Headlands Center for the Arts

Project Space

Project Space presents site-specific exhibitions that are guided by information and experiences gathered while work is in progress at Headlands. Home to select Artists in Residence each season, as well as occasional group exhibitions by visiting artists and curators, Project Space is a place of exchange among working artists and visitors—a place where ideas are germinated, conversations are shared, and new work is made.

Visitors are invited in to witness and engage with the space throughout the various stages of making: as working studios undergoing transformation, and in their final state as complete exhibitions. Located on the top floor of Main Building 944, Project Space doors are open to the public whenever Headlands is; stop in to say hello Sunday–Thursday, 12–5PM.

This Summer in Project Space

June–August:
Opening receptions: Sunday, August 14, 3–5PM

Survival SeriesConstance Hockaday
In Progress: 
July 10–August 14

Inhabiting a space that was historically a dormitory for soldiers training and waiting to be shipped to the battlefields of WWI and II, Oakland-based artist Constance Hockaday will make a bed in which to imagine what laying in this room might have felt like while envisioning future battles, potential survival skill scenarios, and emergency strategies. In addition to conjuring these histories, Hockaday will also use her dream-space to meditate on contemporary Americans’ closely-held interpretations of survival, while exploring the physical, psycho/spiritual, and sometimes unintentionally comical methods many are developing to survive crises like climate change, natural disaster, invasion, economic collapse, war, and a violently growing societal divide along racial and class lines. Inspired in part by theatrics of survival in popular reality TV shows like “Doomsday Preppers” or “Naked and Afraid,” Hockaday will create a variety of survival kits recommended by doomsdayers, as well as her own kits that are built from research of interconnectedness between people and their landscapes. Ultimately, this project asks: how might we create a survival kit that truly helps doomsdayers confront the fears that motivate their extreme efforts to prepare for the end? and exposes how these fears may be only a shade more extreme than those we all harbor as a society with very little practice responding to disaster collectively and with compassion.

Golden Green or Greening GoldFritzia Irízar
In progress:
July 10–August 11
On view: through August 26

By focusing on the relationship between gold mining and bird populations, Mexico City-based artist Fritzia Irízar’s (AIR ’16) work throws into relief the long-term and disastrous effects of the global mining industry. By literally re-shaping and poisoning the environment, gold mining has devastated, killed, and enacted a forced migration of massive numbers of bird species. While Irízar works in Project Space, visitors are asked to interact with her installation by plucking it into oblivion, and can also leave an imitation bird call on a recording. In later iterations of Golden Green or Greening Gold, visitors may bring in gold items to have them painted green, weighed, and cross-referenced to an equivalency table of environmental degradation per gold gram.

Upcoming in Project Space

Chris Duncan: September 18–November 18
Alejandro Guzmán: September 18–November 18