Pipe Dreams

City College of San Francisco Art Gallery
August 27–September 26, 2018
Reception, Thursday, September 6, 2018 | 5:30–7:30 pm

Leah Virsik, Pipe Dreams, City College of San Francisco Art Gallery installation view

Multiple capped pipes stick out of a wall of the City College of San Francisco Art Gallery. Painted in a effort to blend into the white walls, these pipes no longer serve their original purpose and speak of rejection, restriction and unrealized potential. How might I honor these aborted conduits by means of material extension and offer them support and encouragement to dream?

Leah Virsik, Pipe Dreams, City College of San Francisco Art Gallery installation view

Awkward and unwieldy, The Rub represents a difficulty or obstacle. The title is  inspired by Hamlet’s soliloquy: Hamlet, Act III, Scene I excerpt (To be, or not to be): 

To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come

~William Shakespeare

Leah Virsik, Reverie, 2018, the artist’s leftover pieces of conduit, gold metallic paint, pillows, pillowcases, hardware, scrap of Disney Princess bedsheet, chopstick

Reverie is inspired by the joy I had of experiencing conduits sounding like wind chimes. From further away the gold color elevates the pipes and is a metaphor for success. At a closer distance, the shoddy paint job is a reminder that success isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. The pillows hold the offering of a stick to hit the pipes against each other to experience life’s simple joys in this moment.

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