Survival Project


Survival Project #2


Charting pathways through difficult terrain.


Encore showing
Saturday, Aug 31, 2019    11am–2pm

August 24 – September 15, 2019
The Growlery
235 Broderick St., San Francisco 

Opening event:
Saturday, Aug 24, 2019    6–8pm

Gallery hours by appointment.

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Survival Project #1


Project Launch: Art Books, Tastings, and Food Demonstrations

The Survival Project is an exploration of food and resilience during extreme times. Delving into culinary traditions that sustained individuals through war and migration, this launch features limited-run folios and special food demonstrations. In Volume 1 of our project, we highlight resourceful preparations of local ingredients such as rice, cassava, pine, and dandelion.

Food traditions are vital to culture and community. Drawing from oral histories, including the experiences of their own families, the artists share recipes and techniques for coping with a range of crises. The Survival Project places the fundamental quest for nourishment within a larger historical context, showing the depth and capacity of human resilience.

The Survival Project launch will include food demonstrations and tastings. A limited number of the mini-folio art books will be available for purchase.

Saturday, May 20, 2017   5:00 – 7:00pm
Food demonstrations: 5:30 & 6:30pm
41 Ross Alley, San Francisco, CA

Thank you: Earl Gonzalez, Denise Ho, Winifred and Eugene Ho, Michael Kressner, Chau Smith and Pearl Wong

Special thanks to:  


Our project launch at 41 Ross Gallery

(Michael Kressner Photography)

Volume 1 folios and famine kit





The Almighty, indeed, sent the potato blight, but the English created the famine.

— John Mitchel, 1848


The road to revolution is long and arduous. We may have to go on an arduous march, during which we will have to chew the roots of plants once again.

— Rodong Sinmun, North Korean state newspaper, 2016


Your dogs and swine eat the food of men, and you do not make any restrictive arrangements. There are people dying from famine and you do not issue the stores of your granaries for them.

When people die, you say — It is not owing to me, it is owing to the year. In which way does this differ from stabbing a man and killing him and saying — It was not I, it was the weapon?

— Mencius,  4th century BCE





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Mapping survival in San Francisco.

Recipients of a 2018 Kenneth Rainin Foundation Open Spaces grant.




At every instant, there is more than the eye can see, more than the ear can hear, a setting or a view waiting to be explored. Nothing is experienced by itself, but always in relations to its surroundings, the sequences of events leading up to it, the memory of past experiences.

Looking at cities can give a special pleasure, however commonplace the sight may be. Like a piece of architecture, the city is a construction in space, but one of vast scale, a thing perceived only in the course of long spans of time. City design is therefore a temporal art, but it can rarely use the controlled and limited sequences of other temporal arts like music. On different occasions and for different people, the sequences are reversed, interrupted, abandoned, cut across. It is seen in all lights and all weathers.

Kevin Lynch, The Image of the City ( 1960)