IN THE MOMENT: Benefit Art Sale & Auction, Sat. Nov. 5th

locationThe Luggage StoreopeningSat. Nov 5th, 2011@8 pm

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In The Moment:

 A Benefit Sale/Auction for the Luggage Store


Exhibition thru NOVEMBER 26, 2011, GALLERY HOURS WED-SAT 12-5


Please join us to support the luggage store for a benefit auction on Saturday, November 5th with a VIP Preview between 6-8 PM including an intimate performance by special guest Devendra Banhart.
Proceeds from In the Moment contributes to  innovative programming such as the award winning Tenderloin National Forest, contemporary exhibitions, public art program, artist in residency, Short Cuts and  The Creative Music series.

Featured Exhibition Artists in alphabetical order:

Danya Aletebi, John Felix Arnold III, Tauba Auerbach, Christopher Burch, Mark Bradford, Thomas Campbell, Monica Canilao, CEKIS, Julian Dash (Holy Stitch), Sean Desmond, Cheryl Dunn, Neck Face, Date Farmers, .t.w.five, Dustin Fosnot, Erlin Geffrard, Os Gemeos, GiGi, Jim Goldberg, Matt Gonzalez, Henry Gunderson, David Gurman, Chad Hasegawa, Frederick Hayes, Maya Hayuk, Terry Hoff, Rich Jacobs, Chris Johanson+Johanna Jackson, Titus Kaphar, Stella Lai, Josh Lazcano, Jack Leamy, Yoon Lee, Hunter Longe, Chris Lux, Ari Marcopoulos, Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, Julio Cesar Morales, Gabby Quynh-Anh Miller, Ruby Rose Neri, Kottie Paloma, Nina Pandolfo, Ferris Plock, Johanna Poethig, Steve Powers, Rye Purvis, Ricardo Richey, Maga Rincon, Jose Riveros, Clare Rojas, Silvio Samora, Jovi Schnell, Andrew Schoultz, Dave Schubert, Yarrow Lazer-Smith, Tavares Strachan, Swoon, Mickalene Thomas, Sara Thustra, Robyn Twomey, Basco Vazko, Ben Venom, Paul Wackers, Will Yakulic, Tobin Yelland

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ARTIST BIOS: (will be updated…)

JOH FELIX ARNOLD III:  born in Durham, NC in 1980. The product of two esteemed dancers, his childhood was a mixture of artistic freedom, pure discipline and technique in everything he did. His father moved to NYC in 1986 and thus began John’s life long affair with the megalapolis environment. He has been drawing literally since he could pick up a crayon or a pencil. He was exposed to the eighties arts scene in New York as a child, the insanity that was NYC at this time, traveled to major cities across the globe with his father™s dance company (Pilobolus), and experienced the dying city that was downtown Durham N.C. in the eighties. Through these early, extremely intense experiences he developed eyes and a way of seeing that informed his drawings at a young age, and still does today. He moved to Brooklyn, NY on his own in 1998 to continue his art education at Pratt Institute where he graduated in 2002 with a BFA in Communication Design. He then moved to San Francisco to study Graduate Print Making in 2006 and has lived in the Bay Area ever since.  He works in painting, drawing, print making, installation, and sound, and has created a whole new world and way of seeing. One in which the viewer is to become a part of his experience and conversation, and let their imagination thrive inside of that conversation.

t.w.5:  is a collaboration between Brazilian artist; Paula Pereira and Swedish artist; Pernilla Andersson.  They have been collaborating since June 2009.  Pernilla Andersson aka five, born in Stockholm, Sweden, currently lives and works in San Jose, California. Received a BFA and MFA from San Jose State University in 2010.

Paula Pereira aka t.w. was born in Brazil and currently lives and works in San Francisco, California. Received a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute and a MFA from San Jose State University in 2004. Her street artwork is featured in the book œGraffiti Women by Nicholas Ganz.

TOBIN YELLAND: Photographer and Filmmaker Tobin Yelland™s work features the day-to-day experiences of many different characters playing out their sexuality and aggression with youthful invincibility. Since the age of fifteen, Yelland has been steadily documenting the shadowy existence of youth and its vestiges in day-to-day life. First published in Thrasher skateboard magazine, Yelland™s work has expanded beyond the world of skateboarding to become a collection of images that lend voice to an entire generation transcending many locales and social identities. Yelland™s photographs have been exhibited worldwide including The Luggage Store, Deitch Projects, Thread Waxing Space, White Columns, Institute for Contemporary Art Philadelphia, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, among others. His photographs have been featured in various publications including Visionaire, Tokion, Spin, and The New York Times. His film work ranges from the Feature documentary Beautiful Losers to music videos for High on Fire, Chemical Brothers and Apples in Stereo and commercials for Nike, MTV and DC Shoes. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles

David Gurman: David Gurman is a San Francisco-based designer and installation artist. He makes memorials that are digitally connected to conflict zones around the world. Using real-time data feeds to trigger action in his installations, he brings those of us who live in safe zones closer to events we hear about in mass media but may never witness. His work has shown in San Francisco at St. Ignatius Church, SFAI™s Walter and McBean Gallery, Michael Rosenthal Gallery, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Swarm Gallery and The Headlands Center for the Arts. In 2008 he was selected to join a cadre of Artists representing the United States at Artisterium, Tblisi, Georgia. Reviews of his work have appeared in the Salt Lake City Weekly, San Francisco Weekly, Make Magazine, and Wired. He received an MFA in Media Arts from California College of the Arts (2007). He is the recipient of a Center for Cultural Innovation Investing in Artists Grant (2010), the Headlands Center for the Arts Graduate Fellowship (2007), the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship (2007), and the Eureka Fellowship (2011), and David is currently a TED Fellow (2010).

M. Steven Rowland: Often abstract and figurative at the same time, my art conflates these categories and builds toward a tension that allows multiple entrance ways into a work of art. My interest and influences range widely throughout art history and often use musical, architectural, and literary references in addition to visual ones. My work can be pointedly contemporary while drawing upon ancient traditions. I have been deeply influenced by my involvement with classical Japanese music and the unique aesthetic concepts developed in Japan, which musically employ micro-tonality, polyphonic displacement and non-Western timing. The painting KITE makes use of multiple layers of meaning and disjunction, referencing modern art, the architecture of the Tea House, haiku and criticism of painting’s place in contemporary art. I bring together these concerns and exploit a layering and displacement of content and structure. A box kite has been flattened and spread out employing Cubism’s flattening of space and form. The question of painting’s whimsical unending and impending death shows up as a web connecting and holding the trope in a dusty corner of disused concepts and materials, anchored to its rectilinear, historical field. Nevertheless, KITE pulls forward to break free.  A loose reference to haiku and the seventeen on (stress or timing syllables) are seen in the dominant geometric structural units, with the single black and white rectangle referencing the kireji or “cutting word” of haiku. The simplicity and roughness of the painting presents an unfinished story; the web a nature reference looking both incomplete and disintegrating (as with history’s hold on art); the colors of moss, water, stone and flowers traditionally found at a chanoyu tea house playing with ideas of structure, color, nature and history.

Erlin Geffrard: Haitian American Artist Erlin Geffrard strikes a positive nerve aimed at popular culture through the exploration of persona, identity, and embracing every aspect of the current world, good and bad. ” These works are intertwined with the haitian notion of whole heartedly holding on to absolutely nothing!
“A really talented painter…..and He is handsome and extra good looking.”
-Laurie Lazer
check it out
Christopher Burch: Christopher Burch, St. Louis Missouri. He received his BFA at Columbia College in Columbia Missouri, in 2002 and his MFA form the San Francisco Art Institute in
Christopher’s, aim is to create a visual language that captures the ectoplasmic
echoes existing between laughter and death, the space between erasure and presence, the conflict between the singular and multiplicity, the uncanny ability of
the comedic to show the vulnerable, the horrific, the morbid, the schizophrenic,
and the ghostly, all at the same blurring moment in time.

Sean Desmond : Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sean Desmond works within the mediums of both photography and film. Using his camera as a passport he explores worlds that are often overlooked by society and others that are at the forefront of culture. As the creator and founder of The Tenderloin Project, Desmond utilized his camera to create a unique portrait of one of San Francisco™s most marginalized neighborhoods, the Tenderloin. Through the project he has since collaborated with over 50 artists throughout the U.S. and Japan to bring recognition to an often-ignored facet of society, homelessness. Having exhibited his work in San Francisco, Miami, Atlanta, New York and Tokyo, he continually seeks to blend art with both social cause and commerce. His work has been published in Juxtapoz, Thrasher, Anthem, and he was recently selected by Print magazine to be featured in their New Visual Artists issue, featuring the top 20 artists under the age of 30 for 2011.

Monica Canilao: My work functions as a living history, a means to make stories from remnants of past lives so readily discarded. It is a mode of communication with others transcending distance, time, and place. By taking something as ordinary as found wood pulp or cloth and passing thread through it, new things can be made beautiful or useful. The value and logic of reuse is something I have learned from the city itself, through recycling discarded items in every vein of my life.
By using images rooted in personal commonalities, I attempt to create a visual language that resonates beyond verbal and cultural differences. The importance for me, falls not in specific gestures but in the feelings invoked by simply living.
I need to find connection in every place I am, perpetually engaging in building shelters and the investigation of home within living/breathing neighborhoods. Exploring cities old and new to me, I discover my materials from that place’s available waste/treasure, making each installation site-specific. Contingent on communities and personal experiences around me, collaboration and engagement with my environment is vital. The direct relationship between the things I create and my daily experience”what I feel and what I find”allows my process and the result to evolve how it may. Using materials that carry traces of moments past and endangered forms of expression I carve out new possibilities. Space is granted to alternate modes of living, gender expressions and personas with costume, thread, and paint, on both paper and in daily life. The compositions themselves are a reminder that we all bear scars from family histories that shape our desires, prejudices, and ability to adapt (or thrive). In the end the act of creating is about making living sacred.

Danya Aletebi: Danya Aletebi was born in 1989 and spent most of her years in a small town in Colorado. At the age of seventeen, Aletebi moved to Oakland, CA to achieve her BFA at California College of the Arts and create a different world for herself. During day hours, Aletebi spends her moments taking in as much of the world as she possibly can and producing a new world based on filters of perception, reality, and fantasy within her own mind. The night hours leave Aletebi with the world as her playground; creation, destruction, and the balance between the two.

Julio Cesar Morales: Julio Cesar Morales is an artist, educator and curator currently working both individually and collaboratively. Morales’ work consistently explores issues of labor, memory, surveillance technologies and identity strategies. His work has been shown at Museo Tamayo (Mexico City, Mexico), 2009 Lyon Biennale; (Lyon, France), 2008 and 2004 San Juan Triennial (San Juan, Puerto Rico); 2007 Istanbul Biennale; Los Angeles County Art Museum (Los Angeles); 2006 Singapore Biennale; Frankfurter Kunstverein (Frankfurt, Germany); Swiss Cultural Center (Paris, France); The Rooseum Museum of Art (Malmo, Sweden); Peres Projects (Los Angeles); Fototeca de Havana (Cuba); Harris Lieberman Gallery (New York City); MUCA Roma (Mexico City), The Nordic Watercolour Museum; (Skärhamn, Sweden) and UCLA Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). His work has been written about in Flash Art, The New York Times, Artforum, Freize Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Art Nexxus, and Art in America amongst others.

Chad Hasegawa: I am a San Francisco-based artist who likes to work in all types of mediums on various types of surfaces. I call my most recent works of art painter mache. This is because of the many random layers of paper and paint that are built up to create an abstract image, such as the image of a bear. Grizzly bears have an amazingly odd jointed body and their fur has many colors that create what we see as brown. I enjoy painting grizzlies and I really enjoy painting them big. Through my painting style, the spirit of the grizzly allows me to drip, spray and apply the paint heavily to the surface. The image almost becomes sculptural because the mediums are so built up. Amongst the chaos of the painted body of the grizzly, I also capture their spirit by painting their eyes, snout, and mouth in a refined and realistic manner. With this type of modeling, the bears seem to take on a life of its own.

Yarrow Lazer-Smith: AkA “Yarrow Slaps.” I was born and raised in San Francisco, California. Art has been a way of life for me ever since i was created. I paint what i see, i paint scenes of where i see myself in life, and i paint from the heart. I feel that art is art and whatever you make comes straight from your soul. I plan to paint until there is no more paint. Inspiration is everywhere and creativity is timeless, holla @ ya boy.

Jovi Schnell: Jovi Schnell’s colorful wall works, paintings and cut-outs are committed to the poetic and metaphorical realms. A dose of hope and a dry sense of humor hang in balance between ambiguous logic, notions of progress, and the great unknown.
Schnells’ work has been exhibited in many galleries and institutions, including the Stedelijk Bureau Museum in Amsterdam; the Williams College Museum, Williamstown, MA; The Brooklyn Museum, PS1, The Drawing Center, NY, Derek Eller Gallery, NY, Gregory Lind Gallery and the Luggage Store gallery in San Francisco. Her work has received reviews in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Flash Art, Art in America, and Art on Paper. In 2002 she received the Pollack-Krasner Award for painting. She has served as a visiting lecturer at The San Francisco Art Institute, UC Berkeley and is presently adjunct faculty at the California College of the Arts. In 2010 she completed her first public art commission creating work defining a new public plaza in the SOMA district of San Francisco. In 2011 she will begin work on a second public commission creating artwork for a new skate park being built in San Francisco.

Hunter Longe: Hunter is interested in destruction of narrative, destruction of context & [re]creation of context, counter art, art counter, opposition/tension, obscuration, erasure, negation, magnetism, process of art, process of life work, unknown collaboration, collaboration without permission, distortion, and outlook shifts.
Hunter’s work has been exhibited at The Popular Workshop, The Luggage Store Gallery, and Triple Base in San Francisco, Krowswork gallery in Oakland, and Show Cave Night Gallery in Los Angeles. He currently lives and works in San Francisco and is and avid member of Drone Dungeon Collective.
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Henry Gunderson: White holes are dark. like a white hole Henry Gunderson ejects matter from his event horizon. Somewhere inbetween a black hole and a
white hole there is a stomach. The stomach plays a key role in the process. This process creates nothing new, but digests what was and is already there.
Julian Dash: I think I was a grandmother in a past lifetime… I love to sew, cook, garden, teach children, and sew cool jeans along with other denim products that reinterpret the universe. I moved to SF wanting to leave home and become a rapper. Prior to leaving, I did not see my house, school or meet my roommates. I just followed my intuition and let the pieces of the puzzle fall into place¦this was in 2003. Ever since 6th grade I knew I wanted and was going to have a clothing brand. Being young, my expression and outlets became music and clothing (How it was created, the design and the people behind it), along with being cool. In high school I received an opportunity to go to SF for the first time for a student conference. After 10 minutes of being in SF, I knew this was where I needed to be in order to fulfill my destiny. When I got back home, I applied to San Francisco State University, got accepted and moved up weeks later after that. My first day I got lost, my second day I taught my roommates how to try to rap and my third day I got a job at Noah™s Bagels¦ and that™s where it began. There were a handful of hip hop groups that I followed in San Diego while in high school and the group named People Like Us was my favorite. One day while cutting a bagel at work, a co worker asks me œHey, you™re from San Diego, you like hip hop? I reply, œYea, why? He says, I make beats for a group called People Like Us, you heard of us?!? And there it was, I was now hanging out with my favorite local hip hop group, in San Francisco. They became my intro for many things and relationships in SF but the most significant introduction was in graffiti. One day I am skateboarding at the pier and I see a skateboard on the sidewalk by itself, I look to see if it is anyone™s and the owner sees me and we smile. Two-three hours later the skateboard is still there and no one is around, I decide to take it home and spray paint and stencil it to make it look different than normal. I got some spray paint, painted my board, then some wood, then some walls etc. etc. next thing you know I am all over the city. I did that for a while and it taught me a number of things including the impermanence of art and life, how to interact with the city on multiple levels, a variety of disciplines and aesthetics, how propaganda and big money intertwine and more. However, one day a œhero calls the cops on me and long story short, I get illegally arrested and beat up by racist cops in San Diego. I spend three days in jail and then go home to San Francisco. One morning, days after, I spring up from a nap and say out loud œI need to learn how to sew jeans! I still wanted to do graffiti but had to find another way of doing it. I do weeks of internet research and ask questions all around town, until one day I am biking down an alley and I see a factory™s worth of industrial machines getting loaded into a truck. I track down and talk to boss man; he sells me four machines for the price of one, delivers them to my house and has the same birthday as me. I get the machines serviced; some pictures off of the internet and did not sleep for 2 nights and sewed a pair of jeans, then did it again, and again, and again. Now I sell my products through word of mouth and strategic product placement out of my custom made ice cream sewing machine cart, I have created a jean collective named The Commission and teach kids and students how to sew, about the industry and entrepreneurship.

Ferris Plock: Ferris Plock is a San Francisco-based artist who lives within the city with his wife, Kelly Tunstall (Plock™s partner in the artistic duo KeFe), and son Brixton. Plock brings a dedicated focus to his work that is paired with a wild sense of originality. Through a variety of mediums including acrylic, watercolor, spray paint, India ink, gold or silver leaf, and collage Plock creates highly detailed works, often character-based paintings on wood panel, that combine contemporary pop culture with the aesthetic of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblocks. Widely-accomplished and with a diverse range of artistic interests, Plock has created illustrations for many high-profile clients, has been involved in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and abroad, and also served as the 2010 SF Recology Artist in Resident.

Mickalene Thomas: My photographs and paintings represent the notions of beauty I learned from my mother and hypothesizing from where she derived those notions. The act of dressing up in your mother™s clothing as a little girl is a starting point to developing your sexual identity through fantasy and representation. The main source for my portraits, which emphasize both the canon of portraiture and the manipulation of the image, is based from seventies icons, vintage pin-up magazines, and most importantly artist such as Matisse, Gauguin, and Balthus.
My process begins by photographing the figure in an interior space while reinserting the decorative figure on an ornamental ground. Some of the images emulate and explore the feminine mystique by using poses that challenge, romanticize and sexualize ideas of femininity.
Created with rhinestones, my portraits are made to seduce the viewer while allowing the spectator into an exploration with the figure. These women who inspire my work are minds who cultivate persona through understanding and knowing their own power enough to play with stereotypes in their most intimate moments as the invisible odalisques of art history. In this way, my work relates not only to the black celebrity but how I have internalized the social codes of glamour and sexuality. These notions allow me to create an imaginative life for my subjects. My images celebrate and critique narrative symbols of gender and sexual behavior. At the same time, these portraits in which I cast myself and models in iconic roles, relates to the subjective and objectification of female sexual expression. It is an examination of beauty and femininity that responds to the marketing of urban identity in popular culture.

Gabby Miller:
I live in between Hanoi and The San Francisco Bay Area. I work as a tour guide, both professionally and unprofessionally.
Jim Goldberg: Jim Goldberg™s innovative use of image and text make him a landmark photographer of our times. He has been working with experimental storytelling for over thirty years, and his major projects include Rich and Poor (1977-85), Raised by Wolves (1985-95), Nursing Home (1986), Coming and Going (ongoing) and Open See (2003-present). Goldberg™s work is consistently presented as a layered, sensory experience that overwhelms the viewer and forces a consideration of artistic form and documentary practice.

Cekis: also know as Nelson Rivas, is a self-taught painter, born in Santiago Chile in 1976. His beginnings as a visual artist are originated, from the street murals in Santiago and the heavily marked political situation in the decade of the 80™s in Chile and also the imported new york graffiti culture worldwide. Nelson started painting on the streets in the early 90™s and helped to massifide the street painting in this decade becoming an trasendent figure in South America street culture. Cekis currently lives and work in Brooklyn, where he™s been active as a painter and educator.

Basco Vazko: 1983 Born Santiago, Chile. Novembre 2.
1998 Starts painting on the streets and begins “E.G.S. El Decameron” of Giovanni Boccaccio, a korean edition of the Decameron found by Basco near his house.
2003 Moves to the United States and lives there for three years.
2006 Participates in Junta, first group exibition in the United States with Elisita Balbontin at Scion Gallery in Culver city, Los Angeles
“Cinco letras que no dicen nada”, first solo exhibition at Fifty24SF Gallery San Francisco, California
Returns to Chile and begins working with Paloma Palomino in the book, “Donde esta mi corazón?”
2007 “Sewn” Chile/China curated by NicoyKatiushka at Segment Space / Elements MOCA. Beijing, China.
First trip to Sao Paulo with Paloma Palomino.
Novena, group exhibition at Galería Luis Adelantado Valencia, España
2008 Meets Hugo Marin who invites him to participated as only guest artist at Marin™s exhibition œReducirse al máximo, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.
“Dolores, las lágrimas y las Rosas” solo exhibition at Fifty24pdx Gallery Portland, Oregon.
“Largo día jueves” solo exhibition at Fifty24SF Gallery and Release of “Donde esta mi corazón?” Published by the Fifty24SF and Upper Playground.
2009 “Nè Dans la Rue, Graffiti”, group exhibition At Fondation Cartier pour l™ art contemporain Paris, France.
“Evas” solo exhibition at Sala Cero, Galería Animal, Santiago, Chile.
2010 Video of “E.G.S. El Decameron” is presented at Galería Patricia Ready as part of the exhibition “Less is more”.

Stella Lai: Stella Lai grew up on an small, car-less island southwest of Hong Kong Island called Cheung Chau. Lai received her B.F.A. from California College of the Arts, San Francisco, in 1997. Lai’s work has gained critical acclaim and has been reviewed in distinguished publications such as Art in America, Flash Art International and
She has exhibited both nationally and internationally in Los Angeles, USA; San Francisco, USA; Miami, USA; New York, USA; Manchester, UK; Shanghai, China, and Beijing, China.
Lai has been invited to participate in both the Breathe Residency, Manchester, UK and Artist in Residency, Thirty-Nine Hotel, Hawaii, USA . Stella Lai currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

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