New Work by Diem Chau, Marina Luz and Lisa Solomon at Rare Device

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San Francisco design store and gallery, Rare Device, is proud to present Binding Constant: New Work by Diem Chau, Marina Luz and Lisa Solomon. The work will occupy the Rare Device gallery October 2 - November 1, 2009. A reception for the artists will be held Friday, October 2 from 7 - 9 pm. All three artists will be present for the opening.

Binding Constant: New Work by Diem Chau, Marina Luz and Lisa Solomon

Exhibition dates: October 2 - November 1, 2009; reception date: October 2, 7-9 pm.

San Francisco design store and gallery, Rare Device, is proud to present Binding Constant: New Work by Diem Chau, Marina Luz and Lisa Solomon. The work will occupy the Rare Device gallery October 2 - November 1, 2009. A reception for the artists will be held Friday, October 2 from 7 - 9 pm. All three artists will be present for the opening.

In Binding Constant artists Diem Chau, Marina Luz and Lisa Solomon explore the visible and invisible bonds we share based on relationship or causal connection.

A Vietnam native, Diem Chau (http://www.diemchau.com) and her family came to America as refugees in 1986. Chau is a BFA graduate from Cornish College of the Arts. Her work has been featured in Harpers, Fiberarts, Readymade and Seattle Magazine. She was a recipient of the 2008 Artist Trust Fellowship Award and has exhibited in New York, Miami, Seattle and Los Angeles. Chau combines common mediums and common means to create delicate vignettes of fleeting memory, gesture and form, resulting in works that combine egalitarian sensibility and minimalist restraint. Her work touches on the value of Storytelling, Myths and its ability to connect us to each other through cultural and humanistic similarities. Chau's current work drifts into new territory by exploring the periphery of the narrative, moments forgotten and faded, or too brief to retain.

About her work she writes: "I consider myself an artist whose medium is stories, especially those passed on from grandmother to mothers, from father to sons. Coming from a nomadic childhood, what few possessions we had were of necessities. Among that our greatest value laid in the stories contributed to us by friends and family. Embedded within them are connections to our past, our culture and an occasional escape from reality. I've spent countless hours gathering memories and pieces of different cultures by listening to their stories. I waited with childlike anticipation and delight on each teller's words. I believe it's my time to be the storyteller and to evoke the same delight and anticipation from my audience. Each story is a journey that gives us greater understanding of our past and our culture. Each story is a thread that connects us to each other, the storyteller holding one end and the audience the other."

Marina Luz (http://www.marinaluz.com) is an artist and designer based in Oakland. She is especially interested in using the dualities of drawing and painting to walk a fine line between the impulse toward expressive clarity and the (usually stronger) desire to obscure. She also runs her own letterpress printing company, HONEYLUX, where she attempts to merge fine art and correspondence (http://www.honeylux.com).

About the body of work Marina has contributed to Binding Constant, she writes, "Estate laws offering protection to renters or buyers is usually a clause stating that any homicides that have taken place in the house must be disclosed. Mold and termites have a lingering, physical detrimental quality on a structure, but the requirement to disclose a violent death is a purely emotional construct. To what extent do we suppose a house or a structure to retain a 'memory' of a violent act? In these paintings, the houses depicted are sites of terrible, serial murders. The details of those killings, the different countries they are in, are unimportant. The experiment is to see if a building can retain (and communicate) any sense of the horrible events therein, or whether they remain, in fact, mere anonymous structures."

Lisa Solomon (http://www.lisasolomon.com) grew up in Los Angeles before heading to Northern California to go to UC Berkeley. The daughter of a Japanese mother and Caucasian father, Lisa believes that this cross-pollination of cultures has profoundly influenced how she interacts with the world. Lisa currently lives in Oakland California with her husband, daughter, two dogs and two cats. She loves to sit in her sunny yard and grow flowers and good things to eat. Lisa's work has been shown widely and with high acclaim in the national and international art scene since 1995.

About her contributions to Binding Constant Lisa writes: "My grandfather passed away in July 2006, and my grandmother in October of last year. Apart from my parents no two people had a more profound influence on me growing up. Their personalities, quirks, likes, dislikes were woven into my life in such a seamless way. In many ways I owe my artwork to them. One of the functions of making art is acknowledging the past - connecting with and seeking to understand the nostalgic. These pieces are about what I remember of my grandparents as a child. What they wore, what they drove, what they played, where cancer invaded their lungs. Although they are highly personal there is, I hope, an intrinsically universal appeal to them. I'm sure there are people who have their own memories or associations with whisks, pliers, track suits, and American Matzo. These are just pieces of his and her story."

Rare Device (http://www.raredevice.net) 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 through Saturday, noon to 7pm and Sunday noon to 6 pm.

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