Auto- Manic

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Hemorrhage, 2009 Gouache On Archival Digital Print/Hahnemühle 16" X 12" © Susanne Slavick
Auto- Manic
Curated by: Peter Foucault

1131 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
June 9th, 2010 - June 26th, 2010
Opening: June 12th, 2010 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

(415) 8633-7668
Wed-Sat 2-6 and by appointment



ROOT DIVISION PRESENTS: Second Saturday June 2010


Opening Reception: Saturday, June 12th, 6-10 pm

San Francisco – Ever since the first interstate highways began carving a path through the urban landscape in the early 50’s, California has been the epitome of American “Car Culture”. Nostalgic images of the warm summer sun reflecting off the chrome bullets on the ached tail fin of a steel behemoth have given way to technologically savvy hybrids that can tear up a track at 0-60 mph in less than four seconds, and are nearing 130 miles per gallon.


From Thunderbirds to Teslas, the freeways, side streets, beaches and parking lots of California have always been clogged to the saturation point with automobiles. These everyday objects have deeply imbedded themselves into the collective unconscious of artists working within this urban environment, and created a fertile trajectory for exploring the relationship between man and four wheeled machine.


At our current vantage point, within a deep and crippling economic recession, with CO2 emissions reaching an alarming level and gas prices teetering on the preposterous at times, we must re-evaluate our relationship with the beloved car.  With the devastating fall of the big American Car Companies and the disappearance of such iconic brands as Pontiac, a dramatic new relationship is evolving between producer and consumer, pragmatist and dreamer.


As we speed off into a new era of travel, technology and environmental responsibility, the thirteen artists in Auto-Manic, from California and beyond, respond to the role of the automobile, and it’s alternatives, in art.


Featuring Performances by:

Kevin E. Taylor

M.A.P. (Mobile Arts Platform)


Participating Artists: (Curator: Peter Foucault)

Cody Bratt

Laura Garzon

Justin Hoover

Shea Naer

Guy Overfelt

Michael Pedroni

Molly Pettengill

Damaris Rivera

Kirsten Rae Simonsen

Susanne Slavick

Heather Sparks

Anna-Maria Vag

Michelle Waters

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 12th, 6-10 pm

Sliding Scale Suggested Donation: $2-$20


Exhibition Dates: June 9th–26th, 2010

Gallery Hours: Wednesdays- Saturdays, 2-6 pm (or by appointment)



3175 17th Street (at South Van Ness & Shotwell), San Francisco, CA 94110 / 415.863.7668



Root Division is an arts & arts education non-profit located in the Mission District of San Francisco. Root Division's mission is to improve appreciation and access to the visual arts by connecting personal inspiration and community participation. We provide subsidized studio space to working artists in exchange for their service in creating shared learning opportunities for the community. Artists develop creatively and professionally by teaching art to under served youth, leading adult education classes, and producing exhibitions that showcase local emerging artwork. By combining multiple opportunities for creative exchange, Root Division cultivates an artistic ecosystem that enriches life throughout the Bay Area.


Root Division is supported in part by grants from Grants for the Arts: San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund & Voluntary Arts Contribution Fund, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, and Bill Graham Foundation.  The Second Saturday Exhibition Series is sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission through a Cultural Equity Grant/Organizational Project Grant and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.


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