The City College Art Gallery is located in the Visual Art Building, v119, on the Ocean Campus of City College of San Francisco. The gallery is wheelchair accessible, free to the public, and just a few blocks from the Balboa BART station. Please call 415.239.3157 for gallery hours.
August 27 – September 26, 2018
Reception: Thursday, September 6, 5:30 to 7:30pm
Artist Statement and Bio: I am interested in bits and parts of material and items no longer used for their original purpose. Through an act of unmaking, by my own hand or otherwise, the material I use is no longer a castoff, but speaks of potentiality and a remaking of the self.
Multiple capped pipes stick out of a wall of the City College of San Francisco Art Gallery. Painted in a effort to blend into the white walls, these pipes no longer serve their original purpose and speak of rejection, restriction and unrealized potential. How might I honor these aborted conduits by means of material extension and offer them support and encouragement to dream?
In addition, I will show architectural collages, each created from cut strips from a single sheet of a Domus magazine. These layered strips become three-dimensional objects reflecting the content of the architecture and design magazine.
Leah Virsik is an artist based in Oakland. Her work is driven by an interest in materials and includes collage, sculptural fiber and book arts. She received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco State University in 2016. In addition to directing the Adobe Art Gallery in Castro Valley, she currently facilitates watercolor and drawing to people with Alzheimer’s Disease. Her first solo show at Mercury 20 in Oakland will be in February 2019.
The City College Art Gallery’s Mission
- Establish City College Art Gallery as an important arts destination for citizens of San Francisco and the Greater Bay Area, stimulating awareness, support, and participation in the arts.
- Provide a free, publicly accessible venue for art.
- Provide meaningful cultural and learning experiences for City College students.
- Introduce art students to juried exhibitions and visiting artist-led workshops.
- Offer hands-on training in all aspects of gallery management, providing them practical job skills in order to gain employment.