StoreFrontLab invites you to an evening in conversation with artists Eliza Gregory, Kirk Crippens, Lizzy Brooks + Radka Pulliam. Together, their works present a timely trifecta of San Francisco neighborhoods undergoing rapid urban development—Bayview-Hunters Point, the Tenderloin, and the Mission District—contentious and well loved. While these works are presented primarily through still imagery, the artists have embedded themselves deeply within the communities of their focus, enriching the visual with essential oral and written narrative and thus creating an important record of San Francisco's historical present.
Artist Talk with Eliza Gregory, Kirk Crippens, Lizzy Brooks + Radka Pulliam
Wednesday December 3, 6:30pm
337 Shotwell Street
Eliza Gregory's Massive Urban Change, on view at StoreFrontLab, creates a space for nuanced dialogue about neighborhood evolution amidst the polarized debates currently surrounding San Francisco's Mission District. The work is comprised of a panoramic view of Mission Street, annotated with hand-written narratives contributed by visitors.
Eliza Gregory, Massive Urban Change (detail), 2014, digital photograph
Kirk Crippen's The Point, on view at the SFAC Gallery at City Hall, honors and celebrates the long-time residents of Bayview-Hunters Point. Primarily consisting of regal large-scale portraits of individuals from all generations in the neighborhood, The Point also features poetic interior shots of homes and rooms within the Bayview-Hunters Point community.
Kirk Crippens, The Point: Sphinx, 2014, digital photograph of Chet Allen's living room in Bayview.
Lizzy Brooks and Radka Pulliam's Temporal Cities, on view at Ramon's Tailor, explores the changing nature of a city and our own ideas of permanence. The installation's main visual is a window projection of a fading image of a Tenderloin street scene circa 1970. The artists use this beacon of light as an entry point to talk with neighbors and record personal stories.
Negative AAZ-0060, Courtesy of the Robert Durden Color Slide Collection, San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library. From Lizzy Brooks + Radka Pulliam's Temporal Cities, 2014, Ramon's Tailor.