Monthly Archives: August 2012

From the SFAC website

Visible Horizons


Image: Rhonda Holberton, Failed Parachute, Video Still, 2012.

Exhibition dates: Friday, August 10 – Saturday, October 6, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, August 10, 6pm – 8pm
Location: SFAC Main Gallery, 401 Van Ness Ave.
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm – 5pm

Artists: Andrew ChapmanChris Duncan and Rhonda Holberton

The SFAC Galleries’ has commissioned new installations from three dynamic, young regional artists for our new exhibition, Visible Horizons.  Andrew Chapman, Chris Duncan and Rhonda Holberton, acting as both curators and artists, will be presenting three perspectives on the idea of the horizon, drawing attention to the roles access, visibility, and myth have on relationships between landscape, architecture, and the human body. In our daily lives the true horizon is largely obscured by natural and human-created objects; this augmented intersection of earth and sky is called the visible horizon. While the horizon can be understood as a site of unification, it also divides all visible directions into two categories: those that intersect the Earth’s surface, and those that do not. Chapman’s layered multimedia installation, Duncan’s interactive aural landscape and Holberton’s camera obscura will offer visitors a chance to challenge their literal and conceptual notion of where and what the horizon is and how we interact with it on a daily basis.

Free Public Programs will play a large role in this exhibition. Watch for announcements soon about experimental music nights, a special film screening and more!



Take a series of photographs in your neighborhood or another area that interests you.

Questions to think about:

It seems quite normal to take portraits of people, but what does a portrait of a the built environment look like?

How can you express the unique qualities of the place you live in?

How does local history effect your perception of the place you have chose to photograph?

If you choose to photograph a place that you do not live in, why were you drawn to this particular space?

Bring in at least five work prints, but you are more than welcome to bring in more than that.

Critiques Schedule:

Group 1 on Sept 20

Group 2 on Sept 27

Group 3 on Oct 4

Critique Groups will be assigned on September 6.

I realize that you probably won’t be able to read all of these articles, but I highly recommend reading the WTJ Mitchell essay. If you are interested in nineteenth century  landscape photography the Joel Snyder essay is a must read. Power and Landscape in its whole is an excellent book! The essay on Pictorial Photography is for all the fans of soft focus.

Suggested readings for Sept 4th:

WTJ Mitchell, Introduction to Landscape and Power and Imperial Landscape

Peter C. Bunnell, Pictorial Photography

Joel Snyder, Territorial Photography from Power and Landscape


Richard T. Walker: the speed and eagerness of meaning (longer longing version) Richard T. Walker: the speed and eagerness of meaning (longer longing version)

Richard T. Walker, artist

Fourth-floor performance gallery
Thursday, August 30, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, September 1 and 2, 2012, 3:00 p.m.

Walker’s meditative works combine spoken language, original music compositions, video, and photography to focus on the relationships among humans, language, and the environment. Walker performs in tandem with his film the speed and eagerness of meaning, adding another dimension to a work that explores the intersection of human consciousness and the natural world.

Part of Stage Presence Performance Series.


Space is limited; advance tickets required. $18 general; $13 seniors; $11 students; free for SFMOMA members. Ticket includes same-day museum admission.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Take a series of photographs looking out of a window, door, or roof of your home. Print one image to bring to class for discussion. The home or studio has often been the subject of many artists work, so either explore your personal space as a starting point or bring in a photograph that features the built environment/landscape as the main subject of the photograph.

Please bring in one print for our first crit on Thursday, September 6.

László Moholy-Nagy, Berlin, from the radio tower series, 1928