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Brian Goggin



“I originally thought it might last only six months,” Goggin, 48, said of the work (DEFENESTRATION) which went up in March, 1997. “Now I am happy the artworks may find new homes with collectors as part of it’s migration from the hood.”

Brian Goggin, an artist of infinite sculptural jest, has left his mark on the West Coast with his whimsical and vibrant layering of found objects and chaos-provoking sculptures in the form of public artworks and installations in non-traditional landscapes. He is a multi-disciplinary artist, creating interactions with landscape that surpass the physical limitations of traditional framed painting and free standing sculpture.

Goggin first attracted national attention in 1997 with the NEA funded site-specific sculptural mural, “Defenestration,” installed on a dilapidated building which became an unofficial San Francisco landmark. More recently, Goggin unveiled a sculptural homage to San Francisco authors in the city’s North Beach neighborhood as well as creating works for the Lafayette Public Library, Yahoo! Headquarters, the Sacramento International Airport and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

The upcoming ICE Project is a three-fold undertaking where Goggin will locate basal ice in the Greenland Ice Sheet, extract a monolith by hand and sail it to Manhattan. There it will be housed in perpetuity for public viewing in a sculptural reliquary.





“Defenestration” on Hugo Hotel to be Sold (SFGate, Sam Whiting, May 20, 2014)







SF Chronicle Dec 11, 2013 article about "Caruso's Dream" by Brian Goggin













Born Pomona California
Lives and works in San Francisco, California

Apprentice to the sculptor David Mach. Constructed sculptural installations in Poland, France, and Great Britain.
California State University San Francisco, Graduated Magna Cum-Laude Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Arts, major: English Literature/Creative Writing
Homerton College, Cambridge University, England

Speechless A permanent site-specific Sculpture, Oakland Art Museum
Public Library, Lafayette, CA
The Language of the Birds A permanent site-specific sculpture, San Francisco Arts Commission
Broadway and Columbus Plaza, San Francisco, CA
Traffic of Ideas a permanent site-specific sculpture, Seattle Arts Commission, Gateway Sculpture, Seattle, WA
Desire for the Other, a large-scale sculpture Commissioned by the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art , CA
Rungs to Asentient Planes a temporary public sculpture collaboration with Jonah Roll, Part of the Hearts in San Francisco Project, San Francisco,CA
Labyrinth a permanent site-specific sculpture, Commissioned by Sunnyvale Art Commission, Yahoo! Headquarters, Sunnyvale, CA
Convertibles permanent site-specific sculpture in Willow Oaks Park, Commissioned by Menlo Park Art Commission, Willow Oaks Park,Menlo Park, CA
Herd Instinct permanent site-specific sculpture, Commissioned by BEP-Emeryville, L.P., Emerytech Building, Emeryville, CA
SubStrada nine permanent site-specific sculptures, Commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission, Bernal Heights Bus Bulb Project, San Francisco, CA 1999
“The Ave” Street Design and Public Art Project
Collaborated with the city architect and city planner to redesign a prominent street in the university district of Seattle (University Ave) and incorporate art into all aspects of the design, Commissioned by he Seattle Arts Commission Seattle, WA 1998-1999
Photogenesis permanent site-specific sculpture, Commissioned by King Count Arts Commission, North SeaTac park, King County, WA
Samson permanent site-specific sculpture, Commissioned by the Sacramento Arts Commission, Sacramento International Airport, CA
Body of Urban Myth permanent site-specific sculpture, Commissioned by the Palo Alto Arts Commission and Harold Holbach, Sheridan Plaza, Palo Alto, CA
Defenestration site-specific sculptural mural, Funded by the NEA, Andy Warhol Foundation, and private funds, 6th and Howard, San Francisco, CA
Herd Morality temporary site-specific public sculpture, Commissioned by Center for the Arts, Center for the Arts, Yerba Buena Gardens – San Francisco, CA
Climbing Frenzy temporary site-specific sculpture, Commissioned by San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery – San Francisco, CA

SF Weekly awarded “Language f the birds “Best Public Artwork” in San Francisco
Americans For The Arts, recognized the solar powered light based art work “Language of the Birds” as one of America’s Best Public Artworks created in the United States in 2008.
The John D. and Susan P. Diekman Fellowship, Djerassi Resident Artists Program
LEAP Award for excellence in Public art.
Sacramento Bee award for best public artwork in Sacramento for the Samson site-specific sculpture
Bay Guardian Best of the Bay Award: Best Distraction During SOMA Gridlock for Defenestration
Rebecca Goldfarb Fellowship Recipient Djerassi Foundation
Precita Eyes Mural Award: Most innovative mural for “Defenestration“
Bay Guardian Best of the Bay Award: Best Gonzo Art Funk Project for “Defenestration“, Beautification Award for Defenestration: San Francisco Beautiful for “Defenestration“
Cultural Equity Grant Recipient: Funding to create “Metaphorm” a sculptural, seaworthy, interactive, playable acoustic instrument forty-seven feet in length; constructed in the style of a traditional medieval lute. A wooden fishing boat will serve as the rounded base, a decking s a soundboard. Project to be completed by Spring 1998.
NEA Grant Recipient: Funding through New Langton Arts, Artist’s Projects Grant, to create “Defenestration” a grand scale site-specific sculptural mural on the side of a dilapidated multi- story building in San Francisco. Project completed Feb. 1997.
San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant Recipient: Funding to create a large scale, site-specific sculpture in collaboration with 15 inner city, underprivileged, children at Charles Drew Elementary school, San Francisco.

Artist Residencies
Djerassi Resident Artists Program: Artist in residence Award: Residency for the month of June, 2006.
Djerassi Resident Artists Program: Artist in residence Award: Residency for the month of May 1997.
Artist in Residence: Bay Area Discovery Museum: work with youths to create a fleet of floating sculptures for the San Francisco Bay. Residency from Feb-May 1997.
Artist in Residence/Artist Educator: Stanford University: Sculpture Garden project collaborating with sculptors from Papua New Guinea and Jim Mason.
Artist in Residence: LEAP, Artist in the schools project, residencies in schools throughout the Bay Area including: Oakland, San Carlos, Belmont, Palo Alto and San Francisco.
Artist in Residence: Project Artaud, Artist’s community; San Francisco, CA

Selected Exhibitions
Group Show: CONTEXT-Art Miami with Varnish Fine Art, Miami, FL 2005
Los Angeles Art Fair for contemporary and new art, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Art LA, Los Angeles, CA
“Rungs to Asentient Planes” a temporary public sculpture collaboration with Jonah Roll
Part of the Hearts in San Francisco Project, San Francisco,CA
Group Show: “Domestic Odyssey Show”, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA “Desire for the Other” a site-specific sculpture
Group Show: A collection of Djerassi Artist’s pages exhibition, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery
Group Show: Contemporary Bay Area Surrealists, 111 Minna Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Juried Show: “Best of Open Studios” 8th floor Gallery Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA
Two Person show: Sightings Gallery, San Francisco,CA
Metered Growth a Site-Specific Sculpture: Phoenix Motel, San Francisco, CA
Group Show: SOMARTS Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Group show: Figure Five Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Group show: 111 Minna Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Two person show: Acme Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Group show: “The Artists of Project Artaud” Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Kohler & Chase N.Y. as part of show: “Levity Allowed” Artisans Art Gallery; Marin, CA



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