Thursday, September 5, 2019

BOOTLEG MILAGROS | Isaac Vazquez Avila & Lauren Rose D'Amato

Isaac Vazquez Avila & Lauren Rose D'Amato 
Bootleg Milagros
September 8 - 29, 2019
Right Window, 992 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
(storefront exhibition viewable 24/7) 

Opening Reception:
Sunday, September 8, 2019, 4:00 - 7:00 PM

Music by @wray_velez

Right Window is pleased to present Bootleg Milagros, a duo exhibition of work by Isaac Vazquez Avila and Lauren Rose D’Amato. For Vazquez Avila, the concept of “bootleg” dovetails into the notion of rasquache. Defined by Chicano scholar Tom├ís Ybarra-Frausto as “the perspective of the underdog,” it is marked by making do with less-than-ideal materials. More tactic and attitude than style, Ybarra-Frausto notes that rasquache operates as political resistance by using appropriation, reversal, and inversion. In line with this concept Vazquez Avila’s sculptures are seemingly on the verge of coming apart, constructed using material that is at hand as a parameter to make his work. For D’Amato “bootleg” encompasses the process of imitation in image making. In her work she often references replica paintings produced by her grandmother and finds that in her own process imitation is most successful when it falls short of portraying an exactness to the “original”. Lauren D’Amato and Isaac Vazquez live and work in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco with their dog Rico. In addition to their individual art practices they run their own business called “Avila Rose Signs,” where they focus their arts education towards designing mural projects, creating hand painted signs, and custom art installations for public and private clients.

About Isaac Vazquez Avila 
Born in Mexico City, Isaac Vazquez Avila spent most of his childhood in Salt Lake City, navigating two cultures. He attended Salt Lake Community College and University of Utah as an undergraduate before receiving a BA in Latino Studies from San Francisco State University and an MFA from University of California Berkeley. His work has been exhibited at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley, California), Worth Ryder Gallery (University of California at Berkeley, California), Southern Exposure (San Francisco), Incline Gallery (San Francisco), The Luggage Store (San Francisco), Lagos Projects (Oakland, California), RVCA Gallery (San Francisco) and Guerrero Gallery (San Francisco). His work is included in the Terry and Melissa Wolfe-Powers Collection, Gregory Lind Collection. In addition, a series of his drawings were published this year in a book called Barrio Blues:23 retratos by Golden Spike Press and featured at the LA Art Book Fair.

About Lauren D'Amato
"My process of image making often draws directly from my experience working as a sign painter on windows, buildings, and construction sites around the city. I’m drawn to interior aesthetics, decorative arts, and the iconic Chicano imagery tied to my upbringing and experience pinstriping and lettering on Lowriders. My paintings are composed of vibrant colors, simple illustrations and typographic elements. I enjoy blurring the distinction between the manufactured and the handmade. I’m interested in the nostalgic relationship I have to my family’s craft of sign making and strive to relate to this prior generation of blue-collar workers, folk artists, and replica painters in my own image making through the repetition of their actions. I’m motivated by my intention to learn and implement techniques of handmade modes of production in an effort to ensure that the visual languages that inspire me do not become obsolete." 

Lauren D’Amato was born in Whittier, CA, and currently lives and works in San Francisco. In her work she is drawn to interior aesthetics, decorative arts, and the iconic Chicano imagery tied to her upbringing and direct experience pinstriping and lettering on lowriders. She is the founder and organizer of a local community event called “Kustom Sunday” and a proprietor of Avila Rose Signs. She attended Orange Coast Community College before receiving her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2016.  Her work has been exhibited at Human Resources (Los Angeles), Mule Gallery (San Francisco), Minnesota Street Project (San Francisco), Good Mother Gallery (Oakland), SOLA Art Gallery (Los Angeles), Diego Rivera Gallery, (San Francisco Art Institute), Adobe Books (San Francisco), Needles and Pens (San Francisco), Will Brown (San Francisco), and the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion (Costa Mesa, CA) Incline Gallery (San Francisco), RVCA Gallery (San Francisco).

About Right Window
Right Window is an exhibition space located in the Mission District of San Francisco and collectively run by Ajit Chauhan, Takming Chuang, Norma Cole, Craig Goodman, Brett Goodroad, Tanya Hollis, Colter Jacobsen, the late Kevin Killian, Cintia Santana, Steven Seidenberg, and Carolyn White. Since August of 2007, Right Window has hosted over 160 artists to exhibit within the right storefront window of the ATA Building. Isaac and Lauren's exhibition was organized by Takming Chuang in the loving spirit of the late Kevin Killian who invited Tak to his first SF solo exhibition at Right Window in February, 2013.  

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

FOR THE SINISTER (Version 3) | Matthew Flegle

Matthew Flegle | FOR THE SINISTER (Version 3)

On View August 2019
Right Window
992 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Opening Reception and Viewing
Thursday, August 15, 7-9 PM
At Artist's Television Access, 992 Valencia

Friday, July 5, 2019

Caitlyn Galloway and Bernadette Mayer

July 2019 | Projects by Caitlyn Galloway and Bernadette Mayer | Reading with Norma Cole, Rod Roland, Sara Larsen, Jason Morris, and Caitlyn Galloway

Right Window presents 2 shows in the month of July, curated by Colter Jacobsen:

from July 2nd-15th

Caitlyn Galloway

 & from July 17th-30th

Ode to a Galaxy

A poem by Bernadette Mayer installed by Colter Jacobsen

To celebrate the transition between shows, please come to the opening on:

July 15th 


reading at 7pm sharp

Poets read from the poems of Bernadette Mayer-

Norma Cole
Rod Roland
Sara Larsen
Jason Morris

followed by a talk about the city, Dahlias Live Among Us, by Caitlyn Galloway.


Right Window (ATA)
992 Valencia Street
(between 20th & 21st)
San Francisco

p.s. I'd like to give a resounding shout out, community embrace, and a campfire sing-a-long version of Kylie Minogue's Can't Get You Out of My Head for the inimitable genius (guardian angel) Kevin Killian, one of the founders and forever member of Right Window ("the best gallery in San Francisco"- K.K.). You will be missed, though you'll Always and Forever be in our heads. (Colter Jacobsen)

Friday, May 3, 2019

MY MOTHER'S FONT | Vero Majano

MY MOTHER'S FONT | Vero Majano

An installation of handmade flyers collected over many years in the Mission for Se Renta Un Cuarto.

Organized by Tanya Hollis

On view through May 2019

Opening: Sunday, May 5th, 2019, 2-5pm

Artist’s Television Access 

992 Valencia Street, San Francisco



Thursday, April 11, 2019

Alan W. Bernheimer | Reflectographs | April 2-27, reception April 14, 1-4

Alan W. Bernheimer: Reflectographs

April 2-April 27
Gallery reception on Sunday, April 14 from 1-4
Right Window Gallery, 992 Valencia St., SF, CA

Right Window Gallery will host the first West Coast exhibit of Alan W. Bernheimer's Reflectographs, rare and unique photographic images created without a camera. 

Starting in the 1960s, Bernheimer (1913-2006) produced an innovative body of photographic work that he called Reflectographs, made by reflecting light directly onto photosensitive paper, with the polished reflector acting as an imperfect lens, focusing and distorting the light to produce intricately textured shapes and patterns ranging from abstract to suggestive.

Bernheimer was professor of microbiology at the NYU School of Medicine, where his research focused on the structure and mechanisms of bacterial toxins. During the Second World War he developed a vaccine against gas gangrene. His Reflectographs were exhibited in galleries in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Massachusetts, and featured in Leonardo, 35mm Photography, and the Encyclopedia of Photography.

For more, see

Image © Alan Bernheimer

Thursday, March 7, 2019

/ right window writer in residence // Suzanne Stein


right window writer in residence //
Suzanne Stein

with: Stefani Barber, Kristen Gallagher, Claudia La Rocco, Trisha Low, Kate Robinson, Anne Lesley Selcer, & Syd Staiti

March 4 – March 31
Closing party Sunday, March 31, 3–6pm

I will be “in residence”, working in the Right Window window, some of the mornings, most of the afternoons, and some of the evenings all through March. The DIALOGUES will take place throughout the month. Times and dates will not be announced; however, passers-by on Valencia Street will be able to watch our interactions, and read our written exchanges, as they happen, when they happen. Please pass by, and come to the closing party the afternoon of Sunday, March 31, to see some of the results of our time together.

Organized by Norma Cole

Right Window Gallery and Exhibition Space
992 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA