One Night Stand in the Mission

Not what you think, folks.

This will be casual write-up much like my friday evening at Wire + Nail gallery in the Mission. It was a fun event of affordable art (everything under $100) and naked chess play. Yes, folks, performance art at its best with some exceptional chess players evoking the spirit of a similar chess match between Marcel Duchamp and Eve Babitz.

Marcel Duchamp vs. Eve Babitz

You would think that a naked chess match would be a spectacle but the attention was more focused on the art on the walls and the mingling between Wire + Nail artists and visitors. Here’s the great thing about affordable art nights and fairs, they’re the only events that allow the public to look at art, engage with artists and gallerists and become a collector. Granted, there are many ideas of what an art collector is but think about it. You’ve probably got two or three pairs of shoes and/or clothes in your closet that equate to the amount of three (maybe four) art works from the Wire + Nail affordable art night.

My point: You don’t have to collect blue chip art to be an art collector!

Overall, the evening was both fun and entertaining and filled with some wonderful artwork at reasonable prices! Definitely hoping Wire + Nail has more of these affordable art nights for the public. It’s a great new space nestled off Mission Street showcasing phenomenal emerging artists.

Here’s a bit more on the micro gallery…

Wire & Nail was founded in 2011 by Tricia Rampe, proprietor of Artcrush.Me; a San Francisco art sourcing and consulting firm. Wire & Nail seeks to re-define the commercial gallery space by utilizing 21st Century mobile and Web technologies. We will provide interactive experiences that support and showcase emerging artists whose practices embrace both traditional and new media. Wire & Nail is open by appointment and exhibitions are available for viewing 24 hours a day 7 days a week via mobile and Web technology and street level display.

~ Source: Wire + Nail Gallery 

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Author: Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina-American writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She serves as one of the editors-in-chief for Hyphen magazine. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, and SF MOMA's Open Space. She has lectured at the De Young museum, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture (2016). She is currently a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts fellow researching the concept of citizenship. She also serves as executive staff for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism and board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center.

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