Private = Public

February 7 - March 18, 2011

Johanna Poethig

Johanna Poethig has just completed two major works of public art in downtown San Francisco; a mural for the historic International Hotel and a ceramic tile installation that wraps 149 Mason Street Studios, a new 8 story low income housing development built by Glide Foundation. She was part of the 2008 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Bay Area Now 5 with the Galleon Trade International Artist Exchange. Recent exhibits include solo shows at Manilatown Heritage Center, Togonon Gallery in San Francisco, and Crossing Tracks Gallery in San Diego.  She recently participated in the Shadowshop at SFMOMA and performed with the BARRIONICS at SFMOMA Artist’s Gallery. Her video “WIGband Stimulus SPA” was premiered at the 2010 Berkeley Film and Video Festival. She has also shown at the The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum, New Langton Arts, The Luggage Store Gallery, Headlands Center for the Arts, The Lab and Mag:net Gallery Katipunan in Manila and Taman Budaya in Jogjakarta, Indonesia.

Johanna Poethig is on the faculty of the Visual and Public Art (VPA) department at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). As an arts educator and community artist she deconstructs traditional "art world" boundaries in a collaborative artistic process grounded in research, production, critique, improvisation and reciprocal learning.

Intertwined, San Francisco, CA

I do work that crosses public and private realms influenced by the movements in art that blur the boundaries of public space, commodity, art, product, branding and cultural iconography. I have worked in collaboration with other artists, architects, urban planners, design teams, arts commissions, specific communities and cultural groups on public art works intervene in the urban landscape, in neighborhoods, on freeways, in parks, hospitals, schools, homeless shelters, cultural centers, advertising venues and public buildings. My paintings, sculpture and installations reflect my interest in art as surface, subject, satire, symbol, architecture, utility, sociology, politics and history. I have produced and participated in performance events that mix feminism, global politics, costume, props, cabaret, experimental music and video.

   I grew up in the Philippines from 1957 – 1972.  On moving back to the USA I was struck by the lavish consumerism, the inability of America to see itself as a colonial power as well as the rich but complex diversity and hybridized identities of this cultural confusion. These are some of the significant influences of my work.  On a purely physical level I am drawn to large scale sites, climbing buildings and views from the top, inner city grit, immersion in water, the meditation of repetition, the craft of creation, the dressing of the body and the dance of exchange.

Intertwined (close view), San Francisco, CA

Flight Of The Mind, Exploration Of The Heart
Clark Center on the Washington State University Campus, Vancouver, Washington

Miss SubColonial, Acrylic on Wood Panel, 24 x 84"


Miss SubColonial, Acrylic on Wood Panel, 24 x 84"