Mantra TrailerExhibition runs: May 1-24, 2008
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 1, 6-9 PM
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays - Saturdays, 1-6 PM

Featuring: Laurel Beckman; Chris Barr; Julia Bradshaw, James Morgan, and Bennett Goble; Elisheva Biernoff; Cesar Cornejo; Holly Crawford; Sharon Daniel; Bryan and Vita Hewitt with Chuck, Inc.; Liss and Lake; Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry; Neighborhood Sign Club with Alison Pebworth, Leigh Ann Martin, and Megan Saperstein; Nancy Nisbet; Jennifer Parker with Matthew McGuinness; Sasha Petrenko; Johanna Poethig with VPA Painting and Mural Class, CSU Monterey Bay; Alyssa C. Salomon; Randy Sarafan; and Sherri Lynn Wood.

This project was organized by Heather M. Mikolaj (Curator) and Clare Haggarty (Assistant Curator), in collaboration with University of California, Santa Cruz faculty Dee Hibbert-Jones and E.G. Crichton

Subversive Complicity brings together a group of artists whose work inhabits the interstices of contemporary life – physical, temporal, and conceptual gaps within existing structures – in order to subvert everyday systems and raise social awareness in subtle, humorous, and radical ways. What happens when artists working within these spaces adapt and co-opt the strategies, languages, mannerisms, and visualizations from divergent social personas and cultural sources to create alternative modes of action and expression? The resulting range of projects presented in this exhibition suggests the myriad of possibilities for public and private transformation to emerge when artists assume such diverse roles as agent provocateur, broadcaster, political activist, conversationalist, oral historian, engineer, broker, trader, benefactor, gamer, and even evangelist. Through gallery documentation of past actions and a series of ongoing and special events these artists invite audiences into a set of conversations, resistances, and exchanges at once real and imagined, geographic and social, local and global. Come join us in this exploration of how art can disrupt, re-shape, and otherwise invigorate our daily existence through interventions enacted on the streets of San Francisco, across the landscape of the Bay Area, and within other cities and virtual realities far beyond. This exhibition was developed in association with the Intervene! Interrupt! Rethinking Art as Social Practice Festival hosted by the University of California, Santa Cruz. For more information, please visit:

Neighborhood Sign ClubSpecial Events:
CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS in a Limo, San Francisco – Holly Crawford

May 1: 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. at The LAB
Hop into a white limousine with eight strangers to converse about anything in art for one hour. Hosts, who are critics and curators, will guide conversations and offer refreshments. The limo will leave from and return to The LAB. Reserve your free space by calling the gallery at (415) 864-8855.

Neighborhood Portrait – Neighborhood Sign Club with Alison Pebworth, Leigh Ann Martin, and Megan Saperstein
May 3: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the corner of 16th Street and Capp Street, San Francisco
Come meet your neighbors and paint a sign sharing in your own words the experience of living in and around the inner Mission District.

Chuck, Inc. presents Dinner by Chuck® – a performance by Bryan and Vita Hewitt with Joe Cornett, Scott Canaan, Michelle Dench, and Serene Moreno.
May 10: 6 p.m. at The LAB
Witness a brokered dinner that transposes stock market mechanics into the form of a meal exploring the valuation and commerce of food.

The Mantra Trailer – Sherri Lynn Wood
May 24: 11 - 6 p.m., 17th and Harrison Streets (Zona Verde, as part of Carnaval)
Share your mantra – a prayer, petition, or aspiration for self or society – through this traveling mediation space, recording studio, and site of mysterious broadcast in the form of a 1972 breadbox trailer.

Artist Workshop: Breathalyzer Microphone – Randy Sarafan

May 24: 3 p.m. at The LAB
Learn how to install a high-accuracy breath-alcohol sensor into an XLR microphone and adapt the equipment for your own subversive inquiry into the social systems surrounding this technology. Sign up by contacting The LAB at (415) 864-8855.