Reception: Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Exhibition Dates: Aug 8, 2015 to Sep 5, 2015
Including CREATIVE STATION, free all-ages art activities in our Classroom.
Gallery Hours By Appointment Only
Massive Urban Change – Conversation, Epistles and Assignments
Massive Urban Change creates a space for nuanced dialogue about neighborhood evolution amidst the polarized debates currently surrounding the San Francisco Mission District. First hosted by the Storefront Lab (888 Shotwell St @17th) from November 7th to December 14th, 2014, the project consists of visual, sculptural and conversational components. It zooms in and zooms out on the controversies by calling attention to historical context while also prioritizing individual experiences within the neighborhood.
The project began with the installation of a photograph of Mission St between 15th and 30th Streets. With a nod to Ed Ruscha’s Sunset Strip, this panoramic series snaked around the gallery walls and provided a substrate on which participants mapped neighborhood evolution, hope, class divides, sadness, frustration and reinvention. Conversations in the space based on a series of questions about individuals’ relationships to their neighborhoods complemented the visual information being added to the walls.
Tonight, those conversational prompts are again available if you would like to have a focused chat about your relationship to your home space and your feelings about the changes currently underway around us. In addition, the Massive Urban Change postcards, made in collaboration with artist and designer Nicole Lavelle, are available tonight to send to other show-goers with questions or thoughts on this topic, and to take back to the businesses they feature as an opportunity to connect personally with a new (or favorite) store within the neighborhood.
These postcards celebrate neighborhood identity by drawing attention to business signage along Mission St. Nicole isolates and vectorizes familiar signs, based off of photographs made by Eliza. The sale of these cards helps to fund the project, as well as providing another entry point for noticing, discussing and celebrating different aspects of the neighborhood.
Stop by Eliza’s table to obtain a packet of postcards to deliver to a local business, a sheet of questions, or a few postcards to send to other tables over dinner.