Stretcher.org is a regularly
updated online publication that provides a voice to the visual arts
and culture in the Bay Area, while connecting with creative communities
The idea for Stretcher grew out of a recurrent conversation between
Glen Helfand and me. We recognized a lack of Bay Area visual art
publications that provided a broader critical discourse on art and
its connection to other cultural disciplines (politics, economics,
personalities, and socio-cultural phenomena). We decided to create
a publication that would address this need. Amy Berk, Andy Cox and
David Lawrence were invited on board to help create the initial framework
for Stretcher and were later joined by Ella Delaney, Cheryl Meeker,
Tonita Abeyta, and Meredith Tromble. The first year of development
saw several transitions, including the departure of Cox to pursue
personal projects and my 8-month leave to also complete outside projects.
Stretcher.org was launched on June 5, 2001. I continued to work with
Stretcher as an editor and contributing writer through February 2002.
Stretcher has continued to thrive and transform under the direction
of Amy Berk, Ella DeLaney, David Lawrence, Cheryl Meeker, and Meredith
Tromble. The publication is updated regularly with new reviews, essays,
artists' projects, and updates from around the world.