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LoBot Gallery

The show calendar for Lower Bottom Gallery includes pettable art, people locked in cages for days, labyrinths, and shadow puppets. But before all the weirdness broke out, there was simply LoBot's size: Ten thousand square feet. Twenty-three-foot-high walls. Big enough for a printing room, a welding room, four live/work studios, and a giant bay door for rolling in King Kong whenever someone captured him. Size does matter, and LoBot has proved it. "We tell artists, bring everything you think will fit," says 23-year-old Caleb Rogers, a cocurator alongside Adam Hatch, another East Bay veteran artist. When they opened the doors last April, their first show drew hundreds to the ghetto to see a dozen local artists and be serenaded by bands Black Dice, Animal Collective, Comets on Fire, and Axolotl. Follow-up shows took on coherent themes, and came complete with searing experimental music, hip-hop, and rock. With a five-year lease and an option to renew, LoBot is going nowhere but up. "We're always trying to one-up ourselves with every show," Rogers says. "We're not out to be number one; we just want to put out consistently excellent work." Mission accomplished, guys.

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