ARGONAUTAdvertising Agency in San Francisco, California
In this exhibit, Undoboy brings his latest project, 100 Happiness, from Instagram to the walls of the ARGONAUT Gallery. 100 Happiness explores the search for happiness and today's desire for instant gratification of emotions through social media.
The artist wants to use his works as a medium to arouse emotions in audiences, to connect with people, to bring happiness to them, and to raise the question about true happiness in this information polluted era.
He believes happines...s coexists with unhappiness, interrelated and interdependent like Yin and Yang. Therefore, this show consisted a series of unhappy faces juxtaposing with happy faces.
“I like to include the unhappy face in my work not only to create the tension and contrast but also to remind other that life could suck sometimes. It would be delusional if it is just showcasing the happy face itself. Life has its ups and downs, we tend to overlook the true happiness if we do not embrace the opposite side of it. You need to go through the unhappy moment in your life to really get underneath the meaning of happiness.” -- Undoboy
Join us for an opening reception on April 5th to view the 100 Happiness project, as well as a collection of some of Undoboy's former works.
We can't wait to host the SF Show 2018 Gala this Thursday night! Get your tickets!
Our Head of Culture, Maura Heilbron is featured today on Ron Urbach’s blog, Madison Ave Insights, discussing ARGONAUT’s culture of giving, our work with Code Tenderloin, and how technology is shaping the way we give.
We're excited to announce our next gallery exhibit, 13 x 19 / Full Bleed : Fillmore Posters by Brad Kayal. Come by the ARGONAUT Gallery next Thursday, October 5th from 6-9pm for an opening party cohosted with barrettSF. Posters will be on sale with proceeds benefiting the Bill Graham Foundation and hurricane relief efforts.
Thanks to everyone who came out Wednesday night!
Wednesday night, Argonaut hosted “A Night with the Family Dog,” an event featuring The Avalon’s Co-Founder, Bob Cohen. Argonaut is an ad agency that works in what was once The Avalon Ballroom (home to epic shows from Grateful Dead, The Doors, Janis and many others).
Through the magic of sound and visuals, ARGONAUT will be transported back in time to the mid-1960s - magical era when the corner of Sutter and Van Ness was the epicenter of the rock’n’roll revolution taking place in San Francisco. This was the location of the Avalon Ballroom, the storied venue that hosted so many of the magical moments of that revolution.
From 1966 to 1969, the Avalon was the dedicated space of the Family Dog, the pioneering collective that birthed the altern...ative rock scene in the city, and who presented many events at the pre-eminent psychedelic ballroom that have become the stuff of legend in the decades since. Bill Graham and the rival Fillmore Auditorium may have been more fastidious, but the Avalon is still remembered as the embodiment the heart and soul of the SF music community, by both musicians and audiences alike.
The late Chet Helms was the public figurehead of the Family Dog, but the day-to-day handling of their live presentations at the Avalon, and elsewhere, was handled by Bob Cohen, who amongst many other tasks, built and ran the venue’s top-rated sound system. In a prescient move, Bob saw fit to record many of the concerts held at the Avalon in those years, thereby capturing rock history in the making. These are not lo-fi tapes made upon a single microphone out in the audience, but balanced soundboard recordings with a fidelity and vitality that put the listener right in front of the stage.
The ability to hear these vintage performances in the space in which they were created is an unprecedented opportunity, and the roll-call of artists is equally exciting. The top tier of San Francisco groups who made the Avalon their home are of course well-represented: Big Brother & The Holding Company with Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Country Joe & The Fish, Quicksilver Messenger Service. Fore-founding acts the Charlatans and Jefferson Airplane are heard in excerpts taped at other Family Dog venues, including the very first Family Dog promotion at Longshoreman’s Hall in October 1965. The Avalon was well known for giving out-of-town acts their first ballroom dates in San Francisco. We will hear moments from the earliest Doors appearance in the city, as well as performances from the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers and Lee Michaels. And there are exciting snippets from cult psychedelic acts who crossed the Avalon stage in 1966 and 1967: Captain Beefheart, Oxford Circle, Sons Of Adam, Daily Flash and 13th Floor Elevators.
The evening will consist of audio-visual presentations of selected live recordings, interspersed with an informal chat with Bob Cohen and Grammy-nominated historian and archivist Alec Palao, discussing the Avalon and Family Dog. An event not to be missed for any rock fan, or anyone interested in the history of the incredible space that ARGONAUT now calls home.