Mini Market: The Pop Up Art Department Store
Last Friday was the opening of a brand new traveling pop up store for art called Mini Market at the Silverman Gallery in San Francisco. The goal of the shop is to create both a literal and metaphorical space to challenge the contemporary retail monopoly and shopping monotony. Mini Market offers a unique curated collection of work from local and international designers, collectors, retailers and artists who are invited to sell and display their work. It’s also only open for a month. But the temporary setup was intentional and plays into how the work is presented. It’s possible that items will become sold out. Mini Market intends to keep the store fresh by rearranging, restocking, or leaving empty certain areas as a testament to an items presence, popularity and disappearance.
San Francisco based CITIZEN:Citizen collaborated on the curatorial concept and creative direction of the project. The company is recognized for its curation and production of the work of avant garde artists and designers. Cc’s creative director Philip Wood commented on his interest in the project:
One of the growing elements of CITIZEN:Citizen is that of curatorial and creative direction. We develop culturally significant ideas, projects and events for organizations ranging from global fashion houses to galleries and museums. It’s an natural extension of our interest in offering new ways of seeing.
Each future incarnation of Mini Market will be a unique experience and curated differently. Future editions will offer vintage collections as well as new lines, limited editions and specialty services.
Curated by Jessica Silverman Carolina Amaris, creative direction CITIZEN:Citizen
August 1st 2008 – August 31st 2008
Silverman Gallery and Look Boutique, 804 Sutter Street San Francisco, CA 94109