August 5th - 31st. Reception on Friday August 7th at 7pm.
The Alley Cat Bookshop Gallery is open. It allows natural light from the sky through a window in a high ceiling. It is a large space with rough edges, and walls of varying sizes. It is a place where readers and writers and artists and the curious venture to be alone or meet up. You can find it on 24th Street in the Mission District of San Francisco.
Some notes on creating TRUST:
"Identity No more running Stopping to feel even when it's difficult Showing that I care and that I am cared for….
Help me break down any fears. When I have a fear or when I feel gratitude and love, to put that into a challenge … put that into my higher vision higher value I have for my self … deepening my humility.
Deepening opening my ability to know to trust that I am feeling things … I do feel … I am able to feel, I am able to stay with emotion long enough to reap its benefits … to reap the rewards of staying in and giving in.
Seeing what that looks like."
What that looks like:
"Levels, Tiers, Altars, Passageways.
Aluminum to clear away anything that is blocking you.
The spiritual properties of materials—Oak, Almond, Maple, Aluminum, Plaster, Birch, Poplar—working together.
Tables/objects (in the vein of Joseph Beuys's social sculptures) designed with spiritual properties … seeing what their energy is and activating their healing properties through craft, concept, prayer. Letting go to let in.
Tree of Life drawings to match these intentions, as well as to meditate upon … to put your prayers into … a platform for your dedications, clearing/cleansing and charging you back to you."
Based in Los Angeles, Veronica De Jesus studied at SF Art Institute (BA, 1993) and UC Berkeley (MFA, 2003). She has shown solo at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in SF and Royal NoneSuch Gallery in Oakland, and in group contexts at Berkeley Art Museum and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Her Memorial drawings can be seen in the window of Alley Cat's sister store Dog Eared Books at 900 Valencia Street in SF, and some are collected with an essay by Regina Clarkinia in Hello Now From Everywhere, published by Colter Jacobsen's Allone Co. in 2008-10.
Curated by Johnny Ray Huston
Monday Nights, every 2 weeks, 7pm - Game Night! When the Mice Are Away the Cats Will Play. All welcome!
First Mondays, every 2 months, 7pm - Literary Foolery with Gretchen & Dr. Schmidt. $5 donation.
Every Wednesday, 6-9pm- Drawing Workshop with Molly Hankwitz. $20 per weekly session.
Second Thursdays, 6:30pm - Voz Sin Tinta, Bi-lingual poetry series & open mic, sponsored by Alejandro Murguia.
Fourth Fridays, 7:30pm - Feral Fourth Fridays. Square Dance. Live band + caller, no experience necessary!
First Sundays, 6pm - my gaze // yr gaze - Queer film night with guest curators, hosted by Irwin Swirnoff.
Alley Cat Gallery 3036 24th Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415-824-1761 Mon-Sat 10am-9pm Sun 10am-8pm