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

Bureau
Diane Severin Nguyen

Diane Severin Nguyen’s images reveal intimate views of unfamiliar, alienated materials, doused in sensuous light and vivid color. Her complex imagery is achieved by staging materials in her studio, focusing on matter in states of transformation. She speaks of the ‘wounds’ and ‘ruptures’ she creates for the camera. Flesh-like objects are cut, pierced and burned, often using the sticky and slow burning fire from napalm. Nguyen writes, “most of my constructions are incredibly delicate or tenuous, and the camera intervenes moments before their collapse.” The amorphous subject is captured decisively by her camera, and in that instantaneous action of seizure, her work also acknowledges photography’s partnership with violence, inherent in the medium.

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“I think I’m actually dismissing legibility so that I can access a new kind of clarity, one that is immanent to the image, a lucidity that cannot be usurped by someone’s ‘knowledge’ of the thing being photographed.” – Nguyen interviewed by Alec Recinos for BOMB, 2021

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“Contingency might be a word for it, as [Nguyen’s] visual alchemy departs from the stuff that surrounds us: anything and everything that we touch and handle, from the things we ingest to the currencies we circulate to the devices that mediate our unbounded global views.” – Franklin Melendez in Kaleidoscope, 2020

 

Diane Severin Nguyen (b. 1990; lives and works between LA and NY) received her BA from Virginia Commonwealth University and MFA from Bard College. Her work is currently on view in Made in L.A. 2020 at the Hammer & Huntington Museums in LA and the 13th Shanghai Biennale at Sun Ke Villa, Shanghai. Recent exhibitions include Reoccurring Afterlife, Empty Gallery, HK and Minor twin worlds, Bureau, NY (2019). Nguyen’s film, Tyrant Star (2019) was screened at the 57th NY Film Festival; the Yebisu Festival, Tokyo; IFFR, Rotterdam; and Carnegie Museum.

An era where war became a memory, 2018
LightJet C-print, metal frame
15 × 22 ½ inches
Edition 3 of 3 + 1 AP
$4,000, framed

Her Charismatic Agony, 2020
LightJet C-print, steel frame
15 × 10 inches
Edition 2 of 3 + 1 AP
$3,500, framed

 

Shallowed Spectrum, 2019
LightJet C-print, metal frame
15 × 10 inches
Edition 3 of 3 + 1 AP
$3,500, framed

Ambitious Descent, 2020
LightJet C-print, steel frame
15 × 22 ½ inches
Edition 2 of 3 + 1 AP
$4,000, framed