Opening Reception: January 17th, 4:30-6:30pm
FOOD, DRINKS, FREE
701 Amador Street, 94124, SF
Our last two featured artists, Keith Wilson and Mariana Nelson, compliment the black and white photography with otherworldly sculptures and painstaking Japanese temari work all created from recycled materials.
Keith Wilson is a filmmaker and visual artist based in San Francisco. His film work has been exhibited at Sundance, the Berlinale, South by Southwest and the U.S. National Gallery of Art.
In addition to recent solo photography shows at the Martina Johnston Gallery in Berkeley and the SOFA Gallery in Austin, his artist book ALL THE BUILDINGS ON BURNET ROAD (2010) was exhibited at the Gagosian Gallery and the Brandhorst Museum as part of the exhibit Ed Ruscha & Co. His photography books HYDE PARK APARTMENTS (2011) and SEE I SAW (2015) were recently published by Publication Studio and he is the co-creator (with Shannon O’Malley) of the book GAY MEN DRAW VAGINAS (2014). In 2009, he began the ongoing interactive performance THE CAVE & MOUNTAIN TOUR, which was featured at the 2013 Fusebox Festival in Austin, Texas. In the Spring of 2015, his books, films and performances will be presented at the University of Georgia where he will be a Visiting Artist.
Keith received his MFA in film production from the University of Texas-Austin. He grew up on a cul-de-sac in suburban Atlanta but currently lives high atop Bernal Hill.
Mariana Nelson was born and raised in Southern California. She grew up in Newport Beach and moved to San Francisco in her early 20′s. In San Francisco she became involved in a thriving and inspired art community where she found her focus on reusing existing materials.
She began wrapping discarded materials she found at reuse centers or even from the street. She used a thousand year old Japanese technique to wrap called Temari. After years of wrapping and practice she soon developed a pattern and way to wrap that was unique to her. Anything from lint and dog hair to found plastic and paper was wrapped with bright and colorful fiber, transforming literal trash into something completely unrecognizable.
As her collection of small colored Temari grew – she began to find ways of assembling them together to create large pieces. Mariana’s current body of work involves using hundreds of wrapped forms to create one unified piece. Some of her work explores the idea of dark matter – while other compositions focus mostly on color and shape. She is just starting to work with plastic garbage. Coffee lids and lids from fast food chains found on her walks with her dog.
Impressions of the Bayview
Opening Reception: January 17th 4:30pm-6:30pm
701 Amador Street
Food, Drinks, FREE
Inspired by hip-hop, jazz and French New Wave cinema, Shantré Pinkney began her creative venture in New York and studied filmmaking in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and San Fran- cisco.
As a student at the Academy of Art
her first film, The French Artist won best super 8 at the Epidemic Film fes- tival presented at the San Francisco Castro Theater. Her short film The Raw was an official selection at the Pan African Film Festival, Western New York Black Film Festival, San Francisco Black Film Festival and also won awards at the Urban Media Makers festival.
Working within the mediums of photography, film, theater, and new media she is a lover of non-traditional and inquisitive stories. She creates stories to raise dialogue between art and her audience. She is currently developing an experimental film, Argos Amores and a feature script based on The Raw.
Lest We Forget: A Portrait of Bayview Hunters Point Photography series by Shantré Pinkney
A black & white mobile photogra- phy exhibition bringing awareness to
individual stories, joys and struggles of San Francisco Bayview Hunters Point residents.
For years, Bayview Hunters Point
(BVHP) has been idealized as a high crime and high-polluted area of San Francisco. While working as a youth facilitator and developing my short thesis film, the apathy and violence residents faced in an increasingly gentrified community disheartened me. I’m not from this area, however, after living and working here for 5 years, and working with those living in lack, losing loved ones to violence, and dealing with unemployment left an impact on me. Lest We Forget came about through conversations I’ve had with residents and their love for the people in the neighborhood. Many have concerns with being gentrified and pushed out; including those who want to make sure that neighborhoods are safe, their jobs are steady and hous- ing affordable.
These photos are of friends, neighbors, friends of friends and beautiful strangers I met along the way in Bayview. I’m hoping to leave a last- ing and beautiful impression of those that represent the community – Their smiles, their laughter, their resilience and their humanness, which I think, sadly, many people forget.
Lest We Forget: Portrait of Bayview Hunters Point
Shantré Pinkney 2014
Aleksandra Zee crafts recycled trims and moldings into dizzying wall panels on display June 27
Martha Jones’ Discarded Satellite Dishes Mosaiced into Birdbaths and Garden Columns made from Terra Cotta Water Pipes and Salvaged Tile on display June 27.
On JUNE 27th from 5-8pm, the Reclaimed Room opens its doors to the public with a reception for recycled artists Aleksandra Zee and Martha Jones with a unique light installation by Gregory Randolph Benke. Celebrate the inaugural event of this exciting new project by Building REsources.
701 Amador Street, SF, CA 94124
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Aleksandra Zee creates three-dimensional objects from found and re-purposed materials, primarily reclaimed lumber. Ranging in scale from small interventions to whole room distortions, she strives to transform the viewer’s perception of the space. As a woodworker Zee creates anything from large scale wall hangings to furniture and tabletops. Zee is interested in the transcendance of the harsh, broken, or discarded materials into objects of soft whimsy. In much the same way, Zee wants the viewer to pause and lose themselves in the altered environment.
Originally from Southern California, Zee is inspired by her travels and living and working in San Francisco.
Wood Trim Panel with Lights
Martha Jones is a professionally trained interior & architectural designer, artist and owner of Green Mosaics. Jones combines her passion for design, salvaging and reuse into creating recycled art for home & garden. Intrigued by her mother’s Better Homes and Gardens magazines as a child, along with looking forward to local trash night, her unique art and approach blends her environmentally friendly attitude while also slowing down the amount of material put into landfills. Birdbaths are created from discarded satellite dishes,terracotta chimney inserts are mosaic-ed into garden columns, table tops are made from leftover vinyl flooring, and junk mail, wallpaper and old calendars are used for collage picture frames and wall art.
Green Mosaics in their habitat