Thursday, October 19, 2006

the amber room at luggage store gallery

on saturday i went to see the amber room at the luggage store.
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the show included 4 artists.

wang wei (beijing) 's "untitled" piece was amazing.
made of scaffolding
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it has the look and feel of a temple
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liu ding (beijing) 's "forevermore"
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words written with peepholes,
looking out onto market street at 6th
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with many vantage points to engage the active viewer
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shirley tse (la), "sinks like a submarine,"
polyurethane resin, brass, copper wire, jade, 2006
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won ju lim (la), orange extension cord, plexiglass, mirrors, light 2006
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it reminded me of an architectural model.
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one component was the lighting and shadows. they built a room to house the piece. i didn't photograph it in the chosen lighting, wasn't equipped with a tripod.

i have to love the luggage store. this show was incredibly labor intensive. they had to bring "7000 lbs. or more of scaffolding up [and this week, down] the steps of the luggage store." they built a "temporary" room in the gallery to house one work. and, i appreciate it. it was a good show to see in person.

view the slideshow or the set?

and, i see a lot of artists at the luggage store checking out the exhibits. i got there between 4 and 4:30, the last hour of the exhibit. it's closed now, sorry. i had finished photographing. i was talking to jennifer. it was just the two of us. and then a large group of people showed up. lead by michael arcega. an international group of artists who were on a panel with him or something like that. jean-ulrick desert told me that his apartment costs $200. in berlin. seems like a good tip. nice fellow. and ricardo richey was returning a ladder he borrowed during the day, painting a new mural on turk at market.

great place. they have more info on the show here. their photos show the art more.

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