Blanca Bercial
Recovecos I

Lisa Croner
Giuliana Funkhouser
Svetlana Gayshan
Jeff Maylath
Lexygius Sanchez Calip
Samuel de Lemos
Blanca Bercial
Recovecos is the Spanish word for nooks, hidden places, and hideouts. Recovecos aims to bring wordsin place to reverberate their messages further than a hidden corner can sustain. To reclaim words place in the arts, to be shown, to be shared, and finally, to be heard.
This project started in the summer of 2019, and has continued with Recovecos II and III. Every exhibition is a different conversation between artists that play with the duality of language, with the texts that intermingle in our everyday life, and with the postmodern clarity of meaning with words. Curated by Blanca Bercial and Samuel De Lemos, Recovecos is an ongoing project, where the expectations are left to the possibilities of language and the discourse that flow from artists works in conversation.

Recovecos II

Jeff Maylath
Lexygius Sanchez Calip
Liu Sang Chi
Miles Stemp
Shao Yan
Samuel de Lemos
Blanca Bercial
Recovecos III

Tamara Khasanova
Jeff Maylath
Lexygius Sanchez Calip
Miles Stemp
Christian Tan
Zhang Mengjiao
Samuel de Lemos
Blanca Bercial
pfffffffffffffff / 2022-23
Audio Book / 2020 Wood, back spray, mylar, cord
((Transmitting sound ))

Handle with Care / 2020 Pins, nails, fishing hooks, fabric, metal wire

Handle with Care / 2020
Typewriter on petals

Anne Bremer Memorial Library’s 37th Artists’ Book Contest Award

Trash poems / 2019

Shredded poems in a jar

Anne Bremer Memorial Library’s 36th Artists’ Book Contest Award
I’ve been taking photos in the streets of San Francisco from 2017
I wrote a poem for every one of them
Photos and poems inhabit this jar as TRASH
Their subjects inhabit the streets
Day after day
Living and non-living inhabit the unseen 

Silent Due Dates / 2019 - (ongoing)
I am stamping the due date on the first page of every book I borrow from the San Francisco Public Library, using white ink on white paper. The date can barely be seen. It is my silent mark and complaint to libraries stopping leaving physical trace of the borrowing history on books.

Ongoing action~

Smoking Poems / 2022

Ink on smoking paper

I invite the audience to smoke my poems. Pfffffffffffff

Llanuari / 2022
Phonetic transcription & Listening score

Ink on paper
Typewriter on paper
porcentaje dos puntos arroba / 2022
Typewriter on paper
Pending Status / WIP
Ink on paper 

This calendar marks the days I have been working on my artist visa application. From March 1, 2021 to (unknown).

I find myself in an impasse of action, standing by at life, while days pass blank and unperceibed. I keep postponing art projects, jobs, enjoying friends’ company, and I am unable to continue writing my stories. Will I have to interrupt them? Instead, I have suspended myself. Repressed, I keep writing down ideas on a list with the hope that I will make them happen one day, when days will be on the record again. Time keeps passing, off the record and  almost unnoticed for me.

I will have this calendar at least.

The Creek / 2021
El arroyo
Typewriter on paper, water
This is a short story I wrote last year about a creek in my grandma’s village. The story narrates my time spent in the village as a kid and how I grew up thinking that the word ‘creek’ was meant to name a dried road that crossed the village under the sea level and with bridges on top. Of course I grew up and found out what a creek is, and how climate change dried the rivers and the creek no longer crossed my grandma’s village. 

I wrote the story on paper and then submerged it in water. The water gradually washed away the letters, just as the water slowly drained away from the creek in my grandmother's village.

Care / 2020 Handle with Care Series Barbed wire
8.5 in x 23.5 in

Self Care, Health Care, Dental Care, Skin Care, Life Care, Don’t Care, Care Taker, Care Plan, Personal Care, Hair Care, Primary Care, Child Care, Palliative Care, Critical Care, Take Care, Give Care…

Living in San Francisco, I have heard the word ‘care’ countless times, to the extent that I started questioning if this word has lost its meaning due to the extreme use that is made of it. ‘Care’ has become a ready-made word. Yet ‘care,’ like barbed wire, hurts if we are close enough to handle it.


Bestiario / 2020
Typewriter on mylar
From Poetry as a Critical Form
How can poetry be translated from one language to another without losing its essence? For this project I have translated Julio Cortazar's first short stories book Bestiario, words filled with metaphors that transcend the ordinary to deeper existential and sociopolitical questions. (((Bestiario))) consists of 8 short stories narrating monstruos appearances in the daily life of different people. The monsters and the stories in the book are metaphors for the quotidian of the everyday and from the writer's personal and historical context. Their complexity can only be translated with simple acts, and in an effort to translate the untranslatable, I have translated the eight stories to symbol-based poems. Each pair of symbol-based texts signify one story contained in Cortazar’s book. Through this self-made language, I seek to illustrate the essence of each story in the simplest way possible, and question the use we make of languages, how we shape them, how they shape us in return, and ultimately, how we make sense of them.

Sound Poems Series

Concrete Poems Series

Air Poems Series

Crshhhhhhhhhhhhh / 2022

Bus stop broken glass found on the street
I invite the audience to step on broken glass Crshhhhhh crshhhhhh crshhhhhh

Qué estarás pensando / 2022

Short hand writing for “Qué estarás pensando”crashing and sounding
Open Call for Nothing / 2021
Poster on public billboard
Inner Sunset, San Francisco, CA.


Untimed  / 2020
Clock mechanism, acrylic plastic, fishing line
From Photography Without Camera / Machine Gaze


Present / 2019
invisible ink on white wall, UV flashlight
From Recovecos II


Projection at Tunnes of the Mind
ZAZ 10 Corners Times Square
This is Okay / 2019
Tape on wall
Two-side mirror
Collaboration with Lexygius Sanchez Calip
From Mistranslation
Holes of Speech / 2019
galvanized steel sheet


holes of speech / 2019
Voice narrating Julio Cortazar’s Me caigo y me levanto poem in Golden Gate park, in-betweness-ness environmental sounds reverberations and echoes

From ...

Pauses in spoken language were never silent but mute. These pauses contain all the ambient sounds that immerse diction within a soundscape. On the other hand, written language pauses have names but not sound.
How does an ellipsis sound?
How do we pronounce a word made of punctuations marks? 

In Holes of Speech, I recorded the sound of my voice reading a poem of Julio Cortázar in a tunnel of Golden Gate Park. Afterwards, I listened to the sounds in-between words, the pauses, the punctuation marks. These silences contain sounds yet we never grasp them.
For that, I made a composition of those sounds in-between my voice.
This sound installation contains punctuation marks sounded and augmented, distributed to conform new words.

Recently / 2022
Félicitations Georges,
/ 2022

Georges Perec’s book “The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise” can be found at the Jobs & Career Center of the San Francisco Public Library (4th Floor).

I documented this encounter and left a note for Perec that reads “Congratulations George, Even dead you are still mocking us all. Kisses, Blanca”

Here is the synopsis of the book, published by Verso:
/ 2022
Poema autobiográfico
/ 2022
No sé qué significa pero me he divertido / 2021
Matches, water
The Creek / 2021
Typewriter on paer, water

The Creek (drying up) / 2021
Typewriter on paper, water

We can’t talk all at once / 2020
Typewriter on paper


Vernissage / 2020
San Francisco Art Institute
Artist Statement

Not cages / 2020
Galvanized steel wire

Self Care, Health Care, Dental Care, Skin Care, Life Care, Don’t Care, Care Taker, Care Plan, Personal Care, Hair Care, Primary Care, Child Care, Palliative Care, Critical Care, Take Care, Give Care...

Living in San Francisco, I have heard phrases containing the word ‘care’ countless times, to the point that I started questioning if the word has lost its meaning from extreme use. Care, like barbed wire, only hurts if we are close enough to handle it. 
Who cares? Who really cares when we say we ‘care’? 
To care is to be hurt. Yet, the closer we get to the unknown, the more we care.

Stiffness can’t stop the water / 2020 Single channel video Collaboration with Lexygius Sanchez Calip

Ouroboros / 2020
Single channel video
From Photography Without Camera / Machine Gaze

Obra parte de la exposición Photography Without Camera II. ¿Cómo podríamos fotografiar sin cámaras? ¿Cómo ejercemos una función fotográfica entre nosotros? Ouroboros presenta un loop infinito de fotografías en un abrir y cerrar de ojos. El ojo está tomando fotografías constantemente,una narración de memorias fotográficas. Cada vez que mi ojo se cierra, tomo una fotografía de la persona que está mirando el vídeo, que a su vez, toma fotografías de mi ojo al mirarlo con los suyos, ambos nos encontramos en un uroboros fotográfico, en una fotografía constante.

How could we take photographs without a camera? How do we photograph each other?