Sell Your Debt

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Sell Your Debt

3191 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
January 23rd, 2013 - February 23rd, 2013
Opening: January 23rd, 2013 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM



Queen’s Nails is pleased to present Sell Your Debt, an exhibition by Paris-based artist collective Claire Fontaine. The title, which glows from a neon sign in the front window, sets the tone for a collection of works focusing on the ideas of debt, profit, and how economics in America lost sight of the individual.

Claire Fontaine's work has been shown at The 9th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum, Manifesta 9, Waterschei Genk, Limburg, Belgium "Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011"; The Fourth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art"; "Temporary Beauty: Art, Crisis, Change & The Office of Non-Compliance," Dublin Contemporary 2011, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; La Colección Jumex, Mexico City; and Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich.

Claire Fontaine exhibition “Sell Your Debt” will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm. Exhibition can be seen through the gallery windows during this time, gallery doors will not be open. Private appointments may also be scheduled. Thank you!

In regards to the Claire Fontaine installation of “America (Burnt/Unburnt)” at Queen’s Nails, we would like to assure the community that the utmost precaution was taken during the controlled burning of the piece and that the flame was at no time out of hand.

The burning of the piece, which was not open to the public, has been done by Claire Fontaine seven other times in various venues across the world with the same concerns and care taken into regard.

Due to inadequate ventilation, there was a large amount of smoke coming from the front of the gallery which caused onlookers to call the SFFD. Upon their arrival, there was absolutely no flame burning in the building.

We would like to thank the SFFD for their efforts to help us ventilate the remaining smoke from the gallery. We appreciate their dedication and hard work to ensure that the gallery and onlookers were safe.

Any questions pertaining to the specifics of the installation could be directed towards Claire Fontaine at their artist talk this evening at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at 7pm. Inquiries regarding the exhibition as a whole can be directed to the gallery at

We apologize to the community for any concerns they expressed and again would like to thank the fire fighters and officers for their assistance.

Thank you, QUEEN’S NAILS.