for the LOVE of ART

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This is a group show honoring the tradition of gathering around the table among friends and socially producing art for pleasure. It will feature multiple mosaic artists, metal sculptures, craft jewelry, knitted critters, crochet, cast paper, glass tableware and original lighting designs, all sourced from reused materials. We open this show on November 17th from 5-7pm and it will run through January 5th 2018.

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Dana Albany

“From the very grandest scale to the very minute, my artwork is a medley of recycled and discarded materials. I enjoy working alone, as well as collaborating amongst many! Gathering together with fellow artists has been a meeting ground of genuine support and swirling creativity. It has taken me out of my darkest moments, inspired me, and brought depth to my art, that left alone would not have arisen.”

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Haideen Anderson

Haideen Anderson works with a variety of materials in her sculptures but focuses mainly on paper-casting for mask-making and mild steel for nature and dream influenced sculptures. With both the masks and the metal, she is interested on exploring pairs of opposites and the healing potential in art.

The masks that she makes are from reused materials – paper grocery bags for the casting with the surface collaged on with out-of-date calendars, old magazines, cigarette packages, etc. Much of the metal she uses is also made from scraps. In a few sculptures this is obvious. They are constructed from car parts, door knobs, cake pans and other recognizable objects.

She is glad to be part of Reclaimed Room’s exhibit “for the LOVE of ART” with so many artists who are a part of the Art Nite gatherings. Making art is often such a solitary activity. Coming together, each person with their own project to work on, balances the lone time. Old friendships are strengthened and new ones are formed on Art Nite. The atmosphere is warm and supportive. Love of creativity is the unifying force.

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Art Nite participants,clockwise starting from the top left corner: Angel Gurgovits, Chula Camp,         Haideen Anderson, Dana Albany, Aaron Harlan, Dave Hasse and his mother, Kathleen Hasse.

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Chicken Wire-Glass Platter by Lauren Becker of Recycled Glassworks

Lauren Becker can occasionally be found at the yard (B R) sorting re-usable window glass and shelves for her work. The up cycling process involves cutting the glass to size and a kiln firing that softens the glass just enough to render it flexible. In this state it can be embossed with design from below, enhancing the aquatic virtues of glass and the natural aqua tint present in plate-glass. An extensive line of functional tableware with dishes, bowls and serving pieces has evolved in a wide variety of sizes. Currently working through a pile of glass display shelves from See’s Candy warehouse in Daly City, Recycled Glassworks has been diverting plate glass from Bay Area landfill since 1996. More info on her work can be found at recycledglassworks.com

 

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Chula Camp

“I am a self-taught jewelry designer and work with traditional and uncommon materials. Every collection is designed and hand-made be me one at a time. I work in a tiny art studio in the historic Dogpatch District near the central waterfront in San Francisco. I have been designing wire and glass jewelry since 2003. In 2010 I entered my first competition in the recycled category and won. The excitement of winning inspired me to explore more options of designing jewelry with broken, found or discarded trash.”

“It’s been almost a decade since the recycling design challenge. Since then I have rescued over 48 different waste items and made many pieces into reclaimed and wearable art. Some of these rescued items have included chop stick rests, retired traffic signal lenses, key hole covers, chandelier crystals, bullet casings, champagne boxes, calendars, credit card tape cores, buttons, quilter’s scraps and vintage spools..”

“I love sketching new ideas and discovering the value in what others may consider junk. Creating new jewelry from broken, found and discarded objects fulfills my current creative instinct. There is no such thing as away. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.”

 

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Kat Pk Delurgio

“When I rediscovered crochet in 2013 there was an ‘A-ha’ moment. I was bed ridden in post-trauma-recovery, and this act of crocheting was Good Medicine. It tickles both sides of my brain as the process blends the sensual aspects (texture, color, visual aesthetics) and thinky-thinky (math & structural engineering.) The first hook I used was MacGuyver’ed from a chopstick, duct tape and a paper clip. About 95% of my materials are secondhand scores. I enjoy experimenting with non-conventional materials and find great inspiration while Crafternooning with friends!”

 

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Sconce designed by Michael Donnelly

Mike was drawn to shadows and light, natural forms, and dumpster diving at an early age. These influences are ever present in his work with lamps and light fixtures.

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Michael Donnelly with Dana Albany at Burning Man 2017

 

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Angel Gurgovits

Angel Gurgovits has been a recycler her whole life.  She has worked at Building REsources for 13 years and counting, the last two years also curating the Reclaimed Room Gallery as well. She began to make mosaic art with Dana Albany back in 2010 and the advent of Art Nite was born. The duo was joined by others and they collaborated on many great projects together, including the Youth Educational Spacecraft which toured Maker’s Fair , Burning Man and Las Vegas in 2013.

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Youth Educational Spacecraft, designed by Dana Albany

“Learning how to mosaic really changed and enriched my life. I feel like I can recycle anything into something beautiful with just a little glass and glue. My favorite projects now also include functional light fixtures,  and each day I am inspired to make more!”

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Marble Lamp, by Angel Gurgovits

 

 

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Anne Jatta

“I love knitting. Since I learned to knit in 1st grade (in Denmark), knitting has been a big part of my life. I can never just sit, must have needles in my hands. These creatures, composed of re-used materials, have been so much fun to make.”

 

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Ady Larsen

“I think of mosaic as life! When life falls apart (and our dishes) we have the option to transform the results. We pick up the pieces and glue them back together, allowing the unlimited possibility of fun colors to reflect the beauty in our world.”

 

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Pauline Tolman, adding some touches to Dana Albany’s Tara Mechani

Pauline Tolman is a San Francisco artist best known for her large scale sculpture and architectural installations. She has achieved three major public commissions as well as a number of site specific commissions. She also enjoys figurative bronze work. During the pour for one such sculpture she was fascinated by the “splash,” the over pour of bronze into the surrounding sand. The very raw, primal forms created by this splash are the core and inspiration for the wall charms displayed here.

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Bronze “Splash” Wall Charm by Pauline Tolman

 

“All of us who are in this show have spent time at the table, collaborating on something together and enjoying each others company whilst doing so. We have formed a strong bond with one another and continue to work together as often as we can. It is with great pleasure that we present this show, for the LOVE of ART.”

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On Sunday, July 2nd, we will host a closing reception for our current show, departure. New works have been installed by Miles Epstein and Tim Armstrong, in place of ones that were sold.

Miles Epstein with his sold tissue painting; nicely framed by Rachel Leibman’s “Daily Dose”.

Tim Armstrong ‘s new art; made from branches, flour, instant coffee, burlap and elastomeric paint.

The celebration will be held July 2nd, 4:30 – 7pm. The show closes a week later, on Friday, July 7th.

 

OFFCUTS

OFFCUTS is a collection of work and collaborations inspired by what is left behind. The incidental shapes and forms, cut and discarded, reimagined as entirely new works. The show was originally inspired by the vast amount of offcuts from a furniture commission in which over 50% of the material was surplus shapes. Eran and Roland created four generations of pieces from the same original material, each one directly inspired and defined by the one before it.

Eran Dayan and Roland Blandy have been working together as [RE]Union Creative since 2015. Together they collaborate on costume furniture, architectural elements and sculpture in the Bay Area.

Many thanks to Bayshore Metals for donating their offcuts for this show.

These works will be on display and for sale through May 5th, with the Opening Reception to be held Friday, March 10th from 5:30 – 8PM. There will be refreshments, the event is free of charge and located within Building REsources.

Dreamare, with Kaytee Papusza

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Opening Saturday, January 14th from 5-7pm in the Reclaimed Room.

Dreamare is a showcase of wearable art, couture costumes and upcycled fashion that illustrates the process and dichotomy of dreams becoming nightmares, and the space that exists in the shifting grey area between those two worlds. The heart of this particular showcase revolves around the existence of the artist in the modern day world, and explores the fine line that can easily become blurred in the shift between beautification and gentrification — or rather anti-gentrification, in this case. Many of the works and installations in this show will convey the fragility of artist created realities, which can easily crumble to demolishment, becoming lost in the constraints of our capitalist driven cultural and political climate.

Artist Bio

Papusza Couture artist and designer, Kaytee Papusza, currently resides in Los Angeles where she works as a couturier, costume designer and fabric archivist. She enjoys traveling  with her work and frequently visits NYC and The Bay Area, both places where she previously resided. She creates clothing, couture and costumes of all kinds, and is best known for her one of a kind conceptual fine art couture collections, made using unconventional materials, hand crafted textiles and artisan techniques. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The New York Post, Vogue Italia, Sang Blue and Belle Armoire.

Also featured in this show will be accessories by Mad Elegance.

Cover image “It Will Be Ours” by Ransom and Mitchell.

For more images and information, please visit http://www.papuszacouture.com and also http://www.madelegance.com.

Dreamare will be available to view January 14th – March 4th 2017.

 

 

Reduce, Reuse, Make Art.

Michelle Echenique, in her studio, with “Jerome”.

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Michelle Echenique is a mixed media artist living and working in San Francisco, CA. She is known for use of found and cast off materials in her 2 -and 3 – dimensional work.

Sourcing and collecting a wide range of paper, wood, and metal and any eye catching scraps is an ongoing practice and integral to the artistic process. Making use of the innate histories and forms of found material, she works to create something wholly new that hints at the familiar. The richly layered, textured results exude both joy and mystery inviting scrutiny.

In the Reclaimed Room she’ll be showing a mix of furniture and assemblage. This 3 – dimensional work provides an exciting challenge in figuring how to assemble the piece in a visually interesting way while keeping it structurally sound. It’s a puzzle requiring both physical and mental reflection.

Also on view will be several pieces from the Cats I’ve Known Series. These cats incorporate “fur-like” corrugated cardboard, reclaimed window frames with cat “ears” on top, and copper whiskers.

Outside the studio, Michelle is a Teaching Artist for ArtSpan participating in Art for City Youth and Community Engagement Projects. She is also involved with the temporary art space, Hayes Valley Art Works.

We are excited to have Michelle to be loading in next week!!

Opening Reception will be held on November 4th from 4:30 – 7pm and will also feature live music from the Big Band Surfers Polka Trio!!

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Present Ground: October 1 – November 5, 2016

Special Event this Saturday: https://www.facebook.com/events/1325815630783225/

 

 

 

 

Closing Reception Announced

This Saturday, October 8th, 2016 we will have a closing reception for our “Lost and Found Beatles” show. If you missed the opening, then this show is for YOU!

From 5:00 thru 8:00 pm, fearturing a TRIUMPHANT return performance of J. Raoul Brody, playing his fave Fab Four songs, and YOU on lead vocals!

We will have special “last chance” deals on Lost & Found Beatles Merchandise Prints, Posters, T-Shirts and Postcards!

The show will remain open for viewing up until October 20th.

Lost and Found Beatles

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Opening  at 6pm August 29th 2016 we present an exhibition of RARE previously unpublished photos of the Beatles!
Dave Seabury is back in our room with photos from the Beatles last concert at Candlestick Park. 30 years ago he discovered a contact sheet of amazing images of the Beatles by an as yet unidentified photographer. The images have been digitized, restored and enlarged to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that last Beatles concert. The Opening Reception will also feature live music by The Chuckleberries and J. Raoul Brody on keyboard. The show will be up through October 20th 2016. Reclaimed Room is open 8 Days a week for this exhibit 9am-4:30pm, excluding major holidays. More details can be found in this article published by SF Gate/San Francisco Chronicle.  Click onto the link below to read the article.

http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Mystery-photos-of-the-Beatles-last-concert-on-8393320.php