Wednesday, November 30, 2011

In Brief images

Images from In Brief: a Private Study curated by Sabina Nieto of Mauve?
On view in the gallery now through December 18

Thursday, November 10, 2011

In Brief: a Private Study now open in the Backroom Gallery

In Brief: a Private Study
A group exhibition curated by Sabina Nieto of Mauve? Office
November 19 -  December 18, 2011
Opening reception: Saturday, November 19th, 7-10pm

In Brief is a curated group exhibition specifically for Adobe Books that tips its hat to the architectural tradition of the gentleman’s study, providing a local iteration of contemporary content.  This project borrows from the traditional artifacts and techniques found in the private study as it takes the form of a personal library, a room for writing, a curio cabinet, and a modest collection of learned or worldly objects within the private sphere of the home.

This installation, varied in medium—word, image, and object, teeters between a private collection and the creating of a space for one’s own thoughts. Charles Wilson Peale meets St. Jerome.

Home-made bookmaking, tongue-in-cheek embroidered sampler, letterpressed quoteables of inspired literacy, fictionalized Gold Rush portraits, emulsion experiment, a memento mori, an illustrated catalogue of space aliens, a writer’s desk, allusions to personal maps, and other such metaphors for the enclosures of the mind.

The history of the study is one where residential living became “comfortable” enough so as to include a private room one could retreat to.  “In Brief” nods to the bookstore at large as an allegory to the communal space of the home; the Backroom Gallery provides a quiet core for taking note of the world of books just beyond the threshold.

Participating artists:
Neil Berrett
Jackie Hancock
Katie Hawkinson
Katie Hoffman
Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.
Alexis Lopez
Dharushana Muthulingham
Pamela Palma
Alissa Polan
Jane Sloss
chandra thuy tran
Mark Wise
Chelsea Ryoko Wong
Amber Jean Young

Friday, November 4, 2011

Final week to see Keep it Cherried and other gallery news...

Keep It Cherried closes November 11! Don't miss this excellent exhibition by emerging local artists Michelle Guintu and Joe Roberts. Curated by Daniella Fernandez Murphy.
Current installation photos are now up on the Backroom Gallery Flickr page.
For all inquiries, please contact Katie and Daniella at

Also, watch this space for info on the next Backroom Gallery exhibition guest curated by Sabina Nieto of Mauve?.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Keep It Cherried - Opening Reception this Saturday

Keep It Cherried
October 22 - November 12, 2011
Opening reception Saturday, October 22, 7-10pm
w/ Special Musical Guest Carletta Sue Kay

"When you first see a new picture you are very careful because you may be staring at van Gogh's ear."

Curated by Daniella Fernandez Murphy

Coming Soon to the Backroom Gallery

In Brief: A Private Study
A group exhibition curated by Sabina Nieto of Mauve?
November 19 -  December 21, 2011
Opening reception: Saturday, November 19th

Participating artists: Lauren Douglas, Billy Joe Miller, and Christopher West
Curated by James Sterling Pitt
January 12 - February 12, 2012
Opening reception: Saturday, January 12th

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Columbus Circle right now

USS Maine memorial. Inside job?

Central Park right now

Morse statue, with telegraph, I stumbled upon. 1870.

Whitney right now

Lyonel Feininger, Newspaper Readers (Zeitungsleser), 1909

Upper East Side right now

Public clock on Lexington and 77th.

Brooklyn right now

New book project.. (book on left by Vlatka Horvat)

Brooklyn right now

Trying to teach myself how to draw.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Long Island City right now

Marley Freeman, studio-mate, paintings on studio wall.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Brooklyn right now

Emily Huffman and Patricia Mera

Life, Objects, and Why Not: Emily Huffman and Patricia Mera
September 15 - October 16, 2011
Reception: Thursday, September 15th, 7-10pm

Adobe Books Backroom Gallery is excited to present a two-person exhibition featuring San Francisco artists Emily Huffman and Patricia Mera. Emily and Patricia will create a collaborative, multi-media installation in the Backroom Gallery that unites their diverse art practices that include mixed media, painting, collage, and sculpture.

Join us this coming Thursday for an opening reception that will feature live music by The Sunset Jammers.

Originally from Tallahassee, Florida, Emily Huffman earned her BFA from Tulane University. After graduating in 2005 she moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, and worked out of Bonded Llama Artist Studios. From 2005-2008 she exhibited artwork in several spaces in the Raleigh-Durham area and began working collaboratively with the group she cofounded, Arthresholds. In 2008 she moved to San Francisco, where she now lives and practices visual, written, sound, and movement arts in a studio by the beach.  She runs her own holistic bodywork therapy practice, located in the Mission District of San Francisco.

Pati Mera was born in Cuzco, Peru, and moved to San Francisco in 2005. She has exhibited in various venues throughout the South America and the Bay Area and is currently earning her BFA at California College of the arts while working as a freelance illustrator. She has studied both illustration and fine art and is especially inspired by Dadaist and Surrealist art. Mera works in many different media and derives inspiration from friends and her own personal adventures on the search for the uncommon in life. She is also interested in music and video and has recorded her own songs and short films as part of her restless urge to create and experiment.

On the Blog

blog photo 2David Horvitz' solo exhibition closed September 3rd, but he will continue to guest-blog until September 14th. Limited edition posters produced alongside the exhibition are still available. These black and white, 13x19" posters feature an image from his Public Access project and a new interview between Horvitz and exhibition curator Katie Hood Morgan. 

Jason Huff gave the exhibition a nice mention on View exhibition photos on our Flickr page.

Coming Soon

The Van Gogh Boat: works by Joe Roberts and Michelle Guintu
Curated by Daniella Murphy
October 22 - November 11, 2011
Opening reception: Saturday, October 22nd

In Brief: A Private Study
A group exhibition guest curated by Sabina Nieto of Mauve?
November 19 -  December 21, 2011
Opening reception: Saturday, November 19th

Participating artists: Lauren Douglas, Billy Joe Miller, and Christopher West
Guest curated by James Sterling Pitt
January 12 - February 12, 2012

Opening reception: Saturday, January 12th 

Upstate right now

Bard Campus right now

Bard Campus right now

Bard Campus right now

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Met right now

Frans Hals, The Fisher Girl, 1630-32

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Park Slope right now

New Public School New York publication being made, Alex Galloway, Bernard Steigler essay from French Theory Today. Image from a collection of found images I contributed to the publication.

Jackson Heights right now

Jackson Heights right now

Friday, September 2, 2011

Adobe Books on The Bold Italic

Michelle Broder Van Dyke highlights the regulars at Adobe Books for The Bold Italic.