Emerging from a desire to create a dynamic, nontraditional experiment in our galleries, Work in Progress: Investigations South of Market forefronts the process of art making and opens up a conversation about site, both within and beyond YBCA’s doors. Six artists will take a unique point of departure from which to explore the SOMA neighborhood, inspired by the events that have shaped the neighborhood including the 1906 earthquake and fire, which physically and psychologically transformed the landscape of San Francisco, the more recent changes that have come about since the opening of AT&T Park in 2000, and the environmental impacts of the building boom. Other projects look at the people who have inhabited the neighborhood over the years, from the Ohlone to the wealthy landowners of the 19th century to those who work and live here today.
Work in Progress is an examination of place, artistic practice, and space. For the project, we invited a group of artists to submit proposals that address San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood through research-based inquiry. The selected participants—Terry Berlier, Val Britton, Tom Loughlin, Jenny Odell, Stadium Projects (Josh Stulen, Monte Masi, and Lex Kosieradzki), and Weston Teruya—have been grouped into three sequential residencies, and the galleries are effectively becoming a working studio for them during open hours. As each residency rotates out, the works produced will remain on site, each residency building on the last and presenting a new layer of the cumulative experience.
YBCA’s neighborhood has long been a locus of change, contention, and renewal. The newly commissioned works for this exhibition aim to deepen our understanding of, and connect back to, this rich history and legacy. Even as they investigate a specific locale within San Francisco, they also look beyond it, exploring broader themes of generosity, urban planning, environmental impact, and historical change.
Stadium Projects (established 2015) is an artist collective comprised of Joshua Peder Stulen, Monte Masi, and Lex Kosieradzki that focuses on stadiums and their roles as sites for cultural production. Looking at the relationships that communities have to stadium development and placemaking, their mission is to address how stadiums project affect into urban space. Through fieldwork and historical research, the collective formulates inquiries and dialogues that engage with ideologies of the commons, cultural capital, historicization, psycho-geography, and urban development.
After the Big One: Utopia or Oblivion, Video, 2016
After the Big One: Utopia or Oblivion, Audio from Performance, 2016