Recology San Francisco Artist in Residence Exhibitions: Work by Kate Rhoades, Weston Teruya and Cristina Velázquez
Art Studio at 503 Tunnel Ave.
Environmental Learning Center Gallery at 401 Tunnel Avenue
Reception–Friday, May 20, 2016, 5-9pm
Reception–Saturday, May 21, 2016, 1-3pm
Additional viewing hours-Tuesday, May, 2016, 5-7pm with gallery walk-through with artists at 6:00pm at 401 Tunnel Avenue
Admission is free and open to the public, all ages welcome,
The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco will host an exhibition and reception for current artists-in-residence Kate Rhoades, Weston Teruya and student artist Cristina Velázquez. This exhibition will be the culmination of four months of work by the artists who have scavenged materials from the dump to make art and promote recycling and reuse.
In video work, Kate Rhoades constructs an origin story for the Junk Lady from the Jim Henson film Labyrinth. Enacted by puppets, the story encompasses family loyalty, personal struggle, materialism, and the detrimental effects of obsession on relationships. Though tackling serious issues, Rhoades identifies the humor and absurdity of life’s challenges.
the space left behind
Working exclusively with paper, Weston Teruya builds sculptural installations that replicate found objects and address a changing San Francisco. From moving boxes and real estate signs that signal displacement, to gates, fences and locks representing barriers and who does and does not have access, Teruya’s artwork speaks to the fragility of the Bay Area community.
Cristina Velázquez transforms caste-off fleece fabric remnants into playful, biomorphic sculptures as an act of reclamation. The random shapes of the fabric pieces help dictate her forms, which are sewn and stuffed and appear in a variety of sizes and color combinations. Velázquez describes her residency experience as provoking urgency in her artistic practice to transform the materials she has been finding and return them to the world.
About the Artist in Residence Program
The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco is a one-of-a-kind program established in 1990 to encourage the conservation of natural resources and instill a greater appreciation for the environment and art in children and adults. Artists work for four months in studio space on site, use materials recovered from the Public Disposal and Recycling Area, and speak to students and the general public. Over one-hundred professional Bay Area artists have completed residencies. Applications are accepted annually, June through August.
From Downtown San Francisco/East Bay
Go south on Highway 101 and exit at “Candlestick Park/Tunnel Ave.” After the stop sign, continue straight on Beatty Rd. Turn right on Tunnel Ave.
From the Peninsula
Go north on Highway 101 and exit at the first “Candlestick Park” off-ramp. Stay in the left lane and take the first left toward the stop sign. Turn left at the stop sign onto Alanna Way and go under the freeway. At the next stop sign, turn right on Beatty Rd. Turn right on Tunnel Ave.
The “T” Third St. streetcar and bus lines 8 and 9 stop at Bayshore Blvd. and Arleta Ave. (three blocks away). The Caltrain “Bayshore Station” stop is directly across the street from our facility.