Sidewalk Art

stella zhang SPACE Sidewalk Art, a project taking art to the public domain to reclaim and revitalize San Francisco’s forgotten city spaces, is back!


Stretching from 704 to 710 Kearny Street, the 2011 storefronts include original work from acclaimed Bay Area artists Stella Zhang and Feng Jin. Unique to this installment is the artists’ use of the spaces as an extension of the concurrent Daily Lives exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, which opened on February 29 as a partnership between the CCC and YBCA.

In the words of curator Kwai Mei Manor, this exhibition takes “art out of the gallery and into the streets, [making it] public and on view for everyone.” The project brings visibility to economic implications of stores without merchants, and to the innovative work of artists from the community to revitalize these empty spaces.

Re-imagining the public and private, Stella Zhang creates a fluid display of shape and form, only to discover the secrets that lay behind closed doors. Feng Jin creates a false storefront filled with Chinese character-like forms, as an examination of art transmitted through language. This exhibition challenges the viewer to interact with art and concept on their daily comings and goings on the street. Art-In-Storefront looks at the empty storefront, or vacant city space, as a venue for dialogue and esthetic appreciation.







Artists Statements

Stella Zhang

I’m always interested in exploring an object’s soul and expressing its essence. I also relate to what is happening in daily life. Displaying objects from daily life could be insipid, but I attempt to create multiple layers of impressions by paying special attention to details, multiplicity, and space. The space created realms between counterfeit and reality; public and private. Consequently, the discovery of this space by those who pass the store front will be as individual as the beholder’s imagination and private associations with the objects.





空间  张爽



Feng Jin
click here to see Feng Jin’s creative process

As a sculptor, I would like to use my art form to describe a different type of art form that has a strong attachment with language and writing. People are familiar with an idea that most philosophical thoughts are delivered through out words and language. Maybe one day a certain art form can alternate the language and do the same job as a major communication tool.

I want my audiences to purely enjoy these “character-like sculpture” aesthetically, not to be limited to figuring out what do these pieces look like whatsoever or the actual meaning behind. I also intend to give native Chinese audiences to re-think the stereotypical meanings of our language, the language that we use everyday even if we come to a foreign country. Can art deliver messages to people from all around the world without translation (or a statement)? Can people see art without ideology behind?

I am still seeking the Tao of art. I know it should be something for you to sense, something that is just unspeakable.

創作自述                           ◎金鋒