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Lisa Congdon @Rare Device

Written by Rachel Ralph   
Monday, 12 November 2012 13:41

Friday night brought This is My World, a show of Lisa Congdon's new work to Rare Device (600 Divisadero St). I had never been to Rare Device before, and it is an absolutely adorable little shop. While it may not be the best gallery space, as all of Congdon's work was forced onto the back wall with little to no viewing room, the atmosphere of the shop was the perfect context for the work, so it functioned well. And besides, her works are very small, so viewers would need to be close anyway.

The show has a juxtaposition of abstract, geometric paintings and objects with what look like vintage portraits with drawn patterns around the figures. These portraits were each displayed within a clear plastic bag that has been stitched closed with pink thread, signaling to me a sense of closure with the portraits themselves, but since the thread was left untied, they seemed to be able to be opened again if need be. Like the thread, pink was definitely the color of the show, and it showed up in almost every work shown, giving them all a decidedly feminine attitude.

The femininity of the night was further emphasized by the audience (which were almost all women), the gallery itself, and even the delicious cookies they decided to serve instead of hors d'oeuvres. As a woman, this was a really nice break from the hyper-masculine shows I've been going to and allowed a place for the women's artistic community to gather. Congdon was also at the opening, which allowed many visitors to come and talk to her. Even though she probably won't be there all open hours for the rest of the show, I would suggest getting to Rare Device before it closes on December 31st, but as quickly as the work was selling on Friday, you might want to get there sooner than later.

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Words and photos: Rachel Ralph ~ rachel(at)fecalface.com

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