This powerful and thought provoking installation is presented at Fort Winfield Scott at the north end of the Presidio in San Francisco. Curated by Cheryl Haines of FOR-SITE Foundation, the show brings together 18 contemporary artists from all over the world whose work explores the themes of identity, fear, exclusion, surveillance, and displacement in our unstable world. The military setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge adds to the impact of the art, its messages and questions. Every single piece I saw was visually and conceptually arresting. One piece frightened me and another reduced me to tears. Because I love drawing I am choosing Tirtzah Bassel’s Concourse to show here:
Bassel draws directly onto the walls, over pipes and windows, with duct tape. The gestural marks, staccato application, and limited palette conveyed the anxiety and confusion of going through the security area at an airport. It was the most wonderful drawing I’ve ever been in!