Starting With Blade
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.
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.