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A PORTRAIT SHOW - but recycled.

Gardenville Station, San Francisco CA

October 4th-6th

Re-Placed is an exhibition showcasing the truth: how we humans choose to treat waste is no different than how we treat our people. 




The artist, David Aaron Smith, lives his life around reclaiming material.  The extreme waste of living a conventional American life forced Aaron into a remote area of Death Valley where he's been working with the byproducts of consumer lifestyle. It's become a daily practice for Aaron to observe how the systems in place facilitating human life dictate the choices you have.  

When the opportunity presented itself to project this personal outlook onto the big stage of San Francisco, Aaron's brain started churning.  What he wants is to create something that is San Francisco, from concept to materials.  

On September 26th, Aaron arrives in San Francisco with a small team to build 10 to 12 life-size assemblage canvases from reclaimed materials from the streets of San Francisco.  Aaron will then take 10-12 San Francisco residents who are dealing with displacement; from those looking for solutions to the housing crisis, to those providing relief, those scrambling for footing, and those managing the material debris that follows displacement.

The result is a multi-media portrait show that tells the story of San Francisco's present.  In another facet, it comments on the way cities build systems for dealing with societal byproducts that are not always empathetic.  

There's an additional dimension of charity to the show.  A portion of the sales will be donated to a non-profit working against displacement of the sitter's choosing.



This is a look at the show's first install.

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The Curated State of Affairs

Courtney Norris, co-founder of Curated Sate, is an art driven entrepreneur passionate about San Francisco developing into a true art city. Her approach to that mission: give artists a platform outside the gallery system. Her collaboration with Curated State's Jennifer Holderness has done just that, and arguably, it has done more to connect artists with wealthy patrons than the galleries in SF could.

As the driving force behind finding the talent Curated State showcase, Courtney's eye is constantly open for new, exciting work. So, it should come at no surprise that she found David Aaron Smith on the edge of Death Valley National Park. While on vacation with her family to that region in February, she stayed at an Airbnb that happened to be Aaron's long-term project, the reclaimed lifestyle museum, Villa Anita in Death Valley.

She and the family walked the grounds and took in the breadth of the sprawling sculptural installation. It was not until the next morning that Courtney and Aaron got to talking art. While looking through his large-scale paintings that involve critiques on reclaimed material, Courtney saw a way that this work was relevant to the SF scene and asked Aaron about letting her develop a show for him.

After a lot of legwork searching for the pitch-perfect venue, Courtney was linked to Shane O'Connor and Katy Berg of Gardenville Station in the Bayview District. Aaron's plans for the show are ambitious; he's making 10-12 canvases on sight and painting the same number of live portraits over a 10-day span. Not only is the space perfect for his building plans, but the neighborhood, being a new proposed site for a navigation center, is the perfect context for the content of Aaron's work.

We'll get to see it all congeal over the coming months. To check out more about Curated State and learn how to reach Courtney, please visit: www.curatedstate.com

Upcoming Events
Re-Placed (Opening Reception)
Fri, Oct 04
Gardenville Station
Oct 04, 2019, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Gardenville Station, 1667 Jerrold Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124, USA
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For more information about the show and it's mission, please contact Courtney Norris at Curated State.