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.

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

Hosfelt Gallery
Lordy Rodriguez
Polar Democracy

Twenty-four years ago, Lordy Rodriguez started using a visual lexicon of map-based forms as metaphors for defining an individual’s position within a culture or society. For his current exhibition at Hosfelt Gallery, Rodriguez utilizes this cartography-inspired vocabulary to ruminate on issues about democracy and its precarious existence.

Like many of us, Rodriguez is a news junky—fixated on unfolding stories of unequal access to resources, the violent quelling of peaceful demonstrations, and governments that poison political rivals or enact laws to disenfranchise their citizenry.  The work in this exhibition focuses on the bravery inherent in demanding a place at the table.

The first series memorializes historic and contemporary efforts at peaceful demonstration. These include the 1930 Salt March, led by Mohandas Gandhi challenging British rule over India; the Langa March of 1960, in which 30,000 to 50,000 demonstrators marched in opposition to apartheid; the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery; and recent pro-democracy protests against Mainland China’s oppression in Hong Kong. In Rodriguez’s cartographic lexicon, these routes are “code-switched” in candy-colored references to race and oppression.

The second series represents efforts by those in power to manipulate the boundaries of voting districts in order to favor a political party or racial group. While researching these gerrymandered districts, Rodriguez realized many of them were regions in which members of his Filipino-American family live — states like Texas and Florida with large immigrant populations. The pieces here represent some of the most egregious examples of voter suppression as well as districts in which activists and courts have compelled boundaries to be re-drawn in ways that are more equitable.

Born in the Philippines in 1976, Lordy Rodriguez was raised in Texas and Louisiana. He received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and an MFA from Stanford University.

Lordy Rodriguez
Texas 33rd, 2020
ink on paper
35 x 60 in
88.9 x 152.4 cm
$16,000

Lordy Rodriguez
Salt March, 2020
ink on paper
78 x 34 in
198.1 x 86.4 cm
$20,000

Lordy Rodriguez
Selma to Montgomery, 2020
ink on paper
26 x 52 in
66 x 132.1 cm
$15,000

Lordy Rodriguez
Texas 35th, 2020
ink on paper
44 x 26 in
111.8 x 66 cm
$14,000

Lordy Rodriguez
Illinois 4th, 2020
ink on paper
24 x 34 in
61 x 86.4 cm
$12,000

Lordy Rodriguez
Hong Kong Protests, 2020
ink on paper
36 x 64 in
91.4 x 162.6 cm
$17,000

Lordy Rodriguez
Evolution of NC 12th, 2020
ink on paper
18 x 60 in
45.7 x 152.4 cm
$14,000

Lordy Rodriguez
Langa March, 2020
ink on paper
34 x 60 in
86.4 x 152.4 cm
$16,000