Rachel Denny at Rare Device

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San Francisco design store and gallery, Rare Device, is proud to present Out of the Woods: Work by Rachel Denny (http://www.racheldenny.com/). Denny's work will occupy the Rare Device gallery May 1 - June 2, 2009. A reception for the artist will be held Friday, May 1 from 7 - 9 pm.

San Francisco design store and gallery, Rare Device, is proud to present Out of the Woods: Work by Rachel Denny (http://www.racheldenny.com/). Denny's work will occupy the Rare Device gallery May 1 - June 2, 2009. A reception for the artist will be held Friday, May 1 from 7 - 9 pm.

Out of the Woods, the latest body of work by Rachel Denny, is an exploration of the seductive beauty of our natural world and the imprint that human intervention has made on its flora and fauna. Denny is attracted by the exuberance of nature in urban and unexpected places. "A deer in an urban backyard, a family of Peregrine falcons at my neighborhood park, a coyote skirting a parking lot," she says, "These all become a moment of wonder as they shake us out of our daily routines and remind us of what could be." Denny is interested in the adaptation that we force animals to make and the fact that some animals not only survive, but thrive in urban environments.

Denny works in a variety of materials--wood, plaster, resin, wool, found objects--to name a few. She is continually excited by the potential of her materials and how they can be manipulated in unexpected ways. "I am inspired by the elegant forms found in the natural world and the time honored action of trying to depict these forms in a relevant and interesting way that is an homage to this beauty and wonder," she says.

Denny is best known for her "Domestic Trophies" work--deer heads covered in cozy cashmere cable knit woolens and the like. She has shown in countless prominent galleries nationwide for over 10 years, predominantly at Mark Woolley Gallery in her hometown of Portland, Oregon.

Denny's installation at Rare Device will feature several of her animal sculptures.

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. They are pleased to bring to their 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 7 pm, Thursday noon to 9 pm and Sunday noon to 6 pm.

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