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Sittings

A solo exhibition by Bay Area artist David Wilson developed over 4 months in residency at The David Ireland House in 2021

May 1 – July 31, 2021

David Wilson’s exhibition Sittings will share the results of the artist’s 4-month residency that began at The David Ireland House in February 2021. It includes a series of scored walks and drawing exercises, as well as public ephemeral installations that situate the House in the context of the neighborhood. A series of public programs featuring his research into the archives are planned as well.

The exhibition encompasses an installation of Wilson’s work within the Accordion Room, Lightwell, and Garage and features drawings and visual records of his daily durational walks, which act as scores of what he calls “episodic times of going and walking.” Other works included in the exhibition are small and large ‘scores’ in watercolor depicting the horizon from the roof of the House. These works act as durational recordings of his daily routine where pieces of the view are slowly patched together to form one brimming perspective of a horizon.

The House’s Garage will be activated with neighborhood public programs where the audience is­­ invited to discover small artist-created offerings. Wilson will be transforming his walking scores into printed directions that can be picked up at the Garage for free and followed to a few outdoor “Sitting” sites in the neighborhood.

In the public installations around the neighborhood, David Wilson points us to three “Sitting” sites or immersive nooks. Wilson plans to leave an offering—copies of drawings and cassette recordings of musicians and poets—as well as a guest book in which visitors are invited to leave behind a trace of themselves. Within these public spaces, programmed engagements will highlight neighboring artistic producers within the “Sitting” site which includes performers, poets, and artists/neighbors.

Wilson imbues a generosity of his process by making space for others to be creative through his invitations of maps and imprints. Inspired by the works of David Ireland and Anna Halprin, he taps into the audience’s potential by allowing an individual to wander and discover freely within the parameters of open space. In creating a “score for walking,” he orchestrates a feeling that one has “arrived” at something, thinking about simple concepts (like a walk) – yet having taken away an onomatopoeia of an experience.

On Space and Surroundings

William Moncayo
Wednesday, March 10, 5pm PST

William Moncayo will talk about artists that utilize space and surroundings in diverse ways including Ana Mendieta, Felipe Dulzaides, Bruce Nauman, and David Ireland. Following their presentation, Moncayo will facilitate a brief dialogue on how space and surroundings pertain to artistic practice, inspiration, installation, and process. 

This spring, The David Ireland House at 500 Capp Street expands on the Bay Area Conceptual Art movement with Opening The Cabinet, a cross-disciplinary lecture series self-organized by our Artist Guides.

William Moncayo (He/They) is a visual artist and writer based in San Francisco, CA. Moncayo received a BA in Photography from San Francisco State University. Moncayo has worked for various art institutions and continues to do so as an Artist Guide at The David Ireland House.

Image credit: Felipe Dulzaides, It is my name (2009). Photo documentation.

State of Touching

Bells Howard
Wednesday, March 3, 5pm PST

State of Touching is a performance lecture by Bells Howard wherein sculptural pieces, objects, and drawings of The David Ireland House will be juxtaposed with a reading from their essay State of Touching Part 2: Shudder. This lecture will include various experimental visual and auditory elements. Following the lecture, Howard will be exploring the concepts featured in Gaston Bachelard Poetics Of Space in relation to various objects within The David Ireland House and the effect they have on the viewer’s body.

This spring, The David Ireland House at 500 Capp Street expands on the Bay Area Conceptual Art movement with Opening The Cabinet, a cross-disciplinary lecture series self-organized by our Artist Guides.

Bells Howard (They/Them) is from Portland, OR and currently resides in Oakland, CA. They are currently pursuing a BFA in painting from the California College of the Arts and have taken classes at the San Francisco Art Institute. Howard is an Artist Guide at The David Ireland House.

Image credit: Bells Howard, Untitled (2021). Graphite on paper.

Making and Maintaining Space

Sam Claude Carmel
Wednesday, February 24, 5pm PST

Sam Claude Carmel invokes the history of San Francisco’s conceptual art locales and the emerging possibilities for arts venues in the city. They will highlight Ireland’s concept of Maintenance Action and draw parallels to the labor of past art spaces—New Langton Arts (1975-2009) and the Museum of Conceptual Art (1970-1984) that served as the blueprints to the next generation of community arts spaces in San Francisco. Carmel will also examine the community building that made these past organizations successful, and expand on new strategies for the longevity and adaptability of San Francisco’s emerging arts spaces.

This spring, The David Ireland House at 500 Capp Street expands on the Bay Area Conceptual Art movement with Opening The Cabinet, a cross-disciplinary lecture series self-organized by our Artist Guides.

Sam Claude Carmel (They/Them) is a video installation and sculpture based artist residing in San Francisco, CA. Carmel graduated in 2019 with honors and a BFA in Queer Artist Studies from Mills College. Carmel works as an assistant video archivist and writer at TEXAS TOMBOY BRAND PROD and as an Artist Guide at The David Ireland House.

Image credit: David Ireland and Tom Marioni, The Restoration of a Portion of the Back Wall, Ceiling, and Floor of the Main Gallery of the Museum of Conceptual Art (1976).

Green or Otherwise: Care, Color, and Ceilings

Justin R. Nagle
Wednesday, February 17, 5pm PST

In this first performance lecture, Green or Otherwise: Care, Color, and Ceilings, Justin R. Nagle will delve into David Ireland’s use of the color “Institutional Green” and discuss it in relation to his treatment of the ceilings within 500 Capp Street to better understand care through the metaphor of concealment. The lecture will be followed by a short, guided meditation, using a ceiling in the House as the focal point, to give pause and further contemplation on the often overlooked space above our heads.

This spring, The David Ireland House at 500 Capp Street expands on the Bay Area Conceptual Art movement with Opening The Cabinet, a cross-disciplinary lecture series self-organized by our Artist Guides.

Justin R. Nagle (He/They) is a fiber artist and critical writer living and working in San Francisco, CA. Nagle has procured a BFA in Fine Arts and a BA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and recently completed an MFA in Fine Arts and MA in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. Nagle self publishes writings and ephemera under the moniker Sad Fag Publications and currently works as an Artist Guide at The David Ireland House where they co-edit The Cabinet.

Image credit: David Ireland’s bedroom ceiling, The David Ireland House (2020). Photo by Justin R. Nagle.

Residency

Sittings

David Wilson engages The David Ireland House in a hybrid residency and exhibition

January, 2021 – May, 2021

The David Ireland House announces the first long term residency of its kind with Bay Area artist David Wilson. Over the next four months, Wilson will be exploring the archives and situating the House in context of the neighborhood through a series of scored walks and drawing exercises. His residency will conclude with an exhibition, public ephemeral installations, and a series of public programs in spring 2021.

After an initial period of sinking into the House and its surroundings, Wilson plans to create a set of printed directions for visitors to discover sites of neighborhood intervention, with conceptual gestures inspired by David Ireland. These directions offer a constellation of independent experiences that result in a shared intimacy–while remaining safely apart–as a unique opportunity to ‘convene’ in a time when gathering is not possible. 

David Wilson creates observational drawings based in direct experiences with landscape and orchestrates site-based gatherings that draw together a wide net of artists, performers, filmmakers, chefs, and artisans into collaborative relationships. He organized the experimental exhibition The Possible at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) and received the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) 2012 SECA Art Award. He has exhibited his work with SFMOMA, was included in the 2010 CA Biennial, and presented a Matrix solo exhibition at BAMPFA. Wilson has received grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation, Southern Exposure, The Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. He is based in Oakland, CA.

Image credit: David Wilson, Here Today (durational drawings made as daily practice), January 5, 2020 – April 15, 2020.