'Troubling Disappearance': (Re-)Constructing Remnants at SF State Fine Arts Gallery Exhibition

Thursday, April 04, 2019
Photo of Bessma Khalaf's Burn Out Mountain
Bessma Khalaf. Burn Out Mountain. 2019. Archival pigment print. 34.25 inches x 51 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

ART PRACTICAL (SAN FRANCISCO) -- What might it mean to make ephemerality durable?

Built Environments, recently opened at San Francisco State University’s Fine Arts Gallery, features work by 14 artists and collectives that respond to this question, at scales ranging from monumental to miniature. Curated by Sharon Bliss and Kevin B. Chen, Built Environments “examines artistic interventions both inside and outside of the gallery space, where spatial relations and the routine materials of architecture and construction will be exploded through artistic experimentation.” In doing so, the participating artists ask: How does constructed space affect our understanding of the past, present, and future?