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The Tropes of the Tropical

by Mark A. Rodriguez
Another thematic summer group show based on an image of summer-related ecstasy but one that chilly and windswept San Francisco can never truly grasp.  SF Tropical at Queens Nails Projects tries to address the word and conjured image that is the TROPICAL as refracted through the fog coming off the Bay. Mark Twain has been apocryphally quoted as saying, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”  And though the weather was quite cool for summer, it definitely wasn’t the coldest summer I ever suffered through. Stepping inside QNP, I was bombarded by sound and darkness—not ex... [more]
Posted by Mark A. Rodriguez on 8/9/11
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“I’LL FIND IT IF YOU STOP TALKING”

by Chris Fitzpatrick
    I didn’t see Exercises in Seeing, partially because I wasn’t there. In most cases, not having seen an exhibition should make writing its review rather difficult, if not utterly pointless (see: re+view). While what follows can only be a speculative reconstruction, perhaps conjecture is the only appropriate tool for reviewing an exhibition of contemporary art held completely in the dark. After all, no one saw the show. More than thirty primarily visual projects were shipped to San Francisco from all over the world, or commissioned, performed, recreated, and then meticulously installed at Que... [more]
Posted by Chris Fitzpatrick on 12/28/09
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Our Best Machines are Not Seen

by Chris Fitzpatrick
By title alone, Jacqueline Gordon’s solo exhibition Our Best Machines are Made of Sunshine may sound like warm and flowery new age kitsch, but actually, it feels quite cool, almost chilling. In fact, the title is lifted from Donna Haraway’s A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century. The floors, walls and ceiling at Queen’s Nails Projects have been painted snow white, which Gordon has outfitted with three-dimensional wall panels, an audio-rig-cum-monolithic-installation, pencil drawings, and a number of folk-inspired sculptures. Alth... [more]
Posted by Chris Fitzpatrick on 11/23/09
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Religion in Common

by Ava Jancar
  For the first show under their new moniker, Queens Nails Projects, formerly Queens Nails Annex, has installed an exhibit of the work of San Francisco-based artist , Kamau Patton. The multimedia presentation, which includes works on paper, painting, sculpture, video and photography, is the result of Patton's extensive research into the socio/religious. Appearing on first glance to have the loosely narrative dynamic of a history museum, the work emits an aura of nostalgia, while remaining markedly coded.     Patton takes special care in producing pieces which seem to mimic that of the relig... [more]
Posted by Ava Jancar on 9/16/08