Living & Working
Issue

10.1 / Living & Working

September 19 2018

Introduction

Art Practical Editors

How does one survive and thrive as an artist in the San Francisco Bay Area? The art world is inundated with stories from the community and media about artists being displaced in the face of great wealth disparity, a crushing housing crisis, the lack of sustainable employment in the arts, and a threatening decrease in exhibition and funding sources. Living & Working consists of a multi-author column, a video series, and live events with audio recordings where artists and cultural workers answer the question “How do you live and work in the Bay Area?”

This series will not only put forward the faces, stories, and voices of artists but will offer sites in the Bay Area as cross-sectors that offer the opportunity to relearn the region from the perspectives of artists.

Living & Working is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.

Columns

Support Structures

Support Structures

By Jackie Im

What does the migration of people in creative fields away from the Bay Area mean for those who stay? What is needed to survive here?

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Magnetic Fields

Magnetic Fields

By Glen Helfand

The Bay Area may be losing some of its soul, but there’s a tenacious spirit here that cannot be eradicated. Ultimately, things boil down to our sense of truth and empathy.

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Mildred Howard at Sweet Adeline Bakeshop

Mildred Howard at Sweet Adeline Bakeshop

By Mildred Howard

Artist Mildred Howard takes us to Sweet Adeline Bakeshop in Berkeley, CA to discuss the city's rich political history, how it affects her art practice, and why she continues to build community in the surrounding area.

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Justin Carder at Wolfman Books

Justin Carder at Wolfman Books

By Justin Carder

Justin Carder, bookstore owner and cultural producer, shares his journey to ownership and defining home and community in a rapidly changing Oakland.

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Libby Black at the Berkeley Marina

Libby Black at the Berkeley Marina

By Libby Black

Artist and educator, Libby Black, takes us on her favorite routine stroll at the Berkleley Marina to reflect on her life as an artist in the Bay Area for the past 18 years.

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Some Thoughts on Art and Work

Some Thoughts on Art and Work

By Maria Porges

In the art world, the word "work" serves so many purposes that it is difficult to know what it really means or how to use it. Do we live to work or work to live?

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BONANZA at El Rio

BONANZA at El Rio

By BONANZA

Art collective, BONANZA, takes us to their favorite dive bar in San Francisco where they gather to drink, dance, and host art events. 

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Sofía Córdova at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park

Sofía Córdova at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park

By Sofía Córdova

Artist and musician, Sofía Córdova, takes us to the "foot" of the tech empire to talk to us about the intersections of art, climate change, and finding one's community in an apocalyptic Oakland.

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On History and Endurance

On History and Endurance

By Dodie Bellamy

"I’m not the first and I won’t be the last writer in whose work San Francisco is more than a place; it infuses the writing to such a degree that it assumes the position of protagonist."

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The Metrics of Backpacks

The Metrics of Backpacks

By Victoria Gannon

"The backpacks of my youth were not optimized. They had padded straps and meaningless loops that dangled like ponytails."

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