My partnership with OMCA has turned into a full-fleged archive-based installation in celebration of the Museum’s twenty year anniversary of their biggest annual community event and exhibition: Dias de los Muertos. I’ve made an archive-based installation, with interviews, sculptural images, and even a personal ‘offrenda’ dedicated to my recently deceased father. The exhibition’s opening is October 10th.
Viviana Paredes invited us into the hot shop with her so that we could follow her through the process of creating a glass didgeridoo. During her residency, the artist has been exploring the theme of the maguey plant, whose many parts have historically been used for making papyrus for codices, medicine, hammocks, food, and, most famously, tequila. Its central stalk was cut and formed into a horn or didgeridoo. Paredes has translated the many facets of the maguey into exquisite sculptural works, on view at the de Young museum through November 2.
Last Sunday a group of 27 young adults came into the gallery enthusiastically and immediately got down to making art. They were in town to study rock and roll and to observe how museums install work. When they get back to Sun Valley they will be installing a show on rock and roll in a local museum. They liked how I was hanging the individual pieces of art on a string. I put on the Stones and in 30-40 minutes they had all completed unique pieces which we arranged on a table and admired. And, just as quickly as they had come in, they were gone, heading to Haight Asbury!
Wednesday afternoon two-year old Luke, along with his mom and dad came into the gallery to see what was going on. Luke was intrigued by the strange black machine available for visitors to use. What is it? It is a 1950’s Royal Quiet Deluxe typewriter; Luke’s dad ended up striking the keys, as it takes a strong push to get an impression onto paper. Luke spoke the words “I like Teddy, press this one and see in there” as Dad pressed the keys and the start of a collaboration was in the works. Mom sewed onto the piece once Luke and Dad were done and “Voila!” a piece of work was complete.
Now, on the wall is a growing collection of works people are creating when they visit the studio. Treat yourself to a few moments of quiet space and time to create something personal with collage, typewriting, painting, sewing or writing onto a card. Luke had an fantastic, early art experience, come see where he went with it and where you might go.
Streetcolor is feltbombing the city of Mendocino this summer.
Mendocino Crayon Box is a town wide art installation by the Mendocino Art Center and artist Streetcolor. The pillars of businesses all over town will be wrapped in solid sheets of brilliant, colored, handmade felt. Trees will be wrapped in knitting and crocheting. This art installation is designed to transform the whole town of Mendocino into one interactive sculpture.
“Mendocino Crayon Box is an art installation that wraps the beautiful buildings and pillars of Mendocino in knitting and handmade felt. Each pillar is a different color, I wanted the pure color to evoke the excitement we feel when we are getting ready to create. The installation also includes felt, crocheted and knitted flowers to comment on the enjoyment of sitting and passing time creating small textiles. The Mendocino Art Center is extending the sense of where we might look at art out into the streets and buildings of Mendocino with this playful temporary exhibition.” – Streetcolor
When ceramist Josh Margolis went on a Birthright Israel trip more than a decade ago, it wasn’t praying at the Western Wall that had a profound impact on him: It was the ceramic pot he found while digging underneath it.
As Margolis unearthed ancient artifacts during an archaeological dig, he discovered shards of stoneware that he says solidified his relationship to Judaism and to Israel.
“I found this pot during the dig and it somehow represented me 2,000 years ago,” Margolis said from the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco art studio. “It became my specific connector to the land.”
Read the full article in J Weekly.
Stepping into Joshua Margolis’s studio, you’ll hear his radio churning out tunes that keep the sculptor pounding, rolling, and shaping that clay. We asked the public, What music would you put on the soundtrack for Monsters and Robots? Here is the result. (Keep adding songs in the comments below! We’ll be updating the playlist throughout the month.)