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.

Now in Project Space

Tomorrow Is Already Here

Tomorrow Is Already Here unveils work related to a new programming thread at Headlands: Thematic Residencies. Thematic Residencies begin with a prompt—what do artists know?—and gather artists and non-artists such as scientists, policy makers, and community advocates who are experts in related professional fields to ideate and collaborate on how the arts can help to produce innovative, culturally relevant research and serve communities on the ground. Tomorrow Is Already Here draws from the practices of participants in Headlands’ 2016 and 2018 Thematic Residencies focusing on climate change, and includes new works, collaborations, commissions, and writing emerging from the research and encounters during the residencies. Alongside the exhibition, performance duo Fog Beast will use Project Space to research, rehearse and develop material—a process that will happen in real time and be open to the public—for These Lines Are Living, a commissioned performance which grew out of collaborations between 2018 Thematic Residency participants Melecio Estrella (Fog Beast) and Andrew Jones. Performances of These Lines Are Living will take place March 7 and 8 on Rodeo Beach in conjunction with the closing of Tomorrow Is Already Here.

Next in Project Space

Autumn Ahn (Massachusetts) | Ramekon O’Arwisters (California)
March 22–April 30, Sunday–Thursday, 12–5PM

Autumn Ahn
With an interdisciplinary studio practice spanning performance, painting, moving image, and sound, Autumn Ahn’s (AIR ‘20) work reflects on contemporary relationships to the temporal, poetic, and psychological experience of the unknown. Whether suspending her body in digital spaces or entombing poppies in poured cement, the material choices of her work link across time and media to gesture toward varied references such as the burden of history, the automatic consciousness, or the pomegranate that binds Persephone to the Underworld. During her Project Space residency Ahn will utilize light, shadow, and volume to construct a responsive landscape: a space in which her considerations of otherness, loss, aesthetic assimilation, and the residual impact of a present absence can unfold physically—through sensory detail—over time.

Ramekon O’Arwisters
Ramekon O’Arwisters (AIR ’20) works with fabric, ceramics, and a multitude of embellishments to make sculpture. During his residency, O’Arwisters will expand on his recent series of fiber and ceramic sculptures titled Cheesecake, exploring new materials and increased scale. Cheesecakeemerged from an earlier series of works, Mending, which drew inspiration from childhood memories of quilting with his grandmother—where he felt safe and accepted as a Queer Black male—during the Jim Crow era. With Mending, O’Arwisters utilized discarded household ceramics and fabric to make something whole from broken pieces. O’Arwisters pushes the sculptures into new dimensions with the Cheesecake series: dressed-up, fully actualized, and dangerously seductive.

Previously in Project Space

Kelly Akashi (California) | Anna Fitch & Banker White (California)
September 17–November 14, Sunday–Thursday, 12–5PM

Kelly Akashi
From self-consuming flames of dripping wax candles to the ephemeral light filtering through blown glass objects, Kelly Akashi’s sculptures often exist in a perpetual state of metamorphosis. Even hands cast in bronze seem poised to caress or to beckon if only given a moment. During her residency at Headlands, Akashi will continue exploring notions of transformation through observation of the Headlands landscape and its geological and biological changes. The resulting research will inform new photographs and sculptures that will be shared through Project Space.

Anna Fitch & Banker White
For Anna Fitch & Banker White, filmmaking is a social act. The duo regard the subjects of their documentaries as collaborators—a unique relationship that ultimately pushes both parties beyond their comfort zones and creates something wholly different than what would have been possible individually. During their residency, Fitch & White will be working on their multiplatform documentary Heaven Through the Backdoor. Told through the stories of Yolanda Shae, a close friend of the filmmakers’, the film blends intimate documentary footage with cinematic interpretations to explore the emotional complexities surrounding the death of those closest to you, and of facing one’s own mortality.