Location : 2360 West Street | Oakland, Ca | Entrance on back of building facing West Street (look for tree mural)
Reading / Performance: 7:30 – 8:00
Tickets available at Eventbrite.
”Unearthed” is a one-night group exhibition featuring site-specific works and performances by Oakland artists. Using Oakland’s symbolic poster image Oak tree as a point of departure, Unearthed both acknowledges the city’s current social fractures and celebrates the vibrancy of life that endures.
Christine Ferrouge uses large-scale figuration to question environmental and social influences on girls growing up in the world today. Her exploration reflects a deep observation of her own three daughters and their friends in the in-between moments, from games of pretend to quiet introspection.
Francis Baker combines historic photographic processes with mixed-media to expose a world of civic unrest. Baker’s work explores causes/effects that weigh on the social conscience and is often posed in response to relationships he forms with those effected by poverty and racism.
Shannon Hood combines pyrography, resins and reclaimed wood to demonstrate a careful harmony among the chaotic nature of her materials. Rhyming her subject matter with her process, Shannon captures powerful, thought provoking moments from life in an evolving urban environment.
Zach Cotham, in collaboration with Katie Swan, constructs a multi-sensory installations with material from the West Oakland neighborhood: dumped furniture and contractor waste, broken limbs from trees, are reconstituted into a closed system that sustains transplanted life.
Poet, playwright and performer Aimee Suzara‘s mission is to create, and help others create, poetic and theatrical work about race, history, and the body to provoke dialogue and social change. Her poetry book, SOUVENIR, a Willa Award Finalist in 2015, and her plays A HISTORY OF THE BODY and TINY FIRES have been Finalists for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Her work has been supported by the YBCAway Award, Spirited Woman Award, National Endowment for the Arts; the One-Minute Play Festival, APAture, the Utah Arts Festival and many more, and she is currently the Artist-in-Residence with Loco Bloco.
Laura Joyce Davis writes to explore the triumph of the human spirit in a world of constant fracture. As a Fulbright scholar to the Philippines, she spent a year working with victims of sex trafficking, whose startling joy in the face of corrosive injustice inspired her novel.
Olivia Carter In a world ever-focused on instant-gratification through technology, Olivia A. Carter finds herself digging in her heels. In her immersive collaged environments, one may find a place to sit and find respite. Through labor intensive processes, Olivia mines personal memories to address the present. Her hand-made worlds challenge viewers to look closer, find the familiar and strange.