Sunday, January 27, 2013

February 7-23 // Homing: An Art Installation

"Migrating Houses" by Todd Laby
In February, we will welcome visual artists Todd Laby, Audrey Heller and Pamela Merory Dernham, whose provocative installation and exhibit will conclude our inaugural season at StoreFrontLab.

Homing, which opens on February 7, comprises three works in dialogue exploring our unsettled notions of origin, memory, and finding one’s bearings. 

Laby’s “Migrating Houses,” sculpted wooden houses teetering on tall spindly legs, roam the storefront. Merory Dernham’s sculptural works in wire delve into complex questions surrounding human connectedness and the varied reality of where home is. Finally, Laby and Heller’s collaboration “Moving Boxes” invites viewers to peer into an array of miniature worlds of domestic emotions and memories.

You can learn more by reading their artists' statement, but as with Laby's wandering herd of houses, we think there is something to be said for embracing the mysteriousness.

Exhibit Hours
// February 7–February 23, 2013
// Wednesdays, 11:30AM-1:30PM
// Thurdays-Saturdays, 3PM-7PM

Opening Reception
// Thursday, February 7, 7PM-9PM  RSVP

Closing Reception
// Saturday, February 23, 7PM-9PM  RSVP

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Obsolete Californias: Opening January 9

We're kicking off 2013 with Obsolete Californias presented by Shipping & ReceivingIt's one of our most ambitious projects to date at StoreFrontLab, but what is it exactly? 

Is it a store? An art gallery? A history museum? A community center? An elaborate joke? According to Shipping & Receiving's founders, Heather Smith and Torreya Cummings, the answer is: Yes.

Smith and Cummings, both writers and artists, are purveyors of the 31st state's many histories and entwined futures. The installation will explore the relics and customs of Californias that no longer exist and propose opportunities for exchange.

Rather than asking more questions, we suggest you drop by and see for yourself. Visit Obsolete Californias at StoreFrontLab from January 9-25, Wednesday through Sunday. Admission and all special programs are free, but we encourage you to register in advance

GRAND OPENING
// Wednesday, January 9, 5-8PM [RSVP]

STOREFRONT HOURS
January 9-25
// Wednesday–Friday, 5-8PM
// Saturdays, 2-8PM
// Sundays, 11AM-5PM
Subject to change; follow @shipandreceive
on twitter for updates

MOVIE NIGHT
// Thursday, January 10, 6:30 [RSVP]
Barbary Coast (1935) and San Francisco (1936). 
Two films about late early San Francisco.

NOT A BAR, NOT YOUR HOUSE
// Friday, January 11, 5-8 [RSVP]
Want to go to a place that’s not a bar, and not your house? 
Ship/Rec is warm, cheery, atmospheric. Bring a bottle, a friend, 
a book, pull up a tuffet, and reinvent the fine art of hanging out.

WRESTLE
// Saturday, January 12, 5-8PM* [RSVP]
// Sunday, January 13, 2-5PM* [RSVP]
Fight therapist Melissa Wyman brings her mats and some 
moves. The history (& future) of California involves struggle 
over territory and resources. Wyman helps you make it literal 
with a Collaborative Combative Drawing event. 
*Times subject to refinement; register to receive updates.

WHITTLE
// Wednesday, January 16, 6-8PM [RSVP]
If you have small-scale whittling or carving projects, bring them. Not really a workshop or skillshare, unless you feel like teaching someone something. Bring a snack or beverage, if you'd like to.

MOVIE NIGHT
Thursday, January 17, 6:30PM [RSVP]
That Boy (1974)and Nights in Black Leather (1973). Excerpts from two films featuring Peter Berlin, and various scenes of gay sex
subculture, streets, cars, bars, and San Francisco in the 1970s. 
Mercifully, the DJ will make music happen over any dialogue.

NOT A BAR, NOT YOUR HOUSE
// Friday, January 18, 5-8 [RSVP]

EMPEROR NORTON I
// Wednesday, January 23, 6:30-8:30PM [RSVP]
Please join us in welcoming our esteemed guest, Emperor Norton I, 
Emperor of these United States and Protector of Mexico, speaking on the topic of his life and possibly E Clampus Vitus.

MOVIE NIGHT 
//Thursday, January 24, 6:30PM [RSVP]
Sneakers (1992). Legendary computer caper set in the Bay Area, from the early days of the interwebs.

NOT A BAR, NOT YOUR HOUSE
// Friday, January 25, 5-8 [RSVP]