Meet Jackie Im, Aaron Harbour and Facundo Argañaraz the team behind Et Al, a San Francisco-based gallery tucked discreetly beneath a dry-cleaners in the city’s chinatown district. The small space has been punching above its weight since 2012, running a packed program of international and local artists, as well as exhibiting at various art fairs. This little gallery is as subversive in content as it is in form.
Its current exhibition, “It’s What’s Inside That Counts,” by London-based, Bay Area native Leslie Kulesh finds both gallery and artist on top form. Kulesh, known for her performances and sculpture across multiple platforms, seeks to reveal the role of technology as a material labor that intersects with human-being and land-being, becoming a symptom of contemporary culture production.
Objects in the gallery first appear as extensions of Kulesh’s fashion label, a limited edition of womenswear pieces for “today’s post-digital lifestyle.” The exhibition walls and floors find themselves laden with strange lumpen objects, whose shiny vinyl surfaces belie the rare earth magnets, and minerals, that lie beneath, stuffed inside.
The works correspond to Kulesh’s interest in the real world affect of our total consumption with easy to use, disposable technology, investigating the materials hidden under the shiny surfaces of our favourite hand held devices.
The exhibition runs until April 18th, so be sure to plot your journey on your phone first as to avoid disappointment and not get lost.