Urban gallery, rural program a perfect match 

Triple Base is a compact, creaky-floored storefront gallery in San Francisco’s Mission district that shows “site-specific” artwork made in response to the constraints of its particular space.

Directors Joyce Grimm and Dina Pugh are avid networkers who like to pool community resources to offer as rich an experience as possible for both artists and viewers. Until recently, the two California College of the Arts graduates hadn’t thought of a way to fund the residency program they had been dreaming of.

Meanwhile, the J.B. Blunk Residency, a program of the Lucid Art Foundation in rural Inverness near Point Reyes, offers studio space and lodging to artists in the former home of sculptor J.B. Blunk, who built the place in 1959 with salvaged materials.

Since Blunk’s work was inspired by the landscape, the program invites artists to respond to the natural environment. (For example, London artist Max Lamb made clay from the surrounding earth.)

Even though Blunk is an incubator for fresh, new work, it doesn’t have a sizeable gallery in which to show the art.

This weekend, with an opening reception Friday evening, the two homegrown institutions kick off a partnership in which Blunk artists get a gallery show in The City and Triple Base gets its artists in residence.

“It’s a good way of sharing resources. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time,” Grimm says. The gallerists are glad to have the chance to show site-specific work made off-site by partnering with a group who’s already doing that, without having to design a new program from the ground up.

The J.B. Blunk Residency Group Show features artists Lynne Riding, Alicia Escott, Julia Goodman, Gemma Holt and Lamb exhibiting cast paper, furniture, paintings and ceramics they made at Blunk. Lamb plans to show a video about his experiences at the residency.

If all goes well, Blunk and Triple Base plan to continue the partnership. Artwork will be for sale, and proceeds will benefit the J. B. Blunk Residency.

Blunk director Mariah Nielson says, “We both have small-scale programs that have a lot of soul.”

It sounds like they’ve found their soul mates.

J.B. Blunk Residency Group Show

Triple Base, 3041 24th St., San Francisco
When: Opening reception, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday; gallery hours, noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays; closes May 2
Contact: (415) 643-3943, www.basebasebase.com

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