[ 2nd floor projects ]
[ 2nd floor projects ] San Francisco was founded in 2007, and is curated by artist Margaret Tedesco, and pairs writers with exhibitions and publishes hand-crafted broadsheets and chapbook limited editions.
[ 2nd floor projects ]
Address: 3740 25th Street, No. 205, San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: 415 824 2644
Sundays 12–5pm, Wednesdays 3–8pm, and by appointment
commissioned limited editions : writings/artist multiples
flat file viewing upon request and by appointment
How is the project operated? For-profit, non-profit, artist-run, etc.
Artist-run, out of my home.
What was your motivation?
To continue a dialogue and exchange outside the traditional gallery settings.
Number of organizers/responsible persons of the project.
Myself, and one preparator.
How are programs funded? (membership fees, public funding, sponsors, etc.)
Out-of-pocket and artwork sales.
Who is responsible for the programming?
Margaret Tedesco, artist and curator.
Number and average duration of exhibitions/events per year.
6-7 exhibitions per year, 6-week runs.
What kind of events are usually organized?
Since opening, artist talks, readings, and screenings.
How is your programming determined?
Through unlikely pairings: “dissonance”
Do you accept proposals/submissions?
What is your artistic/curatorial approach?
Since establishing [ 2nd floor projects ] an artist-run project space in San Francisco in 2007, I have published twenty-six writers in the exhibitions to date, with more forthcoming through 2012-13. My programming includes commissions to writers throughout the country to produce a limited edition: essays, personal narratives, interviews, poetry, or mixed-genre pieces in the form of handcrafted broadsheets or chapbooks. From early on in my art practice, I have been interested in trespassing disciplines. These visual, theoretical, and narrative crossings perhaps address an interstitial space of engagement with the artists’ works from the writer’s point of departure–a distal approach rather than the traditional essay model, such as an exhibition catalogue. For each exhibition, I design and print an in-house limited run of 100. The writers are also invited to give a reading during the course of the exhibition, or to send a recording if they are not in the area. [ 2nd floor projects ] was invited to participate in the NY Art Book Fair in 2009 and 2010. BOMBlog is republishing these pieces chronologically. [ 2nd floor projects ] was awarded Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure grant in 2007.
Recent features include:
Art Practical’s Issue 50 Printed Matter: Making Events of Objects: [ 2nd floor projects ], Glass, house, THE THING Quarterly by Patricia Maloney, 2012
Ongoing feature on BOMBlog Edition #1
Brothers ‘n Sons and Female Heroes by Eileen Myles
ADD ART Replacing Ads With Art
2nd floor projects presents Collage, Mash-ups, and Collapsed Time
What’s working? What’s not working?
It’s working…and more funding would be beneficial. My grassroots approach helps to foster continuation.
What kind of role do you hope to play in your local art scene or community?
It’s happening. The space is activated, recognized, appreciated.
What idea are you most excited about for the future?
To continue publishing the writing component to my programming.
Image courtesy of the artists.
From On view, 17 September – 30 October 2011. Bruno Fazzolari: Findings, limited edition.