The "ladies" in the office got together last week to weather the traffic and hit the streets of Oakland, California on one of those tremulous First Fridays when the Oakland Art Murmur eclipses the Oakland Art Murder.
Aside from a few spells of passing out, grandiose fits of rage, and a couple solid rumbling tummies watching the long lines file along the sides of the food trucks on every available corner - the night proved quite thrilling. We also had a bit of a energetic discussion on whether Patricia Sweetow was the proprietor of a high concept knick knack shop, or a sophisticated art gallery acting the part of sleeping cultural predator. Dodo says its a inedible cafeteria, but I'm on the fence that naming things these days means less and less. Personally, I'd say it's merely "a gallery, unannounced".
Shalo P wasn't allowed outside the office due to his tight schedule, working out schematics for the top secret GAMES FOR MAY celebration next month. The silhouette he leaves in the window to his studio look likes a man in deep contemplation with his palms or in utter uninterrupted sorrow with his white hot melting eyes.
A lot of business folks have been making the rounds these days to visit him, wearing fancy dresses and suits, so we're thinking that GAMES FOR MAY is going to be a big hit this year. It's a yearly concern for us when we see him become more involved in his elaborate "celebrations", and if you've ever started a conversation concerning Syd Barrett with The Creature, then you TOTALLY know what I mean.
Here we have view of a room I shared with the amazing artist Torsten Zenas Burns (video projections on the right, second and fifth images down), whose forthcoming collaboration with video / installation artist Darrin Martin is set to sizzle poor ole' August.
unlike standard galleries, which usually run in stodgy clockwork, locked in step to the template bestowed unto us by "the industry", this venue does not run on perennial fear nor marketable imitations of the run of the mill, but on imagination and visionary insight.