A culminating Resident Exhibition featuring work made during the 2019 season of Open Windows Artist-in-Residence program. Participating artists are Sair Goetz (Spring AiR), Alyssa Block (Summer AiR) and Mary Campbell (Fall AiR). We are really looking forward to celebrating their work with our community.
What is OWAiR?
In 2019 with the support of Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure grant, we offered three two-month residencies at our printmaking and bookbinding studio, each of which will culminated in a free public event. The program’s goal is to provide affordable creative space and financial support to artists from or currently based in the Bay Area who would otherwise not be able to. This exhibition is an extension of that goal, by providing a platform on which to showcase that work.
Alyssa Block (b. 1987, Los Angeles, Ca) is an artist living in San Francisco who utilizes the solitary activity of drawing as a through-line between books, works on paper, sculptures, and designed objects which examine temporality, identity, and personal growth. She received her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2013 and has exhibited her work in the United States and Israel.
sair goetz writes instructions that queer problematic realities into speculative fictions. Their work seeks to leverage the weightlessness of language to complicate, manipulate, and annotate the weighty matters it circumscribes. This speculative language is inscribed back into reality through bodily performance, video, installation, and signage. The works become lines of inquiry that move propositions about pertinent topics (sexual violation, gender non-binaries, and the future of literacy) into the specificities of embodiment (the elasticity of a tongue, buttons on the left side of a shirt, and 300lbs of ice).
sair received their MFA from the Ohio State University in 2017 and their BA in Visual and Media Studies, Arts of the Moving Image, and Documentary Studies from Duke University in 2011. In 2017 sair was awarded the Dedalus Foundation post-MFA fellowship. sair has shown their work nationally and internationally and completed several residencies across the US: SPACE , Portland, ME; ACRE, Stuben, WI; Little Paper Planes @ Minnesota Street Projects, San Francisco, CA; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; Weir Farm, Wilson, CT; Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, AZ (with fourfor collective); Elsewhere Museum, Greensboro, NC. They are a member of the CTRL+SHFT Collective in Oakland, CA.
Mary Campbell is an interdisciplinary artist living in San Francisco, CA. She received her BFA in Printmaking and Sculpture in 2014 from the University of Oregon. She has been awarded residencies and fellowships from a variety of art centers including the Vermont Studio Center, Prequel PDX, and Pulp & Deckle Papermaking. Her work has been shown at various galleries such as Incline Gallery, C3:initiative, and the Littman Gallery. Mary works professionally as a product designer, and in her studio at Long Time Collective in San Francisco.
Mary’s work spans media encompassing painting, sculpture, installation, photography, and video. By stealing from her observed environment, the work borrows and recreates familiar objects from her surroundings and re-contextualizes them in compositions concerned with color, form, and pattern. Drawing inspiration from window-dressings, production sets, and commercial photography, the work simulates these commercial settings through abstract landscapes. The imagined history of the found and crafted objects influence the direction of the work and assigns a personality to the objects themselves.