Events

A Song For Us

Alabama / Coltrane (detail)A new collection of collaborative work
by Joy Liu and Robert Trujillo

On view September 2013
Addison Street Windows Gallery
2018 Addison Street between Shattuck and Milvia
Berkeley, CA 94704

A Song For Us is a collection of papercut art inspired by six wistful songs: Miles Davis’ “Blue In Green”, Ali Akbar Khan’s “Two Lovers”, Lhasa de Sela’s “El Desierto”, Nina Simone’s “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair”, John Coltrane’s “Alabama”, and Charles Mingus’ “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”. Incorporating illustration and traditional papercutting, the two Oakland artists explore loneliness, loss, struggle; and our capacity for love, forgiveness and renewal.

Each of the six musical compositions have been translated into delicately layered landscape portraits, vignettes of sounds, sentiment and space which have stayed with the artists through the years. Like the songs themselves, the pieces weave together line, pattern, space and form the way a musician combines melody, timing, phrase, and rhythm.

Sometimes we play music to forget; sometimes to remember. It is often in empathizing with others’ experience of pain that we allow our own selves to feel pain, and in doing so open our souls for healing and forgiveness. Art can serve as a mirror to society, reflecting our pain and revealing our blind spots. It gives us a landscape in which to experience, express and make sense of our world. So while injustice and destruction continue to shape our lives and histories, constantly imploring us to give up, to be inured to suffering, and disillusioned by power, art can keep our eyes open and hearts softened. The artists are both driven by love — and the insistence that we need to address the anger, disappointment and frustration, but also create and celebrate our own stories of uplift. To conjure creative solutions. To reflect the beauty, resilience, and ingenuity of our people in addition to the struggle. These pieces, like the powerful songs and musicians that inspire them, motivate the artists to keep going, to love, reflect, praise, forgive, and to dream. They encourage us to listen for the bent notes and melodies in our own lives, to pause, to feel, to imagine with renewed hope, and to stay open, curious and inspired.

 

If my words don’t come together
Listen to the melody
Because my love is in there hiding…

— From Leon Russell’s “A Song For You” (as sung by Donny Hathaway)

 

This exhibition is sponsored by the Civic Arts Program of the City of Berkeley in cooperation with the Civic Arts Commission. For more information, including exhibitions and purchases, contact:

Greg Morozumi, curator
Robert Trujillo, artist
Joy Liu, artist

Civic Arts Commission, City of Berkeley
510.981.7533

Femme Cartel Block pARTy 2012

FEMME CARTEL: GIRLY/URBAN ART PARTY — 5 venue art opening block party → facebook

@ 6334-6316 san pablo ave x alcatraz. oakland

actual café | james & the giant cupcake | a verb for keeping warm
essence of beauty | kinks beauty supply and girly/urban accessories!

FRIDAY   –   JAN.13.2012    –   5-10PM

fresh contemporary art. cupcakes. hella diversity. urban crafts. fierce femmes. beer. sweet community. kid friendly. lo prices. women artisans. girl power youth art exhibit.hot sounds. inspiration. boy friendly. vintage fashions. bike parking. live art. knitting & fabrics. open-hearted bad girls. zines. brand new friends. fresh girly graffiti. local oakland love.

5 VENUES, SIDE-BY-SIDE.

30+ GIRLY/URBAN ARTISTS.
6+ LADY TURNTABLISTS/MUSICIANS.
7+ CRAFTER-FASHIONISTAS.
& all the HELLA LOCAL, WARM, FIERCE, SWEET, OAKLAND COMMUNITY your little heart desires


FEMMES CARTEL JAN 2012:

MAIN PLANNERS/HOSTS:
Femily, Christina B, ElRod, Kimlynh, Holly McG…with major hands-on support from BigC, Lue, Paloma, & initial inspiration from Hil, Warren & Bacca, plus party hosting golden gate neighborhood love from Kristine, Sal, Raychel, AnDrea, Caleigh, and Eurydice!

ARTISTS:
• ELROD: mexikitch art & sparkle
• FEMILY: girly/urban 3-D collage
• KIMLYNH ENGLEBRETSON CHUN: attitude girls paintings
• ASHROSE: artwork/roses
• C. FAY: assemblage of repurposed materials
• ERIN ASHFORD: graffiti girl photography
• JOY WU LIU: mixed media
• LAURA GONZALES: oil paintings
• MAEI THOMAS: photography
• MARIA FATIMA URBI: girly/urban illustrations
• MJ (from FEW N FAR): fresh paintings, urban photos
• MOLLY DECOUDREAUX: toughgirl photography
• REBECCA KERLIN: urban scene photography
• SONYA PHILIP: felt cervixes
• TESSA: diary diarammas
• PAMELA YBAñEZ: textile inspirations
• TINA ZIU: beautyshop portrait
• KEENA RAMANO: 2D projects
• MICHELLE CARNES: fresh, fast, femme fatal oil paintings
• HEATHER CAULFIELD: soulful, urban pop art
• DIANA BLACKWELL: Acryllic life-size portraits
• CHRISTAL TOSHIA: Diaramma

LIVE BODY PAINTING:
• ANANDA ELYCE REEVES: body art

VIDEO ART
• MIX’D INGRDNTS : brand new dance vid
• ELEZA JAEGER: literary projections

SOUNDS:
• DJ CAT-ATONIC
• DJ Panic Room!
• DJ Vida V
• Soul Vocalist Regina Martin
• Songstress Jo Elless
• Wam Bam Ashleyanne
• Ione Angeles (7:30-9:30 @Cupcake)
• & MORE…

GOODS:
• GIRLY/URBAN ACCESSORIES: KINKS BEAUTY
• RETRO FASHION: URBAN VINTAGE
• CHEEKY PINUP CALENDARS: JEN OAKS ILLUSTRATION
• FEMINISTA FEATHER EARRINGS: AMANDA PADILLA
• PINUP BOY BEER KOOZIES: FEMILY
• VINTAGE GLAMOUR FEATHER HEADPIECES: LISA AURORA
• FRESH SEASONAL JAM: INNA JAM
• RECYCLED BIKE TUBE EARRINGS: GIRL ON BIKE
• ALLONEWORD™ HANDMADE CUSTOM CYCLING CAPS

NONPROFITS:
• BIG BROTHER BIG SISTER (in the house to recruit mentors!)

YOUTH ARTIST PROJECT (GIRLS AGES 2-14):
• ALAJAH
• AMOIR
• CANDACE
• DEE
• DIANE
• EMMA
• JADE
• KAIRA
• LACHLAN
• LUCY
• MIA
• MIRANDA
• NIA
• TESSA

FEMME CARTEL IS GIRLY/URBAN ARTS, SMARTS & COMMUNITY.

(history and more info)

Q: what is femme cartel?
A: Hot, local, boundary-pushing, emotionally-on fire, talented contemporary urban artists of all stripes…who happen to be females/femmes/girls/ladies.

Q: what kind of art?
A: 3D collage, oil paintings, fashion, sculpture, poetry, street art, edibles, writing, crafts, spoken word, dj arts, portraits, drawings, comedy, mixed media, graffiti art, video art, textile arts.

Q: what themes?
A: race/gender/sexuality/working women/globality/rebellion/soul-rockin’ true love/femmeness/power/sex/ urbanlife/crushes/intrigue/societal roles/fierceness/sweetness/connection/social justice/Oakland/politics/pop culture/queerness/questions/bliss/secrets/coming home/San Francisco/feminism/rising above/mothers/culture/finding ourSelves/girls/boys/rocking out/launching dreams/challenging authority/finding our bliss/honoring our ancestors/reaching for the stars/stumbling/inner battles/pure joy/dreamy connections…

PROKR8: Opens First Friday (10.07.2011)

PROKR8 - Art Show on Love and Creation @ Somar Bar

This amazing Group Show is built around the theme of creating, loving and loving what you create – Prokr8!

17 artists from different backgrounds and a wide range of styles — whom we literally BUMPed into, who were on the GRIND – exhibiting art and creating — were selected for the show because of their love, drive and contribution to the East Bay Arts.

Each artist was given a piece of wood and asked to create a work of art around the theme of Procreation – the instinctive need to procreate whether through art or life – which is necessary for survival.

And now finally the conception of our love!

Featured Artists:

Please join in the celebration of art and the love for creating!

With Love,
ProKr8