September 2018: Artists-in-residence, Recology, San Francisco. During their residency at Recology San Francisco, Hughen/Starkweather continued their investigation into climate change, focusing on the environmental impact of food systems. The resulting series includes the shapes of single-use food packaging to reference landscapes and biological processes. The series is titled Black Gold, which refers simultaneously to compost (which sequesters carbon in the soil, removing it from the atmosphere) and to petroleum (a primary ingredient in plastic). The artworks do not attempt to offer solutions but hope to prompt questions and new perspectives on an increasingly urgent topic. The residency program is open to the public Friday, September 21, 5-8pm; Saturday, September 22, 1-3pm; and Tuesday, September 25, 5-7pm, with a gallery walk through with the artists at 6pm. 401 Tunnel Avenue, San Francisco. View works from the series here.
September 2018: Global Climate Action Summit, San Francisco Hughen/Starkweather’s work is part of an exhibition in the California State Building in San Francisco’s Civic Center as part of the Global Climate Action Summit. The opening reception is Friday, September 14, 5-8pm. This artwork, Soft Edged Suburb from Shifting Shorelines, is based on our interview with wetlands scientist Phyllis Faber, who co-founded the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. In the interview, Faber described her work in the 1976 restoration of Muzzi Marsh on San Francisco Bay in Corte Madera, the area on which this artwork is based. The restoration was the result of mitigation required for the creation of the Larkspur Ferry Terminal -- the triangular geometry of the terminal is referenced in the upper right corner of the artwork. Muzzi Marsh was notable as the first San Francisco Bay marsh restored without new plantings, allowing nature to restore itself. The black shapes in the artwork are based closely on suburban developments in Marin County in areas that may flood with sea level rise. Exhibit info: Earth, curated by Joseph Abbati. California State Building, 455 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco. More information here.
May - November 2018: Venice Architecture Biennale Hughen/Starkweather’s work is part of an installation by San Francisco architecture firm Red Dot Studio at the 2018 Venice Architectural Biennale. The installation is focused on the anthropocene epoch, climate change, and oceans. The very complexity of our built environment and natural ecosystems may hold the key to our future. A short video about our work is also on view at the Biennale — the video can be seen here.
October 2017: Hughen/Starkweather: Where Water Meets Land is on view at the Bolinas Museum September 23–November 12, 2017. The exhibit features recent works from Hughen/Starkweather’s project, Shifting Shorelines, in which the artists investigate areas where water meets land, and the complex human, environmental, and historical factors that shape these places. The exhibit includes historic items from the museum archives used by the artists as source materials for the artworks. Related events include a performance by artist Constance Hockaday and Miwok poet Sky Road Webb on October 7, and a panel discussion Between the Tides: Living Shorelines in a Time of Climate Change on October 21 moderated by Alison Sant of the Studio for Urban Projects. Please visit the museum website for more information.
Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas, CA, bolinasmuseum.org 415 868 0330 Gallery hours: Fri., 1–5pm/ Sat–Sun, 12–5pm, and by appointment
August 2017: Hughen/Starkweather: Adapt, Retreat, Defend, Abandon will be on view at Electric Works at Minnesota Street Project Sept 6–30, 2017. Opening reception: Saturday, September 9, 6–9 pm. Gallery hours: Weds–Sat, 11 am–6 pm, and by appointment.
In their ongoing project Shifting Shorelines, Hughen/Starkweather investigate areas where land meets water, and the complex human, environmental, and historical factors that shape these places. Similar to early cartographers, dependent on inconsistent tools and word-of-mouth information, the artists follow a sometimes meandering trail of data, images, maps, and oral histories. The resulting drawings and paintings reinterpret the complex narratives of landscape, creating new and unexpected forms through which to view a place, its history, and its possible futures.
Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota St., #107, San Francisco. For more information: email@example.com or 415 225 6624
March 2017: Hughen/Starkweather's video Requiem will be shown at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, from Nov 25, 2016–Jun 25, 2017 as part of the art exhibition The Yud Video Project, expanding on the contemporary art exhibition From Generation to Generation: Inherited Memory and Contemporary Art. Requiemfocuses on the damaged and dismantled East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, an element of the daily landscape of hundreds of thousands of Bay Area commuters for decades which now exists only in documentation and collective memory.
February 2016: Hughen/Starkweather Adjacent Shores at USF Thacher Gallery, March 7 - April 24, 2016.
At the center of the exhibition is the artists’ response to an 18th century Japanese map, also on display in the gallery. In addition, the artists created a series of artworks based on interviews with USF community members, whose specialties range from cartography to poetry to environmental studies. Each interview probed a personal memory of the Pacific Ocean and projections about what that place might look like in 50 years. The resulting abstractions reference natural and human impacts on shorelines, including population growth, development, flood mitigation projects, industry, undersea earthquakes, and rising sea levels, while exploring the connections between memory, language, and visual interpretation. For more information and location: www.usfca.edu/thacher-gallery. Opening lecture: March 10, 2pm USF, McClaren Conference Center/Thacher Gallery. Closing reception: Sunday April 24, 12pm, Thacher Gallery. Art Practical article on the series can be read here.
September 2015: Through February 19, 2016. Hughen/Starkweather, Surging and Shifting: Charting the Bay at the Public Policy Institute of California, 500 Washington Street, SF CA. This exhibition includes works from Hughen/Starkweather’s ongoing project, Shifting Shorelines, in which they explore the past, present, and future shorelines of San Francisco Bay. These hybrid landscapes of built and natural environments have been shaped by industry, earthquakes, population growth, infill, habitat restoration, manufacturing, and sea level rise. Researching historic and current maps, data, photos, and personal interviews, Hughen/Starkweather explore the myriad ways shorelines have been and continue to be altered. More information and images on this project can be seen here
September 2015: The Hughen/Starkweather project Re:depiction is on view in First Look, recent acquisitions at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, from September 4 - October 11, 2015. The Re:depiction catalogue, including an essay by curator Allison Harding, can be viewed here. Re:depiction is a visual translation of objects in the museum collection via memory and language. The installation consists of six large abstract works on paper accompanied by audio recordings of voices describing specific works in the collection. Museum visitors are invited to take a map and find the original works as described in the sound recordings, closing a loop connecting abstraction, memory, translation, and its source material. An interview about the project with Marc Mayer from the Museum can be read here. Read reviews of the project from KQED (here) and Hyperallergic (here).