Shipyard Artist Video Series

Thanks to Shipyard filmmakers Sean Karlin and Orli Damari of Damari/Karlin Studio for Art on the Edge, a series of micro-documentaries featuring Hunters Point Shipyard artists discussing being an artist and the influence of this unique site on their work.

Thanks also to The Point and the Spring Open Studios Committee for supporting this work.

Jump directly to a video:
October 2019: 1. Elvira Dayel | 2. RONDOVAL
November 2019: 3. Ayanna U’Dongo | 4. Carrie Ann Plank
December 2019: 5. Rob Cox
January 2020: 6. Rhonel Roberts
February 2020: 7. Rebecca Haseltine | 8. Eric Joyner


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8. February 2020: Eric Joyner – Portrait of a Shipyard Artist

This episode highlights Eric Joyner, a painter well-known for his iconic scenes of robots and donuts, which range from deadpan to self-assuredly absurd. A member of San Francisco Society of Illustrators and New York Society of Illustrators, Eric’s paintings have been featured on album covers, as set backdrops for TV’s “The Big Bang Theory,” on “The Stephen Colbert Show,” and in exhibitions across the U.S. and internationally.

“On a very basic level, I try to entertain myself. A lot of my paintings have to do with Earth and space . . . things I wish I could do, or places I’d like to go. So I paint those things and get lost in those worlds. Always keep in mind, art makes life worth living, it really does.” – Eric Joyner (Building 101, Studio 2206)


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7. February 2020: Rebecca Haseltine – Portrait of a Shipyard Artist

This episode highlights Rebecca Haseltine, whose somatically-inspired work sources experiences and sensations from the body, translating them into fluid visual renderings that can take any number of forms, including paintings, installations and collaborations. Haseltine’s work has been exhibited at SFMOMA, Adobe, and SJICA, as well as various galleries and alternative spaces.

“With my artwork I want to invite a perceptual shift: self-recognition and embracing our fluid nature can potentially change the way we regard both our own health and the health of our environment.” – Rebecca Haseltine (Building 101, Studio 2118)


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6. January 2020: Rhonel Roberts – Portrait of a Shipyard Artist

This episode highlights Rhonel Roberts, a California-born “color expressionist,” whose vibrant and ever-evolving work has been featured in the posters for The Fillmore Jazz Festival, at home decor retailer Batch, and in the book Love Your Color.

“What I love most about being an artist is the freedom it gives me. The freedom to be who I am as a person and not apologize for it. Being an artist gives me the opportunity to impart inspiration and empower other people.” – Rhonel Roberts (Building 101, Studio 2223A)


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5. December 2019: Rob Cox – Portrait of a Shipyard Artist

This episode highlights painter Rob Cox, whose representations of urban landscapes, figures, and everyday objects showcase the process of painting itself. In Cox’s pursuit of the unique essence of his subject how to paint is as important as what to paint.

“My body of work evidences one strong through-line: the capturing of a moment, whether it’s the way light is cast on a hairbrush, the curve of an arm, or the solidity of a tree or building. That simple sense of something in the moment feels timeless to me.” – Rob Cox (Building 116, Studio 10)


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4. November 2019: Carrie Ann Plank – Portrait of a Shipyard Artist

This episode highlights Carrie Ann Plank, an artist working in the mediums of installation, printmaking, painting, and glass. Plank’s work is included in many private and public collections including the Fine Art Archives of the Library of Congress, SF Fine Arts Museum and the Iraq National Library in Baghdad.

A large portion of Plank’s work considers reinterpreting and reorganizing visual information systems and how content changes meaning.

“I’ve always been fascinated by how principles and equations can be visually rendered and how these translations impact the comprehension of data, be it obfuscation or clarification.” – Carrie Ann Plank (Building 101, Studio 1409)


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3. November 2019: Ayanna U’Dongo – Portrait of a Shipyard Artist

This episode highlights Ayanna U’Dongo, a video artist and photographer whose work has been featured in public venues including The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Ayanna works in Studio 2314, Building 101.

“Provocative and edgy experimental narratives explore cultural collisions, trauma adaptation and the transformative power of the human spirit.” – Ayanna U’Dongo (Building 101, Studio 2314)


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2. October 2019: RONDOVAL – Portrait of a Shipyard Artist

This episode highlights RONDOVAL, a mixed media artist whose work transforms objects and elements of timeless nostalgia into a distinctly modern aesthetic.

“Harmonious Contradiction made in RONDOVAL, explore, allow & accept.”—RONDOVAL (Bldg 104, Studio 1213)


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1. October 2019: Elvira Dayel – Portrait of a Shipyard Artist

In the video series’ inaugural release, Elvira Dayel talks about her personal history, her inspiration and how the Shipyard shapes her work.

Elvira thinks of herself as a minimalist, using only as much as needed to convey an idea. She re-invents environments by deconstructed, flattened and re-assembling, thereby creating new realities.

“Making art is my oxygen, it’s the breathing medium in which to exist. While my process of art-making is a way of life, my finished work is how I communicate. I speak through my work and my work speaks through me.” – Elvira Dayel (Bldg 117, Studio 3205)