What River Are You Made Of? Tuolumne Inside Out Art Exhibit

Show Runs: Sept 4 – October 3
Show Opening: Thursday, Sept 11, 6:30 – 9 pm.
Location: Capital One 360 Cafe—101 Post Street, San Francisco CA

This show brings you 20+ artists’ interpretations of our Tuolumne River, as well as the 411 on the river itself. The artists weave a story about the Tuolumne on the molecular, infrastructure and end use levels through their 2D, 3D, digital, and mixed media artwork.

While the Tuolumne River flows out of the tall peaks of the Sierra Nevada straight to the faucets of three million water users in the San Francisco Bay Area, many don’t know its name and relation to them. The Tuolumne River provides both water and electricity to Turlock, Modesto, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

What else lies hidden from our consciousness about this stunning river as it flows below Bay Area urban neighborhoods, enters our bodies, passes on into the landscape or sewers? What ripples does this river make below us, around us and inside of us? How does this river move through the Bay Area? How are we using it? And what does this life force need from us, to be purely available to us?

Dr. Elizabeth Dougherty, Founder and Director of Wholly H2O, curates this show.

Jorge Backman, Christina Bertea, Jackie Brookner, Charlie Brucker, Cat Chang
Dave Cherry, Brent Davis, Elizabeth Dougherty, Miles Epstein, Kristie Farquhar-Naeyaert, Larry Gonick, Lancelot Fraser, Chantel Greene, Michele Guieu, Jane Ingram Allen, Scott Kildall, Stacy Levy, Jeff Ray, Elizabeth Schowachert, Michael Tunk.

The videos I will be presenting in the show:

Sailing Through Sausalito
Sailing Through Sausalito
is collaborative video completed with two classes of third grade students in Sausalito. For a school year I was a video artist resident in Willow Creek Elementary school with the Sausalito Arts Foundation. The students worked on yearlong projects including all aspects of the curriculum. Sailing Through Sausalito is about the history of the San Francisco Bay through the study of 5 important boats. The students visited several times the construction site of a Tall Ship, a few yards from the school. The students learn how to storyboard, film and edit a video. The project is continuing during the 2014-2015 school year.

The idea for this one-minute video comes from something my mom told me when I was a child and that I never forgot. People who live where there is an abundance of water tend to not think that this is not the reality for a lot of people on this planet. When I lived in Senegal, I was amazed to very often see lines of women walking to get some clean water and take it back home. It is a sight I never forgot. Getting clean water is an every day problem for lots of people and it could even become a problem in the Western world – where we take clean water for granted. No water was wasted in the making of this video.
won “Best Environmental Short” – Bay Area Women in Film and Media (BAWIFM) Short Film Festival 2013.

Sip. Do Not Gulp.
A chef, two scientists and an Ohlone storyteller give their perspectives on the connection between food and water, in the context of the severe drought California is going through at this time.
– Andrea Blum, culinary artist – in Residence at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga
– Jay Famiglietti, Professor of Earth System Science and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine
– Ed Maurer, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering – in Santa Clara University
– Ann Marie Sayers, Ohlone Storyteller and Tribal Chair of Indian Canyon.
This video was part of the multi-media installation Sip. Do Not Gulp. at The de Saisset Museum, in Santa Clara, during the winter 2014

Water Cycle & Waterfall
Water has always been an important part of my life – I always lived closed to an ocean, a sea or a river. “I Remember” is a series of less than a minute videos of memories I have about water. The footage and photos were taken at different locations through the years.

Art in a Time of Climatological Catastrophes: WEAD Juried Membership Exhibition 2013

China Brotsky Gallery, Thoreau Center for Sustainability,
The Presidio of San Francisco
September 19- November 8, 2013

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 19, 2013, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Left: Detournement of a LED billboard, Chicago, IL, 2012. Print of the documentation of the event, 24″x16″.
Right: Detournements of a LED billboard, Richmond , VA, 2013. Print of the documentation of the event, 24″x9.5″.

I have two pieces in this show, both from my series created for the Billboard Art Project in 2012.

Détournement and repurposing of the Billboard
Images on the billboards usually convey messages of unsustainable consumerism, which is one of the reasons for the anthropogenic climate change we are experiencing. When I started participating in the Billboard Art Project, which uses LED billboards to display art, I worked on détournements. I created more than 300 images grouped in different series, some being road signs created from existing ones and using their graphic codes, some being details of photos of road signs or road marks. The images were created in relation with the specific locations of the billboards and make drivers think differently about their drive and the physical alteration of the environment.
During 2011 and 2012, I participated in 12 Billboard Art Project exhibitions in 12 towns across the US.

– The series projected in Richmond shows magnified details of existing signs found in public spaces.
– The image projected in Chicago is a representation of fossil oil using the codes of “danger” road signs: black and yellow.

From WEAD website:
This exhibition highlights works of art that engage with anthropogenic (human influenced) climate change and the mistreatment of the environment.

juror: Suzaan Boettger.
Artists Selected: Jane Ingram Allen, Michele Brody, Mary Burger, Reenie Charriere, Hagit Cohen, Anne Cummings, Edie Dillon, Emily Duffy, Lauren Elder, Marguerite Garth, Janet Glatz, Michele Guieu, Deborah Kennedy, Isabella La Rocca, Dawn Lee, Jess Levine, Garth Marguerite, Bobbi Mastrangelo, Belitz Monique, Deedee Morrison, Mary Neubauer, Carol Newborg, Bonnie Peterson, Perdita Phillips, Deanna Pindell, Teri Power, Laura Phelps Rogers, Eleanor Ruckman, Gretchen Scharnagi, Elizabeth Sher, Virginia Stearns, Patti Trimble, Carolyn Wirth.

China Brotsky Gallery, Thoreau Center for Sustainability,
The Presidio of San Francisco
1014 Torney Avenue (at Lincoln Boulevard), Building 1016
Gallery hours: Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Special San Francisco Open Studio Hours: Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20, 10-4pm
To learn more about WEAD please visit www.weadartists.org

ZER01 Biennial / SPUR San Francisco: ‘A Peek Behind Silicon Valley’s Digital Veil’

SPUR Urban Center Gallery: A Peek Behind Silicon Valley’s Digital Veil
September 19, 2012 – October 19, 2012
ZER01 Biennial ‘Seeking Silicon Valley’
Artists: Barbara Boissevain, Jennifer Bullock,  Alex Chen,  Daniel Garcia, Michele Guieu, Michelle Oblena, Thomas S Roger.

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I am very excited to be part of this exhibition in San Francisco. 7 photographers give their vision of Silicon Valley. As a newcomer I was very interested to show images linked with high technology and for some of them art and technology. Something, as a multi media artist, I am very interested in.

Here’s the caption I wrote below my photos:
My photos are about places I’ve been to when I first moved to Silicon Valley  two years ago. I did a ‘geek’ tour of all the high tech companies’ campuses including Google, and peeked in Hewlett Packard’s garage alley. Other places define Silicon Valley for me, like the San Jose International airport, where art and technology find a beautiful expression through some amazing public art projects; or my neighborhood library, which has a wonderful graphic tactile table, free to use.
After using SLR cameras for many years, I am now taking photos every day with my iPhone. I am very interested in the ‘point and shoot’ aspect of it and the new possibilities of sharing.

From SPUR exhibition page
The initial thought that often comes to mind upon hearing the word “Silicon Valley” is that of tech booms and electronic empires. However, Silicon Valley offers a depth beyond this that is frequently unseen. In partnership with San Jose’s ZERO1: The Art & Technology Network, SPUR and Hipstamatic invite you to go behind the digital veil with some of the Bay Area’s most skilled photographers as they present their personal interpretation of the theme of the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, “Seeking Silicon Valley”, a proposal that contemporary art practices can re-imagine the idea, the place and the experience of Silicon Valley.

About the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial
Inviting more than 150 artists from over 13 countries, the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial presents work at the forefront of media art — collaborating with international cultural institutions and iconic Silicon Valley companies to showcase three months of Bay Area exhibitions, events and performances — in museums and galleries, in skywriting above San Francisco, in the streets and storefronts of Silicon Valley, on iPads and smartphones and across the internet.

SPUR Urban Center Gallery
654 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA 94105-4015