – January 5, 2008

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Organized by Montalvo Art Center
Presenting partner: Graduate Program of Fine Arts at California College of the Arts

Previously at the Venice Biennale and now in San Francisco. Artist Adel Abidin created an installation that has transforms Triple Base gallery into a travel agency promoting vacation trips to Baghdad. Abidin Travels uses humor and sarcasm to invite visitors to explore the realities of life in Iraq. In addition, a kiosk allows visitors to make reservations online and also receive printed tickets.

Rijin Sahakian, the project’s curator said, “What is happening in Iraq today is beyond the parameters of a strictly political discussion. By providing individual histories, experiences, and artistic practice, we explore the questions that emerge regarding what these enormous losses of life, culture and humanity mean for society as a whole.”

Adel Abidin was born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1973 and now lives and works in Helsinki. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in both Baghdad and Helsinki. He is currently the artist in-residence at Montalvo through November.

Review of Adel Abidin’s “Baghdad Travels” by Laura U. Marks

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Drew Bennett: The Clouds Carved the Mountains

The Clouds Carved the Mountains: A Dialog Between Sound and Space
Installation and Sound Series by Drew Bennett
October 18 – November 11, 2007

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The Clouds Carved the Mountains is a solo exhibition and collaborative music project by San Francisco-based artist Drew Bennett. Bennett’s project confronts the traditional anti-social nature that can often exist in visual art practice. The major focus in this Triple Base project is to shift this perspective, which Bennett achieves by transforming the gallery architecture into an environment ripe with visual and musical inspiration. Each Sunday, audience members explore the space with the lead guide being the musical performers. Bennett has joined forces with sound and light installation artist Joshua Churchill and together they will carve out the interior of the gallery and construct a landscape that functions as a gallery stageroom. The constructed space will challenge artists and musicians while enveloping the audience.

In this month-long exhibition, Bennett and selected Bay Area sound artists and musicians to respond to the broad concept of space. Collectively, their response is presented as an ongoing site-specific installation. There will be a Sunday Sound Series consisting of selected performances throughout the run of the show. Each performance will consider the sentiment of the installation and use music and vibration to explore the parameters of the gallery space.

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October 21st
Sean Horchy, Simulcra, Lucky DragonsShip, Pumpkins

October 28th
Bert Bergen, Fortune Tower, ConesiXiAscended Master

November 4th
Kushi Puri, Nobody Beats, Moot, 
Hannah and RavenSnowblinkPale Hoarse

November 11th
John Willhoite, 60 Watt Kid, Mike Sempert of Birds and BatteriesTussle, and
Jascha Ephraim Memorial Library

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Bryson Gill & Jay Nelson: Double Blind

Double Blind
New Work by Bryson Gill and Jay Nelson
September 7 – October 7, 2007

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Triple Base Gallery is pleased to announce Double Blind, a two-person exhibition featuring Bryson Gill and Jay Nelson. San Francisco-based artists and long-time friends, Gill and Nelson will present new paintings that illustrate both of their common sensibilities and recent divergences. Gill and Nelson attended California College for the Arts together and often influenced one another in their art practice. Previous to this exhibition, Gill held an influential residency in Leipzig, Germany and Nelson has been working towards his MFA at Bard College in New York. In this time, each has honed their individual skills and created experimental works. The artists intentionally prepared for this exhibition without viewing the other’s work as an experiment to see what differences or similarities emerge. The exact outcome is yet to be determined but you can expect to see large-scale, ambitious paintings by both Gill and Nelson.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a limited edition artist book will be produced by Triple Base Gallery.

San Francisco Bay Guardian review by Ava Jancar

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Kyle Mock: Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb
Kyle Mock Solo Show
July 13 – August 26, 2007

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Triple Base Gallery is pleased to announce Kyle Mock’s first solo exhibition, Do Not Disturb. Perhaps you have wondered what it would be like to step into one of your favorite paintings or even into the mind of an artist you admire. This is your chance to do just that. Mock’s large-scale installation, acting as a three-dimensional drawing will allow you to enter an imaginative space created by one of San Francisco’s most promising young artists.

Do Not Disturb is an art installation that transforms Triple Base Gallery into a minimalist bedroom designed for quiet reflection and examination. Each participant enters the quirky, solitary scene and is given a pair of specially designed eyeglasses to wear in Mock’s imagined environment. Viewers are invited to explore the space alone in order to contemplate their own relationship with the prescribed setting. For some, this time alone could be the first in quite a while or if your life is similar to Mock’s, the scene may be very familiar. Within Mock’s fabricated sleeping chamber one may sense the presence of a young person desperate for physical connection, simultaneously striving to become his or her ideal self.

Most of Mock’s previous work consists of small-scale paintings and drawings. Each one is executed with meticulous precision and skill, all the while strikingly clever. While Mock’s attention to detail and humorous nature are equally apparent in this new installation, the large-scale format and use of materials are entirely new to his practice. As with most young artists, Mock continually challenges himself. In the time leading up to his solo exhibition, he was working on ways to increase the scale of his two-dimensional works. For Do Not Disturb, Mock worked closely with Triple Base curator Joyce Grimm, who purposed that he try translating his work into a full scale installation, which would require him to learn new sculptural and spatial skills. The curatorial assignment, along with Mock’s technical research and recent travels to Berlin and Copenhagen, have given him solid footing to explore his formal ideas and concepts.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Triple Base Gallery produced an 80 page, limited edition book titled “Legend of the Sunset”. It is complete with Mock’s intimate sketchbook drawings, Grimm’s curatorial essay and lively interview with the artist. Click here to order one.

This project is made possible by the San Francisco Arts Commission Equity Grant Program.

Kyle Mock was born in 1981 in San Jose, California. He graduated from the California College of the Arts in 2005 with a B.F.A. in Painting/Drawing. Most recently, he was included in Cali in CPH, Co-lab Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark; The Secret Fire Escape, My Hero Gallery, Montréal, Canada; One and OH, Park Life, San Francisco, California; and Affair, Tart, San Francisco, California. His work was also included in The Family Room Show, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (2005/06), For Landscape, Queen’s Nails Annex, San Francisco, California (2005); and Infinite Fill Show and Foxy Production, New York City (2004). He performed in Music for Artists, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California (2005). Mock currently lives and works in San Francisco.

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From Mind to Hand: Artists and Graphology

From Mind to Hand: Artists and Graphology
Graphologist: Susanne Shapiro
April 7 – May 20, 2007

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What is graphology? Graphology is the analysis and interpretation of a person’s character traits through handwriting. Triple Base Gallery has invited Los Angeles-based graphologist and musician Susanne Shapiro to interpret the handwriting of a varied group of contemporary artists: Jim Drain, John Dwyer, Erica Eyres, Tara Lisa Foley, Jona Frank, Bryson Gill, Sam Gordon, Frank Haines, Todd Hido, Xylor Jane, Oliver Halsman Rosenberg, Philippe Halsman, Tom Marioni, Ester Partegas, Jon Rubin, Kyle Mock, Myles Langlois, Scott Snibbe and Jeffrey Vallance. These original handwriting samples and Ms. Shapiro’s analyses will be placed on exhibit alongside images of the artists’ work so that the viewer can compare and contrast the artist’s various modes of expression. A library of interpretive materials on graphology will also be available to the public for perusal.

Our goal is to look critically at the value placed on interpretation and to ask: how closely related is the artist’s personality, as read through graphology, to the work he or she creates? And how relevant is it for us to try to understand the artist and their work beyond what we read individually?

Typically, a critical analysis of an artist’s work is made by art historians, curators, and art critics. In many cases these individuals rely heavily on their own method of analysis intermixed with studies based in critical theory, psychology, and philosophy. As the field of art practice continues to deepen and intertwine itself to the various areas of study and critical thought, it will be interesting to see how another form of analysis, when introduced in relation to art, is perceived in a gallery exhibition.

Click here to view the artists’s handwriting samples and partial analyses by Ms. Shapiro.

Related Event:
Dinner Lecture Series
Sunday, April 29th; 6:30-10pm
Featuring an interactive lecture by graphologist Susanne Shapiro in conjunction with upcoming exhibition “From Mind to Hand: Artists and Graphology.”

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Alissa Anderson: a n t s y

a n t s y:
Portraits by Alissa Anderson
February 28 – April 1, 2007

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Alissa Anderson has heavily documented the contemporary San Francisco music scene with her images gracing the records of Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom and The Coachwhips. Also a member of the band Vetiver for the past 5 years, her photographs are featured in their new record “To Find Me Gone.” Anderson’s portraits of musicians have been published in RES, SOMA, XLR8R, and SPIN. Triple Base Gallery will feature Alissa Anderson’s portrait photography, spanning her entire career. This will be Anderson’s most comprehensive show to date, including a limited edition publication of photographs and essays that will be available for signing on opening night.

The multi-talented artist also produces a line of recycled clothing and accessories called “m i t t e n m a k e r” that has been included in exhibitions at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and California College of the Arts, local fashion shows, sample sales, and boutiques. In 2005, Alissa was featured as a “Style Icon” in Venus magazine. Alissa Anderson’s photography has been shown in venues including Adobe Books, Blackbird Space, and New Langton Arts in San Francisco; New Image Art in LA; and Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York.

Click here to read essay by curator Dina Pugh

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Zefrey Throwell: Frank Prattled

Frank Prattled
Zefrey Throwell Solo Show
November 18 – December 10, 2006
Frank Prattle-a-thon Live from Triple Base: Sunday, November 19th, 11am-7pm

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San Francisco is a hornet’s nest of art activity…what surprises me is the lack of critical dialogue that transpires here,” says Zefrey Throwell describing the impetus behind his radio show “Frank Prattle.” Triple Base presents a survey exhibition of Throwell’s radio program archives as well as Throwell’s cunning portraits of his past show guests. On Sunday November 19th, Triple Base will host a marathon day of live radio interviews featuring artists, arts professionals and live music in the 24th Street storefront gallery.

Frank Prattle introduces Bay Area-based and visiting artists, gallerists, critics, curators, and writers to a wider public. The show educates the local community about various art exhibitions while contributing an essential critical voice and dialog that is lacking in the region. Zefrey Throwell, a recent transplant from Portland and Alaskan native, recognized this void in his new hometown and quickly acted to provide a solution. Past guests have included Larry Rinder, Jack Hanley, Kate Fowle, John Trippe, Harrell Fletcher, Eleanor Harwood, Courtney Fink, and Chris Perez just to name a few.

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Zefrey hosted eight hours of radio programming at Triple Base Gallery on Sunday, November 19th as part of Neighborhood Public Radio

Off the pedestal and on to the mic, we got down to the nitty gritty and did some Frank Prattling. There were interviews galore, as well as art-stars hosting their own programs. Listen in if you happen to miss it!

Guests included:

-Apsara DiQuinzio (SFMOMA)
-Rene de Guzman (Yerba Buena Center for Arts)
-Meg Schiffler (San Francisco Arts Commision)
-Stephen Wirtz (Stephen Wirtz Gallery)
-Renny Pritikin (Nelson Gallery)
-Berin Golonu (Yerba Buena Center for Arts)
-Glen Helfand (Artforum, SFAI, CCA, Mills)
-Steven Wolf (Steven Wolf Fine Arts)
-Courtney Fink (Southern Exposure)
-Robert Shimshak (Collector)
-Alan Bamberger (Art Business)
-Tony Labat (Artist, SFAI)
-Laurie Lazer (The Luggage Store)
-Sue Costabile (Egopark Gallery)
-Kyle Mock (SF Artist)
-Kevin Slagle (Egopark Gallery)
-Jonathon Keats (Artist)
-Chris Duncan (Artist)
-Heather Marx (Heather Marx Gallery)
-Steve Zavattero (Heather Marx Gallery)
-Brion Nuda Rosch (Artist, Adobe Books)
-John Trippe (Fecal Face)
-Jon Brumit (Artist, NPR)
-Lee Montgomery (Artist, NPR)

Listen to Frank Prattle archives including this event

“I drove in from Mendocino to appear on Frank Prattle and it was worth it.”
-Larry Rinder, Dean of CCA

“It was a little now and a little wow. All that I hoped for and more. It was especially nice that Frank didn’t harsh my mellow.”
-Jack Hanley, Jack Hanley Gallery

This is made possible by the generous support of Southern Exposure and a Creative Work Fund Grant.

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Tara Lisa Foley: Give Me a Simple Life

Give Me a Simple Life
Installation by Tara Lisa Foley
October 19 – November 10, 2006

Triple Base is pleased to present San Francisco-based artist Tara Lisa Foley’s first solo show “Give Me a Simple Life.” The installation is a drastic departure from Foley’s regular practice of painting and drawing. She will transform both the exterior and interior of the gallery to create a three-dimensional landscape of fiberglass trees, kinetic sculptures, wall paintings, a musical soundscape and more to be discovered. Using unexpected materials and innovative methods, Foley expands on her thinking around one’s relationship to nature and the modern world. In line with Triple Base’s mission that encourages site-specific, experimental projects, Foley has abandoned her typical goauche on panel and paper works and has worked for weeks within the gallery space to create this installation.

Click here for Fecalface.com review and images of the show

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Kottie Paloma: In the Valley of the Sun

In the Valley of the Sun
New Work by Kottie Paloma
September 8 – October 1, 2006

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A new exhibition by Kottie P.
Including: Books on Tape Vol.II 
KQED The Writers’ Block
Video Collaboration with Liz Walsh
and a 23 Track Compilation album called “Kottie and Friends!”
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WHY SHOULD YOU SEE IT:
“Because you want to know what it is like to get inside someone else’s head. OR You may be a very kind and intelligent person but find yourself getting irritated by the abundance of political correctness in San Francisco. Kottie Paloma makes works that are tragic, humorous and often poignant by simply responding to his immediate surroundings. One aspect of his solo show will be a new series of constructed books consisting of his drawings and accompanied by audio recordings produced by Brian Pedersen. Paloma’s artwork resonates with people who pay attention to the details of urban living and to those who may be fortunate enough to have once lived outside of its harsh reality. You can not experience his art without having a reaction, that would be simply impossible.”

-Joyce Grimm

Barry Bonds interviews Joyce Grimm about Kottie Paloma’s solo exhibition

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Beth Cook: It’s Not You, It’s Me

It’s Not You, It’s Me
Beth Cook Solo Show
August 24-27, 2006

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Triple Base features “Beth Cook: It’s Not You, It’s Me” guest curated by Zoe Taleporos. Fashioning herself as a relationship anthropologist of sorts, San Francisco-based Cook creates elaborate diagrams detailing the history of her romantic, sexual, emotional, and creative life. These text based works use the scientific rhetoric of charts and symbols to form a non-linear autobiography complete with humor, sarcasm and charmingly blunt honesty. While examining the nuances in the quest to understand oneself and the need to connect with others, Cook’s work takes us through the all too familiar scenarios of unrequited love, dysfunctional relationships and obsessive introspection. Through bravely offering us insight into her character, Cook celebrates the fallibility of human emotion and intimacy by turning them into an art practice.

For the opening night of “Beth Cook: It’s Not You, It’s Me” on Thursday August 24th at 7pm, the artist will give a one-night only performance taking the form of a dating and relationship seminar. This is the chance you have always wanted to get closure with your ex, indulge in emotional catharsis or revel in the messy world of dating. Periodically throughout the night, “office hours” will be held where you can sign up for a personal one-on-one session with the artist. So bring your tissues, your love letters to burn, and embrace the crazy world of looking for love.

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Todd Bura: Mighty Pretty Rain Crow

Todd Bura: Mighty Pretty Rain Crow
August 17 – 20, 2006

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Todd Bura, Untitled, 2006, watercolor on paper

At noon on Thursday, August 17, 2006, Triple Base will present “Todd Bura: Mighty Pretty Rain Crow” a four-day exhibition which will showcase the intimacy of Todd’s miniature works of minimalist complexity, memory, and music. Todd draws on found paper with watercolor paints and pinpricks. The limited-capacity opening on Friday, August 18 at 8pm includes an informal interview between the artist and guest curator Dina Dusko.

New Jersey-born Todd Bura currently lives and works in San Francisco. His recent exhibitions include Four Star Video in San Francisco, 38nine Studio, Dumbo Arts Festival, and Visual Arts Gallery in New York.

Kenneth Baker’s SF Chronicle Review of “Todd Bura: Mighty Pretty Rain Crow”

Todd Bura interviewed by Dina Dusko Download file

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Cosmic Satellites

Cosmic Satellites
July 12 – July 30, 2006
Opening Night performance by Usun (Mark Borthwick, Hisham Bharoocha and David Aron)

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“Cosmic Satellites” celebrates the intimate, handmade, the beloved souvenir and the special gift. Guest curator and art director Betty Nguyen will set up a temporary shop at the Triple Base gallery carrying limited edition art works, merchandise, clothes and media by an international roster of artists — many of whom are featured in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ simultaneous exhibition “Cosmic Wonder.”

Satellite artists include Ara Peterson, Paperrad, Cory Arcangel, Nieves Books and Zines, Tagbanger and Textfield, Cosmic Wonder, Andy Hershey, Mike Pare, Soft Circle, Eric Bauer, Michael Williams, Sean McKinnon, Jos Pollard, Willshine, Hanna Fushihara Aron, David Aron, Hisham Bharoocha, Mark Borthwick, Feathers, Sam Gordon, Sabrina Gschwandtner (KnitKnit), Yukinori Maeda, Ports Bishop and many more.

In both the “Cosmic Wonder” exhibition and satellite show, Nguyen strings together a community of artists from New York, Los Angeles, Japan, and San Francisco that work between aesthetics of transcendental, digitally tight and homespun. “Cosmic Satellites” is a contemporary cube of intricate jewelry, silk-screened and digital posters, couture clothes, humorously clever tee-shirts, documented zines, ephemeral paintings, and recursive videos that highlight the varied creative endeavors of these multi-talented artists.

Click here to read a Fecalface.com review of opening night by Jennifer Maerz

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Chris Cobb: Everything in a Drawing and Nothing in a Drawing

Chris Cobb: Everything in a Drawing and Nothing in a Drawing
March, 2006

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With the assistance of 30 people San Francisco artist Chris Cobb has made a series of drawings that are as messy as they are colorful. Questioning authorship and originality, Cobb’s upcoming exhibition at Triple Base Gallery shows what happens when 30 friends and fellow collaborators draw layer after layer to make dense, luminous drawings.

While Cobb sets forth a basic idea or structure, each picture made by the group is unique. The idea is to create a new experience with each drawing, and each person represents a certain color. This choreographed art was inspired by a rather existentialist text sent to Cobb by the Japanese artist Kazumasa Noguchi. Noguchi described time as being revealed in layers of meaning.

Curator Joyce Grimm has established this assignment-based project as the first No.4 exchange with Triple Base’s sister gallery, Nakaochiai Gallery, located in Tokyo. Both spaces support interrelation, expansion, and exchange for a growing network of international artistic communities. “Everything in a Drawing and Nothing in a Drawing” originated with an invitation to Nakaochiai Gallery to recommend a Tokyo artist who had a great understanding of space and would be interested in lending their artistic and poetic sensibilities through a descriptive text that would then be translated by artist Chris Cobb. Nakaochiai Gallery recommended artist Kazumasa Noguchi and it was with his poetic text this project began. A future project will involve a reciprocal exchange in Japan.

Click here for an ArtBusiness.com write-up of the show

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Switchback: Matt Gerring and Jay Nelson

Switchback: Matt Gerring and Jay Nelson
January-February, 2006

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Jay Nelson, The Joy of Nature (detail), 2006, graphite on paper

“Switchback: Matt Gerring and Jay Nelson” presents two emerging San Francisco-based artists who explore spirituality as seen through the popular California pastime—camping. Both Gerring and Nelson use their practice to explore their personal connection to the natural world within an increasingly technological modern age. While the two artists share a common point of interest, their artistic processes are inversely related. Nelson creates subtle patterns of negative space in his large-scale drawings by rubbing an eraser over layers of graphite, while Gerring embellishes his fabric canvases with detailed hand embroidery.

Matt Gerring investigates the phenomena of “home-grown” spiritual questing and aesthetics arising from 1960s psychedelic culture through the medium of embroidery on camping equipment such as sleeping bags and tents. Gerring’s newest work will be on display in the Triple Base gallery’s storefront windows. These new pieces made of the frayed rope and deconstructed rigging mechanisms used in mountain climbing suggest a lust for adventure and risk that many outdoor enthusiasts experience. Gerring’s embroidered camping gear remind one that such products act as an intermediary between the body and the elements, only allowing a person to “get back to nature” while wrapped in state of the art petroleum by-products. Gerring’s detailed work simultaneously comments on the imported spiritual philosophy of Asia and the appropriated teachings of Native Americans. Gerring is a recent MFA graduate of California College of the Arts, a recipient of the prestigious Skowhegan Residency and a current artist-in-residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

Jay Nelson likewise finds the inspiration for his large-scale, psychedelic landscapes in nature. Building from early California photography and etchings, Nelson’s epic drawings incorporate his own feelings of transcendence experienced while backpacking through the terrain of Northern California. Nelson’s newest wall-sized drawings will cover the walls of the gallery, creating an installation that envelops the viewer.

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Click here for an ArtBusiness.com write-up of the show

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