The Bay Area is full of beautiful and functional public space. However, there are spaces that while technically both “public” and “functional” fail to coincide with our perceptions of what is desirable and recreationally useable. As the urban network expands and highways are built, crisscrossing in mid-air, bisecting neighborhoods and skewing horizons into abstract zigzags, the underneath and in-between spaces become more plentiful, but in their dark, damp shadiness, not necessarily more attractive to the common pedestrian.
A major junction off of highway 101, the intersection of Cesar Chavez and Potrero, (once the site of Bonnie Ora Sherk’s historic public work, “The Farm”), is a surreal tangle of asphalt, whirring automobiles, and dark acute angles where cement meets earth littered with trash and discarded drug paraphernalia. Urban planners have attempted to make this concrete jungle traversable by implementing narrow walkways and footbridges, but have neglected to explore its potential as more than a thoroughfare, and one best avoided at that. The highway underpass is but one example of the abundance of potentially useable civic zones that exist as simultaneously available and seemingly off limits. This peripheral space represents the often present boundary between potential and actual accessibility.
INTERIM INFILLS is an exhibition that will not only explore this particular underused and underappreciated urban matrix, but also the general defining process of public space in any city. The exhibition responds to this strangely beautiful transit zone by creating stopping points throughout. These projects will be temporal or permanent, subtle or eye-catching, objects or performance/projections, silly or contemplative—but will all be site specific and installed without permission (or dare we say Guerilla-style).
Opening info: Sunday June 21, 5-8:30
The work will remain on view in the site for as long as it lasts.
Because the exhibition is sited over a relatively expansive area, the opening headquarters will be held in the back of a big white truck parked along Potrero Ave. all the way at the end next to the baseball field. Inside the van will be site maps and documentation of the various projects. We will have some beer on hand, but we encourage B.Y.O and will provide brown paper bags for your beverage of choice.
INTERIM INFILLS is a Zero Capital project curated by Sally Szwed and Dan Phelan. for more info on this global non-profit visit: zerocapital.net
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