Various Small Fires (VSF) is a gallery owned and operated by Esther Kim Varet established in 2012 with locations in Los Angeles, California and Seoul, South Korea. VSF is dedicated to exhibitions that challenge conventional modes of art production and presentation. The gallery works hard to show no bias against age, medium, or market viability. The gallery’s program reflects our strong desire to be a much-needed platform for artists exercising their voice on the most important social, political, and environmental issues that threaten humans and the greater life web today.
Located in Hollywood, VSF Los Angeles is designed by Johnston MarkLee Architects, with nearly 5,000 sq-ft (465 sq-m) of exhibition space, including a unique sound corridor for year-round audio art programming. VSF is also one of the few commercial venues to have a dedicated outdoor gallery for large-scale sculpture and installation. The gallery uses 100% solar energy to operate our exhibition spaces and goes to great lengths to reduce our carbon footprint and eliminate plastic by-products.
In April 2019, VSF opened a second location in the Hannam neighborhood of Seoul, South Korea. This new ground-floor storefront added an additional 1,000 sq-ft (93 sq-m) of exhibition space to introduce significant American artists to an Asian audience.