In light art, God or the nuclear fusion of hydrogen into helium on a scale that even Stephen Hawking can barely comprehend, let alone stare at is the ultimate artist. Elaine Buckholtz is somewhere under that. Were not sure where, but we think its pretty close, since her latest installation, The Urban Unseen: Examining San Franciscos in Between Spaces, makes use of three Victorian houses; 1906-1910 Golden Gate Ave. Shes part of the exhibit of the same name at USFs Thacher Gallery (an opening reception is today at 3 p.m.) in which artists like Buckholtz, Paul Madonna, and Moshe Quinn explore the interstitial places of the citys shoulder-to-shoulder housing. Buckholtz explores this literally: She shines her beams on some of them for her site-specific installation down the street from the gallery, giving the nooks that house trash chutes and back-bedroom windows center stage. The front facades, shrouded by the night sky, are for once unable to pine for everyones attention like the painted harlots they are. Its a bit of a meditative angle for Buckholtz, who's been known to hustle a portable light cart down 24th Street in the Mission District, dousing buildings along the way, and project psychedelic manipulated image light videos from every window in more than a few hulking buildings.
Feb. 25-26, 5:30 p.m., 2010