represents our belief in San Francisco’s radical potential for creative energy and output.

By transforming unused retail space into temporary studios, [working] creates a new way for artists to realize large scale projects in direct dialogue with the public.

Through close communication and partnership with property owners, we are building a network of shared interest in the future of San Francisco as a center for art and cultural leadership. As an organization, we provide the logistical support, project management, partnerships, and communication to make clear and relevant points of connection between the work artists are doing and the public environment we all share.

Each space we manage is utilized from a perspective of its place in the city as well as the opportunities and challenges they present artists ready to adapt their practice in a large scale, highly visible and public context. While containing individual artist projects, [working] spaces together illustrate the broader function of Problem Library as an organization rethinking the use of existing resources, both public and private, for the advancement of city cultural infrastructure and support for human creative development.

We hope the work we do can create a path of shared benefit between private interests and the public good through trust and good will.


1065 Mission St
Will Thomson

October 2019 — November 2019

Will Thomson is in San Francisco creating work for his solo exhibition – Whatever’s for lunch is fine. The show is comprised of painting, photography, and installations with a selection of work rotating through 1065 Mission St during the artist’s time in the city.

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1065 Mission St
Borderline Art Collective

July 2019 — October 2019

Beginning in July, Borderline will install a selection of their own work and invite other Bay Area artists to create responses to the initial installation over the coming months.

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302 Folsom St
Catherine Ko Chen

November 2018 — January 2019

Utilizing a large warehouse style storefront, Catherine completed a series of large scale works that explored her themes of emotion and memory in new and unexpected ways.

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