T A R T I N E

Art curated by Brianna Toth at Tartine Bakery in San Francisco.

GRANT EARL LAVALLEY
oew and nld

October 3rd  – September 8th

“As the story goes the man awoke, at first swarmed in foggy dilusion, But as time went on His situation Began to Become clearer. it was not for some time that he realized the extent of danger He was in. the man was crated and buried. cept company only by the loud sounds of his own shifting clothing and short panicing breaths. hours crept by while every bead of sweat that rolled down his forehead seemed to evaporate as soon as they hit the floor of the tomb that confined him. more eternitys pass. And now that he has ecepted his fate reaches a calmNess. He was pondering all of the wemon he had loved when the faintest of sounds began. It took him awhile to finally make out what it was. shure enough it was someone with a shovel and as the sound grew closer and closer his heart rate grew quicker and quicker. He felt a sharp pain in his chest just when the shovel hit the wooden box and it wasent until the lid was pryd off and his rescuers exposed themselves that he began to truly panic, for they were giant rat monster things dressed in human cloths and as they tore and devoured him all he could think was beautiful music.”

An old man turned ninety-eight
He won the lottery and died the next day
It’s a black fly in your Chardonnay
It’s a death row pardon two minutes too late
And isn’t it ironic… don’t you think

It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
Who would’ve thought… it figures

Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly
He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids goodbye
He waited his whole damn life to take that flight
And as the plane crashed down he thought
"Well isn’t this nice…"
And isn’t it ironic… don’t you think

It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
Who would’ve thought… it figures

Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
When you think everything’s okay and everything’s going right
And life has a funny way of helping you out when
You think everything’s gone wrong and everything blows up
In your face

A traffic jam when you’re already late
A no-smoking sign on your cigarette break
It’s like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife
It’s meeting the man of my dreams
And then meeting his beautiful wife
And isn’t it ironic…don’t you think
A little too ironic…and, yeah, I really do think…

It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
Who would’ve thought… it figures

Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
Life has a funny, funny way of helping you out
Helping you out

poster design by Paul Morgan

poster design by Paul Morgan

NADIA MOSS
Fantomes!

July 23rd  – August 27th

Fantomes! is a stream of consciousness tableau which uses metaphorical beasts to explore the emotional burdens of caregiving. In her watercolors and illustrations Moss creates a fantasy world whimsical yet ominous, and often perplexing. Her ethereal bestiaries brim with hybrid figures that mingle with babies in a pantomime of the ritual aspects of human nature and interaction. These maternal creatures attempt to breast feed, coddle hoards of feral children, embrace one another, or play doctor. Caught in moments of primal uncertainty, Moss’s beasts stand in for our own psychic pain and need that emerge and mutate in monstrous ways, distorting perception and disconnecting us from the everyday. This draws a line between Moss’s work and that of other fabulists such as Maurice Sendak and Brian Froud. Rather than place her phantoms in a fully realized fantasy world, Moss situates them on a blank background, allowing monstrous emotions to take center stage and create their own context.

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Nadia Moss is a Montréal-based visual artist whose work encompasses drawing, painting and doll making. Although Fantomes! will be her first exhibition in San Francisco, Moss has previously shown her work across Canada and had her illustrations published in the Walrus and Maisonnueve magazines, numerous zines and self-published books. Her role as a visual artist also extends to the music community as a creater of posters and album artwork for Carla Bozulich, A Silver Mt Zion, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Vic Chesnutt and others. Moss has two books published through L’Oie de Cravan. Her most recent publication Bébé will be available at Needles and Pens for the duration of the show.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nadiamoss/
http://www.oiedecravan.com/cat/catalogue.php?v=t&lang=en

http://tartine.tumblr.com//nadiamoss/

Special thanks to Michael Delong, Karl Dotter, Carrie Vawter, Chase Hoblitzell, Laren Stocker, Jessica Pratt, Paul Morgan, Elizabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson. Without the help and support they provided the show could not have happened.

Open Endless - David Wilson

Flesh / 2008 / Oil and Mixed Media on Recycled Signage

Flesh / 2008 / Oil and Mixed Media on Recycled Signage