Now & WhenJune 4 - September 4, 2010SFAC Main Gallery and 155 Grove Street Window Installation Site
On the occasion of the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery’s 40th
anniversary, we have commissioned Bay Area cultural producers to create
projects based on the concept of time capsules as a means to critically
confront the value, meaning and methodologies of marking time. We are
proud to present these emerging and renowned Bay Area artists: The
Bureau of Urban Secrets, Joseph del Pesco, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Packard
Jennings,Lynn Hershman Leeson, Ken Lo, Gay Outlaw & Bob Schmitz,
Paul Schiek and Margaret Tedesco & Matt BorrusoTaro Hattori. and
Margaret Tedesco & Matt Borruso
The Circulation Desk – Joseph del Pesco
The Circulation Desk is a two-part project about the distribution of
information, histories, and images through printed matter. With the help
and advice of friends, ephemera dealers, and librarians, del Pesco
located the first issues of twelve art magazines produced in the Bay
Area since 1960, and presents them online as a capsule-view of Bay Area
art over five decades. The second part of the project includes a
gallery-based distribution point for a survey of current international
art magazines, many of which have never been distributed in the Bay
The Mex Files – Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Sound engineering by Greg Landau
This unique time capsule invites visitors to enter a performative sound
chamber and experience an “anthology for the future.” Gómez-Peña has
been developing a sound archive of his writing and performance work
spanning the past 25 years. The Mex Files offers ten newly recorded
texts that evoke crucial moments in the artist’s life.
Where Do Birds Go Off to Die – Taro Hattori
At the SFAC Gallery window installation site at 155 Grove Street
Hattori has created an installation that envisions what human beings
might hand over to a post-human world. This time capsule captures the
construction of destruction, followed by the invasion of civilization by
the uncontrollable power of the natural world. It is a story about what
happens after human efforts to preserve our way of life on this planet
has failed and eventually ceases.
Where Do Birds Go off to Die is supported by the Graue Family Foundation.
Long Shot: Labor and Ponies – Packard Jennings with Amy
Balkin, Anthony Discenza, Aaron Gach, John Herschend, Lizabeth Rossof,
Steve Shada, and Stephanie Syjuco
For Long Shot: Dining, Labor, and Ponies, Jennings convened a group of
Bay Area conceptual artists for a meal at a local dining establishment
to discuss the project. Over the course of a meal, the notion of a time
capsule was scrutinized, as the team worked to envision a viable project
that could be realized within the available budget. The results are on
view in the gallery, along with a transcript of the dinner discussion.
Timelines: !Women Art Revolution – Lynn Hershman Lesson with Jesse Spenser, Alexandra Choweniac, Dan Olmsted and Justin Barber
The timeline for Leeson’s new feature length film !Women Art Revolution
stretches back to its inception nearly 42 years ago. Her time capsule
provides a glimpse into the process of creating this monumental film
project and contains organizational timelines that chart how the film
was realized, the timing of getting the footage and acquiring images,
the projected completion and distribution schedules, the sound and video
timelines, and graphic timelines from 1970-2009 that define histories.
Additionally, Now & When offers local audiences a chance to view
clips of !Women Art Revolution before it premieres at MOMA in New
Someone for Someone Forever and Ever – Ken Lo with Michelle
Blade, Suzanne Husky, Misako Inaoka, Aimee Le Duc, Ernest Jolly,
Patricia Maloney, Scott Oliver, Lordy Rodriguez, and Jamie Vasta
Someone for Someone Forever and Ever commemorates significant events
from the love lives of selected artists, curators and staff at the SFAC
Gallery. Lo seeks to erect a concrete marker to the peaks and valleys
found in an otherwise ambiguous landscape of emotion and memory. Each
memorial is a tribute to love’s labors lost; a souvenir to emotional
geographies traversed, romances won, trials survived, or fantasies never
realized. Lo assigns an impersonal and corporate idiom to each intimate
achievement and proclaims it worthy of universal recognition, as well
as material immortality.
Do Not Enter (Angus’ Room) – Gay Outlaw & Bob Schmitz
Outlaw and Schmitz have created a time capsule that is rendering of
their nine-year-old son’s room. They use photography to catalog the
contents and have constructed a sculptural mobile to interpret, at
various scales and in various mediums, certain objects in his room.
Their intent is to capture the essence of Angus’ room at this point in
time, and preserve it as both a personal and collective portrait. The
entire installation will be held in a single crate until it is exhibited
again in 40 years.
If Only We’d Known How We’d Want to Remember It: 8 Time
Capsules – The San Francisco Bureau of Urban Secrets – Jeannene
Przyblyski with Jon Thomas, Christina Corfield and Ryan Verzaal
The San Francisco Bureau of Urban Secrets has been in the business of
marking time since at least 2001. For Now & When, they publish the
sites of eight instances of encapsulated history, sealed as sound and
image, at eight different moments from 1776 to the present (the Bureau
modestly acknowledges its well-established expertise in time travel).
These “time capsules” may be accessed vicariously in the gallery, but
they are really to be found elsewhere in the City, in the space between
place and history.
The End of Photography – Paul Schiek
Our interest and everyday engagement with the moving image is
trumping photography in almost every application, and Schiek’s time
capsule investigates his prediction that we will lose the still image
completely within the next decade. Schiek has a created poetic tribute
or memorial marking this moment of transition utilizing a photocopier
and what he terms “the most recognizable and reproduced image of all
time,” Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother.
Proof – Margaret Tedesco & Matt Borruso
Margaret Tedesco & Matt Borruso’s project, Proof, is a collection of
photographs taken from numerous dystopian science fiction film sources.
While a time capsule supposed that the future is certain to exist,
these films often suggest the end of the world is imminent. For time
travelers the photographed objects provide proof of a shifting reality.
For survivors and future generations these images may reveal a timeless
fascination with the apocalypse.