We spoke with Rubbish owner Jon Lindstrom this afternoon, who says he's shocked that his landlord, Saks Building, LLC., didn't renew his lease.
Lindstrom says he learned of this only yesterday.
"We're really disappointed and just scrambling to figure out what to do and how to keep it going," he says on losing the unique gallery space, which belongs to the Saks building complex on the corner of Bijou and Tejon streets.
Both Lindstrom and former Rubbish co-owner Lorelei Beckstrom say that Saks was a good landlord, and gave them very reasonable rates for a downtown space. Lindstrom adds that they had renewed the lease three to four times over the past five years. (The Independent's call to Saks has not yet been returned.)
At tomorrow's closing party, Lindstrom says, he'll collect ideas and suggestions from guests as to where Rubbish can go next, even if only temporarily. He says he'll find a way to put on the December Twenty-Ten "small art and oddities" show.
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Bad news for Rubbish Gallery: According to its Facebook page last night the gallery's landlord decided not to renew its lease at the 17B Bijou St. location, forcing the five-year-old indie art haunt to vacate the space by the end of the
week month. Rubbish was just voted the best art gallery in our Best Of polls.
Here's what was posted:
Giant Piece of Space Debris crushes Rubbish. Well Actually its worse than that. Rubbish Gallery lease has expired and the landlord has decided not to renew. We have Got to make way for the new tenants, so This Saturday will be the last night of Rubbish at our current location. Rubbish gallery is asking everyone to come... by this Saturday to share your memories and stories of five years of amazing art openings, With community support and input rubbish continue in another location. More info at www.rubbishgallery.com
Sad but true BEST GALLERY forced to move after Five Long Years. Our dream is to go another five years. The show must go on there are still so many talented emerging artists in this town.
No reason for the non-renewal was given, according to Rubbish, which hopes to gather enough funds from donors and friends to set up a new location near the old one for a one-year stint. You can read more here.
Saturday will be Rubbish's last night, and starting at 5:17 p.m. it will host a closing party and thank you celebration.