Desire to Fly: Alexander La Riviere

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Desire To Fly
Desire to Fly: Alexander La Riviere
Curated by: Alex Clausen

270 Anderson St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
September 26th, 2008 - October 12th, 2008
Opening: September 26th, 2008 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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In a joint project with Susan O'Malley and Alex Clausen, Alexander La Riviere, proprietor of Faber's Cyclery and bicycle accident investigator of San Jose, CA, will share the story of bicycle innovation and its associations with freedom at The Spare Room Project in San Francisco.

Since childhood, La Riviere's life has been intimately entwined with the two wheeled machine. Faber's Cyclery has not only been La Riviere's home and business for 30 years, but the building itself has over a century of history.  The cyclery has been in continuous operation since 1921, making it one of the oldest bicycle shops in California and the United States and a significant part of the landscape of downtown San Jose.

Desire to Fly is an installation, including a historical time line, antique bicycles, an audio recording and a video portrait of La Riviere, will accompany his talk at the Spare Room Project.

Opening reception

Friday, September 26th, 7-10pm.
Lecture will commence at 7:30pm.

Work on display by appointment from September 26th through October 12th.

The Spare Room Project was initiated by a desire for more creative experimentation, more space for emerging artists to fulfill both physical and curatorial ideas, and the tight quarters that San Francisco allots the majority of us.  SRP aspires to allow artists in the local community opportunities and exposure often reserved through more rigid tradition, and it hopes doing so will foster otherwise unrealized innovation, exploration, and growth.  Through exhibitions, workshops, and group critiques, it serves as a vehicle for teaching, learning, communicating, and sharing.

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Support for this project is provided by Southern Exposure's Alternative Exposure Grant Program (