When I’m not thinking about the afterlife, I’m thinking about love. This is true. Currently live blogging at Wire + Nail Gallery for Carissa Potter’s opening, People I’ve Loved. One of my favorite artists.

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Four Poems of Love & a Sonnet of Despair by Carissa Potter

Hello friends and family!

If you find yourself roaming around San Francisco on Friday, February 10 not knowing what to do, please attend the opening for People I’ve Loved opening night at Wire + Nail Gallery in San Francisco’s Mission District. It will be a great show!! Please see the press release below for details!

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PRESS CONTACT:
Tricia Rampe, Curator
E-mail: tr@wireandnail.com
Telephone: (415) 645-3805
Web: http://wireandnail.com/

WIRE AND NAIL GALLERY PRESENTS, People I’ve Loved

Exhibition runs: Friday, February 10, 2012 – Friday, March 16, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, February 10, 2012 7PM -9PM
3150 18th Street (at Treat Avenue), Suite 104, San Francisco, CA 94110
Gallery hours: By Appointment Only

Wire + Nail Gallery is pleased to present People I’ve Loved, a collection of multimedia installations, drawings, and video installation by Carissa Potter. Please join us on Friday, February 10, 2012 from 7-9pm for the exhibition opening.

In a world filled with cynicism and despair, a lover of love in the arts is a rarity. Contemporary art often veers away from love as a subject matter. If love does find its way into an artwork, there’s a strong sense of irony or flippant use of the word and idea. Yet, with the perfect combination of authenticity and playfulness, Carissa Potter showcases the nature of amorous human interactions in such an undeniably beguiling way. Introducing new works in this exhibition, Potter addresses the physical, emotional, psychological, and intellectual aspects of love and desire.

Potter introduces new works looking at the physical and emotional facets of love. Marry Me on Market is performance based piece where the artist conducts impromptu commitment ceremonies on one of the most highly trafficked streets in San Francisco. The participation requires one to be fearless and unafraid. While art work, All You Left Me, a necklace made from a human kidney stone calls to mind the belief in fetishes and amulets. Even though the necklace is all that is left, it serves a purpose. A reminder, a souvenir of love and loss. It marks a forgotten or remembered time. You Tell Me What I Want to Hear, interprets the game of Telephone within the context of love and longing. This piece serves as a playful look into how the our mind may perceive one thing but unable to trust what we actually hear. Finally, 5 Poems of Love and A Sonnet of Despair, by Pablo Nuerda serves as a metaphor to the way in which love may be understood. The longing to translate something enigmatic and realizing, through the translation, familiarity resides. Potter’s translations mimic the way love is felt, instantaneously and without regard to any concept of what is right or wrong but what is felt.

About the Artist

Carissa Potter is a person who lives in San Francisco, California. Carissa currently is working on her first solo show at Wire and Nail Gallery, in the past she has shown at SomArts, E6 Gallery, Kitsch Gallery, and Root Division. She has been a featured artist in Asterisk Magazine, Conveyor Arts Magazine, HoneyDove, Mauve Gallery Journal, Site95, and FFFound. Carissa is a founding member of Colpa Press, a concept based print operation. For more information about Carissa, visit http://www.carissapotter.com or http://www.colpapress.com. Thank-you for reading and have a nice day.

Learn more about Carissa Potter here

About Wire + Nail Gallery

Wire + Nail Gallery is located in heart of the San Francisco’s Mission District. The store-front art space was founded in February 2011 by Art Dealer, Tricia Rampe. Wire + Nail focuses on supporting emerging artists, web-based projects, and fostering Bay Area regionalism. Wire + Nail is available for art openings and single night events. Rental of the space is also available by request.

Gallery hours are based on appointments. To visit, please call (415) 645-3805 or e-mail tr@wireandnail.com and is located at 3150 18th Street (at Treat Avenue), Suite 104, San Francisco, CA 94110

Learn more about Wire + Nail Gallery here

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 

Today, I had the opportunity to look at Luca Nino Antonucci’s work from his current show, COLLAPSE, at the Wire + Nail Gallery (San Francisco, CA) showing until August 21, 2011. The content of the show is based on light from 13.5 billion years ago. Using advanced photographic technology, which includes an infrared camera along with a multi object spectrometer indicating distance, Antonucci creates an array of paper based work that illuminates (pun intended) what the human eye is unable to see, perhaps, even fathom. The show is accompanied by a book project created in collaboration with Daniel R. Small called “First Light” that explains, in laymen’s terms, the process behind the art. The show itself is a great example of what can be done with photography when an artist uses it to create something seemingly unimaginable and enigmatic. Yes, you have to think about the work and not just look. It begs the viewer to wonder, which is the beauty behind the work. Although the viewer is well aware of light’s inevitable demise, there’s an amorous and sentimental feeling gleaned from the work.

My favorite pieces from COLLAPSE: The White Embossments of Star Clusters *sigh*

Learn more about Luca’s work by visiting his website here.