Studio 1 at NEMA and Mechanics Plaza
Studio 1 is a 65 square foot “off the grid” solar powered art studio, public art project, and micro-residency center designed and constructed by David Szlasa. Built on the back of a flat bed trailer, the Studio is made primarily of reclaimed and salvage materials. The Studio is a mobile LIZ, sited at NEMA and Mechanics Plaza during the summer of 2015.
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For a week at a time, artists curated by Szlasa and the San Francisco Arts Commission will occupy the Studio. Each artist-in-residence represents a mix of disciplines and will develop programming schedules to complement the natural traffic patterns of the location, scheduling open studio hours and exhibitions on a regular basis. More information on the day-to-day programming can be found at Szlasa's website, Range Studio. Studio 1 photos by Robbie Sweeny.
June 14-19 – Andrea Bergen
The San Francisco-based collage artist creates handmade vector drawings with colorful paper, and in conjunction with her residency, her work is on display along Market Street as part of the Art on Market Kiosk Poster Series. During Bergen's residency, she will hold daily activities that relate to the subject matter of her poster series as well as her personal studio practices. In between activities, she will collage a new body of work.
June 22-26 – Sheldon Smith
Smith will be working on a site-responsive project that will be constructed gradually over the course of the week. His installation-based work and live performances use dance and technology to speak to common human experience. There will be scheduled showings and opportunities for passersby to engage in the process that will culminate in a final project: a video or a performance, or a combination of both.
June 27, 2:30-4:30pm – SPECIAL EVENT: Shinichi Iova-Koga / inkBoat
"Ritual 71: transient” will be a performance in and around the Studio and is part of a larger performance project, “95 Rituals,” directed by inkBoat’s Shinichi Iova-Koga, presented by Dancers’ Group/ONSITE. “95 Rituals” honors the work of legendary choreographer Anna Halprin, in celebration of her 95th birthday with a series of free site-specific performances at various locations, culminating July 7-11, with guest musicians and artists from around the world.
June 29-July 3 – Sara Shelton Mann
Shelton Mann will explore the video, written, and print archives of her 40+ years of performance history. The Studio will be transformed into a time capsule and platform for Shelton Mann to engage with passing audiences about her body of work – pinning materials to the walls and utilizing outward facing video screens. This residency is in preparation of Erasing Time, a performance retrospective of Sara Shelton Mann directed by David Szlasa that will open at YBCA in December 2015.
July 6-11 – Jesse Hewit
Location: Mechanics Plaza
Jesse Hewit’s works attempt to unsettle dominant ideas about things like power, narrative, safety, and beauty through re-imagining sociological contexts of the body. The project he will be working on during his residency will be composed of a series of durational practice sessions that interrogate a different way of having, giving, or showing faith. As part of his project, he will invite a range of artists to collaborate on the sessions, including daily sermons, singing practices and visual-art projects.
Monday – 10:00am-3:00pm: Hewit will be working on an alt-language cycle, where he will go into 30 minutes of improvised movement followed by 15 minutes of writing, followed by 15 minutes of speaking and then back to 30 minutes of movement, 15 minutes writing and 15 minutes of speaking, etc. for four hours. There will have explanations of what he is doing and why on posted papers, and there will be invitations for others to join in certain parts or in ways of thinking about language in the body. Hewitt will also be inviting people to observe/watch through specific lenses, ie: watch as if he is dying in the next hour, watch as if he is a very good old friend who you have not seen in a very long time, etc.
Tuesday and Wednesday: Improvisation
Thursday – 11:30am-1:30pm: Staged reading of COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN with Brontez Purnell, Monique Jenkinson, Travis Santell Rowland, Zinzi Buchanan, Tessa Fleming, and himself. This play is about women living in Texas (near Marfa) in the early eighties who develop an organized religion around the devout worship of James Dean.
Friday – 10:00am-1:00pm: Melecio Estrella, Karl Cronin and I will do two things at once: we'll work on the singing of 4 sacred songs in three part harmony, AND we'll be working on the construction of fictitious ancestors and new gods through visual mediums like costuming, drawing, and sculpture. this pairing of activity is to explore the collision of revisionist cultural creation alongside a fanatic adherence to form.
Saturday – 12:00pm-3:00pm
Sara Shelton Mann will lead Hewit, Larry Arrington, and Jose Navarette through a 3-hour cycle of dancing titled SOLO/NEUTRAL/FOLLOW, after which they will write about and discuss the poem of the form in public as a reflection/translation of socialized bodies/people and their experiences of sensitivity and de-sensitivity to other bodies/people.
July 13-17 – Katrina Rodabaugh
Location: Mechanics Plaza
Rodabaugh will be focusing on her slow fashion project, Make Thrift Mend. For nearly two years, Rodabaugh has abstained from the mainstream fashion industry and instead focused on making, mending, and preserving her wardrobe through traditional textile crafts while buying secondhand clothing made only from natural fibers.
During her residency, she will share various works-in-progress and offer lunchtime demonstrations, discussions and displays from 12:00pm-2:00pm, Monday-Friday. Blurring the lines between art, craft, and social activism, Rodabaugh has invited prominent Bay Area textile artists to join her for conversation and collaboration during the daily demonstrations. This intimate view into textile artists' slow craft process is meant to be in juxtaposition and resistance to the bustling fast-paced backdrop of downtown San Francisco.
Monday – 12:00pm-2:00pm: Natural dyes with Kristine Vejar
Tuesday – 12:00pm-2:00pm: Weaving with Meghan Shimek
Wednesday – 12:00pm-2:00pm: Printmaking with Jen Hewett
Thursday – 12:00pm-2:00pm: Natural dyes with Sasha Duerr
Friday – 12:00pm-2:00pm: Mending, slow fashion
July 20-25 – José Navarrete featuring Jesse Hewit and Chinaka Hodge
José Navarrete will be occupying the studio Monday through Saturday from 8:00am-2:00pm. Guest appearances include July 6-11 Studio 1 artist-in-residence Jesse Hewit, who will be in Studio 1 throughout Tuesday afternoon, and Chinaka Hodge, who will occupy the studio Thursday through Saturday throughout the afternoon.
Navarrete’s company NAKA Dance Theater, in collaboration with Debby Kajiyama, creates interdisciplinary performance works using movement, theater, art installation, multimedia, and site-specific environments that reflects ritual, cultural studies, and the political and environmental concerns of the world in which we live. In the last eight years, his themes have shifted to address deepening concern with social and environmental issues. Themes including racial profiling and state brutality, genetic modification of native crops, the commodification of water, cultural colonization, and the human response to overwhelming disaster will be reflected in the work he completes during his residency.
Hodge is a poet, educator, playwright and screenwriter. For over a decade, Hodge has worked in various capacities at Youth Speaks/The Living Word Project, the nation’s leading literary arts non-profit. During her tenure there, Chinaka served as Program Director, Associate Artistic Director, and worked directly with Youth Speaks’ core population as a teaching artist and poet mentor. She has acted in comparable capacities in New York and Los Angeles at Urban Word NYC and Get Lit: Words Ignite.