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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tourism For Locals: Peeping into Savernack Gallery

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Be a peeping Tom in this gallery. - JUAN DE ANDA/SF WEEKLY
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  • Be a peeping Tom in this gallery.

There's a gallery in San Francisco's Mission District that is as creative with its exhibition space as it is with the one piece of artwork it puts on display each month.

This gallery has become so exclusive that people line up outside of it to catch a glimpse of the artwork but nobody is allowed to enter at all -- and it's open 24 hours a day.

This is Savernack Gallery, and it is currently reaching iconic status as San Francisco's smallest gallery equipped with its voyeuristic approach that you can only see the art inside through a reverse peephole in the cerulean green tinged door.

Carrie Sinclair Katz is the creator and director of this gallery space since last May, which is only a small hallway in real life.

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  • Take a look!

Measuring at only a few cubic feet, this micro-tiny exhibition space is all Katz could afford to rent in San Francisco, according to an interview she granted to KQED.

But Katz has no problem attracting patrons, art enthusiasts, and artists. Currently on display is a piece of work by David Peña Lopera, who is based in Bogota, Colombia. Previous artists have included Joe Babcock, Jennifer Locke, and Lee Hunter.

The gallery itself is as much a work of art as the artwork on display. One could even say that this gallery is an underhanded comment and critique of San Francisco's ballooning prices in rent, and how it's forcing art to get creative in constrictive spaces.

According to Katz's mission statement, the gallery space is meant to change and challenge the viewers perception on perspective of art and active participation in consuming art:

"Savernack Street is a gallery located located in the Mission District of San Francisco exhibiting site-specific works that are experienced through the encounter/event of peering through a reverse peephole. Outside looking in: a voyeuristic lens. Savernack Street functions as a floating facade of collapsible binaries; both marked and unmarked; interior and exterior; accessible to anyone on the street 24 hours a day yet rigidly boundaried-- exclusive and rejecting, forcing perspective. The peephole, an analog live security camera originally invented to create a wider field of view for assessing the safety of strangers, here, when activated, renders the gallery itself as insecure."

Located at 2411 24th St., it's at the edge of Mission, butting up against Hwy 101. It may seem a bit isolated, but there is still a sort of magnetism present -- art always carries the ability to transcend physical boundaries of space and time.

So go ahead and let your inner Peeping Tom arise, and sneak a peek inside the Savernack's looking glass. A new world awaits.

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Juan De Anda

Juan De Anda

Juan De Anda is a cultural correspondent with a concentration in tourism, literature, and lifestyle and has been writing for SF Weekly since 2013. As an avid traveler, he enjoys discovering destinations abroad as well as the never-ending hidden gems of San Francisco. #DondeAndaJuanDeAnda?

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