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Highlight Gallery's new project, 3020 Laguna Street In Exitum, is open to the public for just one more day–tomorrow, Saturday, February 25, from 2:00 to 7:00 PM. So if you're in San Francisco and interested in architecture and art, don't miss this last chance to see it in person. The concept is compelling: nine artists were invited to take over a 19th-century house in Cow Hollow that was slated for demolition due to structural issues. As co-founders Amir Mortazavi and David Kasprzak put it, "the artists were invited to enter the space, to set entropy in motion with perhaps a more sensitive hand and a 'tool belt conceptualism.'" There was just one stipulation: to create their art, they had to use only materials found on the premises. For a glimpse at the results, click through the slideshow. To learn more about the artists and the project, see here.

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  Highlight Gallery's temporary project is located at 3020 Laguna Street in San Francisco. The building's stripped-down facade offers an indication of the art and architectural hijinks inside.
    Highlight Gallery's temporary project is located at 3020 Laguna Street in San Francisco. The building's stripped-down facade offers an indication of the art and architectural hijinks inside.
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  For "Outline," artist Chris Fraser stripped the front room’s exterior wall to its studs and lath, exposing the bones of the space and producing a grating capable of translating the outside world into moving ribbons of light and color. The view changes with the hour. In the morning, indirect light reveals subtle bands of shadow. In the afternoon, the space becomes more interactive.
    For "Outline," artist Chris Fraser stripped the front room’s exterior wall to its studs and lath, exposing the bones of the space and producing a grating capable of translating the outside world into moving ribbons of light and color. The view changes with the hour. In the morning, indirect light reveals subtle bands of shadow. In the afternoon, the space becomes more interactive.
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  At night, car headlights sweep rapidly by, momentarily revealing the contours of the room.
    At night, car headlights sweep rapidly by, momentarily revealing the contours of the room.
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  "Quantum Entanglement of the Carpenters Union Local," created by Randy Colosky for the home's front facade, refers the history and knowledge of carpenters and tradespeople.
    "Quantum Entanglement of the Carpenters Union Local," created by Randy Colosky for the home's front facade, refers the history and knowledge of carpenters and tradespeople.
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  Artist Jesse Schlesinger took residence in the disappearing house's bedroom for 28 days, from new moon to new moon, and deconstructed the house in order to make the furnishings necessary for habitation.
    Artist Jesse Schlesinger took residence in the disappearing house's bedroom for 28 days, from new moon to new moon, and deconstructed the house in order to make the furnishings necessary for habitation.
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  Using only hand tools and materials found on site, he removed the baseboard and door trim to create bed frames, seats, and more. As a part of eulogy for a building and its history, the artist invited visitors to join him for tea and coffee to share the ritual that gives life to a place.
    Using only hand tools and materials found on site, he removed the baseboard and door trim to create bed frames, seats, and more. As a part of eulogy for a building and its history, the artist invited visitors to join him for tea and coffee to share the ritual that gives life to a place.
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  "Data Mass Projection," by Yulia Pinkusevich, is an installation in the basement (and onetime grow room) created out of telephone and data wires found throughout the Laguna Street house. According to the artist, the installation serves as metaphor for a spectrometer-like visualization of digital data and information surrounding us at all times.
    "Data Mass Projection," by Yulia Pinkusevich, is an installation in the basement (and onetime grow room) created out of telephone and data wires found throughout the Laguna Street house. According to the artist, the installation serves as metaphor for a spectrometer-like visualization of digital data and information surrounding us at all times.
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  For "Drawn Out," in the former dining room, Andy Vogt cut the floorboards and sub-floor along the path between kitchen door and window, and excavated it as a single piece. The height of the floor joists below the cut have been gradually lowered and the floor has been put back in place.
    For "Drawn Out," in the former dining room, Andy Vogt cut the floorboards and sub-floor along the path between kitchen door and window, and excavated it as a single piece. The height of the floor joists below the cut have been gradually lowered and the floor has been put back in place.
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  Another view of "Drawn Out," as seen from below.
    Another view of "Drawn Out," as seen from below.
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  For "Shift (Plane)," Christine M. Peterson explored the concept of reflective surfaces by detaching and radially shifting the facade of the wall of a room, re-ordering the space’s visual and physical parameters.
    For "Shift (Plane)," Christine M. Peterson explored the concept of reflective surfaces by detaching and radially shifting the facade of the wall of a room, re-ordering the space’s visual and physical parameters.
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  Jeremiah Barber took a performative approach to the project, constructing a replica of his body out of found paper and suspending it above the pool of the flooded basement at 3020 Laguna. He lay below the paper form, just breaking the surface of the water, so that his reflected image from above aligns with his refracted image through the water. According to the artist, this work references scientific studies that induce out-of-body experiences through electrical impulses to a brain region called the angular gyrus; after the zap, subjects see themselves floating, staring down at their own body. To see a video of his performance, click here.Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our  FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!
    Jeremiah Barber took a performative approach to the project, constructing a replica of his body out of found paper and suspending it above the pool of the flooded basement at 3020 Laguna. He lay below the paper form, just breaking the surface of the water, so that his reflected image from above aligns with his refracted image through the water. According to the artist, this work references scientific studies that induce out-of-body experiences through electrical impulses to a brain region called the angular gyrus; after the zap, subjects see themselves floating, staring down at their own body. To see a video of his performance, click here.

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