The Sound of Blue

April 8 – August 20, 2016

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The second exhibition at the David Ireland House since its inaugural opening to the public, The Sound of Blue introduced viewers to the late artist’s home and artistic practice with a new installation of work drawn from the 500 Capp Street Foundation’s collection. Guest curated by artist Rebecca Goldfarb, the evolving, site-specific installation presented a selection of artworks in various media that explore the riddles embedded in Ireland’s work, his interest in sensory experience, and the marking of time.

The exhibition took its title from the name of a rarely experienced sculpture Ireland made in 1983, The Sound of Blue, which consists of a copper pipe on a concrete base that houses a propane tank. Upon lighting, a blue flame appears and the sound of ignition is amplified by a small microphone — a piece that illustrates Ireland’s fascination with sound, sight, and language, and how sensory information is processed and experienced.

Goldfarb, who selected the works on view, also invited three additional Bay Area artists and the home’s docents to participate in the show by reinterpreting and reconfiguring the installation over the course of its run. Yves Béhar, designer and creator of Fuseproject; Tomas McCabe, filmmaker, executive director of the Black Rock Arts Foundation, and associate director of strategic initiatives for Burning Man; and San Francisco-based artist Amy Trachtenberg in turn intervened and re-situatef certain pieces in the house, thereby creating an exhibition in a continual state of flux. Each guest curator brought their personal experiences and backgrounds to Ireland’s work, allowing new meanings to arise, expanding on the artist’s process-based vocabulary, and echoing his contemplations on the inconstancy of life.

Film Screening

Shadow Forms: Films by Paul Clipson
Thursday, August 18, 2016

The work of San Francisco-based experimental filmmaker Paul Clipson merges projected installation and live collaborative sound performances in order to create a unique cinematic experience. Clipson’s films, mostly created on super 8 film and 16mm, combine natural and urban landscapes, resulting in abstract environments and visual forms. For the David Ireland House, Clipson presents a selection of recent works as well as premiered a new film.

Image credit: still from FEELER, 2016

The Echo

September 9, 2016 – January 14, 2016

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This thematic installation of Ireland’s work draws inspiration from the artist’s interest in the tension between a physical place and the translation of that site through memory. The exhibition also debuts an important new gift of artwork to the house, Delection (1981), given to the foundation by Bay Area-based collectors Randi and Bob Fisher.

Co-organized by the foundation’s curators Diego Villalobos and Bob Linder, the exhibition takes its title from a notion of Ireland’s interest in history and memory, and the slippage—or the echo—that occurs when a concrete place or moment is imagined and materialized as an object in his art process. It also highlights how Ireland’s experiences as a world traveler influenced his relationship to place.

The Echo features new sculptures, photographs, and works on paper on view alongside the home’s most iconic permanent pieces and architectural features. A number of Ireland’s “Skellig Series” Painted Photographs from 1994 form the centerpiece of presentation, and will be showcased in the home’s Accordion Shop space. This group of altered photographs, first exhibited at the Ansel Adams Center for Photography in San Francisco, resulted from the artist’s travels in Skellig Michael, a remote island off the southwest coast of Ireland.

Curator Talk

Jane Reed on Skellig Michael
Thursday, September 15, 2016

A conversation between Jane Reed and Paco Prieto.

San Francisco-based filmmaker and curator Jane Reed shares her experience of traveling with David Ireland to the island of Skellig Michael in 1983, where David explored his fascination with the landscape, which led to the creation of his “Skellig” Painted Photographs—his first venture into photography.

Paco Prieto, artist and long-time friend of David Ireland will be in conversation with Reed, discussing art practices and more. Prieto’s material of choice is primarily wood, but he is a versatile multi media constructionist and skillfully utilizes metal, glass and stone in his custom large scale architectural fixtures. He lives and works at the Prieto Studios in Oakland, founded by his family in the early 1970’s.

Music Perfomance

Phillip Greenlief
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Known internationally for his recordings and performances with musicians and composers in the post-jazz continuum, Oakland-based saxophonist Phillip Greenlief makes music that keeps time with Ireland’s do-it-yourself ethos. On the occasion of The Echo, he performs a live, improvisational set that responded to The House’s spatial acoustics. Greenlief roves through The House, “reading” it as if it were sheet music, creating a contemplative and ambient listening experience for visitors as they meandered through the space.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

LET’S GET WEIRD! is an audio/visual program activated throughout the entire David Ireland House. The night features curated videos, music and performances alongside a guest bartender, LET’S GET WEIRD! creates a fun atmosphere for conversation and engagement among local art enthusiasts and practitioners. This series of events is co-organized by the Foundation’s curatorial team, Diego Villalobos and Bob Linder. A short run edition of Risograph posters will be printed by COLPA press.

The idea for LET’S GET WEIRD! is rooted in David Ireland’s legacy as an active member of the Bay Area arts community and as a frequent host to events like this at his 500 Capp Street home.

The night features:

Artist Bartender: Will Rogan

Video Selection : Anne McGuire (I’d like to reach across the ocean)

Music Selection: V. Vale (RE/Search Publications)

+ “a young punk” aka Pedro Verdin, Bay Area Punk from 1977-79 via YouTube.