This Very Hour

Design Space #1

Design Inspiration
We’ve entitled our installation ‘This Very Hour’ in reference to a speech given by Frederick Douglass on July 5, 1852, and also referenced in Isaac Julien’s insightful and moving art installation work entitled ‘The Lessons of the Hour’. We hope this work inspires people to engage in critical dialogue and consider their impact on the world around them.

Our spaces highlight the important work of three artists with ties to the Bay Area – Erica Deeman, Isaac Julien, and Lava Thomas. The work of these artists is grounded in matters of the human condition and asks the viewer to consider how we’ve arrived at this time and place.

In the entry you will find a hand-made bronze lighting sculpture by Irish artist Niamh Barry entitled “Muscularity”. This piece fills the open air with an organic form that reminds us of our shared humanity. The physicality of human beings. The movement of the body.

Above all else we believe in the tenet of living with meaningful, conceptual art in our intimate lives. All of the work that we have chosen to feature in our space was created to bring about a social dialogue around the important issues of race, injustice, and our place in history.

OC-17 White Dove by Benjamin Moore, matte finish paint over drywall

Nakshatra hand-knotted area rug by Atelier Fevrier.
Available via The Future Perfect. 

Muscularity, 2019 Suspended Light Sculpture chandelier by Niamh Barry, courtesy of the artist. 
Available via Maison Gerard Touch Vessels, 2018.

Light Sculpture wall sconce by Niamh Barry, courtesy of the artist. 
Available via 1stDibs.

Line C 145 Ceiling Lamp by Gounot & Jahnke. Available at Bright on Presidio.

Time of Action N. 20-2 Contemporary Bench by Chaeyoung Lee, hand-carved and ebonized out of solid wood. Courtesy of the artist. Available via 1stDibs. 

Split Armchair in white bouclé with a white oak base by Emmanuelle Simon. Available via The Invisible Collection 

Cove / Arc Credenza in solid white ash by KWH Studios. Available via Good Colony

Isaac Julien, A Chattel Becomes a Man (Lessons of the Hour), 2019 
The Game Portrait (Playtime), 2013
Vista Portrait (Playtime), 2013
All courtesy of the artist and Jessica Silverman Gallery 

Lava Thomas, Freedom Song #2, 2018
Courtesy of the artist and Rena Bransten Gallery 

Erica Deeman, Work from the Brown series: Derek, 2016; Eli, 2016 Orobosa, 2015; Andre, 2016 Llane, 2016; Stefano, 2016 Jocquese, 2016; Blue, 2016 Zawadi, 2016; Reed, 2016 Chris, 2016; Asaba, 2015 Nathan, 2015; George, 2016 Eric, 2016
All courtesy of the artist and Anthony Meier Fine Arts

Additional Items of Special Interest
Suna I Ceramic Sculpture by Re Jin Lee. Available via Spartan Shop

Additional Information
All dimmer switches and hallway doorknobs from Buster + Punch.
Entry door set from Rocky Mountain Hardware.