The Cabinet

The Cabinet: A web-based publication critically engaging the work of Bay Area Conceptual artist David Ireland and his home at 500 Capp Street through essays, writings, and dialogues.

There is a Terrible Heaviness of Life in all Things Animate and Inanimate

by Bells Howard September 15, 2020

“Delving means touching too deeply. Pressing your hand instead of using that lovely light flickering touch you just showed me. It sometimes happens unintentionally, when dream-givers become too interested in what they are touching. When they start to like it too much.”  -Lois Lowry, Gossamer, 20061 There is a terrible heaviness of life in all […]

Interpreting The House as it Lives

by Camile e. Messerley September 15, 2020

Almost tripping, I read the plaque on the sidewalk outside of The David Ireland House, “Art lets us make observations of things that were always there.”1 Walking up and down Twentieth Street a few months before moving to the Bay Area, I was visiting Oakland to help install the second leg of Basic Essentials, an […]

Institutional Green: Materialized, Sensorialized

by Justin R. Nagle September 15, 2020

David Ireland is not often considered a colorist. In his work, Ireland used muted subdued tones meant to play with light, and sometimes would add a vibrant pop of red or blue. One such color, Battleship grey, coats the house’s exterior façade and is so innocuous that passersby could miss the structure nestled on the […]

A Palate Cleanser from the Outside World

by Sam Claude Carmel September 15, 2020

The Accordion Room at The David Ireland House is a working hybrid. It preserves the past in marks and evidence of prior inhabitants, while also making space for new projects, installations, and perspectives. I’m dreaming of a space like this room as I have been living under quarantine as a result of Covid-19. I’ve learned […]

Returning Full Circle

by William Moncayo September 15, 2020

Reflections on the exhibition “There is no such thing as a perfect circle” by Felipe Dulzaides “Draw a line everyday,” exclaimed 500 Capp Street Foundation board member Jane Reed. She brought this to our attention as an exercise of creativity in our artistic practice during recent shelter in place orders due to COVID-19. A simple […]