Art can happen anywhere, but it rarely does. Let me unpack that one a bit. Whenever two or more of you are gathered in art’s name…no, still not helping.
What I mean here is that there is potential and opportunity in the Bay Area to make any space an art space, to merge a commercial shoe and fashion boutique into a supportive environment for local artists but it does not often happen, or doesn’t often happen well, but here is a good exception.
Haight Street boasts the largest concentration of Shoe Biz stores in the entire city, each of the three spaces showcasing a different variation on the Shoe Biz franchise. Shoe Biz II (or the Dino Store) is opening its space to two artists, Emily Sevier and Brian Caraway for DOTS and DASHES.
This exhibition is part of new series of shows organized by the incredible Irene Faye Duller, called SF PROPER, featuring local artists in celebration of the w x l x h of San Francisco aesthetics. (Check out a great interview of Irene on Misson Local.)
When: July 1 – August 4, 2010
Where: Shoe Biz II, Dino Store 1553 Haight Street (btwn Clayton and Ashbury)
The exhibition title, DOTS and DASHES could refer to the intentional and delicately crafted techniques that make up their work, but it might also be referring to the intimacy found in loneliness and the ambiguity that rises when thinking about how we both need but don’t necessarily want the connections we have to others.
Both artists’ work is lovely and soothing but also smart and open ended. (Make sure to take a long look at Emily Sevier’s work since she will soon be taking a Bay Area leave of absence to attend graduate school in southern California starting in the fall.)