Exhibition

2012 SECA Art Award

Zarouhie Abdalian, Josh Faught, Jonn Herschend, David Wilson

September 14-November 16, 2013

Multiple Locations

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.

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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • An installation, Herschend
    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
  • David Wilson, maps and invitations related to various gatherings and installations by the artist, 2006-13; David Wilson
  • 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




Catalogue

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

The 2012 SECA Art Award’s site-responsive projects, ranging from drawing to performance, sound, video, and sculpture, were on view during November 2013. The accompanying exhibition catalogue features interviews and texts by the award curators Jenny Gheith and Tanya Zimbardo, documentation of the commissions, as well as illustrations of previous work.

About SECA

Learn more about SECA (the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), which has honored over seventy Bay Area artists with the SECA Art Award since 1967.