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.