Residencies are project-based and invitation-only at this time.
Current & Upcoming Residents
Yétundé OlagbajuOctober 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 PehrsonApril 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.
Brett AmoryJanuary 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.
Jon BernsonAugust 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 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, 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 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
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.