Shelters Part II
Five emerging artists address questions of human and avian displacement
by urban development in the two-part show titled Shelters opening April
17, 2008 at the Luggage Store’s annex in Cohen Alley. The dualities of
wealth and poverty along with those of natural beauty and animal
habitat devastation in the Bay Area define our experience and make ever
present the need to address the social, political, and environmental
needs that arise from such vastly different experiences.
Mildred Howard, the organizer and curator of Shelters, has called upon artists Kate Torgersen, Cameron Hockenson, Mario Trejo, Mandi Mutchler, and Laura Boles Faw to work with ideas concerning homelessness and the extinction of native bird species within San Francisco. Howard questions whether we have “once again become oblivious to this problem” of homelessness and the effects of urban development on the ecosystem of our city. By asking five emerging artists to address the interconnectedness of these issues of shelter or lack thereof, Howard reiterates the importance of the artist’s role in working for “social justice, diversity, and political change.”
Shelters, Part II will consist of conceptual drawings and maquettes informed by the resourcefulness of the homeless population currently living in San Francisco. This exhibition will take place from June 9 through June 17, 2008 at the Luggage Store’s Annex located at 509 Ellis Street near Leavenworth. Questions of diversity, mobility, refuge, feasibility, protection, and ultimately humanity find form in the maquettes stemming from this project. Mildred Howard has bestowed the necessity of dialogue and new ideas on this younger generation of artists. It is through art and ideas that we fight complacency and can keep these issues of homelessness and environmental concerns in the forefront of our consciousness.