“ART ABOUT TOWN” is a space to explore Oakland’s thriving arts scene through the written word. Art About Town will feature articles, exhibition reviews and interviews with Bay Area creatives providing a platform for artists and art spaces as well as a space to learn more about Oakland’s rich creative history and vibrant present.

Oakland Art Murmur Board Member and professor Mario Hernandez created this space and, in his words, “My goal is to highlight Oakland’s history, contemporary themes and issues, as well as future possibilities through the arts. Art About Town will help to celebrate the diverse and rich concentration of artists, galleries and collectives in Oakland.”

ROCK PAPER SCISSORS COLLECTIVE: A HISTORY BY HIROKO KELLY

It feels wrong to not have a living archive documenting the resilient arts scene in Oakland and not mention Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective (RPSC). With nearly 20 years in Oakland, RPSC has inhabited many parts of the city, oftentimes being displaced only to find a new footing in another part of town.

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COLLECTIVE & COMMUNITY IN OAKLAND BY CALDER ANDERSON

Oakland is known for its radical resistance to inequality, its strong sense of community, and its ability to envision better futures for its people. The city’s art scene is no different. Oakland is home to a refreshing and authentic artist community that ceases to give in to the hierarchy of the art world. Oakland’s art is accessible, experimental, collaborative, and thriving against the city’s limiting factors.

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ERIC COLLINS: TAKEOVER BY MARIO HERNANDEZ

Sideshows have emerged as a defining characteristic of the Bay Area’s unique cultural identity, especially in music and film. Since its beginnings, city administrations have aggressively policed  these gatherings. Eric’s work  captures the complexity and the raw energy of these impromptu events, and questions if these are acts of civil disobedience or resistance to the criminalization of black and brown youth culture which underlies aggressive policing practices.

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JINGLETOWN ORIGINALS BY MARIO HERNANDEZ

Gray Loft Gallery’s current exhibition, Jingletown Originals, celebrates four decades of making art at its Ford Street location in the Jingletown neighborhood from Sept 24th to Oct. 29th. As the first live-work space for artists in the neighborhood, the exhibition brings together the work of 20 artists ranging from…

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