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Curated by: Crystal Townsend

1262 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
September 17th, 2010 - October 8th, 2010
Opening: September 17th, 2010 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Medicine Agency mixed-media installation graffiti/street-art painting, modern


September 17th – October 10th
Opening Reception: Friday, September 17th, 2010
Medicine Agency presents FRIEND SHOW, a group exhibition focusing on solo and collaborative works by emerging and established artists. Curator Crystal Townsend has invited five artists of growing acclaim to submit solo and collaborative works with another artist of their choosing. Along with paintings and drawings, the show will also feature storefront installations by Pakayla Biehn and Ryan De La Hoz collaborating with Mia Christopher.


Ryan De La Hoz has participated in solo and group exhibitions in the U.S., the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, Canada, and the U.K. Says Ryan, "In my work I have been loosely exploring the concept of what can stay behind after a person or society has vacated and or perished. I use the term "Residual Energy" when referring to what has been left behind. I think a lot about fragility, loss, hope, isolation, freedom, the destruction of natural resources, myth, magic, and the pursuit of happiness." Ryan will be collaborating with Mia Christopher, a multi-disciplinary artist based in San Francisco. She is currently studying painting at California College of the Arts and her work has been exhibited internationally.

Jesse Balmer was born in San Juan Capistrano, California in 1987. He has been drawing since before he can remember, which was really only much-less-than-the-blink-of-an-eye ago on the geologic time scale. He now resides in San Francisco, California where his dignity remains intact for now. Jesse has chosen to collaborate with Austin, Texas-based erotic cartoonist Jonny Negron.

Tara Foley lives and works in San Francisco. Tara's blue ballpoint pen drawings depict strange imagined architectures with imagery which references gothic and medieval architecture, the body and the natural environment. Tara is currently the Artist In Education Program Manager at Southern Exposure. Tara's collaborator, David Kasprzak, has shown his work in various galleries in the US and Italy. He often deals with subjects such as geometry, destruction, displacement, and paranoia in a humorous light.

Adam Flores-"The idea behind my work is change - how we as people are affected by change over time and how things such as environment, spirituality, tradition, and morality play a major role and influence our daily human beings we are constantly faced with the consequences of our actions and how we deal with these outcomes is an ongoing struggle. In my work I try to portray these situations, in a "seriously lighthearted" way." Adam will be collaborating with Los Angeles-based Derek Albeck. Developing complex figurative works using the graphic sensibilities absorbed from his studies in the various forms of printmaking, Derek's drawings and serigraphs serve as an intense investigation and critique on the human condition. Derek's work has been exhibited in galleries across the U.S. as well as Canada and the U.K.

Pakayla Biehn creates environments of curiosity and intimacy that resonate within her painting, installation, drawing and mixed media. She finds a unique visual language to negotiate the intersection of imagery and distinctive perspective that gives the viewer an understanding of her own optical disability. Mike Giant is a tender, resourceful fellow who draws and paints on walls, skin and paper. His visual language is steeped in counter culture Americana, world religions, drugs and sexuality.

Medicine Agency invites you to join us on Friday, September 17th, at 8 PM for the opening reception. Refreshments provided by Blue Angel Vodka. Private viewings are available through October 10th, seven days a week during the hours of 10am – 8pm by appointment only. For additional information please contact Crystal Townsend at 415.829.8615 or

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