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EVENT

Controlling the Sublime


Dates:
Fri May 15, 2009 00:00 - Fri May 01, 2009

The LAB

Exhibition runs: May 13 - June 6, 2009
Opening reception: Friday, May 15, 6-9 PM
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays - Saturdays, 1-6 PM
This event takes place at The LAB, 2948 16th Street @ Capp, San Francisco

Sherri Martin creates vivid miniatures depicting the junction of arctic wilderness and human intervention. Polar bears and seals confront buoys and canoes in scenes referencing natural history dioramas, carefully crafted from found materials such as styrofoam and paper. Martin gently reminds us that conceivably these landscapes will one day become only nostalgic souvenirs. While Martin hints at the potential destruction wrought by global warming and human encroachment, the intimate scale of the pieces, and the accessible, comforting way in which these monumental scenes are rendered creates an engrossing, complicated warning. In this work, Martin draws on personal experiences of growing up in a paper mill town in the forests of Ontario, and her understanding of the delicate balance struck by a community enriched by natural beauty, but economically reliant on natural resources.


EVENT

Nature Always Wins


Dates:
Fri May 15, 2009 00:00 - Fri May 01, 2009

The LAB

Exhibition runs: May 13 - June 6, 2009
Opening reception: Friday, May 15, 6-9 PM
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays - Saturdays, 1-6 PM
This event takes place at The LAB, 2948 16th Street @ Capp, San Francisco

The video Nature Always Wins is a collaboration between Alice Catteneo and Haden Nicholl. This work deals with the delicate relationship living organisms have with nature and one another. Nicholl draws on current shifts toward philanthropic green causes and pragmatic environmental solutions that attempt to preserve individual species and a certain way of life. Taking a tone that is at once humorous and cynical, Nature Always Wins argues that life will always go on regardless of these efforts.


EVENT

The Lab's 25th Anniversary Art Auction


Dates:
Sat Mar 21, 2009 00:00 - Thu Mar 05, 2009

The Lab
2948 16th St SF 94103
415.864.8855

Saturday, March 21, 2009, 6:30-9:30 PM

Live auction at 7:30 PM

Silent auction sections close every 15 minutes from 8:30 - 9:30 PM

$10-25 sliding scale admission (includes snacks and refreshments)


Preview gallery hours: Wednesday, March 18 - Friday, March 20, 1-6PM (free admission)

Sale continues: Sunday, March 22, 1-6pm (free admission)

Art lovers, join us for our biggest fundraising event of the year. Incredible local, national, and international artwork will be available via silent auction with starting bids at $25 and up (cash, checks, VISA/MC accepted). Over 200 artists will be participating, including Mike Arcega, Leo Bersamina, Michelle Blade, John Casey, Ajit Chauhan, Joshua Churchill, Carolyn Ryder Cooley, Gail Dawson, Victor De La Rosa, Tara Lisa Foley, Matt Furie, Bryson Gill, Taro Hattori, Cynthia Ona Innis, Xylor Jane, Jeff Kao, Tom Marioni, Karla Milosevich, Paul Mullins, Trevor Paglen, Hillary Pecis, Genevieve Quick, Ed Ruscha, Casey Jex Smith, Kirk Stoller, Stephanie Syjuco, and many more. This is a great event for both new and established collectors.

Honorary Host Committee: Jamie Alexander, Andrea Antonaccio, Caetlynn Booth, Lauren Davies, Gail Dawson, Jack Fischer, Glen Helfand, Taraneh Hemami, Sherry Koyama, Bruno Mauro, Alan Millar, Dina Pugh, Jeff Ray, and Steven Wolf.


EVENT

The Lab and Grey Area Ensemble Presents:Eye of the Puppet: The Case of the Sleepwalking Streetwalker


Dates:
Wed Feb 25, 2009 00:00 - Fri Feb 06, 2009

Location:
United States of America

Eye of the Puppet

The Case of the Sleepwalking Streetwalker

Preview: Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 8pm
Opening Performance: Thursday, February 26, 8pm
Performances continue:
February 27-28, 8pm; March 1, 2pm
Admission by donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Gray Area Ensemble takes dictation from the underground once again. This time it's a murder mystery and suspects abound. The day breaks and the town shudders with a murder. Sheila and Pal, who carry the secrets of the night, have discovered a body somewhere near a rickety pier. Detective Esther Longdale has arrived to analyze the residue. With its compelling cast and stylish production, Eye of the Puppet asks, are we dead or alive? Sleeping or awake? The script for this production was generated by the ensemble using round-robin exquisite corpse exercises, and then methodically collaged together by director Adam Ansell. This new language challenges conventional ideas of authorship and narrative.

In the twenty years that Adam J. Ansell has been a theater director, he has developed a unique ability to coax original plays from any group of people, from preschoolers to transgender seniors in recovery. Adam’s poetic, painterly experimental performances that resemble plays, draw on his varied artistic background which includes theater, installation, writing, fashion, music, and painting. Ansell's passion and long-term vision is to integrate disadvantaged communities that have previously been excluded from the arts community.


EVENT

Plan B


Dates:
Wed Jan 07, 2009 00:00 - Fri Jan 02, 2009

Featuring Sacha Eckes, Lauren Davies, Kathryn Kenworth, David Hamill and Jeff Kao; Curated by Sasha Petrenko.

Opening reception: Friday, January 9, 6-9pm
Exhibition runs: January 7-31, 2009
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays - Saturdays, 1-6pm

Architecture is a candid reflection of mankind’s self-image. The ways in which we redesign our immediate environs can be seen as a representation of how we wish to be viewed by others. We tear down and build up repeatedly, making improvements to feel better, safer, more secure; to belong or stand apart. While the individual artists in “Plan B” vary widely in media and approach, their work uncovers common fears and concerns. Faced with an increasingly chaotic outside world, they react by building walls, physical and psychic, to retain a measure of control. However, buried in this perpetual process of remodeling is a substratum of hope and a utopic determination to re-invent self and surroundings.