Come Celebrate Barbara Holmes’ Installation



1045 Mission Street (between 6th & 7th St), San Francisco, CA


Reception- Friday, March 23, 5-8pm
Exhibition viewable in storefront windows 24-hours a day, February 20-April 30, 2012

Admission is free and open to the public, all ages welcome, wheelchair accessible.

Former Recology San Francisco artist-in-residence Barbara Holmes has used the 100-foot-long exhibition space at 1045 Mission Street to create a massive installation composed of lath scavenged from the public dump. Holmes began working with lath, the material used with plaster to create walls in early 20th century buildings, during her 2008 artist residency at Recology San Francisco. Since then, she has continued to work with the material that she installs fanning up and down walls and twisting over floors in venues including the Petaluma Arts Center.The current work at 1045 Mission Street is the largest and most complex installation that Holmes has constructed. It can be viewed 24 hours a day in the storefront window space. A reception for the artist will be held on March 23 from 5-8pm. Holmes received a MFA from San Diego State University and is currently an adjunct professor in the furniture department at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She has exhibited at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, and the Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Her work is in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.As an artist-in-residence at Recology San Francisco in 2008, she first began working with garden trellis and lath, building formal wall pieces with a sculptural and geometric component. Says Holmes,

“I believe the emotional state of awe and wonder is an essential part of human experience. As an artist I enjoy transforming and recontexualizing materials, often reworking the ubiquitous into something unfamiliar and the banal into something unique. By making objects that thwart easy definition, I create an open environment to encounter the work while experiencing something novel. Using waste material that is often untidy and muddled in appearance and redeeming it into a carefully crafted object is a pleasurable part of my process, altering prior cast-offs into something of value and beauty, an act of optimism.”

Exhibitions at 1045 Mission Street are a collaboration between the Recology Artist in Residence Program and SOMA Residencies. Artwork is made by former Recology artists-in-residence from materials that San Franciscans have thrown away.The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco is a one-of-a-kind initiative started in 1990 to support Bay Area artists while teaching children and adults about recycling and resource conservation. Artists work for four months in a studio space on site and use materials recovered from the Public Disposal Area. Over ninety professional Bay Area artists have completed residencies. Applications are accepted annually in August.
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One Response to “Come Celebrate Barbara Holmes’ Installation

  • megacolby
    4 years ago

    Reblogged this on Colby is Mega and commented:
    I’m glad Barbara Holmes had used the 100-foot-long exhibition space and save that trash and turned it into art.

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