Thanks to Dina and Joyce at Triple Base, Michelle Blade for having me in the show and compelling me to go one step beyond only exhibiting a work, M for love and support despite my week-long installation myopia, and the countless friends, supporters and mentors who attended, the opening reception for Involved, Socially seemed like a success.
It was well-attended, with a constant flow of people, and lots of time spent looking at art, reading texts and having good conversations.
I feel like both projects that I contributed, This & That International Mail Art Swap (a curatorial project in the back room featuring 32 artists) and Unlimited Promise (an installation in the basement) were strong, so I’m content.
Sandwich board typography by Mylinh Nguyen, via Michelle Blade. Window: project by David Horvitz. You know it's San Francisco's Mission District by the taqueria and bicycle.
The main (front) part of the storefront held several artist's projects; This & That was in the back room. Yuen Fong Ling's fluourescent posters, commanding JOIN US, are visible from the street.
Amanda Curreri's and Sally Elesby's project - a line of iridescent glitter is drawn across the gallery.
Left, works by Mark McKnight. Right, t-shirts by Amanda Curreri.
Photographer Seth Lower (far left, sethlower.com) inspects This & That; Jeronimo Roldan and Marcella Faustini and friend inspect Amanda Curreri's/Sally Elesby's correspondence (center). Jessica William's art (right).
This & That, with works by Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson, Tattfoo Tan, Mike Chavez-Dawson, Joshua Churchill, Eric Hongisto, Simon Blackmore, Susan Chen, Daniel Staincliffe and Antony Hall.
This & That, works by same artists as previous photo, plus Poklong Anading, Chris Bell, Laurence Payot, Jon Brumit and Sarah Wagner, Simon & Tom Bloor and Michelle Carollo. Lower corner, a moment for our sponsor.
Scott Oliver's Lake Merritt Walking Tour.
Verity-Jane Keefe's project on the estate in Barking, East London.
Works by Oliver, Keefe, Taro Hattori, N. Sean Glover, Pest.
Works by Anthony Ryan, Jenifer K Wofford, David Sherry, Mary Griffiths, Ivy Ma, Sarah Kabot, Scot Kaplan, MM Yu.
Works by Susan O'Malley and Yuen Fong Ling. Below, the spread.
This & That artist Anthony Ryan takes home court advantage to inspect potential swap selections.
This & That artist Joshua Churchill, looking uncharacteristically dodgy, powers N. Sean Glover's cardboard record player.
Churchill also tries out David Moises' Ego Shooter, but he's too fast for the camera.
Painter/photographer Mik Gaspay -- mikgaspay.com -- rocks a This & That-like cardigan.
This & That artists Taro Hattori and Scott Oliver discuss amongst themselves.
Naomi Vanderkindren browses MM Yu's Book of Sleep. (Naomi's photographs can be viewed at vanderkindren.com.)
A visitor inspects Antony Hall's Hele shaw cell experiment.
Yuen Fong Ling's posters in background.
MJ-jacket sporting Vice leans in to hear Joshua Churchill's sound project.
A viewer reads N. Sean Glover's instructions for the cardboard record player.
Back room. Painter Marci Washington and mixed media artist Justin Hurty, and others. marciwashington.com. justin.hurty.com
Main gallery. This & That artist Chris Bell talks shop with Naomi.
Amanda Curreri's glitter line, a few hours later...
My installation, Unlimited Promise, in the basement. Produced during the Breathe Residency at Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK.
Thanks to all the artists in This & That for being such interesting artists and exhibiting professionalism, generosity and flexibility. Big thanks to Chris Bell, Joshua Churchill, Taro Hattori, Ali Naschke-Messing, Anthony Ryan, and Scott Oliver (who helped tremendously by installing his multi-part work) for coming to the opening. Thanks also to Susan Chen, who dispatched patience and editorial advice.
Involved, Socially runs through September 6th. Gallery hours are Thurs-Sun 12-5pm. For more info visit basebasebase.com. To learn more about This & That International Mail Art Swap, visit mailartswap.christinewongyap.com.