12/13 Oakland, CA

Occupations: Art Takes Up Space

Curated by Anuradha Vikram

Ninth Street between Broadway and Washington Street, Old Oakland

December 6, 2013-January 4, 2014
Open Reception: December 6, 2013, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Participating artists: Freddy Chandra; Allan deSouza; Desirée Holman; Ranu Mukherjee; Jerome Reyes; José Carlos Texeira

Occupations: Art Takes Up Space invites a group of established mid-career artists, based mostly in the Bay Area, to consider the ways in which we philosophically relate to physical, psychological, and social spaces. Through projections of video and photography in the public space of Old Oakland storefronts, the exhibition brings the intellectual curiosity and visual engagement of contemporary gallery art to the wider and more diverse public of the streets. These artists propose views of the human condition that surpass the simplified categories that customarily define us – our jobs, our politics, our families, our ethnicities. Instead, their works seek to activate viewers’ imaginations by selectively obscuring and revealing visual information and leaving us to fill in the gaps. By engaging the inner space of the mind in this creative way, these artists prompt the external conditions of our existence to fall away and reveal personal freedoms that no one can diminish.

Occupations: Art Takes Up Space is a site-specific, interactive series of window projections illuminating both sides of 9th Street, between Broadway and Washington in Old Oakland. This is as a free, public installation, opening on December 6, 2013 and will light the street each Friday and Saturday night between the hours of 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM until January 4, 2014.

Additionally, the video walk will incorporating an interactive audio element, allowing viewers to tap into a live audio stream for three of the video works. Anuradha Vikram will also record an audio tour as an educational element.