First up is ArtPadSF which happened a few weeks ago at San Francisco's Phoenix Hotel. For one evening they converted every room into a gallery that showcased local art. The temporary conversion transformed each room into a unique gallery experience that leveraged the preexisting condition of hotel room furniture to create a unique hybrid that gives the art patrons a sense of what the work would look like in a domestic setting. So often the white gallery walls of typical galleries leave the viewer wanting for more context. It's a brilliant concept that makes great use of a hotel's temporary nature. Can't wait for it to come back next year. the Phoenix is very much a thriving business in the Tenderloin, but I wonder if this concept could be successful in an abandoned motel where every room is constantly evolving based on each artist's latest work.
Thanks to my brother Nick Trincia for letting me share his photos!