2012 SECA Art Award

David Wilson, maps and invitations related to various gatherings and installations by the artist, 2006-13; © David Wilson

2012 SECA Art Award

Zarouhie Abdalian, Occasional Music (preparatory photograph showing space between buildings in downtown Oakland), 2013; Public installation in downtown Oakland: brass bells and electronics; dimensions variable; commissioned by SFMOMA, courtesy the artist and Altman Siegel San Francisco; © Zarouhie Abdalian; photo: courtesy the artist

2012 SECA Art Award

Josh Faught, BE BOLD For What You Stand For, BE CAREFUL For What You Fall For (detail), 2013; site-specific installation: hand-dyed and hand-woven textile; commissioned by SFMOMA, courtesy the artist and Lisa Cooley, New York; © Josh Faught; photo: Ben Blackwell

2012 SECA Art Award

Jonn Herschend, Stories from the Evacuation (still), 2013; HD video, color, sound; commissioned by SFMOMA, courtesy the artist and Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco; © Jonn Herschend

2012 SECA Art Award

David Wilson, Arrivals (detail of Searching Notes at 151 Third Street), 2013; Site-specific installations of drawings, trailhead from reclaimed redwoods, six takeaway maps, six site compositions in San Francisco with six accompanying audio recordings commissioned by SFMOMA, courtesy the artist; photo: courtesy SFMOMA

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2012 SECA Art Award: Zarouhie Abdalian, Josh Faught, Jonn Herschend, David Wilson

Multiple locations, September 14 - November 17, 2013

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.

Artists

Zarouhie Abdalian
Zarouhie Abdalian

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.

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Josh Faught
Josh Faught

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.

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Jonn Herschend
Jonn Herschend

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.

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David Wilson
David Wilson

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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Past Events

Zarouhie Abdalian: Occasional Music
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Zarouhie Abdalian: Occasional Music

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Visit Information


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Multiple Locations

Zarouhie Abdalian - Downtown Oakland

Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, near 14th Street and Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

Admission
Free

Hours
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.

 

Josh Faught - Neptune Society Columbarium

1 Loraine Court
San Francisco, CA 94118

Admission
Free

Hours
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.

Accessibility
The ground floor of the Columbarium is wheelchair accessible; upper floors are accessible via stairs only.

 

Jonn Herschend - SFMOMA.org/stories

View online: sfmoma.org/stories

 

David Wilson - Various sites in San Francisco

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

November 17
Arrivals - Map 6 South of Market.
The event at the final location is presented as part of Live Projects 2: SECA Art Award.

Admission
Free

Accesibility
Map 1: The Cemetery Connector Trail, which leads to the first site, located east of the Presidio National Cemetery Overlook, is not wheelchair accessible.

For Bay Area transit and traffic information, visit 511.org.

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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.