Ian Everard was born in St Ives, Cornwall, England, where the waves crash over the housetops. It is a place that sounds fantastical in many ways like something you would hear about in the film Big Fish. He revisits this place through his work by recreating historical photographs in meticulous detail – accurate, but incomplete.
Searching through his own history, he began to think about birthplace and our connection to our first home, about memory and imagination, reality and reconstruction. What do we truly remember of our birthplaces and how have we adjusted those memories over the years?
During his residency at the de Young museum, Everard will create and present finished works and works in progress about where he is from. Yet, his story is just a starting point; the artist is interested in creating a space open to other peoples’ stories. Museum visitors will be invited to share their connections to their own origins as part of the installation. Thoughts and memories will become a visual and multimedia installation through drawings, written and spoken word, and video.
On Saturday, December 6, knitters and crocheters gathered round in Streetcolor’s studio to fashion new creations together.
The studio garden grows daily as visitors to the museum also participate in felt flower-making. Each day, during open studio hours, visitors learn the process of felting, from selecting colors to turning the wool into felt to finally transforming those tufts of wool into a flower blossom.
The flowers, worn as pins, are making their way into the museum and Golden Gate Park. Some flowers remain behind to grow with Streetcolor’s installation throughout the month.
Songs of Sorrows: Dias de los Muertos 20th anniversary at Oakland Museum of California is on view October 8, 2014-January 4, 2015.
By digging through twenty years of archives and photos, and conducting interviews with longtime stakeholders, Lexa Walsh made an archive-based installation meets offrenda.
On December 17, the artist will give a pop-up talk in the galleries at the Oakland Museum of California on “Forces of Change” as the final component in her artist fellowship.