Starting With Blade: Content Pending

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I Declare This War is Over Acrylic And Calligraphy Ink On Dura Lar © courtesy of the Artist and Triple Base Gallery
Starting With Blade: Content Pending

3041 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
March 6th, 2008 - March 23rd, 2008
Opening: March 7th, 2008 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM



Participating Galleries Include:
LOYAL, Stockholm, Sweden
Sumi Ink Club at SITE LA, Los Angeles
Nakaochiai Gallery, Tokyo
Charlotte Fogh Contemporary, Denmark
Little Cakes, New York City

The premise of this exhibition starts with Triple Base's founding intention of being one "base" of many international art spaces; interconnected in a dialog about contemporary art making and experimental gallery practice. Triple Base proposes one San Francisco-based artist, Michelle Blade, to be the starting point for the show. Blade investigates the transformative roll of public gatherings where social hierarchy dissolves and abrupt moments of collective completion occur. Examination of these moments point to cultural desires of utopia, transcendence, and an authentic experience.

Triple Base curators selected galleries in other cities that likewise strive to create innovative, artist-centered gallery programming and many share a common aesthetic, non-competitive spirit, artistic alliances and affinities. Many of the participants also do more than present and sell work -- they offer artists and patrons alternate entry points to the artwork through drawing events, studio visits, lectures and experimental curatorial projects. Each curator is asked to select an artist whose work creates a dynamic pairing or friendly allegiance to Blade's work in either concept or form. Curated as a chain reaction of sorts, this group show makes connections between artists working in a similar vein and forms an international web of like-minded art spaces.