“Indispensable” is a series that asks the de Young’s Artists in Residence to describe a tool that’s essential to their work and is a monthly feature on the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco blog.
Read about Steve Ferrera’s tool of choice and hear him talk about it with Monet Oganesian of the Periscope Project team.
July’s artist Steve Ferrera is not producing your ordinary children’s book. Steve and other contributing artists are using a variety of mediums. Visitors to the Kimball Education Gallery see the process of this project on display. The set displays are very imaginative. Below are photos of the installation day. During his residency, Steve will be documenting and photographing the process for the book. In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to contribute in the project by constructing components of cloudscapes.
Earlier this year Jane worked on a project where she collected sand from different parts of Ocean Beach, San Francisco. On the shelf are jars of sand that are labeled where they were collected. Also on display is a collaboration she did with blown glass artist Jess Wainer where sand is encapsulated in glass.
For Jane, the project allowed her to explore the idea of preservation and conversation, which mean two different things. Jane shares the idea that preservation is to “keep something as is from the moment that it was conceived…it is never changing.” Whereas the idea of conservation is to protect a natural space.
While Jess was creating a glass sphere, Jane added sand inside of the glass but when they tried to seal the glass an unexpected outcome occurred. Sand retains heat therefore sand was adhering and reshaping the glass making the glass more malleable. Interestingly, sand from different parts of the beach reacted differently with the glass. For example, wet sand shot holes through the glass and formed deep crevices in the glass.
Jane shares that this project is a reminder that time is a factor and the decisions made around it effects what is made in the period around that time. Organic changes happen with the factors that are in play. The idea of cause and effect teaches us that effect can take place in any given situation. Jane shared with me that in an environment or city changes happen and we are the factors that contribute to change.
Below are photos of her project and photos of how the sand from various parts of the beach behaved differently when put in the glass.