The Stark Report profiles Triple Base Gallery, in San Francisco, where they use the flat files to pay the rent. (Flat files are storage chests for unframed works on paper. Most galleries have them, and you have to ask to see them. It's been my experience that these are always a great place for bargains.)
Stark writes: "Close your eyes and imagine an art gallery that’s open on a Sunday in a cool neighborhood next to a joint where you can get a great fish taco. Now imagine that the gallery owner likes you and lets you look through her inventory in a no-pressure environment and takes the time to educate you about each artist whose work you’re viewing. And there’s more: the majority of pieces for sale are in your price range. . . Modeled after the Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn, the 'flat files' pay the rent and allow the co-directors to use the rest of the space for sheer artistic expression including experimental performance and installation art. Artwork in the files is rotated out every six months and every month or so a new artist is added to the mix."
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