During the month of February 2015, Lauren Bartone will focus on how San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, and the de Young museum can be represented through a repurposing of visitors’ discarded paper trash. With this found material, she will produce an experimental map of the museum surroundings that is not necessarily geographically accurate, but reveals something about the diverse and layered social experience of the museum’s audience. Visual imagery on the map will reference specific sites (and art objects) in the museum, but also sites around the city, and beyond, that might come up in a visitor’s contribution. Visual conventions from mapmaking (linear boundaries, arrows, compasses) will help orient the viewer to a subjective sense of space, while handpainted and collaged samples of text borrowed from visitors’ maps and dialogue will provide the basis for viewers to make interpretations and connections. Visitors to the artist studio of the museum will contribute to the map, make their own experimental maps, and view examples of the artist’s work.
Lauren Bartone is an artist and educator based in San Rafael, California. Her work is grounded in an interdisciplinary balance of painting, collective dialogue, and community work. Undergraduate studies at the Lorenzo de’Medici Institute of Art, in Florence, Italy and at UCLA (BA in Visual Art 2001), as well as a graduate work in both education (MA in Education, UC Berkeley, 2005) and in the visual arts (MFA in Visual Art, Vermont College of Fine Art, 2012) have allowed her to pursue her passions for both the visual arts and for education. Lauren has worked in various community programs, participated in residencies such as the Kala Art Institute and Art Works Downtown in San Rafael, and received grants including a Marin Arts Council Career Grant, the VCFA Levin/Lutz Award, and the Pirkle Jones Foundation Artist Support Grant. Since 2011 she has also enjoyed working collaboratively with the Fortnight Collective. Most recently her work has considered social patterns and divisions as they pertain to labor and daily life in her community. She has shown work in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Vermont and New York.
Every month the museum invites artists to install and demonstrate their art form at the de Young. This interactive program enables visitors to meet artists and experience their process of making new work.
The Periscope Project aims to find ways to engage audiences and artists online. Through the Periscope Project, we invite you and the artists to engage in the project before and after the onsite residency. With artist talks, chats, hands-on activities, visitors’ stories, and other online programs, the museum seeks to expand peoples’ awareness of and experience of the artistic process, while allowing artists to build a community, locally and globally.
The de Young Periscope Project is generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.