Film photography by Michelle Kilfeather
Brian Goggin moved to San Francisco from Davis, California, in 1988. His first visits to the city came as a kid when his parents enrolled him in a class at the SFMoMA where he studied animation and sculpture.
In Part 1, Brian reflects on his childhood, arriving in San Francisco, why he left and what it was like to return, his early art explorations, and how he began to fuse his interests of literature, painting, and performance into his three-dimensional art.
Brian created Defenestration in 1995. The idea originated when Brian was working with an artist in Paris, and it came to life on the corner of Sixth and Howard in San Francisco. In Part 2, Brian shares the story of how the full-building work of art came to be. He also talks about his large-scale work, currently up on Ninth Street between Mission and Market, called Caruso's Dream.
More on that below, but before we get there, please watch this video from the opening of Defenestration:
You might have seen several pianos suspended on the side of a building on Ninth Street in South of Market. Collectively, they're called "Caruso's Dream." And yes, Brian created this art, also. In the podcast, he tells a fascinating story of pianos, sinkholes, the 1906 earthquake, and why he named the piece what he named it.
If you're within a block or so of Caruso's Dream between 4:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. every day, tune your radio to 90.9 FM to hear Caruso's singing along with the light show emanating from the suspended pianos. Bravo!
Brian ends the podcast describing a couple of projects he's currently working on.
We recorded this podcast at Brian's studio at Project Artaud in the Mission in September and October 2019.