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Classic @Fabric 8

Written by Rachel Ralph   
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 10:03


Ursula Xanthe Young @Fabric 8
A week ago Saturday night, I snuck in early to see Classic, a new show at the Mission's Fabric8 with works by Brian Barneclo, Ursula Xanthe Young, and Romanowski, three artists who have been working with the gallery since they opened seven years ago. The space opens with a small shop, and after winding through a back room, you find yourself in a surprisingly open gallery space, which is divided into two main spaces. The first space held the work of Ursula Xanthe Young and Romanowski which emphasized the separation between their feminine and masculine aesthetics. Young's paintings employ a more traditional beauty with deep jewel tones, women, and city/landscapes and would be perfect for placement in any home. This was drastically contrasted to Romanowski's works which had a more militant propagandistic aesthetic. The paintings, which were created using spray paint and stencils on window panes, contained several 45 rpm adapters referencing Romanowski's other role as a DJ and as the gallerist said "man about town."

Romanowski's work carried into the second gallery, with Minister of Super Heavy Funk, a large piece dedicated to James Brown, but then moves into the work of local muralist, Brian Barneclo. These paintings have a little less precision and a little more antiquated quality to them, just like his work on murals throughout the city including one commissioned by the SF Bay Guardian at 135 Mississippi St. It must be a challenge to adapt his aesthetic to the much smaller space of a canvas, but he is able to use this space to bring the local flair of the street to the inside of a home or gallery.

If you're in the Mission, make a trip to Fabric8 to check out the work and the shop. If nothing else, the woman who was running it when I was there is incredibly nice and helpful. There is also a parklet out front, and if you enjoy Young's work, come back soon, as she will be its next designer. I look forward to seeing what these guys are going to do next.

Words & Photos: Rachel Ralph ~ rachel(at)fecalface.com

Brian Barneclo

Out front Fabric 8

Brian Barneclo

Brian Barneclo

Brian Barneclo

Romanowski

Ursula Xanthe Young

Romanowski

Romanowski

Ursula Xanthe Young

Ursula Xanthe Young

Ursula Xanthe Young

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