Friday, October 31, 2014

Opening November 7: MASSIVE URBAN CHANGE

Eliza Gregory and Nicole Lavelle's Massive Urban Change will create a space
for  nuance dialogue about neighborhood evolution in the Mission District.

November 7-December 14, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, November 7, 6-8:30PM RSVP
Closing Reception: Sunday, December 14, 1-5:00PM
Gallery Hours: Saturdays–Wednesdays, 12-5:00PM
Closed: November 22-30

This November we invite a closer a closer look at the changing Mission with our exhibition, Massive Urban Change. The five-week project, a collaboration of artists Eliza Gregory and Nicole Lavelle, creates a space for nuanced dialogue about neighborhood evolution amidst the polarized debates currently surrounding San Francisco's Mission District. 

Composed of visual, sculptural and conversational components, Massive Urban Change zooms in and zooms out on the controversies by calling attention to historical context while also prioritizing individual experiences within the neighborhood.

The installation begins with a photograph of Mission Street between 15th and 30th Streets. With a nod to Ed Ruscha’s Sunset Strip, this panoramic series will snake around the gallery walls and provide the first layer of what will become a collaged, narrative map of neighborhood evolution, hope, frustration and reinvention.

Open Saturdays through Wednesdays from 12–5:00PM, the gallery will host visitors as both audience members and participants. The artists will conduct interviews, do online and historical research, and take suggestions from audience members for how to build out the this 3D map of changes. At the exhibition opening, visitors will begin the mapping process by speaking to other guests about neighborhood identity, history, pride, distress and hopes for the future.

Additional Components
Lavelle and Gregory are creating a series of graphic postcards for purchase that illuminate the role that the language of commerce plays in forming and representing place-based identity. Each postcard features one or more graphic renderings of business signage from Mission Street, taken from original photographs. The sale of these cards will help fund the project and act as an entry point for conversation around familiar landmarks.

Two custom made benches, part of Daniel Garcia’s Switch series, will run down the center of the gallery. These benches subtly encourage conversation by physically suggesting that people sit facing opposite directions: the contours of each bench switch two-thirds of the way along. Made from baltic birch and fixed to welded plate steel legs, the Switch benches reinforce the values of dialogue and community-building that underscore Massive Urban Change.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GRNASFCK // Summit on Invisible Urbanism Panelists Announced

GRNASFCK has announced the panelists for the Summit on Invisible Urbanism taking place this Saturday, October 25, at StoreFrontLab.

Part of GRNASFCK's three-day installation, I Love Extremophiles, the Summit on Invisible Urbanism brings together interdisciplinary thinkers to speculate on the biological, virtual, and moral tools at our deploy in confronting the post-industrial landscape, and designing for resiliency in an ecologically destabilized future.

Join GRNASFCK founders Ian Quate and Colleen Tuite for an expansive and informative discussion with:

David Fletcher, Landscape Architect, Fletcher Studio
Andrew Cal, Molecular Genetics + Cell Biology, Mango Materials
Nicholas Korrody, Artist, Theorist + Writer, Archinect
Geneva Travis, Management Consultant, Water Division of ARCADIS
Murphy Stein, R&D, Google; Futurist

Summit on Invisible Urbanism Saturday, October 25, 2014
11:00AM to 2:00PM 

337 Shotwell Street, SF
Free! Please register here!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

City Makers Salon Series Kicks Off with SITELAB's Laura Crescimano

Courtesy of SITELAB urban studio

City Makers, a new salon series sponsored by TraceSF, kicks off on October 28 at StoreFrontlab. Hosted by Amanda Loper of David Baker Architects and Emily Gosack of Jensen Architects, City Makers grew out of a desire to hear more from the women at the forefront of City Making, but their larger aim is to create an ongoing conversation that expands the notion of who makes our cities.

First up is Laura Crescimano, a founding principal of SITELAB urban studio, the San Francisco-based design strategy firm that is rethinking how we create public spaces. After launching in 2012, SITELAB’s research-driven approach to understanding what makes communities and spaces hum quickly captured the attention of some big players, but Crescimano and her partners, Evan Rose and Elanor Pries, are interested in all scales of city making. Her recent projects range from master plans for the 5M Project and Pier 70, both with Forest City, to a 300-pixel infographic for the non-proift, Destination Home.

Loper and Gosack promise real discussion, curated drinks and a special twist—each featured city maker invites the next city maker and serves as moderator—will keep the salon fresh and expanding.

City Makers
Tuesday, October 28
Free, but space is limited

Register here today!

October 19 Closing Reception

This Sunday, October 19, 2014 marks the closing of StoreFrontLab's first show in the City Making series. Ilyse Iris Magy's Lines Made by Walking and Miguel Arzabe's Sightlines extended the bounds of the StoreFrontLab gallery by leading visitors to the city's edge and the greater Bay Area. 

Both Magy and Arzabe's ever-evolving gallery installations chart the progression of these walks. The artists tell two very different city narratives, each through a unique language of mapping.

Please join us as we take a final look at how these two artists have charted our city.

Closing Reception
Sunday, October 19, 2014

[Coming up, October 24-26, 2014: I Love Extremophiles! by GRNASFCK]

Lines Made by Walking, 2014
Artist Ilyse Iris Magy (far right) leads participants towards Ocean Beach from the Mission District. 

Lines Made by Walking, 2014
Perched on Mount Davidson, San Francisco's highest point, artist Ilyse Iris Magy (center)with Tom Wiltzius (left) and Rachel Cassandra (right), discuss the topology and microclimates of the city

Miguel Arzabe
From left to right: Sightlines Excursion Two, October 6th, 2014, Wildcat Canyon; Sightlines Dirt Drawing Two, 2014, site-specific dirt on Fabriano paper, 28in x 40in

Miguel Arzabe
Sightlines Excursion Three, October 10th, 2014, Montara Mountain