We are currently hard at work creating our 2003
summer line of products and services. We have relocated from our older
office to our new office, located inside New langton Arts. For this year's
summer line, we have called upon the ingeniuity and creativity of 23 hott
designers and developers from all over the country. Please visit our new
office at 1246 Folsom Street during biz hours, Tues - Sat. 12 - 6pm. Every
Wednesday from 6-8pm we have an office party that you are all invited
to - check out the schedule - See you soon!!!!
Designers & Developers
week 1 June 23 - 27
- J Otto
Project: Cubicle Enhancement Services (CES)
- Tanya Hastings
Project: "Atmosphere with local Awareness"
offers interior enhancement that reflects the external architectural
details of the local vicinity. An on-site pre-fabricated "wall
paper" option will be on display. Other options include "trim,"
"cubical enhancers" and "corner softeners." All
options are made of paper cutouts and utilize pattern, shadow and reflective
Bio:Tanya Hastings haws mastered the age-old art
of the paper cutout in a contemporary context. She utilizes reflective
color and open installation to engage the space with her paper creations.
She is currently preparing for a solo exhibition at ampersand international
in San Francisco, where she has had a solo exhibition in the past
(2001). Her work is in many private collections, as well as at the
Detroit Zoological Society and the Cranbrook Art Museum. She had been
a fellow at McDowell Artist Colony (2002), an Affiliate at Headland
Center for the Arts (2000/1) and a recipient of the Individual Artist
Grant from the Marin Arts Council (2002). Tanya Hastings Received
her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1997, and her BFA in 1992
from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She works and lives
in San Rafael, California.
- Sarah Wagner
Project: Sarah Wagner is the creator/inventor/owner/chief
artist of Custom Camouflage International, a company
that specializes in producing the best in domestic camouflage. Based
on plant, animal and the latest in military techniques, Custom Camouflage
International has three products available: Fresh and Fabulous
CAMO-Os which make irritating furnishings disappear,
HALO-Os which form a tidy backdrop for messy houseplants,
and of Custom Camouflage PAINT KITS which provide the
do-it-yourselfer a tool to harmonize your environment. CAMO-Os
and HALO-Os: for those eyesores that are wrong.
Bio: Sarah Wagner creates costumes and installations
that explorecontextualiztion, irony and artifice as a means to initate
the viewer into a fantasy world. Wagner's group exhibitions include
shows at Southern Exposure, San Francisco (2001), 21 Grand, Oakland
(2002), the San Francisco Opera (2001) and at Mills College, Oakland
(2001, 2002). She recieved a BFA from the University of Tennessee
at Chattanooga in 1994. Wagner lives in Richmond, CA and works in
- Josh Churchill
Project: Joshua G Churchill will be monitoring
and reinterpretting activities within the gallery space via sound using
micrphones and speakers stragecically placed around the room.
G Churchill creates site-specific installation environments that
question the means by which we communicate, the validity of the information
we encounter, and how we respond accordingly to our surroundings.
These installations, which are often reactive in nature, emphasize
dysfunction and error by utilizing sound, new media, and found technology
to transpose the traditional roles of operator and device in an interactive
environment. Churchill has recently exhibited work at Galeria Ze Dos
Bois, Lisbon (2002), The Lab, San Francisco (2002), Southern Exposure,
San Francisco (2002), and Pond, San Francisco (2001) as well as doing
sound performances at various locations within the San Francisco Bay
Area. Joshua G Churchill received a BA in Art Studio at UC Santa Barbara
in 1998, and currently lives and works in San Francisco.
week 2 june 30 - july 4
- Ian Treasure
Project: Office Move
The Office Move is an event that takes place for
an individual or whole department that requires the employee(s) to
be removed from their current location in the office to a new location
that is deemed to be 'more efficient' for the company and the employee(s).
The move could be to a different office, floor, or even a workstation
just yards away from the original space being moved from. It is often
futile and disrupting for those involved. In the UK it can also be
used as a tax right off.
My proposal is to reenact the futility of such a
move by conducting a series of Office Move actions during the week
commencing June 30th. For this I will need a whole office space and
furniture (listed below). I will treat the whole week as a 9 to 5
working week showing up in full business regalia and commence with
my project as follows. Throughout the week I will entirely dismantle
the furniture to its most basic form, itemize the parts, and pack
them away. I will then unpack the furniture, rebuild it and replace
it in its original space, only this time in a 90-degree clockwise
position from where it had originally sat. Depending on the time each
move takes I will do this until I have dismantled and moved the furniture
through 360 degrees and have set it back up at each 90 degree gradation.
However if it appears the moves are going too quickly, I will then
consider doing Office Moves to other parts of the gallery space or
even moves onto the streets of the city. During the process it is
expected that the furniture will fatigue with each move. As this occurs
I will repair the furniture with screws, duct tape glue, etc, so as
to carry on with the moving process.
Office Items needed:
1 desk with sliding draws
1 filing cabinet (4 draw)
1 light stand
1 coat stand
2-3 wall pictures
1 computer and monitor
Pencil pot, stapler, hole punch etc
1 executive toy
- Dave Black
Project: Corporate Lifestyle portraits
Capturing those invaluable corporate moments!
Black creates photographs and instillations dealing with the constant
human struggle between laughing and crying. He has been included in
group exhibitions at Cooper Union (2002), Southern Exposure juried
show (2001), and The Diego Rivera Gallery at the San Francisco Art
Institute (2001). David Black has attended New York University, The
Cooper Union, and is a recent recipient of a B.F.A. from the San Francisco
Art Institute. He currently lives and works in San Francisco.
- Donna Ozawa
Project: "Crank Therapy". Crank Therapy
provides therapeutic hand-crankable sculptures for walk-in clients with
any kind of personal problem or issue.
Keiko Ozawa works primarily with sculpture and installation where
she explores the nature of culture, playful manifestations of serious
subject matter, and hand-crank toys and machines. She has had solo
exhibitions at Design Festa Gallery in Tokyo, Japan , (1999) and the
Sanitary Fill Company, San Francisco, CA, (2001). Highlighted group
shows include Gallery 2, Chicago, IL (1997), Euphrat Museum of Art,
Cupertino, CA (2002), and the Chela Gallery, Baltimore, MD (2003).
Ozawa received her MFA from the School of the Institute of Chicago
in 1997. She was recently selected to be the Artist in Residence at
Head Royce Lower School in Oakland, and at the Oakland Museum of California.
A San Francisco native, Ozawa lives in Berkeley with a studio in Oakland,
wk 3 july 7- 11
- Helene Renard
Project: SMPL - How will it change your life?
The inventor has been creating, concocting, and fabricating, and now
it's time to take the lab on the road! The prototypes are ready for
testing, modification, and redefinition!
Helene will premiere her new line of personal space enhancers. They
are the prototypes of the new SMPL line. The mission of the SMPL pieces
is to simplify and comfort on the one hand and to open the user to possibilities
on the other. These first devices feature felt and goggles as primary
materials. They will be on Display for the week.
The artist is ready to delve into further Research by observing people
in their natural or unnatural environment to better understand the way
they interact with their surroundings. Testing of the pieces and recording
of observations and user feedback will lead to the further Development
of the prototypes.
Observations will be made with any combination of the following tools:
camera, tape recorder, sketchbook, mobile mini print press, typewriter.
Bio: Helene Renard uses narrative and collage as
tools in her passionate pursuit of "spacemaking." Her creations
range from monoprints to multimedia installations, and embody her
interest in scale and the
possibilities of making spaces to be inhabited.
She has participated in the $99.99 Show at the Irvine
Arts Center, Irivine (2001); Nooks and Crannies, ASU Art Museum, Phoenix
(2001); Degree Show, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills (1999);
Reproduction, Forum Gallery, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills
(1998); Fragments Towards a City, Forum Gallery, Cranbrook Art Museum,
Bloomfield Hills (1997); and in the Tempe Library while serving as
Artist-In-Residence at the Tempe Arts Center, Tempe (1995). She received
her BArch from the Cooper Union for the advancement of Science and
Art in New York in 1991, and her MArch from Cranbrook Academy of Art
in Bloomfield Hills in 1999.
project: "The New World Ergonomy" -
Jennifer will be offering her services to make your work experiences
safer, more enjoyable, and more exciting!
Project: Hungway - a division of Sliv &
Dulet Enterprises. Hungway began in 1976 with two young entrepreneurs
in the United States - Kenneth Well Hung and Dustin Jacobsen. Their
concept for an innovative business opportunity, centered around person-to-person
marketing, established itself as a leader among one of today's fastest-growing
Today, more than 3.6 million independent business
owners distribute HungwayT products in more than 153 countries and
territories. HungwayT is part of the Sliv and Dulet Enterprises family
of companies whose global sales totaled $4.5 billion in its most recent
Our world headquarters has grown along with the HungwayT
business. Today, we support the worldwide business opportunity from
our headquarters which stretches for 9.7 mile (15.52 km), across 390
acres (156 hectares). How about making a visit?
project: JAM (Joe's Art Methods) - Joe will
be presenting his breakthrough art methods via live and prerecorded
Reihsen's recent work forms an exploration of the commodification
of expression that makes a polemically sardonic yet embracing account
of the professional situation of a young artist. Trained in sales
by automotive sales industry legends John Palombi and Grant Cardone,
Reihsen also studied painting at the College of Visual Arts as well
as S.F.A.I. Joe currently lives and works in San Francisco.
wk 4 july 14 - 18
- Kate Pocrass
project: Work Related Habit
Work Lunch Tendencies
will offer a mixture of graphs, flowcharts, reproductions
and reinactments - all exemplifying the urge to make one's
workplace a more personable surrounding. These seemingly
mundane gestures function to offer a moment of escape from an
often drab daily environment. Through data collection and
dramatization - Kate offers a better perspective on navigating
through these common pedestrian gestures.
bio: Kate Pocrass lives in San Francisco and produces both
independent and collaborative projects dealing with pedestrian
culture and social sculpture. She has been developing systematic
structures of interaction through projects including "Bathroom
Interventions" and the hotline "Munane Journeys." Kate
eagerness to interact with strangers in common atmospheres
companied by a quest to learn about that person through simple
means. Her work is driven by the need to develop an economical
practice that will stress the importance of unimportant moments
and mundane observations.
- Lee Montgomery
project: operating a pirate radio station from
within our office. Includes interviews with all participants and many
visitors to the office space.
Bio: In his short life, Lee Montgomery has made art,
video games, web sites,and radio shows. He also teaches others to do
the same. Graduating from the San Francisco Art Institute in '00, he
now runs the Multimedia Program at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant
Hill. In the time that remains in his days he produces public affairs
shows and DJs at 90.7 FM, KALX radio in Berkeley. Occasionally, LeE
also displays art in random venues (such as the internet).
- Eddy Sykes
project: Electric Pets
bio: Ed's sculptures transform the idea of a stagnantphysical
art object into living, breathing entities that physically confront
the viewer. The pieces will have the ability to create and manipulate
their environments in subtle and not so subtle ways. For example one
machine will softly and elegantly dip the head of a plastic bunny
into a pan of vaseline covered easter grass and then out again, several
times a minute.
Ed sykes has exhibited nationally with shows
at CBGB's 313 Gallery in New York, Base Gallery in San Francisco,
G' Factor in Chicago, in Windsor Ed was part of "Border Crossing"
at Art Cite and has shown in Detroit at the Detroit Artist Market
and the Detroit Contemporary. Ed was recently awarded 1st place in
the Wayne State University Olbrot competition. His work has been collected
by national and international corporate and private collectors from
Italy to LA to Detroit. Ed was the co-founder of the Big Biscuit Gallery
in Detroit and currently lives and works in South WestDetroit.
project: Bernat plans on offering a haircutting
service while opening herself up to questions about the CIA.
"I'm aware that a CIA-trained hair cutting service is preposterous.
This latent skill is so practical and so far from everyone's preconceived
thoughts about the spy business-it's comical-no one ever knows whether
believe me or not. "
Bio: Once an "agency artist" and
highly atypical employee of the CIA at its headquarters in Northern
Virginia, Bernat is now a former employee of the CIA working at a
fine art school in San Francisco. These days, you can find Cory cutting
hair in her spare time for the students at the San Francisco Art Institute
where she works. "I don't charge money, I trade for artwork."
When students ask if she used to work in a salon, her reply ambiguously
admits, "Uh, something like that." Bernat has exhibited
at Twisters in Oakland (2003), the San Francisco Art Institute (2002),
The Atlantic Center for the Arts (while in residencethere, 2000),
and in numerous shows the University of Florida and vicinity where
she earned her BFA in 2000. She lives and works in San Francisco.
wk 5 july 21 - 25
- Katy Bell
project: Personalized Performance Sales and "Corporate
Art" Infiltration Seminars
bio: none on file
- Lance Winn
"Evolving Discotech" with Tao Urban
Tao Urban and I are proposing to collaborateon an
"Evolving Disco." We would like to use the basic information
availablein the space to construct a place for dance; attempting to
consider whatconditions would be most fruitful for people to freely(un-self-consciously)
release energy through movement. The piece would include designing
and constructing an environment, sampling and mixing sound, and sampling
and mixing images. Each evening of dance would be recorded in a variety
of ways and mixed back into the pool of previous sounds, images, etc.
All information would come from the investigation of the particular
space, with the only outside information coming from those who participate.
Bio : Lance Winn works through drawing, performance/video,
installation, and recently robotics, to explore the distortion that
happens when we translate information. Current work involves scanning
walls with a metal detector to search for bombs, playing tug-of-war
against himself, creating alternative lawn ornaments, and collaborating
with Simone Jones on robotic video projectors that capture and reproduce
a determined path. Recent shows include "The Eight Hour Drawing
Show" at Allegheny College in Meadsville, Pennsylvania (2003);
"Pittsburgh Biennial" at The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
(2003); "Violent Violence" at Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam,
Holland (2003). His has had solo shows at the Big Biscuit Galley in
("Thinking Out Loud" 1998) and at the Urban Institute for
Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan ("Hooks and Lines
and Sinking" 1998). He received his BFA from the Rhode Island
School of Design in Rhode Island in 1993 and his MFA from Cranbrook
Academy of Art in Michigan in 1996. Winn is currently a Visiting Professor
of Art at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Needs for show: We will work with whatever space
we have. There will be sound, but during the day it will be infrequent
and low volume. We would likely need a video projector (small if possible),
some power tools and
basic construction materials (part of the project may be to find this
stuff), scraps of mirrored Plexiglas, a basic Mac computer and recording
devices (digital video camera, maybe sound stuff).
Project: will collaborate with Lance Winn.
Bio: Tao Urban creates objects and installations
based on product, interior and furniture design. The focal point being
the social events that occur within these prescribed environs. He
has an upcoming solo exhibition in September (2003) at the Acuna-Hansen
Gallery in Los Angeles where he has had a previous solo show (2002).
He has also had a solo exhibition at he now defunct Big Biscuit Gallery
in Detroit (1998). Urban's group exhibitions include shows at the
Austin Design Center, Austin, TX (2003), Lemberg Gallery, Detroit
(2002), and the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena (2002). He received
his MFA from the Cranbrook academy of Art in 2000 and his BFA from
the Rhode Island School of Design in 1996. He currently lives and
works in Los Angeles.
Bio:Jon Rubin's diverse practice encompasses video,
installation, photography, painting and drawing as well as public art.
His solo and collaborative work has been exhibited at The San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art, The de Young Museum, San Jose Museum of Art, The
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Seattle's Center on Contemporary Art,
and the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico. He has received public
art commissions from the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Washington
Arts Commission, the University of California San Francisco, the City
of Fairfield, and the City of Oakland. Rubin's awards include the Art
Matters Foundation Fellowship, Phyllis Wattis Artist Residence, the
Creative Work Fund Grant, and most recently a California Arts Council
Jon Rubin's solo and collaborative work uses a variety
of media and situations to explore the dynamics of social spaces to
has been exhibited at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The
de Young Museum, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Seattle's
Center on Contemporary Art. He has received public art commissions
from the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Washington Arts Commission,
the University of California San Francisco, the City of Fairfield,
and the City of Oakland. Rubin's awards include the Art Matters Foundation
Fellowship, Phyllis Wattis Artist Residence, the Creative Work Fund
Grant, and most recently a California Arts Council Artist Fellowship.
Special Guests for final reception
- Jon Ralston
Project: release of fax-in zine
Bio: none on file