Postcard Art at The LAB

On Thursday night, I found myself at The LAB, a Mission neighborhood art studio and gallery space which showcases the work of up-and-coming and not-yet-known experimental artists. The LAB presents multi-media visual, literary and performance art in a setting which is not-quite warehouse but has that open air of warehouse space. The current exhibit at the space is the 10th Annual Post-Postcard Show, an open-invitational display featuring the work of more than one hundred local artists.

Entering The LAB, we climbed a short staircase to enter a large exhibit space which was brimming with people. Rather than having artwork displayed on the walls of the space, The Post-Postcard Show featured drawer-sized boxes for individual artists, boxes which held postcards, bookmarks and miniature works of art which could be purchased by patrons of the arts. Even with such a limited perspective of each individual artist’s range of work, their creativity shown through. Blue papier-mache dresses filled one box. Another held playing cards decorated with inkblot designs and offering fortunes on the reverse side.

Although today is the last day to catch the Post-Postcard event, The LAB is host to over thirty different live events each year and is home to several individual and group exhibitions, offering plenty of opportunity to see the work of area experimental artists. The next event to be held at The LAB is Listening, which is a performance art piece exploring the relationship between existing and perception through contrasting American and Japanese cultural differences.

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