Friday, April 16, 2010

Hyperallergic Is JSTChillin’ in San Francisco This Weekend

Parker Ito, “The Most Infamous Girl in the History of the Internet” (2010)

Hyperallergic contributor Artie Vierkant is in San Francisco this weekend and includes the Adobe Books exhibition, RGB Forever by Parker Ito in his top picks for art events that are not to be missed... (

Monday, April 12, 2010

RGB Forever - Opening reception this Friday, 6-10 pm

Exhibition dates: April 15- May 15, 2010
Opening reception: Friday, April 16, 2010, 6-10pm

Adobe Books Backroom Gallery is pleased to present RGB Forever, Parker Ito's first solo exhibition. The title refers to RGB color space, an additive color mode viewed on all computer screens in which red, green and blue, combine to create over 16 million different colors. RGB is also Ito’s metaphor for new mindsets and attitudes about contemporary culture that have emerged out of the pervasiveness of the Internet. For Ito, the Internet is an abyss of readymade artifacts open for excavation, interpretation, and reclamation. In the Backroom Gallery, he will present painting and video works in which Internet ephemera salvaged from both high and low Web culture is translated into new forms.

Curated by Katie Hood Morgan

Parker Ito lives and works in Berkeley, CA. Recently his work was exhibited at Roots and Culture Contemporary Arts Center, Chicago, and in New Wave, the Internet Pavilion for the 53rd Venice Biennale. He also showed work in for the 10th Lyon Biennale. He is co-curator of the online exhibition series Serial Chillers in Paradise at Visit his website at

Support for this project is provided by Southern Exposure's Alternative Grant Program.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

"Fritos and Champagne" artist Dori Latman at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

TASTE! is an exclusive, all-sensory tour sure to give you something to talk about. Three Bay Area-based artists converge in YBCA's Grand Lobby Apr 6-11 for a site-specific, collaborative installation using food, art and conversation to respond to the exhibitions on view in our first floor galleries. Each day the menu take you somewhere new, as will the topics for discussion. TASTE! is FREE w/ YBCA Gallery admission, and includes an interactive salon hosted by NIKI KORTH, handcrafted spring lemon elixirs by DORI LATMAN and a global papaya excursion with Chef TA-WEI LIN, curator of the "cultural liberation" brunch at Doc's Clock.

Also on view in the Grand Lobby, unique furniture from select students in the graduate Furniture Program at CCA.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Dori Latman's Fritos & Champagne Part II: Dinner

Dinner can be solitary, in front of the television with a reheated slice of pizza. It can be on the go, with crumpled paper bags strewn across the back seat. It can be a meal shared with family and friends. Dinner, a live cooking event and exhibition, is a celebration of the moments when a simple plate of food becomes a landmark in one’s own life. The event and exhibition respond to the culinary and social means through which one is nourished. The exhibition includes drawings and video works. The live cooking event will showcase a three-dish menu freshly cooked by Radio Africa and Kitchen. Together, these pieces highlight a range of approaches to cooking dinner.

Chef Eskender Aseged, a Bay Area chef with over 20 years of restaurant experience, began Radio Africa and Kitchen by cooking meals for people out of his home. Though, Eskender’s project is of a scale larger than an intimate domestic space. He moves and adapts his operation for a variety of situations and places, from large dining halls, to outdoor spaces, to small cafes. It is those who participate in Radio Africa’s events that promote it. First, Dori Latman knew Eskender as her neighbor, though it was through word-of-mouth that she learned about his project.

Dori Latman's interest in Radio Africa and Kitchen relates to the series of vending carts that she has developed for art exhibitions, serving food and beverages to gallery visitors. Latman experiments with intersections of art, food, and business as a vehicle for fund raising and social networking. She creates multiple versions of the vending cart for different types of events. The foundation of this series has been built through experience in food service at cafes, bakeries, and outdoor festivals and with stretching the meaning of drawing and performance. The artist explores ideas of entertainment, consumption, labor, and culinary creativity. Learning about Radio Africa and Kitchen’s development and processes has been an invaluable education and source for inspiration.

Chef Eskender Aseged shares with Dori Latman's project the possibity to eat well in any space. In that spirit, he brings his nomadic kitchen to Adobe Books Backroom Gallery to celebrate a neighborhood with rich history, dynamic people, and delicious food.As stated on Radio Africa’s Website ( “RADIO AFRICA & KITCHEN is a nomadic restaurant with sustainable products and methods. The food is inspired by old world recipes of Mediterranean and Red Sea countries. The goal of Radio Africa is to create extraordinary meals out of organically grown ordinary ingredients. In the tasting menu we offer weekly, the theme is to create a nutritionally well balanced dinner by including seasonal vegetables, greens, grains, nuts, wild fish, shellfish and fruit.”

Many thanks to chef Eskender Aseged and Bi Rite Market for their generous donations of time and delicious food!