The viewer starts the journey by navigating through a hanging, ethereal, deck of cards, the suits themselves watermarks in hand-cast paper. There are 52 cards, to encounter by chance. Near the back of the deck, things start to change, turning from white to blue to brown, landing the observer in a salle d’attente with peculiar baroque costume elements backlit by tapestries of warm browns and azurian blues. One rough, yet ruffled, turns slowly in front of the other – stately and arrogant. Both are attended by curious courtiers. The spectator is invited to find the equation: the balance between the opposites, the message and the medium, hard versus soft, before returning back through the maze.
Point of Convergence was developed to celebrate the researchers at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. While the I. M. Pei building provides an immense, inspirational setting, with soaring skylights, moving shadows, and obtuse angles in every room, it pales in comparison to the importance of the research being done in its laboratories. In fact, the building could fall and the trees could move back in, but the work of the scientists would live on.
To see the installation, you can contact me and I will make arrangements through the Buck Institute.
September 5 through December 6, 2014
Water Paper Stone: A Walk-Through Book by Judy O’Shea opens at San Francisco Center for the Book on September 5. The installation celebrates the experiences Judy writes about in her memoir Water Paper Stone. Art from 18 of the French and American artists who participated in the artist-in-residence Judy and her husband hosted in Plaisance, France are featured:
Judy O’Shea :: Chantal Armagnac :: Carole Beadle :: Richard Berger :: Kay Bradner :: Bernard Cauhape :: Catherine Choron-Baix :: Michel Cubilie :: Sylvie Gravellard :: Mariana Goodheart :: Francois Grand-Clement :: Charles Hobson :: Michel Hulliard :: Carolyn Miller :: Mike O’Shea :: Dan Pillers :: Jean-Michel Pret :: Inge Roberts :: Alice Wingwall
We are days away from opening the installation of the walk-through book at the San Francisco Center for the Book. In advance of that, I’d like to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to the many talented artists who have contributed their work to this grandiose undertaking. I’m humbled to be entrusted with their work and privileged to have the opportunity to bring it together into this installation for all to see. Please come experience their work at Water Paper Stone: A Walk-Through Book at the San Francisco Center for the Book from Sept. 5 through Nov. 30, 2014.
SAN FRANCISCO, APRIL 16, 2014—Seduced by the romantic notion of living a carefree life abroad, many people dream of moving to the South of France to eat, drink, and explore the countryside. Most people don’t then decide to move to France, revitalize a forgotten mill, host an artist-in-residence program, and start a new career. But that is exactly what Judy O’Shea, a San Francisco installation artist, did with her husband, Mike. Now, O’Shea has collected her vivid journal entries and letters to her beloved sister, Linda, into Water Paper Stone, a memoir that immerses the reader in life in the heartland of France. Water Paper Stone: Letters from a Mill in France is now available for purchase on Amazon.com in softcover for $17.95 and as an e-book with more than 100 photos for $13.95.