San Diego ~ July 13 and August 10, 2013
PHOTOS FROM JULY 13 POSTED AT BOTTOM OF PAGE
Join us on two Saturday evenings this summer for a GREEN ART PARADE, a curated street spectacle of portable sculptures, art bikes, green fashion and performances by Southern California artists with a message about the environment.
The GREEN ART PARADE will occur on two dates, July 13 and August 10, 2013 from 7:00-8:00pm, to bring a message about the environment through artworks created by Southern California artists. The PARADE will begin at 7:00pm at Art Produce (3139 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104) and will and walk the streets of the North Park community, including University Avenue, North Park Way, Grim Street and Ray Street (North Park for the Arts Ray at Night), finally concluding back at the gallery at 8:00pm with a reception for the artists.
Visit some of the local North Park businesses for prime viewing locations along the route: Art Produce, Urbn, Splash, Pigment, Linkery, West Coast, Heaven Scent/Bottle craft, Wangs, Hesse, Vintage Religion, and Swoon.
Rebecca Ansert, Principal of Green Public Art Consultancy and Curator for the PARADE, released a call to artists in May seeking artists, performers and designers to create floats, placards, portable sculptures, kites, performances, art bikes, and street spectacles for the GREEN ART PARADE. Artworks included in the PARADE express messages about our environment through the artist’s use of materials or concept.
Ansert states, “The GREEN ART PARADE is a first for Southern California and I am proud to bring this project to my childhood hometown, San Diego. My vision for the parade is to bring a temporary, mobile artistic exhibition of creative voices to the streets of San Diego to spark dialogue about art and the environment. The projects included in the parade express green design theories, utilize recycled materials and express a significant environmental concern.”
Expect to be delighted with the work of nine artists who will participate in the PARADE including:
Dia Bassett – Temaztub
Dia Bassett grew up in a family of artists and began performing at five years old in her father’s productions. Her involvement in performance both behind stage and onstage has influenced her art, leading her to create a blend of sculpture and performance. She uses a combination of traditional fiber techniques such as sewing, weaving, crocheting and knotting to create soft-sculptural forms, some of which are worn on the body during performances. Temaztub is an invented term referring to the Western European tradition of bathing in a claw foot bathtub mixed with the Mesoamerican rite of purification in a sweat lodge called Temazcal. The sculptural performance combines bathing traditions from indigenous and Western cultures. Because bathing traditions fluctuate over time and place, the artist encourages the viewer to reexamine their ideas of “clean” and “pure.” The Bassett’s mash-up of bathing traditions serves to confound viewers and give them the opportunity to pause and ponder the notion of bathing. Support this artist’s project through her kickstarter campaign (click here)!
For artist Janelle Despot, art has been a journey and a struggle to find her authentic creative voice, Electric52. In 2007, due to a bike accident, she sustained a traumatic brain injury, lost her spleen, and memory for about three weeks. Electric52 was the alias given to Janelle in the hospital before they knew who she was and it now represents her life force, reminding her to be gracious for the opportunity to be here, create and share her true self. Just as a parade comes and goes so does Janelle’s gallery installation. What will remain is the subtle static energetic change, color in the air and hand-drawn profiles of parade spectators who sit on the sidelines to watch the parade pass. Despot attempts to capture the crowd’s emotions through her portraits of intermingling souls who are having silent conversations with one another.
Suki Berry and eight of her friends bring a shiver of glowing shark bikes including species like the Great White, Hammerheads and Basking Shark to the event. Every year tens of millions of sharks are slaughtered for only their fins, a process called “shark de-finning.” Without fins, sharks cannot swim, and without being able to move water through their gills, they drown. Overfishing the ocean is a huge problem and eliminating more sharks from the ecosystem throws off its delicate balance. If the fishing rate of sharks keeps up at the current rate we will not have many more of these fish left in the ocean.
A. Laura Brody – Fashion on the Fly
Brody gives fabric remnants and discards new life as works of art shaping them around spectator’s bodies with a stapler, staples and scissors. The spectator, now fashioned in a staple draped creation, will walk with the parade for as long as they wish. The craze for fast, cheap fashion and goods is unsustainable and encourages horrible excesses. Even “sustainable” fashion is suspect, because of the toxic processing required to generate, bleach and dye fabrics. Brody hopes to encourage people to start making their own clothing from reused materials is a positive way to help break this cycle.
Richard Gleaves – May Your Throwaway Follow You Everywhere
Wearing street clothes and a red-ball clown nose, Richard Gleaves will walk the parade route pulling, over his shoulder, a line connected to a bridal train of several hundred plastic bottles, which drag and rattle on the pavement behind him. His message is simple, “May your throwaway follow you everywhere.”
Terri Hughes – Oil Well and Tomatoes
Terri Hughes, an Associate Professor at San Diego City College, has focused a lot of her recent sculptures, interactive installations and site-specific public artwork on her childhood memories of growing up surrounded by oil wells in Huntington Beach. The oil pumper, in the parade, is made of 95% re-purposed materials and symbolizes our dependence on fossil fuels. Most people do not realize that conventionally grown food requires the use of fossil fuels. On the other hand, local organic farms, such as those who grow heirloom tomatoes, produces far less of a carbon footprint than conventionally grown tomatoes. The irony in this work lies in the fact that the tomatoes are the ones doing the work, pulling the oil pumper, a dead horse, a thing of the past.
Miki Iwasaki studied architecture in Japan and received his Masters in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He currently serves as adjunct faculty at Woodbury University San Diego, School of Architecture, and remains dedicated to his own art projects and furniture designs. His fleet of mobile sculptures in the parade is inspired from California’s long history and fascination with the way we move; from the early California pioneers and the covered wagon to the advent of the automobile and it’s many permutations, to bicycles, skateboards, segways, custom cars and travel trailers, the culture of California has been intertwined moving vehicles. Many fascinating inventions and vehicles have already been introduced all in an effort to satiate our longing to explore and our need to get from point A to B. The Caravan project celebrates this history and introduces a mobile space to have fun while we think about a range of questions surrounding transport.
David Krimmel is a community artist, museum exhibit designer and aspiring farmer. His mobile sculpture Demeter’s Chariot references the Greek goddess of Demeter, the god of the harvest and her chariot pulled by horses. Prior to the event, the public will have the opportunity to make vegetable hats with materials provided by the artist to wear in the parade. Spectators are invited to pose as Demeter at the helm of her chariot during the parade.
Benjamin Lavender – Keep the Ball Rolling
Benjamin Lavender’s art reflects his lifelong fascination with the growth and erosion of nature. The notion of this mobile sculpture is that once the “ball” is in motion, it is our responsibility to keep the ball rolling on the right path; in this case referring to environmental awareness using green materials. The sphere, approximately 7ft diameter, is made of reclaimed wine barrel hoops, circling around an inner ball suspended in the middle representing the earth, in turn, Lavender creates a visual representation of the earth inside of its atmosphere. The image also can be viewed as a single cell, with the planet representing the nucleus, which is what all living animals start out as; it is the first “ball” to get rolling.
Interested in participating? Contact Rebecca Ansert at email@example.com.
**About Green Public Art Consultancy**
Rebecca Ansert, founder of Green Public Art Consultancy, is an art consultant who specializes in public art project development and management, artist solicitation and selection, and creative community involvement for private and public agencies. She earned a master’s in Public Art Studies at the University of Southern California and has a unique interest in how art can demonstrate green processes or utilize green design theories and techniques in LEED certified buildings. She founded her Los Angeles-based firm in 2009 in an effort to advance the conversation of public art’s role in green building.
**About Art Produce Gallery**
Art Produce is a unique artist-run, storefront exhibition space and public art experience in North Park, a diverse and historic urban community of San Diego. The gallery, entirely visible from the sidewalk, is designed to accommodate sculptural installations, cross-disciplinary works, digital media, and performance events. The space allows for unconventional presentation opportunities for artists and unexpected art encounters for viewers. Intended to enliven the experience of the pedestrian it is an experiment in public art that is accessible to everyone in the community – an attempt to render visibility and transparency into the art process itself.
PHOTOS of the JULY 13, 2013 GREEN ART PARADE: