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Photograph by Enar de Rios Rodriguez

The Infraordinary
Curated by Vomit Mango

Opening Reception: Oct. 8th, 6 - 9 PM

The Adobe Books Backroom Gallery



typing on the keyboard
dog snoring in corner
low battery woman voice says from the alarm sensor
knees against seat
feet under bum
low hum from the dishwasher
computer tilted to its side
camera to my right
book on my left
dog snoring louder in corner...

Jules Verne states, "Look with all your eyes, look."
and listen.

George Perec coins, "The Infraordinary," as the "the markings and manifestations of the everyday that consistently escape our attention as they compose the essence of our lives -- what happens, when nothing happens.”[1] The show, The Infraordinary, presents works that "record, compose, or transform these substrata of experience." [2]

Exhibiting Artists:
Marcela Pardo Ariza
Maria Dawn
Enar De Dios Rodriguez

Performances by:
Hannah Beck: I wrote my rote
I wrote my rote is derived from the 9-5. Spend eight hours a day organizing one letter of the alphabet: alphabetical, then chronological. Last Names and businesses… lineage of relationships… what kind of relationships. I sit at a second floor window with a view of Market & 3rd. The contrast between the sounds of the street and the poor with the repetitious sound of letters in my head connoting capital made, collection curated, and more walls up. My corner view reminded me of George PEREC’s ‘An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris,’ and the hum it created; the hum between the empirical and the surreal. A day is considered non-happening, and yet, it means livelihood. I will present my day’s hum. 

Edmund Zagorin: Seminar on Autosophy
Autosophy is a performative philosophy art game one plays by talking to oneself and others. We will speak of our mouths, and in doing so draw attention to this oft-overlooked origin of many word-sounds. In this Seminar, local mouth Elizeya Quate will incite words that explore the performative dimension of human language through a cacophony of vivacious utterances.

Marcela Pardo Ariza explores the relationship of wry humor, queerness and representation through color sets and prop-like objects. Her photographs incorporate quotidian objects in seemingly absurd ways creating tableaux that mix recognizable elements with magical realism. Pardo is interested in the action of looking within the theatricality of “the set” and her visually provoking portraits seek to explore metaphors regarding race and gender.
Pardo is from Bogotá, Colombia and has worked as a Curatorial Assistant at the Clocktower Gallery (Manhattan, NY), a co-Director at the Swell Gallery (San Francisco, CA) and Co-Founder/Director of NoRoof Gallery (San Francisco, CA. Pardo has curated shows at Cranium Corporation (San Francisco, CA); Residence/SF (San Francisco, CA); and CTRL+SHFT collective (Oakland, CA). Her photographic work has been shown at Glasshouse (Brooklyn, NY); SOMArts (San Francisco, CA), Embark Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Zoo Labs, guest curated by Et al. (San Francisco, CA); and Root Division (San Francisco, CA).

Anxiety, awkwardness, curiosity and misinterpretation are all themes Maria Dawn’s work expresses: “I am in a state of flux tittering on a line of the figurative and abstract, losing myself in concept and theoretical misgivings, questioning every stroke, color and space. My work mirrors my agitation with interactions among other humans and my own social failures that come with anxiety and depression. Layers of characters exist in moments of humiliation in a stance of utter stillness and waiting. Characters come in form of figures, patterns, rooms, and objects. Other works are stuck in limbo or purgatory. My work intentionally create a frustrating awareness of sitting idle, filled with hope or guilt but not acting on the overwhelming emotion created by visible strokes, pattern, and line. Waiting to wait. Action comes in form of performance, low to the ground, ritualistic, pattern in habit, in living”

Enar de Dios Rodriguez (1986, Spain) is an artist based in Berkeley. Her practice has been shaped by her background as a translator, her obsessive examination of technical images and her concerns about what remains invisible, though present, in the act of visual communication. Her work has been shown in very disparate places, from the viennese Künstlerhaus and the Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdansk, to the backpack of a friend and a 100x100' wall in Oakland.

Originally from East Tennessee, Hannah Beck is an artist living in Northern California. She's prone to a needle and thread, but works in a number of mediums. Her work focuses on Western individualism and its effects on self expression, community and the environment. As of late, this focus has merged with 'the rote', resulting in recording and performing non-happenings. Currently, she is instigating the ATA OPEN SALON and co-curating 'The Infraordinary' with Nathalie Brilliant. She received a double BA in Asian Art History and French, and a minor in small metals and jewelry from CSU, Sacramento.

Elizeya Quate is the nom of Edmund Zagorin, writer & absentminded charlatan based in the Bay Area. Inspired by Clarice Lispector and OBERIU, Elizeya Quate is an invitation to dance and/or denounce the equals sign as a self-negating sham. Quate's first novelish-in-stories The Face of Our Town (Kernpunkt Press, 2016) is out this summer. @elizeyaquate

Nathalie Brilliant is primarily a site-specific multi-disciplinary artist. Through acts of presence, sensitive consciousness, and deep-aftter-thought, she responds and communicates with spaces and people. In this way, she collaborates with bodies and space as performance. 
Nathalie Brilliant received her MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute and her BA in psychology from Wesleyan University. She has done performances at Kadist Art Foundation, Southern Exposure, YBCA, Adobe Backroom gallery, and a video was accepted and presented as part of the Berkeley Student Film Festival. Nathalie currently has solo show of paintings at the Mono Inn, by Mono Lake, California for the month of September. She curates shows and directs, manages and runs a gallery in Mammoth Lakes, California, called "The Thank You House," with her husband Conrad Hack. Nathalie currently lives and works in San Francisco, California.

Vomit Mangoes is a curatorial relationship between Nathalie Brilliant and Hannah Beck. The essence of the duo is to provide a space and place for the indigestible quotidian, existential and phenomenological. You are invited to regurgitate, articulate, and digest me, you, us, and them.

[1] Perec, Georges, An Attempt At Exhausting a Place in Paris. (Cambridge: Wakefield Press, 2010) 51. 
[2] Perec, 51.


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