Monthly Archives: August 2010

We Called, You Responded!

What’s it all about? Collaboration. When different art forms are put in the same space or even combined, they become greater than they are alone. The latest Artlarking Event at El Rio was proof of this. 

We had the best Capoiera performance I’d ever seen. I heard others say the same about Omulu’s acrobatics. We had tarot readings, polaroid transfer demos, and lithography demos, keeping true to our mission of enlightenment and arts education.

And the collaborative performance  of electronic music master Edison, photo slide show by Alex Greenburg, and dance by Palanza Dance created a bermuda triangle effect. Everyone was in a state of trance as the artists responded to each others calls. Taking action, pausing, listening, then reacting. They did the CAll & Response theme justice.

Then the indie afro-beat antics of The Buttercream Gang sent us rompusing into the night.

If you missed it, I’m sorry. But you can still vicariously indulge in this video! 

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=14227238&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=&fullscreen=1&autoplay=0&loop=0

Artlarking.com “Call and Response Show” from Tadeo Reyes on Vimeo.

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YBCA "Maker’s Paradise" this Saturday

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts always has something interesting going on… this Saturday seems exceptionally fun and collaborative with their DIYbca Big Idea Night, where you can make your own experimental instruments with Kwisp, remodel your own shoes with Mrs.Vera, stencil with Jeremy Novy, and eat, drink, dance, and be merry.

RSVP Here: http://ybcafree.org/2010form/20100814_diybca.php

FB Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=139302246092161&index=1

I really liked this description of “maker” from YBCA’s website- reinforcing why Artlarking-type collaborations have a perfect home in the Bay Area.

” What is a maker, you might ask? A maker is someone who does. Someone who derives pleasure from the act of creation and the sheer pleasure of handiwork. A rare breed indeed, but a breed that is alive and well in the Bay Area… We live in a unique region where innovations, workarounds and basement fiddling are the very currency of creative capital..”

DeYoung Artist in Residence Shows Communal Vision

The August Artist-in-Residence at the De Young Museum, Alexandra Blum, is a printmaker and painter who will spend this month in the Kimball Education Gallery. She will be interacting with guests in order to create an exhibit that displays the museum-going populace as not only a collection of individuals, but also a collective with a communal vision. 

The Kimball Education gallery is a fantastic and under-used place to check out local artists at work.  I interned there for a few months in 2009, and was shocked to discover how few people knew about this great resource in the city.  I was able to hang out with some incredible artists and see their processes as they use the space as a “studio for a month”.

Alexandra Blum is particularly interesting to Artlarking, because she aims to collaborate with her audience, by tracing silhouettes of visitors while recording their descriptions of their favorite De Young permanent collection artwork.  These pieces will then become part of a mixed-media collage/ silkscreen project in the gallery.  Her conceptual artist’s statement is “to humanize the private individual experience of viewing art and also transform it into a vision of a shared experience”.  

Check it out- the Kimball Gallery always free! and is located across from the main ticket desks and entrance to the “tower”, at the corner of the museum. 

-Alison


“You’ve got to have a dream, If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true? You can go far- if you put your mind to it you’re a star, Don’t wait to be told, Just Do It! I ain’t trying to preach but for what it’s worth, look here’s the next generation Planet Earth.”

“You’ve got to have a dream, If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?

You can go far- if you put your mind to it you’re a star, Don’t wait to be told, Just Do It!

I ain’t trying to preach but for what it’s worth, look here’s the next generation Planet Earth.”

Dizzee Rascal

Going to this tomorrow- can’t miss art*music*fun!  Really excited about the completion of the Banksy mural by local artists… collaborations… and the fact it’s a benefit for Root Division ,”an organization of Bay Area artists working for a livable existence in arts and arts education community”.