S.H.E.D. Projects will be renting a 3-bedroom house in West Oakland for one month. We will be working with 14 emerging artists and curators, collaborating to host a dozen concurrent curatorial projects (micro-exhibitions) all under one roof. Each project will be exhibited as an exclusive entity, though some may overlap in space. The show will be free and open to the public for 2 weeks, opening on August 4th and closing on August 18th. During this time, the site will also host some one-night-only programming including a video screening, a guided tour, and an artist talk + Q/A. A catalogue providing information about each of the projects will be printed and distributed as a record of the event.
Some of the goals for this project include:
Generating a non-traditional forum for art exhibition strategically located outside of the white box.
Assessing some of the side effects of the local and national housing crisis by exploring and showcasing alternative forms of inhabitance and architectural reassignment.
Showcasing the work of select curators who have dedicated much of their practice to organizing art in nontraditional and often semi-residential spaces.
Fostering collaboration between local artists, curators, and community members.
Jason Benson, b. 1987 Baltimore MD, received a BFA with an emphasis in painting from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. He has exhibited in the Bay Area and Chicago, and is the co-director of Important Projects, an artist run project space located in Oakland CA. He lives and works in Oakland CA.
Joel Dean (b. 1986, Atlanta, GA) currently lives and works in Oakland, CA. He received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. Dean also studied at the Ox-Bow School of Art Summer Fellowship program and the Yale University Summer School of Music and Art. He is also a co-founder and director of the artist-run exhibition space Important Projects and is a co-manager of Real Time and Space, a residency program located in downtown Oakland.
Aaron Harbour is a curator, DJ and cultural producer operating out of Oakland, CA. He curates shows at MacArthur B Arthur. He runs an art critique blog on Facebook (facebook.com/curiouslydirect), and writes occasional long form reviews for Artcards.
Jackie Im is an independent curator and writer based in Oakland, CA. She received her BA in Art History from Mills College and her MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts. She has assisted on exhibitions at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Queens Nails Projects and Intersection for the Arts. Im has curated exhibitions at the Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art, Pro Arts, and the Mills College Art Museum. She is currently a curator and co-administrator of MacArthur B Arthur, a gallery and project space in Oakland and organizer of Movie Night at the OACC (www.oaccmovienight.tumblr.com).
Originally from San Francisco, Emmy Moore earned her BA in studio art from Bard College in 2008. She currently lives and works in Oakland and is the co-founder of S.H.E.D. Projects, a backyard exhibition space.
Steve Shada, born 1976 in Sacrameto, CA is an artist, curator, and activist currently living and working in Oakland, CA. In 2000, Shada helped co-found Pond: art, activism, and ideas (www.mucketymuck.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to showcasing experimental art through international gallery exhibitions, special events, lecture series, and various public art projects.
Emma Spertus lives and works in Oakland, CA. She received her B.A. from Macalester College in 2001 and her M.F.A. from Hunter College in 2008. Spertus works in a variety of media including installation, sculpture, and drawing. Her work has been most recently exhibited at the Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City, The Lab in San Francisco, and Macarthur B Arthur and Important Projects of Oakland. She will be an Artist in Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts this Fall. Spertus has curated several spaces in New York and the Bay Area, she was a founding member of Rock Paper Scissors Collective, and she currently co-manages Real Time and Space which is a studio and art residency in Oakland.
Jonah Susskind received his BFA from Pratt Institute in 2007. He is an artist and curator living and working in Oakland, CA. His work has recently been exhibited at The Hunter College Times Square Gallery, New York, NY, Bluxome Point, San Francisco, and Queen's Nails Projects, San Francisco. He is a co-founder of S.H.E.D. Projects.
Zoë Taleporos is part of the curatorial collective that runs the art space Queen’s Nails Projects whose mission is to support both emerging and established artists to work outside their normal practice to produce new and unique projects. Zoë also works for the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Public Art Program, where she is involved in commissioning a wide range of artworks for public spaces. Previously, she worked as the Gallery Manager for New Langton Arts where she helped realized numerous exhibitions and events. She received her MA in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts in 2007.
Stairwell’s is a curatorial project by Sarah Hotchkiss and Carey Lin that includes temporary exhibitions accompanied by short publications and off-site group excursions (Field Trips) in the Bay Area. The project aims to create a new model for local audiences to engage with art by shifting exhibitions out of traditional gallery settings and into transitional spaces like stairwells. For more information and updates visit www.stairwells.org.
Bluxome Point is an artist-run space hosting dynamic exhibitions in the SOMA district of San Francisco. We celebrate innovative approaches to art making and community building, incubating contemporary work that is activated by social gatherings. The space is run collaboratively by Miles Votex, Zander Mackie, and Ben Fash
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