SPACE, SITE, INTERVENTION
Laura Boles Faw + Amy Berk
1 session >> Saturday, March 4. If it rains, the class will be rescheduled to March 11
10 am-4 pm, McMillan Conference Room and the Presidio, $100
No prerequisite. This workshop will include a moderate hike in the Presidio. Students should wear appropriate shoes and clothing for the terrain and weather.
This one-day workshop will focus on the creativity that stems from engagement with process, site, and collaboration. The workshop will begin in the morning at SFAI with a lively discussion and presentation of artworks created by artists working site-specifically in an ephemeral vein. After breaking for lunch, we will meet in the Presidio to experience Andy Goldsworthy’s site-specific explorations of the landscape and built environment in his works Tree Fall, Wood Line, Spire, and Earth Wall. Students will then collaborate to build ephemeral works of art from natural materials found on site, breaking down those expectations that limit our creativity in this results-driven culture. This focus on process over product serves to refuel and unlock creativity and connection.
In the fall of 2016, Laura Boles Faw’s solo exhibition, Gum Heads, was shown at Ms Barbers in Los Angeles and in 2015, she had several solo exhibitions with her collaborative partner Cathy Fairbanks: Resonant Forms as a part of the Mystic Art Series and Mount Farallon at Scrawl Center for Drawing. She has recently participated in group exhibitions including Pulling Threads at Root Division, Everybody's Ocean at Santa Cruz Museum of Art, MicroClimate Collective's exhibition Wabi Sabi at Alterspace, and collaborated with Bonanza and DJ8ulentina for Heavy Breathing #3: The Pleasure Principle. In the last several years, she has been an artist in residence at Kala Art Institute and LOOP Arts.
Along with her studio practice Amy Berk works collaboratively on a number of projects including the web publication stretcher.org and with the artists group Together We Can Defeat Capitalism (TWCDC) most recently for Temporary Structures at the Walter and McBean Gallery. She co-founded the Meridian Interns Program in 1996 and has most recently served as Chair for the Contemporary Practice program at SFAI where she has taught since 2006. Her interests include arte povera, abstract expressionism, minimalism and pop, and she uses them to address issues of feminism, the natural vs. the synthetic, the ridiculous and the sublime.
PLEASE NOTE: Public Education courses are held contingent on a minimum enrollment, which is determined up to 24 hours in advance of the class start date. Public Education Staff will contact you ONLY if there is a course cancellation or change.
What is the refund policy?
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What materials (if any) will I need to bring to class?
Each course requires specific materials that we ask you bring to your first class session so you can get started making right away. Materials lists are available approximately two weeks prior to the course start date. Visit the SFAI website here, click on your course title, and then click on the blue "Materials List" link underneath the course dates. If you have any questions regarding materials, please contact Public Education Staff.
What are my transport/parking options getting to San Francisco Art Institute?
All classes meet at 800 Chestnut Street, between Jones and Leavenworth. You can find directions to campus on the SFAI website.
SFAI is located in a residential neighborhood, and free two-hour parking is available on all of the streets immediately surrounding the school. The two-hour restriction cuts off at 9 pm, so evening Public Education students do not need to move their car, unless you arrive prior to 7 pm.
SFAI is easily accessible via public transportation, with Muni bus lines #30 Stockton, and #47 Van Ness located within a few blocks of campus.
I have a question that isn't on this list. Who can I contact?
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