Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Revealing the delicacy of objects | San Francisco Examiner

Revealing the delicacy of objects | San Francisco Examiner

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Adobe Books Parlor & The Pistils
A collaborative project by 10 local artists

Alexis Arnold
Christina Corfield
Nancy de Y Elkus
Rashin Fahandej
Laura Boles Faw
Cathy Fairbanks
Ruth Hodgins
Marya Krogstad
Mimi Moncier
Lauren Ross

Curated by Devon Bella

August 2009 - February 2010

Adobe Books presents the new exhibition series Adobe Books Parlor in the bookstore's front windows on 16th Street in the Mission District. The Pistils are the first group of artists to inhabit the window space with rotating window installations by different members each month. The exhibitions are free and open to the public with monthly scheduled opening events.

Current Project 2: Parlor
19 September - 16 October
Artists: Lauren Ross and selected works from The Pistils

The Parlor project is a salon style exhibition where the storefronts
will invite the public to sit, read, and converse. The first use of
the spelling parlor (c.1225), deriving from the Old French word parler
(to speak), referenced windows through which confessions were made.
The Parlor will rejuvenate the history of specialized rooms for
conversation, as well as reveal the chaotic nature of misunderstanding
worlds coexisting in the same space.

Image: Installation view of Unbound by Mimi Moncier, August 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009


An artistic exploration into the phenomenon of the book

Patricia Augsburger
Jennifer Brandon
Sonya Derman
Katie Herzog
Arthur Huang
Jennie Ottinger
Nat Russell
Orion Shepherd
Sonny Smith
Michael Swaine
Nicolas Torres
Scot Velardo

Curated by Devon Bella

Adobe Books Backroom Gallery presents Bookish, the inaugural exhibition celebrating the Backroom Gallery’s recent renovation and exciting transformation. To mark this special occasion, and to call attention to the position of the gallery within the context of the famed Adobe Bookshop, the exhibition will feature a range of artistic practices that share the book as an object of inquiry. Through various media including sculpture, painting, photography and social practice, each artist will animate varying questions based on our relationships to books.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 22, 2009

September 22 - October 25, 2009
Adobe Books Backroom Gallery
3166 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
11AM-10PM daily
(415) 864-3936

Image: Taped, Jennifer Brandon, 2009