Rayko Photo Center - Monster Drawing Rally (Southern Exposure) - Pawnbrokers Gallery - San Francisco Art Galleries: February 18, 2005


SAN FRANCISCO GALLERY OPENINGS
RAYKO PHOTO CENTER - MONSTER DRAWING RALLY - PAWNBROKERS GALLERY
02.18.05

Rayko Photo Center: Grand Reopening.

Comment: Rayko Photo Center reopens with a palpable shindig after a more than four-year hiatus. Every moocher, crasher, idler, sponger, and freeloader in town was on it like maggots on carrion, cramming their faces with hooch and fodder as fast as they could shovel it down their gullets. Do you black holes of take ever think about giving back? (Sorry. I see them constantly, and it's vent time.) Fortunately, they were well outnumbered by positives.

Speaking of positives, Rayko is for photographers and digital artists who, for whatever reason, occasionally need to borrow stuff. Rayko rents darkrooms, digital labs, printers, work stations, lighting studios, and more, usually by the hour. Rayko is also currently reviewing portfolios for their new gallery, Photographer's Marketplace. Check it out, photographic artists.

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Photography.

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Vintage photograph viewing contraption.

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Photography.

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Art-o-mat, five bucks.

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Lighting studio.

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Perspective.

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Photography.

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Attendance.

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Southern Exposure: 5th Annual Monster Drawing Rally.

Artist/artists: Nick Ackerman, Kathy Aoki, Michael Arcega, Chester Arnold, Nora Auston, Rina Ayuyang, Amy Berk, Sarah Bostwick, Jon Brumit, Jason Byers, Aaron Cardella, Jim Christensen, Lauren Davies, Veronica De Jesus, Chris Duncan, Amanda Eicher, Cathy Ellis, Tia Factor, Christiana Ferroggiaro, Rhea Fontaine, Cecilia Galiena, Jim Gaylord, Larry Gonick, Debra Greene, Michael Hall, David Hamill, Cliff Hengst, John Herschend, Scott Hewicker, Amy Hicks, Jake Huffman, Amanda Hughen, Suzanne Husky, Misako Inaoka, Jason Jagel, Marisa Jahn, Packard Jennings, Kerri Lee Johnson, Patrick Kavanagh, Jeddie Kawahatsu, Tae Kitakata, Jason Kleidosty, Stella Lai, Noah Lang, Max Lariviere Hedrick, Eric Larson, Carrie Leeb, Anli Liu, Frederick Loomis, Reuben Lorch Miller, Saaba MBB Lutzeler, Amber MacLean, Hector Magana, Kara Maria, Stephanie Metz, Deborah Morris, Chris Natrop, Brion Nuda Rosch, Sarah Partch-Smith, Kamau Patton, Matt Pawlowski, Alison Pebworth, Mel Prest, Clare Price, Emily Prince, Amy Rathbone, Ben Riesman, Lettie Jane Rennekamp, Fanny Retsek, Lisa Ricci, Walter Robinson, Thorina Rose, Jon Rubin, Alena Rudolph, Pico Sanchez, Jovi Schnell, Andrew Schoultz, Brian Scott, Mary Joy Scott, Emily Sevier, Steve Shada, Tim Sharman, Christine Shields, Sarah Smith, Jessica Snow, Chris Sollars, Travis Somerville, Laura Splan, Sandra Starkey-Simon, Jennifer Starkweather, Josť Antonio Suarez Londono, William Swanson, Weston Teruya, Tara Tucker, Adrian Van Allen, Victoria Wagner, Robin Ward, Wei Weng, Christine Wilcox Ackerman, Megan Wilson, Jenifer Wofford, Lena Wolff, Sandra Wong.

Comment: Monster Drawing Rally offers many of our most talented artists an opportunity to give back, to support Southern Exposure, which in turn, supports our entire artistic community. The artists work in one-hour shifts, make drawings, the drawings go up on the walls of the gallery, rabid buyers then squabble for them-- in a civilized orderly manner, of course-- utilizing a hierarchical system involving playing cards, all proceeds going to So-Ex.

I'm always delighted to see artists contribute their art rather than let it go only if they get paid. Art does wonders in many ways for many people under many circumstances. You creatives must remember to give of your gifts, in order that everyone everywhere can appreciate what art has to offer. That generosity comes back to you, spiritually as well as materially (I have occasional issues with artists and generosity, but that's not for here. I'll get to them sooner or later). And as we all know, we can never have too much art.

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Art - artist.

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Art - artist.

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Art - artist.

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On deck - Walter Robinson, Tim & Susan Sharman.

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Brion Nuda Rosch, Andrew Schoultz, fan base.

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Artist Chris Natrop (I'm guessing from the signage).

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Squabbling for culture.

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Acquisition system.

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Spillage.

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Pawnbrokers Gallery, 835 Larkin St., SF, 94109; 999.2051: Lowered Hi-Ball.

Artists: Carina DiMarcellis, Porous Walker, Matt Irving, Brian Barneclo, Sacha Eckes, Chris Pastras, Isaac McKay-Randozzi, Patrick Jilbert, Elizabeth Romero.

Comment: An amusing dishevelment of mainly affordable smalls, highlighted by Porous Walker's "Inheritance Machine," a converted vintage aspirin dispenser where you insert fifty cents, turn the handle, and out pops a little box with a dollar in it. And even the fifty cents was free. You know, out of the countless thousands of art openings I've been to in my debatably productive career, I can safely say this is the only one where I've ever turned a direct profit.

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Art (Matt Irving).

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Art (Sacha Eckes).

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Porous Walker - Inheritance Machine interior (pick).

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Porous Walker, machine, wife Carina DeMarcellis in a moment of marital bliss.

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Art (Elizabeth Romero).

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Art (Brian Barneclo).

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Art (Porous Walker, left; Isaac McKay-Randozzi, right).

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Curbside.








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