Opening Reception: January 17, 2020
Closing Reception: March 7th: 5:30-8:30pm
On View: January 17 - March 13, 2020
On January 17th, 2020, The Laundry Gallery proudly presents, Gayface, a solo exhibition featuring photographic works by Lauren Tabak. The exhibition opens on January 17th and continues through March 13th, with an artist’s reception on Friday, January 17th, from 6:00-8:00 PM. Reception and works are located in the Salon Gallery.
Through portraiture, Lauren Tabak explores modern queer identity. How we are seen; what signals are used to be fully seen; how does this affect our communities? Tabak traverses the landscape of changing identity in the Bay Area. At once her subjects and collaborators are celebrated while allowed to share their most vulnerable edges.
gay•face\ ˈgā- fās
1. An obvious, apparent, or stereotypical appearance of
homosexuality based on a person's countenance often characterized by effeminacy in males and masculinity in females.
“I put a lot of thought into how I present and how it relates to what I do and do not desire. This body and ego wants attention, validation, sex, community, resources, safety. It’s 2019 in San Francisco, and how my sexuality/gender is read shouldn’t matter, but it does (to me).
I wondered, is this a shared experience within my community, or just my own particular insecurities? As queer people, can we simply exist as our consistent selves? “Is passing relevant anymore?”, a friend asked. “It’s not about passing - it’s about flagging”, was both my defense and hypothesis. To test my theory, I reached out to my friends, took their portraits, and posited the following questions:
Do you think you have gayface? If not, do you make yourself visible to other queers (flagging)? How? If you do think you are *visibly queer all the time* (gayface), please reflect on how that makes you feel in certain spaces? Think about race, class, privilege, age, location etc.
What you see on these walls and on the _Gayface instagram account are the results. Please draw your own conclusions directly from the sources.
The goal is to take this project on the road, to shoot and show in other cities, and to have meaningful, connected conversations about our unique and universal human experiences.”
Lauren Tabak (b. 1979, Whittier, California) is a multi-disciplinary artist whose creative practices are driven by the desire to facilitate human connection. Like many artists, she hopes that the stories she shares through music, film and photography have the ability to shift perspectives and create empathy amongst viewers. Recent creative projects include Gayface, Jobby Jobs, The Fro-Choice Feminist Yogurt Co. and The Lexington Club Archival Project. Her commercial work, including directing music videos, comedic shorts and online documentaries with artists like The Rolling Stones and Kendrick Lamar has appeared in Slate, Pitchfork, Spin, The Washington Post, Buzzfeed, NPR, Funny or Die and other places one goes to be entertained on the web. In 2016, she received an NLGJA award for Excellence in Online Journalism. In 2017, she made her pop music debut in the Frameline Film Festival as Elle Empty with the music video "Born To Love You". She's currently working on a lesbian western. She lives in San Francisco with her dog Louis.
FULL DISCLOTHESURE: NUDE TRUTHS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
NATALIA DEL RIO
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 3rd, 6:00-9:00PM
On View November 3 - December 12, 2018
Natalia del Rio cycles across the globe to glimpse the unique and rich truths that exist within the freedom of private moments.
Image courtesy of the artist
PROOF OF LIFE
Opening Reception: Friday, September 7th, 5:30-9:30PM
On View September 7 - October 21, 2018
The Laundry is proud to present "Proof of Life" a solo show by Eileen Noonan. The exhibition begins on September 7th with an artist's reception at 5:30 PM and continues through October 21st.
THE MANY PERSONAS OF FRIDA
FRIDA KAHLO JULY ARTS FESTIVAL
Opening Reception: Friday, July 27th 7:00-10:00pm
On View: July 27 - August 17th 2018
The Laundry is a proud co-sponsor for the 2018 Frida Kahlo July Arts Festival, celebrating Kahlo’s Birthday. In honoring Kahlo's birthday, The Laundry presents: The Many Personas of Frida. The exhibit presents a group show inspired by the deep cultivation and exploration of the many personas Kahlo developed in her self–portraits throughout the artist’s career. After Kahlo’s death, her many personas have become iconic images and embraced by Latin Americans, feminist movement, LGBT culture, fashion world and internationally. Collectively, Kahlo’s myriad of personas resonates in some special way to all us.
CURATED BY LAVA SAGA & REIMAGINE
Opening Reception: Tuesday, April 17 6:30-9:30pm
On View: April 17th - May 22nd, 2018
What channels exist in the shadows of our realm to reimagine the gift of life?
Artists include: Michelle Wilson, Hillary Goidell, Justin Crowe, Zahra Shohadee, Elysa Fenenbock, Rachel Shearer, Scott Shigeoka, Tara Walker- Fischer, Ashley Atoms, Roxanna Shohadaee, Dayna Swoonz, Treigh Love, Sierra Lowe, Amber Trepelin Lee, Yagmur Uyanik, Joey Verbeke and more.
Jenny Guan. ----- --- ---- -- -- butter --------, 2017. pen on paper. 8.5x11"
EVERYTHING IS A LITTLE STRANGE AT THE MOMENT
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 11 7-10pm
On View: March 11 - April 8, 2018
The Laundry is proud to present a selection of drawings (and a few other oddities) by Jenny Guan.
EVERYTHING IS A LITTLE STRANGE AT THE MOMENT presents the latest collection of drawings and paintings by Jenny Guan. Part visual diary, part steganography study, and part neurological self portrait, the artworks explores a miniature universe borne out of spontaneous expression and meticulous chaos. The show will also feature original pieces from Some Pages to Color in for the Next Time You’re Feeling Kinda Weird, a book containing 33 drawings that served as early studies for the exhibited works.
Jenny Guan is a San Francisco based artist, designer, architect. Her multidisciplinary background and appreciation for melding analog and digital has generated a body of work that spans a wide range of scales and mediums, including intricate fine art drawings, sculptural furniture, and technologically innovative buildings. Jenny currently leads design at Indisputable Labs and and is a member of the design faculty at California College of the Arts.
ALONE NOT ALONE
February 16 - March 6, 2018
ALONE NOT ALONE is a new body of work from Qianqian Ye investigating human interaction with ink and water as her narrative tools. She started learning to work with ink from a young age through her study of traditional Chinese calligraphy. Ye uses it as a means to write, create images and distill energy. This newest collection of works examine how people communicate without words and demonstrates her interest in people being alone not alone.
In order to capture the simultaneous clarity and obscurity of solitude and togetherness, Ye uses minimal ink brush techniques to devise these whimsical narratives. The unpredictability of ink and water, and the influence of time, parallel the nuance of social interaction. The textural implication of her works are evocative of the nature of human relationships.
Qianqian Ye is a San Francisco based Chinese born artist and designer. Emerging from an architecture background she explores the complexities of human interaction in various media including new media, architectural drawings, and ink.
She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Architecture from ZJUT. She has worked at a number of international architecture and design practices. Her works have been shown at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Ecobuild London, Killscreen Magazine and various exhibitions in US and China.
January 26 - 28, 6-10pm
Artist Talk: January 28, 2-3pm
FULL SERVICE artist Daniel Hellmann is ready to provide any service that spectators or passers-by might wish for – as long as performer and participant agree on the conditions and the price. Full Service is a game with an open ending. Upon successful negotiation, services are rendered immediately and on-site: in front of the audience or in a mobile private booth. All rendered services and the prices paid are listed for the audience online.
FULL SERVICE puts the capitalist matrix of negotiation on full display: desire and fulfillment, personal resources and their exploitation are all explored to the maximum. The performer-cum-service provider has no limits. He is customer- friendly, accommodating and he always tries to reach an agreement. Whoever dares may thus experience the fulfillment of their deepest desires – be they pleasant or disturbing.
How far will performer and participants go? Which mechanisms control their relationship? What are the exchange rates of money and power? And who dares to make the rules of negotiation a matter of negotiation themselves?
Michelle Rial. Advice From The Beatles, 2018. 11x8.5"
Wednesday, November 15, 6-9pm
Dyanna Dimick. Sin #7 (Vanity), 48x30x2"
DYANNA DIMICK & CHLOE MEYER
Opening Reception: November 9, 2017
DYANNA DIMICK is an ecological consciousness lies close to the heart of California native Dyanna’s art, which incorporates reused and found material. While studying sculpture at UC Santa Cruz, her interest in found medium grew. A manifestation of my deeply felt interest in the delectability of color and its emotional effect on the viewer. I believe color, and the ways it is presented and controlled through formal qualities, can have a genuine communication with the audience. This layered, sensory experience is personal and unique to everyone.
CHLOE MEYER approaches each painting with a purity of purpose and desire to authentically and thoughtfully explore the experience of creation. While working, I am investigating possibilities, responding and improvising to color and brushwork. I welcome complexity in my work and value measured thoughtfulness balanced with spontaneity and direct expression.
The artists explore color + shape, material and texture to create a visual narrative. She presents a strong balance of chaos and order in her work. Focusing on ecology and the overload of today’s consumerist culture.
DR. ABDO KASS-HOUT
Opening Reception: November 3, 2017
Syrian artist, Dr. Abdo Kass-Hout, is an extremely accomplished professor and master of the fine arts. In this particular body of artwork by Dr. Abdo Kass-Hout, he challenges the viewer with complex geometric patterns and color theory, building upon his background in both visual art and in architecture. With mathematical precision, Kass-Hout creates and variety of vast and intricate compositions that are luscious to the naked eye. Studying his work closely, it becomes strongly apparent that one is looking at work by an artist with a long, ardent and rich history in fine art. Kass-Hout employs a prismatic approach to his drawing and dissecting spaces which is extremely aesthetically pleasing to the viewer. The artist uses sophisticated color to masterfully create a meditative mood in his pieces. The eclectic work of Dr. Abdo Kass-Hout powerfully fills exhibition spaces with a peaceful calmness which is revealed when viewed closely. In conclusion, it is this reviewers opinion that this exhibition contains artwork which is extremely important to be seen in such a stressful and busy digital age. The meditative aspect that is conveyed through the materials and designs used, is imperative for a viewing experience that is unique, profound and grounding. –Nicole E. Repack
Karen Folgner. Masculine, 36"x36"
TERE CASAS & KAREN FOLGNER
October 20 - November 3, 2017
In the spirit of Dia de los Muertos - the beloved Mexican tradition of prayer and celebration of loved ones who have passed -- Tere and Karen's collective work challenges you to step outside the confines of your own cultural traditions and invites you to experience how to each artist pays tribute to their own ancestry and keeps alive the memory of those who have passed.
All are encouraged to share in the celebration of el Dia de los Muertos, not just as guests, but as a family. Together, we will all cherish our familias as one.
September 20 - October 15, 2017
The Laundry proudly presents PERSIA TRANSCENDENT, an exhibition exploring the art of Iran, past and present. Featuring the works of 12 Persian artists, the exhibition opens a dialogue around the lasting meaning of tradition in contemporary art. Inspiration is drawn from traditional Persian influences in architecture, iconography, materiality and methodologies bringing contemporary insight into the expression of complex notions within identity and spirituality, while transcending the constraints of ideological and cultural borders. Persia Transcendent is on view from September 20 – October 15.
An Opening Reception will be held on September 24th, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Participating artists include: Haleh Douraghy, Shiva Pakdel, Bahram Dabiri, Keyvan Fehri, Amir Rahimi, Farbod Mojalamehr, Jaleh Etemad, Bahram Khamjani, Fateme Rezaee, Farnaz Zabetian, Sara Pisheh, Sanaz Ghahani, and Azita Panahpour.
Persia Transcendent is curated by Shiva Pakdel and Haleh Douraghy.
IMAGINARY LANDSCAPES EXHIBITION
August 1 - August 30, 2017
While Man and Nature long co-existed in a natural harmony and balance, in recent times, Man has upset that balance by over-exploiting natural resources and destroying the environment for economic and survival motivations. I created this series of photo montage to portray nature's fight against this over-exploitation, nature's fight against urban decay.
DIVISIONS OF DIVERSITY AMONGST US
July 15 - July 30, 2017
The exhibition explores divisions of diversity within our daily lives exploring cultural, racial, social, political, economic and gender boundaries and beyond.
April 29 - May 9 2017
Please join us for the opening reception of the exhibition FUTURE CONSCIOUS. This exhibition was made possible by sponsorship from the SFAI Student Union, and is hosted by The Laundry Gallery. This exhibition is curated by Emily McPeek, Manny Robertson and Rose Lou.
May 13 - 30, 2017