October 30, 2009
“We know that there is a broken window phenomenon that when things begin to fall in disrepair in our communities, they only go downhill. If we can catch it as it happens and take a step further by bringing the gift of life through art into these vacant storefronts, we’re going to save neighborhoods as we do it,” said State Senator Mark Leno at the Bayview launch event.
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This collaborative project is a collection of Marking Birds. Children ages 10-16 have worked alongside Seneferu decorating the birds that symbolize the soul and the spirit. Malik Seneferu is an internationally recognized artist form the Bay Area worked with YMCA youth for summer 2009.
This storefront presents a short film produced by ART 94124. The non-narrative film features five to seven BVHP working artists working in their studios, drawing attention to the artistic process.
Celebrating the hard-working women of the Bayview community, three generations of women are represented by the artist through clothing sculpted in wire. Using hundreds of pieces of wire, the artist has created the essence of a person wearing a garment; the occupant is revealed among the folds and shapes that give life to the sculpture.
The artist recreates, in painted plywood, a neighborhood living room. The family photos hanging in the “living rooms” are meticulously reproduced small scale renderings of family photos that the artist obtained from local residents. At the end of the exhibition the paintings will be given to each contributor.