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Where We Are is Always Miles Away, Tavares Strachan, the luggage store, 11/17 6-8pm


Dates:
Tue Nov 07, 2006 00:00 - Sat Oct 21, 2006

For Immediate Release
Contact Laurie Lazer 415 255 5971
Email: luggagestore@sbcglobal.net
300 dpi jpegs available upon request

Exhibition
Tavares Strachan
Where We Are Is Always Miles Away
curated by Laurie Lazer/Darryl Smith

Dates: November 17, 2006 - January 6, 2007

Opening: Friday, November 17, 6-8pm

Venue:
The luggage store
1007 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 USA
Tel. 415. 255 5971

Website:
www.luggagestoregallery.org

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday-Saturday 12-5 and by appointment
closed 11/23 and 11/24

(San Francisco, CA) October 12, 2006:) the luggage
store is proud to present Tavares Strachan's
commissioned installation, Where We Are Is Always
Miles Away co-curated by Darryl Smith and Laurie
Lazer. This is Strachan's debut exhibition on the
West Coast.

Strachan directed the excavation of a 3000 lb.
portion, 56" x 56" of Crown Street in New Haven,
Connecticut-- including cement, earth, a parking
meter, a street sign and accompanying air. The
excavated materials will be transported to San
Francisco, California via truck and then craned into
the 2nd floor space of the luggage store gallery where
the "materials" will be exhibited in a hermetically
sealed container that is being made to recreate the
atmospheric and temperature conditions at the time of
Strachan’s excavation.

The light of New Haven, Connecticut, emanating from
"Where We Are Is Always Miles Away" will be the sole
source of light in the gallery.

In the winter of 2006, the City of New Haven's
Department of Cultural Affairs, the Office of
Economic Development and Engineering Departments
agreed to provide pro bono services for Strachan's
project. This included a crew to excavate the
sidewalk under Strachan's direction, a donation of the
City's real estate and accompanying “air” to the
artist's project, and a crew to repair, recreate and
replace the materials that were taken from the City
street. The crew ultimately left no trace or evidence
that anything out of the ordinary had occurred.

Where We Are Is Always Miles Away references the
contributions of art historical figures like Robert
Smithson and Gordon Matta-Clark, but goes beyond
issues of forcible displacement. Where We Are…
engages current scientific technologies to explore
multiple layers of removal, replacement, repositioning
and re-creation while evoking both absence and
presence (or non-presence).

Strachan says: "As an artist, I have been
attracted to how physical space displacement
completely changes our reality. I am concerned with a
microcosmic approach to art making, an approach that
forces us to re-examine our experiences, interactions
and involvements with all we have around us. From
sculpting an invisible cube of heat, or listening to
the sound of an ant walking, to sending light
particles from one part of the world to another, these
prepositions are engrossed with the presence of things
physically missing or immediately distant. These
apparently geological adjustments allude to a kind of
poetry that is inherent in all spaces. What is
physically present becomes dematerialized and my
process reappears as a collision between technology
and nature."

Where We Are Is Always Miles Away can be viewed
literally as a physical reality moving to a different
space and time. On a poetic level, it suggests the
notion of dual and shared experiences, bringing light
from one place to another, as well as the play of
virtual reality, myth- making and oral tradition. Yet
the work also has an implicit association with
violence-- a violation of a specific space and
time--with intent to extract, disrupt, and displace,
ultimately leading to a state of imbalance. In this
way, Strachan's work deftly addresses and reflects on
a myriad of cultural shifts and socio-political
conditions of the present day.

Strachan is from Nassau, Bahamas, and holds an MFA
from Yale University and a BFA from the Rhode Island
School of Design. His work has been exhibited at the
CAC in Cincinnati, SAFN Museum in Reykjavik, Iceland,
and in the Bahamas. His Artic Ice Project -- The
Distance Between What We Have and What We Want,
involved extracting a 4000 pound piece of ice from an
Alaskan River and shipping it in a refrigerated
container to Nassau where it was kept frozen by solar
energy. The Arctic Ice Project was on view during
July and August 2006 in Nassau, Bahamas. It will be
exhibited in the Wynwood section of Miami, Florida
during Miami Basel Art Fair in December 2006.
Concurrent with his show at the luggage store,
Strachan also is being featured in solo exhibitions at
Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn, New York and the Ronald
Feldman Gallery in New York City.

The Luggage Store Gallery is San Francisco’s premiere
non-profit arts organization. Its visual and performing arts programs are dedicated to broadening social and aesthetic networks, encouraging the flow of

images and ideas between different cultural and economic communities.

Where We Are Is Always Miles Away is funded in part by
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The
National Endowment for the Arts, Grants for the Arts
of the Hotel Tax Fund, The San Francisco Foundation
and The San Francisco Art Commission/cultural Equity
Fund.

300 dpi jpegs available upon request - all in process
images as the work is not complete..
please refer to the website:

www.luggagestoregallery.org / left side click Image
Gallery

JPEGS attached:

Crown Street Dig
Dept Cultural Affairs New Haven


EVENT

The Amber Room Exhibition at the luggage store gallery


Dates:
Tue Aug 08, 2006 00:00 - Sat Jul 22, 2006

For Immediate Release
Contact: Laurie Lazer
415.255.5971
(luggagestore@sbcglobal.net)

Exhibition
The Amber Room
Hidden Treasures, Baroque Manias, and the 8th Wonder of the World!
featuring new works by Won Ju Lim (LA), Liu Ding (Beijing) Shirley Tse (LA) and
Wang Wei (Beijing). Guest curated by David Spalding and Pauline J. Yao

Dates of Exhibition
September 8 - October 14, 2006

Venue
the luggage store.
1007 Market Street (near 6th) San Francisco, CA 94103 USA
415. 255 5971 www.luggagestoregallery.org

Opening Reception
Friday, September 8, 6-8 pm

Gallery Hours:
Wed-Saturday, 12-5pm and by appointment

(San Francisco, CA, July 13, 2006) The luggage store is pleased to present, 'The Amber Room,


EVENT

Walter Kitundu Live Performance at the Luggage Store


Dates:
Sun Jun 11, 2006 00:00 - Sat May 20, 2006

1007 Market Street
San Francisco
California 94103
Tel: 415.255.5971
Fax: 415.863.5509
www.luggagestoregallery.org

Press Release:

For Additional Information contact:
Laurie Lazer: 415.255-5971 or
luggagestore@sbcglobal.net

Music:

Title:
An Informal gathering and performance by Walter Kitundu
And friends.

Date of Performance:
Sunday, June 11, 2006

Time:
3pm

Where:
the luggage store gallery
1007 Market Street (near 6th)
San Francisco, CA 94103

Public Information:
Telephone: 415. 255 5971
www.luggagestoregallery.org

Cost:
Free - Donations to venue accepted.

This will be a special musical event, featuring a performance by Walter Kitundu and his friends. The instruments that will be played are now on display at the luggage store gallery.

For over six years, Kitundu has focused his imagination on discovering the potential of the record player as a medium for sound and artistic expression. This process has resulted in hand built turntables powered by the wind and rain, fire and earthquakes, birds, light, and the force of the ocean's waves and tides. He has created a new "family" of instruments called Phonoharps.. Kitundu see the physical properties of a record as being a natural link to the exploration and interpretation of the world around us.

Kitundu's collaborators have included recording artists Douglas Ewart and Meshell N'degeocello, and dancer/choreographer Joanna Haigood/Zaccho Dance. Most recently, he was commissioned by The Kronos Quartet to build instruments and compose.. He performed last month with the Kronos Quartet at Carnegie Hall.


EVENT

"LP" - Solo Exhibition, works by Walter Kitundu


Dates:
Fri May 12, 2006 00:00 - Thu Apr 13, 2006

Press Release

Contact: Laurie Lazer: 415.255-5971 or
Email: luggagestore@sbcglobal.net

Visual Exhibition
"LP" - Solo Exhibition, works by Walter Kitundu

Dates of Exhibition
May 12 - June 17, 2006

Opening Reception
Friday, May 12, 7-9pm

Gallery Hours
Wednesday - Saturday, 12-5pm and by appointment

Where
the luggage store gallery
1007 Market Street (near 6th)
San Francisco, CA 94103

Public Information:
Telephone: 415. 255 5971
www.luggagestoregallery.org

"LP" will be Kitundu's first solo exhibition of sculptures, drawings of ideas, and instruments stemming from his ongoing exploration of the turntable.

For over six years, Kitundu has focused his imagination on discovering the potential of the record player as a medium for sound and artistic expression.
This process has resulted in hand built turntables powered by the wind and rain, fire and earthquakes, birds, light, and the force of the ocean's waves and
tides. He has created a new "family" of instruments called Phonoharps.. Kitundu see the physical properties of a record as being a natural link to the exploration and interpretation of the world around us.

Kitundu's collaborators have included dancer/choreographer Joanna Haigood/Zaccho
Dance, recording artists Douglas Ewart and Meshell N'degeocello. Most recently, he was commissioned by The Kronos Quartet to build instruments and compose.. He
performed last month with the Kronos Quartet at Carnegie Hall.

In 2002, he was part of an engaging three person show at the luggage store with Edgar Arceneaux and Kamau Amu Patton, where he created and installed Mutato Nomine de te Fabula Naratur, a month-long site-specific work that invited a population of urban pigeons to take shelter inside a "creative" enclosure built into the windows of the gallery. Birds would perch inside the built space,Visible outside to the public, but only in the gallery through "looking" holes. The weight of the birds triggered sound installations and turntables inside the
gallery.

Raised in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Kitundu performs, composes for dance, theater and films, and teaches multi-disciplinary workshops on sound, imagination and
instrument building. He is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

The Luggage Store's exhibition program is funded in part by: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, The San
Francisco Arts Commission/Cultural Equity Fund, Grants for the Arts of the Hotel Tax Fund and The San Francisco Foundation.

Additional information available upon request