Thitiwat Phromratanapongse, Wat Walls
Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC) presents Wat Walls, a painting commission located between Buildings B and C by Thitiwat Phromratanapongse. Wat Walls is free and open to the public.
Corridor Gallery Between Buildings B & C: September 17, 2021 to January 30, 2022, 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily
Thitiwat Phromratanapongse’s homage to Thai temple walls, located between Landmark Buildings B and C, transforms loading docks, pedestrian walkways, and a skybridge under-carriage into an immersive corridor gallery. For Phromratanapongse, wave-like forms often weave together into delicate pattern fields, birds and other fauna in-flight, and spiritual beings in repose.
With Sarah Siskin, the Oakland, CA-based artists build on San Francisco’s illustrious mural history, from Diego Rivera’s landmark indoor works to the now more than 500 Mission District murals originally launched and inspired by the Chicano, Black Power, and United Farm Workers movements. This new work transforms a silent alley into a dynamic interplay of figures and color that speaks to the historic site’s audiences and art uses today.
About The Artists
Thitiwat Phromratanapongse studied fine art and received a B.A. in Asian American Studies from UCLA; he moved to Oakland a decade ago to work for the Estria Foundation, a non-profit organization centered around social issues and environmental awareness through mural art. He continues to work in community-driven projects with artist and educator Brett Cook and the Bay Area collective Trust Your Struggle. In addition to large-scale mural work, he works in drawing, painting, and recently in food.
Mural artist and educator Sarah Siskin explores how landscape and place shape the evolving relationships among people and their environments. A founding member of Los Pobres Artistas, she is a resident with La Peña Cultural Center, and an artist with Precita Eyes Muralists. Siskin founded the Bay Area Mural Festival (2016-2018) and has worked on solo and collaborative projects across the Bay Area, Brooklyn, Chile, Argentina, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. She recently contributed to Caleb Duarte’s collective exhibition The Monument as Living Memory at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center For The Arts (YBCA).
Fort Mason Arts Fall 2021 exhibitions are made possible by generous support from Dunn-Edwards Paints.
All Fort Mason Art Programs are generously supported by San Francisco Grants for The Arts and the FMCAC Board of Directors.
Image Credits: Photos 1, 2, 3, 6 & 7 by Charlie Villyard | Photos #4 & 5 by Lehia Franklin Acox