#4

the 

San Francisco 

Special 

With the launch of the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit in the SVN West venue, Issue No.4 features some of San Francisco’s most celebrated leaders and thinkers in the arts. 

A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

 Michael Zarathus-Cook 

Start with some words from our Editor in Chief
on this ground
breaking Issue
No.4 and the
motivations 
behind our eclectic
roster of
interviews!

MEET OUR CONTRIBUTORS 

 WRITERS 

EMILY TRACE

VIK HOVANISIAN

JOHN NYMAN

CAMILLA
MIKOLAJEWSKA

JUSTINE TENZER

 ILLUSTRATORS 

JEREMY LEWIS

 GRAPHIC DESIGN 

THE IMMERSIVE VAN
GOGH EXHIBIT ARRIVES
IN SAN FRANCISCO!

“One of the most underrated parts of Immersive Van Gogh is to see other people—real human beings from beyond your household—silhouetted against the deep blues and sunlit ambers from across a space the size of a football field.”

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SAN FRANCISCO ARTS COMMISSION

 Ralph Remington 

“The city of San Francisco is incredibly committed to its non-profit arts sector because we know that the arts are a cornerstone to recovery—not just for our sector but for the city as a whole.”

Welcome to 
Issue

ISSUE NO.5,
ARRIVES IN APRIL 2021!

A NEW HOME FOR LIGHTHOUSE IMMERSIVE IN
SAN FRANCISCO

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FOR IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS WITH ARTS LEADERS 

IN FOCUS:

 Atom Egoyan 

"I have these two modes. The private mode is fine with the current situation because when I’m writing, I am in lockdown. But then there’s this question of what do we do with all of this? In terms of getting it to the real world?"

SOMArts 

 Maria Jenson 

 “I’m not a big fan of the word ‘underrepresented’ or ‘marginalized’, I’m thinking more it really has to do with where is the opportunity? And how do people find the opportunity?”

 Joana Vicente 

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 Pete Doolittle 

IN FOCUS:

JOURNAL: PARIS IN THE TIME OF NEO-IMPRESSIONISM

 Ellina Savitsky 

 Kate Lorenz 

HIGHLIGHT FROM ISSUE 3

MUSEUM OF AFRICAN DIASPORA

 Monetta White 

“In San Francisco, our artists and art institutions are expected to stand up and speak out towards injustice. San Francisco artists are simultaneously activists and contribute to the Bay Area’s extensive and progressive history of equity for all.”

ROOT DIVISION

 Michelle Mansour 

“We’ve acknowledged that health, safety, food and shelter come first in terms of being “essential”, but I do feel like there’s something that’s been realized with the value of what arts can bring and what artists can bring.”

GRAY AREA FOUNDATION FOR  THE ARTS

 Barry Threw 

“I don’t believe artists working with technology are necessarily taken “less seriously”, but I do think their work often resists categorization, and demands a lot of time, attention, and prior context from the viewer.”

“The candle's lit, but it’s flickering—the wind's got it a little bit. But I think the flame, as it always does, is gonna hold on. And if it goes out, someone's going to come and light it again.” 

"Go forth unafraid. It might sound a bit cheesy – it’s my children’s high-school’s motto… But it fits. I grow and I am happiest when I am out of my comfort zone and…as hard as it might be, it is ultimately what propels me forward."

 “What does ‘independent’ really mean? It’s a question as relevant today as it was in 1884 when Paul Signac and a group of avant-garde artists came together to form the Société des Artistes Indépendants, also known as the Salon des Indépendants.”

"We aim to be a literal community hub, and to support the artistic ecology city wide. Our audience demands that kind of diversity, it’s who we are, who uses us, and who wants to come and claim the space."

KALYA RAMU

OLGA NABATOVA

SARAH A ZIAZI

MICHAEL Z COOK

BRENDEE GREEN

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