David Ireland’s residence at 500 Capp Street in San Francisco’s Mission District is widely considered the centerpiece of his prolific career. During the three decades he lived in the house, he embedded it with art and slowly evolved it into a site-specific installation that’s now regarded as the inspiration, source of materials, and repository for some of his most important work of the 1980s and 1990s.
The Echo features new sculptures, photographs, and works on paper on view alongside the home’s most iconic permanent pieces and architectural features. A number of Ireland’s “Skellig Series” Painted Photographs from 1994 form the centerpiece of presentation, and will be showcased in the home’s Accordion Shop space.
The Echo features a recent gift of artwork to the house, Delection
(1980). Gifted to the foundation from Bay Area-based collectors
Randi and Bob Fisher, the freestanding sculpture is made of a cracked
glass windowpane that Ireland removed from the house and carefully
preserved inside a copper frame—a key example of Ireland’s embrace
of accidental over premeditated gestures.