1360 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Region: South of Market
The Golden Gate Bridge might be the more iconic span, but theres a special place in our jaded hearts for its argent-hued counterpart to the east. That said, the Bay Bridge isnt widely considered a fount of artistic inspiration. In Approach, Transition, Touchdown: The Bay Bridge Project, however, Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather turn their pens and pigments to San Franciscos less-celebrated platform. Timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the bridges opening, Approach, Transition, Touchdown includes prints and drawings that represent the structure in imaginatively discursive ways. Given uncommon access to original architectural plans, maps, archival photos and the bridge itself Hughen and Starkweather have created a collection that simultaneously abstracts, re-envisions, and reconstructs the Bay Bridge. There is nothing strictly documentary here the viewer will strain to discern the familiar trestles that undergird the oblique angles, abstractly clustered shapes, and sweeping pen flourishes. But by deconstructing the bridges form, Hughen and Starkweather rediscover and reveal the arresting power of a structure that blended into the citys skyline long ago.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 6 p.m. Starts: Oct. 21. Continues through Nov. 23, 2011
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