Three commissioned projects by Bay Area newcomers Pawel Kruk, Primitivo Suarez-Wolfe and Richard T. Walker

September 24, 2010 - January 7, 2011
SFAC Main Gallery
, 155 Grove Street Window Instalaltion Site, Public Performance


Richard T. Walker

How long do you have to live in the Bay Area to be considered a local artist?

How quickly do new arrivals influence our cultural landscape and help establish defining regional aesthetics?

How quickly does the Bay Area influence the artistic production of newcomers?

These are a few of the underlying questions posed in Transplanted.

For Transplanted, each of the exhibiting artists was asked to create new work that reflects on how living in the Bay Area has influenced their artistic practice. Kruk, a performance artist, Suarez-Wolfe, a sculptor, and Walker, a video artist, each arrived with extensive, international exhibition experience, and in the past three years have caught the attention of local critics, philanthropic organizations and major institutions.

In the Main Gallery
Richard T. Walker
attempting to define the parameters of wanting

This exhibition continues Richard T Walker’s ever-evolving investigation into the natural landscape and its use as a contextual tool to mobilize thoughts and self-reflection. With strong nods towards the European and American Romantic periods, Walker uses spoken dialogue, music and performance to facilitate engagement and analysis that is both contemplative and active. The work questions how we perceive nature as well as how we imagine nature perceiving us. attempting to define parameters of wanting features works in media including video, photography, sculpture, and site-specific installation.

Richard T. Walker arrived in San Francisco from London in 2007 to become an Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts and a 2008 Fellow at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley. Over the next twelve months he will attend the Djerassi Artist Residency Program, the Headlands Center for the Arts Residency and also be a resident at the Montalvo Art Center. In 2009 he received the coveted Artadia award, given to artists living in the Bay Area. He is currently a finalist for the 2010 SECA Award at SFMOMA. Walker exhibits internationally and is represented by Christopher Grimes Gallery in Los Angeles.

At 155 Grove Street, Window Installation Site
Primitivo Suarez-Wolfe

Primitivo Suarez-Wolfe’s site-specific installation takes as its point of departure the physical inaccessibility of the gallery space. The Grove St. Site is never open to the public, which forces the viewer to look into the space from the sidewalk.  Forward-Looking plays off of the gallery’s limited or focused range of viewing to question and draw attention to the public’s curiosity to look into the work – both literally and figuratively. The work reflects on the experiential aspect of relocation by emphasizing the act of looking into.

With a background in both architecture and visual art, Primitivo Suarez-Wolfe moved to the Bay Area from Los Angeles. Prior to his arrival, his works had been seen at ACE Gallery in LA and New York, and Blum & Poe in LA as well as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and High Desert Test Sites. From 2005-08 he co-edited the InterReview Journal, a publication on conceptual art. Recently Suarez-Wolfe has been awarded a commission from the SFAC Public Art Program, is teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute, and has had a solo exhibition at the Taubman Museum in Roanoke, VA.


Public Performance
Pawel Kruk
Winning the Water

Saturday, October 16, 2010
Aquatic Park, 890 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

For images from this event, see the event page.

Event Summary: Performance in which the artist will enter the water at Alcatraz (9 AM) and swim to Aquatic Park (anticipated arrival 10AM) while accompanied by the band Coconut. The public is invited to gather at Aquatic Park.

Continuing his artistic inquiry into the heroic nature of athletes and athletic feats, Pawel Kruk will swim from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park surrounded by a group of friends contributing to the performance in various ways. As the public cheers from the shore, Kruk’s swim will be accompanied by the two-person band Coconut performing live music on a small vessel propelled by oars, a videographer and photographer documenting the sounds and scenes of the performance, and another vessel carrying a group of spectators, whose presence will also contribute to the work. San Francisco’s South End Rowing Club’s history and their role in the dynamics of the interaction between people and the Bay will underlie the entire event. Documentation will be posted on the SFAC Gallery web site.

Kruk, a performance artist originally from Warsaw, spent a short time at the Headlands Center for the Arts in 2002, and then returned as an Affiliate Artist in 2007. In 2008 he was a Fellow at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley. Kruk exhibits internationally and in 2003 was included in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s major exhibition The American Effect. He had a critically acclaimed solo exhibition at San Francisco’s David Cunningham Projects in 2009 and is currently a finalist for the 2010 SECA Award at SFMOMA.

Acknowledgements: David Cunningham, Buck Delventhal, Juliette Delventhal, Luther Green, Colter Jacobsen, Milena Korolczuk, Justin Limoges, Owen B. Mehegan, Paul Nordquist, Kimberly Peinado, Airyka Rockefeller, Richard T. Walker, Tomo Yasuda and Members of the South End Rowing Club and Electric Works Gallery.