shipshape, a battle: work by Judith Zissman

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San Francisco design store and gallery, Rare Device, is proud to present: shipshape, a battle: work by Judith Zissman. The work will occupy the Rare Device gallery June 4 –June 27, 2010. A reception for the show will be held Friday, June 4, 2010 from 7 - 9 pm.

San Francisco design store and gallery, Rare Device, is proud to present: shipshape, a battle: work by Judith Zissman. The work will occupy the Rare Device gallery June 4 –June 27, 2010. A reception for the show will be held Friday, June 4, 2010 from 7 - 9 pm.

San Francisco artist Judith Zissman's installation, "shipshape, a battle", will debut at the Rare Device Gallery in June 2010. Refiguring the work of 17th century Dutch maritime painter Willem Van de Velde the Elder, "shipshape" confronts the role of the artist as war reporter at specific moments of history. Exploring the contrasts in epic scale and intimate detail in Van de Velde's work and in the spare but provocative story of his own life, "shipshape" places the viewer directly inside the final battle of the First Anglo-Dutch War and examines Van de Velde's decision to leave the Netherlands for England, a dramatic change of homeland and loyalty in the midst of the wars he rose to fame documenting.

Judith Zissman works with encaustics and mixed media.  Her recent work explores obscured narratives and geographies, layering found texts and stories to create idiosyncratic and evocative maps of unknowable destinations. Judith has also worked in metals and hot glass, which she studied at the Rhode Island School of Design.

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 through Saturday, noon to 7pm and Sunday noon to 6 pm.

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