The Small Gallery presents Biba Bell: Gallery Girl
49 Geary San Francisco
March 2, 2006 5:30-7:30pm
"Comment: Performing live this evening from deep inside curator/squatter Kevin Clarke's Small Gallery , Biba Bell plays the ubiquitous detached good looking gallery girl, commanding the front desk, preoccupied with her laptop, babbling elitist answers your every inquiry."
The Small Gallery is created, curated and coordinated by Kevin Clarke.
The Small Gallery is a room on pillars. The nature of its construction is put on display, so the normally hidden aesthetics of what makes the room, are as important as the interior space it creates. It exaggerates the fetishization of a room by asking, what is a gallery besides a room with a title? The Small Gallery travels throughout the bay area and can frequently be found on the sidewalk in front of San Francisco's blue chip galleries.
To see inside of the gallery, and the art on its walls, the viewer walks up a set of wooden blocks, elevating him or herself off the ground to then look down upon the art within the room. The process of climbing up, to then peer down into the gallery, both honors and condescends upon the venue. The viewer, just like the gallery's creator, participates in a confused adoration for gallery-ness. Its gallery-ness has reverence and disdain for itself. It is decorative and perfunctory, elitist and populist, being both functional venue and art object. By being both art and venue, and it's creator also serving as curator, the line between gallerist and artist is blurred.
The Small Gallery is small, which is not to be confused with miniature. The baseboards and the floorboards are normal size for a room; it is just the size of the room that has been reduced. And its function is not reduced by its physical limitations. It serves the purpose that any other fledgling gallery serves: To show the most challenging, brilliant art possible by people dedicated to their craft.