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'Land's End' A 3 Fish Studios Group Show featuring Eric Rewitzer, Annie Galvin, Orlie Kapitulnik, and Sean Hipkin

POSTED BY: KAYLA CONYER

Rare Device is pleased to announce our next gallery exhibition, Land’s End, featuring the work of the artists of 3 Fish Studios - Eric Rewitzer, Annie Galvin, Orlie Kapitulnik, and Sean Hipkin. The show will display a multitude of works in various mediums, from gouache paintings to hand carved etchings.

Land’s End is a celebration of the special places where land meets water. Focusing on urban coastal living in San Francisco’s famous Sunset District, where 3 Fish Studios is located, each artist chose to explore the visible, mysterious, and omnipresent boundary between city and sea. Each artist is interested in capturing the quiet narratives and ordinary magic that can be found among our everyday experiences.

Lands End will be on view July 7th through September 4th with an artist’s reception on Friday, July 14th from 6 - 9pm at Rare Device Flagship, 600 Divisadero Street San Francisco, CA 94117. Get to know each artist below:

Eric Rewitzer was born and raised on the industrial shores of Lake Michigan. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and moved to the West Coast in 1987.

Annie Galvin was born and raised in Ireland, where she went to art school and worked as an illustrator. She moved to San Francisco in 1989, two weeks before the earthquake.

Orlie Kapitulnik is a Bay Area native who has lived in San Francisco for the past 6 years. She studied Print Arts and Visual Design at the University of California at Davis.

Sean Hipkin had a midwest childhood, but has spent the greater part of his life living in the Bay Area. He currently attends the California College of Art and is pursuing a degree in Illustration.

Chroma Recap!

POSTED BY: ANNIE AMUNDSEN

Lisa Solomon and Christine Buckton Tillman in front of their freshly finished wall!

Lisa and Christine are all smiles after completing the install!

A fun time was had by all who attended the artist reception for Chroma. Artists Lisa Solomon and Christine Buckton Tillman were on hand to great family, friends and fans. This was also a happy celebration for the 20+ volunteers who glued every piece to the wall over the course of 3 days. Our own Alice Wu created a Chroma inspired food spread to add an extra dose of fun for the night.

If you didn't make it to the party, don't worry, Chroma is up through Sept. 6 at our gallery at 600 Divisadero Street in San Francisco. This installation is a must-see if you are in the area. Also, check out the hashtag #rdchroma for all the awesome pictures that our customers have taken the last few weeks. Original drawings and screen printed posters are also available for sale on our website. 

Guests enjoying the unique intricacies of Chroma 

Any angle of the wall makes for an excellent photo opportunity!

Chroma inspired merchandising

You can color code anything!

Guests meeting one of the artists, Christine

The successful installation in its entirety!

#RDChroma is coming!

POSTED BY: ANNIE AMUNDSEN

Rare Device is pleased to announce our June 2016 gallery exhibition, Chroma, featuring artists Lisa Solomon and Christine Buckton Tillman. Chroma explores color theory through everyday objects. Chroma at Rare Device marks the West Coast debut of this ambitious installation that was first shown on the East Coast last year, at Gallery CA in Baltimore, Maryland.

Chroma is a large-scale crowd-sourced installation. The artists invited the public to mail in random, colored stuff no larger than a playing card. Submissions came from all over the U.S. and as far as Belgium and the U.K. From this vast collection of arbitrary and otherwise disposable items, the artists sorted the “junk.” Chroma is the culmination of arranging and compiling these materials into an orderly, chromatically-compelling piece, with the intent of elevating the viewer’s relationship with the mundane debris that we interact with on a daily basis. To bring Chroma to life on the gallery walls of Rare Device, volunteers are being recruited to participate in the installation. In addition to the installation, Lisa and Christine will also show collaborative drawings they made together, and silkscreen posters and prints created especially for this exhibition.

Christine Buckton Tillman earned her BA at Coe College, and her MFA from the University of Iowa. Christine is primarily a very flat sculptor who draws more often than she makes sculptures. Her main interests as an artist lie in ideas surrounding the handmade, celebrations, and man-made interpretations of natural forms. Christine is a member of the Drawing Center Viewing Program and Transformer Flatfile. She received a 2010 Maryland State Arts Council Grant for her Works on Paper. Urban Outfitters published an Artist Series print of hers, as well as two pillows in the last year. Lisa Solomon is a mixed-media artist based in the Bay Area. She often questions and deconstructs the meaning of identity and personal histories through the use of mediums traditionally associated with domestic crafts, particularly embroidery and crochet. A “happa” (1/2 Japanese, 1/2 Caucasian), she feels hybridization is continually at play in her work. She has exhibited her work widely, including at the Oakland Museum of California, Ulrich Museum (Wichita, KS), Koumi Machi Museum (Nagano, Japan), Walter Maciel Gallery (Los Angeles), Fouladi Projects (San Francisco), and Gallery Nicoletta Rusconi (Milan, Italy). She is also the author of Knot Thread Stitch: Exploring Creativity Through Embroidery and Mixed Media (Quarry, 2012), and illustrator of 20 Ways to Draw a Chair (Quarry, 2015). She has been an artist in residence at Irving Street Projects, Kala Institute in Berkeley, and is currently working with the Palo Alto Cultural center. Christine and Lisa first met on Flickr about ten years ago, sharing and commenting on each other’s artworks and works in progress and discovering a common affinity for color ordering. Chroma is their first collaboration.

Chroma is on view at Rare Device from August 5 to September 6, 2016. We will celebrate the completed installation with a reception for the artists and volunteers on Friday, August 5, 6-9pm at Rare Device at our Divisadero location (600 Divisadero Street). Rare Device invites all to join in this celebration, free and open to the public. RSVP here.

Impossible Project Pop-Up at Rare Device

POSTED BY: ANNIE AMUNDSEN

 

Photography and instant film enthusiasts, rejoice!

We're delighted to host The Impossible Project for a Pop-Up Shop at Rare Device from July 15-25. We will have a full range of 600 series Polaroid cameras on display, as well as the newly released fantastic I-1 camera with ring flash (use your mobile phone as a remote control!) and the Instant Lab Universal that outputs your tablet/mobile phone images to instant film! Cameras, film and accessories will be for purchase. 

On Saturday, July 16 from 12pm-6pm, come by for a drop-in emulsion lift workshop. There will be demos of the I-1, Instant Lab and all films available, and the opportunity to transfer images from the print to paper too. Come by to try the creative techniques available with analog film, and the capabilities of the Polaroid range and the new Impossible line up. This workshop is free but we recommend you RSVP here. See you soon!

The Impossible Project Pop-Up Shop at Rare Device runs from Friday, July 15 through Monday, July 25 at Rare Device on Divisadero Street. This pop-up shop will be available in-store only. We will not be selling Impossible Project items online. 

About The Impossible Project:

"When Polaroid announced the end of instant film in 2008, Impossible stepped in to buy the last remaining factory, days before it closed down. The machines had been dismantled, there were no formulas to follow and the supply chain had already been destroyed. If we wanted to keep instant photography alive, we had to reinvent instant film from scratch. Eight years later, with the help of some incredible chemists, engineers and photographers, we’re the only people in the world who make original format instant film. We make film in both color and black and white, for Polaroid 600-type, SX-70 and Image/Spectra cameras, as well as large format 8x10 film. We also refurbish classic Polaroid cameras so they’re as good as new, and have introduced our own new range of Impossible cameras. We believe in making real photos. Photos with a life after the shutter clicks. Photos that develop in the palm of your hand, ready to pin to the wall or give to a friend. That’s why we’ve spent eight years working on our film formula. It’s why we’re reinventing analog instant photography in a digital world." 

About the I-1:

The I-1 is the first new camera system in over 20 years for the original instant format. It’s an easy to use point and shoot instant camera, with a variety of unique and innovative features designed to take your photography further. Works with Impossible I-type and 600 type film. The I-1’s uniquely designed ring flash provides a diffused light that’s perfect for portraits. You can also connect your iPhone with the camera to experiment with creative tools like light painting, double exposure and more. This is the only instant camera that lets you take full photographic control of aperture and shutter speed, using the I-1 App’s manual mode. The I-1 is analog instant photography reinvented for the digital age.

 

During the pop-up at Rare Device, you can explore Impossible's range of specialty instant film, from round frames to black frames and limited edition colors.

You can also shop from a selection of lovingly refurbished classic Polaroid cameras. Do you remember this one?

FOOD FACES BOOK LAUNCH

POSTED BY: ALICE WU

What a night! Thank you to all of our guests who made the evening a fun and festive celebration of Food Faces. Guests of all ages turned out to celebrate the launch of Food Faces, the first book by San Francisco artist Ferris Plock and debut project of Day Dreamers Limited. Thank you to our artists Ferris Plock, Kelly Tunstall, and Howard Cao, and the crew at Form & Fiction, Bar Crudo, and Rye on the Road

You can still see the original artwork and limited edition photographs at Rare Device through June 28. Be sure to watch the fun video created especially for Food Faces! Artworks can be purchased in-store and online. You can also shop a selection from the Rare Device booth at this weekend's West Coast Craft (June 11-12). Come find us at Booth C11.

Day Dreamers Limited is the collaboration of Howard Cao, Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall 

The Food Faces Coloring Book provides hours of fun for all ages

 

Some very important guests

Thank you all for coming! Photographs by David Medal