Since our inception in 2007, OFFspace has staged a dozen exhibitions in unexpected spaces and host galleries. Featuring the work of over 100 artists from across the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Besides being pioneers of site specific curation in the Bay Area, OFFspace has singled itself out by creating shows with an wide range of artists and practices; bringing together emerging, mid-career and established artists, Bay Area and international art makers, as well as diverse genders and races.
To celebrate passing the 10-year mark OFFSpace proudly hosted Altered, a show part retrospective and part curatorial experiment. Altered evolved throughout the run being “re-curated” weekly by OFFSpace and invited partner curators, featuring a different theme and works with each iteration.
Over thirty artists who have shown with OFFspace throughout our 10+-year career will share work to create a physical library in one … Read More »
The Chapel of the Chimes, aside from its historical importance and architectural beauty serves as a site of repose, contemplation, transcendence and remembrance. It is, on many levels, easy to draw comparisons of intent and use between the chapel and museums, as places where history, beauty and the sublime—the intuition that there is something powerfully beautiful and fearsome beyond our quotidian experience—coexist.
It is as impossible to consider the fact of death without memorials to the departed and the practice of rituals as it is impossible to contemplate contemporary art practices without the vitality of performance art. Using the idea of “the ever after” as a starting point, artists explore notions of observance, grief, longing and wonder. Poignancy, playfulness and sharp insights into the nature of the eternal are the common threads used to weave a series of site-specific mini-installations and … Read More »
In speaking to this era of both limitless and very limited possibilities, the artists in Proliferations I + II reflect upon and inspire strategies for understanding our present realities; reifying the plethora of voices and generating discussion from babble. This exhibition brought together artists who both critically and formally addressed the idea of Proliferations through examination of the body, history, bounty and waste, life and death.
OFF-Space presented Proliferations in two segments and at two sites; at the Wealth Management offices of Rhodes and Fletcher, LLC, and in a rented storage unit in the mainly blue-collar, industrial area of Hunter’s Point in San Francisco. These sites were chosen specifically to bring into focus the financial, social and cultural paradoxes of our time and the constantly shifting polarities of globalization and global citizenry.
Proliferations featured works by: Walter Aprile, Erica Gangsei, Ray Guillete, Michael Kerbow, Ruth Santee, Justin Hoover, Jessica Westbrook, Alicia Escott, Jennifer Weigel, David Stein, Michal Gavish, Peter Foucault, Steven Elliott, Alexis … Read More »