Survival Adaptations 

Survival Adaptations

Root Division, in collaboration with Adobe Books Backroom Gallery & Aggregate Space, present Survival Adaptations, a multi venue exhibition exploring responses to the current economic climate of the Bay Area.

Survival Adaptations dictate that “in order to survive and thrive in specific environments, animal species have developed a host of amazing characteristics that help them find food, protect themselves, [and] cope with tough environments.” With a host of shifts and challenges in the Bay Area socio-economic landscape, how do artistic communities and individuals adapt and survive in this changing environment? What does the economically driven relocation of cultural administrators, institutions, artists, and residents of racial, economic, and age diversity mean for the future of San Francisco? What dialogue does this migration have with the development of arts centers outside the city, and how is the perpetual cycle of gentrification being challenged and deconstructed in the process? 

Being that we are a group of creative problem solvers, our intention with this exhibition is not to point fingers, or place blame, but rather to explore the creative ways in which artists are responding to the challenge. This is a project to not only reflect on our changing city, but to celebrate those who have chosen to stay and fight, and those who endeavor to redefine and relocate our cultural centers in order to keep diversity and arts a vital part of the Bay Area. 

Adobe Books recently faced an eviction due to rising real estate prices, but weathered the storm and relocated with the support of book lovers and artists. Similarly Root Division is currently transitioning to a new location this summer, and sees the renovation of a new facility as the opportunity to be an anchor for artists and educators in the city. One survival tool we have found to be of utmost importance for our organizations is the ability to collaborate and work together in crisis. 

ADOBE BOOKS BACKROOM GALLERY: 3031 24th St. San Francisco, CA 94110
2nd Saturday Reception: Saturday, July 12, 7-10 pm

Survival Adaptions at Adobe Books Backroom Gallery will highlight artistic preservation and strategies for maintaining an artistic presence in San Francisco. The works in this exhibition take an innovative and tenacious approach to adapting to the restrictions and challenges of remaining in the city.

Tana Quincy Arcega
Allie Blanchard
Jon Gourley* (w/Alice Shintani)
Tom Loughlin*
Masako Miki

Heather Murphy
Michelle Ramin
Merav Tzur
Crystal Vielula

*Root Division Studio Artist

AGGREGATE SPACE: 801 West Grand Avenue, Oakland CA 94607
FIRST FRIDAY Receptions: Friday, July 4, 6-8 pm & Friday, August 1, 6-10 pm
2nd Sat. Artist Talk: Saturday, July 12, 11am

Survival Adaptations at Aggregate Space Gallery in Oakland will consider how housing relocation, and self-made gallery spaces have contributed to the survival of the arts in the Bay Area. Alongside frank conversations about the effects gentrification, this show celebrates the beauty and infrastructure that ties San Francisco and Oakland together.

Elizabeth Cayne
Jon Gourley* (w/Alice Shintani)
Tom Loughlin*
Erica Molesworth
Yuri Pop (w/Yuko Inatsuki, Kristin Miltner & C. Alex Simpkins, Jr.)

Stairwells (Sarah Hotchkiss & Carey Lin)
WE Artspace (Tina Dillman)
Jesse Walton
Michael Wisniowski

*Root Division Studio Artist

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RAPID TRANSIT:  A series of BART performances organized by Carrie Katz
Saturday, July 12th times 

RAPID TRANSIT is a moving exhibition of performance and covert intervention curated by Carrie Katz, wherein artists will individually and concurrently activate the complex and transitory space that is the BART train system. In a time when public transportation linking the East Bay and San Francisco is integral to continued habitation in the Bay Area, the dynamics of how people occupy the train are more vital than ever.