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A PORTRAIT SHOW - but recycled.

Gardenville Station, San Francisco CA

October 4th-6th

Re-Placed is an exhibition showcasing the truth: how we humans choose to treat waste is no different than how we treat our people. 




The artist, David Aaron Smith, lives his life around reclaiming material.  The extreme waste of living a conventional American life forced Aaron into a remote area of Death Valley where he's been working with the byproducts of consumer lifestyle. It's become a daily practice for Aaron to observe how the systems in place facilitating human life dictate the choices you have.  

When the opportunity presented itself to project this personal outlook onto the big stage of San Francisco, Aaron's brain started churning.  What he wants is to create something that is San Francisco, from concept to materials.  

On September 26th, Aaron arrives in San Francisco with a small team to build 10 to 12 life-size assemblage canvases from reclaimed materials from the streets of San Francisco.  Aaron will then take 10-12 San Francisco residents who are dealing with displacement; from those looking for solutions to the housing crisis, to those providing relief, those scrambling for footing, and those managing the material debris that follows displacement.

The result is a multi-media portrait show that tells the story of San Francisco's present.  In another facet, it comments on the way cities build systems for dealing with societal byproducts that are not always empathetic.  

There's an additional dimension of charity to the show.  A portion of the sales will be donated to a non-profit working against displacement of the sitter's choosing.



This is a look at the show's first install.

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All Aboard the Gardenville Express!

Located in the Bayview of San Francisco, Gardenville Station is an industrial space for community members to have the tools to actualize their projects, whether those tools be a planer saw or an outside perspective to tell you how that color makes them feel. It's a place where artists can rub shoulders with bioengineers and bioengineers can rub shoulders with cabinet makers. That sort of interdisciplinary mixing is a beautiful thing in a city overwhelmed by the influx of strangers. It's a place not only where those strangers can congregate to build things, but a place to build community in a constructive (pun intended) way.

Among many of the directions that husband and wife team Shane O'Connor and Katy Berg want to bring to Gardenville Station is to set up a rotating artist residency. It's a program that's a necessity in their vision of creating synergy among its creative tenants and within the space's long history.

It just so happens that the opportunity to get that ball rolling presented itself a little earlier than expected when Courtney Norris approached them about hosting a residency/solo show for artist David Aaron Smith. Aaron's work is based on building with recycled and reclaimed material, and the content of the work speaks to the disappearance of the once-diverse culture of SF.

Being that Bayview is the most culturally diverse corner of San Francisco, and the fact that public meetings are in the works for Bayview to host a new Navigation Center, Katy and Shane thought the opportunity to show Aaron's work might be the perfect match to ignite their plans for a rotating artist residency.

Please check out Gardenville's website to learn more about how their space is utilized and how you can get in touch with them to become a member of their growing community.


Upcoming Events
Re-Placed (Opening Reception)
Fri, Oct 04
Gardenville Station
Oct 04, 2019, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Gardenville Station, 1667 Jerrold Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124, USA
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For more information about the show and it's mission, please contact Courtney Norris at Curated State.