David Ireland: Open House at 500 Capp Street
Drive down a happy, habitual city route, and there’s a big yellow crane where a familiar store anchored the street for years, inevitably to be replaced overnight by an omnipresent multi-level, mixed-use building. Stagers swoop into the real estate market and wave magic wands for model makeovers. Painter, maker and mentor David Ireland bought the careworn 500 Capp Street in San Francisco’s Mission District in 1975 with plans to “gut my house to be a studio, a living studio... then I got into the house and saw it not in an architectural way but in a sculptural way.” This is the story of what came to be the ultimate installation, where an artist literally inhabited his work, engaging friends and neighbors in the process. Ireland died in 2009, but Carrie Wilmans bought the house and invites you to feel right at home.
January 14, 2016