Rodney Ewing, Days and Occasions: The Unexpected Griot

6 Oct 2017 – 2 Dec 2017

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October 6 – December 2, 2017
Tuesdays – Saturdays, 12:00 – 6:00 PM

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Southern Exposure

San Francisco
California, United States

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  • MUNI line 12 or 27
  • BART: 16th St. Mission or 24th St. Mission
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Visualizes overheard conversational fragments, collected over time, by stenciling them in powdered graphite directly onto the gallery wall


Rodney Ewing's installation Days and Occasions: The Unexpected Griot is currently taking shape on the street-facing wall of Southern Exposure, visible to passersby on Alabama Street. Like a traditional West African griot, Ewing is a collector and conveyor of neighborhood oral information. Traditionally griots perform the role of community historians – public speakers or singers of stories documenting local history for social gatherings and public ceremonies.

Ewing’s work often reflects upon and layers intersecting social histories, and in The Unexpected Griot he weaves together overheard conversational fragments with notations of time, memorializing and elevating ephemeral moments of social engagement. He catches and holds these shards of conversation as they roll past, recording them over the course of a year or more. By stenciling this found text in powdered graphite directly onto the gallery wall, he fills the wall with a dense, cacophonous, smeared sociality.

While the completed work will be presented on October 6, Ewing’s process is on view to the public throughout the month of September.

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