Total Animal: New Work by Matt Cipov at Rare Device

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San Francisco design store and gallery, Rare Device, is proud to present Total Animal: New Work by Matt Cipov (http://www.mattcipov.com/). His work will occupy the Rare Device gallery November 7, 2008 - December 9, 2008. A reception for the artist will be held Friday, November 7 from 7 - 9 pm.

Total Animal: New Work by Matt Cipov

Exhibition dates: November 7, 2008 - December 9, 2008; reception date: November 7, 7 - 9 pm

San Francisco design store and gallery, Rare Device, is proud to present Total Animal: New Work by Matt Cipov (http://www.mattcipov.com/). His work will occupy the Rare Device gallery November 7, 2008 - December 9, 2008. A reception for the artist will be held Friday, November 7 from 7 - 9 pm.

Cipov, an emerging artist from the Midwest, views Total Animal as his "sampler." "Total it together and you get me," he quips. "I spend my days thinking about creatures, masks, funny animals and goons, ghouls, owls, magic. However, no single thing in that list that defines me, or my art." Add together those things that he loves, jumble them up, spill it all out, and you'll get a sense of what makes him tick. Cipov loves to draw, and he is prolific, drawing and creating nearly every day of his life whenever he has a moment. When we asked him where the title for his show came from he laughed: "I am a total animal. Beware!"

Matt Cipov lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife Lynda and his son Max. He has lived in Wisconsin all his life and graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 1999. Ever since he has been directly involved in art and graphic design work. Since late 2005 he have been a self-employed artist and designer, and is extremely glad he decided to take the plunge into working on his own. He credits his new life with helping him grow considerably as an artist. Cipov adores watching documentaries, has never broken a bone, loves pizza and Asian foods, is addicted to Apple products, and his music/movie collection is an ever growing beast. Cipov revels in keeping toys and whimsical things around him. He feels so deeply connected to making art that he cannot be away from it for more than a day.

Rare Device is a store and gallery that features functional experiments and original ideas in art, design, craft and fabrication. Owners Rena Tom and Lisa Congdon constantly seek out objects that are beautiful, evocative, well constructed and thoughtful. We are pleased to bring to our San Francisco store an ever-growing roster of local, national and international artists and designers for a truly "rare" experience.

Rare Device (raredevice.net) is located at 1845 Market Street between Valencia and Guerrero Streets. Store/gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, noon to 7pm, Thursday noon to 9 pm and Sunday noon to 6 pm.

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