Vito Acconci, Light Beams for the Sky of a Transfer Corridor* (SFO)
Vito Acconci’s artwork and architecture are based on social interactions between people and the blurring of public and private space. His utopian, biomorphic designs aim to approximate the complexity of living organisms. After initially devoting himself to poetry and writing, he began to produce visual work in 1969, most of which incorporated subversive social comment. In the mid 1980s, he began creating experimental architecture, design and public sculpture, and in 1988 he founded Acconci Studio, an architectural practice with public commissions around the world.
Aphidoidea, The Seed (Castro)
Aphidoidea [Ahh-fi-doe-idea] is a multi-disciplinary art, design, and architecture collective. Led by formally trained architects Jesus Eduardo Magaña, Paulina Bouyer-Magana, Jackie Muñoz, and Andrew Hernandez, the collective creates site-specific art installations that engage the user and enhance the built environment. Their art is a product of the exploration of site, concept, materials, and interactivity, and has evolved from site-specific installations, to include user response and spectator interaction. Their installations employ a variety of materials, ranging from ephemeral to the permanent, and technology based to analogue application.
Shimon Attie and Vale Bruck, Spiral of Gratitude (Mission Bay)
For two decades, Shimon Attie has made art that reflects on the relationship between place, memory and identity. He is particularly concerned with issues of loss, communal trauma and the potential for regeneration. Earlier works used contemporary media to re-animate architectural and public sites with images of their lost histories, exploring how histories of marginalized and forgotten communities may be visually introduced into the physical landscape of the present. In more recent years, Attie has created a number of multiple-channel immersive HD video installations, including a commission by the BBC and Arts Council of Wales to create a 5-channel video installation on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, when the village became ‘famous’ after having lost nearly all of its children in a manmade avalanche that buried the elementary school. Vale Bruck is a large-scale art installationist and artisan woodworker based out of Eastern Pennsylvania, who has worked on and directed major projects all over the world. Over the course of 4 years, he collaborated with Shimon Attie to concept and subsequently create Spiral of Gratitude.
Nayland Blake, Constellation (Civic Center)
Nayland Blake is one of the most intellectually and aesthetically agile contemporary artists, producing work of incisive clarity as a curator, artist, writer, and teacher since the 1980s. Interracial desire, same-sex love, and racial and sexual bigotry are recurrent themes in Blake's sculptures, drawings, performances, and videos, which reflect his preoccupation with his own racial and sexual identities. He participated in the 1991 Whitney Biennial and the 1993 Venice Biennale, and since 1993, has exhibited his work at Matthew Marks Gallery (NYC/Los Angeles). Most recently, San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presented his one-man exhibition
Blake was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 2012; he currently chairs the International Photography Center-Bard MFA program and lives and works in Brooklyn.
Jim Campbell, Ocean Mirror with Fragments (Inner Sunset) and Day for Night (Embarcadero)
Exploring the line between representation and abstraction, Jim Campbell plumbs the human ability to interpret information and "fill in the gaps" necessary to create a complete idea. His exploration of the distinction between the analogue world and its digital representation metaphorically parallels the difference between poetic understanding versus the mathematics of data. While Campbell's works typically use flat grids of evenly spaced LEDs, he has recently begun to "pull apart" two-dimensional imagery, presenting it in a three-dimensional format. A recent outdoor installation,
in New York's Madison Square Park, and a commission for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,Exploded Views (4 Films),
exemplify this new direction.
James Carpenter, Four Sculptural Light Reflectors* (SFO)
James Carpenter began exhibiting light-based art works while developing new glass materials at Corning Glass Works from 1972 through 1982. Since establishing James Carpenter Design Associates in 1978, he has been integrating a synthesis of light into building structures. The studio is a collaborative environment, encouraging an exchange of ideas between architects, material and structural engineers, environmental engineers, and fabricators. Carpenter studied with glass sculptor Dale Chihuly, and is the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award, the American Institute of Architects Honor Award, and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
Dan Flavin, “monument" for V. Tatlin and untitled (in honor of Leo...) (SFMOMA)
Dan Flavin created light installations (or “situations” as he preferred to call them) utilizing fluorescent light tubing that became icons of Minimalism. After a brief stint at seminary and meteorological training in the military, the artist pursued his studies in the late 1950s at Columbia University and the New School. Flavin began incorporating electric lights into his works in the early 1960s with his breakthrough Icons series. Having hit upon his chosen medium, he abandoned painting altogether, focusing on light works for the remainder of his career. Like the work of his fellow Minimalists, Flavin's art is clean, industrially produced, and serially repeating. Working with prefabricated rather than handcrafted materials allowed him to focus on the light itself and the way in which it transformed, or “sculpted" the exhibition space. His wall- and floor-mounted site-specific fixtures, composed of intersecting and parallel lines of light in conventional colors, flood spaces with their glow. By basing his work as much in radiated light as in the bulbs themselves, Flavin set the stage for much of the experience-oriented installation work that continues today.
Charles Gadeken, SQUARED (Hayes Valley)
Working in the Bay Area for more than 20 years, industrial artist Charles Gadeken has created light installations for large scale events such as Coachella, Burning Man and Outside Lands. His art often incorporates the use of metals and technology to create a highly immersive experience for spectators. Gadeken is the founder of QBox, Box Shop, and a founding member of Flaming Lotus Girls, organizations that are all dedicated to fostering communal art spaces and educational opportunities for local artists.
Cliff Garten, Ethereal Bodies* (Potrero) &Monarch (Mission Bay)
Artist Cliff Garten’s artistic approach toward civic sculpture explores the expressive potential of infrastructure. He has completed more than fifty sculptures throughout the U.S. and Canada in collaboration with significant architecture, landscape architecture, and engineering projects. By connecting people to places through sculptural material, social history, and ecology, his civic sculptures locate the latent potential within a public space. While sought after for creating evocative and nuanced site-specific sculptures within the civic realm, Garten also maintains an independent studio practice creating small-scale sculptures and works on paper.
Lisa Gemmiti, San Francisco at Night: Model Art Map (Yerba Buena)
Lisa Gemmiti has dedicated her career to the production and use of physical scale models for a wide variety of purposes serving many industries. Since 1999, Lisa and her Gemmiti Model Art team have contributed to the production of hundreds of design, study and presentation models. Her work has been delivered to 20 different countries and spans the heights of Mount Everest to the intricacies of a single strand of DNA. Lisa has taught Advanced Model Making at Academy of Art University, consulted with industrial design students at California College of the Arts on their thesis projects, and has been a regular presenter to architecture students at Stanford University.
Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn, Language of the Birds* (North Beach) & Caruso's Dream (Central Market)
A multi-disciplinary artist of infinite sculptural jest, Brian Goggin has left his mark on the West Coast with his whimsical and vibrant layering of found objects and chaos-provoking sculptures. He first attracted national attention in 1997 with
— an NEA-funded, site-specific sculptural mural on a dilapidated building in San Francisco that became an unofficial San Francisco landmark. He has also recently createdSpeechless
for the Lafayette Public Library, CA;Samson
for the Sacramento International Airport;Traffic of Ideas
for the Seattle Arts Commission, andHerd Morality
for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Dorka Keehn is an award-winning public artist and San Francisco Arts Commissioner experienced at managing complex percent-for-art and other art programs that often require the participation of multiple parties with diverse agendas. She works with both established and emerging artists, providing artist support and interface throughout the entire process including design, engineering, public review, permitting and installation. Dorka led the fundraising effort forThe Bay Lights
by Leo Villareal and sits on the board of ArtCare and the advisory boards of the Black Rock Art Foundation and The Crucible.
Haddad | Drugan, Bayview Rise (Bayview, Pier 92)
Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan are an artist team whose work is about phenomenology and perception. Their site-specific artwork engages with its context and forms a continuously transforming medium of exchange between systems, ideas, and interventions. The art is often activated by natural phenomena like light and water, and when possible incorporates alternative energy sources and other sustainable practices. Their work has received awards from various agencies including Americans for the Arts, and has been published in
HYBYCOZO: Yelena Filipchuk & Serge Beaulieu,Illuminavia (South Beach)
While it seemed in 2014 that most people in the Bay Area were moving toward more digital pursuits, Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu felt compelled to switch gears from their tech jobs to make real world objects. Before creating HYBYCOZO, Yelena was at Google and YouTube, where she facilitated partnerships and worked with musicians and artists to enforce their copyright and assure they got paid for their videos to the platform. Serge Beaulieu is a veteran industrial designer, graphic artist and maker. Having spent a decade at numerous design studios, including Yves Behar's Fuseproject, he put aside tech work and industrial design to explore art and sculpture, and the duo haven’t looked back. The first of their HYBYCOZO installations debuted at Burning Man 2014, with additional installations at the Islamic Arts Festival in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, San Francisco’s Exploratorium and Treasure Island Festival.
Illuminate, Hope Will Never Be Silent (Castro)
Illuminate rallies large groups of people together to create impossible works of public art that, through awe, free humanity's better nature. The highly aspirational mission of changing humanity’s future for the better via public art is a reflection of the nonprofit art organization’s core beliefs. Illuminate founder Ben Davis is also the visionary behind The Bay Lights, asking in September 2010, “What if the Bay Bridge were a canvas of light?” Two-and-a-half years later, after teaming with internationally renowned artist Leo Villareal, a vast and passionate community came together to fully permit, design, install, fund and celebrate the March 5, 2013 grand lighting of a two-year public installation of the iconic LED light sculpture. ILLUMINATE successfully led the effort to permanently install The Bay Lights, gifted to the State of California on January 30, 2016.
Ned Kahn, Wind Portal* (SFO)
The planet’s complex, random perturbations become manifested visually, tactilely and acoustically in Ned Kahn’s work. Happening across his work can be a stupefying experience, since typically invisible or unobservable forces are felt as immediate natural effects, and are only later discovered to be artificially constructed. At times, he re-creates environmental conditions in controlled settings, and at other times, he lets nature animate his art. In replicating the forms and forces of nature, his environmental artworks elicit mythic and contemporary associations with elegant simplicity.
Dave Lane, Lamp of the Covenant (Yerba Buena)
Considered a visionary artist, Dave Lane is also a highly literate engineer who works for the California Department of Water Resources, maintaining the structural integrity of levees that protect the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta’s 98 islands. His artwork consists of monumental steel sculptures accompanied by detailed, text-laced diagrams, drawings and dioramas that, together, lay out a worldview that includes not only imaginary creation myths, but also a host of epistemological, philosophical and religious musings that question, at every turn, the artist’s conclusions and the perceptual/sensory apparatus that enabled them. His creations are in the tradition of found sculpture, and explore the vast, human-dwarfing world out beyond the buildings and banalities we erect to protect ourselves from what’s always looming over us — the immensity of time, the endlessness of space, the great outdoors on a literally cosmic scale.
Daniel Libeskind, Yud and PaRDeS, (Yerba Buena)
An international figure in architecture and urban design, Daniel Libeskind is renowned for his ability to evoke cultural memory in buildings. Informed by a deep commitment to music, philosophy, literature, and poetry, he aims to create architecture that is resonant, unique and sustainable. In 1989, Studio Libeskind won the international competition to build the Jewish Museum in Berlin. A series of influential museum commissions followed, including the Felix Nussbaum Haus, Osnabrück; Imperial War Museum North, Manchester; Denver Art Museum; Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; Danish Jewish Museum; Royal Ontario Museum; and the Military History Museum, Dresden. In 2003, Studio Libeskind won another historic competition — to create a master plan for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan.
MADLAB, Lumina (Yerba Buena)
Founded in 2003 by Petia Morozov and Jose Alcala, MADLAB is an award-winning, internationally published architecture firm noted for its research and innovative design services. The firm’s disciplinary core is comprised of architecture, industrial design and urban design, with professional and research influences from the fields of landscape, ecology, art, cognitive sciences, engineering and urban theory. MADLAB's current work includes innovative installations, interventions and ground-breaking works, creating interactive environments that sit between the worlds of architecture, site-speciﬁc installation art, and media design.
Merge Conceptual Design, Sky* (SFO)
Comprised of the artist team Franka Diehnelt and Claudia Reisenberger, Merge was founded in 2003 to create site-specific work generated by a research-based narrative approach. Artwork is informed by the space and the stories each individual site generates. Chosen narratives guide each installation to the appropriate medium, scale and placement of the piece, while all pieces strive to invite interaction and an engaging viewer experience. Merge draws on a shared background in architecture and art collaborations, to bring a rich technical background and a unique design sensibility to all projects in Europe and America.
Anna Valentina Murch, Archipelago* (Potrero)
Born in Scotland and raised in London, artist Anna Murch graduated from the University of Leicester with an art degree, and earned a postgraduate degrees at the Royal College of Art in London and the Architectural Association in London, where she did experimental work with light and kinetic projection onto structures. She moved to the Bay Area in 1976 and had a live-work studio at Project Artaud. She taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, UC Berkeley and Mills College, where she became tenured. Long interested in the sounds of water and wind and in the way light reflects, Murch was working on six large public commissions with her husband, environmental artist Doug Hollis, when she died of cancer in March 2014.
Matthew Passmore, Handsignals* (Mission) and Point of View (Embarcadero)
A conceptual artist, curator, teacher, and public space advocate operating in a global context, Matthew Passmore is best known as the original founder of the Rebar Art & Design Studio. In 2014, he formed MoreLab, a new creative endeavor focused specifically on public art projects, museum exhibitions and innovative public spaces. Recently completed projects include
, an 18-month artist fellowship at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, exhibitions at Make It Louder Beijing, the 2012 Istanbul Design Biennial, andKaleidoscape
, a three-year social sculpture project at the Berkeley Art Museum. Passmore regularly speaks nationally and internationally.
Saron Paz, Point of View (Embarcadero)
Israeli experience designer Saron Paz conceived "Point of View," which celebrates the cultural collaboration between San Francisco and Haifa, the third largest city in Israel. His work ranges from products and objects to spaces, events and interactive installations. Saron Paz is a founder of ForReal Team, an experience design studio based in South Tel Aviv.
Jim Sanborn, Anima (Mission Bay)
Best known for creating the encrypted sculpture Kryptos at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, Jim Sanborn has been building science-based installations for many years. With the help of a retired CIA cryptographer, the artist spent four months devising the Kryptos codes, which he embedded in the curved copper panels of the sculpture – and they have yet to be completely solved. Themes in his work have included, “making the invisible visible,” with many sculptures focusing on topics such as the Earth's magnetic fields, the Coriolis effect, secret messages, and mysteries of atomic reactions.The texts he chooses for public projects are heavily researched, and works such as Anima were designed to exude their information slowly, and encourage collaboration among cultures to fully decipher.
Keith Sonnier, Ceiling Flood* (SFO)
A conceptual artist and sculptor who was an influential part of the Process Art Movement, Keith Sonnier radically reinvented sculpture in the late 1960s. Employing unusual materials never before used, Sonnier, along with his contemporaries Bruce Nauman, Richard Tuttle, Eva Hesse, Richard Serra and Barry LeVa, called all previous conceptions of sculpture into question. In 1968, the artist began working with neon, which quickly became a defining element of his work. The linear quality of neon allows Sonnier to draw in space with light and color, while the diffuseness of the light enables his work to interact on various architectural planes.
Eric Staller, Spirogyrate* (SFO)
Well known for his Urban UFO’s such as
, a 1967 Beetle covered with 1659 computerized light bulbs, Eric Staller is an early practitioner of performance art, light painting and the creation of art cars. In the 1970s, he took to the streets of New York at night to choreograph his long-exposure photography, creating sweeping arcs and tunnels of light by running with sparklers attached to a broomstick—the result is blazing, astonishingly uniform grooves of light piercing the still and darkened streets. An artist-in-residence for 12 years in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, he has created numerous public art installations, includingMagic Garden
at Twin 21 Plaza, Osaka, Japan.
Hank Willis Thomas, LOVE OVER RULES (Yerba Buena)
New York-based conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas works primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad, and is included in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. His collaborative projects include Question Bridge: Black Males, In Search Of The Truth (The Truth Booth), and For Freedoms, the first artist-run super PAC. Thomas received a BFA in Photography and Africana studies from New York University and a MFA/MA in Photography and Visual Criticism from the California College of Arts.
James Turrell, Three Gems (Golden Gate Park) & Skygarden (Central Market)
For over half a century, James Turrell has worked directly with light and space to create artworks that engage viewers with the limits and wonder of human perception. Turrell often cites the Parable of Plato’s Cave to introduce the notion that we are living in a reality of our own creation, subject to our human sensory limitations as well as contextual and cultural norms. This is evident in Turrell’s over eighty
, chambers with an aperture in the ceiling open to the sky. The simple act of witnessing the sky from within a TurrellSkyspace
, notably at dawn and dusk, reveals how we internally create the colors we see and thus, our perceived reality.
Leo Villareal, The Bay Lights
(Embarcadero) and Buckyball (Exploratorium)
Leo Villareal is known internationally for his light sculptures and site-specific architectural works. His art is part of the permanent collections of prestigious museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum in Kagawa, Japan. Major site-specific works include
in the National Gallery of Art's Concourse in Washington D.C. andHive
for the Bleecker Lafayette Street subway station in Manhattan. He is one of the nine leading contemporary artists invited to participate in the current exhibition "Wonder" at Renwick Gallery in the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. through May 8, 2016. Villareal is also one of three artists commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission to create public artwork in conjunction with the Moscone Expansion Project* San Francisco’s Civic Art Collection encompasses more than 4,000 objects, including historic monuments, murals, paintings, sculptures, installations and other media. The San Francisco Arts Commission oversees this rich and diverse collection, which helps distinguishes the city as an important cultural destination. To learn more visit www.sfartscommission.org.