Residencies

Residencies are project-based and invitation-only at this time.

Current & Upcoming Residents

Skinner

December 2022

Oakland based artist Skinner creates psychedelic nightmare paintings, otherworldly animation, toys, murals and more. Influenced by 80’s pop culture, human struggle, myths and violence, dungeons and dragons and the heavy metal gods, Skinner’s mind is one of psycho social mayhem fueled by a calculated chaos. His work has been shown all over the world in various museums, universities and galleries. He has been an ambassador of the alternative arts movement in locations ranging from Russia, Cuba, Japan, Europe and all across the United States. In his work with The Space Program, Skinner will be making a first foray into bronze sculpture.




Past Residents

Stuart Robertson

July 2022

Stuart Robertson's practice oscillates between figuration and abstraction, and across painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, and installation. He creates images of Black life that reject the distortion, misrepresentation, and erasure of Black history typically centered on degradation and suffering. Considering the Black body as both vessel and substance, each intimate yet quasi-anonymous metallic portrait complicates the concept of identity and skin color-as-race. They embody bling, shine, and glow to highlight the conspicuous consumption of Black bodies, resist erasure, and illuminate the duality of being coveted and discarded. In Robertson's world, Black skin is durable, weatherproof, conductive, magnetic, flexible, percussive, and indestructible. These lustrous figures offer unusual interactions with images of Blackness and invoke metaphors of the Black body that position skin as much more than an indicator of race.

During his Space Program residency, Robertson seeks to develop more efficient processes for the mediums in his work creating and customizing existing tools and processes for cutting, flattening and embossing aluminum cans for new treatments of skin in portraits. Speeding up production will help maintain a high level of excitement and innovation.


Johanna St. Clair

May 2022 – June 2022

Johanna St. Clair lives and works in San Francisco. Along with her husband, John McCambridge, she co-founded ​Mollusk Surf Shop​ which has developed into a cultural institution that integrates surfing, art, craft, music, and film.​ Mollusk has brick and mortar store in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset Neighborhood, Venice Beach, and Silver Lake, and a clothing line which is widely distributed. A few years after starting the business, Johanna returned to making art. ​First with drawings from observation on small, blank cards (she keeps a pocket-studio with her at all times), then with her larger-scale ink and brush paintings on paper, and recently with paintings in oil, Johanna's work has grown more direct, fluid, and urgent.​ Her work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo, and at the Tucson Desert Art Museum.

At The Space Program, Johanna will create a multi-level botanical still life to inspire a new set of drawing and paintings, as well as experiment with silkscreen to create prints inspired by sumi ink on paper works.


Lucien Shapiro

March 2022 – April 2022

Lucien Shapiro’s art is rife with found objects, textures, cast forms, manipulations, raw substances, oddities and multiple personalities. Treating forgotten objects and memories as treasure, he creates a kingdom under which new life is born through sculpture. In today’s day and age, the ease at which information and products are made available has led to a continual state of over-consumption. Everyday items have become neglectfully disposable, and there is an immediate desire for what’s new and what’s next. Shapiro’s work, a laborious craft and meditative consumption of time, transforms forgotten objects into nostalgically interesting and beautiful relics that compel viewers to re-evaluate what our everyday possessions represent and mean to us. Shapiro invites us to slow down, to not only gain appreciation for the artifacts that tell a story about who we are in this day and age, but to find inspiration in the value of time and craft.

During his time at The Space Program, Lucien will be screenprinting a set of clothes and a performance backdrop, as well as casting a set of bronze bells to attach to new sculptures, all of which will be documented in a performance work.


Ashara Ekundayo

February 2022 – March 2022

Ashara Ekundayo is a Black feminist, interdisciplinary creative arts leader working internationally across cultural, spiritual, civic and social innovation spaces that allow her to embody a range of roles including independent curator, cultural theologian, artist, creative industries entrepreneur, organizer, mentor and mother. As an arts professional she currently stewards both Black [Space] Residency and Artist As First Responder, an organization and 6-point philanthropic, interactive arts platform that reifies artists whose practices heal communities and save lives. Her creative and sometimes performance arts practice centers the making and maintenance of intentional spaces for displaying joy and/or grief through art. As a social practice installation artist who designs site-specific commissioned altar pieces, stewards public meditation ceremonies, and designs public printmaking sessions, Ashara's works are intentionally collaborative, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational.

During her time at The Space Program, Ashara will be creating a series of metal-leaf prints, designing a poster, and creating and welding a 3-D model.

Images 2 & 3 courtesy of Jean Melasaine.


Mark Dean Veca

November 2021

Over the course of his 30 years making art, Mark Dean Veca has produced murals, paintings, drawings, installations, sculptures, prints, designs, and other sundry inventions. Along the way, he has experimented with a range of visual styles from the loose and abstract to the obsessive and meticulous; mastering the power of the confident line and discovering the patience required for meticulous detail and the bravado for a super-saturated palette. And though the scale and scope of his work have expanded toward the operatic, his process has never been more intimate. An omnivorous observer of visual culture equally versed in Mad Magazine and Modernist theory, the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers and French Regency, R. Crumb and Ed Ruscha, Mark Dean Veca’s art truly is the sum of its paradoxical parts and his particular gift lies in making gorgeous, giddy, glorious sense of those paradoxes.

-Shana Nys Dambrot, from the essay Mark Dean Veca: Life|Drawing

During his time at The Space Program, Mark will be producing a series of large format silkscreened prints.


Laurel Roth Hope

September 2021 – October 2021

Laurel Roth Hope lives and works in Northern California. Prior to becoming a full-time, self-taught artist she worked as a park ranger and in natural resource conservation. These professional experiences influenced her current work, which centers on the human manipulation of and intervention into the natural world and the choices we must make everyday between our individual desires and the well being of the world at large. Hope was a 2017 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow and a 2016 Resident Artist with the Kohler Arts and Industry program in Wisconsin. In 2013 she and her sometime collaborator, Andy Diaz Hope, completed a year-long Fellowship at the de Young Museum of San Francisco examining the history of human cooperation through architecture. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Mint Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 21C Museum, the Zabludowics Collection, the Progressive Collection, and the Ripley’s Museum of Hollywood, among others.

During her time at The Space Program, Hope will be preparing for an upcoming show with Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco. She will be casting a set of bronze birds as well as creating a 3-D printed sculpture.


Connie Zheng

May 2021 – June 2021

Connie Zheng is a Chinese-born artist, writer and filmmaker living in Oakland, California. Connie's practice moves between screen-based media, drawing, painting, text and installation, and primarily examines diasporic memory, ecological elegy, and divergent articulations of hope from an environmental justice perspective. Zheng’s recent work is organized around the fraught histories and migrations of seeds, as well as the ways in which bio-matter simultaneously embodies humans’ hopes for survival and our fears of contamination. Rooted in the idea of home as a contested space, Zheng’s practice treats seeds as immigrant vessels for dreaming, self-sufficiency and transformation in ecologically and politically hostile environments.

As the awardee of the Joint Space Award, the works Connie completed while in residence at The Space Program was featured in a Summer 2021 exhibition at Minnesota Street Project.


Jason Jägel

March 2021 – April 2021

Jason Jägel is a painter, educator, and commissioned public artist. His work uses the syntax of comics to conjure fictional worlds where anything can happen at anytime, like everyday life. “I want to create a place with its own inner life and see what happens,” says Jägel.

He received an MFA from Stanford University in 2002. His work is in many public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Jägel has completed twelve commissioned public artworks in San Francisco, all in the context of transforming neighborhoods and innovative large-scale projects. His 2018 commission, The Author & Her Story, is a 13x34 foot ceramic tile mosaic installed at San Francisco International Airport’s new Harvey Milk Terminal 1.

With the Space Program, Jägel will launch two editions, one embossed and one silkscreen print. Proceeds from the two editions will help fund the remainder of the residency, an ambitious new bronze and steel sculpture entitled Everything Is Dependent On Something Else. The tower will consist of rotating sections inscribed with images inspired by the artist’s work with sgraffito pottery that play with stories of connection and authorship.


Brett Amory

January 2021 – February 2021

Brett Amory’s multidisciplinary practice is based on the intersection of quotidian and habitual engagements with the everyday world. Amory’s work has been shown both nationally and internationally, including at the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh; the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana; and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. He was an artist in residence at San Francisco’s de Young Museum in 2017. Amory received an MFA from Stanford University.

While at The Space Program, Brett will make a number of site-specfic works. His time will be spent absorbing the space, surrounding environment, and gathering source material before executing works made from screenprint and traditional painting processes.


Yétundé Olagbaju

October 2020 – December 2020

Yétundé Olagbaju is an artist and maker, currently residing in Oakland. They utilize performance, sculpture, action, gesture, and performance as through-lines for inquiries regarding Black labor, legacy and processes of healing. They are rooted in the need to understand history, the people that made it, the myths surrounding them and how their own body is implicated in history’s timeline.

They have shown work and done projects with many local and national organizations. Namely, Oakland Museum of California, Pt. 2 Gallery, Southern Exposure, Guerrero Gallery, The New School, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Museum of the African Diaspora and Art Basel. They hold an MFA from Mills College and are the recipient of the inaugural Nancy Cook Fellowship, the Murphy Cadogan Awards, the Jay Defeo Award, and the Headlands Center for the Arts Graduate Fellowship.

In their residency, Yétundé is working on two sculptures and a textile surrounding the themes of erasure and the Black body. A 3' spherical pedestal, made to look like wax with the implications of disappearance over time, will hold a cloth-covered 16" bronze female bust reminiscent of Yoruba culture. In line with The Space Program desire to support artists' expansion into new mediums, this will be the artist's first opportunity to cast in bronze.


Rodney Ewing and Tahiti Pehrson

April 2020 – November 2020

Rodney Ewing's drawings, installations, and mixed media works create an intersection where body and place, memory and fact are merged to reexamine human interactions and cultural conditions. The resulting narrative requires us to be present and profound.

Tahiti Pehrson's works explores fragility and interconnectedness in physical structures through hand-cut paper. Geometric patterns of volume speak to universal traditions of pattern-making through the history of mathematics, arts, and craft.

Bonding over the Isley Brothers' song For the Love of You while independently working on public art pieces, Rodney and Tahiti have wanted to collaborate ever since. Initially, we had planned to host them in-person at The Space Program, but shelter-in-place due to COVID-19 offered a new challenge. Instead, Rodney and Tahiti collaborated at a distance, where each artist sent partially completed pieces to the other via mail, a new way of making art for both of them.

As the artists began their residency, they never imagined the significance of their partnership. Initially, quarantine brought isolation and inaccessibility to materials. The rules of engagement changed and developed with the ongoing pandemic. They began to formulate their creations according to the materials at hand. The global social event of Black Lives Matter brought an unanticipated poignancy to Rodney and Tahiti’s project resulting in works both poetic and potent, created with unmistakable intentionality and meaning. Watch an interview with the two artists about this collaboration in Process (Episode 4).

An exhibition of collaborative works titled What Kind of Cool (Will We Think of Next), is on view from October 14 to November 30, 2020 at Nancy Toomey Fine Art.


Jon Bernson

August 2020 – October 2020

Jon Bernson is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores and expands the traditional boundaries of storytelling, often in site-specific contexts. Bernson's work has been shown at the Nevada Museum of Art, Catharine Clark Gallery, Minnesota Street Project, Sundance, SXSW, NPR and The New Yorker. He has been an artist-in-residence at the de Young Museum, Playwrights Foundation and The Growlery. Recently, he received grants from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation (New & Experimental Works) and the Venturous Theater Fund to continue developing Third Eye Moonwalk, a multidisciplinary project that fuses installation art with film, theater and spiritual inquiry. As a musician, he has released more than twenty albums under several names, including Exray’s whose music was featured in David Fincher’s Academy-Award winning film, The Social Network. Jon lives in San Francisco and commutes beneath the bay to his solar-powered studio in downtown Oakland.

In actuality, Jon Bernson's residency started in the recording studio in August 2019, where Jon and audio engineer Jason Kick tracked parts in our new studio space for a yet-to-be titled album. In 2020, The Space Program is thrilled to support the completion of Jon's residency and first solo album, Higher Lows. The album's title is a dual reference to an obscure stock market theory and an approach to measuring emotional health; the idea is that growth can only be reliably measured by looking at the upward progress of one's higher lows over the course of many years.

In addition to the recording and pressing of this album, a final outcome of Jon's Space Program residency will include a series of unique screen-printed album covers that form a continuous panoramic image when presented side by side. In doing this, the album art illustrates Higher Lows' central theme, that progress occurs in slow-motion and only becomes apparent when viewed from a distance, over long periods of time.


Jenny Sharaf

July 2020 – September 2020

Jenny Sharaf is a San Francisco-based multidisciplinary artist that produces paintings, installations, videos, and happenings that celebrate process, while reflecting on art history, counter culture, the canons of feminism and abstraction. Sharaf also has a strong mural practice, with walls as far as Tokyo and Beirut. The mythology of the California girl leads the way to tell a complex and fragmented narrative of art making in the 21st century.

With the Space Program, Jenny is working in a new medium through a collaboration with ceramicist Jeff Perkins to prototype a collection of one-of-a-kind large platters. She'll also be using the facility to produce a series of new, large-scale paintings and works on paper that will be unveiled with this collaboration in the Fall.


Michelle Yi Martin

February 2020 – March 2020

Michelle Yi Martin's main medium is the process of weaving, whether it be with traditional fibers or plastics, latex balloons, photo negatives, clay, hair, paper, metals, movement, light, and sound. Weaving is sacred because of the labor of joining elements together while allowing each to retain their distinctness. Michelle sees it as a microcosm of the universe and a world in which she'd like to live.

In her own words: Being able to call a place “home” has been a throughline during my 42 years as a woman, mother, partner, educator, activist, artist, and San Francisco native. Whether on my journey of rooting even deeper as a Korean-American-immigrant to the ever-transitioning metamorphosis called motherhood, home has always been in the “in between” space. I used to fight being in this ambiguity, but now I prefer it. It’s this space that allows for experimentation and declassification.


Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock

September 2019 – October 2019

Modern mythologists, Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall are colorists of a different order. Tunstall creates stylized portraits of female or female-identifying characters and their environments; while Plock’s work centers around slightly more masculine characters. Through a variety of mediums including acrylic, watercolor, spray paint, ink, gold or silver leaf and collage, Ferris and Kelly create highly detailed works, often character-based paintings on wood panels, plus installation, video, and sculptural components. Their deliberate focus on human and animal form allows for a certain surrealism to the point of abstraction; playing with how far the mind can consider a rendering of the body animal and/or human, even with multiple useful appendages. As we relate to these fantastic or strange bodies, our mind extends to accept them as our own.

In preparing for their 2019 show PMA at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco, the artists needed more room to work on their grand ideas utside of their home studio. Over six weeks, they produced an entire body of work at The Space Program, including a series of paintings, a 10' "monster house" installation, and a cast bronze edition. Additionally, with the support of The Space Program and Social Imprints, Ferris and Kelly produced a limited edition print and t-shirt whose proceeds benefits Hospitality House.

Both artists have been involved in solo and group exhibitions in Tokyo, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, and have participated in exhibitions in Tokyo, Mexico City, London, Paris, and Miami. Their work is featured in San Francisco’s Michelin-starred restaurant SPQR, a large scale mural at Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous, SF, and at hotel Alcazar and restaurant Cheeky's, located in Palm Springs.

Photos courtesty of Andrew Caulfield


Jisho Roche Adachi

June 2019 – July 2019

Jisho Roche Adachi is an artist currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Employing techniques of traditional craft, print, and animation alongside his painting, Roche Adachi looks to the history of ephemera, craft object, and "low art" in formulating his work. In loosely figurative compositions, his contorted gestures echo the painterly tradition of depicting grand power struggles, while repetitive and layered mark-making manifest a sort of psychedelic idolatry. During his time at The Space Program, Jisho pulled double-duty providing feedback on the space and operations as our first resident while also working on a number of paintings and constructing a zoetrope modeled after paper lanterns.

Jisho received his BFA from Pratt Institute in 2009 in printmaking and art history. Over the last decade he has held the position of studio manager for the artist Federico Solmi 2009-2011, as well as a studio manager for Takashi Murakami 2012-2015. Currently he operates an artist co-op space in Queens and is the owner of the art bar Pokito in Brooklyn.