gallery Interview with artist Mark Brest van Kempen, part of the More Than 700 Years Faculty Exhibition on view at Fort Mason and 800 Chestnut Campus of the San Francisco Art Institute

MARK BREST VAN KEMPEN
ONE OF 28 ARTISTS INCLUDED IN THE EXHIBITION MORE THAN 700 YEARS
FRIDAY, JUN 7, 2019 – MONDAY, SEP 2, 2019
WALTER AND MCBEAN GALLERIES, MAIN GALLERY AT FORT MASON

Mark Brest van Kempen, Collapsed Column, 2017

Mark Brest van Kempen’s sculpture and performances use the landscape itself as artistic medium. From the Free Speech Monument at UC Berkeley to Land Exchange at the National Academy of Art in China, his work explores our complex relationship to the environment.

His commissions include projects both in the U.S. and abroad and his work has appeared in several books including Lucy Lippard’s The Lure of the Local and Peter Selz’s Art of Engagement, and many publications including Time Magazine, The New York Times and Art in America.

He has taught at SFAI, CCA and Stanford University.

More Than 700 Years includes 28 artists:

At SFAI—Fort Mason Campus: Johnna Arnold, Elizabeth Bernstein, Timothy Berry, Brad Brown, Luke Butler, James Claussen, Kerry Laitala, Mads Lynnerup, Felicita Norris, Jordan Reznick, Kate Rhoades, and Meredith Tromble.

At the Walter and McBean Galleries: Chris Bell, Mark Brest van Kempen, Caitlin Mitchell-Dayton, Linda Connor, Sofía Córdova, John de Fazio, Ivan Iannoli, Tony Labat, Ryan Peter, J. John Priola, Brett Reichman, Kal Spelletich, Leila Weefur, Lindsey White, and Wanxin Zhang.

More Than 700 Years was organized by San Francisco Art Institute and curated by Ángel Rafael Vázquez-Concepción. Special thanks to SFAI President Gordon Knox; Vice President of Operations and Facilities Heather Hickman Holland; Manager of Exhibitions, Events, and Partnerships Kat Trataris; and Chief Preparator Robin Beard.

SFAI’s Exhibitions and Public Programs are made possible by the generosity of donors and sponsors. Program support in 2018-19 is provided by the Harker Fund of The San Francisco Foundation, Institute of Museums and Library Services, Grants for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Work Fund, Koret Foundation, Pirkle Jones Fund, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, and Fort Point Beer Company. Ongoing support is provided by the McBean Distinguished Lecture and Residency Fund, The Buck Fund, and the Visiting Artist Fund of the SFAI Endowment.

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