open studios 2003

Project Artaud

Open Studios 2003

October 11-12

11 AM to 6 PM

Press Release

Press Release:

San Francisco Open Studios at Project Artaud

11 & 12 October, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM – Free

499 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Contact phone: (415) 552-2364

Fifteen visual artists from Project Artaud will be part of San Francisco Open Studios during the weekend of October 11 & 12 from 11.00 AM to 6.00 PM. They will be showing exciting new work ranging from realist oil painting, expressionist graphics, documentary photography, to large-scale digital prints. Seven of these artists recently painted a mural on the17th, Street fence of Project Artaud. An opening is planned on Sunday the 14th of September at 5.00 PM for the mural project.

The participating Artaud Artists are: Clarence Towers (Photography), Pico Sanchez (Painting & Printmaking), Jane Grossenbacher (Photography & Printmaking), Keith Bjorkman (Drawing & Graphics), Luis Delgado (Photography & Printmaking), Carrie Nardello (Painting), Javier Manrique (Printmaking & Painting), Jonah Roll (Painting), Katia Fuentes (Photography), Bern Rauch (Painting), Dale Erickson (Painting), William McElhiney (Painting), Robt. Burg (Painting), and Jeffrey Blankfort (Photography).

Project Artaud is a non-profit, member-run organization providing housing and support for artists and arts activities.

In 1925, the property that now houses Project Artaud was built as a tooling factory for the American Can Company. Over the years it served many purposes. During WW II airplane parts were manufactured in the large space that would later become Theater Artaud.

In 1971, a group of artists moved into the then vacant building and named it after the avant-garde French theater artist, Antonin Artaud (1896-1948). In 1989, full legal status was granted to Project Artaud, thus defining the new live/work code for the city of San Francisco.

In member public spaces, Project Artaud houses the well respected Southern Exposure Gallery, A Traveling Jewish Theater, Theater of Yugen/Noh Space, Contraband Dance Company, Mariposa Studio, Phil Deal Performance Gallery, and Project Artaud Theater.

Directions to Artaud

MUNI – Lines 22 and 33 stop at 16th and Harrison. Line 27 has a stop at Bryant and 17th.

BART – The nearest Station is at 16th and Mission. Go east on 16th (4 blocks) to Alabama. Then South on Alabama 2 blocks.

By Auto: From the South: Take 101 North to Vermont St exit (next after Cesar Chavez/Army). Left on Vermont, left on 17th to Alabama (approx 7 blocks). From the East: Take the Bay Bridge and exit 9th St.; veer left on Harrison (one way), left on 17th; one block to Alabama. From the North: Take Van Ness south; cross Market St. and continue on South Van Ness; turn left on 17th; go five blocks to Alabama.

Office and Open Studios entrance at 425 Alabama Street San Francisco, CA 94110.

Clarence Towers


Studio #102

Clarence Towers has been making images of the west for the past sixteen years. His travels in the Northwest, the West and the Southwest have produced images of the western lifestyle and landscape and beyond. The black & white and color images of locations from Montana to Hawaii to Texas reflect a passion for the history and life of the West and the abstract landscapes found in these regions.

Colour coupler print 16”x16”

Pico Sanchez

Painting, Graphics

Studio #121

I do Art to stay alive.

For me it is very important to work everyday and continue the chain of thoughts produced by working constantly. I enjoy the process of doing Art, the thinking and execution, the creative aspect and the labor, sometimes can be a fraction of a second and sometimes can be weeks of work, of change, and struggle. I like to paint and to print, each media has its own charm and challenges.

“Calaveras”, 2003 Oil on canvas 20”x24”

Jane Grossenbacher


Studio #129

Photographs, photogravures and polymer gravures with images from Spain, Morocco, New Mexico and California will be exhibited at Project Artaud’s Open Studios. Spontaneous experiences have been a theme in my images for many years. Black and white provides the simple, complicated, mysterious and beautiful at the same time- the essential elements of spontaneity. Current work: A portfolio of dancer and choreographer Eleanor King, a collection of solarized and toned photographs, etchings, and a forthcoming artist’s book.

“Horses”, Polymer photogravure 11”x14”

Keith Bjokman

Drawing, Graphics

Studio #129

Art is Fluid.

After all the vanity trends of the late 20th century, explaining life to ourselves is what art is about in the 21st century, just like a millennium before. My art explores the fluid nature of life in its simplest form, regardless of medium.

Luis Delgado

Photography, Graphics

Studio #101

Exploring new forms through layout and juxtaposition Luis Delgado produces a new dialogue in terms of scale as well as content.

“Enigma 12B”, 2003 Pigmented ink jet print. 75”x 24”

Carrie Nardello


Studio #215

Carrie Nardello’s work has a rich and varied vocabulary derived from her imagination and the language of the chatty unconscious.

Her universal imagery, choice of bold color and childlike rendering elicit response and an emotional connection in the viewer.

Nardello has been painting professionally for ten years.

“I love you in the mourning”, Oil on canvas 48”x36”

Jonah Roll


Studio #221

“My work is an honest assessment of the moment,

clouded by outbursts of fantastic delusions”

Influenced by watery beginnings in Hawaii and recent wanderings in Latin America, Roll’s work takes viewers on a journey to a surreal destinations with images imbedded in his original and stylized reality. His paintings are made with oils and acrylics on canvas, wood and found objects.

“The Visitation”, 2002 Oil on canvas 70”x36”

Javier Manrique

Graphics, Painting

Studio #216

Golds are splendor, aspiration to transcend, a higher conscience. Reds are the stream of blood which is nature, man manifests it. Blacks are the profoundness of mystery, it is the background of all. Whites come in all shades, they want to be pure. Whites hold a solemn beauty. My paintings and graphic work possess the colors mentioned.

Though at times the themes vary from mundane to spiritual I treat them the same. The same palette the same figuration.

“Nace la flor”, 2002 Monoprint 11”x8”

Katia Fuentes


Studio #221

An exploration with Icons found in her surroundings and personal life, revealing the symbols and images that can influence the form in which we develop. This series of images, in color and black& white, are taken in Mexico, Cuba, Spain and San Francisco with a documentary style.

“Guadalupe Icon”, 2002 Siver gelatin print 16”x20”

Bern Rauch


Studio #302

My desire and intention is to pursue poetry, meaning and enjoyment in my art.

“And grandpa too”, Acrylic on canvas 30”x40”

Dale Erickson


Studio #309

My paintings express my feelings about my everyday environment.

“Peppers”, Oil on canvas 20”x34”

William McElhiney


Studio #321

My work explores the relationships between subject, the vocabulary of paint, and the visual dynamics of composition light and color.

Improvisation and direct observation share equal importance in my painting process and conception.

“Restaurant” 2002, Oil on canvas 40”x55”

Jeffrey Blankfort


Studio #325

I have been documenting myriad aspects of the human condition for more than 40 years, the social and political, the funny and the sad, and have not lost my curiosity for what awaits me around the next corner.

“Farmworker, Sonoma, CA 1971”, Silver gelatin print 11”x14”

Robt. Burg


Studio #208

Oil Paintings telling non-linear stories, trying to solve the dark mysteries, walking the tight rope between the familiar and the strange.

“The Legend”, Oil on canvas 16”x20”

17th Street Mural at Project Artaud

Painted by: Jonah Roll, Carolina Funes, Pico Sanchez, Robt. Burg, Alejandra Rassvetayef, Jose Galindo, and Javier Manrique.

The 17th Street mural will be presented on the 14th of September at 5.00 pm. 17th Street @ Alabama @ Florida

Guest artists at Project Artaud Open Studios: Morgan Raymond, Alejandra Rassvetayef and Daniel Robinson.