Eight bridges connect the San Francisco Bay, so it is an apt name for a gallery platform that brings the Bay Area art world together.

Our mission is to maintain a vibrant gallery scene, despite restrictions on travel, celebrations and other larger gatherings. We want to support our artists by informing and entertaining curators, collectors and critics with potent online exhibitions of their work.

On the first Thursday of every month, we will launch 8 shows of artists relevant to the Bay Area. They may be working in this place, long considered an epicenter of change, or deeply engaged in the conversations the Bay Area holds dear, whether it’s related to technology, the environment, social justice or sexual identity, to name a few. In addition, each month will highlight the crucial work of a Bay Area non-profit arts organization as its beneficiary, with an initial donation led by Phillips.

Founding Committee

Claudia Altman-Siegel, Kelly Huang, Sophia Kinell, Micki Meng, Daphne Palmer, Chris Perez, Sarah Wendell Sherrill, Jessica Silverman, and Elizabeth Sullivan

Ambassador Committee

Sayre Batton & Maja Thomas, Joachim & Nancy Bechtle, Matt Bernstein, Sabrina Buell, Wayee Chu & Ethan Beard, Natasha Boas, Douglas Durkin, Carla Emil, Matt & Jessica Farron, Lauren Ford, Ali Gass, Stanlee Gatti, Brook Hartzell & Tad Freese, Pamela & David Hornik, Katie & Matt Paige, Putter Pence, Becca Prowda & Daniel Lurie, Deborah Rappaport, Komal Shah & Gaurav Garg, Laura Sweeney, The Battery, Robin Wright, Sonya Yu & Zack Lara

Sponsors

Lobus, Phillips, The Space Program

Marian Goodman Gallery
Danh Vo

Danh Vo lives and works in Berlin and Denmark. Vo’s projects often emerge from personal relationships and fortuitous encounters. These objects and images accrue shifting layers of meaning in the world.

2.2.1861 duplicates the last letter home of the French missionary Jean-Théopane Vénard (1829 –1861), who was executed on the titular date in Vietnam. Danh’s father, Phung Vo, has transcribed this document, carefully rendering it in blue fountain pen on a single sheet of white A4 paper. Commissioned by his son, the task is meditative and intensely serial in nature. Although he is unable to decipher the French words he painstakingly copies, he is aware that the content relates to a martyr of his church.

Vo produced the photogravure Snowfall, Northern Sierras 1847 from a stereograph of an original image taken in 1868 by Alfred A. Hart. In the source image, titled Stumps cut by Donner Party in 1846, Summit Valley, the cut trees indicate the height of the snowfall that trapped the Donner expedition in the Sierra Nevadas over the course of a brutal winter, infamously leading some members of the party to resort to cannibalism to survive.

Cathedral Block Prayer Stage Gun Stock is a central component of Vo’s ongoing project Cathedral Block. This collaborative project, begun in 2019, takes the walnut wood from the McNamara farm Sierra Orchards as both material and theoretical ground, examining questions of origin, sustainability, and interdisciplinarity. Vo and the McNamara family forged a friendship following Craig McNamara’s encounter of Vo’s work with objects from his father, Robert McNamara’s estate.

Cathedral Block Prayer Stage Gun Stock embodies Vo’s longstanding interest in American iconography. It references the first flag of the United States, adopted on 14th June 1777 following the unification of the thirteen colonies. That the wood literally grafts the English onto the American makes the flag a literal manifestation of the foundations of the United States itself. The work acts as an invitation for collectors to enter into the collaborative project, continuing and developing the important relationships behind it.

2.2.1861, 2009
Handwritten letter by Phung Vo
11 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches
Snowfall, Northern Sierras 1847, 2014
Heliogravure on Somerset Satin
Paper: 16 5/8 x 22 1/2 inches
Frame: 18 3/8 x 25 x 1 1/2 inches
Edition of 24 + 6 AP’s
Cathedral Block Prayer Stage Gun Stock, 2020-2022
American flag made from walnut wood with metal clamps; threshold custom made in walnut wood
Flag: 43 1/4 x 59 5/8 x 5 1/8 inches
Threshold: 155 7/8 x 43 3/4 x 1 5/8 inches
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