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Art Performance and Conceptual Visual Arts

One Night Stand in the Mission

Not what you think, folks.

This will be casual write-up much like my friday evening at Wire + Nail gallery in the Mission. It was a fun event of affordable art (everything under $100) and naked chess play. Yes, folks, performance art at its best with some exceptional chess players evoking the spirit of a similar chess match between Marcel Duchamp and Eve Babitz.

Marcel Duchamp vs. Eve Babitz

You would think that a naked chess match would be a spectacle but the attention was more focused on the art on the walls and the mingling between Wire + Nail artists and visitors. Here’s the great thing about affordable art nights and fairs, they’re the only events that allow the public to look at art, engage with artists and gallerists and become a collector. Granted, there are many ideas of what an art collector is but think about it. You’ve probably got two or three pairs of shoes and/or clothes in your closet that equate to the amount of three (maybe four) art works from the Wire + Nail affordable art night.

My point: You don’t have to collect blue chip art to be an art collector!

Overall, the evening was both fun and entertaining and filled with some wonderful artwork at reasonable prices! Definitely hoping Wire + Nail has more of these affordable art nights for the public. It’s a great new space nestled off Mission Street showcasing phenomenal emerging artists.

Here’s a bit more on the micro gallery…

Wire & Nail was founded in 2011 by Tricia Rampe, proprietor of Artcrush.Me; a San Francisco art sourcing and consulting firm. Wire & Nail seeks to re-define the commercial gallery space by utilizing 21st Century mobile and Web technologies. We will provide interactive experiences that support and showcase emerging artists whose practices embrace both traditional and new media. Wire & Nail is open by appointment and exhibitions are available for viewing 24 hours a day 7 days a week via mobile and Web technology and street level display.

~ Source: Wire + Nail Gallery 

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Art Visual Arts

Forthcoming: Jennie Ottinger

The Best Friend reading one of Ms. Ottinger's Books

At the beginning of the month, I posted a few photos I took at the Oakland Art Murmur. Jennie Ottinger’s show, Due By: Book show by Jennie Ottinger, at the Johansson Projects (JP) Art Gallery was my introduction to her work. Since JP is one of my favorite galleries in the Easy Bay, I usually prolong my visit and make multiple trips back to the space during the Art Murmur. Due By was one of those shows I couldn’t get enough of. I found it rather difficult to leave. As you can see from the photo, patrons were allowed to open the books. Interestingly enough, there were no signs or persons encouraging or discouraging the participation but it just made sense. What do you do when you see a book? You open it. Whether or not it has pretty pictures, that’s the nature of book – to be opened. Then, to illuminate or share a story. Jennie Ottinger, certainly, did just that with her work.

I wanted to take some time to write and let you know that I’ve got something in the works regarding Ms. Ottinger’s work and art practice. Her witty and clever take on literature classics is not only an innovative approach at engagement with the viewer, it is a meshing of many art practices into one that is worth the inquiry and the discovery (if you are new to her work). I’ll explain later…I promise.

First impression: Clever, witty, fantastic and engaging story-teller, well read (literally), prolific, lover of words and language

Lasting impression: Worth the time but wondering where she will go next…I’m hoping to find out!

Books and Paintings make an amazing combination!