Brandie Grogan in the SF Gate

Posted in All of the Above on November 5, 2010 by Space Gallery SF

Brandie Grogan’s show, “What A Ship Is Built For”, is getting the coverage it deserves.

The SF Gate has published a show announcement and it is one to check out. Everyone seems excited for the show!

See you at this Saturday, November 6th, 2010 from 7-12pm!



Close Up: Brandie Grogan

Posted in All of the Above on November 5, 2010 by Space Gallery SF

Photo: Shaun Roberts

It is a rare occasion to see a solo show at Space Gallery. That is why this Saturday, November 6th, 2010, is a very special night. Space Gallery invites you all to attend the solo show “What A Ship Is Built For” featuring new works by Brandie Grogan. Grogan is an artist whose work jumps off the canvas and transforms into 3D masterpieces made of found goodies from her artistic and inspiring environment. Her meticulous eye for good grabs from the dump (whether they be alive or dead) , and endless hours printing and assembling her pieces are partially responsible for the genius in this show.  Each creepy piece of junkyard jewels develop into a story in the artist’s mind and evolve into a sculpture or piece of intricate artwork. One can appreciate the time and effort Grogan takes just by taking one glance. Her work is something different that the San Francisco art scene could use. Glad to have her at Space!

Take a look into what Brandie has to say. Her words are just as interesting as her work.

Can you describe your process for your next show at Space Gallery, “What A Ship is Built For”?

I usually start with all the bits I’ve created and have collected, which includes anything from scraps of paper, small prints, old photos, new photos, drawings, small sculptures, hair, stitched fabric, molds, found objects and building materials. I have it strewn all over the studio, and I piece it together. All of these pieces in this show have been worked and reworked until I felt they were ‘done’ and that I was done with them.

Does your process change with each new body of work?

I try to work with different mediums for every show. ‘What A Ship is Built For’ involved some sculptural pieces like the photo blocks. Those pieces had a very long process attached to them. It was about finding old 4×4’s from salvage yards and sometimes the side of the road, cutting, sanding, staining, burning screens and printing them. Of course I didn’t do the pieces at the same time so I ended up repeating this process about six times. I am a printmaker so I am used to it.

Do you have any rituals you do before starting a painting? Do you have a vision of what it’s going to look like before you start, and follow that vision? Or, do you just create as you go kind of thing?

I love driving around and taking photos with digital and analog cameras. I usually hit up a few salvage yards like building resources in San Francisco. I walk around and get ideas for new pieces. I gather different materials and come home and spread them out along with the photos that I’ve taken and see how they work together. Rearranging, cutting, pasting, covering up and scraping back to reveal what’s been hidden to the point of insanity. This is the ritual that I have created for myself and it is what I do when I’m alone. It’s really not until the last-minute that everything comes together. If anyone were to watch this process they would think I’m creepy.

You have interesting mediums. Tell me why you use human hair, and whose hair do you use?

I use everyday things in artwork. Pictures, lost items, found items, drawings…and hair is just another one of those things. It’s weird how it is seen as beautiful on someone’s head but as soon as it is cut off it’s suddenly disgusting. So I find hair in old photo albums where someone has saved a lock from their child’s first hair cut. The idea behind this act of saving something is really the essence the work. It’s about storytelling and keeping something alive.

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Jason Vivona and Zombie Time!

Posted in All of the Above on October 29, 2010 by Space Gallery SF

Zombie time! The time is almost near… clear away your twinkies and guns. Run for your lives straight to SPACE gallery or else they will eat your  brains!

To get you all pumped on this weekend’s Zombie show, “Just One Bite” we have an interview with the one and only Jason Vivona, whose work and installation horriffiingly electrifies the show with orange neon drips and oozing brains.


From left to right: Greg Speck and Jason Vivona

Where are you from? What’s your sign?

I was born in Springfield, MA. Lived in Connecticut and Massachusetts for my formative years, but then gypsied around since. I am a Capricorn.

What’s the method to the madness?

I stain and paint on paper and then draw stuff on it, then I cut it up and sew it together.

What are you drinking right now?


Your work is psychedelic, surreal, and a bit abstract. You seem to juxtapose cultural influences with these avant-guard images. Where do these cultural and stylistic inspirations come from?

From all over the place, my brain soaks things up in a weird way, then this stuff just comes out. Plus anything that’s funny to me gets smooshed in there usually. Continue reading

getting this place ready for the zombie

Posted in All of the Above on October 25, 2010 by Space Gallery SF

getting this place ready for the zombie show !

sneak peek of zombie show work! collabor

Posted in All of the Above on October 25, 2010 by Space Gallery SF

sneak peek of zombie show work! collaborative work from Helen Bayley and Bo Heimlich

getting ready for the zombie show

Posted in All of the Above on October 25, 2010 by Space Gallery SF

getting ready for the zombie show

five days til the BAD DAD’s show at Lop

Posted in All of the Above on October 25, 2010 by Space Gallery SF

five days til the BAD DAD’s show at Lopo!