Attractors: New Work by Mark Baugh-Sasaki
January 18–August 4, 2013
Kalmanovitz Hall Sculpture Terrace
Tuesday, February 19, 2:30–3:30, in McLaren 250. A reception will follow on the terrace.*
Mark Baugh-Sasaki, a San Francisco native, unites elements of industrial and natural landscapes in his sculptures in order to investigate the relationships, adaptations, transformation and conflicts that arise in this hybrid environment. Combining steel, fallen tree limbs and greywacke and blueschist boulders, his sculptures range from organic arches and pods to multi-spiked “stars” reminiscent of Medieval weaponry.
For "Strange Attractors," Mark built on site to create a series of caged boulders that conform to the space around them, making it look as if they were emerging from or traversing the space. In the pieces, steel prosthetics support wood cores, steel rods grow seductively around tree trunks and steel corsets encase large stones. Baugh-Sasaki’s works put equal value on both industrial and natural materials, suggesting a symbiotic relationship between the two.
Think Andrew Goldsworthy meets Victor Frankenstein, and you have Mark Baugh-Sasaki’s "Strange Attractors." Jasmine Moorhead, director of Krowswork Art Gallery, states that Baugh-Sasaki’s works "help the viewer navigate and find peace with the juxtaposition of the natural and the man-made that is the reality of our environment today....[it] demonstrates a nuanced and integrated relationship to the constructed landscapes of our time."
In addition to these new works, the University will present Baugh-Sasaki’s large-scale Hayes Valley commission, "Adaptations," under the trees in front of Gleeson Library | Geschke Center.
Mark Baugh-Sasaki attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he studied photography and sculpture. He has exhibited his work at numerous locations throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the Islip Art Museum, New York; Geumgang International Art Center, Chungcheongnam-do, Korea; Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito; and Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco. He was recently awarded an Honorary James Irvine Foundation Fellowship for his work at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program in Woodside, CA. His public art sculpture Adaptations was commissioned and installed at Patricia’s Green in Hayes Valley, San Francisco, from July 2009 through January 2010. His most recent solo exhibition, "The Civilized Wild," was presented by Krowswork in Oakland.
*Weather permitting; a new location will be announced if necessary.
2000-2003, the Thacher Gallery sponsored an annual outdoor exhibition and now
continues this tradition with biannual exhibitions on the Kalmanovitz Hall
rooftop sculpture terrace. It opened in the Fall of 2008 with "The Puma
at the End of Fulton Street: San Francisco Sculptor Arthur Putnam"
featuring five figurative bronzes from the de Young Museum's
When visiting the sculpture terrace, be sure to
view the two historic portals located in Kalmanovitz Hall. The
Romanesque Portal located in the Lou and Suzanne Giraulo Atrium dates
to around 1175-1200. It came from Northern Italy, and shows Adam and
Eve at the Tree of Knowledge. A gift of the Fine Arts Museums of San
Francisco, the portal was raised through a generous gift of Diane
Wilsey in honor of her late husband Alfred Wilsey.
Maria de Ovila Portal (ca. 1575) in the outdoor amphitheater between
Kalmanovitz and Cowell Halls comes from a monastery approximately 90
miles northwest of Madrid, Spain. It features fine renaissance
carvings of Saint Catherine and Saint Mary Magdalene, and God the
Father. Brought to the United States by William Randolph Hearst, it
stood for many years in the former de Young Museum building in Golden
Gate Park, and was given to USF by the Fine Arts Museums of San
Francisco. It serves as the backdrop of the Ovila Amphitheater, a
vibrant new performance space at the center of the USF campus.
The Rooftop Sculpture Terrace is located on the campus of the University of San Francisco on the third floor of Kalmanovitz Hall. The USF campus can be easily entered at Fulton and Cole, Parker and McAllister, and Golden Gate and Temescal. Directions to USF.
The sculpture terrace is open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Strange Attractors: New Work by Mark Baugh-Sasaki
Jan. 18 – Aug. 4, 2013
Baugh-Sasaki’s sculptures use a combination of industrial and natural materials and processes to create fantastical objects that make the viewer aware of their environment and their connection to it.
more information, please contact Glori Simmons, Associate Director:
Phone: (415) 422-5178
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