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Louise Leong Artist Reception and Gallery Exhibition

POSTED BY: ALICE WU

Louise Leong at Rare Device

Our April gallery show is up: Louise Leong's Rebus Shmebus opened on April Fool's Day with a fun reception with the artist in attendance and a potato chip bar for our guests. Rebus Shmebus is on view through May 2 at Rare Device Divisadero. Thank you all for coming!

Rebus Shmebus will be up until Tuesday, May 2 at Rare Device Divisadero (600 Divisadero Street). Leong's original artworks, created with acrylic pen markers on canvas, can be purchased online. We also have a selection of small prints and cards silkscreened by Louise Leong. For more information, contact Giselle Gyalzen at info@raredevice.net or call us at 415-863-3969.


Louise Leong with Kenny and Sanaa of Tiny Splendor


Rebus Shmebus!


Leong cites potato chip packaging as an artistic influence, so we offered a potato chip bar for the opening reception


Guests critiquing the potato chip selection 

Banana Slugs well-represented throughout the night!

Rebus Shmebus by Louise Leong: Gallery Exhibition & Artist Reception

POSTED BY: ALICE WU

Louise Leong, "Rebus Shmebus Cigarette Butt"
Acrylic marker on wood panel

Rare Device is pleased to announce our April 2016 gallery exhibition Rebus Shmebus, featuring new and recent drawings by Louise Leong. Louise Leong is a printmaker and illustrator based in Santa Cruz.

The Rebus Shmebus series, named for the drawings' resemblance to rebus pictogram puzzles, is an exercise in visual boggle. This series of marker drawings on panels is a slight departure from Leong's typical printmaking process. Initially approached as studies in abstraction, these new works remain true to the playful visual repertoire that Leong is known for, pulling familiar graphic symbols from her printed works. Familiar objects such as the cigarette butt and trash ball come together in an energetic landscape of bold, black flats and crisp-edged arrows. Inspired by graphics on potato chip packaging and Max Fleischer cartoons alike, Louise Leong’s bold, playful imagery and tongue-in-cheek humor have attracted audiences of all ages. The narrative of her imagery evokes a sense of collective affinity for mischief and mystery and attempts to grasp the everlasting joy from childhood adventure that escapes us as we age. Leong's visual arsenal of characters reveals a reverence for the mundane, with a healthy sprinkling of cartoon tropes and gags.

Louise Leong received a B.A. in Printmaking, Studio Arts from University of California, Santa Cruz in 2012. Leong is a member of the Printmakers at the Tannery (PATT) at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz. In addition to exhibiting at the Tannery, Leong has also participated in group shows at Lúpulo (Santa Cruz), Art Research Office at Sentinel Printers (Santa Cruz), Pajaro Valley Arts Council (Watsonville), Arbor Café (Oakland), and Museum of Art and History (Santa Cruz). This is Leong’s first solo show in San Francisco.

Louise Leong’s Rebus Shmebus is on view at Rare Device from Friday, April 1 to Wednesday, May 3. Please join us for a reception for the artist on Friday, April 1, from 6pm-9pm at our Divisadero location (600 Divisadero Street). This reception is free and open to the public. You can RSVP on the Facebook page here

strange ways by Sara Diamond: Gallery Exhibition & Artist Reception

POSTED BY: GISELLE GYALZEN

Sara Diamond | strange ways

Rare Device is pleased to announce our March 2016 gallery exhibition strange ways, featuring new photographs by San Francisco-based artist Sara Diamond.

strange ways is a collection of photographs containing a mysterious intrigue of something found in the crossover between the everyday and the unexpected. In ordinary but overlooked scenes, the subject and framing hint at a narrative structure while withholding resolution. Though constructed to appear natural and spontaneous, the compositions deliberately eschew the context of a defined before and after. strange ways examines the dialogue between self and otherness.

Sara Diamond grew up in the limitless expanse of Los Angeles. She currently resides in San Francisco. She attended The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University in Boston where she graduated with a BFA in 2010. Diamond primarily works in photography and mixed media. Her art has been featured at galleries and art spaces such as Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco; the Harvey Milk Center for Photography, San Francisco; the David Brower Center, Berkeley; The Museum of Craft and Folk Art gift shop, San Francisco; Samsøn Projects, Boston, and Google headquarters, Mountain View. Her work has been published in print and e-publications such as SF Weekly, LA Record, Boston’s Dig Magazine, Washington City Paper, and Feature Shoot.

Sara Diamond’s strange ways is on view at Rare Device from Friday, March 4 to Tuesday, March 29. Please join us for a reception for the artist on Friday, March 4 from 6pm-9pm at our Divisadero location (600 Divisadero Street). This reception is free and open to the public. You can RSVP on the Facebook event page here

Hwy 5 Gallery Exhibition and Opening Reception

POSTED BY: STEPH CANLAS

We are pleased to announce that our October gallery exhibition will be showcasing the recent work of long-time Rare Device artist, Jen Hewett. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, October 2, from 6pm-9pm at our Divisadero Store at 600 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117.

Refreshments will be served. The show will be up from October 2 - 31, 2015.

Artist Statement:
Since moving to San Francisco from Los Angeles 20+ years ago, I’ve driven the stretch of Hwy 5 between LA and the Bay Area dozens of times. While others may find this trip, mostly on flat land through the industrial farmland of the Central Valley, boring, I find it a respite from my everyday life of phone calls and emails and social media. This body of work, textile collages made with my hand-printed fabric, is not meant to be a literal representation of any one place on Hwy 5, but a figurative depiction of a journey, and of the meditative quality of a well-loved (and oft-repeated) road trip.

About the Artist:
Jen Hewett is a self-taught printmaker and surface designer. Working out of her tiny (54 sq. ft.) studio in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset neighborhood, she creates work that combines the flatness of printmaking and the texture of textiles, and which is inspired by the diversity of California’s landscapes. 

When she’s not in her studio, she can be found riding San Francisco’s less-hilly streets on her bright pink bike, walking her energetic little dog Gus, teaching block printing classes to adults, or drinking a glass of sauvignon blanc at her local wine bar.

All photos provided by the artist.

Mis-Armed and Ready Opening Reception

POSTED BY: STEPH CANLAS

Thank you to all who came out to celebrate the opening of Mis-Armed and Ready last Friday! We had a fun time at the shop as friends and visitors supported the work of young artist and SF native, Noa Batle.

Noa’s collection of manipulated toy soldiers recognizes a humanness that is often overlooked, and acknowledges “the battle that soldiers fight off the battlefield”. If you missed the reception, don’t fret - Mis-Armed and Ready will be up at our Divisadero shop until September 1. You can also view all pieces here.

All photos taken by Derek Macario.