Lauren Tabak

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.


Anna Basalev-Binder| Morgan Brown| Codame| Veronica DeJesus| Jenny Feinberg|Elysa Fenenbock| Hillary Goidell| José V. Guerra| Talia Halpern | Naz Khorram|Collin McEachran| Lois Perelson-Gross| Anna Rotty| Storied: San Francisco


October 25th 5:00-7:30pm

ON VIEW: October 28th–December 1st

The Laundry Gallery and Reimagine End of Life are pleased to present Beyond the Ripples, a group exhibition including works by Anna Basalev-Binder, Morgan Brown, Codame, Veronica DeJesus, Jenny Feinberg, Elysa Fenenbock, Hillary Goidell, José V. Guerra, Naz Khorram, Collin McEachran, Lois Perelson-Gross, Anna Rotty, and Storied: San Francisco, on view from October 25th, 2019 through December 1st 2019. An opening reception for the artists will be held on October 25th from 5:00pm–7:30pm.

As a participating exhibition within the Reimagine End of Life citywide festival creating culture and conversation around the end of life process, Beyond the Ripples explores the edge between the rich human experience and the great unknown. Each work reveals a new ripple of inquiry into the generous portal of vulnerability, loss, grief, injustice and healing—so we may better navigate these depths and in turn strengthen as a community. 

As a multi-disciplinary collection of works, each share a strong integrity of purpose, while offering a complex narrative with both abstracted and conceptual threads of inquiry. Each artist shares a thread leading to their creative process, offering an invitation for a deep-dive scope of conversation to emerge and develop. Beyond the Ripples encourages this dialog through an open engagement of listening, feeling and interactive activations. Through this cross-pollination of mediums a culmination of questions are revealed.    

Join us as we follow the ripples.


Bruce Joel Rubin | Blanche Mallins Rubin 


MAY 4TH 5:30–9:30PM

ON VIEW: May 4—July 14

On May 4th, 2019, The Laundry proudly presents, ​An Artful Marriage, the first exhibition featuring abstract photographs by Oscar winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin and ceramics and paintings by his wife of 50 years Blanche Mallins Rubin. The exhibition opens on May 4th and continues through June 29th, with an opening reception for the artists on Saturday, May 4th, from 5:30-9:30 PM. 

An Artful Marriage​ presents for the first time over 100 recent abstract photographs by Bruce Joel Rubin alongside a retrospective of over 60 ceramic works and paintings by Blanche Mallins Rubin. An Artful Marriage ​brings together artworks of this formidable husband and wife team. The interplay between mediums elicits a journey spanning half a century, a celebration of the everyday hiding in the mundane world around us.  The artists’ life-long meditation practice offers a distinct and expansive lens into the elastic ebb and flow of the creative life. A full spectrum of experience is echoed, stemming from their lives together, from the tactile touch of clay to images of cosmic abstraction. This union has both forged and supported a loving adventure, a journey into the endless unfolding of the human spirit and the ongoing mystery of our lives. ​An Artful Marriage​ ​is a testament to the dedication of that journey.  

Bruce Joel Rubin (b. 1943, Detroit) is an Oscar winning screenwriter for his film GHOST. His body of work includes JACOB’S LADDER, MY LIFE, DEEP IMPACT, THE LAST MIMZY, and THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE among others. While his primary focus has always been on narrative storytelling, in recent years he has shifted his focus to the image itself. Photographs, he believes, even in abstraction, have stories to tell. He began taking photos when on long walks and was thrilled to discover hidden worlds in mundane objects, the macrocosmic universe reflected in even the smallest spaces, rust on cars, the insides of trash cans.  Rubin often references Blake, saying that he began to see the Universe in a grain of sand. “These photographs are an imprint of my psyche,” Rubin says. “They are a visual depiction of a meditative journey. They reflect my inner life, my dream life. If you want to know who I am, who I believe we all are, look quietly at these images and let them speak to you.“

Blanche Mallins Rubin (b. 1943, New York) is an artist and an art educator. She discovered the joy of manipulating natural materials, clay, and paints. Her oil paintings and watercolors are bold and colorful, the work of an assured and dynamic artist. She gravitated to pottery in her mid-thirties and has focused on creating useful, beautiful clay forms ever since. Blanche has taught art, art education, and museum education in a multitude of settings including the J. Paul Getty Institute for Education in the Arts. Blanche became a leader of the team, instrumental in refining and guiding a nationwide art program still in use today. Blanche has earned a degree in Art at Antioch College in Ohio, a Master’s degree in Art Education at New York University, and a Doctorate in Art Education at Indiana University.


Opening Reception: March 8th, 6:00pm-8:00pm

On View March 8th, 2019 - April 10th, 2019

Pale Blue Dot, a selection of works by Suelyn Yu, Adrien Segal, and Purin Phanichphant. The exhibition opens on March 8th and continues through April 12, with an opening reception on Friday, March 8th, from 6:00-8:00 PM.

"From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering…” Carl Sagan

Inspired by the relationship between us, our home and its changing climate patterns, artists Suelyn Yu, Adrien Segal, and Purin Phanichphant draw from scientific research and data, natural systems and forms, and environmental impact. Collectively the works engage and activate dialogue through sharing a distillation of the environmental patterns and trends occurring around us. By communicating these ideas, we perhaps remember our own belonging as well as our vital relationship to our planet. In a time when climate change feels simultaneously very real and apparent, yet too catastrophic to fully digest, we invite you to absorb the insights these artists are serving up.


Opening Reception: Friday, January 18th, 6:00-8:00PM

On View January 18, 2019 - February 24, 2019

For her solo debut in San Francisco, the artist will present a selection of works from her INVISIBLE and We the People series, respectively.  Located in the Main Gallery on the first floor, Kellems Dominik’s monumental soft-sculpture installation, INVISIBLE, features five surrealistic totems of the nude female form measuring over 11 feet tall.  Each sculpture is rendered in the nude, representing the particularities of the female body beyond middle-age and positing an unabashed investigation of the psychological and physical toll of time and maturity on the body.  The totems are illuminated by a white-neon caption rendered in the artist’s handwriting stating: “for without feet, one cannot escape.” Like the caryatids of ancient Greece, the sculptures have no feet and therefore cannot run, cannot escape from societal expectations, and cannot forgo the glorious yet infinitely complicated ravages of time and biology. The totems stand tall, eschew invisibility, and embrace female agency. 

In the downstairs Theater Gallery, Kellems Dominik is debuting for the first time a film from her We The People series, entitled We The People – Stoned (2018).  This film is one element of a larger body of work that poetically reimagines the experience of community turning in on itself. The installation confronts the myth of “America” and subjects the viewer to an investigation of the freedoms of self-determination, of speech, and of expression in light of the contemporary social phenomenon of non-listening.  We The People – Stoned is projected on three of the four gallery walls, immersing the viewer in a compelling 2:57 video and surround-soundtrack.

We The People – Stoned opens to the early moments of a ritual stoning — the moments when a victim is cast and judgement passed — while deliberately denying the viewer a specific protagonist.  The swelling action is indicated by a hypnotic stereo soundtrack subjects the viewer to a series of systematic incantations that function to indicate rising action, an accumulating mob, and prescient danger.  The script, which springs from the opening line of the United States Preamble, mirrors the anxieties of our contemporary political environment and alludes to freedom of opinion, the rhetoric of violence, and the sanctity of human rights.  Viewed independently, the film is a contemplative statement on and an investigation of our ridged, entrenched, and polarized society.



Opening Reception: Tuesday, December 18th, 6:00-9:00PM

On View December 14, 2018 - January 11, 2019

ASHES OF OUR ZEITGEIST is a cross section of oil paintings and photographs by Inga Bard. Through her work, Bard strives to examine the grand narratives interlaced through our current social fabric. As a means to render each new contradiction, Bard’s depictions chronicle the world in which she finds herself. Over the years of studying the relationship between public imagination and propaganda Inga Bard has learned to synthesize reality from endless signals received through the noise. Protest, fake news, collective environmental anxiety, civilian gun violence, economic degradation, infrastructural catastrophes, and systemic war fueled by nationalism are some of the topics touched upon in this exhibition.



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. 

Exhibition takes place in our Main Gallery.

Image courtesy of the artist



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. 

Noonan, a multi-media artist and medium who works out of her studio in Marin County, creates playful and emotionally evocative abstract paintings informed by her sensitivity to the imperceptible. Working primary with bold strokes of bright acrylics to capture fluid, elusive concepts of oneness and connectivity, "Proof of Life" will present over 50 new works on canvas and paper.

Please join us on the 7th as we unveil the exhibition in the Laundry's Main, Back, and Theater Galleries. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Milo Foundation, which provides alternatives for homeless pets in California.



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.



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?

SHADOW CHANNEL is an art exhibit exploring the veil between death and life. Artists explore this liminal space through topics of transience, ancestry, regret and gratitude. This interactive exhibit will feature Bay Area Artists through installation, photography, painting and performance. Participants are invited to wear all black with no logos and to bring a small personal artifact to leave as a gift on an altar - perhaps, an old key. Performances begin after 7pm. 

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 paper8.5x11"



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.



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

This is a free, one-night event. Any profits on prints will be donated to the Hispanic Federation.

A few of the 60+ charts on display:
* Commentary on glitter
* What to feed a millennial
* Vintage tech
* Maslow’s hierarchy of Instagram bragging
* Why I stopped drinking coffee
* SF brand loyalty
* Xoxo best regards thanks!
* 2017 reality show schedule
* We’ve all pooped in a Starbucks
* Seltzer hype
* Not brought to you by Squarespace
* More here

Open bar (while it lasts), Beau Gaerlan making music, and LaCroix, obviously.

Michelle has been publishing charts online since 2011 on sites like Buzzfeed, Refinery29, The Bold Italic, and Glamour. Her work has been featured on USA Today, Fast Company Co.Design, Vox, Vulture, Mental Floss, A.V. Club, Bustle, Mashable, and more.

The series featured in "Chart Show" was created with paper, pen, and found objects after a persistent pain issue hindered her ability to create digital work.

Please don't ask her if she's tried acupuncture.


Dyanna Dimick. Sin #7 (Vanity), 48x30x2"


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.


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" 



October 20 - November 3, 2017

The Laundry presents UNIENDO THE PAST, an artistic reflection and celebration of Mexican and American ancestry by Tere Casas and Karen Folgner.

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.



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.


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.

Kenny Malone 
Olympia Altimir Gálvez 
Jesus Hernandez Cabello 
Safi Kolozsvari 
Anette Paredes 

Raul DMauries 
Mario Navasero
Chaves Smith 
Francine Hsu Davis 
Pearl Sanlab 
Melanin Buford
Doug Rhodes
Leon Loucheur 
Monty Guy


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.
The “Safe-Space” is a place pushed to the future as something we can achieve, based on models found in the past. But if the past has passed, and the future does not exist, where is the existence of the present Safe-Space? Through the safeness of the group space or the personal space (one’s own “Mental Fortress”), what is the futurity of the Safe-Space, and/or even a moment of Safe-Time?



Regular Line 2017 Topolcany - SF

May 13 - 30, 2017

Exhibiting artists:
Michaela Bednarova 
Maria Corejova
Svetlana Fialova
Ondrej Ondatra Jób 
Andrej Kolencik

This will be an International collaborative program presented by The Laundry SF and curated by Zuzana Godálová from Platform 1-12, Topoľčany. Five Slovak selected artists and designers will spend few weeks in USA and the result of their artwork is presented at the exhibition. All works are site specific reacting to new environment and experiences from narrative drawings, films, animation, contemporary design and font design.


March 17 - 31, 2017

Coffee and Art Show presented by 3-19 Coffee



January 7 - March 4, 2017



Eugene Reshetov - http://reshetov.com/

Alex Regenstreich -  TED Talk video of Alex discussing his photography

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