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Monday, February 8, 2010

Get Your Art On: White Walls transforms the Tenderloin

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Nearly every show at White Walls transforms the environment of the gallery--and its Larkin St. surroundings. On Saturday night, crazy-eyed men stumbled in from the alley to eyeball art installations and the brown-bagged booze held by the skate/art crowds mingling inside. The opening for White Walls' newest show, "Never a Dull Moment," was most successful in transforming the space itself, though, into really cool mini-enclaves for over two-dozen different artists, none of whom had a, well, dull take on the idea behind the show.

Walking in, the space and bright swaths of color turned those white walls neon.

IO (Intelligent Opportunities) - WHITE WALLS
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  • IO (Intelligent Opportunities)
Thanks to a collaboration organized by iO--who curated the show--wood panels, spray paint, and large canvases boggled the eye with bright colors.

Ray Potes - WHITE WALLS
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  • Ray Potes
Further down, the Potes Brothers, Ray and Dave, showed a fun collection of black and white photos, some of which might look familiar to followers of their Hamburger Eyes photozine.

And across the way, another photographer, respected New Yorker Cheryl Dunn,  hung a close-up image of people screwing next to images both still and on the video screen. In the back of the gallery, Angela Boatright had one of my favorite photo/video themes of the evening.

Angela Boatwright - WHITE WALLS
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  • Angela Boatwright
Her series on Gomer documented a truly unique musician/stoner dude.

Upstairs, the remnants from a previous White Walls show fit in with the current theme. A Portland art collective had created a miniaturized version of their workspace, compete with lots of owl knick-knacks.

Overall, Never a Dull Moment lives up to the name. If you have a chance to wander into White Walls before the show closes February 27, you'll find plenty of eye candy to brighten up dull February skies.

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