Rare Device is proud to present our next gallery show, Women. Curator Giselle Gyalzen asked 5 women artists that work in different mediums to create work based on the theme, Women Empowered Through Connection. As a woman-owned, community-minded business we strongly believe in proclaiming women’s strength and power in their community and beyond. The show will feature the works of Lindsay Stripling, Sarah K. Benning, A’Driane Nieves, Kristine Vejar, and Katie Gong.
The show will open May 5th, with an artists reception from 6 - 9PM at 600 Divisadero Street, and run through July 2nd. Get to know each artist below:
Lindsay Stripling. Lindsay is a San Francisco based artist. Lindsay works primarily with watercolor on paper, using color and form to create dreamlike narratives that echo folk and fairy tales that we vaguely remember from childhood. Mysterious characters exist in familiar landscapes, playing out scenes from stories with no beginning, middle or end. And where the moral might be lost, switched, blurred or even just completely missing. Lindsay works with clients like Illustoria Magazine and has shown in galleries such as Nahcotta in Portsmouth, NH, Flatcolor in Seattle, WA and Spoke Art in San Francisco and New York.
Sarah K. Benning. Sarah is an American fiber artist with a nomadic studio practice (dividing her time between the U.S. and Spain for the past two years). Originally from Baltimore, she relocated to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her BFA in Fiber and Material Studies. Shortly after graduating in 2013, Sarah discovered her love for embroidery almost by accident and the hobby transformed into her full-time art practice and career. Sarah is currently adjusting to country life and a new home studio in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
A'Driane "addyeB" Nieves. As a survivor of abuse, painting is an excavation of everything A'Driane hid in her mind and body for survival during childhood. It is also an act of reclaiming her voice. She examines the impact of inherited and personal trauma, and celebrates the resiliency, joy, and transformation that occurs in spite of it. Because her work is rooted in and influenced by abstract expressionism, she's intrigued by the internal processes we experience-especially when navigating life as an Other, both individually and collectively. She relies on abstract forms and composition to communicate what the biological and emotional processes of identity formation, adaptation, recovery, and transformation look like inside of us from birth to death.
Kristine Vejar. Kristine is a natural dyer, teacher, owner of A Verb for Keeping Warm a natural dyeing studio as well as yarn and fabric shop in Oakland, California, and author of The Modern Natural Dyer (Abrams 2015).
Katie Gong. Katie is a California-born sculptor and is best known for her woodwork installations. Using natural resources that are found locally, she creates works of art that are simultaneously visually stunning and functionally brilliant. Her work can be seen out of her studio in San Francisco's Tenderloin district. Her unique pioneering steam bending techniques allow her to challenge and develop classic woodworking practices.