Vito Acconci, Light Beams for the Sky of a Transfer Corridor
Spencer Finch, Orion
Light and its color are ultimately the subjects that fascinate Finch and those that he returns to again and again—along with the perceptual, physiological, psychological, and linguistic workings that influence how we experience them. Like many artists and thinkers who have inspired him and who turn up in his work—scientists, artists, poets, and philosophers, including Monet, Turner, Newton, Dickinson, Goethe, and Wittgenstein—Finch is continuously celebrating, and grappling with, the beauty and enigmas of light and color. His mix of science and poetry is fitting for a subject that is equally tied to science and art.”
Charles Gadeken, Entwined (Golden Gate Park)
Inspired by the objects, structures and processes in the world around us, Charles’ art depicts natural objects in fantastic ways and realizes the potential for serendipity in everyday life. Often incorporating and developing technology for various effects — LEDs, flame, hydraulics, and electricity — to increase the visual and physical impact of his work, he seeks to instill a sense of play into the environment.
Ivan Navarro, THE LADDER (Sun or Moon)
Ivan Navarro (born in 1972 in Santiago, under the Pinochet dictatorship), uses light as his raw material, turning common objects into electric sculptures and transforming spaces by means of visual interplay. Echoing the minimalist works of Dan Flavin, Navarro’s light sculptures subvert the cool detachment of florescent bulbs with their arrangement into recognizable objects. His work is certainly playful, but is also haunted by questions of power, control, and imprisonment. The act of usurping the minimalist aesthetic is an ever-present undercurrent, becoming the pretext for understated political and social criticism. He represented Chile in the 2009 Venice Biennale and one of his earliest shows was at Galeria de la Raza in San Francisco. Navarro’s work has garnered international attention, participating in numerous renowned exhibitions across the globe, including at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Navarro is represented by Galerie Templon in Paris, Hyundai Gallery in Seoul, and Luciana Brito Galeria in Sao Paulo. He has lived and worked in New York since 1997.
Matthew Passmore, Handsignals
nd 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 Multiverse in the National Gallery of Art's Concourse in Washington D.C. and Hive 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.
George Zisiadis, Grace Light* 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.