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Special Events:
Art + Movement:
Opening Reception & Maria Porges'
Juror's Talk

Saturday, August 17th
from 2 - 4 pm

Now at GearBox:
Art + Movement:
Juror Maria Porges

Aug 15 – Sept 7

Closing Reception:
Friday, September 6th,

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In the Inner Room:

work by Deborah Benioff Freidman


Deborah Benioff Friedman was selected as the GearBox Gallery Award winner of our 2017 juried exhibition, Bluets. Her work will be featured in the Inner Room of the gallery March 22nd through April 21st, 2018.

Artist Statement:
I am an artist and veterinarian living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I work with a variety of materials, including repurposed paper, cardboard and wire and more recently with mulberry paper in a Korean felting process known as Joomchi, creating pieces that reflect my attachment to that which is worn, well-used or discarded.

I appreciate the contributions of time, weather, and friction to bring life and color to my art and often work with books (altered, distressed or curiously bound). I love the way a hand-made, or an old and much-thumbed book feels in the hands. Such evidence of handling, this patina, is most important to me: the worn page, the torn cover, creases, footnotes, doodles, wrinkles and stains. The wandering thread, a running stitch of tiny steps, tickmarks, an asemic calligraphy or text that helps to tell the story, finds its way into many of the objects I make.

I am self-taught but have worked extensively with Lisa Kokin as well as other artists in California. My father, a sculptor and physician, imparted to me early, not only the importance of art in the world of medicine, but the joy of materials in my hands, whether clay, pencil, needle and thread, glue or paintbrush. His emphasis on simplicity, balance and the avoidance of artifice has informed the spirit of my practice.

above image: Deborah Benioff Friedman, Enough

The Inner Room is an intimate interior exhibtion space at GearBox Gallery. Periodically the gallery hosts special exhibits or installations in this special space.

Previously in the Inner Room:

Small Works 2017, special small works by guest artists Angela Baker, Paula Boas, Carol Dalton, Lucia Dill, Jane Fisher, David Fitzgerald, Ann Holsberry, Daniel McClain and Robert Ray

Factotum, special installation by Jessica Eastburn

Off the Rails, special installation by Tamera Avery

At Home, photo etching series by Irene Nelson

Raku Sculpture by Danny Rosales

Mountain Roomers, an installation by Darrell Hunger.

Whispers & Screams, an installation by Gina Telcocci.

Entropy Corrlled by Darrell Hunger

Unlock Your Mind: Ken Gulley & the Upstairs Art Association

Blank Slate: an installation by Joseph Mele

The Princess Project: TaVee McAllister Lee

Work by Ruth Santee