For the first time in the history of SFMOMA's biennial award program honoring Bay Area artists, the museum has commissioned the four recipients of the 2012 SECA Art Award to create work outside the traditional gallery context. Their site-responsive projects — ranging from drawing to performance, sound, video, and sculpture — will appear in the following locations: Zarouhie Abdalian in downtown Oakland; Josh Faught at the Neptune Society Columbarium in San Francisco; Jonn Herschend on this website; and David Wilson in front of the museum's Third Street building, leading to various sites throughout the city. Documentation of the projects will be featured on this website and in the accompanying exhibition catalogue.
Zarouhie Abdalian creates subtle interventions into everyday perception. Often bordering on the edge of invisibility, her minimal installations engage with the specifics of a site. Through researching a location's history and physical features, she addresses the dynamics between visitors and a given space, arriving at simple adjustments that transform a viewer's physical or emotional understanding of an environment.
Mining rich histories of craft, Josh Faught creates sculptures that pair traditional textile and homespun techniques, such as loom-weaving, knitting, and crocheting, with everyday objects that reference domesticity and often feature political slogans and elements of kitsch. His assemblages typically start with raw fibers that he hand dyes with organic materials, such as ground-up cochineal bugs, or covers with artificial substances like spray paint or nail polish.
Jonn Herschend investigates emotional truth, confusion, and absurdity in everyday life through video, film, installation, and performance. His work questions the ways we interpret the validity of information, often through corporate communications tools like PowerPoint and informational videos. He has addressed the institutional messaging of arts organizations in several works, filming reenactments of museum visitors' mundane experiences and installing fictional "disorientation" videos at exhibition entrances.
David Wilson's works on paper and performance-based pieces explore what he describes as "the many lost corners and in-between stretches of natural and developed space" in Northern California. He has organized events at such locations as Angel Island, Wildcat Canyon, and the Marin Headlands. Whether he is working in large groups or in one-on-one exchanges, Wilson's ephemeral projects often involve collaboration with a rich community of musicians, filmmakers, and other artists.
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Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, near 14th Street and Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
The public sound installation is activated for several minutes once a day. Daily times vary; check schedule for details. Occasional Music was installed as part of the 2012 SECA Art Award exhibition; the closing date for this commission has been extended to January 20, 2014.
1 Loraine Court
San Francisco, CA 94118
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
To schedule a free group or individual tour of the Neptune Society Columbarium with caretaker and historian Emmitt Watson, please contact the main office at 415.771.0717.
The ground floor of the Columbarium is wheelchair accessible; upper floors are accessible via stairs only.
View online: sfmoma.org/stories
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Visitors can pick up maps at the trailhead in front of the closed SFMOMA building. New maps will be available as follows:
September 14 - November 17
Arrivals - Map 1: Presidio
September 23 - October 7
Arrivals - Map 2: Chinatown
October 7 - October 28
Arrivals - Map 3: Warm Water Cove via The Balloon Lady
(Visitors are encouraged to plan their trip during The Balloon Lady's business hours: Monday - Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Sunday schedule varies, please call ahead: 415.864.3737.)
October 28 - November 17
Arrivals - Map 4 Bernal Hill
November 4 - November 17
Arrivals-Map 5 Potrero Hill
Arrivals - Map 6 South of Market.
The event at the final location is presented as part of Live Projects 2: SECA Art Award.
Map 1: The Cemetery Connector Trail, which leads to the first site, located east of the Presidio National Cemetery Overlook, is not wheelchair accessible.
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Major support for the 2012 SECA Art Award: Zarouhie Abdalian, Josh Faught, Jonn Herschend, David Wilson is provided by SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), an SFMOMA art interest group. Generous support is provided by Carlie Wilmans. Additional support is provided by the SECA Circle of Friends.