Monday, July 9, 2012

Tucker Nichols Rules Third Street

Tucker Nichols: Stockhouse
June 22nd - August 4th

Tucker Nichols rules San Francisco's Third Street this summer with both a solo show here
at Gallery 16 and a large-scale wallpaper installation commissioned by the SFMOMA! The commission is part of the Museum's Stage Presence .

The exhibition at Gallery 16, Stockhouse, takes the loose form of a warehouse or workshop. Tucker's project not only comments on an imagined studio practice, but also the reality of his relationship with Gallery 16. The wallpaper commissioned by SFMOMA is made up of 32 panels each 15 feet long. The design and production of the piece was created here at Gallery 16 and Urban Digital Color. This collaboration between the artist and our printmaking staff is a symbol of how Gallery 16 has straddled the line between creative workshop and contemporary gallery.

 Tucker wrote "The basic idea for this show was to build a sort of makeshift design studio where the SFMOMA commission could have been conceived and produced. (And, it’s largely true –all of the wallpaper for the commission was made here at Gallery 16.) I like the idea of a studio that makes unworkable patterns, preposterous designs that can’t do the one thing we ask of them. Some of these patterns might work as blankets or sweaters, but most of them were too broken before they even got a chance. " The show features bulletin boards overflowing with drawings, wall and window installations and a fleet of sandwich boards. Tucker has also transformed the window and walls facing Third Street with fantastic improvised wall drawings using paint and tape.


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