3020 Laguna in Exitum: The House of Forgotten Dreams

22 Feb

From the outside 3020 Laguna looks like something under construction, about to be demolished, or abandoned. That is partially true. 3020 Laguna Street is a small house in the trendy, Cow Hollow neighborhood. The property was slated to be demolished and the owner, Amir Mortazavi, had some ideas about making good use of it before that happened. He imagined re purposing the house, with all its rusty hinges, decaying wood, and well worn floors into a site specific instillation art piece. The walls hold many years of memories of now forgotten owners, which are being examined as an exhibit: “3020 Laguna Street in Exitum.” Inside and outside this forgotten looking house lies the work of nine artists as arranged by Mortazavi with the Highlight Gallery. Buying and selling houses is something Mortazavi does as a real estate developer, but this house was the first he imagined turning into a short lived artwork before developing. The temporary nature of the show is what makes it especially potent, because as soon as the art show is over, the house will be demolished. You, my fellow Bay Area residents, have a chance to see this re imagining of a forgotten local space one last time on Saturday February 25th and it is totally worth it.

"Outline" by Chris Fraser (photo by Niki Selken)

The image above, one of the most striking pieces in the house, features “Outline” by Chris Fraser.  Although the picture about was taken near 4pm, I could see that the shadows would have moved throughout the space over the day to create an ever changing canvas of light and dark within the ghostly room. The piece’s moving shadows were reminiscent of Shigeru Ban’s paper tube building he made for the Miyake Design Studio in Japan (below). Both pieces remind me of watching the shadows of the monkeybars on the ground move slowly through the late afternoon as a child. There is something reflective and charming about rhythmic, slow moving shadows Fraiser’s piece creates.


Shigeru Ban's paper tube building

Along my travels though the house I saw a closet full of tiny rocks, a collections of accumulated tea leaves with filters and some old technical inventory documents turned wall art.

a small piece of "Nothing for No Thing" by Jess Schlesinger (photo by Niki Selken)

In the basement of 2030 Laguna, I was pleasantly surprised to find the one characteristically colorful work in the house, Yulia Pinkusevich’s “Data Mass Projection.” A sculptural study of lines and form, created out of telephone wires.

Yulia Pinkusevich's "Data Mass Projection


If all of these interior surprises aren’t enough to get your down to see this FREE art show, Saturday February 25th, for it’s final exhibit before demolition then maybe a piece of performance art will be. “Dreamburn” is one part instillation and one part performance by Jeremiah Barber. It consists of a flooded garage and scattered boards as site for the performance piece which, like a dream, features bodies floating on fire amid the rubble. Jeremiah Barber will be showing the video of his piece, “Dreamburn” at 6:30pm pm on Saturday.

Dreamburn site after performance (Photo by Niki Selken)

Come see 3020 Laguna Street in Exitum before it is demolished at 3020 Laguna St. San Francisco
Saturday Feb 25th, from 2pm-7pm for free.
*Special showing of Dreamburn video at 6:30 pm.

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