Opening tonight, July 26th at Et al. Gallery in Chinatown, San Francisco is a group exhibition titled, “AN EXHIBITION WHICH COMES AND GOES AS IT PLEASES”, 7-10pm. The exhibition features new works by Sean Talley, Laurie Reid, Claire Nereim, and a video by Rick Bahto and Julia Holter. Et al. explains that the exhibition drifts into view in the gaps between other programs and may hide, linger, and/or reemerge. It appears often only from a certain angle like a single frame in a lenticular or the screen of an a.t.m. It is lithe and unrooted.
Sometimes as objects, sometimes as motion briefly contorted into dance.
Sometimes almost mechanically, nearly in lock step with the operations of a calendar.
Like Kramer in a burst; as a guest with the keys or who knows the door is unlocked, too familiar to turn away.
The way a painting can alternate between the tensions of counterpoint and harmonic dependence upon its wall.
Between object and event.
Between enunciation and mute refusal, between language, music and noise.
Perhaps only when pushed out the door.
Behind documents, traces, stains.
Before it is noticed; passing like the boat of a fellow smuggler at night, lights off, using only the current to pull it along.
These words accompany the exhibitions statement, providing a poetic insight into “AN EXHIBITION WHICH COMES AND GOES AS IT PLEASES”. Et al. is located in a really unique space, a converted basement in Chinatown San Francisco, inspired by Los Angeles’ Chinatown arts district which orbits around Chung King Road. If you haven’t been by the gallery you should check it out tonight, or during their gallery hours. It’s really interesting to see what they have done with their space, reminiscent of an underground bomb shelter, but one that pushed an inspiring curatorial program consisting of various progressive artists working in multiple mediums.
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