Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate
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Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate

Casemore Gallery and Rena Bransten Gallery
1275 Minnesota StreetSan FranciscoCA 94107
Free Admission
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For the first time, the Rena Bransten Gallery and the Casemore Gallery are co-presenting the sprawling, sometimes serious and sometimes riotous exhibition, “Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate.” Taking place in both Gallery spaces, the exhibition is themed around the instructive “Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate” a phrase that dates to the 1950s and was printed on the once ubiquitous IBM punch cards. A pre-digital age technology, punch cards were used for everything from census taking, to payroll processing, to police record keeping, storing data as a series of holes in collated cards. While originally intended to maintain the cards’ machine readability, the phrase took on a politically subversive meaning when it was adopted by UC Berkeley students during the free speech movement of the 1960s, as punch cards were used to keep track of student records. The words came to be aligned with a general rejection of the dehumanization of a rapidly computerizing world, used ironically to assert personhood over objectification. Through a contemporary lens, it can be read as a rally against online surveillance and the collection of our personal data. The works included here are unified by an ethos of thinking outside the box – challenging the traditionally prescribed parameters of a given media. We hope the viewer enjoys the resistance to conformity and expression of freedom. Featured artists include: Phoebe Beasley, John Chamberlain, T.J. Dedeaux-Norris, Tony DeLap, John Gossage, Scott Grieger, Bruce Handelsman, David Hockney, Whitney Hubbs, Oliver Lee Jackson, Anouk Kruithof, Charles Linder, Sean McFarland, Tracey Moffatt, Vik Muniz, Maria Porges, John Preus, Raymond Saunders, John Waters, Suné Woods, Benjamin Vilmain, and Daisuke Yokota. Open Tue-Sat 12am - 5pm

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