Upcoming Events at the Gray Area Foundation

The Gray Area Foundation is keeping the action lively, and has a full docket of events coming up, starting with our presence at the Web 2.0 summit tomorrow. Be sure to stop by the gallery, especially if you haven’t yet seen our opening exhibition.


Our current show featuring the work of C.E.B Reas, Camille Utterback and Stamen Design is on view, free and open to the public, until November 18, 2009. Please stop by and visit, our “OPEN” gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 1:00pm – 6:00pm.

A lot of exciting events are happening in the coming weeks and we look forward to seeing you there!! Here is what is in the works at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts…

Wednesday, October 21 – O’Reilly Web 2.0 Summit
When: 5:00pm
Where: Metropolitan Ballroom, Westin St Francis Hotel

Artist Aaron Koblin will be giving a speech titled “A Vision for Digital Art in San Francisco: the Launch of Gray Area Foundation for the Arts”, addressing trends in digital culture and debuting Gray Area Foundation for the Arts to the tech community at the Web 2.0 conference. Aaron Koblin is a Gray Area featured artist, designer and reseracher who is focused on creating and visualizing human systems. Currently part of Google’s Creative Lab in San Francisco, California, Aaron creates software and architectures to transform social and infrastructural data into rich digital expression. Koblin’s work has been shown internationally and is part of the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

Concurrently, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts will have a kiosk on display at the Web 2.0 conference debuting “Seaquence”, a project developed by Gray Area resident artists Ryan Alexander, Gabriel Dunne and Daniel Massey. Seaquence is an online social music experiment that allows users to create step-sequencer micro-compositions. Short musical patterns are represented as biology-inspired life forms which are heard as you navigate through their universe. Different sounds and timbres are visualized as unique character traits in each life-form. Users can navigate through the field of submissions, creating a unique musical and visual experience. For details see here.

Friday, October 23 – Art in Storefronts Tenderloin Launch
When: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Reception and remarks at 989 Market Street at 6th Street

Central Market and North of Market/Tenderloin sidewalks will come alive as the Art in Storefronts pilot program officially kicks off with a community celebration, featuring live bands, the students of LINES Ballet, and a raffle to upcoming performances. The day will begin with an unveiling ceremony followed by a reception where the public can pick up a map to the newly-transformed storefronts.

To view the full program listing and descriptions of the featured artwork see here.

Saturday & Sunday, October 24-25 – ArtSpan Open Studios Tenderloin Region
When: 11:00am – 6:00pm
Where: various locations throughout the Tenderloin

GAFFTA will be participating in the city-wide ArtSpan Open Studio event by opening to the public the studios of our resident artists: Gabriel Dunne, Daniel Massey, Ryan Alexander, Miles Stemper, and Alphonzo Solorzano. Please join us in celebrating our neighborhood and the work of our talent artists!

ArtSpan lasts for four weekends, highlights four sections of the city and displays hundreds of artists. For full program listings see here.

Wednesday, October 28 – Overlap Salon: Dia de los Maxos
When: 7:00 – 9:00pm
Where: Gray Area Foundation for the Arts

Overlap.org’s series of Max/MSP/Jitter/Live Salons will continue in a collaborative event with the Bay Area Computer Music Technology Group, hosted by the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts. This will be an evening of informal lectures and performances: a brainwave system for the creation of music presented by Jef Stott; Edison making music with Max, Monomes, Live and low-bit samplers; Preshish Moments detailing and performing with his custom hardware controller and Max/MSP system for manipulating audio. For more information see here.

Wednesday, November 11 – Symposium with C.E.B Reas, Camille Utterback and Stamen Design

When: 7pm
Where: Gray Area Foundation for the Arts

Our featured artists give a talk and panel discussion showcasing their repertoire and, in context of their show at Gray Area, how they each explore openness, collaboration, public accessibility and participation in their work. Free to the general public.

Wednesday, November 18 – Closing show ceremony with special performances by Lesley Flanigan and Tristan Perich

When: 8pm
Where: Gray Area Foundation for the Arts

We close our show with “Sculpting Sound”, a performance by artist and vocalist Lesley Flanigan, exploring both the physical and sculptural nature of sound. Performing handcrafted speaker feedback instruments and her own singing voice, Flanigan physically sculpts electronic music from an orchestrated mix of complex tones and rhythms that originate entirely from the acoustics of live feedback and voice.

Tristan Perich will be showcasing his new sound-work, “Dual Synthesis”, for harpsichord and 1-bit electronics. Perich performs on his own harpsichord, accompanied by four speakers emitting patterned 1-bit tones, synthesized by electronics. The duet pursues the sonic, geometric and conceptual relationship between these distinctive instruments.