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Carpenters Workshop Gallery takes up residence in a San Francisco church

Sculptures in spectacular surrounds

Carpenters Workshop Gallery has opened a new West Coast outpost inside a 9,000 sq ft former church.

Gallerists Julien Lombrail and Loïc Le Gaillard have taken over the mezzanine of Saint Joseph’s church on Howard Street in San Francisco. The landmark building has recently been transformed into a creative hub by owner and designer Ken Fulk, dubbed Saint Joseph’s Arts Society.

A leopard print carpet leads visitors up a stone staircase to the space, which is capped by soaring arches and has been sewn with Nacho Carbonell’s forest light sculptures. Carpenter Workshop Gallery is synonymous with functional sculpture and for its inaugural group show, a rotation of pieces by Atelier Van Lieshout, Maarten Baas, Sebastian Brajkovic, Vincenzo De Cotiis and Studio Job are displayed amid the structure’s roll-capped columns and glass windows.

Carpenters Workshop Gallery takes up residence in a San Francisco church
Exhibition views by Matt Harrington. Courtesy Carpenters Workshop Gallery

But it’s not just the art that’s eye-grabbing: visitors can also enjoy birds-eye views across the converted church’s nave and moulded ceilings.

Church interior. Courtesy of Ken Fulk and Saint Joseph's Art Society
Courtesy of Ken Fulk and Saint Joseph’s Art Society
Carpenters Workshop Gallery takes up residence in a San Francisco church
Exhibition views by Matt Harrington. Courtesy Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Courtesy of Ken Fulk and Saint Joseph's Art Society
Courtesy of Ken Fulk and Saint Joseph’s Art Society

1401 Howard Street, Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA 94103

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