Oakland, CA, March 05, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- San Pablo Arts District Fund (SPAD) begins its storefront/art program with a collaborative installation by Oakland artist Michael Louis Young. 5512, a vacant storefront on San Pablo Avenue in North Oakland's Golden Gate District, is being transformed into SOS/SOL, a dynamic multimedia installation. Made with cardboard, paper, paint, lights, and video, SOS/SOL explores a narrative of sorrow and solitude on the high seas. According to Young, “There is a man who undergoes some heartbreak, and rather than staying home to deal with his loss he sets out to sea without means or destination to float away his life. It is like a tableau of his tragedy, but devoid of his physical presence.” Salty songs mix with seafaring video, leaving one to wonder whether the invisible protagonist is lonely, bored, or on the crest of sanity. Jason Byers adds to the installation with a lone Paper-Mache ox, stranded in the waves.
SPAD will host a one-night reception with paintings by Christopher Russell and video installation by anonymous artist on Friday March 5, 2010 from 6 to 10 pm. In keeping with the theme of uncontrolled nature and the elements, Russell paintings explore mountains and the forest as seen as magnificent, somewhat magical, giants. His reverence to nature is combined with psychological aspects from within, culminating in dramatic landscapes often devoid of people. The anonymous artist's multimedia video installation combines video, sound, and found furniture into a dreamlike scene melding the interior and exterior.
SPAD is dedicated to spreading arts in the Golden Gate District in North Oakland. SPAD's programs include the use of using vacant storefronts for art installations, undefined by the conventional exhibition space. By turning an empty space into something of wonder and interest, blight and undesired activities can be lessened.
“Over twenty thousand cars and their drivers go by here every day, many just trying to get to the next place. We are trying to inspire them to slow down, look around, smile, perhaps even park their car and take a closer look. They will find that there are great businesses around here, a beautiful library, and lots of local culture.” Idan Levin, Executive Director, SP.
These installations would not be possible without the generous donation of space by the Whittier family, owners of 5512 San Pablo Ave.
Founded by Artist Tracey Snelling, Terry Quan, former Chief of Operations at a well known non-profit, and Idan Levin, businessman and artist, San Pablo Arts District Fund works to bring economic development to North Oakland’s Golden Gate District through the arts.
Opening night reception:
Friday March 5, 2010 6:00-10:00pm
5512 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, CA 94608
Window installation visible to passer by's all times day or night
More information about SPAD and participating artists on www.sanpabloarts.org
San Pablo Art District Fund Executive Director