Residencies are project-based and invitation-only at this time.
Current & Upcoming Residents
Rodney Ewing and Tahiti PehrsonApril 2020 – August 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 created their part of the project and mailed it to the other to work on.
Jenny SharafJuly 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, feminism and abstraction. Jenny is strongly influenced by the Hollywood vernacular, in part because of her family's history in the film and television business and growing up in Los Angeles. She 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 line of plates and platters featuring her design. She'll also be using the facility to produce new, large-scale works that will be unveiled with this collaboration in the Fall.
Michelle Yi MartinFebruary 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 PlockSeptember 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
Jon BernsonAugust 2019
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 and 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 and the Venturous Theater Fund to continue developing Third Eye Moonwalk, a multidisciplinary project that fuses audio-visual installations with theater, dance and spiritual inquiry. As a musician, Bernson 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. Bernson lives in San Francisco and commutes beneath the bay to his solar-powered studio in downtown Oakland.
In his time in The Space Program recording studio, Jon and audio engineer Jason Kick worked out the kinks of the studio space and also on an untitled album. See Jon's musical interlude in The Space Program's recording studio here.
Jisho Roche AdachiJune 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.