Opening Reception: Friday, May 10, 2013 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: May 10 - 25, 2013
Gallery hours: Saturdays 12:00 - 2:00pm, or by appointment
The Lab is pleased to present a solo show featuring the work of Clare Szydlowski. Drawing on her teenage memories of moving from Buffalo, NY to Orange County, CA, Szydlowski investigates the regulated orderliness and mandated color palette of the suburbs. Her current body of work incorporates laser cut paint samples which recreate the vernacular architecture and related imagery of the suburbs using the colors approved by homeowner's associations.
Clare recieved her MFA (Printmaking) from San Francisco State University in 2009.
On view during open hours May 4 - 25, 2013
The Lab is pleased to present a collection of video pieces by Heejin Jang. Jang juxtaposes found images, video footage and soundscapes in sound performances and multi-channel video installations. Drawing inspiration from her own personal history of growing up surrounded by both North and South Korean popular culture, she fuses language, K-pop phenomenon, fandom and issues of propaganda.
For more information, please visit: http://heejinjang.com/.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
$7-40 sliding scale
The Brutal Sound Effects Festival, now in it's 18th year, has made theme-oriented bizarre sound shows with the innovative acts of mostly San Francisco Clit Stop, Klub Komode, and Clud Teuffel origin. If you are of an open mind, and are willing to tie pillow sized earplugs to your head (optional) then this continuing oddball renegade sound brigade lobe massage is the festival for you. Fantastical and always spiritually stuporous, Brutal Sound Effects Festival goers walk away with a ringing glory in the skull that can only be parodied with a trip to heaven on an audio rollercoaster ride hanging by one leg at the butt end of an Apollo rocket....indeed! This very special presentation at The Lab will feature a conglomeration of nutjobs and thoughtful earfuzz from years past as well as newer acts you HAVE TO HEAR. The listener will take away a winter's worth of squirrelled sound-mints to fill your brain until summer.
Legend/godstyled. First SF show in AGES!!
COMPRESSIONOFTHECHESTCAVITYMIRACLE is a long-term sound performance based on the writings of Daniel Paul Schreber.
Ezra Buchla is a musician from California.
Medicine Cabinet (Tracy)
Truck driver by day, noise hammer by night. This is the only culture Tracy ever had.
Dubb Normal (Atlanta)
Between AM radio Outer Limits style vacuum cleaner take over and music-less psychedelia.
Sao Paulo is known for giant blocks of spread out super apartment complexes that were supposed to be the wave of the future. Parts of the city practices Umbanda. This religion is based on a pantheon of strange human creatures, saints, jesus, divine beings and tortured slaves. Possession of one of these ghosts makes for great entertainment when you couple it with modern digital equipment, chewed tin sythesizer pocket amps, and oscillating evil eyes. Ploc Munster has a million and one sounds he works with as well as the bizarre “ponto” machine divining that which (or witch) comes with the Umbanda con-sequence.The live show is a cross between a battle of amplified insect vs. tv antennae interference, and collapsing bodies of truffle fluffed candy gods with horns and whistles made of human skeletons. Almost completely indescribable joys abound with this cornucopia of sound.
Satanic deathsport & radioactive wizard responsible for the legendary LandOfTuh website/culture source. Doubling
as human kickbag for Metalux & hard rock drummer for Hogwind, M.Ooze excites his 'own sound' with a self crucifixion & video samplings of his followers rituals which involve VHS & cave porn.
Cash Slave Clique (VA)
From way out east, pure ear weird.
Angela K Roberts + Scott Goff
Angela Roberts and Scott Goff continue a years-long sound conversation about difficult topics, via the medium of cello and various electronics. Sometimes they make people feel uncomfortable and/or slightly anxious (they hope).
U R Walcome (LA)
Performance-oriented noise group that's fully improvised. Peter Moran vocals ( Essay), Dalton Blanco on electronic + acoustic drums (ex-Robin Williams on Fire/xbxrx) and Rob Wilkinson on electronics ( Laco$te).
Spider Compass Good Crime Band
All vulture electronic noise & good timey organ broken leg waltz revue!
Saturday, May 25 2013
$7 early admission
Cunt is an opening. Cunt is an evening of live and remote performance and installation experiences curated by San Francisco’s bizarre darling Dia Dear. Stylistically bridging a gap between the nightclub and traditional performance, Dia Dear’s work explores embodiment, the grotesque, and beauty. Cunt goes further. Expanding upon Dia Dear’s ephemeral embodiment of the hyper-real InRealLife, Cunt is a culmination of contradictions. Featuring new pieces in collaboration with a diverse cast of San Francisco and New York club kids, queens, visual artists, performers, djs, promoters, video artists, and photographers, Cunt is a one-night only event. Cunt is art. Cunt is a party. Cunt is an opening.
Thursday, May 30th
$5-10 sliding scale
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the International Noise Conference is a sometimes touring event masterminded by veteran noise dude, Rat Bastard, and headlined by his band the Laundry Room Squelchers. For each stop on the tour, Rat selects a local curator to put together a bill of performers who each perform for 15 minutes or less. Other rules include: no laptops, no droning. The definition of "noise" is often vague, and will include harsh feedback-driven assualts, hardcore free jazz, confrontational performance art, and sometimes pretty electronic music. This show is curated by The Lab's Executive Director, Sarah Lockhart.
Tammy Rae Carland: I'm Dying Up Here (Cone Head), 2013; c-print on Fujicolor Crystal Archive paper; 15 x 20 in.; courtesy of the artist and Silverman Gallery.
Limited at The Lab
Saturday, June 1, 2013
6:30-10:00pm; live auction starts promptly at 8:00pm
$20 standard admission / $40 admission with unlimited cocktail service
Advance tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets
Auction preview and early bidding at Paddle8.com
Join us at a special event to support The Lab's experimental programming. Featuring a portfolio of very limited edition prints, an auction with a few surprises, and some exclusive but affordable pieces, don't miss this unique opportunity to own work by Bay Area artists who redefined the international art scene. Start your art collection here!
Prints by D-L Alvarez, Tammy Rae Carland, Anthony Discenza, Desiree Holman, Chris Johanson, Alicia McCarthy, Barry McGee, Rubi Neri, Trevor Paglen, and Clare Rojas, in a special wooden box designed by Andrew Berg.
Ajit Chauhan, Seth Coen, Randy Colosky, Amanda Curreri, Doron Fishman, Maggie Haas, Mary Anne Kluth, Zachary Royer Scholz, Michael Ryan, Clare Szydowlski
Facundo Argañaraz, Michelle Blade, Matt Borruso, Ala Ebtekar, Kota Ezawa, Mark Flood, Xylor Jane, Paul Mullins, Mariah Robertson, and Gareth Spor
Your generous support of The Lab will fund innovative projects and future programming.
Partners and Sponsors
Thursday, June 6th, 2013
8 PM - 10 PM
$5 - $15 sliding scale (includes free popcorn!)
In a not too distant past, all of San Francisco was littered with organs. Now the instrument has been led mostly out to suburban pizza nests, and to the sanitorium of churches in the work of exacting tabourets of small ideas to crowds of baaing sheep in archaic hymn-song.
The Organ Spectacular shows have been held at underground dens since 1997 and are surfacing into the ground zero of The Lab! The following musicians have prepared semi-improvised opulence, clanglorious classics and a smattering of blotpolished battletech electronics to settle over the keys. There will also be films to accompany and POPCORN!
Friday, June 7, 2013
$7-$15 Sliding scale
In anticipation of a November 17, 2013 performance of Rhys Chatham's A Secret Rose for 100 electric guitars at the Craneway Pavilion (Richmond, CA), Other Minds has teamed up with the Lab for an exciting preview event!
Announcement of the official application and call for guitarists
A discussion with Rhys Chatham on the history of his 100-200 guitar ensemble pieces
Performance of his groundbreaking work Guitar Trio (1977)
A chance to meet and talk to the artists, including Rhys Chatham
Written in 1977, G3 is Rhys Chatham's signature composition, and with good reason. With a single, repeated chord, Chatham permanently altered the DNA of rock by splicing the gritty, overtone-drenched minimalism of John Cale and Tony Conrad with the elemental fury of the Ramones. Tonight's performance teams Rhys Chatham up with some of the best musicians in the Bay Area.
Rhys Chatham (guitar)
Ava Mendoza (guitar)
John Schott (guitar)
George Chen (guitar)
John Krausbauer (guitar)
Lisa Mezzacappa (bass)
Jordan Glenn (drums)
The performance will be accompanied by Robert Longo's film Pictures for Music (1979).
Saturday, June 8, 2013
9:00pm until 3:00am
All-night $5 Friends tickets: http://tinyurl.com/c8tedsn
** PUSHING THE AURAL AND VISUAL DANCE PARTY PARADIGMS **
deep house / cosmic disco / balaeric vibez / lo-fi acid
We are very excited to announce our ONE-YEAR anniversary with this amazing line-up of bay area artists! Come get it.
With performances by:
AUSTIN CESEAR (LIVE - Public Information) >>>>>>>>>>
Oakland-based producer whose debut Cruise Forever on Public Information draws on equal parts techno, ambient and noise to create a beautifully cohesive voyage through an diverse electronic soundscape.
BOBBY BROWSER (DJ - 100% Silk) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Having just released his second EP on 100% Silk, Still Browsing, Oakland-based producer Bobby Browser continues to refine his characteristically fun version of infectious sample-based house.
PANAVISION (LIVE - PLAzA) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Panavision is the cosmic italo-house project of San Francisco-based producer Johan Churchill. Churchill also produces under the moniker PLAzA and just released a 7" for the project on Campari Records.
ASH WILLIAMS (DJ - The Chase) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Bay area DJ and producer with a penchant for balearic oddities and soulful deep house, purveyor of live hardware jammage and resident/host of The Chase.
CAITLIN DENNY (Live Visuals - Jst.Chillin.org, SF) >>>>>>
San Francisco based artist interested in technology and the occult. Creator/curator of Jst.Chillin.org, she was also a recent panel participant in discussions on digital media at the Creators Project at Fort Mason.
Photography by J ASTRA BRINKMANN and †† from DENIM DECADES
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/138768042980393/
Sunday, June 9, 2013
NOON until 2PM sharp!
$5 - $10 sliding scale
Join us for an afternoon of audio question marks, mind punctuation, & experimental sounds, all leaking into transcendence with gourmet vegan pancakes!
Pulsating Cyst (LA)
PULSATING CYST (LA) crawls from the murky depths of the La Brea tar pits to emit toxic fumes and low frequency oscillations. The man behind this project may have been time traveller or the victim of a failed military experiment when a hole in time was ripped open using radio frequencies and a space time delay that sent him adrift in a sea of astral video projections. When Pulsating Cyst lands again BEWARE!
Dave Kendall (LA)
Dave Kendall is from Southern California and works with improvisation, noise, and experimental composition. He began performing around 1999, and in the past decade has released work on several noise and experimental record labels, and worked with a number of improvisers and noise artists. The current project is an attempt to reconcile the “inner logic” of computer synthesis with a more intuitive organization of time and frequency, using digital noise and rational pitch relationships.
Rigor Mortis Clitoris
The eurostache group is a project centering around electro-acoustic real-time collaborative experiments in sound. The core ensemble is frequently augmented with guests from the San Francisco Bay Area. Membership is open to anyone as our sonic concept is flexible and allows people from diverse sonic backgrounds to participate.
Our key experimental technique is using unique hand-built and circuit-bent instruments (See SonicNomadic section) in unusual combinations with traditional ones. The instruments are amplified (often with hand-built transducers) and blended with digital effects to produce a raw organic/electronic sound. Musical constructs such as rhythm, scale, and harmony are given lower priority to open-up the sonic landscape to other possibilities. Performances often include visual elements, audience participation, and improvisation, to convey story, mood, or emotion.
The festival begins with our opening party on June 13th, 2013 and spans 7 nights over 3 weekends. Details to follow.
Co-curated by Sarah Lockhart, Sky Madden, James Decker, and Theresa Rebecca Lucy Currie
Division of Labor playfully examines experimental music, sound, performance, and DJ culture, bringing together distinctive artists and uniting diverse audiences from within The Lab’s innovative creative community and beyond.
For the past 16 years, the Lab has occupied the Redstone Building — a landmark encapsulating a specific history of union organization and labor strikes. Division of Labor is inspired by the Redstone building's rich history.
Featured artists include a wide range of local and national performers and visual artists divided under one roof (The Lab's historic ceiling).
The poster shown here is from last year. Updated graphics are in the works!