NOTE: Due to circumstances beyond control, this exhibition has been rescheduled at a date to be announced.
To announce and welcome the opening of Grand Velo, a new bicycle shop in Oakland, The Freewheel presents a large group art exhibition: YOU ARE THERE. Before opening its store, Grand Velo’s 1500 square ft. blank space will be converted into a temporary art gallery. You Are There opens on 1st Friday, September 5, 2008 from 6 to 10 p.m. during the Oakland Art Murmur and will run through September 13 with gallery hours listed below.
The exhibition will display recent works of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, performance, and installation by 20 emerging artists who live and work in Oakland. The metonymical title of the show positions itself within previous regional art surveys by further obscuring Gertude Stein’s oft misappropriated quote “There is no there there.” However, You Are There differentiates itself by adopting the cartography of Oakland to determine the geography of the exhibition.
Viewers will traverse an imagined map of Oakland contained within an exhibition space, in which the placement of each artwork simulates the location of the artist’s home or studio within Oakland. The result of which is a multiplicious metaphorical artscape indoors. Sounds of epic rock and roll accompany living sculptures of chimpanzees in a video work by DESIREE HOLMAN (courtesy of Silverman Gallery), which investigates human nature and behavior. JOHN CASEY’s creature characters come to life as two heavy-headed, torso-less six feet tall sculptures in jeans and rainboots. Photography by PAUL SCHIEK (courtesy of Stephen Wirtz Gallery), AMY THOMPSON, and URI KORN transfers our rapt attention to the spectacular quotidian controlled by light. Site-specific installations by NATHANIEL PARSONS and LEXA WALSH draw upon personal histories and methods of pseudo-anthropology. Reproduction and cellularity find expression in very different ways though post-modern pastiche by CAMILLE JOHNSON and geometric repetition by ANDREW RITCHIE. Meanwhile, VERONICA DE JESUS and SHAM SAENZ each limn the social consciousness entrenched in the Bay Area art scene through intricate and memory-laden drawings and paintings. An illicit performance piece and a Bollywood film gone wrong are documented on paper through a blinged out collage by MELISSA SACHS and preparatory sketches by MATT VOLLA. Artists SVEN ATEMA, ALEX CASE, and ERNEST JOLLY proffer alternate universes in which liquid-filled vases become subterranean and superterrestrial landscapes, industry overtakes air and land on soot covered patched fabric canvases, and abstract details of urban architecture are suspended from the ceiling. Paintings, drawings, and prints by NANCY CHAN, ALIKA COOPER, and MICHAEL WELLS bring forward the quiet portraits and stories that exist in intimate psychological, and mythological spaces. Last but not least, neon ephemera from EUGENE INTERNATIONAL will mark the fixture of his performances witnessed throughout Oakland.
You Are There runs through September 13, with gallery hours:
Saturday, Sept. 6 1 - 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 7 1 - 5 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 11 4 - 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 12 4 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 13 1 - 6 p.m.
Grand Velo bicycle shop will open to public in early October 2008.
For more information on Grand Velo, please visit www.GrandVelo.com.