Exhibitions

The Red Poppy Art House regularly features exhibitions of artwork and installations by local and regional artists. Current exhibitions at the Red Poppy Art House can be viewed during our weekly open hours (listed bat the bottom of this page) or when you attend any one of our weekly performances.

Currently on Exhibit:

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Home/Studio: Eviction Scene Investigation

Artists: Yolanda Lopez and Adriana Camarena

Yolanda Lopez was born in San Diego, California in 1942. As the eldest daughter of three, she was raised by her mother and her mother’s parents in the Logan Heights neighborhood. After graduating high school, Lopez moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and in 1968 became part of the San Francisco State University Third World Strike. She also worked as a community artist in the Mission District with a group called Los Siete de la Raza. Since that point she has viewed her work as an artist as a tool for political and social change and sees herself as an artistic provocateur. Yolanda is currently being evicted from her home of 35 years in the Mission District. (More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yolanda_Lopez )

Adriana Camarena was born in Mexico City in 1970, with a Mexican identity complicated by an expat upbringing in the U.S., Uruguay, and Mexico. She moved to the Mission District in 2008. Since then, she has collected tales of borders, line-crossings, and overlapping identities told by residents to provide a layered picture of this traditionally working class immigrant neighborhood. She is working on a multimedia and literary project titled “Unsettlers: Migrants, Homies, and Mammas in the Mission District of San Francisco”. (See www.unsettlers.org.)

“Home/Studio: Eviction Scene Investigation” is a mixed media installation representing the violation of an artist’s studio home by the legal process of a no-fault eviction. Primary materials include enlarged copies of Yolanda Lopez’s Ellis Act Eviction papers from her home of 35 years, and other documents showcasing “legal” acts of landlord harassment, and advertisements by real estate speculators. These acts appear to conspire towards Lopez’s eviction deadline on July 12, 2014.

This eviction of a lifelong culturemaker and elder of the Mission feels criminal. The artists provide a “murder board” as part of this Eviction Scene Investigation to allow the viewer to examine the legal process and decide who is responsible. Lopez becomes a character in the larger picture of gentrification in the Mission. An accompanying photo of a young Latina migrant mother with children on Mission Street (by A. Camarena) raises broader questions about shifting community values in the Mission and who and what else is at risk. Overlapping populations of single mothers, children, grandparents, migrants, low income families, artists, and social justice workers, who gave this once upon predominantly Latino, working class neighborhood it’s “sense of place” are all potential targets of real estate speculation. Aesthetically, the piece resonates with street art and political posters often found on Mission walls. Ultimately, the artists will paste this installation on a street wall were it too will vanish.

 Mixed Media Paintings and Drawings

Small original works by San Francisco-based artists, Paz de la Calzada, Alberto Toscano, and Todd Thomas Brown.

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 Paz de la Calzada, a native of Spain, is a multidisciplinary artist working in drawing, installation and public art. She create large site specific drawings and temporary installations in dialogue with the urban space, sometimes having a real and direct interaction with the public. Her current work explores the relationship between nature and urban environment, daily life and ritual. She received a BFA at the University of Salamanca, Spain, and her MFA at UNAM, Mexico City.

Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including the San Jose Museum of Art, the Palo Alto Art Center, the Berkeley Art Center, The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco, the Union Fenosa Museum and the Fundacion Caixa Galicia in Spain and the Leon Trotsky Museum and the San Angel Cultural Center in Mexico City.

Paz came to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2003 as an Artist in Residence at Djerassi Resident Artist Program. Since then she has been in several residency programs like Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, Millay Colony for the Arts in New York and Valparaiso Foundation in Spain. Her current public art project The Nomadic Labyrinth is a recipient of a Cultural Equity Grants by the San Francisco Arts Commission. pazdelacalzada.com

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Born in 1970 in Colima Mexico, Alberto Toscano is a self taught independent Mexican artist of his generation. He studied Business administration. In 1991 he moved to San Francisco and studied photography with Alejandro Stuart in the informal studio class established in the older artist’s atelier in the early 1990s. There, he absorbed the acute attention to form associated with Stuart’s photography, subsequently refining his own visual and conceptual vocabulary that emerged through his focus on the points of intersection between architecture, sculpture. In 1993, together with a group of artists founded Colectivo Peña Sur, which was the first underground Latin American cultural center in the Mission district in San Francisco. Personalities such as the Chilean writer Fernando Alegría, the Mexican playwright Felipe Santander, Mexican actress Ofelia Medina, Cuban Musician Lazaro Ross Mexican song writers Gabino Palomares, and Jose de Molina among others, participated in the this project. Toscano’s work has being acquired by private art collections both in the United States and abroad, and has been seen in numerous exhibitions worldwide. He currently lives and works in San Francisco and Mexico City.  albertotoscano.blogspot.com

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Todd Thomas Brown is a San Francisco-based multidisciplinary artist, with 25 years combined experience in oil painting and mixed media. He has been awarded an artist residencies with San Francisco’s de Young Museum (2009) and Residencia el Otro Lado (EDELO, Chiapas, MX. (2009/10), and in 2011 was selected as one of the first three artists to participate in San Francisco’s de Young Museum’s year-long Artist Fellowship Program funded by the James Irvine Foundation. He currently sits on the de Young’s Community Engagement Artist Council, and continues to exhibit work both nationally and internationally, recently having been featured in ArtMarket Budapest 2013, in Hungary. toddthomasbrown.com

Transforming Art Sales into Commissions of Public Works

The sales of artwork play a vital role in helping to financially sustain exhibiting artists and Red Poppy Art House programs. Presently, the Poppy is taking art sales to a different level through a program wherein 10% percent of all art sales is allocated to a fund that commissions artists in creating public works and performances. This means that when you buy art, you are simultaneously contributing to the creation of new works that will be made free and accessible to the public. It is our way of linking private sales to socially engaged art that helps us build upon the social fabric of our local community.

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday 9-5pm
Wednesday 9-2pm by appointment only, 3-5pm open
Thursday 11-5pm
Friday 9-5pm
Saturday 10-5pm and Sunday 4-8pm
Monday: Closed

If you have any questions about our exhibitions program, please contact info@redpoppyarthouse.org