Pro Arts is pleased to announce 2 x 2 Solos: Luther Thie, curated by Anuradha Vikram, on view at Pro Arts’ gallery in downtown Oakland. The exhibition is the second of four solo exhibitions that make up 2 x 2 Solos, a new program showcasing artists engaged in exceptional and innovative art-making in the Oakland/Bay Area. An Artists’ Reception/Catalog Release Party is scheduled on Friday, April 2nd, 6 – 8 pm. Exhibition and events are free and open to the public.
Oakland-based artist Luther Thie’s work uses large-scale installation and real-time data to respond to America’s often-fatal obsession with cars. In his first solo exhibition at Pro Arts, Thie shows his LA Interchange, a fully functional scale model of a public memorial he proposes be erected at the intersection of the Santa Monica and Harbor freeways in Los Angeles. The memorial takes the form of an illuminated water fountain that uses real-time accident data from the California Highway Patrol Incident Report website to affect the intensity and color of the fountain’s stream. The more severe the accident, the taller and more brightly lit the fountain becomes, creating a dynamic visualization of public tragedy. Thie’s proposal acts both as a memorial to automobile fatalities and as a brightly lit reminder of the danger we face on the roads every day.