Andy Goldsworthy: Firehouse
Haines GalleryThrough May 28th
Haines Gallery is thrilled to present Firehouse, a solo exhibition by Andy Goldsworthy inaugurating the gallery’s new location at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC), on view from March 12, 2022 through May 28, 2022. This site-responsive show celebrates 30 years of collaboration between the artist and gallerist Cheryl Haines, and is Goldsworthy’s first exhibition in San Francisco since 2017.
Andy Goldsworthy has an unparalleled reputation for ephemeral works and permanent installations addressing notions of process, temporality, and our connection with the earth. At FMCAC, Goldsworthy will create several new works, covering an entire wall in Haines’ new gallery with cracked white kaolin clay and coating the windows of FMCAC’s nearby Firehouse in red earth, the site of the latter lending its name to the eponymous exhibition.
Intended as a permanent fixture in the gallery, Goldsworthy’s white clay wall will continue to fissure until it fully dries, changing in appearance as it ages—a meditation on materiality, the passage of time, and the impactful and unpredictable forces of the natural world. In keeping with the artist’s method of sourcing materials from the surrounding environment, the installation will be made with white kaolin clay from Amador County, once the heart of California’s gold rush.
Complementing the clay wall, Goldsworthy will also create a temporary installation in FMCAC’s historic Firehouse, coating its windows with red earth sourced from foothills of the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains in eastern California. In Goldsworthy’s lexicon, red earth often references the power and violence of our natural world. Here, the russet-colored slip will cast an orange-red glow that changes throughout the day with the outdoor light, evoking the transformative power of fire itself and highlighting the precarity and resilience of our surroundings.
Additional artworks will be made on-site or selected for inclusion by the artist in response to his experience of working in the gallery’s new home during a time fraught with global challenges and conflict. Central to the exhibition is a long table covered with charred wood collected from Goldsworthy’s iconic Spire, the towering sculpture in the San Francisco Presidio that was partially burned in a fire in 2020. At the new Haines Gallery, its remains are converted into an installation that invites meditation on themes of loss and fortification, remembrance, and renewal.
The Haines Gallery exhibition dates are Saturday, March 12, 2022 to Saturday, May 28, 2022, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The last day to view the Firehouse installation is Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Haines Gallery is located at FMCAC, 2 Marina Boulevard, Building C, First Floor, San Francisco, CA 94123.