New Orleans’ Red Truck Gallery‘s group show “Hard Times Mini Mall” brought a burst of an Americana aesthetic to San Francisco’s Shooting Gallery, ranging from installations made of denim and fabric collages that resemble painting, to wool thread embedded in wax, and miniature drawings on matchbooks, as well as painting and more!
CARTWHEEL has been following Red Truck for several years now, and their art fair booths are colorful and lively (they were one of the high points at the SCOPE Miami and the LA Art Show and definite standouts during Armory Arts Week, as our related post below show). Red Truck Gallery founder Noah Antineau has been going to art fairs since he was a kid–his mother Chris Roberts-Antineau is a textile artist (you can see her work below) and Noah would travel with her to fairs. Opening a gallery was a natural for him, and Red Truck’s focus is art that is blends traditional American folk art styles like textiles and carving with photography, drawing, and painting. There is a a sense having wandered in a a roadside museum of curiosities and oddities, one with a focus on bold and peculiar art like Adam Wallacavage’s octopus chandeliers (you can see one in hanging in Jon Halperin’s house in our interview), art that embraces bold individualism and innovation, while emphasizing perosna vision, craftsmanship and skill.
We love that they bring artists with them, and create a exciting, welcoming party atmosphere
All photos: Sherri Durrell, except Ransom & Mitchell with Red Truck, courtesy of Ransom & Miller
Hard Times Mini Mall, a Group Show Curated by New Orleans’ Red Truck Gallery
April 13 thru May 4, 2013
886 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA94109
Open Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 7pm