Tonight, Southern Exposure turns the idea of installation on its head. The arts organization unveils its latest exhibit, "Working Conditions," a process-based project in which nine artists bring their studios into SoEx's gallery space. For eight weeks, these artists will set up shop and keep regular hours, creating "installations" out of their work environments. No longer isolated in their own spaces, the artists are confronted with the experience of being in the public eye as they work, addressing the concept of artist as laborer.
For the past ten years, hundreds of Bay Area artists worth their weight in art supplies have taken a seat at Southern Exposure's Monster Drawing Rally to furiously, brilliantly scribble and create original pieces in a live setting to raise money for the arts community's Artists in Education program. Once a piece is done, you can purchase it while it's still warm from the artist's hand.
If you're an aspiring artist and looking for some mula, here's your chance. Southern Exposure, an independent hub for the visual arts in SF, is holding the fourth round of its Alternative Exposure grant program in which $60,000 will be awarded to artists in San Francisco and Alameda Counties. The program started back in 2007 in partnership with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and has been played a vital role in keeping young artists thriving in the community. Over the course of its first three rounds, Alternative Exposure has awarded $155,000 in direct funds to 50 Bay Area projects.