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Gina M. Contreras solo show at Park Life July 12 – Aug 18, 2019

June 25th, 2019  |  Published in News

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Gina M. Contreras

Sola Chola

Park Life Gallery

July 12 – Aug 18, 2019

 

Opening Reception Friday July 12, 6 – 9pm.

 

Park Life is proud to present Sola Chola, a solo exhibition by artist Gina M. Contreras.  Gina will be showing a series of new paintings in her first show at Park Life.

 

Sola Chola is a series dedicated to all the cholitas out there who lust, love and are lost.

These self-portraits, some detailed and others left bare, are deeper than the surface level.

Although inspired by real heartbreak, these portraits are about empowerment, self-love and overcoming all those dicks in your life.

 

Gina M. Contreras is a San Francisco based artist with Central Valley roots.

 

 

June 12th, 2019  |  Published in News

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Mark Mulroney / I’m so glad you came / June 7 – July 7, 2019

May 6th, 2019  |  Published in News

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Mark Mulroney

I’m so glad you came

 

June 7 – July 7, 2019

 

 

Park Life Gallery

220 Clement St

SF CA 94118

 

Opening Reception Friday June 7, 6-9 pm.

 

 

We’re excited to announce that Mark Mulroney will be returning for his 3rd show at Park Life.

 

Mark will be featuring an exhibit of paintings, drawings, sculptural curiosities and home goods that let you know that you are loved and appreciated.

 

Opening Reception Friday, June 7th with free hugs and all questions answered truthfully.

 

 

Mark Mulroney is a California native currently living on the East Coast. He has bad knees and loves his wife.

 

Please email for a preview of the work.

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Ferris Plock and Porous Walker show opens at Park Life May 3

April 18th, 2019  |  Published in News

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Ferris Plock and Porous Walker

Perris Plawker – A Solo Collaboration Show

 

Park Life Gallery

220 Clement St

SF CA  94118

 

 

 

Picture a seasoned, mild-mannered assistant director of the St Louis Zoo spending the day in conferences about upcoming and innovative technology and how it will assist the average patron’s experience at his zoo in the years to come. Picture a gregarious marketing guy from Sun Microsystems (located in the San Francisco Bay Area) spending the day in conferences in St Louis, pitching his company’s latest platforms and the robustness their technology has and how it will  assist in the innovation of this traditional establishment.

 

Now that you have these two characters roughly placed in your mind… Imagine that they meet for the first time, hit it off and become fast friends. This is a time before internet, or cell phones and the only way that these two can stay in touch is by long distance, land line phone calls, which is exactly what these two gentlemen do. For years they call each other religiously on Thursday mornings (in honor of the day they met) and for 15-20 minutes they catch up and exchange family news.

 

After over five years of phone calls, the two friends finally agree that their two families should meet and they go about hatching a plan, meeting in Salt Lake City for a long weekend. The two families rendezvous at a Best Western right off the I-80. Introductions are made. It is Friday, May 3rd, 1984. Their two youngest sons meet for the first time and just like their fathers, become immediate best friends.

Jimmy “Porous Walker” Dimarcellis and Ferris Plock were those two boys and they went on to be pen pals, cohorts, collaborators and visionary soul mates. They continue to this day to nurture their friendship through various creative endeavors.

New Alicia McCarthy Prints produced by Paulson Fontaine Press

March 24th, 2019  |  Published in News

Available to preorder now.

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Martin Machado / Hove To / Park Life Gallery / March 15 April 21, 2019

March 1st, 2019  |  Published in News

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Martin Machado

Hove To

 

Park Life Gallery

March 15th- April 21, 2019

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SEE REVIEW by Matt Gonzalez and Tamsin Smith

We are happy to announce Martin Machado’s exhibit Hove To opens at Park Life Gallery on March 15th, 2019. This will be his first show at Park Life.

 

Being Hove To is a nautical term for having one’s forward sail intentionally backed to counter the pressure of a main sail. With the two opposing forces balancing themselves out, the boat essentially comes to a stop, save for the drift.  Used by some to weather a heavy storm; while hove to the sailor does not need to steer the vessel, giving them the chance to make repairs, eat, mend an injury, or take a much-needed rest.

 

Machado presents a suite of recent oil paintings, most of which were painted in some part on site.  Many of these paintings are tied to labor, through his travels as an international merchant mariner on containerships and as a commercial fisherman.  Others were worked out on a small sailboat during short solo voyages upon San Francisco Bay, from a row-boat, or simply from the shoreline.  Throughout these works are dualities and the struggle to find balance between: labor and leisure, home and work life, nature and industry, color and form, progress and stasis.

 

In addition to the exhibition space of paintings, Machado has created an immersive installation in the form of the living quarters of a fictitious sailor on a modern merchant ship.  Playing with scale, a small bed invites visitors into a space that is both intimate and industrial.  On a small beige wall is a porthole behind which a monitor plays film clips from Arthur Thanash, a San Francisco based mariner now in his 80’s, who filmed his experiences at sea starting in the 50’s, a pre-shipping container era.  The rest of the space is filled with contributions from other artists, sailors, surfers, commercial fisherfolk, and amateur scientists.  Machado states “I wanted to have an element of community for this show, so I decided to create this installation and reach out to a wide maritime community to help fill the space and create an identity for a fictitious character.”  Contributors include: Alexis Amann, Stephen Amato-Salvatierra, Corey Arnold, Ben Ashton, Matthew Bajda, Bill Daniel, Futurefarmers (Joe Riley & Audrey Snyder), Carrie Hott, Robert Lepur, Patrick Trefz, and Kanoa Zimmerman.

 

 

Martin Machado is a visual artist based out of San Francisco, CA. His artwork is largely influenced by his experience with maritime labor, spending portions of his year working on international containerships and commercial fishing vessels. These voyages and the crew he works with have become intertwined with the narrative of his artworks.

 

His work has been shown internationally and has been featured in The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times Magazine, Juxtapoz, and New American Paintings. Martin has an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

FOG FAIR 2019 at Ft. Mason was amazing. The best Art and Design Event in the Bay Area.

January 29th, 2019  |  Published in News

See you next year.

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Lafe Harley Eaves / Park Life Gallery / Feb 1 – March 1, 2019

January 23rd, 2019  |  Published in News

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Park Life @ FOG Art+Design Fair Jan 17-20, 2019 at Ft. Mason

January 3rd, 2019  |  Published in News

FOG Art+Design Fair January 17th – 20th, 2019. Park Life will be exhibiting again at FOG Fair at Ft. Mason in SF where we will be releasing new Editions from artist that include Chris Johanson, Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough, Emily Prince, Lauren DiCiccio, MFOG IMAGEark Mulroney, Davis Shrigley, Tucker Nichols, Lena Gustafson, and many more. We’ll also be hosting book signings with David Maisel, Catherine Wagner and Janet Delaney.

Ed Templeton Book Signing at Park Life / Jan 12, 2019

December 19th, 2018  |  Published in News

We are happy to announce that we will be hosting an Exhibit and Book Signing with Ed Templeton for the Publication of his new Book with Um Yeah Art, Tangentially Parenthetical.  More details to follow.

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Ed Templeton: Tangentially Parenthetical

"Anaheim, California" (2015) is reproduced from 'Ed Templeton: Tangentially Parenthetical.'

Tangentially Parenthetical is a selection of photographs from Ed Templeton’s vast street photography archive—curated, arranged and then rearranged by the man himself. The next chapter to his previous book of photos (Wayward Cognitions, 2014), Tangentially Parenthetical picks up where the latter collection ended. By combining intimate, accidental and unconnected moments into one linear piece of work, he tells hundreds of new stories through the thoughtful arrangement of semi-related yet completely unfastened imagery. “I’m out there shooting photos all the time that don’t necessarily fall under any theme other than general life,” says Templeton, “which is a lame title for a book.” With a wink to the absurd, sandwiched between a cover of patterned parentheses and with an afterword built from his own stream-of-consciousness storytelling, Templeton delivers a visual mountain from an archive of stunning molehills—the images are carefully chosen, shuffled by hand and laid out with the dueling impulses of wonder and wit.

Born in 1972 and raised in the suburbs of Orange County, California, Ed Templeton is a painter, photographer and a respected cult figure in the subculture of skateboarding. His work has been exhibited worldwide.

December 10th, 2018  |  Published in News

We are stocked and ready for the Holidays..over 1200 square feet of new Design Products, Books, Apparel, Stationary, Art, Prints, Editions, Jewelry, Toys, and Gifts. We’ve got some new Editions from some of our favorite collaborators..Chris Johanson, David Shrigley, Tucker Nichols, Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough, Jason Jagel, Lena Gustafson, Mark Mulroney, and many more..

Park Life will be open Everyday from 10am -8pm in December (Sundays Until 6pm).



Holiday Gift Ideas

Chris Johanson Enamel Pin
Tucker Nichols Skate Tee
Janet Delaney Book
David Shrigley Swan Stress Ball
Park Life Logo Crewneck
An Atlas of Rare & Familiar Colour
Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough Vase Tote

Barry Mcgee

Cheim & Read Catalog

The Simpsons Book

Ebbets Fields Wool Baseball Cap

KC Kats

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Yoshitomo Nara Skate Deck

Park Life will be participating in FOG Art/Design Fair once again. Ft Mason Center January 17th – 20th, 2019. We’ll be releasing new editions from over 12 different artists this year.

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Marina Luz’s Show Close Enough, will be showing in the Gallery through the Holidays.

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In January, we’ll be hosting Book Signings for artists including Ed Templeton, Davids Maisel, and Janet Delaney. Stay tuned for more details.

Our Gallery program for 2019 will include shows with Lafe Harley Eaves, Martin Machado, Gina Contreras, Mark Mulroney, Mary Elizabeth Yarbrough, Arii Bird, Jason Jagel, Porous Walker/Ferris Plock and more. Details and dates to be announced soon.

Marina Luz / Close Enough / Opening Fri Nov. 30th at Park Life

November 18th, 2018  |  Published in News

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Park Life Gallery is proud to present Close Enough (How We Describe Books When We Can’t Remember the Name or Title), New Works on Paper by Marina Luz.

Park Life Gallery

220 Clement st

SF CA 94118

 

Opening Reception Friday November 30, 2018 6-9pm

November 30 – December 30, 2018

 

 

When you are trying to find a favorite book from your childhood, or that novel you read for a class years ago and now wish you had kept, but you can’t remember any specific details, what do you do? Turn to the internet, of course.

 

Close Enough examines the selective and often cruelly humorous nature of memory by taking, unaltered, the subject line of plot descriptions on internet book search forums. Marina Luz designs and paints book covers for these plaintive pleas for help in tracking down these half-remembered stories. With memory being such a fickle thing, the resulting descriptions used as titles are alternately poetic and amusing.

 

Marina Luz is an Emmy Award-winning illustrator and artist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, VICE, ProPublica, and the Center for Investigative Reporting, among others. She runs her design studio HONEYLUX out of Oakland, CA.

 

Jonathan Anzalone Solo show at Park Life – Opens Oct 19, 2018

October 8th, 2018  |  Published in Blog, News

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Our Shop has been updated with a ton of New Items

September 25th, 2018  |  Published in News

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Lena Gustafson’s Solo show – Sound of A Bloom – Opens at Park Life Sept 14th. 6-9pm

August 14th, 2018  |  Published in News

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Lena Gustafson

Sound of a Bloom

Park Life Gallery

September 14 – October 14th, 2018

 

 

“Such reciprocity is the very structure of perception. We experience the sensuous world only by rendering ourselves vulnerable to that world. Sensory perception is this ongoing interweavement: the terrain enters into us only to the extent that we allow ourselves to be taken up within that terrain.”

 

- David Abrams

Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology

 

 

Sound of a Bloom, Lena’s second show at Park Life, showcases a series of work which examines ideas around sound, time, memory, and reciprocity. The paintings were born from the idea that sound is occurring all around us, though the majority of it is either too low or high a frequency for us to perceive. A sound wave is simply a transfer of energy as it travels away from a vibrating source. In this sense, a plant pushing out a bloom should make a “sound.” We just aren’t able to hear it.

 

This body of work explores intangible questions around sound and the natural world. What would the sound of a bloom look like? At what frequency does anxiety ripple? Does it explode or implode? And can vibration carry a soul?

 

 

Lena Gustafson is a visual artist based in Oakland, CA. After graduating from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University in 2011, she cofounded Night Diver Press with her partner Peter Calderwood. Together they use silkscreen and other alternative printing techniques to create and publish multiples in the form of prints, books, zines, and monotypes. Lena’s paintings are technically informed by her background in preparing images for screen-prints.

 

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August 13th, 2018  |  Published in News

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Phone Culture – curated by Yarrow Slaps – Opening at Park Life August 3.

July 30th, 2018  |  Published in News

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A Group Show featuring Chelsie Kirkey, Nathan McKee, Tara Booth and Pat Falco. Curated by Yarrow Slaps.

 

Park Life

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August 3 – Sept 2, 2018

Opening Reception Friday August 3, 6-9pm

 

 

Phone Culture, curated by San Francisco native Yarrow Slaps is the product of his visit to New York last summer. Out of his element, in a big city, Yarrow found himself people watching and listening to passing conversations while walking down the Lower East Side/Bedstuy streets. He began thinking the words phone culture, noticing everyone immersed in their pocket sized technology. Whether someone is walking through an intersection immersed in Instagram, or taking selfies at a park, it’s obvious that phone culture puts us in our own boxes, looking through others profiles, making us self absorbed and forgetting our own social skills. When we’re bored most people will just scroll through their phones instead of getting in what could be an enlightening conversation with someone they don’t know. How would some of his favorite artists depict the current state that we live in, where literally everyone is on their phones?  Phone Culture investigates how artists Pat Falco, Nathan Mckee, Tara Booth and Chelsie Kirkey interpret these feelings and concepts, incorporating their unique brands of humor, and emotion.

 

Chelsie Kirkey (b. 1987) is an American artist living and working outside of Chicago. Figurative and made with careful composition, her paintings, often self-portraits, invite the viewer to witness captured and intimate moments of home life, and offer personal reflections of both body and spirit. Employing photography as a reference for many of her paintings, her process to create is thought-out and meticulous. Recurring motifs in her work include floral and woven patterns, fine details, and rich colors that evoke a sense of romanticism and time and place. Chelsie has shown in number of cities nationally and internationally, including Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Oslo.

Nathan McKee is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Portland, Oregon. McKee’s illustrations and paper cutouts utilize simple lines and flat color, and are inspired by comics, sports, music and other elements of popular culture. His works have been included in exhibitions around the world like Los Angeles, New York,Chicago & Japan and clients have included but not limited to Bleacher Report, Adidas, Puma, and the Ace Hotel.  McKee studied at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Tara Booth’s paintings are very relatable. She has nothing to hide and comforts her audience by exposing and painting universal neuroses. Lately, she’s been animating and narrating, giving even more life to her raw, emotional, and super funny self-portraits and scenes which she expertly turns into comics that convey a strong and engaging narrative, even without words. (via juxtapoz interview with Kristen Farr)

Although seemingly playful and lighthearted, Pat Falco’s drawings and pithy texts evoke subtle yet provocative truths. For the Biennial, the artist inscribes placards with witty declarations by hand, excluding visual embellishment, and places them as signposts on public ground. These works point to noticeable facts and obvious truths about the physical location of the signs while simultaneously satirizing both art world politics and larger social realities. These text-based pieces also signal the metaphorical location of Falco’s own work, which stands at the intersection of art and everyday life. (via https://decordova.org/pat-falco)
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Chaz Bear at Park Life / Opening Friday June 29th.

June 23rd, 2018  |  Published in News

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Chaz Bear

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June 29 – July 22, 2018

 

Park Life Gallery

 

Park Life is proud to be hosting an exhibition featuring the work of Chaz Bear. Chaz will be showing a body of prints created is his signature style; loose and immediate. Chaz has described the creation of these drawings as a type of meditative exercise or yoga with an URBNFit yoga ball, where his mind turns off and his hand does the drawing. Whereas ‘doodles’ are often cast aside as unimportant, or at best, used as reference material, Bear chose to examine the ideas deeper. As these drawings are scanned, scaled, altered, colored, and ultimately screen printed, they take on a new life as new associations, ideas, and meanings emerge.

 

Chaz Bear, known professionally as Toro y Moi, is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer, artist and graphic designer. He currently lives in Oakland.

Evah Fan / Inside, Outside, Come Around / @ Park Life Gallery

May 14th, 2018  |  Published in Blog, News

We are happy to announce the opening of Inside, Outside, Come Around, new works by Evah Fan.

Please join us for the opening reception Friday May 25th, 2018 – 6-9 pm

More info to follow

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Friday April 20th 6-9pm / Opening Reception.

April 11th, 2018  |  Published in News

Park Life is pleased to announce that we are hosting  McFadden and Thorpe’s 10th Anniversary Celebration. This legendary Design Firm will be exhibiting their work in the gallery from April 20th to May 20th.

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On St. Patrick’s Day, 2008, Scott and I started our first day at work in a studio that was just slightly larger than our own bodies, with one window, one door, and a minifridge. Now, amazingly, 10 years later, we have an incredible team that we love working with, thousands of projects have coursed through our hard drives, and our fridge has not just one, but two freezers. We owe so much to the many clients, friends, fellow creatives and others that have been part of the community that sustained and nurtured MT, and we’d like to invite you to a celebration next Friday at Park Life. Come as you are, bring whomever you like, and we look forward to raising a toast to the wonderful world of graphic design!
Friday April 20, 2018, 6pm-9pm

Park Life, 220 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Applications for the 2018 SFABF now being accepted through March 21

March 13th, 2018  |  Published in Blog, News

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Lorien Stern / After Party / Opening Fri March 2 at Park Life

February 8th, 2018  |  Published in Blog, News

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Opening Friday Jan 19th at Park Life Gallery / Ivan Uranga and Phil Goldwhite

January 17th, 2018  |  Published in News

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Ivan Uranga and Phil Goldwhite

January 19th – February 18th, 2018

Park Life Gallery
220 Clement st
SF CA 94118

Open Reception Friday Jan 19th 6pm-9pm.
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Toy soldier packs used to come with wounded figures. Some of them dead. Their
predicament locked in plastic perpetuity. As kids we incorporated these cruel, yet
honest, forms into our daily game. War is hell. Complex issues of good and evil
debated by nine-year-olds. Eventually, the fallen figures disappear from the
platoons at Walgreens, along with candy cigarettes and decent cap guns. The
hunger for magic remains.
Further investigation. Reasonable obsession. A craving to be inside the figure we
hold in our hand. The desire to be dwarfed by the object. To experience the jewel.
Further. If we can’t get smaller, we’ll have to change our perspective. Embarking on
the fantastic voyage, we find a world of sculptural significance: folds and
expressions worthy of Rodin. Plastic figures with the soul and story of their bronze
counterparts. We document the trip. Come see the results.
The twist. Tracing the work of the unnamed hero. An attempt at recognizing the
creators of a million tiny sculptures. There would be no show if someone else
hadn’t made these figures in the first place. We don’t know the names behind the
majority of the art we interact with daily. A pleasant realization. We are surrounded.
Art everywhere. More great unknown artists than known. A change in perspective,
and their distinction emerges. Are we playing Gertrude? Marveling at the details?
Hopefully.
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Fearless art nerd meets returning immigrant. Good cop, bad cop. Not sure who’s
who. Phil knows thick book stuff and is willing to try anything. An MFA from RIT and
a garage full of tools testify. Ivan’s first commission was in fourth grade. Nude
figures in the bathroom stall of a South American private school. He made the
inevitable career choice and has the resulting sense of gentle urgency.
Their friendship: born in the splintered sunlight of UC Santa Cruz. Performing in a
local band destined to stay local (although one member did manage to slip out and
win a Grammy). Life as art. Owning nothing. Reveling in the cultural detritus of the
80′s. Phil and Ivan deepen their bond. A time of listening and exploring. A chicken
roasting contest cements the art partnership. The Yardbird Social, with its coveted
golden wishbone, catapults a flurry of silkscreens and found paint. Here begins a
common thread in their art: use what is available. The artistry of flow and nonconsumption.
Tom Gilmore, founder of LA’s Main Museum, is their first patron. He fuels
Downtown Art Night Los Angeles and gives the boys carte blanche. For months the
evenings fill with images of the Basin’s past and present. From basket weavers to
Jack in the Box, from saber teeth to Ponch, John, and beyond. Tom validates their
art and waters seeds of subsequent work. The pair are eternally grateful.
The partnership spills into a no-budget movie. “Brothers in the Wind” is made in
one day on an abandoned orchid farm. Dark biker pulp. Of Mice and Men on
wheels. Ivan plays the myopic director. Phil plays Lennie and mumbles about bad
people. A German woman will later approach Phil as he is selling merchandise
from the movie. She holds up a three-piece “Dream Stealer” outlaw patch kit. “Who
would think of such a thing?” she asks, aghast. The stealing of dreams. Phil agrees.
Ivan basks in the glow.
Phil lives in Los Angeles and teaches art at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Ivan
lives in San Francisco and just completed a public exhibition entitled “Summer of
Love – Trading Cards”, a poster series in collaboration with artist Kate Haug,
sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission. Living an hour by plane from
each other, Phil and Ivan continue their constant dialogue through custom van
pictures and coffee-driven conversation.
The art game is hard. They admire those who brave it without a partner. Like
raising children alone. Luckily, they have each other. Common bonds. Helpful
differences. Agreeing most of the time. Grateful when they don’t. Comrades in the
wilderness. Art the product.

We’ll be installing a Store at the FOG Art Fair that runs Jan 10 through Jan 14th 2018 at Ft Mason

January 8th, 2018  |  Published in Blog, News

This will be our 5th year at this great event/

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More FOG Fair details HERE

Park Life is open 10 AM to 7 PM everyday.

December 12th, 2017  |  Published in Blog, News

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Kristofferson San Pablo / DOGS PLAYING POKER / Solo show opens at Park Life / Sat Nov 11, 2017

October 26th, 2017  |  Published in News

We’re excited to announce that Kristofferson San Pablo will have his first Park Life show titled DOGS PLAYING POKER – opening reception Saturday Nov 11 7-10pm.

Kristofferson San Pablo is the Co-Founder of Vacancy Projects and lives in Los Angeles.

 

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New Tucker Nichols Tee Design for Park Life

October 20th, 2017  |  Published in News

Get one HERE

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Our new Line-up of Death Warriors print by Ian Johnson.

October 18th, 2017  |  Published in Blog, News

Get one HERE

 

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September 30th, 2017  |  Published in News

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Lena Gustafson Opens at Park Life Gallery Friday Sept 29

September 21st, 2017  |  Published in News

Joins us for a the opening of Lena Gustafson’s first show, titled Loud Body, at Park Life. Opening Reception 6 – 9pm.

 

 

Lena will be showing Acrylic works on panel and paper. For inquiries contact info@parklifestore.com

 

 

Lena Gustafson, Visual Artist, Oakland,CA.

 

 

“My lens is often focused on the strength of femininity. I am interested in the private relationships women have with their bodies and with others. Much of my creative output is from the culmination of many observations of women being themselves, doing their thing.  My hope is that this work can be used as a mirror to the people from whom I draw.”

Lena’s recent work uses bright colors and large female figures at the center of each image. She uses repeated visual symbolism such as flags, water, plant life, color, and repeated gestures to communicate different stories within the body. Often times the line that separates the figure from her environment are blurred.

Traditionally the female form has been used as a symbol to indulge others’ fantasies, dreams, and fascinations.  Lena is interested not in what can be projected onto it, but instead what lies to be awoken within the body itself. She is interested in the idea of body memory and aims to visualize what this would look like if we could see it. Rather than the figure itself it is the stored information within the figure as well as its surroundings that interests Lena. By engaging with the history of representation of the female form, Lena contemplates new narratives for which the female body can understand itself.

Lena is a visual artist based in Oakland, CA. After graduating from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University in 2011, she cofounded Night Diver Press with her partner Peter Calderwood. Together they use silkscreen and other alternative printing techniques to create and publish multiples in the form of prints, books, zines, and monotypes. Lena’s recent paintings are technically informed by her background in preparing images for screen-prints.

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Marina Luz @ Park Life // July 14 – Aug 20, 2017

July 5th, 2017  |  Published in Blog, News

Park Life Gallery is proud to present, HOW WE DESCRIBE BOOKS WHEN WE CAN’T REMEMBER THE AUTHOR OR TITLE: new sculptures from Marina Luz.

Opening Reception Friday July 14, 2017 6-9pm
July 14 – Aug 20, 2017

Park Life Gallery
220 Clement st
SF CA

When you are trying to find a favorite book from your childhood, or that novel you read for a class years ago and now wish you had kept, but you can’t remember any specific details, what do you do? Turn to the internet, of course.

HOW WE DESCRIBE BOOKS WHEN WE CAN”T REMEMBER THE AUTHOR OR TITLE examines the selective and often cruelly humorous nature of memory by taking, unaltered, the subject line of plot descriptions on internet book search forums. Marina Luz designs and paints book covers for these plaintive pleas for help in tracking down these half-remembered stories. With memory being such a fickle thing, the resulting descriptions used as titles are alternately poetic and amusing.

Marina Luz is an Emmy Award-winning illustrator and artist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, VICE, ProPublica, and the Center for Investigative Reporting, among others. She runs her design studio HONEYLUX out of Oakland, CA.marina book show image

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The 2017 SF Art Book Fair – July 21 thru July 23.

July 3rd, 2017  |  Published in Blog, News

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1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco CA 94107

Saturday, July 22nd - 11am – 6pm
Sunday, July 23rd - 11am – 5pm

Preview - Friday, July 21st - 6pm – 10pm

The 2017 SF Art Book Fair is an annual multi-day festival of artists’ publications. This event is FREE and OPEN to the public and will feature artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, printed ephemera, and artists’ multiples. These works will be presented by over 100 independent publishers, antiquarian dealers, artists, collectors, and enthusiasts. Over the course of the weekend, the fair will be complemented by a diverse range of talks, discussions, book launches, on and off-site special projects, exhibitions and signings.

The mission of the fair is to foster the unique art publishing community of the Bay Area while providing a platform for national and international publishers to exhibit their work to a new audience.

The SF Art Book Fair will be held at Minnesota Street Project. The project’s landmark location, 1275 Minnesota Street, houses 10 galleries, a not-for-profit, temporary exhibitions spaces, media room, and a recently opened restaurant.

Joe Ferriso – New Paintings – Opening at Park Life Friday June 16th. Reception 6-9 pm.

June 3rd, 2017  |  Published in Blog, News

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Mark Mulroney @ Park Life: Pictures and Explanations – Opens April 14th, 2017

March 11th, 2017  |  Published in Blog, News

Park Life Gallery presents Mark Mulroney //Pictures and Explanations // April 14th – May 21, 2017

Opening Reception Friday April 14th 6 – 9 pm

Mark will be presenting a new body of Sculptures, Paintings, and Drawings reflecting on nostalgia from his youth.

 

Detail to follow

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Martin Macado – Hove To

March 4th, 2017  |  Published in News

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Fred Mortagne at Park Life Gallery – March 3 – April 9, 2017

February 14th, 2017  |  Published in Blog, News

Please join us for an exhibition of Photographs by French Artist Fred Mortagne at Park Life Gallery. Fred will also be signing copies of his new Monograph - Fred Mortagne (French Fred) “Attraper Au Vol” published by Um Yeah Arts. Opening Reception Friday March 3rd 6-9pm.

This exhibit made possible by Element along with Thomas Campbell and Um Yeah Arts.

Details to follow.

 

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Jonathan Anzalone – Drought Resistant – Opens Friday Jan 20 at Park Life Gallery

January 17th, 2017  |  Published in Blog, News

Drought Resistant – New Paintings and Sculptures by Jonathan Anzalone

 

January 20 – Feb 20, 2017

 

 

Park Life Gallery

220 Clement st

SF CA 94118

 

Opening Reception Friday January 20th, 2017. 6-9pm

 

 

Drought Resistant is the circulation of materials and methods that yields a self-sustaining

practice. This practice is a hearty adaptation, consistently providing stimulation and surprise by

honoring the intrinsic qualities of common materials, whether work piece or waste, found or

fabricated. Each work freezes a moment that ordinarily exists as a fleeting glimpse. My

constructions are as much about haptic engagements with tools and materials as they are about

visual dialogues. Each plant is a literal metaphor that grows out of this process, the float frame

is an physical arena built to negotiate and contain each individual performance.

 

Jonathan Anzalone has an active workshop in the Richmond district of San Francisco.

His woodshop/art studio makes a wide spectrum of objects in a constant conversation between

furniture and visual art.

 

Inquires to info@parklifestore.comjonprimage

We’ll be hosting a Book Signing at FOG Fair for Photographer Todd Hido and his new book published by Aperture.

January 5th, 2017  |  Published in Blog, News

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Park Life is Open 10AM to 8pm Every day for the Holidays (Sundays til 6)

December 1st, 2016  |  Published in News

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Serena Mitnik-Miller // W I L D // Opens at Park Life Gallery Friday Nov 11, 2016

November 1st, 2016  |  Published in Blog, News

We are excited to announce the opening of Serena Mitnik-Miller’s new exhibition of paintings at Park Life Gallery. W I L D will open Friday Nov. 11 and run though xmas. View the works HERE.

Opening Reception 6-9pm Nov. 11.

Park Life Gallery

220 Clement st

SF CA 94118

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This Friday Oct 21st at Park Life – Prints by JP Stallard

October 20th, 2016  |  Published in Blog, News

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We’re exhibiting a series of graphic prints created by JP Stallard that are based on the Scots’ reaction to Donald Trump.

Opening Reception Friday Oct 21 6-9pm.

 

See more Prints here: FUCK FACE

 

 

Katy Kosman opening reception at Park Life Fri Aug 19th 6-9 pm

August 8th, 2016  |  Published in Blog, News

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Park Life Gallery
August 19 – Sept 25, 2016

Opening Reception Friday August 19th 6-9 pm

Katy Kosman is a 27 year old artist who lives in the Westlake neighborhood of Cleveland with her mom and her dog, Fox.

Park Life Gallery
220 Clement St
SF CA 94118
415.386.7275
info@parklifestore.com

The 2016 SF Artbook Fair is in the books.

July 25th, 2016  |  Published in News

Thanks everyone who was involved and came out for it – Minnesota Street Projects, Colpa Press, all the volunteers and Exhibitors. Over 7000 people came though to see it this weekend. Can’t wait until Next year!!sfabfcrowd1_web

Marina Luz – Opening Friday July 8th at Park Life

June 25th, 2016  |  Published in Blog, News

Park Life Gallery is proud to present, IF I DON’T FIND THIS BOOK I WILL DIE new paintings from Marina Luz.

Opening Reception Friday July 8, 2016 6-9pm
July 8 – Aug 14, 2016

Park Life Gallery
220 Clement st
SF CA


When you are trying to find a favorite book from your childhood, or that novel you read for a class years ago and now wish you had kept, but you can’t remember any specific details, what do you do? Turn to the internet, of course.

IF I DON’T FIND THIS BOOK I WILL DIE examines the selective and often cruelly humorous nature of memory by taking, unaltered, the subject line of plot descriptions on internet book search forums. Marina Luz designs and paints book covers for these plaintive pleas for help in tracking down these half-remembered tomes.

The resulting descriptions used as titles are alternately poetic and amusing. With memory being such a fickle thing, it stands to reason that a book written by an author who had hoped to tackle themes of love, loss, mortality, and the very meaning of existence could be boiled down to Complicated Love Story, a world of fantasy is reduced with devastating efficiency to Narnia-esque or that a richly-written character novel on overcoming adversity is remembered only as Victorian Prostitute with Dry Skin.

Marina Luz is an Emmy Award-winning illustrator and artist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, VICE, ProPublica, and the Center for Investigative Reporting, among others. She runs her design studio HONEYLUX out of Oakland, CA. She found these descriptions while attempting her own search for a forgotten book, Iceberg Shows Up Overnight in Front of Hotel. If that sounds familiar, please let her know the title and author. Thank you.

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Kristina Lewis – Squaring the Circle – Solo show opens June 3 at Park Life

May 23rd, 2016  |  Published in Blog, News

We are happy to announce that Kristina Lewis’ show SQUARING THE CIRCLE opens Friday June 3, 2016 at Park Life Gallery.
June 3 – July 3, 2016
Opening Reception Friday June 3 6-9pm.
Park Life Gallery
220 Clement St
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“As the geometer his mind applies
To square the circle, nor for all his wit
Finds the right formula, howe’er he tries”
-Dante
Metaphorically, the endeavor of squaring the circle—a mathematical exercise that’s been proven impossible—came to represent any task beyond human scope—such as delineating the shape of the afterworld.
Firmly planted here on Earth and totally at the mercy of nature’s chaos, people of past eras used materials at hand to try to bridge the gap between the palpable and the impalpable—using objects as intermediaries to reach beyond the limitations of their bodies. Totems, masks, amulets, shields, statues and vessels were infused with holiness in their maker’s imaginations, and charged with the task of connecting mortals to unknown deities. Imagining that their meek constructions would be read, understood and perhaps satisfy these invisible beings, people used them in ceremonies, rituals and burial to relay all their hopes, and mitigate their fears.
Today, though still limited by the earthly sphere, our territory is man-made and high tech. The “incomprehensible” we strive to understand may or may not be divine. Out of a heavily mediated and consumerist landscape, in Squaring the Circle, I experiment with constructing “sacred” devices (future relics) out of the stuff around us—lines, angles and arcs of plastic, nylon, wood and metal. Still grappling with the unknown, whether in the scientific or spiritual realm—I imagine that we will continue our attempts to grasp the infinite with finite things.
-Kristina Lewis
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SF Artbook Fair July 22 -24, 2016

May 13th, 2016  |  Published in Blog, News

We are excited to announce that we are co-producing the first annual San Francisco Artbook Fair that will take place at Minnesota Street Project from July 22-July 24, 2016. The event will feature over 70 independent publishers exhibiting art related books…as well as a handful of retail exhibitors. There will also be signings, lectures, workshops, music where you will even be able to buy Soundcloud plays.

This event is being produced by Minnesota Street Projects, Colpa Press and Park Life.

Opening Reception Friday July 22 6-10pm

July 23 11:00 – 6:00

July 24 11:00 – 6:00

1275 Minnesota St SF CA

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1275 Minnesota Street is a 35,000 square-foot building in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood that houses 11 galleries, temporary exhibitions spaces, a media room, and a cafe.

Details to follow.

 

Clement St Mural is finished!

May 1st, 2016  |  Published in Blog, News

Much thanks to the artist Jason Jagel for his beautiful new Mural at the Corner of Clement and 3rd Ave. ALso thanks to Supervisor Eric Mars office, The SF Arts Commission and the Clement st Merchants Association. JasonJagel_Nikon_043016_10 IMG_3065 JasonJagel_Nikon_042316_30

Park Life Gallery – Mark Mulroney show – April 15th, 2016

February 23rd, 2016  |  Published in Blog, News

Park Life will be opening it’s new gallery space on Friday April 15th, 2016 with a solo show from Mark Mulroney titled Mark Likes Baseball Part I.  VIEW THE WORK HERE

“Mark Likes Baseball Part 1″ is the first in an ongoing and sporadic series of shows about the history, graphics and social impact of baseball on our culture. Paintings, collages, wood-carvings, interactive sculptures and plenty of homemade baseball cards will be included along side written descriptions of the works. In an effort to communicate his enduring love for the game of baseball Mulroney has made all of the works in the spirit of friendship and generosity. If you love baseball you might find something to like in this show and if you hate baseball you might hate it a little bit less after seeing this show.
Mark Mulroney Lives in New York and has shown in Galleries all over the world. www.markmulroney.com

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Opening Reception Friday April 15th 6-9pm.

This show is being presented in collaboration with Ever Gold Gallery.

 

February 16th, 2016  |  Published in Blog, News

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Cheryl Dunn Film Screening and book signing at Creative Growth

February 3rd, 2016  |  Published in Blog, News

Please join us this Saturday night at Creative Growth in Oakland for a screening of Cheryl Dunn’s much anticipated new film on NYC Street Photography -  Everybody Street. Cheryl will also be signing copies of her new book Festivals are Good.

More Details:

Join us at home in the Creative Growth Studio, Saturday, February 6th at 6:30pm for a screening of Everybody Street a film by longtime Creative Growth collaborator, Cheryl Dunn (Q&A with Dunn following the screening). Also on view: short films made by the Creative Growth Video Production Workshop. Drinks and movie snacks will be available for purchase.

$12 suggested donation at the door or online here.

New book of photographs available night of event:
Festivals Are Good, by Cheryl Dunn
Book signing following film hosted by Park Life, SF

About the Film
“Everybody Street” illuminates the lives and work of New York’s iconic street photographers and the incomparable city that has inspired them for decades. The documentary pays tribute to the spirit of street photography through a cinematic exploration of New York City, and captures the visceral rush, singular perseverance and at times immediate danger customary to these artists.

Featured Photographers
Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Jill Freedman, Bruce Gilden, Joel Meyerowitz, Rebecca Lepkoff, Mary Ellen Mark, Jeff Mermelstein, Clayton Patterson, Ricky Powell, Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper, and Boogie, with historians Max Kozloff and Luc Sante.cgfilm

Park Life at FOG Art/Design Fair – Jan 13-17.

January 4th, 2016  |  Published in Blog, News

We’re excited to be exhibiting at this years FOG Art and Design fair at Ft Mason Jan 13- 17, 1016.

Park Life will be installing a store that will feature a curated selection of objects, editions, books, design items, and art.

We’ll have new editions and products from artists Todd Hido, Margaret Kilgallen, Barry Mcgee, David Shrigley, Jonas Wood, Paul Wackers, Alec Soth, Carissa Potter, and many more.

More info HEREfoglogo

Park Life Holiday Gift Guide.

December 2nd, 2015  |  Published in Blog, News

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We also have expanded our hours for Decemeber. 10AM to 8PM everyday (sundays until 6)

Jonathan Anzalone – OFFCUTS – at Park Life Gallery

September 11th, 2015  |  Published in Blog, News

We are excited to announce our upcoming exhibit OFFCUTS, new works by Jonathan Anzalone. Oct. 2 – Nov. 8, 2015.

View works HERE

Opening Reception Friday October 2 6-8pm.

Park Life Gallery

3049 22nd st (@Shotwell)

SF CA

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‘OFFCUTS’ is a celebration of the by-product. Shop waste, materials that would usually be discarded, and found objects often yield shapes and color relationships that would be missed in their original contexts. By taking such overlooked objects, transforming their color, and pairing them with contrasting materials, it is possible to appreciate their inherent qualities. Those qualities could be the purity in the line of dry sea kelp, or the complex optical effect of packing materials. My interest lies in how these ordinary materials continue to spark a visual dialogue. Painting, sculpture and furniture are all part of the same
conversation. The joining of parts is as much a visual and psychological union as it is a strong physical connection. The offcut, because it is not burdened by the primary focus is liberated to find it’s potential through the laws of chance.

Jonathan Anzalone lives and works in San Francisco, Ca. He was born on Long island and graduated with a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 2003. The past 7 years have been an effort to bind the studio artwork with a business making custom furniture and installations.

Creative Growth Group Show Opens at Park Life Gallery July 31.

July 25th, 2015  |  Published in Blog, News

Park Life Gallery is proud to present Groupings, an exhibit of new work from the artists of Creative Growth, Oakland.

 

July 31 – Sept 6, 2015

Opening Reception Friday July 31, 6-9pm.

 

Park Life Gallery

3049 22nd st (@ Shotwell)

SF CA 94118

 

Groupings represents a selection of a selection of works that communicate processes adopted by the artists at Creative Growth. Each work in the show provides insight into the mind and heart of an artist as they find their creative voice and outlet through painting, sculpture, collage, drawing, video, fabric and more. The biographical, nostalgic, and make-believe elements that these artists incorporate into their work will allow the viewer intimate insights into how and why these artists create.

 

For 40 years, Creative Growth has helped people express something that hadn’t been expressed before. It is more than a place in Oakland. Creative Growth is a feeling and a mindset. It’s a process. And through the personal, joyful and generous process, these people evolve to become artists who create the most illuminating art imaginable.

 

Artists:

Dan Miller

William Tyler

Laura Jo Pierce

Donald Mitchell

Gregory Stoper

Jay Daley

Gerone Spruill

William Scott

Aurie Ramirez

Rosena Finister

Raydell Early

Tony Pedemonte

John Hiltunen

Judith Scott

Alice Wong

Nick Pagan

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Todd Hido and Marina Luz – One Night Only – Park Life Gallery

July 17th, 2015  |  Published in Blog, News

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Park Life Gallery

3049 22nd st SF CA 94110

 

The Perfect Measure is a one night only exhibit -  on Friday July 24th, 6 – 9pm.

A gift from Marina Luz to Todd Hido was the trigger for the collaboration between the two artists. Between their work, there is a connection that is evident but not spelled out completely, based on the mutual recognition of gestures and expressions reaching a measure of empathy with which they both identify.

Working together and sometimes taking inspiration from the same situation, while at other times associating images realized separately, Hido and Luz have selected a number of works for this site-specific installation that originally appeared in Milan in April 2015.

Their collaboration led to change and growth in both of their work; Hido is working with very small-scale prints (nothing larger than 8″ x 10″), and Luz has been forced to examine the emotions her images convey, rather than just considering the form.

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Todd Hido’s work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, and Vanity Fair. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Getty, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim Museum. He has over a dozen published books; his most recent monograph titled Excerpts from Silver Meadows was released in 2013. His upcoming mid-career survey will be published by Aperture in 2016.

Marina Luz is an Emmy Award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in the New York Times, VICE, Propublica, and Center for Investigative Reporting, among others. She runs her design studio HONEYLUX out of Oakland, CA.

SALE THIS WEEKEND AT PARK LIFE. WE RARELY DO THIS.

July 14th, 2015  |  Published in Blog, News

Saturday and Sunday July 18 and 19 -  11am-8pm.

Were going to be offering 50% – 75% of selected merchandise. Books, Tees, etc..

Park Life – 220 clement st sf ca 94118

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SF Magazine voted us Best Gift Store!

July 10th, 2015  |  Published in News

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Atelier Pica Pica and Franceso Deiana at Park Life Gallery in July.

June 29th, 2015  |  Published in Blog, News

We are excited to be hosting an informal residency and workshop for the Belgium collective Atelier Pica Pica along with Francesco Deiana.

Duration – July 1 through July 20, 2015.

Opening reception Friday July 3 – 6-9pm.

Publication Release reception Wed July 15 – 6 -9pm.

The Gallery will be open on Saturdays 12 -6 during the duration.

Park Life Gallery

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Atelier Pica Pica is Boris Magotteaux (1978), Manuel Falcata (1979) and Jerome Degive (1980), all born and raised in Liege, Belgium.

The collective has a very distinct, personal and yet somehow obvious universe. You will, provided you’ve kept somewhat of your inner child, be simply marveled by their simple constructions and colors. Speaking of construction, these Industrial Cooling Towers were just built right next to our building, if you are interested in having one on your grounds, then check out how ours were built.

What seems simple at first, is in fact the result of a collection of multiple references and different techniques. Through photography, sculpture and painting, Atelier Pica Pica develops a very personal alphabet. A shape, subject or color skips from an art work or medium to the next with absolute fluidity and coherence. The sculptures influence the paintings that influence the photography and vice-versa.

The 3 artists from Atelier Pica Pica produce all the paintings, drawings, photographs and installations jointly. They have worked together since 1999, first within the ERS collective and as Atelier Pica Pica since 2007.

Jug Life opens at Park Life Gallery Friday May 22.

April 28th, 2015  |  Published in Blog, News

Jug Life , New Contemporary Still Life. Featuring work from over 70 contemporary artists. Curated by Andrew Schoultz and Patrick Martinez.
Featuring:Dennis Mcnett , Cody Hudson, Joshua
Petker, Brian Willmont, Libby Black, Glen Baldridge, Tim Biskup, Ryan Wallace, Harley Lafarah Eaves, Adam 5100, Richard Colman, Dennis Kernohan, Michelle Blade, Hilary Pecis, Tracy Timmens, Ryan Travis Christian, Alex Nicholson, Andrew Martin Scott, Bill Mcright, Kevin Taylor, Alex Lukas, Ian Johnson, Jonah Olsen, Gin Stevens, Joey Piziali, James Marshall, Terry Powers, Kevin Chen, Erin Riley, Serena Cole, Osei Key, Beau Roulette, Juan Carlos Araujo, Kelie Bowman, Joseph Hart, Louise Sheldon, Louis Schmitt, Joshua Rubens, Alan Gonzalez, Brad Bernhardt, Ben Venom, Jefferson Eisenberg, Ryan Shaffer, Timothy Bergstrom, Megan Gorham, Thomas Ovlisen, Leo Eguiarte, Aaron De La Cruz, B+ Brian Cross, Estevan Oriol, Ernesto Burgos, Gregory Bojorquez, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Millie Brown, REVOK, Michelle Guintu, Kevin Lyons, Brent Rollins, Elizabeth Valdez, Ricardo Estrada, Gary Garay, ZES, Sam Friedman, Ramiro Gomez Jr., Carlos Donjuan, Pretty Puke, Rigo Jimenez, Andres Guerrero, Marco Zamora, Sabio, Conrad Ruiz, Raymundo T. Reynoso, Maxwell McMaster and others…..
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Casey Gray – Wave Pool – at Park Life Gallery though May 10.

March 12th, 2015  |  Published in Blog, News

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Wave Pool

New works by Casey Gray

 

April 10th – May 10, 2015

Opening Reception Friday April 10 6-9pm

Park Life Gallery

3049 22nd Street @ Shotwell

SF CA 94110

 

 

San Francisco-based artist Casey Gray will present a new series of paintings for his first show at Park Life Gallery.

 

The show titled Wave Pool, will feature Gray’s “wavy” paintings that depict universal symbols of everyday life in a wavy or rippled motif that communicates a feeling of uncertainty or mistrust; a general cynicism related to the current changing socio-economic climate and related identity crisis of San Francisco. The symbols themselves are generally lighthearted and optimistic, some having humorous meanings or connotations. The distortion of these symbols inject a level of cynicism and lack of control into their emoji-like imagery.

 

Casey’s more formally composed still-life and cabinet paintings also gain inspiration from his everyday experience. Digitally sourced objects are chosen and composed in a way to suggest a non-linear narrative that is both real and imagined. The artist is interested in using images without context or history and injecting new importance into them by their association with and relation to other images. The works are an attempt at communicating the artist’s complex relationship to the world around him, and are an exploration into the overlap of virtual and actual reality.

 

All works are spray painted acrylic on wood panel.

 

For more information please contact gallery@parklifegallery.com

Facebook x Park Life Book Release at Park Life Gallery Feb 27 – Benefitting the Headlands Center for the Arts

February 17th, 2015  |  Published in Blog, News

The Facebook Artist in Residence program is excited to announce the release of our Season II catalog at Park Life Gallery on February 27 from 6:00-8:30 pm. Come to learn more about the artist in residence program, meet an artist or two, and pick up a catalog. There will be Drinks and snacks.

 

All proceeds from the catalogs sold tonight ($20!) will benefit the Headlands Center for the Arts.

 

The catalog features the work of artists Jane Kim, Barbara Holmes, Jessalyn Aaland, Paul Morgan, Val Britton, Chris Duncan, Tucker Nichols, Kelly Ording, and Jeff Canham.

 

Who: You!

 

What: The Facebook Artist in Residence program Season II catalog release party

 

When: Friday, February 27, 2015 from 6:00-8:30 pm

 

Where: Park Life Gallery

3049 22nd Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

info@parklifestore.com

 

 

Connect with us!

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artistinresidence

Instagram: instagram.com/fbairprogram FBEVENT
Make sure to give us a follow, we are trying to get more Instagram followers!!

Joe Ferriso at Park Life Gallery – Feb, 2015

February 3rd, 2015  |  Published in Blog, News

Ajar, new paintings from Joe Ferriso.

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February 20 – March 22, 2015

Opening Reception
Friday, February 20th from 6-9pm

Park Life gallery presents Ajar, a selection of recent paintings by Joe Ferriso. These modestly sized acrylic and latex paintings on panel unfold color sensitive spaces.

“All these doors leave one’s thoughts ajar. As if in wind or mind. What’s in there? Nothing, insofar as “art has no inside, nothing you can’t see,” to quote Hugh Kenner. But really, what’s in there, in those rooms the doors adjoin. It looks like one invitation after another, each opening into someplace distinct and different. So maybe it’s just that—the pleasure of arriving in a brand new place. Brown and gray studies, simple huts, little neon verandas from Miami or the Mediterranean, ordinary adjacent spaces: the tidiness has an immediate thrill. Their disorders (more charming still) will disarm you at length. ”
- Jason Morris
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Park Life Gallery
3049 22nd St. SF, CA 94110 at Shotwell
415.757.0107
gallery@parklifegallery.com
www.parklifegallery.com

New Products and Editions in our Store!

January 22nd, 2015  |  Published in Blog, News

Featuring New merchandise from Corey Archangel, Todd Hido, Petra Collins, Robert Lazzarini, Tauba Auerbach, Tucker Nichols, Jonas Wood, Jessica Hans, and more…

 

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Todd Hido Book Signing at Park Life.

January 6th, 2015  |  Published in Blog, News

We are excited to be hosting Photographer Todd Hido for a book signing during our Pop Up Store at the FOG Art/Design Fair.

Todd will be signing copies of his new book Hido on Landscapes, Interiors, and The Nude published by Aperture Saturday Jan 17th at Noon at FOG Art/Design Fair at Fort Mason.

 

Buy a Signed Copy Here ..or stop by the store, there are a few left.

 

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Park Life Gallery presents OH, COMELY, new works from Pakayla Biehn and Aubrey Learner

December 29th, 2014  |  Published in Blog, News

Opening Friday Jan 16th at Park Life gallery.

 

Jan 16 – Feb 15, 2015

Opening Reception Friday Jan 16th, 6 – 9 pm.ohcomelyflyerimage_M

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Park Life at FOG Art/Design Fair 2015

December 18th, 2014  |  Published in Blog, News

We are excited to announce that Park Life has been selected to install a store at this year’s FOG Art and Design Fair at Fort Mason the weekend of Jan 14-18, 2015.

FOG will be featuring some of the best galleries in the world; David Zwirner, Salon 94, Ratio 3, PACE, Altman Siegel, and many others..

We will be featuring a selection of Editions, Objects, Books, and Art by artists Tauba Auerbach, David Shrigley, foglogoPaul Wackers, Tucker Nichols, Robert Lazzarini, Jonas Wood, Todd Hido, and many others.

 

More info to follow.

 

 

Park Life Holiday Gift Guide. Extended Store Hours in December.

December 2nd, 2014  |  Published in Blog, News

Welcome to Park Life’s Annual Holiday Season Update.

We’ve once again stocked the store with a shit-ton of new merchandise; Bags, Appearal, Books, Design Objects, Gifts, Toys, Artist Editions, Prints, Watches, Wallets, Stationary, Home Wares, Sunglasses, Journals, etc..

Including:

- New Limited editions from Artists David Shrigley and Tucker Nichols.
- Bags and Packs from Topo Designs and Alite.
- A Pop-Up Shop featuring editions from the Headlands Center for the Arts.
-Limited Edition Art and Design from Polite UK, Propaganda, Third Drawer Down, Areaware, Grey Area Foundation, IMM Living.
-The latest new books on Contemporary Art, Design, Typography, Food and Culture; including publishers Aperture Foundation, Steidl, DAP, RAM Publications, Plumb Goods, Mack, Chronicle Books, and more.
-A wide selection of new Hoodies and Sweatshirts.

 

We’ll have extended hours for December as well. 10 am to 8pm Monday through Saturday. 10 am to 7pm Sundays.

In our new gallery space in the Mission you can see Paul Wackers’ and Jessica Hans’ new show Earth Wizard, which runs though December. You can preview the show at our new Park Life Gallery website.

Wishing you a Happy Holidays from the staff of Park Life.

Park Life Store
220 Clement St.
SF CA 94118
415.386.7275

Park Life Gallery
3049 22nd St. @ Shotwell
SF CA 94118
415.757.0107

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View the Works from Earth Wizard featuring Paul Wackers and Jessica Hans

November 24th, 2014  |  Published in Blog, News

See Works here.

Our New Gallery website is live.

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New Park Life Gallery Website

November 14th, 2014  |  Published in Blog, News

Our New Gallery Website is now live. Thanks to our friend Samuel Shelton Robinson for the effort on finding the top web development companies to hep us. You can find it here at parklifegallery.com

 

 

Paul Wackers and Jessica Hans @ Park Life Gallery. Nov 21 – Dec 22.

October 27th, 2014  |  Published in Blog, News

Park Life is excited to announce the opening of Earth Wizard, an exhibit  of  ceramic sculptures and works on paper by Paul Wackers and Jessica Hans.

Opening Reception Friday, Nov 21, 2014. 6-9pm. 

NY based artist Paul Wackers will be debuting a body of ceramic sculptures as well as new works on paper.  Wackers’ ceramic sculptures offer a new dimension to his work, giving life to elements found in his intimately painted compositions; potted plants, objects and personal collectables, and abstract moments.

Philadelphia based artist Jessica Hans’ colorful, mishappen pots and sculptures are inspired by her love for plants, landscapes, and textiles. Her creations also reflect a shared connection with geology, minerals and deep sea life.

This exhibit is made possible with the cooperation of Eleanor Harwood Gallery where Paul Wackers’ Solo show of new paintings opened on Nov. 8.

 

Please visit our new Gallery Website: www.parklifegallery.com

 

Park Life Gallery
3049 22nd St @ Shotwell
SF CA 94110
info@parklifestore.com

 

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Ian Johnson at Park Life Gallery. Opens Fri Oct 17. 6-9

September 23rd, 2014  |  Published in Blog, News

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Park Life Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Stars That Shine Darkly, new works by Ian Johnson.

Ian will be presenting a new body of Paintings and Drawings in Park Life’s new Gallery space in the Mission.

 

Please join us for the opening reception on Friday October 17, 2014 from 6-9 PM.

 

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Stars That Shine Darkly

Oct 17 – Nov 9, 2014

 

Park Life Gallery

3049 22nd st. (at Shotwell) SF CA 94110

415.757.0107

Serena Mitnik-Miller solo show Opens at Park Life Gallery Sept. 5

August 1st, 2014  |  Published in Blog, News

Park Life is proud to present S W I R L, an exhibit of new paintings by Serena Mitnik-Miller.

Park Life Gallery


3049 22nd st. (at Shotwell)


SF CA 94110

 

Serena Mitnik-Miller is an artist and designer working in California. She splits her time between San Francisco and Los Angeles, combining her days painting, designing, collecting and collaborating with her local artisan community. Serena’s paintings are created by hand using watercolor pigment on paper.


Each painting strikes a balance between layers of color, repetitive lines and the integral qualities of all the materials she employs. This body of work focuses on the interplay between contours within boundaries and forms that she creates. Her compositions are interconnecting patterns of concentric shapes where structures break apart and link back together. Transparency and transitions of her paint stroke display an in-between of control and freeness.


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Opening Reception Friday September 5th, 6-9 pm.

Jacob Magraw-Mickelson and Rachell Sumpter @ Park Life

June 13th, 2014  |  Published in Blog, News

Last week to see this great show!

View the works here.
Our current exhibit features work by Jacob Magraw-Mickelson and Rachell Sumpter. The show, titled Home Again Home Again runs thru June 22nd.
Jacob Magraw will be showing embroidery pieces on cloth along with painted, gouache works on paper.  His paintings are vibrant slices of memory, the subject of which are left up to the viewer. Figures rarely appear, but their presence is everywhere.  Tools, monuments, and shelters litter the paper.  Each piece is drawn first in pencil to work out form and perspective then colored in.  The paintings are small and detailed.  In keeping each piece small (approx. 12” x 10”) he’s able to cover more ground but retain a level of detail that is central to the feeling of a personal history.  The individual sizes are less important than the volume of total work.  He sees the entirety of his work as a catalog, a collection of impressions gathered from a deep well of emotional history.

The embroidered pieces are stations for thought and interpretation.  The basic shapes and divisions are easily lived with.  The hope is that each piece can reflect long enough for personal interpretation to transfer and be contained with the shapes and patterns.

Rachell Sumpter paints scenes of colored splendor dropped into scenes of desolate wilderness.  Using layered gouache and pastel, she paints scenes that are of community and of isolation.  There are melting mountain tops, ghosts and graves; vast monuments and tiny moments that speak to the legacies a generation leaves and the promises it makes.  Sumpter borrows imagery from religious and political traditions, from dream, from our threatened natural world.  Yet amid these artifacts, memories and future relics there is a human closeness and physical intimacy.  This spirit lends optimism to what might otherwise seem like an elegy.  In this bleak and changing landscape there are celebrations as well as lamentations.  Using a deceptively simple strokes she creates an iconography for the longed-for and the feared; a mythology of mystery, pleasure, and the foreshadowing of loss.

Rachell Sumpter and Jacob Magraw split time living in Sacramento and a tiny island at the top of Puget Sound with their children. Both received their BFAs from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Home Again Home Again marks their first show at Park Life Gallery.

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Park Life
220 Clement St
SF CA 94118
info@parklifestore.com
415.386.7275

 

We have a few of the Signed Todd Hido Box Sets left…

June 5th, 2014  |  Published in Blog, News

BUY ONE HERE

 

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a reception for Todd Hido at Park Life (22nd and Shotwell) where he will be signing copies of his and very limited edition B-Sides Box set titled ‘Silver Meadows’

published by Nazraeli Press. hidobox3

BUY ONE HERE

Park Life II
3049 22nd st (at Shotwell)
415.757.0107

Inquiries at info@parklifestore.com

Hilary Pecis’ Solo show, Crash, opens at Park Life April 18th

April 10th, 2014  |  Published in Blog, News

Friday April 18th – May 18th, 2014.

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Hilary Pecis

Crash

Park Life Gallery

April 18 – May 18th, 2014.

Opening Reception Friday April 18th 6-9.

 

Park Life Gallery is proud to present Crash, a new series of collages from Hilary Pecis.

For Crash Hilary Pecis presents a series of collages composed of large scale photos of high profile NASCSAR crash scenes that were cut up and reassembled in order to present a reinterpretation of the events. The reference scenes are familiar and widely circulated in digital form, and were chosen for their spectacular formal qualities.  Pecis provides enough information for the viewer to decipher the image, but information is intentionally left out and/or multiplied. Pecis further scrambles the borrowed digital images by cutting and pasting them into a surrogate image.  The use of crash scenes is for the most part formal, however the mangling of the vehicles that occur in the image is further manipulated with the rearrangement of the collage.  The artist furthers the drama of the scenes that can appear both exciting and familiar.  The images portrayed also echo the rearrangement of the physical object and metamorphosis into something else, at times resembling a more organic arrangement.

 

Park Life Gallery

220 Clement st

SF CA 94118

415.368.7275

 

Please send press inquiries to Info@parklifestore.com

New items in our shop

April 5th, 2014  |  Published in Blog, News

 

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Isaac Lin prints  – pink and yellow

 

Tucker Nichols OBSF tee – Mens and Womens

Folding The Blanket Of Time – Sarah Hotchkiss, Courtney Johnson & Maysha Mohamedi

March 31st, 2014  |  Published in Blog, News

See images and details of the work on our Gallery Page.mid_install3

The show is up though April 13th.

Thanks everyone for coming out to our new store opeing celebration last night.

March 22nd, 2014  |  Published in Blog, News

It was a great time. Special thanks to Luca Antonucci (and Colpa Press) and Tucker Nichols, Dave Kasparzak, Ferris Plock, Kelly Tunstall and Francesco Deiana for contributing their time and effort for the limited edition print give away. They went fast. opening night

Opening Night at Park Life’s New Mission outpost. Friday 6-9 pm.

March 18th, 2014  |  Published in Blog, News

Please join us this Friday evening for our Grand Opening Reception. We are working with several artists to produce limited edition prints that we will be giving away while they last…including Tucker Nichols, Luca Antonucci, Dave Kasparzak, and more. There will also be Drinks and Snacks.

Friday March 21st. 6-9 pm

Park Life II

3049 22nd st (at Shotwell).

 

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Sfgate article on our new store in todays paper.

March 16th, 2014  |  Published in Blog, News

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When Jamie Alexander and Derek Song opened the first Park Life store on Clement Street nearly a decade ago, they knew they were taking a risk by moving into a neighborhood better known for its cheap eats than its appetite for left-field art and design. The boutique flourished in the Inner Richmond, ushering in like-minded retail spaces such as the clothing retailer Seedstore and eco gift shop Foggy Notion. Now the Park Life partners are hoping to repeat the formula with their second outlet of the same name, which opened this month at the corner of 22nd and Shotwell streets – a tree-lined residential neighborhood in a formerly rough patch of the Mission District. “We like the idea of not going into places with an established aesthetic or feel,” says Alexander. “That would be kind of boring.” The new store carries a similar assortment of urbane home goods, books, stationery, art and T-shirts, with a slightly different slant. With its smaller footprint there’s no room for a gallery, but collaborations are already under way with nearby studio spaces like Southern Exposure and We Are Will Brown. “There’s so much going on here we don’t have to depend on a retail corridor,” Alexander says. For its official opening party on Friday, Park Life will hand out exclusive prints by celebrated locals Tucker Nichols, Luca Antonucci and Francesco Deiana. “People are really embracing us down there,” Alexander says. “I feel like it’s going to work.”

3049 22nd St., San Francisco; (415) 757-0107. Noon-7 p.m., Monday and Wednesday – Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday. Closed Tuesdays. www.parklifestore.com.eveningshotwell

Folding the Blanket of Time – Opening Friday March 14th

March 4th, 2014  |  Published in Blog, News

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March 14th – April 13th, 2014

Opening Reception Friday March 14th 6-9pm.

 

Folding the Blanket of Time is a three-person show of San Francisco artists Sarah Hotchkiss, Courtney Johnson and Maysha Mohamedi. One day Courtney told Maysha and Sarah a story about folding blankets after childhood sleepovers, chanting the phrase “folding the blanket of life” with her friend. Sarah misheard this phrase as “folding the blanket of time,” loved it and refused to hear anything different. Courtney and Maysha decided not to correct her.

With the misheard phrase as a prompt, Sarah, Courtney and Maysha present work blending abstraction with representation and hard edges with loose brushwork to create a group of brightly colored paintings and sculptures.

Courtney’s paintings delve into an uneasy alternate reality where the abstract idea of time becomes a pattern thrown onto forms like a blanket. Color and line combine into nightmarish results. If painting is a form of virtual reality, she creates a world just slightly off its axis.

Sarah presents new sculptures based on three questions: 1. What would the holodeck render if requested to produce art? 2. What makes something recognizable as a functional object if its purpose is unknown? 3. What kind of future do these objects inhabit?

Maysha’s playfully associative paintings depict recurring motifs applied to the surface directly by hand. When Maysha folded her blanket of time, she was transported back to a prehistoric era where figure models were culled from the local dinosaur population.

Park Life is now in the Mission. 3049 22nd st. at Shotwell.

February 28th, 2014  |  Published in Blog, News

Open 12-7 Weekdays. 11-7 Sat. 11-6 Sun. Closed Tuesdays.

We will be throwing and Opening Party on Fri March 21 from 6-9pm. drinks and snacks.

We will also be giving away new prints by a select group of artists.

details to follow.

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Group Ceramics show opening Friday Feb 21 at Park Life

February 9th, 2014  |  Published in Blog, News

Image in the Object

Artists Include: Angel Jo, Daren Wilson, Peter McBride, Andrew Kontrabecki.

Opening Reception Friday Feb 21st. 6-9pm.

There is beauty in functional pottery in its potential to contain. A cup of tea, a homemade meal, a flower gathered from a walk all transform the object to take on a new image and role. With function, the object becomes a collaboration full of meaning, sometimes beyond the imagination and intent of the creator. 

 Image in the Object showcases the work of four artists in the bay area who use ceramics as a tool for creative usability. Each body of work has gone through a similar process of building and firing, but the variety of design all began with the artist’s sense of the environment the pieces will ultimately live within.

Closes March 9th.

Press Inquires to info@parklifestore.com

 

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Last week to catch Louis Schmidt’s show at Park Life.

February 9th, 2014  |  Published in Blog, News

schmidt_postcard_1Louis Schmidt- Cy Twombly Death’s Head. Through Feb 16th.

 

See images of the works HERE

 

 

Park Life will be exhibiting at the Fog Design/Art Fair Jan 17-19.

January 2nd, 2014  |  Published in Blog, News

Info: FOG Design+Art, San Francisco’s premier modernism fair. Presented in collaboration with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, this new fair will feature important 20th-century and contemporary design dealers from across the country and beyond as well as a selection of leading modern and contemporary art galleries. Furniture, fine art, and design objects representing design movements from the last century to today will be presented in a dynamic layout designed to complement the exhibitor offerings.

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Happy Holidays from Park Life

December 4th, 2013  |  Published in Blog, News

Beginning in December we will once again be doubling our floor space for the Holidays..and this year we’ve stocked the store with more merchandise than ever before.

In addition to the normal inventory of art and design related products we will be stocking:

- New, Select Book Titles: cooking, design, typography, art, etc.
- New Bags and Packs by Topo Designs.
- New Design Goods and Editions from MAKR, Areaware, Grey Area Editions, The Thing Quarterly, Polite UK, Third Drawer Down.
- New Tee Designs by Tucker Nichols.
- New David Shrigley Skate Deck Edition.
- New Park Life hats and caps.
- New Limited Edition Prints.
- New Park Life Hoodies.
- New Design and Electronic Goods from Native Union, Bruno, Braun, Marshall, and more.
- New and expanded inventory of children’s items.
- Sunglasses from Knockaround.

We will be hosting a Headlands Center for the Arts merchandise Pop Up section.

We also will be offering new custom printed gift bags with purchase.

Our Gallery Schedule for 2014 has also been updated.

Park Life will be open Everyday (except Xmas) in December with Expanded retail hours.

Happy Holidays from Park Life,

Jamie, Derek, Marina, Gina, Erin.

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Park Life Gallery Shows for 2014.

November 29th, 2013  |  Published in Blog, News

Gallery Shows for 2014
January — Louis Schmidt –
February — Group Ceramics Show –
March — Courntey Johnson, Sarah Hotchkiss, and Maysha Mohamedi –
April — Hilary Pecis –
May — Jacob McGraw and Rachael Sumpter –
June — RISD Group show –
August — Andrew Paynter –
September — Serena Mitnik-Miller –
October — Ian Johnson –
November — TBA –
December — No show (Holiday Retail)

Limited Edition Park Life x David Shrigley Skate Deck

November 25th, 2013  |  Published in Blog, News

order HERE

David Shrigley, Politicians Make Me Sick Skate Deck.  Exclusively for Park Life

7 ply skate deck. 4 color silk screen bottom image, Natural wood finish on top.

Dimensions – 33″ x 8″. Limited Edition of 150.

In stock now.

Tucker and Jon Nichols Book release event for Crabtree at Park Life

November 19th, 2013  |  Published in Blog, News

Saturday November 30. 4-6pm. Details to follow.

Book signing, talking, eating, wrastling, etc..

the BOOK

details to come..

ClemenTime hosted by the Bold Italic And Park Life

November 6th, 2013  |  Published in Blog, News

Thursday, November 21st marks the Third Annual Clementime Microhood. We love the community and feel of the Inner Richmond neighborhood and can’t wait to return! The Bold Italic and Google Local, in partnership with Park Life, are excited to bring you an evening of fun on Clement Street between 3rd and 7th Avenues.

Enjoy offerings from these amazing businesses:

Park Life offers refreshments in the form of drinks and snacks. They are also raffling off an original art piece by a Park Life artist. Free raffle ticket with purchase.

Green Apple Books keeps you entertained with music from RonDre and plenty of beer. They are taking 10% off everything and are hosting Docs of The Bay outside their shop for burger goodness.

Seedstore serves white wine throughout the evening while an acoustic musician plays in the shop.

Pretty Please Bakeshop sweetens the event and takes 25% off all bakery items and 10% off all holiday orders placed during the night. They’ll also hook you up with spiked (or regular) eggnog.

Foggy Notion celebrates their two year anniversary with complimentary drinks and snacks.

Dirty Trix Saloon keeps you full with complimentary meatball sliders and $1 off cocktails.

Kisha Studio gives out champagne and fruits plus 10% off the store for the evening.

Q Restaurant and Bar reduces bills by 10% with a mention of The Bold Italic.

Kumquat Art takes $10 off purchases of at least $30 that are in stock and full priced with an email address.

Toy Boat Cafe scoops out $1 cones of Chocolate Salted Caramel Brownie from 6:30-7:30 P.M.

The Mysterious Rack hooks you up with 25% off the whole store.

Down Below the Feet – works up on our Gallery Page.

October 14th, 2013  |  Published in Blog, News

See the works HERE>

Park Life Gallery Presents

Down Below the Feet

Curated by Rich Jacobs and JordIn Isip.

Featuring the work of Melinda Beck, Linnea Gad, Jordin Isip, Rich Jacobs, Chris Johanson, Hannah Lee, Matt Leines, Ashley Snow Macomber, Alicia McCarthy, Jason Polan, Simone Shubuck, Billy Sprague.

October 25 to November 24, 2013.

Opening Reception Friday Oct 25th, 7 – 10PM.

Down Below the Feet features the work of a small group of artists that work in the fields of both abstract and figurative. The group includes internationally recognized artists and emerging artists. The exhibition offers the notion that there are different ways, methods, and styles in which a person expresses themselves depending on their motivation, circumstance, influences, or simply by conscious choice. Sometimes these methods and practices go unnoticed or exist outside of the eye of an audience.

In curating this show Rich Jacobs and Jordin Isip have selected artists who have produced engaging works rooted in both abstract and figurative styles, though they may be more widely known for one or the other.  Certain freedoms and expectations are known to exist in either realm, and this exhibit will present unexpected points of view from artists asked to present work outside their established zones of comfort in addition to their more established voices.

Park Life Gallery

220 Clement Street

SF CA 94118

415.386.7275

www.parklifestore.com

New David Shrigley and Park Life Collaboration.

October 3rd, 2013  |  Published in Blog, News

Tees available HERE. Limited Edition Skate Decks available soon..

Amze Emmons solo show – Close Wilderness – until Oct. 20th

August 27th, 2013  |  Published in Blog, News

Amze Emmons

Close Wilderness

See the Work HERE.

Sept 20 – Oct 20, 2013

Opening Reception Friday Sept 20. 7 – 10 pm

Park Life is proud to present Close Wilderness, an exhibit of new paintings and drawings from Amze Emmons.

The work in this exhibition tracks a research thread connecting, vernacular architecture, informal economies, and self-organized systems of community & exchange, essentially the intersection of Système D and material culture. Emmons finds something inherently hopeful embodied in these improvised solutions, spaces, and markets. He is inspired by walking the cities, photo-cataloging aspects of street life. In particular, he is interested in evidence of local place making and the global circulation of material goods.

By collaging the source material within the drawing process, Emmons aims to present how the things we consume and build connect us to one another, to show the way everyday objects contain both histories & creative potential, and to make the familiar strange through proximity.

This exhibit will also feature contributions from by special guests: Anni Altshuler, Glen Baldridge, Matt Furie, Michael Krueger, Nathan Haenlein, R.L. Tillman, Nathaniel Parsons, Imin Yeh

Bio

Amze Emmons (b. 1974, Amsterdam, NY) is a Philadelphia-based, multi-disciplinary artist with a background in drawing and printmaking. Emmons received a BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University and a MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. He has held solo exhibitions at Park Life, San Francisco; Kesting Ray, New York; Space 1026, Philadelphia; OHT Gallery, Boston; and Works on Paper Gallery, Philadelphia. His work has been exhibited in group exhibitions including EFA Project Space and the International Print Center, New York; the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington; the Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines; Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago; and The Print Center, Philadelphia. Emmons has received numerous awards including a Fellowship in the Arts from the Independence Foundation; an Individual Creative Artist Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Arts Council; and a Fellowship at the MacDowell Colony.

Also featuring contributions from by special guests: Anni Altshuler, Glen Baldridge, Matt Furie, Michael Krueger, Nathan Haenlein, R.L. Tillman, Nathaniel Parsons, Imin Yeh

Amze Emmons (b. 1974, Amsterdam, NY) is a Philadelphia-based, multi-disciplinary artist with a background in drawing and printmaking. His images evoke a sense of magical/minimal realism inspired by architectural illustration, comic books, cartoon language, information graphics, news footage, consumer packaging, and instruction manuals.

Emmons received a BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University and a MA and MFA from the University of Iowa.

Park Life

220 Clement st

SF CA 94118

Tauba Auerbach 24 hr Clock – Limited Edition- Available at Park Life.

August 26th, 2013  |  Published in Blog, News

These won’t last long.
Order one HERE

Available in store on Sept 22.

Issue 20, by visual artist Tauba Auerbach, takes the form of a 24-hour wall clock. Auerbach is known for creating work about language and logic through a variety of media. Her training as a traditional sign painter often informs her text-based work. For this issue, the artist designed the clock face and its 24 numerals. The clock’s mechanism runs from midnight to midnight, meaning the hands circle the clock once every 24 hours. This time keeping system, also known as military time or astronomical time, is the most commonly used numerical time notation in the world today, yet very few analog clocks employ a 24-hour mechanism.

Made entirely in the United States, the clean design of the clock features black aluminum hour and minute hands and Auerbach’s 24 gold-hued numerals against a clean white face. The clock measures 10.5 inches in diameter, can be hung up with a built-in hook, and is powered by a single AA battery (not included). THE THING and Ms. Auerbach collaborated with New York-based design team Assembly to design and manufacture this issue almost entirely from scratch.

  • 24 hour clock
  • 10.5 inches in diameter
  • ready to hang (requires one AA battery)
  • Made in the USA
  • 1500 issues created

Rachel Budde show runs through Sept 8. Images online.

July 17th, 2013  |  Published in Blog, News

See the work here

Rachel Budde

Hagazussa

Park Life

August 9th – Sept 8, 2013

Park Life is pleased to announce Hagazussa, a show of new paintings by Rachel Budde.

Rachel Budde explores the boundary or the hedge in her new body of work Hagazuss.

Hedge, hex and hag all have their roots in the Germanic word hagazussa. Hagazussa implies a certain malevolent/benevolent magic on the boundary where the wild and the cultivated meet. This edge is illuminated by her work, embodied in her trickster goddesses manifesting in various forms from medicinal weeds, to potholes to windows into the void. Working with weeds as a manifestation of her trickster force, these self-seeding, medicinal herbs thrive in our urban environments, often harboring medicinal properties which address common ailments in urban environments. She imagines the weeds fertility coming from an insatiable sexual appetite. Through her own visual mythology, she presents the trickster Goddess, ever straddling the cleaved boundaries that betray the illusion of our binary world.

Rachel Budde infuses the cliche of the Earth Goddess with more sinister and unpredictable dimensions as reflected in the Cheshire grin of the Trickster to re-envision the earth goddess in a more active, if not paradoxical, role. The false dichotomy disconnecting Culture from Nature creates a fetishized relationship to the latter. Refashioning the contemporary vision of the natural world allows her to rethink our own natures. The Earth Goddess is not just a symbol of fertility. Weve been trained to see only this in forms like the Venus of Willendorf: passive, ever fertile and ready to conceive. Just as importantly as her power of procreation, the Goddess wields wrath and destruction. The narrative of her productive womb is advantageous in a patriarchal society. But she is also the consumptive tornado, the scorching volcanic shower, the hedonistic sexual pulse that propels life forward.

Park Life store view

July 6th, 2013  |  Published in Blog, News

(photo: Ben Lobenstein)

Matt Gonzalez show opens June 28th at Park Life.

June 10th, 2013  |  Published in Blog, News

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Matt Gonzalez

Things I Didnt Know I Loved

See the Work here

Opening Reception Friday June 28th.  7-10pm

June 28th – July 28th

For his first show at Park Life, Matt Gonzalez will be presenting new mixed-media collage works on paper and wood sculpture.
Matt’s work is born from gathering the detritus we discard on a daily basis and giving it a second life by reassembling the pieces and presenting them in a new context using the the marketing, solo ads advertising and consuming that occurs every day in our society.
Matt’s work raises the environmental concerns about how our society decides what is waste and how we dispose of it. The discarded materials are all culled from city streets and repurposed by way of a very personal intervention.

Matt’s work comments on consumerism and capitalism and how paper is used in the presentation of “articles for sale,” usually in colorful packaging to make them more enticing. Through marketing sellers and advertisers sell products to us by making them attractive through festive packaging so that we can have a complete Digital Transformation. The recasting of the messaging and colors into a new vessel suggests a second life, a fresh offering, one that says something more authentic and rather than the hawking of a product. This small human assembly of scraps calls into question the whole notion of selling things and competing to make them look pretty for a profit. It poses the question of whether the wrapping is itself as beautiful as anything it contains.
Also, the work addresses the concept of cognitive liberty. In the way the 20th century was preoccupied with matters of the body and personal liberty (rights such as being free from search & seizure, or free speech rights), the 21st century, because of technological advances, is going to pose the question of what messaging human beings can be bombarded with. The subliminal advertising of the 1970s has evolved into messaging that confronts us while we are on other people’s property, in a restaurant, even when we travel on the public roads and sidewalks, specially now that businesses have started to use services from companies like the Jacksonville SEO company that expand even more the marketing and advertisement world. By disrupting these legible messages he repudiates the right of advertisers and others to compel me to think a certain way.  And, by reducing words to their parts, just as the Russian Futurists did with Zaum poetry (where a part of a word could suggest further meaning), the recast language in the collages suggest commentary and stand as liberated reminders of the battle over influence and forced ideas.

Matt Gonzalez is a native of McAllen, Texas and received his BA from Columbia University. He has had solo shows at Soap Gallery and Adobe Books and been included in group exhibitions at Guerrero Gallery, Fecal Face Dot Gallery, 111 Minna Street, Johansson Projects, and Triple Base Gallery. He has taught Art & Politics at SFAI and has written about various artists including Kurt Schwitters, Gustavo Rivera, Andrew Schoultz, Eva Hesse, Theophilus Brown, Guy Colwell, and Keegan McHargue among others.

 

Aperture top 5 Bookstore list – Park Life

June 3rd, 2013  |  Published in Blog, News

Top 5 Photo Bookstores—San Francisco and Los Angeles

Article

By Darius Himes

Arcana

Opened by Lee Kaplan in 1987 and
newly located in the historic Helms Bakery district, Arcana: Books on the Arts is a fixture of the Los Angeles scene. Photography is a specialty at the store, but the shelves contain far more, including rare and collectible titles on modern and contemporary art, design, architecture, cinema, music, and fashion. Long a favorite of Hollywood insiders (John Waters can regularly be seen flitting through the stacks), Arcana’s selection is unparalleled and the staff is knowledgeable and friendly.

Arcana. Illustration by Damien Correll.

Art Catalogues @ LACMA

Run by the gracious, ever-informed Dagny Corcoran, the first Art Catalogues opened in 1977 above the Nicholas Wilder Gallery on Santa Monica Boulevard. In the intervening years, Art Catalogues had several homes. It is now happily settled on the grounds of LACMA, where Corcoran has the talent and authority to craft a full roster of talks, readings, and interviews with some of contemporary art and photography’s shining stars. The shelves are always filled with a great selection of known and obscure monographs, catalogs, anthologies, and essays.

William Stout Books

With over twenty thousand titles
in stock and thirty years of thriving business under its belt, William Stout Books is exactly what you want in
a neighborhood bookstore: an open, airy space; an informed staff; and shelves and shelves of art, design, photography, and architecture titles from around the world. What started as essentially a favor—travels abroad yielded unseen titles that friends wanted access to—has become a mainstay of the tightly knit San Francisco art community. The shop near Chinatown is the original store, and there is a great second space
in Berkeley.

Artbook | D.A.P. Showroom, Los Angeles

ARTBOOK | D.A.P. is the nervous system of the independent art and photography book community in North America. Under the laser-sharp leadership of Sharon Gallagher, the company has continued to thrive in this attack-of-the-Amazon era by simultaneously publishing new titles, distributing books by more than two hundred small art publishers, fueling art fairs with their book booths, and nurturing independent bookstores from sea to shining sea. Its Los Angeles showroom, ARTBOOK | D.A.P. Showroom, Los Angeles, is open by appointment to bookstore and specialty retail buyers, cultural institutions, journalists, and other bibliophiles (that’s you). Contact Tricia Gabriel at triciagabriel@gmail.com or call (323) 969-8985.

Park Life. Illustration by Damien Correll.

Park Life

Another combination bookstore
 and art gallery, Park Life marries the feel of a neighborhood shop with the leanings of a hipster/fringe artist hangout to produce a space some have affectionately referred to as “Giant Robot North.” The photobook selection is smartly curated and placed amid design titles, graphic novels, and other contemporary artist monographs. Don’t forget to pick up a Chris Baird– or Tucker Nichols–designed T-shirt while you’re there.

Kristina Lewis – Material Record – Now up in the Gallery

May 25th, 2013  |  Published in Blog, News

Opening Reception May 31, 7 – 10pm.

Park Life Gallery

Thanks to everyone who came out for ARTMRKT SF at Ft. Mason. Good fun.

May 20th, 2013  |  Published in Blog, News

Kristina Lewis – Material Record. Opening Reception May 31.

May 13th, 2013  |  Published in News

Kristina Lewis Solo Show at Park Life Gallery. May 24 – June 23.

Park Life Gallery

Material Record introduces samples from a larger body of work in which I contemplate discarded objects in my immediate urban environment as archaeological finds in an unknown and distant future.

Archaeologists rely on the material record to explain the behaviors of prehistoric, pre-literate cultures. But even when a historical record is available, material data provide crucial, unbiased revelations. Interestingly, a considerable amount of information is gleaned from the study of ancient trash.

Convinced that our own junk carries coded explanations of contemporary habits, I analyze discards from gutters, sidewalks, thrift stores and the tops of refuse bins, reading patterns, folds, curves, colors, holes, prongs, breaks, fissures, hollows and solids for information.

Perhaps future archaeologists will find our trash and take it to be treasure…or perhaps they will find our discards re-engineered, jerry-rigged tools and talismans, manifestations of creative necessity in the face of limited resources.

Whatever they discover, I imagine advanced beings lining up to view our refuse enshrined in protective cases, fascinated by what it describes.

New Anthony Discenza Print. Available at ARTMRKT SF from Park Life

May 13th, 2013  |  Published in Blog, News

Shrigley @ Park Life. May 10th

April 29th, 2013  |  Published in News

Park Life @ARTMRKT SF. We’ll be featuring new works by Christopher Baird, Tauba Auerbach, Anthony Discenza and more..

April 29th, 2013  |  Published in News

New Tauba Auerbach Print Editions released.

April 24th, 2013  |  Published in Blog, News

Park Life is offering a new suite of editions by artist Tauba Auerbach.  Email Info@parklifestore.com for ordering info.

More info here

Tauba has produced a series of 6 Etchings (Color Softground) with Paulson Bott Press in Berkeley that will be available for shipping as soon in June.

Each Print is in an edition of 40. The release price is $4500 per print and Paulson Press will increase the prices as the editions sell. They are available individually and as sets.

Pictured:

Tauba Auerbach – MESH/MOIRE I, 2012. Color Aquatint Etching.

40 ¼” x 30”inches. Unframed. Signed/Dated Edition of 40.

Park Life @ ARTMRKT SF May 16-19. VIP passes..go here.

April 22nd, 2013  |  Published in Blog, News

Get your VIP pass HERE.

We will Exhibiting new work from Tauba Auerbach, Christopher Baird, Anthony Discenza, Francesco Deiana, and others.

Christopher Lux’s solo show opens April 19th at Park Life

March 30th, 2013  |  Published in Blog, News

Potboiler, new paintings by Christopher Lux.

April 19th through May 19th.

Park Life Gallery

Opening Reception Friday April 19th, 2013. 7-10pm.

Chris Lux is a painter and sculptor from San Francisco.

Lux’s practice, which has taken shape as a series of paintings and sculptures, investigates the history of objects, time periods and people, and his own history as an artist.

In his new show at Park Life, painted frames, tables and ceramics, speak to a shared idea of arts place in daily life.

Lux’s work draws subject matter from the past, most notably, from the world of Mythologies. His most recent book “12 Saints” with writer William Rockwell, drew exclusively from hagiographies of the lives of Christian saints taken from “The Golden Legend” (Jacobus de Voragine, c. 1260). In his new works,  Ancient Mythologies from Japan have taken center stage . The works speaks in the language of painting and composition to not only tell this stories from the past, but also the story of his own practice as an artist. Playing with three distinct styles, black and white illustrate works, crisp bright colored graphic work, and funky dripping ceramic works, they are used interchangeably to speak of stories from the past. This self referential sampling from the artist own past works and styles, keeps the work from being simply illustrative, and adds a level that speaks of the myth making of artists own careers.

Lux is represented by Jancar Jones Gallery in Los Angles. His most recent show has been “Eating out of the Drain”, at The Popular Workshop in San Francisco. He has shown extensively in the US and Europe.

David Shrigley Event at Park Life May 10th.

March 29th, 2013  |  Published in News

We are excited to be hosting an event for David Shrigley at Park Life in May for the release of The Thing Quarterly issue 19. More info here. The event will take place from 5;30-7;30 on May 10th.

David Shrigley will be in the Bay Area courtesy of Headlands Center for the Arts were he will be in residency this Spring.

Creative Growth Art Center – Group Show up through April 14

February 15th, 2013  |  Published in Blog, News

Creative Growth Art Center

See the works HERE

Group Exhibit

Park Life Gallery

March 8th to April 14th, 2013

Opening Reception Friday March 8th 6-10pm.

Park Life is proud to announce a group exhibition featuring the work of artists from Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland. This exhibit will feature a selection of paintings, drawings and sculpture from several of Creative Growth’s family of artists.

Since 1974, Creative Growth has been an art space for adult artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities, providing studio space and mentors, as well as an exhibition space. Encouraging work in all media, Creative Growth has promoted and exhibited the creative output of over 140 artists. Artwork fostered in this unique environment is included in prominent collections and museums worldwide.

This show is Co-curated by Stephen Goldblatt.

Artists:

William Scott

John Hiltunen

Dan Miller

William Tyler

Jacob Sockness

Maureen Clay

John Martin

Kim Clark

Charles Esseltine

Ray Vickers

Sallie Williams

Aurie Ramirez

Dwight Mackintosh

Erin Punzel

Ron Veasey

Creative Growth Art Center
355 24th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
USA

510.836.2340 x 20
creativegrowth.org

Bad Company – Christopher Baird – Last week to see this great show

February 13th, 2013  |  Published in News

Christopher Baird

Bad Company

Park Life Gallery

Works are now up on the Gallery Page.

Jan 18th through Feb 17th, 2013

Opening Reception Fri Jan 18th 7 – 10pm

Park Life is pleased to announce, Bad Company, new works by Christopher Baird. Baird will be exhibiting a show of new paintings and mixed media works as well as a site specific installation in the Gallery.

With straight forward, essentially trompe l’oile paintings of found (and often thrown away) book covers Christopher Baird deals with the Bad Company of his (and our) contemporary world. Through a kind of realist/minimalist lens he selects these discarded images and remakes them. They have a looming presence and it’s meant to be. They are confrontational and not reassuring, pessimistically optimistic. Bad Company belies real feelings, and its presence is uncomfortable, casual in its straightforward manner and almost funny in imagery. Bad Company pokes fun and pays homage simultaneously loathing and lauding the history, aggression and machismo of abstraction and the mainstream acceptance of its representatives.

Christopher Baird was raised by Bay Area Californians in Portland Oregon. After high school at the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy, he studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute where he received his BFA. His work was recently included in group exhibits at Park Life, San Francisco, The Popular workshop, San Francisco, Jancar Jones Gallery, Los Angeles and Partners and Spade, New York. He has had solo exhibitions at Baer Ridgway Exhibitions, San Francisco, Receiver Gallery, San Francisco, and Adobe Books Gallery, San Francisco. He lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

Sadie Barnette @ Ever Gold Gallery opens Sat.

February 6th, 2013  |  Published in News

We’ve curated a show at Ever Gold Gallery.

Sadie Barnette.

“COMPOSED AND PERFORMED”

Sadie Barnette

February 16th – March 15th

Co-Organized by Ever Gold Gallery and Jamie Alexander of Park Life, San Francisco.

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 16th, 6-10pm

Ever Gold Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work from Sadie Barnette. “Composed and Performed” brings together sculpture, installation, and photography to support the at-once boldly minimal yet complex language of Barnette’s work, within which she constructs a visual language system out of sub-culture codes and west coast vernacular, economic formalism, text and abstractions. Her work is concerned with extra-legal economies, luxury as drug, counterfeit capitalism, glitter as hypnotic, outer space as head space, the everyday as gold, family and lived identity experience, and the party.

Also available will be a new limited edition artist book, the latest in Barnette’s interest in zines’ and handmade books’ ability to provide an intimate yet accessible art object that anyone can own. There will be a limited print-run of Barnette’s new artist book released through Park Life at Printed Matters’ LA Book Fair this January, with the official release and signing happening at Ever Gold during the opening reception. Barnette is also currently in an exhibition at the Harlem Studio Museum, Nov 11th- March 10th.

LA Art Book Fair – Great Fun!

February 4th, 2013  |  Published in News

Park Life participated in Printed Matter’s LA Artbook Fair. It was great.

Park Life will be exhibiting at the LA ARTBOOK FAIR in Feb.

December 28th, 2012  |  Published in Blog, News

at MOCA’s Geffen Center..Hosted by Printed Matter, NY.
more details to follow…

New Ian Johnson Limited Edition Print available.

December 14th, 2012  |  Published in Blog, News

Evening Suite, 2012. Giclee Print on Archival Paper. Edition of 25.  11x17inches. LINK$80.

Holidays at Park Life

November 30th, 2012  |  Published in News

The Holiday Season is here and starting in December, Park Life will be doubling its retail floor space and doubling the inventory of merchandise. We will also be extending our hours and opening at 11 am everyday.

Here are our expanded hours for the Holidays:

- Monday through Thursday 11AM to 8 PM
- Friday through Sunday 10 AM until 9 PM (Sunday til 7 PM)

For online shoppers we are offering free shipping for orders over $75. (domestic orders only)

Gift Guide

Clementime Block Party Event Thursday Evening December 6th with Bold Italic.

November 29th, 2012  |  Published in Blog, News

Park Life is teaming up with The Bold Italic to once again participate in the Clementime Street Night Shopping Event.

There will be booze, snacks, a raffle to win original art, free gift wrapping, events for kids, music, etc.. Block Party basically.

Thursday Night December 6th from 6pm to whenevers.

Starting December 1st – Park Life Holiday Retail Expansion.

November 16th, 2012  |  Published in Blog, News

We double the size of our retail store for the Holidays per usual. That means twice as much merchandise for your holiday consumption. Gifts, Art, Tees, Books, Editions, Design Objects, Toys, Stationary, Prints, Tech Stuff, etc…

We will also be hosting a Headlands Center for the Arts Pop up shop at Park Life. Artists designed Merchandise that includes apperal, objects home-wares, gifts, etc..

Ian Johnson – Straight Ahead- Thru Nov 30th.

November 2nd, 2012  |  Published in Blog, News

See the work HERE

Ian Johnson – Straight Ahead – Opens Fri Nov 2nd.

October 23rd, 2012  |  Published in Blog, News


Park Life Gallery, San Francisco.

Ian Johnson
Straight Ahead
November 2 through November 31, 2012

Opening Reception:
Friday November 2nd, 2012 7-10pm

Park Life Gallery is proud to announce Straight Ahead, an exhibit of new paintings and drawings by Ian Johnson.

Ian Johnson returns to Park Life Gallery with a new body of work that builds on his well known style and visual language while achieving new heights in color, abstraction and composition. His subject matter continues to be informed by his connection to Jazz music while showcasing his skills as craftsmen and pitch perfect sense of design.

Ian Johnson was born in Syracuse, NY, 1979. He lives and works in San Francisco.

Please send press inquires and preview requests to info@parklifestore.com.

We also will be releasing some Ian Johnson Collaboration Editions for the show..more info on that soon too.

Clothing Brand, Farm Tactics Pop Up Shop

October 10th, 2012  |  Published in Blog, News

Oct 13th – Oct 23rd

Opening Party, Saturday October 13th, from 5pm – 9pm

LA/SF based clothing brand, Farm Tactics will be setting up shop in Park Life’s gallery space. Come check out F/T’s new season along with custom pieces made specially for this event.

Check out this interview with F/T’s lead creative Kyle Ng

View the facebook invite

Just returned from The NY ArtBook Fair in NY and we have lots of great new Titles in stock!

October 1st, 2012  |  Published in News

Including New books from Chris Johanson, Jason Polan, Nieves, Barry Mcgee, and More.
ANd New stuff arriving every day…

Now Showing Park Life – Evah Fan Show – What Have You.

August 27th, 2012  |  Published in News

See the works on our Gallery Page



Some images here via Artbusiness.com



Park Life is proud to present What Have You., an exhibit of new paintings from Evah Fan.

August 31 – Sept. 30, 2012.



Opening Reception Friday August 31, 7-10pm.



Fan’s delicate gouache paintings are narrative, poetical and minimalistic and sometimes puzzling. Her sparse and colorful compositions contain elements of nonsense, mystery, and whimsy. Fan tackles mundane objects and figures in negative planes throwing in elements of parody and irony that address a certain naïve humor. Her subject matter often mines historical details from Victorian and Egyptian eras.


For What Have You. Evah Fan increases the size of her works, using color blocks to highlight what might happen in the everyday indoor scenarios. The works contemplate windows and aspects of openings in a closed space. She also incorporates collaged elements and figures collected from her personal archives which are then arranged on a flat plane.


Evah Fan has a BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, 2004, and an MFA University College of Arts Crafts and Design, Stockholm, Sweden 2011. She is represented by Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles. She currently Lives in Oakland.


Andrew Schoultz opening at Park Life

August 27th, 2012  |  Published in News

Thanks everyone for coming out to Park Life for the Andrew Schoultz party. And thanks to BrEaKaRtS for a couple great sets. Most important thanks to Andrew Schoultz for everything.
Come by this week and see the show it will be up until Wednesday.


Coverage from Artbusiness

Coverage from ArrestedMotion


(photo courtesy of Alan Bamberger, 2012)

Andrew Schoultz Event this Friday August 24th at Park Life!

August 19th, 2012  |  Published in News




Book Signing!

Art Exhibit!

Special Music Performance from BrEaKaRtS!



7 – 10 PM Friday August 24th.

Tucker Nichols San Francisco Grid Map – now a Print!

August 14th, 2012  |  Published in News

We’ve produced a silkscreen print based on this drawing by Tucker Nichols.
It’s a Two-color Silk Screen Print on Heavy stock archival paper.

Approx. 19x19inches.
Stamped Tucker Nichols on the reverse. Open Edition.

We will be selling them framed ($80) and unframed ($30).


They are available for preorder now.

Web Store Is Back up!

August 13th, 2012  |  Published in Blog, News

Quick update regarding the web store. Due to an update to our server the shopping portion of the site was down last week. Apologies. But good news we are back and running as usual. We will give some codes for EloBoost services as compensation in your next purchase. If you find any other errors or problems placing orders please let us know at info@parklifestore.com.

Thanks

-Park Life

Clare Rojas for Incase. Available now at Park Life!

August 12th, 2012  |  Published in News

Incase Introduces Limited Edition Collection with Artist Clare Rojas.



SAN FRANCISCO – August 6, 2012 – As a painter, illustrator, writer and musician, Clare Rojas has thoughtfully woven an intricate multimedia world. Incase is proud to introduce a capsule collection with the San Francisco-based artist who has infused a fresh and feminine perspective to signature Incase bags and cases with her colorful animal characters and abstract patterns created just for the collection.



Rojas’ visual artistry encompasses a broad spectrum from modern abstract to delicately detailed figures. Stark backgrounds emphasize carefully rendered geometric patterns, a part of what Rojas calls her current exploration of “domestic abstract interiors”, focusing on patterns, color and composition in simple and reduced forms. Figures and characters, whose narratives are the centerpieces of Rojas’ previous bodies of work, make an appearance in the collection in the form of a colorful and expressive owl. The two perspectives come together harmoniously in the four-piece Incase for Clare Rojas collection, which is comprised of a Campus Pack, Tote Bag, 13” Protective Sleeve and iPhone Pouch.



Rojas gives a unique voice to her visual art through music. Performing under the pseudonym Peggy Honeywell, her folk-inspired style ranges from easygoing tales of everyday life to meditations on friendship, love and the human spirit. Peggy Honeywell has released four albums, two of which can be found on Galaxia Records out of San Francisco. In addition to the collaborative collection, Incase is proud to launch a new three-part episode of Room 205 featuring Peggy Honeywell, the first of which debuts in conjunction with the release of the product collection. View the Peggy Honeywell performance of “Miss Communication” at: http://goincase.com/room205/peggy-honeywell/miss-communication/ For the episode, Rojas painted the bold, abstract backdrop against which she performs. The second and third installments of the Peggy Honeywell episode will release on August 13th and 20th.



The release of Incase for Clare Rojas comes on the cusp of Rojas’ new exhibition at Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago, which will run from September 15 to October 21 followed by an exhibition at Prism Gallery in Los Angeles.

New SFAQ in stock at Park Life.

August 6th, 2012  |  Published in News

New Richmond District Tee by Tucker Nichols for Park Life.

July 30th, 2012  |  Published in News

Note the fog.

Men and Women sizes.

Park Life x Andrew Schoultz August Event

July 25th, 2012  |  Published in News

We’re putting together an Andrew Schoultz book signing and art show that will also feature live music..Last Weekend in August. Stay Tuned for more info.

Isaac Lin show install shots. Show Opens Friday July 20

July 19th, 2012  |  Published in News

Isaac T Lin at Park Life

July 3rd, 2012  |  Published in News

Park Life presents Last Words, new works from Isaac Tin Wei Lin.

July 20th to Aug 19th, 2012.

Opening Reception Friday July 20th 7 – 9pm.

For Last Words Isaac Lin will be exhibiting a new body of paintings and drawings in the Gallery. Last Words refers to the reality of existence where all things run their course and come to an end. The works in the show represent wordless, final statements and expressions of the dichotomies and life that occur between the beginnings and the endings.

Lin is as influenced by his Chinese heritage (he is the first of his family to be born in the United States) as he is by American street and popular culture. His works, ranging from calligraphic-like pattern, musical notation, cartoon cut-outs, and bright color, span traditional categories of painting, printmaking, assemblage, collage, sculpture and installation.

Philadelphia artist Isaac Tin Wei Lin makes prints, sculptures, and installations that explode with layers of calligraphy, cartoons, color, and pattern. Lin graduated with a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and has an MFA from California College of the Arts. He is an alumnus of Philadelphia’s artist collective Space 1026.

Current show in the Gallery – Eric Shaw – Through The Blinds

May 28th, 2012  |  Published in News

Park Life Gallery is proud to present Through the Blinds, an exhibit of new paintings from Eric Shaw. See the works here.

The show opens Friday, June15th, 2012 and runs through July 15th. Opening Reception June 15th from 7 to 9pm.

Eric Shaw is a self-taught artist who currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. His bold and often disquieting paintings, executed exclusively in gouache, depict a world of totemic grotesquery where disaffected biomorphs lounge seductively among the detrital emblems of early modern abstraction; the waiting room of a new-age dentist in which Miró, Bosch, and Patrick Nagel sit discussing the advent of the Internet. Through the use of a self-restrictive visual vocabulary, Shaw explores the creative potential of semi-blindness and the almost pathological intrigue of obsessive reduplication. One’s eyes are one’s blinds, and only achieve second sight through the partial obfuscation of the real.

These are now for sale. New Editions from Tucker Nichols, Chris Ballantyne and Andrew Schoultz.

May 9th, 2012  |  Published in News

Park Life has produced 3 new editions with artists Tucker Nichols, Chris Ballantyne and Andrew Schoultz that are available exclusively through Park Life. (Images Below) Please email or call  or go to the shop link (415.386.7275) Park Life for more information or to place an order.

Chris Ballanytne, Untitled (3 Buildings), 2012. 18x24in. Silk Screen Print. Ed. of 30. $225

Tucker Nichols, Untitled (Map), 2012. 16x22in. Silk Screen. Ed. of 20. $350

Tucker Nichols, Untitled (Sculpture), 2012. 16x22in. Silk Screen. Ed. of 20. $350

Andrew Schoultz, Porfolio Box, 2012. 17x23in. Suite of 6 different prints (Silk Screen and Pigment Prints) with hand-working, signed book, dvd, and more. Plus other surprises. Ed. of 13. $1000

Invisible Relic Opens Saturady May 12 at Park Life

May 7th, 2012  |  Published in News

Park Life Gallery

May 12 – June 10, 2012

Opening Reception Saturday, May 12. 7-10 pm



Historical works by:

Chris Burden

Paul Kos

Tom Marioni



Contemporary Works by:

Mauricio Ancalmo

Guy Overfelt

Josh Short



Curated by:

Andrew McClintock




The Park Life Gallery exhibition, “(Invisible) Relic,” curated by Andrew McClintock, examines works by two generations of California Conceptual Artists working with performative actions and re-appropriated objects in a variety of mediums including video, photographic, audio, sculpture and performance.



On November 19, 1971 at F Space in Los Angeles, a young Chris Burden stands in the middle of a white walled gallery. Not far from him, another man with a rifle exchanges a few words, takes aim, and a gunshot is heard. During the same period in San Francisco at MOCA [1970-84], Paul Kos arranges a vast array of microphones focused on two blocks of melting ice. At the same exhibition, in front of an attentive audience, distinguished conceptualist and curator Tom Marioni climbs a ladder and urinates into a metal washtub 5 feet below.


Forty years later, a new wave of Bay Area Conceptual Artists continue to explore the boundaries of art through performative actions. At the Park Life opening Josh Short will be frying fish outside with its amplified sound broadcast over the FM airwaves within the confines of the gallery. From 1998-2003, Guy Overfelt’s “relic” comes from his series of Trans Am performances that exhibit the sound and imagery of burnt rubber on pavement: using the classic American car as his performative tool. Mauricio Ancalmo’s kinetic sculpture challenges the use and product [relic] of the viewer’s experience by visualizing sound through light using discarded objects, questioning what is “out dated” technology, giving those objects new function and expropriating them for the purpose of art.


For centuries relics have been associated with religious activity. Only recently, at the advent of Happenings, the Japanese Gutai movement and Fluxus, have artists begun participating in performance art pieces that create no product but leave behind traces of the action, such as posters, programs, photography and video.


But do relics have to have physical properties? Can the sound of frying fish become the performative relic. Can it be a sense memory? And are these fleeting invisible memories more true to the nature of the action than mediated responses?. Gunshots, urination, burning cars, white noise, food frying, radio static, can now be manipulated by the artist for creative purposes.

Which is more important – the action, or spectator’s memory of said action? What happens when invisible relics are collected and “exhibited” in a gallery setting? “(Invisible) Relics,” addresses these concerns in a cross-generational reappraisal of the primacy of the art object.


*For any press and sales inquiries please contact Park Life Gallery at 415.386.7275

Park Life will be exhibiting at artMRKT SF in May

April 12th, 2012  |  Published in News

We will be exhibiting new editions and original works by artists Andrew Schoultz, Chris Ballantyne, Tucker Nichols, Tauba Auerbach, Francesco Deiana, Ian Johnson, Orion Shepard, Anzfer Farms, Barry McGee and others..

Stop by the store for some free passes.

Info:

artMRKT San Francisco, the Bay Area’s premier contemporary and modern art fair will feature 70 highly reputable galleries from around the globe, bringing some of the world’s most intriguing artists and galleries to San Francisco. In showcasing historically important work alongside relevant contemporary pieces and projects, artMRKT will create an ideal context for the discovery, exploration and acquisition of art.

Quick Links:  Tickets Hours Venue Hotels Shuttle Bus Parking Map Directions

Tickets:

Opening Night Benefit Preview Pass – $150 – includes:

  • Exclusive, first-access, catered Opening Night Preview Reception
    benefiting the de Young & Legion of Honor – 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Thursday May 17th
  • Opening Night Party – Thursday 8:00pm to 10:00pm
  • VIP Lounge Access and Admission During Regular Fair Hours on Friday, Saturday AND Sunday

3 Day Ticket – $35 online / $40 at door – includes:

  • Admission During Regular Fair Hours on Friday, Saturday AND Sunday

1 Day Ticket – $20 online / $25 at door – includes:

  • Admission During Regular Fair Hours on Friday, Saturday OR Sunday

Hours:

Thursday, May 17, 2012 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Opening Night Benefit Preview Reception

Thursday, May 17, 2012 – 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Opening Night Party

Regular Fair Hours:
Friday, May 18, 2012 – 11:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday, May 19, 2012 – 11:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday, May 20, 2012 – Noon to 6:00pm

Venue:

Concourse Exhibition Center
620 7th Street at Brannan
San Francisco, CA

Works from Anzfer Farms show Holz now on our Gallery page.

April 4th, 2012  |  Published in News

Link

Anzfer Farms is a workshop dedicated to making one of a kind items. Started by Jonathan Anzalone and Joseph Ferriso in 2009 to make works which blur the line between art and function.


Jonathan Anzalone was born on Long Island, studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated in 2003. After six years of woodworking that supported an art making habit, Anzfer Farms was founded as an effort to expand the creative process to a full time position.


Joseph Ferriso grew up one mile from Jon and received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2003. He worked as a fine art framer, installer and teacher in NYC before moving to SF in 2009. Recent solo shows include Heliopolis in Greenpoint, Brooklyn 2010 and Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles  2011

Anzfer Farms Show Opens Fri April 6th at Park Life

March 14th, 2012  |  Published in News

“Holz” is the German word for wood or timber. “Holz” is used for building, and as the opening line of the Bauhaus Manifesto reads, “The ultimate aim of all creative activity is building!” (Walter Gropius).

Anzfer Farms exhibition “Holz” draws inspiration from the art and design history of the Bauhaus and De Stijl movements. Parklife Gallery will become a unified work, a house of construction.

Anzfer Farms was founded in 2009 by Jonathan Anzalone and Joseph Ferriso in rural Port Costa, CA and a year later moving to the Outer Richmond district of SF to our current home at 2441 Balboa St./ Monday Spaces.
Working on both collaborative and individual pieces for the past three years has yielded a weekly flow of paintings, furniture, drawings, repairs, sculpture, travels, conversation, ideas, music, research and installation.
This exhibition will tie together recent and past collaborative furniture pieces while incorporating the painting and relief works made in private. The physical relationships of these materials, whether left raw or brought to high finish, frame the concerns of the installation.

Mattson 2 @ Park Life this Sat. 8PM

March 3rd, 2012  |  Published in News

Saturday March 3. 8pm. Free show. All ages.  Come. Live performance by Mattson 2.

Park Life

220 Clement st.

SF CA 94118

Coverage of More Light @ Park Life

March 2nd, 2012  |  Published in News

Follow this Link -  Artbusiness. Thanks to Alan Bamberger.

Now Showing – Francesco Deiana and Lafe Harley Eaves

February 6th, 2012  |  Published in News

More Light

A Two-person show of new works Francesco Deiana and Lafe Harley Eaves opens Friday February 24th, 2012.

SEE WORKS HERE

Opening Reception from 7-10pm.

Show runs though March 25th, 2012.

More Light features the work of two young artists that currently call San Francisco their home. Both artists employ graphite, ink and mixed media on paper to illustrate abstract representations of varying themes that include socialization, behavior barriers, society and our relationship to the natural world.

Park Life Gallery

220 Clement st

SF CA 94118

415.386.7275

415.386.7275

Harley Lafarrah Eaves lives and works in San Francisco. His work focuses on abstraction and the psychedelic. Using meticulous lines and patterns he creates narratives that reference the occult, mortality, social interactions, and refracted light. The more literal elements of these themes (trees, pyramids, lines, light) come together to form compositions that allow the viewer insight into the artists psyche.

Francesco Igory Deiana was born in Milan, Italy and lives and works in San Francisco. Known for his probing and large and ball point pen drawings on paper. His pursuit bounds together the connections between man, nature and the social system we’re living in. His masks metaphorically represent the mental and behavioral barriers that civil society imposes to us, causing a condition of stress and frustration that is at odds with the primordial emotions generated by the nature, regulated by spontaneity and pure instinct..

Sonya Derman, Remainders @ Park Life runs through Feb 19th.

January 19th, 2012  |  Published in News

Park Life Gallery presents

Remainders

New works by Sonya Derman

Click here to view work

January 20th – February 19th 2012

Opening Reception Friday January 20th 6-9 pm

Park Life is proud to present Remainders, an exhibition of new paintings by Sonya Derman.

Sonya’s recent work is an evolving combination of paintings and texts exploring residual images that accumulate from everyday life. Using left-over, faded associations from daily life, fragmented memories from different places, and imagined narratives, the work shifts between the clear and unreadable; the real and the constructed; the concrete and the abstract. Her paintings can be read as fragments, entered into from various points; non-linear elements of an elusive and on-going narrative. The works allude to a temporary nature of interpersonal communications, forming, breaking apart while exploring the fragile constructions of meaning through images and words.

For this exhibit Sonya will be presenting works of gouache and acrylic on paper as well as an installation of found materials.

Sonya Derman currently lives in London, where she is pursuing an MA at the Royal College of Art. She was recently awarded the Julian Trevelyan Residency, which will culminate in an exhibition and publication of writings and artworks produced with an art group at Southwark Pensioners Centre in London.

Alongside painting and drawing, she is also interested in collaborative projects, writing, and artist books. By combining these modes of production, she explores the relationship between making, viewing, and the creative act of interpretation; the ways that art practices can move both within and beyond the gallery.

New Ryan McGinley Book in Stock Now!

January 18th, 2012  |  Published in News

We’ve been waiting over 3 years for this book to get published and it’s finally here!

Ryan McGinley, You And I, Twin Palms Publishers, 2011.

Ryan McGinley’s first retrospective monograph. For this beautifully realized volume the artist has selected the best photographs from his first decade of work. The first edition is sure to become one of McGinley’s most collectable books.

BUY HERE

9 x 12 Inches
90 Four-color Plates
196 Pages


First Edition
Casebound / HardBack
$75.00

Twin Palms Publishers

New Andrew Schoultz Book In Stock Now!

January 6th, 2012  |  Published in News

We just received the Shipment of Andrew Schoultz’s new Book, Up In The Air, which was published by Park Life.

It’s a really great Hard Cover Little book covering his work of the last couple years.

Get one here

Andrew Schoultz

Up In The Air


64 pages, 5.5″ x 8″


Debossed Hard Cover



Edition Size – 2000


2011


$22



Park Life/Paper Museum Press

Happy Holidays from Park Life!

December 26th, 2011  |  Published in News

Clement St Event with Bold Italic tonite (Dec 8)!

December 8th, 2011  |  Published in News

Clementime

December News

November 23rd, 2011  |  Published in News

The Holiday Season is here again and starting in December Park Life will be doubling its retail floor space and doubling the inventory of merchandise. We will also be extending our hours and opening at 11 am everyday.

This coming Saturday, Nov. 26th, Park Life will be part of small business saturday sponsored by American Express. We will be giving away a specially designed tee for patrons that mention small business saturday. Come out and support you local businesses!

On Thursday December 8th, from 6-9 we’ll be offering refreshments and gift wrapping and 10% discounts. We will also be having an art raffle where every purchase gets you a free raffle ticket and a chance to win an original work of art or limited edition print (3 prizes in all) at the end of the night. The Bold Italic and other Clement St. businesses including Seedstore will be participating as well.

Here are our expanded hours for the Holidays:
- Monday through Thursday 11AM to 8 PM
- Friday through Sunday 10 AM until 9 PM (Sunday til 7 PM)
- Park Life will be closed Thanksgiving day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.

For domestic online orders over $75 we are offering free shipping!

Check out the current issue of Sunset Magazine. There is a nice little write up of Park Life

XMAS IS ALMOST HERE!

November 22nd, 2011  |  Published in News

Starting Friday November 25th we will be opening at 11am everyday ..extended Holiday hours.

And starting the the Week of November 28th we will be using the Gallery Space for Retail ..doubling our space devoted to merchandise. More updates to follow…

Courtney Johnson show at Park Life.

November 3rd, 2011  |  Published in News

Install shot. Images of works and other information available here.

Look for an interview with Courtney on KQED’s Gallery Walk feature later this week.

Courtney Johnson @ Park Life – Opens Nov 4

October 21st, 2011  |  Published in News

Park Life presents

See You Next Tuesday

New Paintings by Courtney Johnson

November 4 – November 27, 2011

Opening Reception Friday November 4, 7-10 pm

Courtney Johnson paints wild and gnarled women engaged in wild and gnarly behavior. The reckless figures in her invented world bare multiple rows of razor sharp teeth and glare with no remorse. She considers these traits through line drawings within her paintings, to emphasize an unresolved, half-in-this-world woman. In her current body of work, Johnson cultivates a sense of character and place somewhere between convention and fantasy, where figures are unhinged and consumed by impulse.

Courtney Johnson was born in Virginia. She received her BA in 2004 from Prescott College and her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2011. She is a 2010 recipient of the Murphy Cadogan Fellowship. Her work has been show at the Carville Annex, Kokoro Studio and Worth Ryder Gallery, all in the Bay area. Courtney lives and works in San Francisco.

www.misscourtneyjohnson.blogspot.com

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SF CA 94118

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Michelle Fleck review in Art Practical

October 21st, 2011  |  Published in News

Michelle Fleck

Sep 30 – Oct 30

by Christopher Reiger

Landscape art represents the cultural, political, and spiritual aspirations of a particular group of people. Because humans are nostalgically inclined and landscapes are forever in flux, people may often find it challenging to appreciate the vistas before them, instead preferring to wax sentimental about the past or to anticipate a gilded future. Michelle Fleck’s paintings, however, don’t offer viewers such pastoral panoramas. Instead of arcadia, Fleck foregrounds overfilled dumpsters, stripped billboards, and construction sites. These scenes are familiar, but nothing in the pictures Fleck includes in Somewhere, her solo exhibition at Park Life, indicates a particular locale. Because of their ubiquity, dumpsters and construction netting generally go unnoticed, and if people do pay attention to them, it’s scornfully. Fleck’s strongest pictures encourage viewers to look more conscientiously; she critiques increasing cultural homogeneity while calling attention to the abundant opportunities for aesthetic pleasure in contemporary American urban and suburban landscapes.

The artist’s sense of composition and economical handling of paint are strong suits, but in Your Ad Here (2011) and Coming Soon (2011), where Fleck’s line of sight is angled up at rooftop billboards or over walls, the skies read slack and the paintings lose energy. When her focus shifts towards the ground, however, things get exciting. In two of Fleck’s standout works, Blacktop (2011) and Repaving (2011), common road repair supplies—an orange-and-white barricade, piles of asphalt, netting—are vignettes in the center of the paper, their colors and shapes turned into lean, formalist bricolage. In Convenient Parking (2011) and New Acquisition (2011), stakes and nylon fencing encircle piles of sand and gravel, setting them apart from their surroundings  as if the materials were sacred offerings. By focusing on these demarcated forms, Fleck highlights the potential for aesthetic experience in quotidian settings.

Michelle-Fleck-Repaving-Park-Life.

Repaving, 2011; acrylic and aerosol on paper; 11 x 14 in. Courtesy of the Artist and Park Life, San Francisco.

In Fleck’s Picket Fence (2011), the exhibition’s finest work, an orange construction fence snakes over ground littered with debris. The crooked path of the fence moves across and out of the picture plane, calling to mind Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Running Fence, a 24.5-mile-long and eighteen-foot-tall white nylon fence installed in Northern California in 1976. Whereas Running Fence was a grand, Romantic gesture that questioned the concept of boundaries (e.g., private property lines or socio-political barriers like the Iron Curtain), Fleck’s Picket Fence is less heady and more utilitarian. She reclaims the fence for workaday service while also calling attention to its inherent aesthetic appeal, thereby ennobling the prosaic with her discerning eye.

Somewhere is on view at Park Life, in San Francisco, through October 30, 2011.

Christopher Reiger is a writer, artist, and curator currently living and working in San Francisco. Artwork can be seen at his website, and essays on art, natural history, and miscellany can be read at his long-running blog Hungry Hyaena.

Michelle Fleck Opening images..

October 3rd, 2011  |  Published in News

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New Andrew Schoultz Print release @ Park Life

September 20th, 2011  |  Published in News

To commemorate Andrew Schoultz’s SFMOMA Show Park Life is releasing a new edition that will be available in two weeks. Now Available.  Order Here.

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Michelle Fleck Solo Show at Park Life

September 14th, 2011  |  Published in News

Park Life presents

Somewhere

New Paintings by Michelle Fleck

Opening Reception Friday September 30, 2011

Show runs September 30 to October 30, 2011

Michelle Fleck is a San Francisco-based painter whose work focuses on the relationship between man and the landscape. She is interested in our desire to replace what is old and dated, and how that manifests itself in the urban landscape. Influenced by everyday life in the city, her paintings serve as snapshots of an ongoing cycle of wear and replacement, showing our constant reinvention of the landscape around us, and the marks we leave upon it. Her hope is that these pieces have a sense of relevancy in a culture driven by a need for expansion, change and newness.

Fleck is from California and graduated from San Francisco State University.

Park Life Gallery

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SF CA 94118

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Tonite in Berkeley! Pop-Up Store. Fri 6-9pm

September 9th, 2011  |  Published in News

Please join us tonite at Paulson Bott Press in Berkeley for our opening reception of the Park Life temporary Pop-Up shop. There will be booze, music, food (Vik’s Chaat House is catering). There will be shopping. See the new Tauba Auerbach Prints too.

A taste: (Images courtesy of Dan Carlson.)

Park Life Pop-Up Store Details

August 23rd, 2011  |  Published in News

For Immediate release

Park Life (San Francisco) is happy to announce we will be forming a temporary Pop-Up Store in Berkeley at Paulson Bott Press. Park Life will be curating the Store and Gallery in the Paulson Bott Warehouse space in West Berkeley. We will be featuring a special selection of merchandise that will include Books, Design Objects, Editions, Artist Tees, Limited Edition Prints, Original Art and more. We will be debuting new works and editions from artist that include Tauba Auerbach, Andrew Schoultz, Tucker Nichols, Clare Rojas, and many more.


Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, September 9th from 6-9pm. There will Music, Refreshments, Food Trucks and Shopping!


The Pop-Up Store will last through September 16th during Paulson’s regular business hours.


Park Life/Paulson Bott Press Pop-Up Store

2390 C Fourth Street


Berkeley, CA 94710

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Telephone – Paulson – 510 559 2088 Fax 510 559 2085


Telephone – Park Life – 415 386 7275 Fax 415 386 7272



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Paulson Bott Press is open Tuesday – Friday 11 – 5pm and Saturday Noon – 4pm.


Some Park Life images

August 5th, 2011  |  Published in News

Thanks to our friend Andrew Paynter

Upcoming Park Life Show – Thomas Wold

August 2nd, 2011  |  Published in News

Park Life Presents

Unlimited Shelf Life

New works by Thomas Wold

Opening Reception Thursday August 18th, 2011 6-9pm

Runs through September 15th, 2011

Thomas Wold is a furniture designer and builder who creates sculptural furnishings that have been described as being “pushed to their functional and conceptual limits.” His process combines new and recycled material and seamlessly mashes up references from various decorative movements, architecture, graphic design and painting/illustration to form new hybrid furniture. Composed like paintings, the creations layer unlikely elements to form flowing and surprising arrangements that teeter on the edge of workability. Wold likens his design process to creating music with electronic samples, manipulating snippets of random structures to form songs that are at once deeply familiar and completely new.


Park Life Gallery
220 Clement st.
SF CA 94118
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415.386.7275


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Park Life Summer Books Sale Saturday July 30th – 11AM

July 23rd, 2011  |  Published in News

Join us on Saturday, July 30th for Our Second ever Summer Book Sale. Featured titles will be 50-75% off the retail price. One Day only. Starts at 11AM.

Ian Johnson And Sadie Barnette Show Opens Friday Night!

July 7th, 2011  |  Published in News

Please join us for the opening Reception Friday July 8th 7-10pm.









Last Time It Was Gray

A two-person show featuring the work of Sadie Barnette & Ian Johnson Opening reception: Friday July 8th 6-10pm

Show runs July 8th to August 14th, 2011

Park Life Gallery 220 Clement St SF CA 94118 415.386.7275

Upcoming @ Park Life – Sadie Barnette and Ian Johnson

June 14th, 2011  |  Published in News

Last Time It Was Gray

A two-person show featuring the work of
Sadie Barnette & Ian Johnson

Opening reception: Friday July 8th, 6-10pm
Show runs July 8th to August 14th, 2011

Park Life Gallery
220 Clement St
SF CA 94118
415.386.7275
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Park Life is proud to present Last Time It Was Gray, a two-person exhibit featuring the work of Sadie Barnette & Ian Johnson.

Bay Area artists Sadie Barnette and Ian Johnson come together to exhibit a new body of work featuring their respective styles; figurative elements that they inextricably link to their own versions of what could be referred to as a ‘new abstraction’. Incorporating different but overlapping dramatic visual narratives into their work, Barnette and Johnson offer their engaging works on paper, drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations in a collaborative event. Their works address and give insight into themes that include popular culture, class, consumerism, music, gender roles and contemporary art. Providing only fragments of information, the completion of the storylines, images and thoughts are left to be formed in the minds of the individual viewers.

Sadie Barnette
Sadie uses drawing, photography, and objects to construct a visual language out of sub-culture codes, west coast vernacular, geometric formalism and economy. She activates meaning and power in anonymous faces, signs for nothing, and negative space.
Her work allows simple forms and gestures to present ideas of social chaos, the fragility of being, ecstasy and the impossible.

Bio: Sadie Barnette is from Oakland, California. She received her BFA from CalArts in 2006, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego.

Ian Johnson
Ian Johnson’s style and visual language has an instantly recognizable character and unique voice. His work draws its structures and graphic impact from his scope of influences that includes Jazz music, literature, and film. Johnson adds elements of abstraction giving his compositions the expressive immediacy and elevated moods that are rooted in the culture and histories he references. His paintings and drawings incorporate elegantly drafted elements of figurative line work and abstract patterns that combine with color building on his established and ongoing visual narrative.

Bio: Ian Johnson was born in Syracuse, New York and lives and works in San Francisco. He is the Creative Director of Western Edition Skateboarding.

Some images and a recap from Park Life @ ArtPad SF

May 23rd, 2011  |  Published in News

We had a great time this weekend at ArtPadSF @ the Phoenix Hotel. Was definitely a successful event for us and telling from the crowd that filled the place each day I think overall for most everybody else involved too.

Some highlights from the weekend: Being next to Ever Gold Gallery..those boys party and Mark Mulroney’s work is hilarious..seeing Neil Young (twice!), Steven Wolfe’s window display, Michael Rosenthal Gallery’s Tattoo Machine, our awesome staff: Marina, Dan and Amy, Saigon Sandwiches all day long, frequent Hank appearances, the always empty VIP room, Dina from Triple Base’s last week in SF, putting our furniture on the roof, seeing Larry Rinder, Stanley Gatti and Joachim Bechtle in our room at the same time, visits from Matthew Palladino, Andrew Schoultz, Thomas Campbell, Kenneth Baker, Glen Helfand, Robert Shimshack, Gay Outlaw, Rena and Trish Bransten, Balloon Dogs!, DFW*, Jack Hanley phoning it in, Louis, Austin, Ben, Devin, Orion, Dave, Greg, Andrew, Ashley, Jay, Tucker, Alan, Marianna, everyone else…

Park Life will be ArtPadSF @ the Phoenix Hotel in SF

May 9th, 2011  |  Published in News

This is happening

details to follow…

ArtPadSF is a provocative new 21st century boutique art fair that focuses on emerging and contemporary art from the Bay Area and beyond. San Francisco’s world-renowned museums, galleries, arts institutions, and artists create a vibrant and visionary community of increasing international art prominence, and an ideal locale for the debut of ArtPadSF.

Recognizing the need for an independent art fair to further engage and create new audiences for Bay Area arts, Chip Conley, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Joie De Vivre Hotels, along with ArtPad director, Maria Jenson, will debut ArtPadSF at the legendary Phoenix hotel May 19th, 2011.

ArtPadSF offers art enthusiasts and seasoned collectors alike the opportunity to discover current trends and artistic practices presented by local, national and international art galleries and artists.
Our most recent press release HERE

Our next show opens May 20th. Details:

May 4th, 2011  |  Published in News

Park Life Gallery is pleased to present Metric: a two-person art show featuring the work of Dana Hemenway and Anthony Ryan.

Metric: Dana Hemenway & Anthony Ryan
May 20 – June 26, 2011
Opening reception: May 20, 6-9pm
Curated by Jessica Brier

Not unlike the way two old friends can finish each other’s sentences, Metric brings
together the work of two artists who each pick up and extend the ideas and
concerns of the other. Dana Hemenway and Anthony Ryan, both emerging Bay Area
artists with outstanding technical skill, share formal and material concerns that
effectively push forward the dialogue around fine art, design and craft. The work on
view occupies a liminal space between utility and abstraction.

Underpinned by the notion that framing and context imbue every-day objects with
meaning, Dana Hemenway’s sculptural work repurposes found objects to construct
formal installations stripped of context. She also flips this relationship by replicating
every-day objects used for framing or installation, rendered useless as art objects
on display. Her work is carefully hand crafted, putting her practice in dialogue with
contemporary craft as much as Minimalism.

Trained as a printmaker, Anthony Ryan’s most recent work pushes his material
interest in paper a step further by using it as a sculptural material. Ryan collects
massive amounts of cast-off paper strips from industrial printers and weaves them
together, using the test patterns on the paper scraps as formal blueprints. Each is
composed according to its own internal logic.

Aptly using ParkLife as its frame, this exhibition calls attention to the often-blurry
distinction between art and design. Both artists make work that points to various
stages of commerce, using discarded consumer materials to create finished works of
art. Metric points toward the shared interests of Dana Hemenway and Anthony Ryan
around the supremacy of formalist geometry; repurposing discarded consumer
by-products; and the roles of design and craft in art. Metric refers to the precise
measurement shared by each work on view and installation of these works together
in the gallery.

Please send press inquires to info@parklifestore.com.

Park Life
220 Clement St
SF CA 94118
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Works from Living Room are up on the Gallery page

April 30th, 2011  |  Published in News

go here to see the works from our current show

Clare Rojas Book Signing at Park Life Fri May 6th

April 26th, 2011  |  Published in News

Living Room Opens Friday at Park Life

April 7th, 2011  |  Published in News

Park Life is proud to present Living Room, a group show curated by Joey Piziali and Vanessa Blaikie of Romer Young Gallery (formerly Ping Pong Gallery).

The exhibit opens Friday, April 8th, 2011. Opening reception 7-10pm

Artists:

Deric Carner

Amanda Curreri


Liam Everett

Pablo Guardiola

Cliff Hengst

Scott Hewicker

James Sterling Pitt

Susan O’Malley

Josh Pieper


Josh Podoll


Lucy Pullen


Gwenael Rattke


Erik Scollon

Chad Stayrook

Kirk Stoller

Dan Tierney

Alex Zecca

Upcoming show at Park Life, Living Room, opens Friday April 8th.

March 22nd, 2011  |  Published in News

Park Life is proud to present Living Room, a group show curated by Joey Piziali and Vanessa Blaikie of Romer Young Gallery (formerly Ping Pong Gallery).

The exhibit opens Friday, April 8th, 2011. Opening reception 7-9pm

Artists:
Deric Carner
Amanda Curreri
Liam Everett
Pablo Guardiola
Cliff Hengst
Scott Hewicker
James Sterling Pitt
Susan O’Malley
Josh Pieper
Josh Podoll
Lucy Pullen
Gwenael Rattke
Erik Scollon
Chad Stayrook
Kirk Stoller
Dan Tierney
Alex Zecca

About the show;
Borrowing the words of Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, who recently curated an exhibition at Romer Young Gallery, Living Room is an exhibition that stumbles into ‘broken lines of connectivity between two or more artworks. Arrives at a sense of group-show-ness that has no patience for the filler of themed-ness. Goes from one thing to the next—turning an idea over and over, flipping and tripping it through time until it forms a continuous, coded narrative without characters—just relations.”

Slowly collecting a piece from each exhibition at Romer Young Gallery, our living room has become a natural, private extension of the gallery. Our own private watering hole. The gallery is one watering hole, a social gathering place where friends and individuals come to experience the work, and commune in the company of others. These shows have a public performance to them. Work is thoughtfully installed, and the experience of the viewer carefully considered. The watering hole that is our home, is an organic, ever growing one. Work typically finds its place wherever there is space, in whatever available corner or pocket we can find…on the wall, on the bookshelf, between the plants, in the bathroom…Each space, a perfect place. There is no curation to how the work is installed. It comes together organically, growing slowly and steadily with us. Starting on the right, moving to the left, then vertically. Growing like ivy. Pieces that might not ordinarily be seen together, side by side, get to live together and there grow lines of wonderfully unexpected connectivity. A group show without theme. From one thing to the next. Interrupted by the plant. Commingling with the books.

It would be impossible to recreate the intimate nature of our home, beyond the walls of our home. So much of the magic that we feel in our living room has to do with the history of the works, and the way they have come into our lives. They are embedded with stories, deep attachment, and a great amount of generosity. We have been spoiled by these artists, and much of what we now have in our collection was gifted to us. Each piece acts as a transport, a reminder of the exhibition from the gallery, but also stands as a reminder of the personal connection to each artist and the relationship that we share with each.

So, rather than just transplant the work of our living room, to the space of the gallery, we’re transplanting the artists that we live with, to the space of the gallery. Many are works are by artists with whom we work with at the gallery; and some are pieces from artists that we have worked with elsewhere. We pulled works that parallel our collection, some from the artists most recent works and other from their early years, and installed everything together, without much deliberation as to why and where, much as we have in our living room.

Artist Bios:

DERIC CARNER an artist and publication designer interested in a spectral forms and speculative narratives. Carner has exhibited at Romer Young Gallery (2008, 2010), Centre Pompidou (2010), Artists Space (2009), Geisai Miami (2008), Witte de With Rotterdam (2006), CAC Vilnius (2005), and Kunstverein Malkasten Duesseldorf (2005). His work has been featured in publications by Revolver Books (Frankfurt, 2005-2006); ZYZZYVA (SF, Fall 2008); SUM Magazine (Copenhagen, Spring 2008); and is included in the KIOSK archive at the Kunstbibliothek Berlin (2009).

AMANDA CURRERI is an interdisciplinary artist working in San Francisco, CA. Recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation fellowship in 2009, her artwork has been reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle, ArtForum.com, FlashArt Online, The SF Weekly, and The Portland Phoenix, among others. She is the co-editor and co-founder of an (ir)regular artist publication, Color&Color, which aims to tactically connect artists with new audiences and expanded dialogue through the serial print medium of small books. Curreri holds an MFA from the California College of the Arts, a BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a BA from Tufts University in Sociology and Peace & Justice Studies.

LIAM EVERETT currently lives and works in San Francisco. Everett spent the past 10 years based New York. He currently has a solo exhibition at the Paul Kasmin Gallery Project Space, New York. His work has also been featured at White Columns, 303 Gallery and Canada Gallery in NYC. He has exhibited internationally in Germany, France and the Netherlands. Also known for his performance based work Everett performed a piece at ArtBasel 2009, entitled “On The Wall”. Everett has participated as an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center, USA, Ateliers de la Ville, L’Union, France, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen, Germany and Astérides, Ateliers d’Artistes Friche Belle-de-Mai, Marseille, France. Upcoming projects include a solo exhibition at Romer Young Gallery in May 2011, as well as group shows at the Wattis Contemporary Art Center and White Columns.

PABLO GUARDIOLA lives and works in San Francisco. Guardiola’s work references the poetic language found in everyday objects and the power of context in the creation of meaning. Through photographic and sculptural metaphors, Guardiola gives new meaning to objects. Guardiola was born in Puerto Rico. He completed a B.A. in European History at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan and an MFA in photography at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2005. He has exhibited his work at New Langton Arts, Little Tree Gallery, Galeria de la Raza in San Francisco and at the San Juan Museum of Contemporary Art in Puerto Rico, among many others. He was most recently published in FRESCOS, 50 Artistas Puertoriqueños Menores De 35 (50 Puerto Rican Artists Under 35).

SUSAN O’MALLEY is a San Francisco based artist and curator. She uses simple and recognizable tools of engagement—offering a Pep Talk, distributing flyers in a neighborhood’s mailbox, hanging inspirational posters—to offer entry into an understood, and sometimes humorous, interaction of everyday life. O’Malley received her BA from Stanford University in 1999, and her MFA from California College of the Arts with a focus in Social Practice. She has participated in programs and exhibitions at Romer Young Gallery, Southern Exposure, Hardware Store Gallery, CCA, Mission 17, Curiosity Shoppe, The Lab, Headlands, and the SJICA.

San Francisco based artist JOSHUA PIEPER makes direct and often humorous statements through his multi-media works. Born in St. Paul, MN, Pieper received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin, and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2005. His work has been exhibited at Rosamund Felsen Gallery,Santa Monica, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, New Langton, the San Francisco Arts Commission and Romer Young Gallery in San Francisco.

JAMES STERLING PITT, born in New York in December 1977, is a San Francisco based artist. Pitt received his BFA from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque in 2000 and his MFA from Mills College in 2003. Pitt’s work explores the representation of senses or feelings in the form of the objects that trigger them as a mode of archive and communication. Pitt utilizes his work to recall lost memories, and give permanence to new ones. Recent exhibitions include “The On and On,” a solo installation at the ATA Window Gallery; “Hyperspaces,” a group exhibition at Parklife, and “Front + Center: Weather Streams,” a group exhibition at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Upcoming exhibitions include “The See All Around Us,” a two-person exhibition with Sean McFarland at Sight School in March, and a solo exhibition with Romer Young Gallery in October 2010. James’ work has been exhibited nationally at The Lab, San Francisco, CA, Blankspace, Oakland, CA, The San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, and Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM. James was a recipient of a 2000 Vera Noland Award, a 2002 Trefethen Merit Award, and a 2005 Djerassi Foundation Artist Residency. He also received a 2006 Fellowship Artist Award from the Djerassi Foundation.

JOSH PODOLL was born in Seattle, WA. He currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Podoll received his MFA from the University of Iowa in 2002, and his BFA from the Maharishi International University. Recent exhibitions include Bakers Dozen, at the Torrance Art Museum, Torrance CA; curated by Max Presneill, as well as solo exhibitions at Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles, and Feature Inc., New York.

LUCY PULLEN is a visual artist based in New York City and Victoria B.C., Canada. Her work has been exhibited at Murray Guy Gallery in NYC; Platform Gallery in Seattle, the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, Luckman Gallery in Los Angeles, Art Metropole, Jessica Bradley Art & Projects and SL Simpson Gallery in Toronto, Optica in MontrÈal and the Eye Level Gallery in Halifax Nova Scotia. Pullen conducted independent projects as artist in residence at the Outpost for Contemporary Art in Los Angeles CA (2006); Bemis Center for the Arts in Omaha Nebraska (2001), Stramur Art Commune in Iceland (1998) and Struts in Sackville New Brunswick (1997). She received her MFA ’01 from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, and a BFA ’93 from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax. She is pursuing a PhD in Media and Communication with the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee Switzerland and is currently a tenured Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

French born artist and Berlin resident GWENAËL RATTKE works in collage, photography and xerox graphics. Rattke worked with collage for most of his teenage years producing DIY fanzines, flyers and graphics in the Berlin punk community. Rattke began his queer punk zine, Easily Grossed Out, in the early 1990′s. Issues were initially published from Rennes, France, and then later from the U.S.A. The zine featured interviews with bands such as Christ on a Crutch and Capitalist Casualties. Rattke’s collages works borrow from the visual codes of the 1960′s and 1970′s; the works are intricate, ornamental and excessive, and present “an imagined past fire with beauty and sexual freedom.” Rattke’s work has been exhibited at Galerie Knoth & Krueger, Exile PRojects and Arratia Beer, Berlin, Skol, Montreal (2002); YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto, (2001), and Romer Young Gallery San Francisco. He Graduated in Communication Studies (Film) from Concordia University, Montreal, in 1997. Rattke lives in West Berlin.

ERIK SCOLLON is an artist and writer based in Oakland, California. In 2008 he was selected to participate in YBCA’s Bay Area Now 5, and his work has been seen in venues as diverse as art galleries, craft fairs, museum shows, design blogs and gay biker bars. He recived an MFA in ceramics and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies, both from California College of the Arts. Along with Amanda Curreri, he is the co-editor and co-founder of an (ir)regular artist publication, Color&Color, which aims to tactically connect artists with new audiences and expanded dialogue through the serial print medium of small books.

New York based artist CHAD STAYROOK received his B.F.A. in Sculpture from Ohio University and his M.F.A. in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute. Stayrook has exhibited extensively throughout the US in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. and internationally in the UK, Netherlands, and South Korea. Stayrook has participated as an artist in residence at the Tin Shop Studio in Breckenridge CO, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning’s Studio LLC program in Queens, NY, and will soon embark on an expedition to the arctic circle with 17 other artists and scientists. Stayrook is also an independent curator and a founding member of the Bandwagon artist collective.

KIRK STOLLER was born in Oregon in 1960 and was raised on a small farm outside of Portland. He received his BA in French Language from Portland State in 1988 and his MFA from UC Berkeley in 2004. Connection and support are consistent themes throughout his work. Stoller builds relationships between the various incorporated items based on formal issues such as shape, color, and pattern, while also taking into account the evidence of past actions contained in many of the parts. He enjoys the small narratives that are created when things are placed on or near one another. Stoller’s work has been exhibited in various galleries around the United States, and was a studio resident at the Headlands Art Center from 2004 – 2007, as well as at the MacDowell Art Colony in 2008.

SCOTT HEWICKER
Scott’s work has been shown at Jack Hanley Gallery, Gallery 16, University Art Museum Berkeley, YBCA, ICA Philadelphia, Deitch Projects and Galleri Christina Wilson in Denmark. He plays guitar and keyboards for the bands Troll, The Alps, and Aero-Mic’d.

CLIFF HENGST
Cliff’s work has been shown at Ratio 3, New Langton Arts, YBCA, Gallery 16, Galleri Uta Pardun in Cologne. He is currently collaborating with curator Lawrence Rinder on an exhibition at Fluent-Collaborative in Austin, Texas, opening June 15. He plays drums and keyboards for the bands Troll and Aero-Mic’d.

ALEX ZECCA

DAN TIERNEY

Last Week to visit Space Cake, Thomas Campbell and Kyle Field’s month-long Park Life installation.

March 22nd, 2011  |  Published in News

The show comes down March 27th.

Images from our last Space Cake opening..featuring the Mattson 2 and Tommy Guerrero and Monte Vallier

March 15th, 2011  |  Published in News

Thanks everyone it was a great night that lasted in to the wee hours driven by the Thomas Campbell late night DJ Dance Party.

Photos courtesy of Lenny Gonzalez (the good ones), Yong-ki Chang (other good ones) and Derek Song (the not good ones)

This Thurs March 10th at Park Life – Special performances from The Mattson 2 and Tommy Guerrero and Monte Vallier

March 9th, 2011  |  Published in News

Please join us for the final performance for Space Cake Featuring Thomas Campbell and Kyle Field. The Mattson 2 will be performing Louis Andriessen’s Worker’s Union and Tommy Guerrero, Monte Vallier performing a double-bass freakout. (8-10pm).

A few install shots of the current show are up

March 7th, 2011  |  Published in News

Space Cake featuring the work of Thomas Campbell and Kyle Field.

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Thurs March 3 Little Wings Record Release Party at Park Life

March 2nd, 2011  |  Published in News

Please join us for another installment of Space Cake featuring the work of Thomas Campbell and Kyle Field…This Thurs is the release of Black Grass, the new record from Little Wings. Live performance. 7-10pm Thurs night.

Line-up of events for Space Cake Featuring the work of Thomas Campbell and Kyle Field

February 15th, 2011  |  Published in News

Line-up of events for Space Cake Featuring the work of Thomas Campbell and Kyle Field -

Schedule of Performances for the Month of Feb and March:

These:
Feb. 17th —  Little wings, Rustangs, Range of light Wilderness – covers night
Feb. 24thMumlers variety show and Tomorrow’s Tulips.
March 3rd –  Little Wings Record Release Party for “Black Grass” plus performances by Sandy’s and Jefferey Manson
March 10th — The Mattson 2 perform — Louis Andriessen’s “workers union” among other compositions, plus Tommy Guerrero and Monte Vallier perform there double bass freak out

Opening This Thurs Feb 17th – Space Cake – Thomas Campbell and Kyle Field. Special Performance by Little Wings.

January 30th, 2011  |  Published in News

Park Life Presents

Space Cake - A multi-dimensional show featuring the work of Kyle Field and Thomas Campbell.

The show will consist of a month-long gallery transformation that will include installations, workshops, music performance and overall happening.

The opening reception will be Thursday February 17th, 2011. 7pm – 10pm. The show will run through March 27th, 2011.

Musical Performance by Little Wings on opening night.

Kyle Field and Thomas Campbell will be working in and evolving the gallery space, transforming the area into a workspace and an art installation. Gallery visitors will have the opportunity to see the space evolve over the month long duration where Field and Campbell will be working on a semi-regular basis while staging performances (poetry, music, performance, workshops, and more..) on Thursdays throughout the month with other events to be announced as well.

An outline and specific dates and times of happenings will be released closer to the opening date.

About the artists:

Thomas Campbell is a self-taught painter, sculpture, photographer, and filmmaker. He splits his time between his painting/sculpture/stuff making studio in Bonny Doon, California and traversing the globe making films. Campbell has mounted solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Denmark, The Netherlands, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Morocco. Campbell is also creative director for a small, independent record label based in Santa Cruz, Galaxia. He is represented by Gregory Lind Gallery in SF and V1 in Copenhagen.

Kyle Field has been drawing for his whole life. He intends to keep drawing, making forts or costumes or dolls. Kyle shows with Taylor De Cordoba Gallery in Los Angeles and has shown in Paris, Germany, New York. Kyle is the front man for Little Wings.

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220 Clement St.

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Balloon Dogs Back in Stock! Available now in store. Now Shipping – follow the link below to order.

January 13th, 2011  |  Published in News

While Supplies Last.

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Park Life’s First Show of 2011, Bitches Brew, Opens Jan 14th.

December 27th, 2010  |  Published in News

Park Life Gallery presents Bitches Brew, new works from Kelly Tunstall, Marci Washington, Aiyana Udesen, Hellen Jo and Rebecca Ebeling.

Opening Reception Friday January 14th, 2011.

There will also be special peformance from the Wax Idols.

More Details to follow.

Xmastime

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Holiday Shopping at Park Life

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The Holiday Season is here again and we’re once again doubling our retail space for the month of December. That means twice the amount of Park Life goods as usual. We’ve stocked the store
with more of everything including design and art books, design objects, tees, art, prints,stationary, home-wares, cameras, watches, gifts and everything in between.

Our Holiday hours are also in effect starting in December… opening earlier and staying open later.

Also, please join us on Friday December 17th from 6-9 pm for a Clement St. Holiday Shopping night. We’ll be offering 10% discount on all purchases. We’ll also be serving beverages and snacks… and free gift wrapping! Other businesses on Clement St. that will be participating include Seedstore, Polka Dot, Kookle, Urban Color, and Keisha Studio.

more pics of the NY Artbook Fair @ PS1

November 12th, 2010  |  Published in News

Park Life @ NY Artbook Fair

November 9th, 2010  |  Published in News

Just catching our breath after a crazy weekend at the Printed Mattter’s NY Artbook Fair at PS1. Huge success all around. Tons of people. We’ll post more images in a few days.

(image of the Park Life space courtesy of Austin

Mcmanaman)

..and special thanks to everyone who pitched in and made our NY trip  something to remember..Paul Wackers, Chris Ballantyne, Tucker Nichols, Tauba Auerbach, Sadie Barnette, Louis Schmidt, Marcus Lin, Marina Luz, Austin Macmanus, our SF peeps; John Hershend, Breezy and Needles and Pens, and especially Dan Carlson without whom we couldnt have put it together.

Park Life at the NY Art Book Fair…some details….

October 25th, 2010  |  Published in News

We’ll be exhibiting at this year’s NY Art Book Fair at PS1.

We’ll be offering Editions, Books, Prints and Original Works from artists including:

Shaun Odell, Chris ballantyne, Tucker Nichols, Tauba Auerbach, Barry Mcgee, Clare Rojas, Chris Johanson, Leslie Shows, Keegan McHargue, Andrew Schoultz, Dave Shubert, Simon Evans, Margaret Kilgallen, Paul Wackers, Orion Shepard, David Shrigley and more..

Come by and say hi. Park Life’s space is on the first floor right around the corner from Printed Matter’s space.

Unnatural Plans – Masako Miki and Steven Lopez –

October 23rd, 2010  |  Published in News

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Unnatural Plans opens Oct 22 @ Park Life

October 13th, 2010  |  Published in News

Park Life Gallery Presents

Unnatural Plans

A two-person show of new paintings

October 22 through November 28, 2010

Opening Reception Friday, October 22, 2010. 7 – 10PM

Unnatural Plans, an exhibition of new paintings from Masako Miki and Steven Lopez, is an exploration of the artist’s cultural identities and the influence that communities play in shaping these identities and the resulting narratives that define their work. These narratives manifest in paintings where intricate patterns and contradicting spatial elements such as flatness and illusion suggest a disoriented context, where dichotomy becomes integrated with visual reality. The visual images represented in these paintings, highlighted by bright and contrasting colors, reflect the vibrant cultures, landscapes, and natural world in a celebration of the cultural and natural diversity of California.

Masako Miki is a native of Japan and now lives and works in Berkeley. She has exhibited throughout the Bay Area. Recently she was a residency artist at the Contemporary Artists Center in Troy, New York, and a nominee for the 2010 SECA award. She also received an Individual Artist Award from The Santo Foundation this summer. She received her MFA from San Jose State University.

Steven Vasquez Lopez, a native Californian, has had several gallery exhibitions and was awarded the 2006 Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship in Fine Arts from the San Francisco Arts Commission, the William Dole Memorial Scholarship, and the Abrams Prize. Steven holds a BA in Art Studio from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute.

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Images from our new show.

October 4th, 2010  |  Published in News

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Art Publishing Now – A Investigation of Bay Area Art Publishing – Hosted by SOEX

September 30th, 2010  |  Published in News

ART PUBLISHING NOW
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
October 9 & 10, 2010
Two-days of events dedicated to the investigation and showcasing of art publishing practices in the Bay Area. It includes a day of presentations and critical discussions, an after party, an art publishers fair, library and web archive.

LOCATION
Southern Exposure
3030 20th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
www.soex.org

SCHEDULE
SUMMIT – Saturday, October 9, 2010, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
AFTER PARTY – Saturday, October 9, 2010, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
ART PUBLISHERS FAIR – Sunday, October 10, 2010, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

All events are FREE and open to the public.
Registration is advised for the Summit.
REGISTER HERE

Organized by SoEx and the APN Advisory Board:
Steven Barich, Artopic.org
Devon Bella, Curator
Amy Berk, Stretcher.org
Joseph del Pesco, Curator
Derek Fagerstrom, Pop Up Magazine
Courtney Fink, Southern Exposure
Eleanor Hanson, The Present Group
Jonn Herschend, The Thing
Patricia Maloney, Art Practical
Cheryl Meeker, Stretcher.org
Neet Moran, Owl Cave
Jamie Venci, Southern Exposure
Griff Williams, Gallery 16/Urban Digital Color

For further information please contact Southern Exposure (415) 863-2141

Art Publishing Now design by MacFadden & Thorpe

Passport 2010 – Get yours at Park Life

September 29th, 2010  |  Published in News

Passport 2010, on Sunday, October 10 from noon – 4 PM is presented by the SFAC Gallery is an affordable do-it-yourself art collecting experience. This annual public art event takes participants on a neighborhood stroll to collect artist-designed “passport stamps” in a special booklet that, once complete, becomes a limited-edition art book with original work by some of the Bay Area’s finest artists, both established and emerging.

Passport 2010 Participating Artists: Timothy Cummings, Richard Diebenkorn (courtesy of the estate), Jamaica Dyer, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Suzanne Husky, Jason Jägel, Ruth Laskey, Paul Madonna, Nigel Poor, Ricardo Richey, Lordy Rodriguez, Jovi Schnell, Travis Somerville, Deth P. Sun, Weston Teruya, and Lindsey White.

What: Passport 2010 Kick-Off Party
When: Saturday, October 9, 6–9 p.m
Where: Rickshaw Stop
How Much: $5 suggested donation at the door, no one will be turned away for lack of funds

At the Passport 2010 Kick-Off Party, guests can pick up pre-purchased passport books or purchase passports at the door, enjoy drinks and live music, and enter to win raffle prizes from a range of exciting community partners. Passport 2009 artist, Sean McFarland will be running a photo booth, Passport 2010 artist Suzanne Husky will be hosting a video kissing booth for any and all willing participants. Music by DJ Nuxx, who was just voted best DJ by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

What: Passport 2010
When: Sunday, October 10 noon–4 p.m. (will call opens at 11am)
Where: Passport 2010 home base: Patricia’s Green, Hayes Street @ Octavia
Stamps available at various locations in the Hayes Valley, San Francisco

Visit favorite spots in Hayes Valley or discover new ones while collecting original stamps created by Bay Area artists for Passport 2010. Stop by Passport 2010 Home Base at Patricia’s Green to purchase a passport, pick up a map of locations, learn more about the SFAC Gallery, or relax and enjoy $1 hot dogs in the park with the whole family.

HOW DOES THIS WORK?
To participate, art enthusiasts may purchase a Passport 2010 booklet for only $25 (a Moleskine® notebook donated by Chronicle Books that features a custom artist-designed cover) then follow a map to various Hayes Valley locations to get the book stamped by the artists themselves. Past “stamps” have been quite elaborate, sometimes involving hand-finished touches or performative elements. This year promises to bring similar surprises and attention to detail. Stamp locations in Hayes Valley will include Zonal, Rooky Records, MAC, Isotope Comics, and others. Proceeds from this fundraising event go toward the SFAC Gallery’s programming fund, which supports artist honoraria and exhibition costs throughout its entire season.

Passport 2010 begins the evening of Saturday, October 9 with a Kick-Off Party at Rickshaw Stop, featuring passport pre-sales, live music, raffle, a full no-host bar, and many more surprises. The following day the event convenes at Patricia’s Green on Hayes Street at Octavia, which will serve as Passport 2010 Home Base between the hours of noon and 4pm. During that time participants can stop by to pick up a map, purchase a passport, or bring family and friends to relax on the lawn and enjoy a hot dog and soda while mingling with other Passport 2010 revelers.

HOW DO I GET A PASSPORT?
Passport can be purchased on line here, at the SFAC main gallery, at Rare Device, or at the Passport 2010 Kick-Off Party. On the day of the event passports may be purchased only at the Patricia’s Green Home Base. Only official Passport 2010 booklets will be eligible to receive stamps. Passports from 2009 may not be used for any Passport 2010 stamps.

Passports are $25 and available online at eventbrite.com, during the kick-off party at Rickshaw Stop or at Passport 2010 Home Base on the day of the event.

NEW – This year the Gallery will offer a Concierge Passport option. For $125 Gallery staff will collect all the stamps for you and mail the Passport to your home. Only 25 Concierge Passports will be available, so early purchase is suggested.

Shaun O’dell Book Release Event at Park Life

September 27th, 2010  |  Published in News

Shaun O’Dell Book Release Party

Thursday, September 30, 6 – 8PM Learn more
Park Life Gallery, 220 Clement Street, San Francisco

Published by Park Life and Headlands Center for the Arts. Design by Boon Design.

Book preview: Read an excerpt from Shaun’s interview with curator Tara McDowell
Shaun O’Dell (Tournesol Awardee ’09-’10) presents a new artist’s book as the culminating project of his Tournesol residency. O’Dell is 7th artist to receive the prestigious award, which provides a Bay Area painter with a year-long residency at Headlands and a cash prize. The release party features music by O’Dell and friends.

Park Life will be exhibiting at the NY Art Book Fair this year!

September 3rd, 2010  |  Published in News

We’re very excited to have a presence at this year’s at PS1. Hosted by Printed Matter.
More details soon.

Upcoming show – You Knew This Was Coming – opens Sept. 17th

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You Knew This Was Coming: A group show at Park Life Gallery

September 17 – October 18, 2010

Opening Friday September 17, 2010

Sahar Al-Sawaf, Sadie Barnette, Rich Bott, Mike Calway-Fagen, Thomas Helman, Vincent Manganello, Clare Parry and Louis M Schmidt.

Curated by Louis M Schmidt.

This show brings together a group of artists based in Southern California whose works employ various styles of visual language and media that intersect across themes of culture, humanity and social critique.

These artists take-on an intimidating array of concerns and employ a wide variety of formal and conceptual strategies in order to do so. Through meticulously rendered collages, drawings, paintings, prints, found materials and photography, each of the works in this exhibition, whether beautiful, grotesque, enigmatic, absurd, crude or polished- push, pull and tease-out biting critiques and welcomed social assessments. The artist’s works strive to strengthen our capacity for critical reflexivity and help us to see what gets lost in humanity’s patterns.

The Artists

Sahar al-Sawaf is an Iraqi-American experimental filmmaker and artist

currently residing in Los Angeles. Sahar’s films and art have been

exhibited at numerous venues internationally. She received her Master of Fine

Arts from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

Sadie Barnette was raised in Oakland, CA. Using drawing, photography, and

objects, she creates a visual language system out of sub-culture codes and west

coast vernacular, geometric formalism and economy. She received her BFA from

CalArts in 2006, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Visual Arts at the

University of California, San Diego.

Rich Bott is a media artist and performer who lives and works in southern

California. As one half of the duo Animal Charm, and independently his work has been

shown in The Whitney Museum of American Art, Centre Pompidou, Wexner

Center For the Arts, LACMA, MOCA, New York Video Festival, San Francisco

International Film Festival, Videoex Festival Zurich, and Lux Center for the Arts,

London.

Mike Calway-Fagen has solo shows coming up at The Good Citizen in St. Louis,

MO; Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA; Sewanee University in Sewanee, TN; and

will take part in upcoming group shows at California State University Long Beach,

Nurture Art in Brooklyn, NY, and the KY7 Biennial in Lexington, KY.

Thomas Helman is a Los Angeles-based experimental media artist and software

developer whose work has been exhibited internationally. Growing up in the

darkly surreal post-modern dystopia of Las Vegas provided him with a deep-rooted

understanding of the desensitized overstimulation and hyper reality

echoing within the hollow vacuum of the undead American Dream™. His current

work focuses primarily on the development of non-linear immersive environments

through non-traditional use of software, interactivity, image, and sound.

Vincent Manganello is a painter from Southern California. He received his BA in

studio art from the University of California, Irvine after study for several years at

Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga. Most recently Vincent has completed

his MFA degree in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego, where

he met his sometimes collaborator Rich Bott.

Clare Parry grew up in New York City, spending equal amounts of time on both

sides of the Hudson between Brooklyn and the suburbs of New Jersey. She

recently received her MFA from the University of California, San Diego and

received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2004.

Clare has exhibited her work nationally and has recently participated in shows in

Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and San Diego. Most recently, she

installed a permanent site-specific piece at Flux Factory’s new location in Long

Island City, New York.

Louis M Schmidt grew up in Illinois, in a rural town of 300 people. Skateboarding has been the

most important influence upon his life. He worries a lot that he is dumb. He’s worn

glasses since the third grade, which he thinks was 1983. He’s been in love more than

once. He loves peanut butter and crossword puzzles. He’s a collector. He’s a

misanthrope. He’s an optimistic pessimist. He want the straight story. He prefers plain

talk. Rumors abound that he smiles more lately.

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Currently Showing at Park Life (go to gallery page for images)

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Strange and Constant

New works by Evan Nesbit and Marissa Textor.

July 23 through August 30, 2010

Opening Reception Friday July 23, 2010. 7pm to 10pm

Evan Nesbit’s paintings and sculpture can be viewed has highly abstract representations of his very real connections to the Sierra Nevada foothills where he grew up. From the counter-culture refuge to the mystique of the gold country, Victorian architecture, and seclusion inducing landscape, this environment largely shaped his notion of identity aside from the pure affects of cultural spectatorship.

Marissa Textor, a California based artist, makes photorealistic, graphite drawings that look to natural phenomena for inspiration. Textor’s work examines why natural events occur and how they can relate back to our own lives. Water, rocks, smoke, and animals are all common elements that emphasize the role that nature plays in creating a world that is constantly surprising and changing. Her drawings call to attention images that are right in front of us but easy to miss.

Evan Nesbit received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009, he is attending the MFA program at Yale University School of Art this Fall.

Marissa Textor received a BA in Art and Geography from UCLA and received the Werner Z. Hirsch Drawing Scholarship.

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Install shots of the Text show. Works posted on our Gallery Page.

June 13th, 2010  |  Published in News

See the work here.

Text Show opening at Park Life June 11th.

May 26th, 2010  |  Published in News

this is the book I have written for you

A text-themed group show

Park Life Gallery, San Francisco

June 11, 2010 through July 18, 2010

Opening Reception Friday, June 11th 2010. 7 – 10 pm.

This exhibition will showcase work by emerging and established artists who deal with semiotics and whose use of type and language is a reoccurring part of their artistic vernacular. The work in this exhibition will both conceptually driven, purely abstract, or may use type expressionistically.

The Artists:

Stephanie Brooks
Dana Dart Mclean
Michael Dumontier
Karen Flatow
Neil Farber
Ed Fella
Tom Friel
Jeff Gabel
Jason Jagel
Steve Lambert
Bob Linder
Tucker Nichols
Nigel Peake
Mike Perry
Jason Polan
William Powhida
Nathaniel Russell
Michael Scoggins
Josh Shaddock
David Shrigley
Zoe Strauss
Wendy White

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May 13th, 2010  |  Published in News

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Opening May 7th – Habitat – a group show at Park Life

April 21st, 2010  |  Published in News

Park Life Gallery presents

Habitat

A group show featuring the artwork of Charlie Callahan, Jeff Canham, David Muller, Jeff Manson, and Serena Mitnik-Miller.

Opening Reception Friday, May 7, 2010


May 7 – June 6, 2010

Habitat displays residue collected, constructed, remembered and imagined by five artists whose lifestyles weave carefully chosen elements conceptualized in an idealistic environment. Through painting, drawing, and sculpture the work seeks to join imagined landscapes with details of day-to-day neighborhood living and the allure of the natural world.

The Artists:

Charlie Callahan’s infatuation is with the global diversity of sea urchin exoskeletons, once loosing their protective needles naturally resemble mandalas. He paint’s and reconstructs primitive ocean forms like starfish as examples of cymatic evolution or results of cosmic and interference frequencies seemingly invisible to us. Charlie currently works from his studio in Petaluma.

Serena Mitnik-Miller executes her painting with watercolor on paper, employing transparent, repetitive shapes in vivid colors that reference nature specific to habitats at the edge of the sea. Mitnik-Miller associates these colors and geometries with organic vocabulary and palette, most importantly its complex dynamic. The paintings become increasingly disorienting with layered internal space and vortex like sensibility shifting the image beyond the paper. Serena works in many mediums, including photography, printmaking and sculpture. Serena currently lives and works near the ocean in San Francisco, where she runs her own venture, General Store.

Jeffrey Manson works in multiple disciplines including sculpture, drawing and light projection. He is primarily interested in the ephemeral architecture of driftwood shacks and the colorful characters that inhabit them around the beaches of his Northern California home. He has collaborated with many rock bands and shown work at Smokey’s Tangle, Mollusk Surf shop and the Farmer and Cook Gallery.


David Muller lives at Ocean Beach and divides his time between making a home with his wife and baby daughter, running a small restaurant, and filling in the cracks with art, nature and music. His visual art depicts real and imagined glimpses of personal nostalgia including sacred objects, familiar landscape, utopian escapism and abandoned architecture. These images are woven together by the implied narrative of the places where purpose and dreams collide.


Jeff Canham’s colorful, typographic compositions showcase his skills as a fine artist, graphic designer and traditional sign painter. From art directing Surfer Magazine to learning the traditional craft of sign painting at New Bohemia Signs, his juxtaposition of old and new methods have evolved to form the backbone of his work today. Jeff currently resides in San Francisco, California

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New Tucker Nichols Tee for Park Life

April 16th, 2010  |  Published in Blog, News

Get one, manwoman

Some Store and Gallery images

April 10th, 2010  |  Published in News

Park Life Tees for Kids.

March 20th, 2010  |  Published in Blog, News

Available now.

Ian Johnson returns to Park Life

March 17th, 2010  |  Published in News

Ian Johnson

Of The Living Sky

Opening Reception: Friday April 2nd, 7-10pm


April 2nd – May 1st

Park Life is pleased to announce the opening of Ian Johnson’s newest exhibition of drawings and paintings titled, Of The Living Sky. This show will feature works on paper and wood panel. The show will run from April 2nd – May 1st.

The notable aspect of jazz comes from musician’s ability to improvise within an established framework. Ian Johnson’s art on the same subject is no different. His well-practiced work combines realistic and highly detailed portraits of great jazz musicians, with the confident abstraction of color and shape as a constantly shifting background rhythm. Sun Ra, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis and Anthony Braxton, among others, are depicted in a manner that emphasizes the sometimes joyous, sometimes melancholy, but always thoughtful nature of jazz.

Please send press inquires and preview requests to info@parklifestore.com.

Park Life

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415.386.7275

New Royal Art Lodge tee for Park Life

March 15th, 2010  |  Published in Blog, News

Park Life has partnered with the Royal Art Lodge to produce a limited edition tee. Soon available for purchase in our shop.

Clare Rojas Prints available @ Park Life

March 9th, 2010  |  Published in Blog, News

Clare Rojas has published a series of prints (Seven different Aquatint Etchings) with Paulson Press that are available at Park Life. We are taking preorders now and the prints will be ready in late April. Please contact jamie@parklifestore.com for more information..images and pricing.


A few of them are up now in our shop: HERE

Pictured is Boundry Lines, 2009. Color aquatint, spitbite aquatint & sugarlift etching
43 ½” x 35” Edition of 40

Bro Palace Opening revisited

March 2nd, 2010  |  Published in News

Images from the Opening of Bro Palace at Park Life that featured a set by the best band in SF, Thee Oh Sees. See more images HERE and HERE. Thanks again everyone who came out.

New Tauba Auerbach Book: Chaos at Park Life

February 19th, 2010  |  Published in Blog, News

Tauba Auerbach: Chaos

FORMAT: Hardback, 9 x 11.75 in. / 64 pgs / 60 color. Cloth Cover.

PUBLISHER: Deitch Projects

PUBLICATION DATE: 2/28/2010

First Edition

BUY IT HERE

Bro Palace

February 13th, 2010  |  Published in News

Bro Palace


Skinner
Porous Walker
Jay Howell
Deth P Sun
Ferris Plock

Opening Reception: Friday February 26th, 7-10pm

February 26th – March 29th

Now for something completely different…


Bro Palace is the title of our upcoming art show featuring the work of Skinner, Porous Walker, Jay Howell, Deth P Sun and Ferris Plock. Although their work is mostly rooted in illustration, each artist has a very distinct and instantly recognizable style. From psychedelic mash-ups to ink drawings to sculpture this show promises to tickle the artistic fancy of a wide viewing audience. To further add a touch of mayhem, the SF based band Thee Oh Sees will be playing a special set during the night of the reception. This show is not to be missed, bro.

Artist Bio:

Skinner is an obsessive painter / illustrator who collects animals and friends while envisioning the end of all humans in his psychedelic nightmare paintings too hideous to behold.

Porous Walker is somebody.
Porous draws, paints, writes, sculpts, acts, films, photos, fashion designs and anything else it takes to get his vision across. Porous has shown works all around the globe and even in fancy places like the NY MOMA. His works have been featured in major motion pictures and television.
Porous Walker has been officially selected by himself to waste hours
of your time with his crap.

Jay Howell is an all around kind dude that draws funny-ass cartoons and stuff. He lives in San Francisco where he can be seen on the streets messin’ around and sayin’ classic shit on a regular basis.

Deth P. Sun is a painter/illustrator currently residing in Berkeley, California. He is originally from San Diego, California, and moved up to the Bay Area for schooling. He received his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 2002 in Painting and Drawing.

Ferris Plock is an artist who currently enjoys drawing tacos fighting burgers in a battle for fast food supremacy. He can be found roaming the beautiful streets of Western Addition with his wife and his son. He has been creating his art for a few years now and hopes to continue to do so in the near and distant future. He is very excited to be working with the likes of Deth, Jay, Porous, and Skinner.

Please send press inquires to info@parklifestore.com.

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415.386.7275

Park Life Gallery 2010 Show Schedule

January 14th, 2010  |  Published in News

Gallery Show Schedule for 2010

Mary Iverson @ Park Life, 1/22

January 7th, 2010  |  Published in News

“Frontier”

Opening Reception – Friday Jan. 22nd.  7-10 pm

Park Life is pleased to announce our inaugural show for the New Year, featuring the work of Mary Iverson. The show will consist of smaller mixed media pieces on wood and larger oil paintings on canvas. The show will open on Friday, January 22nd and will run through February

Mary Iverson initially studied as a plein air painter focusing on wildlife at the Port of Seattle. Gradually the focus of her work began to gravitate towards the geometric and colorful aspects of shipping containers and the shipping industry as a whole.

In Iverson’s current body of work, she has appropriated beautiful nature scenes as backgrounds for her compositions. In some of the work she has taken pages directly from environmental magazines. This “stealing” of images from magazines is the artist’s response to how industry takes natural resources for their gain. In these compositions Iverson places perspective lines and containers directly on top of these beautiful scenes of nature. At first glance the viewer is taken in by these lovely landscapes. Even the containers add beauty to the scenes with their colorful and geometric forms. But when you look deeper into the work you realize that there is nothing beautiful about the direct invasion of industry and its related and damaging detritus. You then begin to question the impact of large scale commerce to our environment and ultimately ourselves.

Mary Iverson is based in Seattle Washington. Most recently she was part of the exhibit “Representing Abstraction” at The Museum of Northwest Art. Along with her museum and gallery work she is an Assistant Professor of Art at Skagit Valley College. This exhibit marks her first showing in San Francisco.

Check our Blog for updates on new items

December 10th, 2009  |  Published in News

Check our Blog for updates on new items

..and limited editions from artists including Barry Mcgee, Tucker Nichols, Tauba Auerbach…

Also we’ve updated our Shopping content.

Holiday Madness is ON at Park Life

November 28th, 2009  |  Published in News

Once again we’ve expanded our retail operation for the month of December and doubled our floor space and retail inventory for your shopping pleasure. This means literally (figuratively) acres of new products: books, multiples, design objects, gifts, jewelry, prints, original art, kids stuff, tees, limited editions, etc.

We also will have expanded hours for the Holidays:

- Monday through Thursday 11AM to 8 PM

- Friday through Sunday 10 AM until 9 PM (Sunday til 7 PM)

For domestic online orders over $75 we are offering free shipping.

McSweeney’s Book Release at Park Life, 11/19

October 14th, 2009  |  Published in Blog, News

Park Life is hosting a book release event on November 19, 2009, 6-8pm for this new Mcsweeney’s title:

More Things Like This

By the Editors of McSweeney’s

Foreword by Michael Kimmelman
Introduction by Dave Eggers
Illustrated by Tucker Nichols

More Things Like This — Curated by the editors of McSweeney’s, this unconventional book explores the intersection of text, humor, and illustration in art created by cartoonists, writers, musicians, and fine artists. A refreshing mixture of high, low, and sideways, the selection features nearly 300 images from dozens of contributors, including David Shrigley, Kurt Vonnegut, Leonard Cohen, Chris Johnson, David Mamet, Raymond Pettibon, Henry Darger, and many more. Insightful interviews with the artists further illuminate the shared and divergent approaches they take in creating this smart, funny, and engaging work.

More info to follow…

HYPERSPACES works now online to purchase and view

October 5th, 2009  |  Published in News

Park Life presents HYPERSPACES, a group exhibition of new works by Sean Mcfarland, Paul Wackers, David Kasprzak, Orion Shepherd, and James Sterling Pitt.

HYPERSPACES is a collection of new work from five artists attempting to live and work in an ever-changing environment and consciousness, a constant state of flux. This work illustrates and catalogues the theoretical and physical spaces that these artists and society, as a whole, manufactures to feel safe, comfortable, and productive. Whether it is a studio or an unexplainable corner of the mind, these spaces function as centers of refuge and creativity, and as laboratories for research into an existence that is potentially larger than three dimensions.

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Artforum Critics Pick

September 23rd, 2009  |  Published in News

Chris Ballantyne, Mark Mulroney, and Andrew Schoultz

PARK LIFE
220 Clement Street,
September 4–October 11

In this exhibition, a trio of artists express their sensitivities to ecological and social disasters in solo wall murals and collaborative paintings—all offering fantastical, critical views of American landscapes colorfully ravaged by unidentified catastrophes. Andrew Schoultz, who has previously made paintings, sculptures, and installations with a political edge, here bumps visually into Lari Pittman’s territory with two walls featuring glitter-dusted brick and wood patterns as well as images of viscous, dripping candles. An apocalypse is rendered in repeating and rippling curves that form energy fields, while toppled trees and obelisks that recall skyscrapers communicate 9/11 nightmares of culture on the brink.

Ballantyne’s view of disaster is more placid in his wall painting of blocky multistory buildings partially submerged in calmly rippling blue water—a stoic version of J. G. Ballard’s dystopian 1962 novel, The Drowned World. The artist also incorporates the gallery’s architecture—a hanging pipe cleanly pierces one of his buildings, fittingly enhancing the tone of controlled chaos. A more whimsical, Saturday-morning-cartoon style inflects Mark Mulroney’s Blue Velvet–esque suburban vision: His mural depicts a modest yard with blocky hedges and rickety fence plagued by a garden pest in the form of blood-red Sue Williams–like spurts that do peculiar things with daisies. The artists merge their related sensibilities in three discrete collaborative paintings that congeal into a more hopeful whole. Installed in the middle of the wall works, the smaller pieces resemble cutaway views, portals to landscapes where the fallout seems heavy yet not irreparable.

link to article by Glen Helfand

September 21st, 2009  |  Published in News

Thanks to Andrew, Chris and Mark for an amazing Collaboration

September 5th, 2009  |  Published in News

And thanks to everyone who came out for the opening!

August 31st, 2009  |  Published in News

August 19th, 2009  |  Published in News

Park Life Gallery is proud to present a collaborative exhibition by Andrew Schoultz, Chris Ballantyne and Mark Mulroney.

The artists will be working together on a site-specific mural in the
gallery and will also be presenting smaller, collaborative works on panel.
This show represents a unique opportunity for Park Life to showcase three
renowned artists for a collaborative project in a gallery setting.

Schoultz, Ballantyne and Mulroney are three painters who have made significant
contributions to Bay Area arts and whose influence is widespread. Though
these painter’s styles diverge greatly, they are linked by common
political, social, and popular culture themes. Primarily known for their
tightly controlled line work and vivid, colorful imagery, order and randomness,
this group will be bringing together their distinctive painting styles
and create something collectively unique.

Andrew Schoultz currently lives in San Francisco and is represented by Roberts and Tilton Gallery in Los Angeles, Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York and Marx Zavattero in San Francisco.

Chris Ballantyne currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and is represented by Hosfelt Gallery in New York and San Francisco.

Mark Mulroney currently lives in New York and is represented by Mixed Greens Gallery in New York.

Christopher Russell opens July 31st

July 17th, 2009  |  Published in News

Park Life Gallery is proud to present..

You Are So Balanced; I Don’t Want to Complicate Things.”
New works by Christopher Russell

Chris Russell’s paintings explore his perception of and connection with the natural world and his interests in a spirituality that is connected to the cycles of nature, an infinitely complex yet entirely tangible world. He examines alternative outdoor lifestyles that appropriate ideas from indigenous cultures and infuse them with an emerging consciousness of ecology. While struggling to embrace a tradition of nature-based spirituality, he recognizes the incongruity of his generation appropriating native beliefs. Through images of wilderness his work tries to communicate a reverence for nature, one tempered by notions of disconnection and disillusionment. Working within the old genre of landscape painting he suggests that our human connection to nature is increasingly important in the contemporary world. The landscapes created are not as much about reproducing places as they are about the process of creating a painting that ultimately reveals something new.

Christopher was born in Boulder Colorado in 1983. He studied painting at California College of the Arts where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with “High Distinction” in painting and drawing from CCA in the spring of 2006. He currently lives and works in the East Bay as part of the artists’ collective Paper Mill Studios.

Alexis Mackenzie @ Park Life

June 10th, 2009  |  Published in News

Alexis MacKenzie

“Never Be Sad”

Opening Reception – Friday June 26th, 7pm – 10pm

June 26th – July 27th

Park Life is pleased to announce our next art exhibition featuring the work of Alexis Anne Mackenzie. This show marks Mackenzie’s first solo exhibition at Park Life and will feature all new work.

Alexis Mackenzie’s dreamlike collages intertwine the style of early 1900′s Dadaist Max Ernst with a strong botanical element to create strangely powerful scenarios. Benign elements such as flowers, human and animal figures, and other assorted Victoriana graft together symbiotically in tableaux which seem to deal simultaneously with both evolution and entropy. The resulting images pay homage to the Surrealist importance of the subconscious, where the meaning is left deliberately ambiguous.

Alexis Mackenzie was born and raised in the Midwest before moving to Vermont at the age of 16. After high school she traveled to Italy and Greece to study art history and fine arts, before attending Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she earned her BFA. After graduating, she moved to San Francisco where she currently resides. Her collage work has been featured in galleries and publications around the world.

Mundane Shift Shape Placement

April 30th, 2009  |  Published in News

Park Life and Hallway Projects Present:

MUNDANE SHIFT SHAPE PLACEMENT

Friday May 22nd, 7-10pm

Please join us for our next art exhibition, Mundane Shift Shape Placement, featuring the work of Chris Corales, Andrea Myers, Matthew Rich, Brion Nuda Rosch, and Liz Walsh.

Curated by Hallway Projects, this exhibition continues its stated aim of collaborating with both artists and participants in a series of exhibits, happenings, and exchanges.

- A complete list of words in alphabetical order; Arranged Assemblage Boundaries Chance Collage Color Contradictions Cutting Form Formal Geometry Installation Light Material Medium Method Mundane Monumental Practice Painting Placement Plane Process Reinvent Relationship Remnants Sculptural
Shape Shift Space Sound Tone Whole

Chris Corales lives and works in San Francisco and has exhibited collages
and installations at galleries including A.O.V, SF Arts Commission Gallery,
Four Walls, Gregory Lind Gallery, New Langton Arts, and Paulson Press.
Recent solo exhibitions have included Adobe Books Back Room Gallery and
Ross Mirkarimi’s office in San Francisco’s City Hall. Corales
has also shown in Los Angeles, Chicago, Vancouver, and Lisbon

Andrea Myers lives and works in Chicago. Myers received her MFA in Fiber
and Material Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in
2006. She has been awarded fellowships through the League Club of Chicago,
The Institute of Chicago, and SAIC. Andrea Myers has exhibited artwork
at galleries including, Stephen Zevitas Gallery, Lisa Boyle, Evanston
Art Center, and Kuhn Gallery.

Matthew Rich lives in Boston, teaches art at Northeastern University and has exhibited
his cut and assembled paintings at galleries, including a recent solo
exhibit at devening projects + editions, group exhibits at Hallway Projects,
LaMontagne Gallery, Suburban, Fleisher.Ollman Gallery, Samson Projects,
Proof Gallery, Project Row Houses, and The Sharon Arts Center.

Brion Nuda Rosch lives and works in San Francisco and has exhibited paintings, collage
and assemblage at galleries, including a recent residency at Southern
Exposure, and solo exhibitions at Allston Skirt, 301 Bocana Gallery, and
group exhibitions at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Harold
Art Center, Samson Projects, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, and Triple Base
Gallery.

Liz Walsh lives and works in San Francisco and earned her MFA in Painting
from the California College of the Arts 2003. She was also awarded the
MFA Headlands Studio Award and has participating in residencies at Cooper
Union and recently at the Many-Mini Project in Berlin. Solo and Group
Exhibitions include installations at Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Adobe Books,
Hallway Projects, Mimi Barr, and Gather. Walsh has shown her work in San
Francisco, New York, Japan, Berlin and Seattle.

Park Life
220 Clement St
SF CA 94118
415.386.PARK (7275)

Brendan Monroe Book Signing @ Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica

April 29th, 2009  |  Published in News

Attention Southern California art enthusiasts , Brendan
Monroe
will be signing copies of his newly released book
at Richard Heller Gallery located in Santa Monica. We will also have copies of the Limited Edition Book (edition of 55) available for purchase. Please contact us for more info regarding the signing or to reserve a special edition.

Reception – Saturday, May 23rd, 1 pm to 4 pm

Richard Heller Gallery
2525 MICHIGAN AVE, B-5A
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA 90404
310-453-9191
hellergallery@verizon.net

Eli Geiser and Kelly Lynn Jones at Park Life

April 1st, 2009  |  Published in News

Eli Geiser and Kelly Lynn Jones

Opening Reception – Friday April 17th

7pm – 10pm

Park Life is pleased to announce a two person exhibition featuring the work of Kelly Lynn Jones and Eli Geiser. Opening reception will be held on Friday April 17th. Both artists will be in attendance.

Language is defined as a body of words and the systems for their use common to a people who are of the same community or nation, the same geographical area, or the same cultural tradition. Using this commonality of the familiar group, language can become limited in its ability to communicate. Both artists in this exhibition create visual languages to define and add context to their environments. However the sources they use to inform these languages are very different.

Eli Geiser makes a connection with color, sound and rhythm. She has taken a literal step and assigned a color for each letter of the alphabet. The rules of her language have changed over the years but the general ground rules have been retained. Using this system Geiser paints geometric compositions. These works have been used to represent certain phrases as well as representing something as abstract as the rhythm of someone’s speech.

Kelly Lynn Jones is a Los Angeles native but is currently studying in the Bay Area. Being raised in the large basin that is LA, Jones perspective of the world is based on living in an urban environment but surrounded by the presence of nature from afar. Taking these visual cues,  Jones began collecting, classifying, then creating artifacts that now represent this very personal sense of space.

Park Life
220 Clement St
SF CA 94118
415.386.PARK (7275)
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Rich Jacobs curated art show at Park Life

March 8th, 2009  |  Published in News

Move:18 – Listen with Your Ears and Eyes Wide Open, This Time

Curated by Rich Jacobs

This art show promises to bring the viewer a little closer to that sound in their own head that won’t stop going, even when it is quiet, wait – is it ever really quiet? The show is an attempt by curator Rich Jacobs, to bring a lot of different influences together, and show people that are open to it, that sound, noise and even music can all be neighbors. They don’t have to get along, but they can be next to one another, at least for a month on the walls at Park Life. There will be plenty of things to see, hear, experience, and even learn from in this show; sculptural works, flat drawings, paintings, and photographs will sit on the walls next to sound pieces and home-made instruments, made specifically for this exhibition.

Featuring..
tana sprague(lisomm)
billy sprague (galena) with travis wyche
eric white
cody hudson
james gallagher
richard mcguire (liquid liquid)
chris shary (descendents art)
bernie mcginn (sideshow)
jason polan
cynthia Connolly (dischord)
dave king (crass logo)
ian johnson
chris duncan
jordin isip
alex kopps
andrew scott
bill daniel
v.vale (re/search)
brian flynn
carl dunn
tim kerr (big boys, poison 13, monkeywrench, lord high fixers, total sound group,etc…)
pat graham (dischord)
jeff canham and luke bartels
calef brown (solo)
sonny kay (angel hair,vss,gsl,millions of dead comps. etc..)
gabe voiles (powerdresser)
chrissy piper
jfre robot coad (physics & aspects of physics)
phil franklyn (sunburned hand of the man, and borscht)
yuri shibuya
bill kouglas (sudden infant, family battle snake,etc) uk
andy ward (evergreen, antioch arrow, gravity , etc..)
hiroshi kimura (silkworm artist)
dora drimalas
fritz welch
bert quieroz (double o, manifesto)
matthew badja
david applegate
koen holtkamp
mike sutfin (charles bronson,killers, etc…)
garry davis (custom and carpet floor)
rodger bridges
kyle ranson (pale horse)
jeff manson (solo)
james brown (holoy, bluebird)
pat delaney (pollution)
and more…

Opening reception Friday, March 20, 2009.
7 to 11 pm.

Brendan Monroe Book signing and Art Show

March 8th, 2009  |  Published in News

Please join us for a Brendan Monroe Book Signing and Reception at Park Life on Thursday March 12, 2009.
The special Limited Edition Book (edition of 50) will be available to purchase.
Brendan will also have original works of art available for sale.

7pm.

Please contact us for more info or to reserve a special edition.

Gallery shows announced through 2009

February 18th, 2009  |  Published in News

Please visit our Future shows page to see what Park Life Gallery has lined up for 2009. We are very excited about the line-up of artists for the year that includes Andrew Schoultz, Sean McFarland, Chris Ballantyne, Paul Wackers, Mark Mulroney and many more…

Sights of Sounds 3

February 2nd, 2009  |  Published in News

Opening Reception – Weds Feb. 25th.
7pm – 10pm

Park Life and Noise Pop are proud to present our third annual group show featuring original fine art created by members of the music community.

This year’s show features an eclectic line up of musicians that make art.  Confirmed thus far: Alissa Anderson, Joseph Arthur, Bianca Casady (CocoRosie), Harrison Haynes (Les Savy Fav), Jesse Michaels (Operation Ivy), Nate Manny (Murder City Devils), Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo) , Sara Sanger (The New Trust), Hank Shocklee (Bomb Squad, Public Enemy), Paul Miller (DJ Spooky), and John Vanderslice.

Drawlings Instore

January 29th, 2009  |  Published in News

‘Drawing Club’ Opens January 23 at Park Life

January 1st, 2009  |  Published in News

Drawing Club – Paintings and Drawings by 7 CCA Graduates Opens Friday, January 23, 2009

Bryson Gill

Chi Birmingham

Casey Watson

Isaac Lin

Jay Nelson

Kyle Mock

Peter Scherrer

Rachel Kaye

Park Life’s first show of 2009, Drawing Club, presents a group of artists that met and formed a tight-knit community while studying at California College of Arts and Crafts, now California College of the Arts (CCA).

The year was 2004, San Francisco, California. In the Mission District on Sunday mornings, Bryson Gill, Chi Birmingham, Casey Watson, Isaac Lin, Jay Nelson, Kyle Mock, Peter Scherrer and Rachel Kaye would gather in a sun drenched living room. They gathered for a day of doodling and collaborating on each others drawings. Pencils, pens, paper, brushes and other various drawing materials were sprawled out on the floor. No one was the sole author of a specific work, nothing was precious, and no work was for sale.  Drawing would last all day with bouts of conversation, jokes and often focused silence. People brought books, movies and music to share as inspiration. This was a budding time for these young artists.  In the evening,  often there would be a potluck style feast to recoup, reflect and unwind from the day.  Much like the drawings that were made, the dinner would parallel the ideas of collaborating and sharing.  Sometimes amounting to over 30 works during the session, drawings would be laid out on the floor and wall.  Narratives, connections, and comments would be made while pointing at one piece or another.

December 12th, 2008  |  Published in News

Park Life December 2008 Update

We’ve expanded our retail space again this December and included a wall of new artists multiples and prints. Look for new multiples, prints and original works by Jason Jagel, Alexis Mackenzie, Zachary Rossman, Marina Luz, Paul Wackers (current Tournesol Award Winner), Ian Johnson, Tucker Nichols and a lot more. ————-

New Projects

We are excited to annouce two new addtions to our on going print project.

Ian Johnson, “Eric Dolphy” 2008
Archival Ultrachrome print
Ed. 25
8”x14”
$75
(thanks to Jordan Kurland for the art loan)

Paul Wackers, “Hourglass” 2008
Archival Ultrachrome print
Ed. 25
15”x18”
$175

These will be available in one week. Reserve one now by emailing us.

Three new shirts by Tucker Nichols, Chris Ballantyne and Ana Teresa Fernandez should be available in the next coming weeks. Check our “New Items” section in our webstore for availability. In fact you should check out the webstore anyways. We have added a bunch of new items. One stand out is the marble soda can designed by local artist Agelio Batle.

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Upcoming Show

Kyle Mock, the recent CCA grad and represented artist of the great Triple Base Gallery will be quest curating out next art exhibiton. Artists include.

Casey Watson
Bryson Gill
Isaac Lin
Jay Nelson
Chi Birmingham
Rachel Kaye
Peter Scherrer
and of course Mr Kyle Mock himself.

Xmas at Park Life begins

December 3rd, 2008  |  Published in News

Beginning December 1 Park Life is doubling its retail space.

We are also extending our store hours..

We’ll be open 10 am to 9 pm Fri/sat..11 am to 8 pm the other days.

You can tell me if you liked this changes at Printsy .

 

 

Next show opens October 24th.

September 26th, 2008  |  Published in News

FUNHOUSE

Taylor Mckimens
Misaki Kawai
Kathy Grayson
Carly Haffner
Don Porcella
Matt Leines
Ben Jones

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Zachary Rossman Opens 9/19

September 5th, 2008  |  Published in News

DISREPAIR

Opening Friday September 19th
7pm – 10pm

On September 19th, Park Life will host Zachary Rossman’s first solo show titled, Disrepair.

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Other Rooms / Other Songs works by Ian Johnson

August 18th, 2008  |  Published in News

Park Life is pleased to announce the opening of Ian Johnson’s new show titled Other Rooms/Other Songs. Jazz greats are again the focus of Johnson’s sensitively rendered, subtly nuanced figure drawings set against his distinctive backdrops of vibrant, graphically abstract color arrangements. Read the rest of this entry »

Holly Williams and Justin Gabbard Opens @ Park Life

August 1st, 2008  |  Published in News


Opening Reception

Friday, July 18, 2008

7pm.

Park Life is pleased to announce a new exhibition of paintings by Holly Williams and Justin Gabbard.

This show represents some interesting differences from our past program. Although Holly and Justin’s work are linked to past shows through the commonality of a narrative mode, their work differs in style and theme. Rather than representing ideas through well defined symbols, actions and characters, Holly and Justin use banal everyday images to convey their ideas. Read the rest of this entry »

Gary Panter at Park Life

August 1st, 2008  |  Published in News

Saturday June 28, 2008 @ 7pm

This show represents some interesting differences from our past program. Although Holly and Justin’s work are linked to past shows through the commonality of a narrative mode, their work differs in style and theme. Rather than representing ideas through well defined symbols, actions and characters, Holly and Justin use banal everyday images to convey their ideas.
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Matthew Palladino

July 29th, 2008  |  Published in News

Matthew Palladino

Opening Reception –
Friday 13th, 7pm – 10pm

June 13th – July 13th

Matthew Palladino’s paintings allude to influences by early Mission School artists; colorful, flat, almost folky. From there his work diverges. His subject matter is raw, sexual, and violent; inspired by current media events and the rough edges of society. His shockingly honest portraits of American life expose all-too-real events in his ongoing narrative that tie his current works together. You may have seen his art published in different sites already as well, like for example at Art and Interior.

Bio: Matthew Palladino is 22 years old. He was born and raised in San Francisco. He enrolled then dropped out of CCA. He loves the City where he was born. The artist will be in attendance.