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“Statue 06” by Joe Yorty will be part of Endless Summer IV.

When you think of summer, you think of park picnics, popsicles and cannonballing into swimming pools. The experiences of summer serve as muses for Endless Summer IV, a group exhibition and party happening from 3 p.m. to sundown Saturday, Aug. 17.

This is the fourth incarnation of Endless Summer, curated by Angella d'Avignon of Helmuth Projects. Thirteen artists, including J Noland, Katherine Powers, Matthew Bradley and Regan Russell, will explore the stuff that the warmer months bring. Noland's performance piece will apparently involve live snakes—insert Indiana Jones quote here.

It's happening at You Are Here, a new residential and commercial development in Golden Hill (811 25th St.). D'Avignon says the space brings something special because its design incorporates its past life as an auto service station. In fact, there are large pieces of metal, ladders and wood left over from the demolition in the room that will serve as the gallery. She plans to leave the flotsam and jetsam as-is so attendees have to figure out whether or not it's art.

"It's exciting because it will truly be an alternative art space," she says. "By having it someplace that isn't designated as a gallery, it will activate the space, and I think people will be more curious about what is art in this space."

Because this is a summer shindig, there will also be barbecue, beers, karaoke and a DJ spinning tunes in a plaza apart from the art. D'Avignon says that's to keep drunken girls from knocking over sculptures.


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