Futurefarmers. Courtesy of the gallery.


Upcoming at Gallery 16, San Francisco is “Taking Stock”,  a major exhibition featuring the Bay Area art collective “Futurefarmers”. This exhibition will present objects spanning nearly 20 years of art making. Their name, Futurefarmers, is a play on the nomenclature of an agricultural organization established in the early 20th century, the Future Farmers of America. As their name suggests,they share a collective interest in living and working on a farm. The group consists of artists: Amy Franceschini, Stijn Schiffeleers, Michael Swaine and Lode Vranken in collaboration with Noah Murphy-Reinhertz, Myriel Milicevic and Marthe Van Dessel. The opening reception is Friday, November 15th (6-9pm).


Futurefarmers has been practicing as a collective since 1994. Founded by Amy Franceschini, this multifaceted design team has run the gamut, both in terms of production and systems of audience engagement. Between 1995-2005, Futurefarmers operated as a high-profile design studio creating, among so much other material, the now ubiquitous logo for Twitter. Their early clients included Lucas Film, Hewlett Packard, Swatch, and Greenpeace. They used the profits from their design projects to support an artist in residency program, research interests, and to engage in art projects around the globe. Over the past decade they have focused their design efforts towards the non-profit sector and activist realm. Their art practice has also taken shape in the form of civic engagement with a strong desire to participate in and initiate change in the places we live.


“Taking Stock” is on view through January 31st, 2014.


For more information on “Taking Stock” visit Gallery 16, San Francisco.